Head Start Preschool Openings Available to Middlesex County Residents

    by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter 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 …

Concerns for Center for Community Agriculture Discussed

by 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 …

Historical Society to Unveil W. Langdon Kihn’s Portrait of his Daughter

EAST 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 …

Center for Community Agriculture Public Hearing Tonight

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. …

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Transportation projects expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction jobs

July 26, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (July 26) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved more than $537 million in state funds to finance a series of construction and maintenance projects through the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) capital infrastructure program.

The program includes 250 lane miles of state highway resurfacing and more than 40 bridge restoration projects around the state.

The funds will be used to leverage about $600 million in federal transportation aid to update, strengthen and improve the safety of Connecticut’s highways, bridges, rail and transit systems.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

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Connecticut budget ends with $359 million surplus

July 24, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
Gov. Malloy's budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

Gov. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Personal income tax receipts came in higher than anticipated during May and June (2013), which allowed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director to adjust the surplus up $123 million more than last month.

Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus.

Personal income tax receipts were up $55.1 million over last month. The corporation tax also was revised upward by $15 million.

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East Haddam cooling center may be open Saturday

July 18, 2013 Local News No Comments
The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus. It may also be open Saturday July 20, if requested.

The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus. It may also be open Saturday July 20, if requested.

If you know of someone who is home-bound, elderly or otherwise might be suffering from this awful heat, think about checking on them, and taking them to a cooling center if necessary… The East Haddam Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 18 and 19, as a cooling center and is located at 15 Great Hillwood Road in Moodus.

The building may remain open later and may open on Saturday, July 20 if there are requests.

If you need these additional hours, please call the East Haddam Emergency Management Director Craig Mansfield on Friday BEFORE NOON at 860-873-5103.

If someone you check on shows signs of distress from the heat – i.e. disorientation, cool skin, losing consciousness, etc. – please call 911 immediately.

Also, please be sure animals have shelter and lots of water and leave them home – don’t leave them in the car with windows partially open – temps can climb high enough in minutes to cause brain damage and death… obviously, the same warning goes for leaving children in cars.

Be safe!

Posted July 18, 2013 – based on info provided by the town

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East Haddam senior citizens wish Roczniak happy retirement

July 17, 2013 Local News No Comments
CT State Sen. Art Linares and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron present Joanne Roczniak with a state proclamation recognizing her more than 30 years of service to seniors in East Haddam, at a retirement party held July 14, 2013. Photo by Jean Maheu, copyright 2013 HTNP.com

CT State Sen. Art Linares and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron present Joanne Roczniak with a state proclamation recognizing her more than 30 years of service to seniors in East Haddam, at a retirement party held July 14, 2013. Photo by Jean Maheu, copyright 2013 HTNP.com

By Charles Farrow | Contributor

For more than 30 years, Joanne Roczniak has been East Haddam’s Senior Citizens’ Director. And Sunday, July 14was her day to be honored for her exemplary service.

In a retirement ceremony, emcee’d by Jo Golec, speaker after speaker praised Joanne’s tenacity and vision.

And lots of laughs were shared.

Her persistence was recalled and celebrated – in the end, Joanne always got want she wanted; she never took “No” for an answer.

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Live music Saturday at the Sanctuary

LICHTER BROTHERS at the Sanctuary 07-20-2013

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

July 4, 2013 Local News No Comments
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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