Community Breakfast

By Chloe Jackson On Sunday, December 21 at 8am there will be a community breakfast at the Second Congregational Church of Middle Haddam. All are welcome to come and eat.

New England Chamber Choir Christmas Concert

By Chloe Jackson On Friday night, December 19th, at 7:00pm come to the Second Congregational Church of Middle Haddam on Route 151 to enjoy the New England Chamber Choir’s Christmas Concert. Please call 860-267-8344 for more information.

Higher Grounds | Open Mic Night

By Chloe Jackson On Friday, December 19th, 2014, Higher Grounds Coffee House and Gallery at 70 Main St, Village Center continues its Friday Night Open Mic. Starting at 7pm- come and be the local talent or sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds.

Holiday Party for Little People

By Chloe Jackson Friday, December 19th, at 10:30am there is the Annual Holiday Party for children at the East Hampton Library.

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

August 12, 2014 Arts & Entertainment, Business Comments Off

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

Perfect Weather for Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade

August 11, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off
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A banner on the side of the third-place winning “Dr. Seuss” boat seems a good description of the day.

By Lauren Quirici

Crowds gathered at Sears Park on the sunny afternoon of Saturday, August 9th to watch the participating boats at the tenth annual Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade.  Twelve boats decorated in styles from Dr. Seuss to popular reality television show Duck Dynasty circled the lake for all to see.

Many vendors were present at Sears Park, including an Avon representative, face-painting booths, food products from Tastefully Simple, health products from Qivana and more.  From the park, the boats and the observers made their way to Angelico’s Lake House Restaurant for food, drinks, music, and the announcement of the winners of the Boat Parade and ten … Continue Reading

Historian To Give Veterans Day Talk

August 8, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off

Presentation On Moodus War Hero, Melvin Baron

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Both the Hadlyme Congregational Church and the North School of Hadlyme are sponsoring a talk about a World War II veteran from Moodus named Melvin Baron, who was killed in action in Italy 70 years ago on May 4, 1944, at the age of 19. Pvt. Baron, a 1943 graduate of Hale-Ray High School, was part of an elite special services unit in the Army. It was jointly formed with Canadian troops and was called the “First Special Services Force.” The unit … Continue Reading

Village boutique switches to second-hand style

August 4, 2014 Business, Feature Comments Off
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

Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

July 31, 2014 Feature, Local News Comments Off

By Lauren Quirici

East Hampton residents can only wonder what kinds of fanciful floats are in store for the tenth annual Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade on Lake Pocotopaug. On Saturday, August 9 at around 2 p.m., this year’s delightfully decorated boats will take to the lake for all to see. Each year at the parade, about fifteen to thirty creatively dressed boats set sail across the lake. Past years have seen boats resembling racecars, Noah’s Ark, covered wagons and more.

"Ballerina Beach Volleyball" was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

“Ballerina Beach Volleyball” was one of the entrants in the 2012 Capt. Grizzy Show Boat Parade, organized by East Hampton Friends of Lake Pocotopaug. Photo contributed by Jane Traceski

The parade is sponsored by the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug, who extend invitations to surrounding communities as far as Enfield and Windsor, as well as to some of the neighboring lakes. The group, largely comprised of waterfront or watershed area residents, focuses on raising money to keep the lake and surrounding area free of pollution. Among many fundraising efforts to benefit the lake environment is a yearly raffle that takes place at the parade, offering $10,000 to a lucky winner. “The lake is probably the biggest natural resource in East Hampton,” explains John Moore, lakefront resident and chairman of the Friends. “We are using the money to help educate and keep the … Continue Reading

Conservation District Annual Conservation Award Winners

November 2, 2013 Feature, Local News Comments Off
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District held its 66th Annual Meeting at Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District held its 66th Annual Meeting at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks.

From Barbara Davis, CT River Coastal Conservation District, Inc.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District held its 66th Annual Meeting at Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Connecticut’s state parks.

Attendees heard about our conservation highlights of the past year; helped us honor our annual conservation award recipients; and enjoyed a special presentation and guided walk led by Alison Guinness – CRCCD board member, birder, naturalist, historian and friend of Connecticut’s state parks – about Devil’s Hopyard’s history, geology, flora and fauna, and the lore behind the park’s name.

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, a nonprofit organization based in Middletown, works to conserve natural resources in the towns of Berlin, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Hebron, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Marlborough, Middlefield, Middletown, New Britain, Newington, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, Rocky Hill, Salem and Westbrook.

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Freezin for a Reason – annual Turkey Plunge is Nov 16

November 2, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Feature, Local News Comments Off
The 2012 East Hampton Turkey Plunge raised more than $17,000 to help put food on the table for local families in need. Photo source East Hampton Turkey Plunge website

The 2012 East Hampton Turkey Plunge raised more than $17,000 to help put food on the table for local families in need. Photo source East Hampton Turkey Plunge website

Press Release

There’s still time to sign up for – or make a donation to – the 4th annual East Hampton Turkey Plunge, coming up on Saturday, November 16.

Once again, this popular event will be held at Sears Park with brave and generous residents from East Hampton – as well as other parts of the state – hitting the water at 9 a.m.

Plungers of all ages are invited to participate in the “coolest” event of the season.

The event is open to the public, it’s free and loads of fun for the entire family.

Last year, plungers raised more than $17,000!

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Police search for missing East Hampton girl

October 31, 2013 Feature, Local News Comments Off
Police say Newell has cognitive challenges and was reported as a runaway, who may have entered the local woods. Photo source - East Hampton CT Police

Police say Ashley Newell has cognitive challenges and was reported as a runaway, who may have entered the local woods. Photo source – East Hampton CT Police

UPDATE -Police report they have found Ashley and she is unharmed. For the Channel 3 report, click here. Updated at 8:37 p.m. Oct. 31.

Press Release

A Silver Alert has been issued for a 19-year-old East Hampton girl who police say was last seen at about 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the area of Chestnut Hill Road where she lives.

Police say Ashley Newell has cognitive challenges and was reported as a runaway, who may have entered the local woods.

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Have Coffee With Your State Rep

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State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

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.

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

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

Mimi Perrotti is the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 34th District which encompasses East Haddam, East Hampton and parts of Colchester. 
Editor’s Note: Numerous phone calls to interview her for a candidate profile article have not been returned. Information about her can be found at mimiforthe34th.com.

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 …

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Higher Grounds | Open Mic Night

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By Chloe Jackson On Friday, December 19th, 2014, Higher Grounds Coffee House and Gallery at 70 Main St, Village Center continues its Friday Night Open Mic. Starting at 7pm- come …

Hidden Gem: K-LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers

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By Chloe Jackson At the intersection of 151 and route 66 sits K.LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers. For nine months Stephanie Lumbra’s hard work has produced excellent all American food.  With generous …

Youth and Family Services Campaigning for Shoes

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter East Hampton Youth and Family Services is teaming up with Portland and Cromwell to better serve the surrounding communities through the Salvation Army Red Kettle …

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