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Rep. Phil Miller endorses Jim Crawford for State Senate in 33rd District

July 21, 2012 Areawide, Local News Comments Off

Jim Crawford, Democratic candidate for Connecticut State Senate in the 33rd District. Courtesy photo.

State Rep. Philip J. Miller (D-Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam), has offered his support to Jim Crawford, the party endorsed Democratic candidate for State Senator from the 33rd District.

The 12 towns that comprise the 33rd Senatorial District – which stretches from the shore of Long Island Sound up the Connecticut River toward the center of the state – are Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

“Jim Crawford knows how important it is to protect our local environment and I have no doubt he will be a staunch defender of it,” Rep. Phillip J. Miller said.

“Jim raised his family here, taught several generations of students here, and ran a family business here for more than two decades,” Rep. Miller said.

Rep. Miller is Vice Chair of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee.

Jim Crawford lives in Westbrook, CT and currently serves as State Representative for the towns of Clinton, Killingworth and Westbrook.

Both Miller and Crawford are serving their first terms as legislators and have worked closely together, as their districts border one another.

Miller pointed to Crawford’s 100 percent 2012 legislative rating from the League of Conservation voters, as well as his bipartisan work on the Shoreline Preservation Task Force to protect the shoreline from rising sea levels. He also praised Crawford for his efforts on the Energy & Technology Committee.

“The groundbreaking energy legislation Jim helped to pass last year has put Connecticut on the map as a leader in renewable energy. Dozens of Connecticut renewable energy companies are now growing rapidly thanks to the programs created in that bill.”

Crawford pledged to continue his work to protect the local environment.

“The Connecticut River valley and Long Island Sound are defining characteristics of our region, essential to its character and our local economy in so many ways. I will always make their conservation a top priority,” Crawford said.

Posted July 21, 2012

Related link: http://jimcrawfordforsenate.com

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How do they compare? Fundraising info on CT Senate 33rd District candidates

July 21, 2012 Areawide, Local News Comments Off

Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 33rd District, Mary Ellen Klinck of East Haddam, CT has raised more money for her campaign than party-endorsed Democratic candidate Jim Crawford of Westbrook, CT.

The two will face off in the Aug. 14, 2012 primary in the race to succeed retiring Democratic State Sen. Eileen Daily – who announced her endorsement of Crawford earlier this month.

The district includes East Haddam and East Hampton, and 10 other towns.

Republican candidate Art Linares of Westbrook, however, has raised more campaign dollars than the two Democrats, according to finance reports filed this week with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.

  • Klinck had raised $11,098 as of June 30, minus expenditures of $1,199, leaving a balance of $9,898 at the end of the reporting period.
  • Crawford had raised $5,590 as of June 30, minus expenditures of $3,012, leaving a balance of $2,577.
  • Linares had raised $14,957 as of June 30, minus expenditures of $5,355, leaving a balance of $8,380.

To read the full story posted on LimeLine.com, including names of $100 contributors to the candidates, click this link http://www.lymeline.com/news.php?viewStory=5595

The 33rd District includes Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, Westbrook, and portions of Old Saybrook.

Posted July 21, 2012

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In East Hampton – Still time to ‘flag’ a friend, neighbor, family member

July 17, 2012 Local News Comments Off

The East Hampton Color Guard of the Ladies Auxiliary to Fowler-Dix-Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9095 announces that the annual “flagging” fundraiser is underway. It began June 29 and concludes Friday, July 20, 2012.

The East Hampton Color Guard of the Ladies Auxiliary to Fowler-Dix-Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9095 announces that the annual “flagging” fundraiser is underway. It began June 29 and concludes Friday, July 20, 2012.

Flags are placed on people’s lawns with a note attached that explains a friend paid to place the flags as part of a fundraiser.

They will be placed in the evening and picked up the following evening.

The cost is $20 and the proceeds will be distributed to C.H.A.M. P., Sandy Peszynski’s Breast Cancer Fund, The Ladies Auxiliary Color Guard, East Hampton Adopt A Senior Program and the newly formed East Hampton Proctor Of Animals.

If you have someone you would like to be flagged, please call Julie Cooper at 860-818-0063.

Posted July 17, 2012

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Open House for Klinck senate campaign headquarters is July 20

July 17, 2012 Local News Comments Off

Candidate for Connecticut Senate District 33 Mary Ellen Klinck

Volunteers for The Mary Ellen Klinck for Senate Headquarters will hold an open house at 32 Main Street (next to the post office) in East Haddam, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 20.

Everyone is welcome to meet Mary Ellen Klinck, the Democratic candidate for the Connecticut 33rd senate district.

