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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Make your voice count this year by registering to vote. Tuesday, Sept. 23, is National Voter Registration Day, and CT residents, along with millions of Americans are being encouraged to register. Registration is easy and can be done by visiting your local town hall, or …

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8/28: Richard Wellman, 21, of 131 Hog Hill Rd., and four juveniles of East Hampton were each arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and conspiracy to commit third-degree criminal mischief, East Hampton Police said. 8/30: Jacob Wood, 20, of 54 Long Crossing Rd., was in a one-car motor vehicle …

Sewer Use Payment Due

Notice is hereby given to all property owners connected to the sewers in the Town of East Hampton that a sewer use charge is due and payable Oct. 1. The charge for the year is set at $330 per unit. For a system using a town maintained grinder pump an …

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The Joseph N. Goff House invites children in grades four through six to a free Game Night on Friday, Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m., at the Joseph N. Goff House Museum, 1 Barton Hill Rd. Participants are welcome to bring their families non-electronic game to play, or choose from a …

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Applications now available for state’s annual firewood lottery

January 11, 2012 Areawide, Local News Comments Off

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1 2012. The Firewood Lottery will be determined using a random-number-generating process. “Winners” will be posted on the DEEP Forestry Website by March 14. Firewood lots are generally offered during the warm months when forest roads are accessible. Connecticut residents may apply for one Forest Products Harvesting Permit per household per year.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces that applications for the annual state forest firewood lottery are now available.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 1 2012. The Firewood Lottery will be determined using a random-number-generating process. “Winners” will be posted on the DEEP Forestry Website by March 14.

Firewood lots are generally offered during the warm months when forest roads are accessible.

Connecticut residents may apply for one Forest Products Harvesting Permit per household per year.

Firewood Program in State Forests

The annual firewood lottery provides Connecticut homeowners with a renewable, affordable, locally grown fuel source.

Firewood harvesting from State land helps achieve sustainable forest management goals, improve forest health, and offers fun physical activity for family and friends. (Henry David Thoreau is often credited with the saying that firewood warms you twice, once through the exercise of splitting and once in the fireplace.)

DEEP reminds all visitors that removal of any firewood from a state forest requires a permit.

Standing trees and downed wood will be sold to the lottery winners in designated two-cord lots for $60 by DEEP Foresters, as forest road conditions allow.

Most all permits will be issued before October 2012.

In addition, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be worn while cutting wood. The minimum requirements of PPE include: hard hat, eye protection, hearing protection, and cut-resistant chaps or pants.

Chainsaws have to be equipped with properly functioning safety devices, including a chain brake.

Cutters without PPE may have their Forest Product Agreement revoked and not be offered a woodlot the following year.

To submit an application

Applications may be downloaded and more information may be found at the State Lands Firewood Program Web site at http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=429464&depNav_GID=1631 or by calling 1-860-424-3630.

Applicants who do not receive a permit by lottery selection will be placed on an alternate list. Alternates may be offered permits at the discretion of DEEP Forestry based on supply.

Posted Jan. 12, 2012

Editor’s note: The cost for pre-cut firewood in Connecticut at this time appears to range from $160 to $225 a cord.

Related links: What is a cord of wood? http://www.snowservicesllc.net/

Listing of some CT businesses selling firewood http://www.firewoods.net/ne/CT.aspx

CT DEEP/Forestry listing of certified wood product sellers – look to right column for link to info about certification and the list (in PDF format). http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2697&q=322792&depNav_GID=1631

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East Hampton Town Council agenda includes school renovations, update on police issues

January 9, 2012 Local News Comments Off

The East Hampton Town Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the East Hampton High School library.

Tuesday’s agenda includes a presentation by school Supt. Judith Golden on plans for the high school renovations.

Also on the agenda is continued discussion of issues raised by police officers about their dissatisfaction with Police Chief Matthew Reimondo’s behaviors and policies, as well as other items outlined in a memo previously submitted to the council by former Acting Interim Town Manager Anne McKinney.

Parks and Recreation Director Ruth Plummer is also expected to give an update on plans for Sears Park.

And Town Manage John Weichsel will give an update on public input on the search for a permanent town manager.

The full agenda is available online at http://www.easthamptonct.org/Pages/EastHamptonCT_TownAgendas/I034D9542

Posted Jan. 9, 2012

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East Hampton Police Log for Dec 25 2011 – Jan 5 2012

January 9, 2012 Local News Comments Off

The year 2011 ended with a few fender-benders in East Hampton, CT.

On Sunday, 12/25/11- Samuel Ito Estrada, Jr., 21, of Newport Road, Sterling, CT was arrested for possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive (on the) right.

