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Sen Linares, Save programs that grow jobs

March 14, 2013 Areawide, Business, Letters to Editor Comments Off
Sen. Art Linares toured Chester, CT-based manufacturer Aero-Cision on Feb. 27, 2013 as he works on bills that promote business-friendly policies to help create jobs. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares toured Chester, CT-based manufacturer Aero-Cision on Feb. 27, 2013 as he works on bills that promote business-friendly policies to help create jobs. Contributed photo.

Submitted by Sen. Art Linares

I recently threw my support behind a bill that I believe will make Connecticut more business-friendly and help to create jobs.

This bill makes permanent the state’s temporary Job Expansion Tax Credit Program.  As the law stands now, that program is slated to end on Jan. 1, 2014.

The savings that small businesses can realize from this program are considerable.

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Rep. Ziobron asks help to save state park

March 7, 2013 Areawide, Business, Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off
State Rep. Melissa Ziobron has introduced a bill to improve the Sunrise State Park in East Haddam, CT. DEEP photo.

State Rep. Melissa Ziobron has introduced a bill to improve the Sunrise State Park in East Haddam, CT. DEEP photo.

By State Rep. Melissa Ziobron

One of my priorities since taking office has been to enact a plan to get Sunrise State Park cleaned up and back into safe condition so people can once again enjoy it as a recreational resource, without fear of getting hurt or injured.

To that end, I proposed a bill that has been brought forward with new language as a committee bill, scheduled for a public hearing in the Environment Committee this Friday, March 8, 2013.

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Delving deeper into Malloy’s proposed state budget

February 21, 2013 Letters to Editor Comments Off
In all, there is more than $3 billion in borrowing. In order to stay under the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Malloy has changed the rules by which spending is calculated.

In all, there is more than $3 billion in borrowing. In order to stay under the constitutional spending cap, Gov. Malloy has changed the rules by which spending is calculated.

Letter to the Editor by Rep. Melissa Ziobron

When I originally reviewed Gov. Malloy’s budget proposal, I did not like what I saw, but, decided to wait until I got deeper into the details before passing judgment over his proposal. Now that I have had time to review it in more detail, sadly I think the budget proposal is worse than I originally thought.

Two years ago, Gov. Malloy had an opportunity to restructure state government and put it in a better position to recover from the economic difficulties and deficit plaguing the state for years. Unfortunately, the idea that one should “never let a crisis go to waste” was lost on his administration.

Instead of shrinking government and reducing spending, the Governor and his legislative supporters have increased spending and raised taxes by a record $1.8 billion.

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East Hampton Council members object to interim-chief process

February 7, 2013 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off
East Hammpton CT Town Council members say they've worked hard to put the turmoil over the Police Chief's position behind them. File photo July 13, 2010 copyright by Brenda Sullivan.

East Hampton CT Town Council members say they’ve worked hard to put the turmoil over the Police Chief’s position behind them. File photo July 13, 2010 copyright by Brenda Sullivan.

To The Editor,

As residents of East Hampton for many years, we have come to expect that our appointed, elected and paid town officials will consider the correct process when making decisions and most of all, consider the residents and their level of comfort.

Since the election of 2011, the level of comfort throughout our community has leveled off and the residents are again putting their trust in those who make decisions for them.

We began our term on the Town Council as the minority members and made steps to work with all members of the council to make decisions that were positive and right for our community.  This level of comfort was not achieved overnight, but we began to feel hopeful,  following many controversial meetings and discussions.

We worked together to hire a Town Manager and helped him as he settled into a new home and a very important job.  We desperately needed a person who would consider all that we had been through and help us to move forward.

We all agreed that this goal should be our focus and that we were steadily moving forward.

We believed that the retirement package that was accepted by our Chief of Police was acceptable to him and his family as well as the residents of our community.  This was a giant step forward for everyone.

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East Hampton Town Manager explains interim-chief decision

February 6, 2013 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

EAST HAMPTON TOWN HALL-500 pixelsDear Citizens,

Many of you have heard about my recent decision to temporarily appoint Matthew Reimondo to the position of Interim Police Chief in accordance with Town code 109-2. I am writing you in an effort to explain my decision and provide you with the details.

The job of the Town Manager is not to be involved with politics, but to ensure the Town as an organization continues to deliver services to the community in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

My decision to fill the interim position posed many challenges because of the State Statutes, lack of an internal succession plan, lack of managerial experience available and the political climate of this position.

Due to the state statutory requirements, fiscal restraints and the quick timeline to get the position filled, an external applicant was unattainable.

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Letter chides Senator Daily for lack of loyalty

August 6, 2012 Letters to Editor Comments Off

Mary Ellen Klink and Jim Crawford, candidates for the Connecticut 33rd District State Senate seat. Composite by Brenda Sullivan | HTNP.com

Dear Editor,

Wow! What a surprise AND disappointment. I just received a promotional piece for Jim Crawford, candidate for the 33rd District State Senate seat. While I am sure Mr. Crawford is a worthy candidate, as is his opponent Mary Ellen Klinck, I was shocked to see he is heavily endorsed by retiring Senator Eileen Daily.

