CL&P’s Proposed Rate Hike

State Representative Gregory Haddad (D-Mansfield) expressed his strong opposition to the substantial rate hikes recently proposed by Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). Haddad called on the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to deny the request to raise rates for Connecticut customers of CL&P. “This proposed $232 million electric rate hike will financially …

East Haddam’s Center for Community Agriculture Food Processing Plans on Hold

East Haddam, CT – First Selectman, Mark Walter has stated that plans for building a barn-style education facility to house a food processing incubator kitchen at the Center for Community Agriculture, have been put on hold. The next public informational forum on this project will be held at the High …

Volunteer EMTs Needed

The East Haddam Ambulance Association at 440 Town Street is seeking new volunteers to add to their team.  The group is currently working hard to recruit Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Responders.  All training is provided by the association, and no previous experience is necessary. In 1968, the year …

“Take the Time” Mobile Offers Free Mammograms

No matter who you are, chances are that breast cancer has affected you or someone you know. Checkups are important to catch symptoms early, and the Peszynski family is doing all they can to help provide access to the mammograms that can be critical for early detection of the disease. …

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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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Some of the members of the East Haddam Business Association who helped with the first EHBA Community Faire and Tag Sale. Photo source: EHBA

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