Goodspeed Extends Showing of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn

Get 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 …

New School Superintendent Looks Forward to Working in East Haddam

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Statewide Voter Registration is Next Tuesday

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Local roots of famous freed slave part of Connecticut Freedom Trail

The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

The descendants of famous freed slave Venture Smith gather at his grave in East Haddam, CT to celebrate his life each September. Photo source: www.venturesmith.net 2009

Son of an African king, Venture Smith became the first black man to document his capture from Africa and life as an American slave and successful black freeman in Connecticut. And he has a local connection.

Venture Smith’s grave is one of the original sites on the Connecticut Freedom Trail. Events at the various Freedom Trail sites are held throughout Connecticut in the month of September. To read more about the trail, visit the Web site at http://ctfreedomtrail.org

The 17th annual Venture Smith Day commemoration will be held in the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town St. (RT. 151) in East Haddam on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. as part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail events.

The cemetery located next to the First Church of Christ in East Haddam contains the graves of Venture Smith (1728-1805) and several members of his family.

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In East Haddam – kick it!

August 28, 2013 Local News, Sports No Comments
Registration also is open now for the fall season of East Haddam Youth Soccer and Adult Co-ed Soccer.

Registration also is open now for the fall season of East Haddam Youth Soccer and Adult Co-ed Soccer.

Press Release

The Hale Ray Boys Soccer team hosts an eight-team soccer jamboree at the Nathan Hale Ray High School in Moodus, CT (East Haddam) on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the lower soccer field.

The East Haddam Soccer Club will also play some scrimmages with their youth players beginning at 9 a.m.

Come and support the soccer program in East Haddam by watching some games and stopping by the concession stand for food and beverages.

A booth will be open with cleats and other items for sale by the Oakwood Pro Shop.

Sign up

Also, to register your child for youth soccer (boys and girls in grades K-5) this fall, visit www.easthaddamrec.com

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CT DEEP closes parts of State Forest – cites virus-carrying mosquitoes

Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest  to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to the public due to the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in mosquitoes that feed on humans.

Some mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus feed on horses and birds.

Pachaug State Forest is located in Voluntown, CT and is the largest state forest in Connecticut. It is a popular camping and hiking location.

Due to the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, the DEEP has closed the Mt. Misery and Frog Hollow Horse campgrounds until further notice.

Signs have been posted in this portion of the forest by DEEP staff advising visitors of the closure. Click on this link for a list of alternative camping areas/outdoor recreational areas http://www.ct.gov/deep

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33 percent mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms.”

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Youth arts group seeks donations for giant tag sale

EPOCH ARTS IMAGE East Hampton CT

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

August 23, 2013 Areawide, Business No Comments
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.

Press Release

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

Press Release

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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