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Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

September 17, 2014 Business, Political Views No Comments

Eddies&ZiobronEast 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 auto repair businesses. What people may not realize is that the owners, Eddie and Carol Lupinek, have a unique and innovative approach, they are utilizing technology that no other shop in the world has.

When Eddie decided it was time to update the shop’s cross-flow paint booth he began to research possibilities and … 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

Higher Grounds offers music, arts, culture, and farm-fresh eats

By Lauren Quiricihighergrounds

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.  Since she moved to town 28 years ago, Page valued the existence in town of the type of cultural oasis that Higher Grounds has become.

Page chose to move to the town in part because of her fondness for “a funky little café in the building next door [to Higher Grounds’ current location] that had music and local art and little antiques and stuff,” she explains, “They closed, and until now we haven’t had anything.” After the café that she admired disappeared, Page endeavored to bring an indie-rock vibe back to the center of East Hampton. “I’ve just always wanted to have a funky little coffee shop where we could have art and music. There’s just not a lot of that around in Connecticut,” she  says. Since Page opened Higher Grounds, other coffee shops have been springing up in the area.  One of the newer shops, called “Down to Earth,” is located in Glastonbury, and another called “Something Simple” has surfaced in Hebron. “It’s kind of … Continue Reading

Village boutique switches to second-hand style

August 4, 2014 Business, Feature No Comments
The storefront of Sweet Repeats in East Hampton's Village Center

The storefront of Sweet Repeats in East Hampton’s Village Center

By Lauren Quirici

Step through the door of Sweet Repeats, a clothing consignment shop in East Hampton’s Village Center, and you will find colorful racks filled with dresses and blouses, daring heels and stylish handbags, displays draped with sparkling accessories and more.

At the back of her shop, owner Alison Davis sits at a desk among bunches of silk roses and golden bangle bracelets, a rack of newly acquired merchandise behind her waiting to be priced. A stack of flowered business cards are displayed to … Continue Reading

An invitation from the Friends of East Hampton Village Center

September 25, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off

EAST HAMPTON VILLAGE cover of 2006 reportPress Release

Friends of the East Hampton Village Center will meet on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, 70 Main St.

The group meets the first Thursday of each month to discuss and plan events and initiatives that help promote the village center, including the upcoming fall festival planned for Oct. 26.

The public is welcome.

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Enrollment in new state insurance program begins Oct 1

September 20, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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Jason Madrak, Chief Marketing Officer for Access Health CT – the entity charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the state’s new insurance program – was a guest on CTV14’s “Town Talk,” hosted by Brenda Sullivan.

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

As host of the CTV14 governmental affairs program, “Town Talk,” I recently interviewed Chief Marketing Officer Jason Madrak of Access Health CT – this is the entity that is charged with enrolling Connecticut residents under the new statewide insurance plan as part of the country’s Affordable Care Act.

You can watch my interview with Mr. Madrak online by clicking on this link http://www.ctv14.com and then clicking on the Programming tab. In this drop-down menu, choose VOD archives. On the next page, use the drop-down menu on the left (All Folders) and choose “Town Talk” from the bottom of that list.

In addition to the interview with Access Health CT, there’s a very informative “Town Talk” interview with Windham State Rep. Susan Johnson that also simplifies some of the nuts and bolts of what’s on the horizon.

Below are comments from Access Health CT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Counihan, issued Sept. 18, on getting ready to launch the sign-up program on Oct. 1, 2013.

This first wave of enrollment will continue until Jan. 1, 2014.

You may have noticed an increase in TV ads urging you to sign up for a company’s insurance plan. You may want to know that unless you are enrolled through Access Health CT, you will NOT be entitled to subsidies (in some cases, 100 percent subsidies).

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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 Hampton Chatham Party endorses candidates for 2013 elections

August 22, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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The East Hampton Chatham Party endorsed 15 candidates at its Aug. 22 party caucus.

Press Release

The Chatham Party of East Hampton, CT  announced today (Aug. 22) its intent to maintain its majority on the Town Council and get more of its members onto other boards such as education, finance, assessment appeals and zoning board of appeals.

The Chatham Party endorsed 15 candidates at its party caucus, according to a press release issued tonight.

Leading the slate are five candidates for Town Council – Sue Weintraub (incumbent), Kyle Dostaler (incumbent), Derek Johnson (incumbent), Glenn Suprono (incumbent) and Angela Sarahina.

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Sales-tax free week continues through Aug 24

August 20, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
“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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Story defends Bevin Bells owner in senate race

August 16, 2013 Areawide, Business, Local News Comments Off
Matt Bevin – a resident of Louisville, Kentucky – is also the owner of the East Hampton CT landmark business, Bevin Bros. Bells which has been climbing its way back from a devastating fire in May 2012. Photo source: Matt Bevin campaign web site 2013.

Matt Bevin – a resident of Louisville, Kentucky – is also the owner of the East Hampton CT landmark business, Bevin Bros. Bells which has been climbing its way back from a devastating fire in May 2012. Photo source: Matt Bevin campaign web site 2013.

By Brenda Sullivan | Editor HTNP News

Entitled, “McConnell Fudges Facts in Attacks on Bevin,” author Robert Farley dismantles what he depicts as a smear campaign on the part of Sen. Mitch McConnell aimed at his Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, who is campaigning for a seat on the U.S. Senate.

Bevin – a resident of Louisville, Kentucky – is also the owner of the East Hampton CT landmark business, Bevin Bros. Bells which has been climbing its way back from a devastating fire in May 2012.

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Connecticut microgrid program unique in the nation

August 15, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148.  Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis.  They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

The Microgrid Grant and Loan Pilot Program was created under Public Act 12-148. Microgrids will provide electricity to critical facilities and town centers on a 24/7 daily basis. They will also include a system of “trips” and “transfers” to isolate the microgrid and provide power within its network even when there is a large-scale outage.

Press Release

The state’s progress to mitigate the impact of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions was the topic at a press conference in Hartford, CT on Wednesday (Aug. 14), hosted by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and other state and local officials.

Connecticut has taken a leadership role in creating a clean-energy economy, they said, via initiatives that will:

  • “harden” energy infrastructure and modernize the state’s electric grid,
  • reduce harmful carbon emissions through investments in transportation,
  • promote renewable energy projects,
  • and support energy efficiency.

Gov. Malloy said, “We know from first-hand experience that we must make our energy grid stronger, smarter, and more secure… As we see increasingly severe weather and other impacts of climate change, it becomes even more important to harden our infrastructure as we make investments to reduce global warming emissions.”

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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 …

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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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 …

State Unemployment-July 2014

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The 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 …

Higher Grounds offers music, arts, culture, and farm-fresh eats

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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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