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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Live music Saturday at the Sanctuary

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Eric and Jeremy Lichter – also known as the Lichter Brothers will perform at The Sanctuary at Shepardfields in East Haddam on Saturday, July 20. Poster photo.

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Eric and Jeremy Lichter – also known as the Lichter Brothers will perform at The Sanctuary at Shepardfields in East Haddam on Saturday, July 20. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Donation is $10 and this is an all ages, family-friendly event.

Eric Lichter is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and owner of Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Chester.

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Referrals on the River invites you to their meetings

Andrew Borner, owner/principal agent of Olde Liberty Insurance of Wethersfield was the July 11 speaker at the local BNI chapter meeting at the Gelston House. Contributed photo.

Andrew Borner, owner/principal agent of Olde Liberty Insurance of Wethersfield was the July 11 speaker at the local BNI chapter meeting at the Gelston House. Contributed photo.

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“Referrals on the River,” the local chapter of BNI   – an international business support and networking organization – meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the The Gelston House Restaurant, 8 Main St. in East Haddam, CT.

Each week a member gives a presentation. Visitors are welcome to attend.

On Thursday, July 11, Andrew Borner, owner/principal agent of Olde Liberty Insurance of Wethersfield, gave a presentation on “Commercial Insurance and Standard vs. E&S (Excess and Surplus Lines) Market Placement.”

Borner is one of the newest members of the chapter and has already received numerous qualified business referrals from other chapter members.

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Love lighthouses? Check this out…

New London's Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service's New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

New London’s Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service’s New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

Did you know? … 2013 is New London Maritime Society’s 30th Anniversary, which means there are some outstanding events planned on the Connecticut shoreline.

For example, there are five boat trips every Saturday through Sept 7. (You can register for them now – it’s first come, first served with only six passengers per trip.)

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for each child age 14 and younger.

All proceeds, beyond boat costs, go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Boat trips to New London Harbor Light – Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Cruise to the lighthouse and climb 119 steps up to the lantern.
  • ‘Three Sisters’ Lighthouse tours – Saturdays at noon, and 2 p.m. – Sit back and cruise by New London’s three harbor lighthouses: NL Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point Lights. … Continue Reading

Live music, carnival rides, parade – it all starts July 11

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs are among the bands that will perform at the 2013 East Hampton CT Old Home Days "glorious celebration" that kicks off Thursday, July 11 and runs through Saturday, July 13. Photo source: YouTube screen shot

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs are among the bands that will perform at the 2013 East Hampton CT Old Home Days “glorious celebration” that kicks off Thursday, July 11 and runs through Saturday, July 13. Photo source: YouTube screen shot

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

East Hampton’s annual three day celebration known as Old Home Days kicks off on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. with rides, live music, bike giveaways, a raffle, as well as lots of food and entertainment.

Other highlights of this huge community event include the Glorious Gallop 5K race on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m., and what’s touted to be the largest parade in Middlesex County, that makes its way down Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The very colorful and dance-inspiring South Philadelphia String Band returns to join the parade whose theme this year is Parade of Broadway Musicals.

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Author of revealing look at casinos to speak at East Haddam Free Library

Robert Steele, author of The Curse... The book comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling.  Publicity photo.

Robert Steele, author of The Curse… The book comes at a time when Connecticut’s casinos face the prospect of heavy new competition from New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and there is growing political pressure to legalize Internet gambling. Publicity photo.

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Editor’s note: The time of the lecture and the phone number for the library were corrected on July 10.

Robert H. Steele, the author of “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town,” (Levellers Press, Amherst, MA), will talk about his book and his legislative career at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at the East Haddam Free Public Library, 18 Plains Road in Moodus (East Haddam).

Robert H. Steele is vice chair of an international retail marketing agency and has been a director of numerous companies. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University, he served in the CIA and Congress, and was a candidate for governor of Connecticut. He lives with his wife in Essex, CT.

“The Curse” is set against the explosion of casino gambling that hit Connecticut during the 1990s, when two Native American tribes built the world’s two biggest casinos in the southeastern corner of the state.

The story begins with the Pequot War in 1637, then jumps 350 years as a Connecticut family becomes embroiled in a struggle to block a third casino that threatens the family’s town and ancestral home.

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Governor approves legislation naming stretch of highway for East Haddam hero

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Golec walked a stretch of Route 151 every day of his life prior to his military service. The route of the Memorial Highway to be renamed in Golec’s honor runs along the same street he walked and where the family homestead still stands today – it bisects the end of Neptune Avenue, where the Baron-Smith-Golec Post 156 American Legion in East Haddam, CT is located.

Golec walked a stretch of Route 151 every day of his life prior to his military service. The route of the Memorial Highway to be renamed in Golec’s honor runs along the same street he walked and where the family homestead still stands today – it bisects the end of Neptune Avenue, where the Baron-Smith-Golec Post 156 American Legion in East Haddam, CT is located.

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Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron today expressed gratitude to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for signing legislation they supported that renames a stretch of Route 151 in East Haddam, CT in honor of a local hero.

Sen. Linares  represents the 33rd Senate Distict –  Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Rep. Ziobron represents the 34th House District – East Haddam, East Hampton and a section of Colchester.

The new bill honors the service of World War II veteran Peter P. Golec, who was born and raised in the Moodus section of East Haddam, and gave his life in defense of his country.

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Gov. Malloy – take precautions during summer heat this July 4th weekend

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Given the heat index forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges residents to take steps to stay cool and safe… and to check on the welfare of those who are homebound or otherwise vulnerable to heat stroke.

“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity,” Gov. Malloy said in a prepared statement today (July 3.)

“A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” he said.

“Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

He also offered these safety tips:

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New USDA standards aim for ‘smart snacks’ at school

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

The USDA launched a new $5 million Farm to School grant program in 2012 to increase the amount of healthy, local food in schools. See http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool

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“Many parents are working hard every day to make sure they provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to their kids. Unfortunately, we don’t always have control over the snacks our kids have access to when they’re away from home. That’s why, as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy,” said First Lady Michelle Obama about the USDA’s new standards for school nutrition.

The USDA is focused on improving childhood nutrition and empowering families to make healthier food choices by providing science-based information and advice, while expanding the availability of healthy food.

America’s students now have healthier and more nutritious school meals due to improved nutrition standards implemented as a result of the historic Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

Now these standards are extended to snacks available in schools.

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Have Coffee With Your State Rep

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State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

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East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 …

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

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Mimi Perrotti, Democrataic candidate for the 34th House District; East Hampton, East Haddam and Westchester, is delighted to announce that she has been approved for public financing by the State …

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Town Seeking New Building Official

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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 …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

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