Twenty years ago, Mary Ellen Klinck worked tirelessly to help Ms. Daily get elected to her first term as State Senator. Over the years, Mary Ellen donated time, money, her years of experience with the Democratic Party, and even her home to host fundraisers — all to benefit Ms. Daily.

I would have hoped Ms. Daily to be a better person. For her to turn her back on a loyal, hard-working friend is discouraging and wrong. The better solution would have been for Ms. Daily to simply wish both candidates good luck.

Sincerely,

Jim Johnson

Moodus (East Haddam) CT

Posted Aug. 6, 2012

Related link: How do they compare? Fundraising info on CT Senate 33rd District candidates http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2012/07/21/how-do-they-compare-fundraising-info-on-ct-senate-33rd-district-candidates/

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East Hampton – Klinck asks for your vote in senate primary

August 6, 2012 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

Mary Ellen Klinck is a Democratic candidate for Connecticut State Senator in the 33rd District, which includes East Haddam and East Hampton, CT. She and fellow Democrat Jim Crawford will vie for a place on the ballot in November, in the upcoming primary. Photo by Jean Maheu for HTNP.com

Dear Friends,

I am Mary Ellen Klinck, a lifelong Democrat, former East Haddam Selectman and State Commissioner of the Department of Aging, who believes the rights of the elderly, disabled, veterans, teachers, citizens and children need a voice.

Residents of the 33rd Senate District know they live in a magical place. I own property on both sides of the Connecticut River and love the vistas and sunsets. A clean, protected river and shoreline are vital to our quality of life. Open space land along these waterfronts must be preserved, so that future generations will enjoy what we have today.

While owning a restaurant, an insurance agency, and a real estate office, I’ve created hundreds of jobs. Add my membership on the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s executive board, and I know the needs in today’s business community. I’ve helped elect local, state and Federal Democratic candidates. The Party’s ideals are in my blood.

I support investment in Connecticut’s tourism industry, which will increase economic development, jobs and revenue. Our river and coastline will benefit from tourism promotion.

Beyond our district, UConn is becoming a world-class medical research center. The investment in Jackson Laboratory is a real boost, making Farmington the bioscience center of the Northeast, where people can get the best medical care now and in the future.

I have a passion for community service. One must not only give back to the community but also inspire others through good example. My resumé shows a diversified background, both as a professional and a volunteer. I enjoy being involved.

I promise to work vigorously for everyone in the 33rd District and ask for your support. We need a woman senator to replace Edith Prague and Eileen Daily, who are retiring.

Contact me at www.klinckforsenate.com or 860-873-8420.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Klinck

Posted August 6, 2012

Editor’s note: The 12 towns that comprise the 33rd Senatorial District are Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

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Letter – Candidate Melissa Ziobron’s East Hampton roots

July 22, 2012 Letters to Editor Comments Off

Melissa Ziobron is 2012 Republican candidate for State Representative in the 34th District. Contributed photo.

Thank you to the folks that stopped by to greet me at Old Home Day (OHD) in East Hampton. It was so much fun to be at the OHD grounds this weekend. I also enjoyed hearing—“Hey Missy Hoy” for the first time in about 25 years!

It was wonderful to see old friends and to see their children. It seems like yesterday when we competed in Field Day on that very spot. I am sure the volunteers of OHD must be proud. They put together an amazing event. Check out their blog to consider donating your time www.easthamptonoldhomedays.org

You may have seen a small collection of yard signs around town. It was part of a larger effort to re-introduce you to Melissa Ziobron and to remind residents, that I have deep roots in East Hampton.

My campaign is dedicated to the 34th district and while I may have graduated from Nathan Hale-Ray and live (and love) East Haddam-a piece of my heart is still here in East Hampton.

In East Hampton –  I learned to ride a bike, had a wonderful kindergarten teacher named Mrs. Anstett at Middle Haddam School, bought candy at Thatcher’s  and played junior high and freshmen year basketball for a wonderful and inspiring guy and mentor named Coach McCabe.

Thanks also to Bevin Bros. I began volunteering for them shortly after their devastating fire. Marching alongside the employees I have grown to admire and the Bevin family was a deep honor and I will continue to help them in any way possible. Help them by visiting www.keepthebellsinbelltown.com

My campaign website is now up, please visit www.melissaziobron.com I look forward to a vigorous campaign later this summer and hope for an opportunity to meet or reintroduce myself.

Melissa “Missy Hoy” Ziobron, East Haddam

Posted July 22, 2012 – Melissa Ziobron is a Republican candidate for State Rep. for the 34th District, which includes East Hampton, East Haddam and part of Colchester. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ziobron2012 and online at www.melissaziobron.com

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Klinck of East Haddam announces primary for CT Senate District 33

June 2, 2012 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

Mary Ellen Klinck has announced she will primary for the CT Senate District 33 seat. Current Sen. Eileen Daily recently announced she will not seek re-election. Photo source. Facebook

Dear Friends,

After decades of public service at the state and local levels, I am a Democratic candidate for State Senator for the 33rd district.*

I served eight years as Commissioner of the State Department on Aging, advocating for the rights of the elderly and disabled.

