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State Trooper Sustains Minor Injuries in Rt. 9 Collision

September 5, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off

State_PoliceA State Police Trooper suffered minor injuries when the cruiser he was in was struck on Route 9 in Middletown on Friday morning. At 10:25 a.m. Friday morning, Trooper Dunning was on duty, parked on Route 9 northbound, parked in the left lane of two, just south of the Exit 10 off-ramp. The emergency lights of his cruiser were … Continue Reading

State Unemployment-July 2014

September 3, 2014 Areawide, Business, Feature Comments Off

laborThe New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released New England and state unemployment numbers for July 2014.  These data are supplied by the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program which produces monthly and annual employment, unemployment, and labor force data for Census regions and divisions, states, counties, metropolitan areas, and many … Continue Reading

Road Race & Fundraiser

September 2, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments
Benny_RunThe Benny Fund will sponsor the second annual Benny’s Run (5K & Kids Fun Run) on October 04, 2014.  We welcome all runners, walkers, and volunteers of all ages.
Benny’s Run was established in 2013, in remembrance of Benjamin J. Neiweem, an EHHS graduate.  As an avid runner and outdoorsman, his family and friends want to celebrate his life, and support our community, through this run and fundraiser.  All proceeds raised will go directly to The Benny Fund, an East Hampton, CT based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
What is the Benny Fund?  We strive to ensure mental illness is spoken about openly at our dinner tables, in our schools, and as a community.  The stigma associated with depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, as well as other mental illnesses is not only real, but acts as a barrier to seeking treatment. Mental illness is treatable and early intervention is crucial. Those who are affected should be treated with compassion, understanding, and care. Our mission is to support our communities through funding and mental health advocacy, while remembering a caring and loving man, Benjamin J. Neiweem.   In May 2014, The Benny Fund awarded its first scholarships and plans to continue to focus on scholarships for high school students, mental health advocacy campaigns, as well as funding for mental health education in our schools and communities.

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CL&P’s Proposed Rate Hike

September 2, 2014 Areawide, Feature Comments Off

connecticut-light-and-power-logo-cl-p1State 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 hurt all those individuals and businesses who rely on CL&P and could … Continue Reading

Gov Malloy supports hearings on UConn handling of sexual assaults

October 25, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Oct. 25 made the following statement in response to the controversy surrounding complaints filed by UConn students claiming the university failed to responsibly handle their reports of being sexually assaulted.

Legislators are now calling for public hearings on the complaints.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said.

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Legislators remember State Rep. Hamm following news of her death

October 24, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
Rep Gail Hamm and CT Atty Gen Richard Blumenthal at 2010 Old Home Days parade – File photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan

Rep Gail Hamm and CT Atty Gen Richard Blumenthal at 2010 Old Home Days parade – File photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan

By Brenda Sullivan – HTNP News Editor

Longtime Democratic East Hampton State Rep. Gail Hamm has died.

Rep. Hamm, 62, who had been in ill health for an extended period, was well respected for her advocacy on behalf of children.

Rep. Hamm served the 34th Assembly District for 7 terms, from 1999-2012, until it was re-districted and she announced her retirement.

According to CTNewsJunkie

Even as her health was failing in her last term, Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz said Hamm would come to Hartford to fulfill the duties of her office because ‘she didn’t want to let down her constituents.’ ”

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How East Hampton and Windham resolved minor party ballot issues

October 20, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.   However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not.

In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.
However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not.

Ed McKeon – MiddletownEye

While Middletown awaits the decree of a judge, other Connecticut towns have formulated solutions to adding minor party candidate names to the ballot in a year where several candidates have been ejected from ballots for want of a signature.

Connecticut law requires that all minor party candidates submit a signature with their party’s request for admission to the municipal ballot.  That law went into effect in 2010, but was ignored in 2011 elections when minor party candidates were added to the ballots in towns throughout Connecticut without the required signatures.

This year, those candidates have been challenged and minor party candidates have been forced off the ballot in several towns, including Middletown.

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October blood donors can win propane gift card

October 3, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.

Press Release

The American Red Cross encourages all those who can donate to help save lives and support Connecticut’s blood supply.

Thousands of blood donations are needed each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and children with blood disorders.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and the only source is from a generous blood donor.

For many, a blood transfusion can make a lifesaving difference.

Donors during the month of October 2013 will be eligible to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. (Gifts and prizes are non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.)

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Most Wanted caught in Middlesex county Operation Archangel net

September 30, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
East Hampton CT police participated in Operation Archangel that netted more than 50 suspects, some of them among the "most wanted."

East Hampton CT police participated in Operation Archangel that netted more than 50 suspects, some of them among the “most wanted.”

What’s known as Operation Archangel was carried out in Middlesex County on Sept. 30, 2013. Eighty-five law enforcement professionals from local, state and federal agencies collaborated today to track and take into custody some of this region’s “most wanted” criminal suspects.

According to a press release issued by the Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice, the operation began before dawn this morning, commanded by State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Middlesex Peter A. McShane and United States Marshal for the District of Connecticut Joseph P. Faughnan.

A total of 56 suspects were taken into custody that ranged in age from 17 to 51.

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

August 27, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
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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Court finds Apple part of conspiracy to fix eBook pricing

August 26, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

Press Release | CT Atty Gen George Jepsen

According to a press release issued by the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office, a federal judge has ruled that Apple Inc. violated federal and state law in conspiring to fix prices in the market for electronic books, or eBooks.

In the order, Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

The release states that a trial on the request for injunctive relief and damages will now be scheduled.

“As we have said throughout our investigation, consumers are entitled to a fair, open and competitive marketplace,” CT Atty Gen. Jepsen said. “The judge found, by a preponderance of the evidence that Apple conspired to restrain the marketplace for eBooks.

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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 …

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 …

Herbst (still) Wants Answers on Teacher Pension Neglect

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TRUMBULL, CT – Today Tim Herbst, Trumbull First Selectman and Candidate for State Treasurer, praised State Auditors for continuing to sound the alarm on the mismanagement of the Teacher’s Retirement …

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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 …

State Unemployment-July 2014

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By Lauren Quirici Kim Page, 48, is in her 4th successful year of business with what she refers to as her “coffee shop gallery” called Higher Grounds in East Hampton.  …

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