Give What You Can

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Monday, November 24, Goodspeed Opera House will kick off their annual food drive to benefit the East Haddam Food Bank. Hoping to have another record breaking year of participation, Goodspeed will be collecting non-perishable donations beginning at 1 p.m., prior to the matinee performance of Holiday …

Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

First Selectman, Mark Walter has announced that East Haddam has received the opportunity to finance some long-term capital improvements through the USDA Rural Development Program. The town applied for both grant and loan monies from the USDA in December 2013, for improvements to the elementary school, renovations to the former middle …

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter After an extensive national search, Goodspeed’s Board of Trustees have found a new director. Chosen by the board is two-time Tony Award winner Michael Gennaro who will replace outgoing director Michael Price who is retiring after 46 years with the organization. Gennaro is described as …

East Hampton High School Evacuated after Bomb Threat

by Bette Tani An anonymous, electronic, correspondence stating there was a bomb in the East Hampton High School building yesterday, Monday, Nov. 17, resulted in students and personnel being evacuated to a nearby location. According to officials, students were evacuated around 1 p.m. following receipt of the threat by a …

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Republicans Clean up in East Haddam and East Hampton

November 5, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments

by Bette Tani

With the exception of the Congressional race, East Haddam and East Hampton voted overwhelmingly republication in yesterday’s elections. The only democrat to win in those two towns was incumbent Joe Courtney who earned 2,857 East Hampton votes and 2,059 in East Haddam, beating his opponent (R) Lori Hopkins-Cavanaugh by 1,418 combined votes, according to figures supplied by both towns.

Three other incumbents, all republicans, who will also remain in office are State Senator Art Linares, State Representative Melissa Ziobron, and Judge of Probate Jennifer Berkenstock. For governor (R) Tom Foley was the top choice earning 2,008 votes in East Haddam and 2,927 in East Hampton. Current Governor (D) Daniel Malloy received 1,537 and 2,249 respectively. … Continue Reading

2015 Youth Basketball Registration now Open

Basketball-through-hoop-Wikimedia-Commons-2012-300x236by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

The Town of East Haddam is now accepting registrations for the upcoming youth basketball season. Programs are open to boys and girls in grades K through. Cost is $40 and deadline to register for youth basketball (grades 3-8) is Mar. 14, 2015; K through grade 2 registration closes Feb. 23, 2015.

Youth basketball practices will begin the week of Jan. 5, and coaches are needed for every team before practices can start, according to recreation information. Games will be held once a week from Jan. 24, to Mar. 14 with the exception of Feb. 15, when no games are scheduled. Practices and games are held in the gym at East Haddam Elementary School. … Continue Reading

Sale of Johnsonville Good News for Town

November 1, 2014 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments
photo by Jean Maheu

photo by Jean Maheu

by Bette Tani

The sale of Johnsonville Village for $1.9 million in Moodus is a good thing for the town of East Haddam according to First Selectman Mark Walter.

“It would be wonderful if it became a wedding destination with maybe restaurants, retail, places to stay, and possibly a small museum,” Walter said.

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St. Stephen’s Church Announces two Upcoming Events

downloadSt. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will hold it’s annual Chicken Barbeque this Saturday, Nov. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parish hall located at 31 Main Street in East Haddam. The menu includes half a barbecued chicken, potato, salad, roll, and a selection of homemade desserts. Price per person is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and children $8. Take out is also available.

Donations of non-perishable items which will be donated to the East Haddam Food Bank, would also be appreciated. The East Haddam Food Bank feeds approximately 60 plus families per week and desperately low on food.

For more information, please call St. Stephen’s Church at 860-873-9547. … Continue Reading

Mimi Perriotti – Democratic Candidate State Rep – 34th District

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester.  Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester.
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Incumbent Melissa Ziobron Looking Forward to a Second Term

Melissa Ziobron

Melissa Ziobron

By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter
Candidate: 34th District – East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester
Party Affiliation: Republican
Age: 43
Marital Status: Married (20 years) with two children
Residence: East Haddam

State Representative (R) Melissa Ziobron who is seeking re-election to a second term as State Representative, is a lifelong resident of the 34th District and serves on the legislature’s Environment, Public Health and Appropriations committees.

Ziobron who grew up in East Hampton before moving to East Haddam as a teenager said she is dedicated to the residents of the district and wants to continue to help people stay in Connecticut, protect the environment, work with schools, address mental health issues and those of senior citizens, increase economic development and cut spending on a state level. … Continue Reading

Goodspeed Extends Showing of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

block_Listing_HOLIDAY-INN_2Get in the holiday spirit at Goodspeed this Dec. with a performance the tuneful world-premiere musical about a Connecticut farmhouse transformed into a jubilant nightspot, open only on holidays. From Valentine’s Day to the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving to Christmas, expect a cornucopia of hit songs by Irving Berlin in a dance-dizzy romance based on the classic film that starred Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. Raise a glass of cheer to “Happy Holiday,” “Easter Parade,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” and more of the world’s greatest show tunes. … Continue Reading

New School Superintendent Looks Forward to Working in East Haddam

October 23, 2014 Feature, Local News, schools No Comments
East Haddam School Superintendent Brian Reas

East Haddam School Superintendent
Brian Reas

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Brian Reas, new school superintendent for the East Haddam School District is enjoying his new position and feels it’s a natural fit for him.

“Coming here to East Haddam just seemed like a good fit. I enjoy working on a variety of tasks and issues, and look forward to having an everyday impact on how the schools here will progress in the future,” he said.

Reas, who came to East Haddam from East Lyme where he was assistant superintendent, said one his goals is getting the high school re-accredited with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). New England Association of Schools and Colleges is the nation’s oldest accrediting association, serving more than 2,000 public and independent schools, colleges and universities in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and American/international schools in more than sixty nations worldwide. It is committed to establishing and maintaining high standards for all levels of education from pre K-to doctoral levels. Since 1990, it remains the only one of the nation’s six accrediting agencies to promote collaborations for educational improvement, according to their web site. … Continue Reading

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Mimi Perriotti – Democratic Candidate State Rep – 34th District

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester. 
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

Incumbent Melissa Ziobron Looking Forward to a Second Term

Melissa Ziobron

By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Candidate: 34th District – East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester Party Affiliation: Republican Age: 43 Marital Status: Married (20 years) with two children …

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 …

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Capital Improvement Monies may be Coming

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First Selectman, Mark Walter has announced that East Haddam has received the opportunity to finance some long-term capital improvements through the USDA Rural Development Program. The town applied for both grant …

New Director takes over at Goodspeed

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By Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter After an extensive national search, Goodspeed’s Board of Trustees have found a new director. Chosen by the board is two-time Tony Award winner Michael Gennaro …

School Budget Forum Slated for Tonight

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The East Haddam Board of Education will be hosting a Budget Planning Forum tonight Nov. 17th, at 7 p.m. in the Nathan Hale Ray High School auditorium. The purpose of …

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