Town Seeking New Building Official

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter The Town of East Haddam is currently accepting applications for a new building official. According to their web site the position requires an individual with an associates degree, or advanced training, in a field related to building construction and/or design from an accredited college or …

Arrest made in Haddam House Fire

by Bette Tani A fire that destroyed a house on 575 Candlewood Hill Road in Haddam has been determined to be arson and the brother of the owner was arrested for allegedly starting it, according to press information supplied by the CT State Police. Ronald Carlson, age 50, of Portsmouth, …

Nathan Hale Ray HS holds Clothing Drive

by Bette Tani Help a cause and clean out your closets. The NHRHS Project Graduation 2015 wants what you’re not wearing or using. They are looking for clean wearable all season clothing for men, women and children. Shoes in good condition and in pairs, purses, belts, hats, scarves, sheets, blankets, …

Hello From the Editor

Dear Readers: It’s been about a month since I began covering your communities, and I’d like to take this time to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Bette Tani, and I recently moved here from Dutchess County. NY. I’ve been in journalism since 1993 when I was hired …

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Connecticut is working to cope with climate change

August 15, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148.  Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis.  They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

Press Release

The state’s progress to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was the topic at a press conference in Hartford, CT on Wednesday (Aug. 14), hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other state and local officials.

Connecticut has taken a leadership role in creating a clean-energy economy, they said, via initiatives that will:

  • “harden” energy infrastructure and modernize the state’s electric grid,
  • reduce harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation,
  • promote renewable energy projects,
  • and support energy efficiency.

Gov. Malloy said, “We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure… As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions.”

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In East Haddam – a Pet Blessing

The Moodus United Methodist Church with First Church Congregational is hosting a Pet Blessing on Sunday, Aug. 11 in East Haddam, CT.

The Moodus United Methodist Church with First Church Congregational is hosting a Pet Blessing on Sunday, Aug. 11 in East Haddam, CT.

Press Release

The Moodus United Methodist Church with First Church Congregational is hosting a Pet Blessing on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Bring your beloved pet (on leashes and in carriers, please), or a photo of a departed companion.

Pastor Jim Mercurio will hold an outside worship service at the United Methodist church on Town Street (Route 151, across from the Town Meeting Hall).

Editor’s note: This notice did not include a time for the blessing or church service. Please call United Methodist for more information at 860-481-1726 or First Church at 860-267-4959.

Posted August 8, 2013

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Congressman Courtney – frustrated by ongoing Sequester

August 2, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

By Congressman Joe Courtney

Today, (Aug. 2) the House adjourned for a five week district work period without completing action on a 2014 budget.

Like so many of you, I am deeply frustrated that the House is leaving town today without finishing its work on one of the most fundamental duties outlined in the Constitution.

Congress should remain in Washington as long as it takes to finish the budget and complete a plan to end the across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Sequestration taking a toll

The direct impacts of sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, were slow to reach eastern Connecticut. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen increasing effects of the indiscriminate budget cuts that make up sequestration, underscoring the need for action in Congress to reverse this self-imposed economic punishment.

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Connecticut to celebrate new Q Bridge lane opening

July 28, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.”

For more info about the new bridge, click on this link http://i95newhaven.com

About the program

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is improving traffic operations along Interstate 95 in Greater New Haven.

CTDOT’s I-95 New Haven Harbor Crossing (NHHC) Corridor Improvement Program is a multi-modal transportation improvement program that features public transit enhancements and roadway improvements along 7.2 miles of I-95, between Exit 46 (Sargent Drive) in New Haven and Exit 54 (Cedar Street) in Branford.

Constructed in the late 1950s, this stretch of roadway is part of the heavily traveled northeast corridor between New York and Boston.

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Transportation projects expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction jobs

July 26, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (July 26) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved more than $537 million in state funds to finance a series of construction and maintenance projects through the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) capital infrastructure program.

The program includes 250 lane miles of state highway resurfacing and more than 40 bridge restoration projects around the state.

The funds will be used to leverage about $600 million in federal transportation aid to update, strengthen and improve the safety of Connecticut’s highways, bridges, rail and transit systems.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

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Connecticut budget ends with $359 million surplus

July 24, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Gov. Malloy's budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

Gov. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Personal income tax receipts came in higher than anticipated during May and June (2013), which allowed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director to adjust the surplus up $123 million more than last month.

Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus.

Personal income tax receipts were up $55.1 million over last month. The corporation tax also was revised upward by $15 million.

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East Haddam cooling center may be open Saturday

July 18, 2013 Local News No Comments
The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus. It may also be open Saturday July 20, if requested.

The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus. It may also be open Saturday July 20, if requested.

If you know of someone who is home-bound, elderly or otherwise might be suffering from this awful heat, think about checking on them, and taking them to a cooling center if necessary… The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus.

The building may remain open later and may open on Saturday, July 20 if there are requests.

If you need these additional hours, please call the East Haddam Emergency Management Director Craig Mansfield on Friday BEFORE NOON at 860-873-5103.

If someone you check on shows signs of distress from the heat – i.e. disorientation, cool skin, losing consciousness, etc. – please call 911 immediately.

Also, please be sure animals have shelter and lots of water and leave them home – don’t leave them in the car with windows partially open – temps can climb high enough in minutes to cause brain damage and death… obviously, the same warning goes for leaving children in cars.

Be safe!

Posted July 18, 2013 – based on info provided by the town

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East Haddam senior citizens wish Roczniak happy retirement

July 17, 2013 Local News No Comments
CT State Sen. Art Linares and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron present Joanne Roczniak with a state proclamation recognizing her more than 30 years of service to seniors in East Haddam, at a retirement party held July 14, 2013. Photo by Jean Maheu, copyright 2013 HTNP.com

CT State Sen. Art Linares and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron present Joanne Roczniak with a state proclamation recognizing her more than 30 years of service to seniors in East Haddam, at a retirement party held July 14, 2013. Photo by Jean Maheu, copyright 2013 HTNP.com

By Charles Farrow | Contributor

For more than 30 years, Joanne Roczniak has been East Haddam’s Senior Citizens’ Director. And Sunday, July 14was her day to be honored for her exemplary service.

In a retirement ceremony, emcee’d by Jo Golec, speaker after speaker praised Joanne’s tenacity and vision.

And lots of laughs were shared.

Her persistence was recalled and celebrated – in the end, Joanne always got want she wanted; she never took “No” for an answer.

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