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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Youth arts group seeks donations for giant tag sale

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Epoch Arts in East Hampton CT, is a regional “arts for youth” non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people learn to communicate, collaborate, create and celebrate by experiencing, hands-on, the arts.

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Here’s some motivation for cleaning out the garage, the “junk” closet, the college student’s room now that he or she is off to school…

Epoch Arts needs your donations of gently used items for a two-weekend tag sale/fundraiser.

Epoch Arts – a regional non-profit –  serves young people in East Hampton, East Haddam, Colchester, Hebron and other local towns.

Epoch Arts has already received some great stuff… furniture, household goods, art work and more.

So, plan to do some shopping. The tag sale will be held on two weekends, rain or shine, from 1 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8. Your second opportunity is the weekend of Sept. 14-15.

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New grant program for Connecticut nonprofits announced

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Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

Under legislation adopted during the recently adjourned legislative session, the Connecticut State Bond Commission is authorized to issue up to $20 million to support eligible projects for nonprofits doing business with the state.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (August 23) announced the launch of the state’s first-ever Nonprofit Grant Program – a new state bond pool specifically designated for nonprofit community-based organizations that provide health and human services through contracts or agreements with state agencies.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Facility alterations, renovations, improvement, additions, purchase and new construction;
  • Health, safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

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Rolling on the River – an invite from the East Haddam Senior Center

Registration and payment is due by Sept. 12 to join a Hudson River cruise hosted by the East Haddam Senior Center. Photo source: River Rose web site.

Registration and payment is due by Sept. 12 to join an Oct. 16, 2013 Hudson River cruise hosted by the East Haddam Senior Center. Photo source River Rose web site.

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The East Haddam Senior Center is sponsoring a day trip on the Hudson River on Oct. 16. To join the cruise, payment must be made by Sept. 12.

The cruise aboard the River Rose, an authentic New Orleans paddle wheeler, departs from Newburgh, NYand heads south for a 2-1/2 hour, narrated tour that will include sights such as West Point and Storm King Mountain.

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Tax free week continues through Aug 24

August 21, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots." - CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

“Sales-tax free week is the right time to shop for back to school or back to college but also for seasonal items like winter coats and boots.” – CT Dept of Revenue Services Commissioner Kevin Sullivan

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Connecticut’s sales-tax free week runs from Sunday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug 24.

The annual sales-tax free week coincides with the onset of back-to-school shopping.

It allows consumers to purchase most individual items of clothing and footwear priced under $300 without having to pay the usual sales and use tax.

“This week-long, sales-tax holiday makes back-to-school shopping a little bit easier for working families, while also helping retailers boost their bottom line,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said at a kickoff event at a clothing retailer in Bristol, Insane Irving’s.

“Many stores also plan sales and discounts to coincide with this week, which allows consumers to stretch their hard-earned money a little further,” he said.

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Moodus Sportsmen’s Club hosts ice cream social

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22.

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22.

You are invited to enjoy the annual ice cream social hosted by the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, coming up on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the club, located at 299 East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike.

For more information about the event or the club, call 1-860-873-3381, send an email to moodussportsman@gmail.com or write to the Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, P.O. Box 11, Moodus, CT 06469.

Posted August 20, 2013

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Historical Society brings back children’s book about Connecticut ferry

Publishers Weekly wrote about Ferryboat, “Their words and pictures are so completely involving that it’s almost like being on the real thing. The author carefully explains the workings of the ferry and takes readers from shore to shore, lovingly describing the sights and sounds of the ride…. The double-page spreads, with a deep blue river and lush tree-lined shores, are colorful and appealing.”  Book cover image courtesy of Chester Historical Society 2013.

Publishers Weekly wrote about Ferryboat, “Their words and pictures are so completely involving that it’s almost like being on the real thing. The author carefully explains the workings of the ferry and takes readers from shore to shore, lovingly describing the sights and sounds of the ride…. The double-page spreads, with a deep blue river and lush tree-lined shores, are colorful and appealing.” Book cover image courtesy of Chester Historical Society 2013.

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This spring, as the State of Connecticut debated raising the fares for the historic Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, the Chester Historical Society focused on the history of the ferry as it opened its new transportation exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods.” After all, the ferry has been an integral part of Chester history since it began in the 1700s.

And now the Historical Society has reprinted the children’s book, Ferryboat, about that historic ferry – written by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro. It was originally published in 1986 by HarperCollins.

Ferryboat went out of print several years ago, but the Maestros have permitted the Chester Historical Society to reprint 1,000 copies of the book.

“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonderful and colorful book to a whole new generation of readers and their families,” said Society president Skip Hubbard.  “Over the years, we have had some requests, so I expect there will be plenty of interest. It’s a pleasure to read it with a child and it makes a great gift.’’

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Haddam Neck Fair 2013 is just around the corner

The 2013 Haddam Neck Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

The 2013 Haddam Neck Fair runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

By Brenda Sullivan | Editor HTNP News

One consolation for all the Back-to-School ads that signal the end of summer – already? – is the beginning of fair season. Who doesn’t love these fried-dough, tractor-pulling, livestock-filled annual events?

One of the largest and most popular is just around the corner, the 2013 Haddam Neck Fair, which runs from Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck (Rt. 151 East Hampton CT)

A schedule of all the events – from the skillet-throwing and beard contests to live music and the Haddam Neck Fair 5K Road Race (and so much more!) – is available online at the official site http://www.haddamneckfair.com

You can also pick up a program guide at the information booth, located near the blue and white poultry barn and the outdoor dining area. You can also buy souvenirs here, and there will be helpful staff to answer your questions.

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Find out more about East Haddam Leo Club

The Leo Club works toward making East Haddam a better place through community service projects. Leos work alongside the Lions Clubs of East Haddam at events such as auctions, road races, ice cream socials and more.

The Leo Club works toward making East Haddam a better place through community service projects. Leos work alongside the Lions Clubs of East Haddam at events such as auctions, road races, ice cream socials and more.

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The East Haddam Leo Club meets from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at the East Haddam Free Public Library, 19 Plains Road in the Moodus section of East Haddam.

This group is open to youngsters age 12 to18 years old.

What is a Leo?

A Leo is someone who enjoys life, has fun and believes in helping his or her community.

LEO stands for Leadership, Opportunity, Experience – three elements that guide the club and its members.

Becoming a Leo is an excellent way to earn community service hours, build a résumé and impress colleges.

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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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