On Tuesday, 12/27/11 – Michelle Claffey, 50, of 5 West Blvd., East Hampton, CT and Kristen Olzacki, 39, of 14 Flanders Road, East Hampton were involved in a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of North Main St. and Clark Hill Road. Claffey was issued a written warning for following too closely.

On Thursday, 12/29/11 – Heather Jane McHugh, 24, of 6 Cedarbrook Lane, East Lyme, CT was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive (on the) right.

On Thursday, 12/29/11 – a 16-year-old juvenile of East Hampton, CT was issued a summons for criminal trespass on school grounds.

On Sunday, 1/1/12 – Alexander Long, 20, of 12 Bevin Blvd., East Hampton, CT was involved in a one-car motor vehicle accident. Long was issued a written warning for traveling too fast for conditions.

On Sunday, 1/1/12 – Wallace Hall, 85, of 48 Old West High St., East Hampton, CT was issued a written warning for not obeying a traffic signal.

On Tuesday, 1/3/12 –  a 17-year-old juvenile of East Hampton, CT was issued a ticket for possession of tobacco by a miner.

On Tuesday, 1/3/12 –  Karen Darley, 49, of  10 Spice Hill Drive, East Hampton, CT and Adam Cooke, 34, of 82 Tarragon Dr., East Hampton were involved in a minor two-car collision at the intersection of Spice Hill Drive and Tarragon Drive. Darley was issued a written warning for unsafe backing.

On Wednesday, 1/4/12 – Dawn Olsen, 57, of 12 Middletown Ave., East Hampton, CT was arrested for assault in the 3rd degree and disorderly conduct.

On Thursday, 1/5/12 – Elizabeth Hiers, 19, of 9 Bryant Road, East Hampton was issued a written warning for failure to drive (on the) right.

Posted Jan. 9, 2012

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Free Fitness Classes at Fit-Trix

January 9, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Business, Local News Comments Off

FIT-TRIX Fitness Center, approaching its 5th year in East Hampton, announces the new series of Les Mills’ Body Pump and Body Step classes at the club at 84 East High St ( Rt 66), on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Photo courtesy of Fit-Trix

FIT-TRIX Fitness Center, approaching its 5th year in East Hampton, announces the new series of Les Mills’ Body Pump and Body Step classes at the club at 84 East High St ( Rt 66), on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

A Pilates class will also be part of the celebration, along with a Demo of their newest class: Cardio Kick-Boxing.

This event is FREE and the public is welcome.

The party kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with Pilates — a core workout to help you get long, lean, toned and tightened;  followed by BodyStep at 8:30 a.m. — an energizing step workout.

BodyPump is next at 9:45 a.m. — a barbell class that strengthens your entire body.

The party rounds out at 11 a.m. with Cardio Kick-Boxing — a total body workout using self-defense moves, taught by Jenn Judd, who brings 8-plus years of Martial Arts experience.

Six Million people per week are enjoying Les Mills group fitness-to-music classes, delivering results people want and changing lives.

Great music and passionate instructors inspire exhilarating workouts. Come and see for yourself why working out is much more fun in a group!

Questions? Visit the Web site at fittrixct.com or call 860-365-0093.

Posted Jan. 9, 2012

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In East Hampton – sign up now for Friday Night Softball

January 7, 2012 Local News, Sports Comments Off

East Hampton Little League softball clinics will be open to girls in grades 2 through 5 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. and grades 6 through 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. Players must be registered for the upcoming Little League season to participate.

East Hampton Little League will sponsor free Friday Night softball clinics beginning Friday, February 3, 2012.

These clinics will run every Friday through the end of March at the Memorial School gym.

The clinics will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, fielding and pitching.

Clinics will be open to girls in grades 2 through 5 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. and grades 6 through 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Players must be registered for the upcoming Little League season to participate.

This is a great opportunity to learn important softball skills, as well as have some fun with your friends.

Please contact Craig Frost at craigfrost@comcast.net or Mark Vickery at coach-v@sbcglobal.net for more information.

To register for the 2012 East Hampton Little League softball season on-line, go to www.belltownll.com

There will be one drop-in registration – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on  Saturday, Jan. 21.

Girls who were ages 7 to 12 as of Dec. 31, 2011 are eligible for Little League softball.

There are 2 main divisions for Little League softball:

  • Minors – Ages 7 to 9
  • Majors – Ages 10 to 12

If you are new to East Hampton Little League, please mail a copy of your child’s birth certificate after you complete the on-line registration process.

Little League registration fee is $50 per child, and $35 for each additional player within the same family.

Posted Jan. 7, 2012

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Early morning fire on Flanders Road in East Hampton

January 6, 2012 Local News Comments Off

Firefighters from four towns responded to a report of an early morning fire today (Jan. 6) at 65 Flanders Road in East Hampton, CT.

