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Weekly Testing on Lake Continues

September 15, 2014 Feature, Local News, Local News No Comments


by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Concerns of blue/green algae in Lake Pocotopaug this summer resulted in weekly water testing to determine the safety of the lake’s water.

According to a statement on the East Hampton town web site the most recent test taken Sept. 2, showed a level 2 of algae present. It was determined by that test that “toxicity and blue/green levels do not meet the threshold of a category 3,” which would require posting no swimming signs.

Town Manager Michael Maniscalo said in an interview that on the side of caution they decided … Continue Reading

’Tis the Season: Chainsaw Safety

September 15, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

ChainsawThomas Worthley, Professor in the Department of Forestry at UConn Extension Service will present a workshop on chainsaw use and safety, highlighting guidance from a methods and safety program recognized industry wide. The program will emphasize safety/risk management, chainsaw handling, cutting procedures, and specialized situations. Sponsored by East Hampton Public Library & East Hampton Public Works.

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East Hampton Police Report

September 15, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

East_Hampton_Police_Logo8/22: Todd Travis Bower, 25, of 230 Old West High St., was arrested and charged with third degree assault and disorderly conduct, East Hampton Police said.

8/22: Michael Bower, 23, of 230 Old West High St., was issued a summons for second-degree criminal mischief, police said.

8/22: Alex Banning, 21, of 4 Smith St., was issued a summons for third-degree criminal mischief and operating an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle, police said.

8/29: Barry Marchinkoski, 48, of 1 Labella Circle, Middletown, was arrested pursuant to an active arrest warrant and … Continue Reading

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

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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Movie Night at East Hampton Public Library

August 25, 2014 Feature, Local News, Uncategorized Comments Off

Todd Burpo relates the true story of his son’s apparent experience of the afterlife in “heaven is for Real.”

On Tuesday, August 26th, the East Hampton Public Library will be hosting a Movie Night open to all ages.

The featured movie, Heaven is for Real (rated PG), is the story of young Colin Burpo’s visions of an afterlife during an emergency appendectomy.  Said to be a true story, the movie is based on a bestselling book written by Todd Burpo, Colin’s father, after the child awoke from surgery with an amazing story.

The story features Colin’s matter-of-fact and childlike take on what he says he experienced during his surgery, as retold by his father.  Colin’s piquing descriptions, such as “nobody is old and nobody wears glasses,” have appealed to the curiosity of many.

A discussion following the showing of Heaven is for Real will be moderated by library staff member Phil Carr.

East Hampton Police Report

August 20, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments


On 8/6/14:

Victor D. Brown, 54, of 170 Earle St., Hartford, was arrested for Forgery in the 1st Degree and Criminal Attempt to Commit Larceny in the 5th Degree and is scheduled to appear before the Middletown Superior Court on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 to answer to the aforementioned charges.


John F. Pollard, 55, of 68 Childs Rd., East Hampton was issued a summons for Misuse of Plates and Operating an Unregistered and Uninsured Motor Vehicle.  Pollard is scheduled to appear before the Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM to answer to the aforementioned charges.

Nina Claire Schulz, 51, of 75 Old Marlborough Rd., East Hampton was arrested pursuant to … Continue Reading

“Take the Time” Mobile Offers Free Mammograms

August 18, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

No matter who you are, chances are that breast cancer has affected you or someone you know. Checkups are important to catch symptoms early, and the Peszynski family is doing all they can to help provide access to the mammograms that can be critical for early detection of the disease. On September 20th, the “Take the Time” Mammography Mobile will be making its next appearance at the family’s garden shop, Paul’s and Sandy’s Too, located at 93 East High Street in East Hampton. The mobile offers free mammograms to women over the age of 40 who have not had a mammogram within the past 12 months. TaketheTime

The “Take the Time” Mobile is funded by the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, which was started by Karen Peszynski Clark and her family. Sandy, Karen’s mother and the namesake of the foundation as well as the family’s shop, passed away in 2007 from breast cancer after a twenty-five year battle against the disease. The foundation raises funds through efforts such as the annual Pumpkintown festival, a fantasy village complete with pumpkin-headed inhabitants that runs each year from late … Continue Reading

Hometown History



State Unemployment-July 2014


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


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.  …

Village boutique switches to second-hand style


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, …

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