Weekly Testing on Lake Continues

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 …

’Tis the Season: Chainsaw Safety

Thomas 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 …

Goodspeed Announces Cast for New Musical

by Bette Tani Editor/Reporter Goodspeed Musicals is marking thirty years of fresh, innovative, and original new musicals at its Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, CT with the production of The Circus in Winter. This new work will run from October 23 through November 16. This brand new folk, rock musical …

East Hampton Police Report

8/22: 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, …

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Gov. Malloy – take precautions during summer heat this July 4th weekend

July 3, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Given the heat index forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges residents to take steps to stay cool and safe… and to check on the welfare of those who are homebound or otherwise vulnerable to heat stroke.

“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity,” Gov. Malloy said in a prepared statement today (July 3.)

“A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” he said.

“Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

He also offered these safety tips:

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Love old cars? Don’t miss this event in Belltown CT

July 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Belltown Antique Car Club - used by permission.

The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Belltown Antique Car Club – used by permission.

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Have a great vintage or antique car?  Love to revisit your favorite car of your youth?  Then you’ll love the annual Belltown Antique Car Club show coming up in August in East Hampton, CT.

The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT.

All stock, unmodified cars and trucks from the dawn of the motoring age through model year 1971 are welcome and will be classified for judging.

In addition, there will be a display-only area (no judging) for other collector vehicles built through 1982, including hot rods.

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New boating laws will boost business and tourism says Sen Linares

June 27, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013.  A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013. A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 26 signed into law a bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Art Linares that will provide a boost to Connecticut’s marine industry.

Sen. Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, includes these changes:

  • Extends the length of time that boats stored during the winter are exempt from sales and use tax,
  • Extends the sales tax exemption for storing noncommercial boats by two months, by starting the period sooner and ending it later. Under current law, the period runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31,
  • Extends the use tax exemption for boats brought into Connecticut only to be stored, maintained, or repaired, by ending the period one month later. Under current law, the period runs from Oct. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31.

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East Hampton rewarded with electric vehicle charging station in CT Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge

June 26, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy. The funds the town received as a result were used to install an electric vehicle charging station. From L-R, Town Manager Michael Maniscalco, Council member Kyle Dostaler,  Economic Development Commission member Jamie Bell, Council Chair Sue Weintraub, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, State Sen. Art Linares. Contributed photo.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy. The funds the town received as a result were used to install an electric vehicle charging station. From L-R, Town Manager Michael Maniscalco, Council member Kyle Dostaler, Economic Development Commission member Jamie Bell, Council Chair Sue Weintraub, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, State Sen. Art Linares. Contributed photo.

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On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

“The town was very excited to see so many people take action to reduce their home’s energy use.  With this program, almost 200 homes made the commitment to save money and make their homes more comfortable,” said Town Manager Mike Maniscalco.

The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge was made possible by a $4.17 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings initiative.

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National Pollinator Week – why you should care

June 20, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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DMV online feature calculates your time in line

June 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

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Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

The new wait-time link can be found at ct.gov/dmv

It shows the waiting times that start after someone receives a numbered ticket that puts them in a queue for a certain service.

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Look what you’ll find on a tree walk in East Hampton

June 16, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street in East Hampton Village that is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut. Contributed photo.

In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street in East Hampton Village that is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut. Contributed photo.

Mother Nature gave us a little break from the daily downpours and thereby offered a great day for a “Tree Walk” in East Hampton Village, sponsored by the Chatham Historical Society.

In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street that is the oldest if its kind in Connecticut.

The walk was organized by the Chatham Historical Society as part of the “Explore East Hampton” monthly series.

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Statewide property tax pitched for funding CT schools

June 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
Economist Stan McMillen said that for the last five fiscal years, Connecticut has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.  He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economist Stan McMillen said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall in Connecticut’s aid to municipalities totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economists at the University of Connecticut are suggesting that a statewide property tax might close a more than $1 billion funding gap in the state’s education cost sharing (ECS) formula.

They pitched that idea in their quarterly “Connecticut Economy” report released Thursday (June 13) at the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Hartford offices.

Stan McMillen, a contributing economist, said that for the last five fiscal years, the state has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.

He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion.

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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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