Initial reports were that the residents were trapped inside, but officials later stated that everyone had made it outside safely.

Fire crews from East Hampton, Marlborough, Colchester and Portland – including water tankers – were on the scene this morning shortly after the 7 a.m. alarm.

Channel 3 reports that firefighters also drew water from a neighbor’s pond.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The three residents are reportedly staying with relatives while the town determines whether the house is safe to return to.

Posted Jan. 6, 2011

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East Hampton VFW invites you to a home-cooked meal

January 5, 2012 Local News Comments Off

The East Hampton Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5095 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host a public breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 . All are invited.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 5095 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host a public breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at the post, located at located at 20 North Maple Street, East Hampton (across from the high school).

Breakfast includes eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, home fries, toast, coffee, juice and fruit.

The cost is $6 per person and everyone is welcome to attend.

If you have any question, please call the Post after 3 p.m. Monday through Friday or after noon on Saturday and Sunday at 860-267-8837.

Posted Jan. 5, 2012

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Want to help plan East Hampton’s next Memorial Day event?

January 4, 2012 Local News Comments Off

The meeting is open to anyone interested in assisting with preparations for the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade. File photo of East Hampton Old Home Days flag bearers, copyright 2009 by Brenda Sullivan

The East Hampton Veterans Association will hold its first Memorial Day planning meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at the VFW Post home on North Maple Street (across from the high school).

The meeting is open to anyone interested in assisting with preparations for the Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade.

You do not need to be a veteran to attend.

Please contact President of the Veterans Association Chuck Walton at 860-267-6260 with any questions.

Posted Jan. 4, 2011

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In East Hampton – Nurture the artist in your child with Epoch Arts winter programs

January 2, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

At Epoch Arts this winter, learn the techniques of on-screen acting - students will collaborate on a short screenplay, develop a storyline and original characters, and then star in a short film. Photo courtesy of Epoch Arts in East Hampton, CT

Epoch Arts is now offering a variety of winter classes to help young people develop their talents in film, theater, music, art, photography and even comedy for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Classes begin Jan.10, 2012, run 8 weeks and end with an artistic presentation on March 3.

To register visit us online at www.epocharts.org or call us at 860-365-0337. Classes are held at 27 Skinner Street, East Hampton.

Current classes include:

Fairy Wings and Hairy Things, Grades K-2

Come toss some fairy dust with us and fly to a world of imagination where trolls stroll and unicorns prance.  Using our creativity and sense of fun, students will befriend and become these playful creatures as they act out original tales on the stage. Tuesdays 5-6 p.m., Jan. 10 – Feb. 28. Instructor: Elizabeth Namen.

Intro to Musical Theatre, Grades 2-5

The Jungle Book: In this class, your child will learn the basics of musical theatre.  Some of the important things we will cover will be singing as a group, dancing and keeping in character throughout the song.  By the end of the semester, we will perform a song from the amazing movie, “The Jungle Book.” Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. Jan. 11 – Feb. 29. Instructor: Kathy Sanderson.

Film Acting, Grades 7-12

Explore the world of film as we learn the techniques of on-screen acting. Students will collaborate on a short screenplay, develop a storyline and original characters, and then star in a short film. Learn the difference between stage acting and film acting as we create an original Epoch film. Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11-Feb. 29. Instructor: Elizabeth Namen.

Improv Comedy Grades, 6-12

Every day you do what they tell you to do. The capital of France is Paris. 2 + 2 = 4. Enough is enough! Do what you want to do! Make up your own lines and act on the spot! Improv comedy. You make stuff up. It’s fun. And it’s impossible to forget your lines. This class will end with a “Comedy Night” show. Thursdays 5-6 p.m. Jan. 12- March 1. Instructor: Brian Schroth.

All about Animals! Grades K-3

Lions, kangaroos, monkeys and platypuses! Let your imagination run into the wild in this art class all about animals. Using paint, clay, pipe cleaners, pom poms and all sorts of fun things, we’ll make our very own menagerie. From crazy animals all over the world to a few creatures we’ll invent ourselves; this class will take the beautiful imagination of kids and give it free roam into the wide world of animals! Tuesdays 5-6 p.m. Jan. 10- Feb. 28. Instructor: Rachel Martin.

Drawing Techniques and Exploration, Grades 6-12

This class is for students who want to dig deeper into the realms of pencil sketch, ink drawing, charcoal and other forms of art on paper. They will learn to refine their basic drawing skills to include use of a variety of advanced drawing techniques, including lines, shading, lighting, blending and more. Take art beyond the basics and learn how a few simple skills can define your child’s art, invoke emotion and feeling, and heighten your child’s observation and presence as a person. This class will conclude with a gallery show. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Jan. 11- Feb. 29. Instructor: Rachel Martin.

