Community Breakfast

By Chloe Jackson On Sunday, December 21 at 8am there will be a community breakfast at the Second Congregational Church of Middle Haddam. All are welcome to come and eat.

New England Chamber Choir Christmas Concert

By Chloe Jackson On Friday night, December 19th, at 7:00pm come to the Second Congregational Church

Gillette Castle | Step Back in Time for a Turn of the Century Christmas

By Chloe Jackson This weekend, 20dec-21dec, is the last weekend to enjoy the holidays at Gillette Castle State Park. Come and enjoy

Millington School House Outhouse

By Chloe Jackson The East Haddam Historical Society would like to see the Millington Green School House’s Outhouse restored. The last building on the property to be restored it currently sit

Recent Articles:

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

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

untitledby 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 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


Political Views

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

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


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 …


Hidden Gem: K-LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

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By Chloe Jackson Editor| At the intersection of 151 and route 66 sits K.LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. For nine months Stephanie Lumbra’s hard work has produced excellent all American food.  With …

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 …

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 …

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