I am a life-long Democrat, served as an East Haddam Selectman and for many years as a Democratic Town Chairperson and 33rd District State Central Committee Woman.

As a successful business woman, owner of a restaurant, an insurance agency and a real estate office, I created jobs for hundreds of people.

I understand small and medium business growth is needed to reduce Connecticut’s unemployment and boost the economy.

The rights of the disenfranchised, along with those of the veterans, teachers and children, have always been my priority.

Residents of the 33rd district know they live in a magical place, and I am committed to protecting our environment, economy and quality of life.

I have formed a “Klinck for Senate” committee. My treasurer is Emily Varkala of East Haddam. I need your support and promise to work tirelessly for you.

Call me at 860-873-8420, email at meks1@aol.com, or send mail to P.O. Box 406, East Haddam, CT 06423.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Klinck

Paid for by Klinck for Senate Committee, Emily Varkala, Treasurer, P.O. Box 63, East Haddam, CT 06423

*To fill the seat of 10-term Democratic State Sen. Eileen Daily who is not seeking re-election; the 33rd District includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland & Westbrook

Posted June 2, 2012

Related link: Mary Ellen Klinck Files for Democratic Primary in 33rd Senate District, Valley News http://valleynewsnow.com/2012/06/mary-ellen-linck-files-for-democratic-primary-in-33rd-senate-district

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Letter to the Editor from Candidate Melissa Ziobron

May 25, 2012 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

"This campaign, indeed all campaigns, should be about our shared future and who is best qualified to represent all the residents of our entire District and not just one part of it. I have lived almost exclusively within the 34th District and care deeply about this area that 20,000-plus residents call home." - Melissa Ziobron

To the Editor:

Republican leaders at the state and local level have completed the initial phase of selecting candidates for the November elections. I am honored to receive the endorsement of my fellow Republicans in Colchester, East Haddam and East Hampton.

I am extremely grateful to the delegates of the 34th District Convention for their thoughtful consideration, and support, while acknowledging the long and varied service my Republican opponent has given to East Hampton.

This campaign, indeed all campaigns, should be about our shared future and who is best qualified to represent all the residents of our entire District and not just one part of it. I have lived almost exclusively within the 34th District and care deeply about this area that 20,000-plus residents call home.

“My experience as an Economic Development Coordinator [in East Haddam] makes me keenly aware of the daily struggle our local businesses face. As a Mom, I face the same challenges that many families face; as an outdoor enthusiast, I want to do everything I can to assure our beautiful natural resources and vistas are protected; as a former [East Haddam] Board of Education member, I know how important a quality education is to the entire community.”

We need to do more to protect our rural communities and end the addiction to spending (and taxing) that afflicts our leaders in Hartford.

We must help grow our local economies, not stifle them.

We must address our enormous projected budget deficit and stop kicking the proverbial can down the road.

We must listen to our constituents and I pledge to do just that, while communicating what is happening (or not) at the Capitol. It’s your money and I want to help you keep more of it.

To learn more about our campaign or to donate your valuable time, visit: www.melissaziobron.blogspot.com

– Melissa Ziobron

Posted May 25, 2012 – words in [brackets] added by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

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East Hampton’s Yellow Ribbon tree destroyed by October snowstorm

November 18, 2011 Letters to Editor, Local News Comments Off

A special thanks also goes to the Town Crew who, in the process of cleaning up the brush, cut a slab off the tree trunk and gave it to us to keep as a memento of our first Yellow Ribbon Tree. We hope to have this engraved and placed near another tree.

To the Community:

As most of you know, our Yellow Ribbon Tree in the Village Center was destroyed during the last storm.

Fortunately, one of our veterans recovered some of the ribbons and thanks to the East Hampton Town Crew, they recovered most of the flags for us.

A special thanks also goes to the Town Crew who, in the process of cleaning up the brush, cut a slab off the tree trunk and gave it to us to keep as a memento of our first Yellow Ribbon Tree. We hope to have this engraved and placed near another tree.

A special thanks goes to Rev. Thomas Kennedy of the Congregational Church. He has given us permission to temporally use one of the trees on the church lawn for our ribbons. We have tentative plans to have a small ceremony on Dec. 11 at noon to tie the ribbons on the tree.

We are hopeful that, somehow, we can raise enough funds to plant another tree.

If you know of a service person over seas and would like us to honor them, please contact me at amclaug105@aol.com or 860-267-2316.

It is important that we never forget our service men and women and the Yellow Ribbon program serves as a reminder of how proud we are of them and are honored to be able to recognize them.

Sincerely,

Ann R. McLaughlin, Chairperson

Welcome Home Veterans/Yellow Ribbon Committee

Posted Nov. 18, 2011

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Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

(from left) Dr. George Knoecklein, Limnologist and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron discuss cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms present in Lake Pacotopaug.

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