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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Legislator Invites Public to View Bridge Construction Project

October 2, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

imagesEast Haddam – Thursday, October 9, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron will provide residents with an opportunity to see first-hand the construction progress being made on the Route 82 bridge.

Parking will be available at either the town offices, the Post Office or St. Stephens; where residents can then take a short walk down the hill towards the bridge. Ziobron and a Department of Transportation (DOT) representative will be available to answer questions from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event will be canceled if it rains. … Continue Reading

Help Support East Haddam’s Project Graduation

October 1, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

car_show_resizedEast Haddam – Project Graduation, a program sponsored by East Haddam Youth & Family Services will be hosting the second Annual Hale-Ray Graduation Car Show at Heritage Park Saturday, Oct. 11. Project Graduation is an all-night, substance free party that takes place immediately following graduation. Each year parent volunteers organize the event which allows graduates the opportunity to participate in one last celebration together.

The Nathan-Hale Project Grad Committee is currently seeking businesses and organizations interested in hosting promotional space at the car show. According to the project’s facebook page, last year’s turnout was very strong, and they are hoping for the same success again this year. Sponsors of the event will be afforded as much “display space as they want for setting up table(s), promo items, even a vehicle if desired,” according to their site. … Continue Reading

Head Start Preschool Openings Available to Middlesex County Residents

September 29, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

 

 

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Spots are still available in the Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) Head Start and Preschool Centers. Parents in Middlesex County are being encouraged to consider enrolling their children in these programs even if currently on waiting lists at other area schools. CRT Head Start and Preschool offer a “stimulating educational environment” for children throughout the school year or until space opens on wait lists.

As a special incentive, the first 200 children to enroll in CRT’s Head Start or Preschool Program will receive a free CRT backpack filled with goodies, including pencils, notebook, dental care kit and a children’s book, according to the organization. After 30 days of a child’s attendance, parents will receive a $10 Walmart gift card. For enrollment information on CRT’s Head Start and Preschool Program, call (860) 560-5401 or email ECE@crtct.org. … Continue Reading

Concerns for Center for Community Agriculture Discussed

September 26, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

4-Selectmanby Charles Farrow

A variety of opinions were expressed at Thursday’s public meeting over the proposed Center for Community Agriculture for the town-owned Harris property on Mt. Parnassus.

The project, which has a six year history, proposes a large portion of open space with a small portion to be developed with community gardens, year-round growing structures, a barn dedicated to education, and food processing, all of which are permitted under the current zoning regulations.

The initial question was how to determine what amount the town can spend within environmental, historic, reasonable, etc. constraints. One element was to expand the town’s agricultural profile and take advantage of grants available to that sector.

Some of the positive opinions expressed included education of young farmers is critical, the town can begin to return farmland to its historic use, there is real economic opportunity in organic farming, the town would be able to address issues like safe food practices and food security, and the fact that there are intangible benefits that come from a long-term commitment to food production.
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Historical Society to Unveil W. Langdon Kihn’s Portrait of his Daughter

September 25, 2014 Feature No Comments

historical societyEAST HADDAM – The late, world-renowned East Haddam artist W. Langdon Kihn’s portrait of his daughter Phyllis “Fifi” Kihn, former Archivist of the Connecticut Historical Society, is being donated to the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum by Kihn’s nephew Professor Cliff Bragdon and his wife Sarah. The donation will be formalized and the portrait unveiled at the East Haddam Historical Society and Museum, 264 Town Street, Saturday, September 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow.

“Our family is proud and happy that this portrait is returning to East Haddam, a town and a state that were the center of the lives of both my uncle and my cousin,” Bragdon said. … Continue Reading

Center for Community Agriculture Public Hearing Tonight

September 25, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

smCENTER_for_Community_Agriculture_logo__2_The Town of East Haddam will hold a public informational forum tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Nathan Hale-Ray High School Auditorium, 15 School Drive. The purpose of the meeting is to answer residents questions regarding the Center for Community Agriculture, a municipal project located at 218 Mt. Parnassus Road.

Possible project modifications and the process for revising the town approved STEAP grant will also be discussed. All are … Continue Reading

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

September 24, 2014 Political Views No Comments
(from left) Dr. George Knoecklein, Limnologist and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron discuss cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms present in Lake Pacotopaug.

(from left) Dr. George Knoecklein, Limnologist and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron discuss cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms present in Lake Pacotopaug.

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 the Lake. Lake Pocotopaug had been closed for swimming over Labor Day weekend, when it was concluded that the lake was suffering from serious cyanobacteria or blue-green algae bloom.

According to research, “Blooms may be triggered by a combination of water and environmental conditions, including: excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen), sunlight, low-water or low-flow conditions, calm water and warmer temperatures.”

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East Haddam Family taking steps to Fight Digestive Diseases

September 23, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

 

imagesAmy Saraco and her family have formed a team; Team Sarac-Stars, who will be participating in the CT Shoreline Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is hosting the walk Saturday, October 25, at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. The family has committed to raising $1500 to support this mission. To jump-start their fundraising efforts, Saraco will host a Tastefully Simple party online through September 30. Twenty-five percent of all sales will be donated to CCFA. Saraco encourages everyone to stock up on fall favorites such as slow cooker ingredients and breads while supporting the mission of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. … Continue Reading

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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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