In "Fairy Wings and Hairy Things," for Grades K-2, come toss some fairy dust with us and fly to a world of imagination where trolls stroll and unicorns prance. Using our creativity and sense of fun, students will befriend and become these playful creatures as they act out original tales on the stage.

Creative Art, Grades 3-6

Let your creativity shine as we create fun art projects that both kids and parents will be proud of. Explore techniques and projects including mobiles, collage, papier maché and puppet making. At the end of the semester, your child’s art projects will be displayed in the gallery for all to see his/her new found artistic accomplishments. Thursday, 5-6 p.m. Jan. 12-March 1. Instructor:Amanda Morris.

Art Expressions, Grades 7-12

Come explore the world of art and crafts using a wide variety of techniques. Design your own logo, create felted animals, and make unique gift boxes, amazing mosaics and crazy collages. Create projects that will wow your friends and family, and have fun while you’re doing it! Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m. Jan. 10-Feb. 28. Instructor: Amanda Morris.

Artistic Photography, Grades 6-12

Artistic Photography is a class designed to use basic photography skills to learn a modern and unique art form. Go beyond the average, the normal, the millions of photos out there that all look the same and learn to use your camera as a medium of art. We will explore the elements of lighting, composition, angles, and camera settings and how they invoke emotion and tone in a photograph. After photo shoots, we will use “The Gimp” (a photo-editing program similar to Photo shop) to work with the photos. This class will conclude with a gallery showing to display students ‘work from the semester. Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. Jan. 12-March 1. Instructor: Rachel Martin.

Posted Jan. 2, 2012

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Last East Hampton Police Log of 2011 – Passing a school bus, pulling wires off a building

December 31, 2011 Local News Comments Off

Stop Arms have been mounted on school buses in the USA since the 1950’s. Today, Canada and US Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 217 regulate the specifications of the stop arm as a double-faced regulation octagonal red stop sign. When the bus extends the stop arm and flashes red lights (located at the top front and back of the bus), drivers must stop from either direction until the children are safely across the street and the lights have stopped flashing. In most states the law requires a driver to remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing. Failure to stop may result in being fined up to $1,000 and a one year license suspension.Photo source: www.transportsystemsdata.com

On Monday, 12/19/11 – Danielle Zoldak, 45, of 14 Whippoorwill Hollow Road, East Hampton, CT was involved in a one-car motor vehicle accident. Zoldak was issued a ticket for traveling too fast for conditions.

On Friday, 12/23/11 – Nicole E. Bradnor, 22, of 27 Thornbridge Drive, Colchester, CT was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to drive (on the) right.

On Friday, 12/23/11 – A 17-year-old juvenile of Portland, CT was issued a ticket for passing a standing school bus on Tartia Road.

On Saturday, 12/24/11 – Addie Katz, 21, of 56 Mansfield Terrace, Middletown, CT was issued a written warning for failure to drive (on the) right.

On Saturday, 12/24/11 – Timothy Spooner, 22, of 5 Seminole Trail, East Hampton, CT was issued a written warning for failure to drive (on the) right.

On Tuesday, 12/27/11 – Victoria Buden, 42, of 130 Mott Hill Road, East Hampton, CT was issued a ticket for failure to drive (on the) right and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

 

On Tuesday, 12/27/11 – Brian Kerr, 30, of 276 Colin St., Hartford, CT was issued a summons for operating under suspension after he backed the delivery truck he was driving under low hanging wires which resulted in the electrical wires being pulled off the building at 94 Main Street, East Hampton, CT.

On Friday, 12/30/11 – Nicholas Long, 29, of 22 Skinner St., East Hampton, CT was issued a summons for disorderly conduct.

Posted Dec. 31, 2011

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East Hampton history as Belltown USA featured on NPR

December 30, 2011 Business, Local News Comments Off

When Clarence (left), the angel in It's a Wonderful Life, the bell you hear tinkling was made by one of the first, and now the last, bell foundry's in the USA.

Did you know that a bell made in East Hampton, CT once started and ended the day at the New York Stock Exchange, sat on the handlebars of the first bicycles, signaled the rounds of famous championship boxing matches and is the one you hear when angel Clarence gets his wings in “It’s a Wonderful Life” ?

Even if you live in East Hampton and have heard the stories, you might enjoy this interview with the Bevin family featured on National Public Radio.

You can read the whole story – or listen to it – by clicking this link: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/23/144173315/bell-maker-tries-to-revitalize-the-industry

Posted Dec. 30, 2011

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