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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Statewide Voter Registration is Next Tuesday

October 22, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments

imagesby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Election Day is just two weeks away, and Connecticut in an effort to get people registered will hold a statewide voter registration session, Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In East Haddam eligible residents can register with the town clerk until Oct. 28, however on that day people should go to the Registrar of Voters office located at 7 Main Street in East Haddam. Registration is open to individuals 18 years of age, or those who will be 18 by election day, Nov. 4, 2014. … Continue Reading

Town Seeking New Building Official

October 20, 2014 Business, Feature, Local News No Comments

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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 program, with more than five years of experience supervising the construction or design of buildings. Interested candidates must also be certified by the State of CT, in addition to having a valid CT drivers license. … Continue Reading

Arrest made in Haddam House Fire

October 17, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
Photo courtesy of Haddam Volunteer Fire Department.

Photo courtesy of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company

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, Virginia, was taken into custody after turning himself in to authorities, Thursday, Oct. 16.

He “verbally explained that he set the fire and that it was his brother’s house. He was taken into custody without incident,” according to state police. … Continue Reading

Nathan Hale Ray HS holds Clothing Drive

October 16, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

Clothing-drive-on-hanger1by 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, tablecloths, towels and stuffed animals.
There is no need sort items, the group only requests they be bagged.

Clothing drops can be made at the Nathan Hale Plaza, Route 149 in Moodus, Saturday, Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and noon. … Continue Reading

Hello From the Editor

October 15, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments

imageDear 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 by The Pawling News Chronicle. After it’s demise, (following over a hundred of years of publication), I was recruited for a start paper in the same town in 2009. Economy and other factors forced the publisher to shut down in 2012, so I am now here (another long story).

I really just want you to know that as the editor of the East Hampton, East Haddam Today Newspapers, you can count on fair and honest reporting. I will give you as many facts as I can dig up, and tell them to you so that you can make up your own minds, without bias. I will also do my best to let you know what is going on in your community from events and happenings at schools, community functions, regional topics, news, politics, personal triumphs and struggles, sports and photos of your kids, as well as hard hitting, investigative news reporting when necessary. … Continue Reading

Selectmen Meeting Cancelled

October 15, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

untitledThe East Haddam Board of Selectmen has announced that the regularly scheduled meeting for tonight, Oct. 15, has been cancelled. The meeting is rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Grange Hall located at 488 Town Street in East Hadddam.

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

October 14, 2014 Business, Feature No Comments

Foliageby 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 on the lower Connecticut River is a safe, quiet, intimate 64’ vessel, certified to carry 65 passengers. The boat has been inspected, approved, stability tested and certified by The United States Coast Guard, according their web site.

Passengers can easily be out of the sun, rain or wind under a recently installed moveable canopy that can cover the entire stern. “She is handicap accessible,” but “cannot handle large electric wheelchairs.” Also on board is heated cabin area used during late fall, winter and early spring cruises.

The cruise will take passengers through East Haddam, voted by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 25 places in New England to view Fall foliage, according to Expeditions. Sites along the way include Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam Swing Bridge, and Gillette Castle to mention a few. Cruise time is 90 minutes. … Continue Reading

Have Coffee With Your State Rep

downloadState 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 East Hampton, the other in East Haddam.

The purpose of the events is to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with her issues relating to state government.

The first of two events will take place in East Haddam, Thursday, Oct. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Two Wrasslin’ Cats Coffee House & Cafe; 374 Town Street.

The East Hampton event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Higher Grounds Coffee House Gallery, 70 Main Street. … 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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