State Police Investigating Incident in East Hampton

According to a press release issued by the CT State Police at approximately 3:45 a.m. on September 17, 2014, State Police were contacted by East Hampton Police to assist with an investigation at a residence on White Birch Road in that town. Detectives from the State Police Eastern District Major …

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 …

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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

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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.

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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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Gov Malloy supports hearings on UConn handling of sexual assaults

October 25, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said. Image from the Clothesline Project which supports speaking out about violence toward women.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Oct. 25 made the following statement in response to the controversy surrounding complaints filed by UConn students claiming the university failed to responsibly handle their reports of being sexually assaulted.

Legislators are now calling for public hearings on the complaints.

“I absolutely support the idea of holding public hearings on UConn’s sexual assault prevention and response procedures,” Gov. Malloy said.

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Legislators remember State Rep. Hamm following news of her death

October 24, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
Rep Gail Hamm and CT Atty Gen Richard Blumenthal at 2010 Old Home Days parade – File photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan

Rep Gail Hamm and CT Atty Gen Richard Blumenthal at 2010 Old Home Days parade – File photo copyright 2013 by Brenda Sullivan

By Brenda Sullivan – HTNP News Editor

Longtime Democratic East Hampton State Rep. Gail Hamm has died.

Rep. Hamm, 62, who had been in ill health for an extended period, was well respected for her advocacy on behalf of children.

Rep. Hamm served the 34th Assembly District for 7 terms, from 1999-2012, until it was re-districted and she announced her retirement.

According to CTNewsJunkie

Even as her health was failing in her last term, Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz said Hamm would come to Hartford to fulfill the duties of her office because ‘she didn’t want to let down her constituents.’ ”

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October Open Studios at I-Park Oct 27

October 22, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
You are invited to attend October Open Studios at I-Park in the Moodus section of East Haddam, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. http://www.i-park.org/

You are invited to attend October Open Studios at I-Park in the Moodus section of East Haddam, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. http://www.i-park.org/

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You are invited to attend October Open Studios at I-Park in the Moodus section of East Haddam, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. http://www.i-park.org/

Meet our October Artists-In-Residence

Josh Black, California, Visual Arts | www.joshblack.org

Ting-Chun Chen, Taiwan, Visual Arts | www.tingchen.co.uk

Benjamin Irwin, California, Music Composition | www.benirwinmusic.com

Yeon Jin Kim, South Korea/New York, Moving Image | www.yeonjinkim.com

Tatiana Nikolaenko, Russia, Visual Arts | www.nikolaenkotatiana.com

Sandra Osborne, California, Visual Arts | www.sandraosborne.net

Christina Tenaglia, New York, Visual Arts | www.christinatenaglia.com

Click here…

https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8935607643

…for free tickets to attend this Sunday’s event.

The artists will be in their studios from 2 to 3 p.m.

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East Hampton Senior Center offers safe driving workshop

October 22, 2013 Feature, Local News, Senior Center Announcements Comments Off
AARP will sponsor a Safe Driving Course at the East Hampton Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

AARP will sponsor a Safe Driving Course at the East Hampton Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

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AARP will sponsor a Safe Driving Course at the East Hampton Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The Seniior Center is located at 105 Main St. next to the library.

Senior drivers, age 60 and up, will learn about how to extend their safe driving abilities. Participants will be rewarded with a certificate that may reduce their auto insurance.

AARP-trained instructors will conduct this 4-hour course.

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Take Back event keeps toxic medications out of water and children’s hands

October 22, 2013 Feature, Local News Comments Off
Instead of dumping medications - prescription or over-the-counter - down the sink or flushing them, which puts them into the water supply - National Take Back Day allows you to give them to law enforcement officials who safely destroy them.

Instead of dumping prescription or over-the-counter medications down the sink or flushing them – which puts them into the water supply – National Take Back Day allows you to give them to law enforcement officials who safely destroy them.

Press Release

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the East Hampton Police Department and Local Prevention Committee will participate with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in a nationwide Take-Back Initiative of unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

These medications will then be disposed of properly – instead of flushing them, or putting them in the local landfill or otherwise exposing children and the environment to toxic substances.

Don’t flush your medications

A recent study found that 80 percent of U.S. streams contain small amounts of human medicines. Sewage systems cannot remove these medicines from water that is released into lakes, rivers or oceans.

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Welcome Home!

October 21, 2013 Feature, Local News Comments Off
Sen. Art Linares (center) with Army Master Sgt. Paul Valvo, presents him with an official State citation commemorating an Oct. 20, 2013 welcome-home ceremony in East Hampton, CT. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares (center) with Army Master Sgt. Paul Valvo, presents him with an official State citation commemorating an Oct. 20, 2013 welcome-home ceremony in East Hampton, CT. Contributed photo.

Press Release

East Hampton, CT residents on Oct. 20, 2013 gathered in the Village Center to welcome home local soldiers returning from overseas.

The town honored Army Staff Sgt. Alicia Valli, Army Master Sgt. Paul Valvo and Army Specialist Matthew Kelly, who returned from a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

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How East Hampton and Windham resolved minor party ballot issues

October 20, 2013 Areawide, Feature, Local News Comments Off
In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.   However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not.

In East Hampton, the Chatham party holds the majority of seats on several town boards and commissions and could be considered the majority party.
However, because they are not Democratic or Republican, they were required to include signatures, and did not.

Ed McKeon – MiddletownEye

While Middletown awaits the decree of a judge, other Connecticut towns have formulated solutions to adding minor party candidate names to the ballot in a year where several candidates have been ejected from ballots for want of a signature.

Connecticut law requires that all minor party candidates submit a signature with their party’s request for admission to the municipal ballot.  That law went into effect in 2010, but was ignored in 2011 elections when minor party candidates were added to the ballots in towns throughout Connecticut without the required signatures.

This year, those candidates have been challenged and minor party candidates have been forced off the ballot in several towns, including Middletown.

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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 …

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