Enjoy some refreshments, discuss your concerns, pick up an application for your absentee ballot if you will not be in town to vote in the Aug. 14 primaries.

If you are an unaffiliated voter and would like to register as a Democrat in order to vote in the primary, there will be forms available at the Open House.

The 33rd District includes: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook (part), Portland, Westbrook

Posted July 17, 2012

Related link: “Klinck of East Haddam announces primary for CT Senate District 33” http://easthaddam.htnp.com/2012/06/02/klinck-of-east-haddam-announces-primary-for-ct-senate-district-33/

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East Hampton to hold Yellow Ribbon ceremony for two servicemen July 17

July 16, 2012 Local News Comments Off

We are still looking for service people that are serving overseas, so we can welcome them home. Please contact Ann R. McLaughlin, at 860-267-2316 or by e-mail at amclaug105@aol.com

Update – A third serviceman was added to this ceremony after I received the original press release – U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Nicholas Pawlak, who has been deployed for the second time. – HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

East Hampton will hold a Yellow Ribbon-tying ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 for two servicemen.

The families of U.S. Army Specialist Elliot J. Pratt and U.S. Army Private Second Class Eric Haury, who were both deployed in June to Afghanistan, will tie yellow ribbons on the tree located in The Village Center section of town (79 Main St.)

All are invited to attend.

Eric Haury graduated from East Hampton High School in 2005. He joined the Army in October 2010 and graduated from Fort Sill OK in September 2011.

He was stationed in Bamberg, Germany and then deployed to Afghanistan in June 2012.

Pratt – as an A 15R (AH-64 Apache attack helicopter repairer) – was stationed in Storck Barracks, in Lilesheim Germany.

He studied for a Bachelor of Science, Professional Aeronautics degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide.

He is assigned to ACO 2-159ARB (Attack Reconnaissance Battalion) as an Apache Mechanic/crew chief.

His other duty assignments included Fort Jackson, SC for Basic Combat and Fort Eustis, VA for Advanced individual training.

He was deployed in May 2012 for a 10-month rotation participating in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Posted July 16, 2012

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Images of the Golden Age of TV at 2012 Old Home Days Parade

July 15, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

Matt Bevin (right) in a carriage just ahead of the Bevin Brothers Bells float in the 2012 Old Home Days Parade in East Hampton, CT. Several of the marchers, and some of the parade goers, rang Bevin Brothers-made bells during the parade to show their support for the company which is now attempting to rebuild from a devastating fire experts say was triggered by lightening. Photo copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan

The sound of bells could be heard as the 2012 Old Home Days Parade made its way down the main thoroughfare of East Hampton, CT.

It wasn’t the tolling of church bells, but the chiming of handheld bells in the hands of marchers as well as parade-goers, signifying support for the owners of the Bevin Brothers Bell Manufacturing Co., whose factory buildings were destroyed May 27, 2012 in a fire experts say was likely ignited by lightening.

It’s the Bevin Brothers’ company that gave East Hampton its nickname of Belltown.

Parade-goers also cheered for the Bevin family and workers from both that company and PSI Plus (whose factory space also was burned to the ground) as their horse-drawn carriage and float passed by.

The Old Home Days Parade drew a good-sized crowd despite the heat – in fact, a cool breeze helped keep parade-goers comfortable on a sunny morning as hundreds of marchers filed by.

Each year’s Old Home Days parade has a theme, based on votes by townspeople. This year’s was The Golden Age of TV.

Among the floats decorated to reflect that theme were those inspired by TV shows such as: The Addams Family, Batman (Cub Scout Troop 8’s float), the Little Rascals, the Mouse Club House, and American Bandstand – created by the East Hampton High School Class of ’62 (was that really Brad Davis up there with the alumni?).

On a more general note, there was a very clever float in the shape of a giant TV set, with black and white characters inside lifting weights.

Another float paid tribute to a famous CBS broadcast  of May 1962 – portraying former President John F. Kennedy and movie star Marilyn Monroe, who sang a sultry Happy Birthday for JFK that evening.

Of course, the parade also included fire fighters and fire apparatus, police (including the K-9 officers), ambulance, members of the military and a float created by the Yellow Ribbon/Welcome Home Committee.

Parade-goers also were greeted by Miss Connecticut, Miss Connecticut Outstanding Teen, the VFW Poppy Queen, the high school and middle school bands, Epoch Arts – celebrating its 15th anniversary, as well as Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, candidates for office in this year’s elections, and the East Hampton Town Council and new Town Manager Maniscalco.

Also returning this year were the Shriners – the Funsters, the guys on the little cars, the stunt-motorcycle riders and the Sphinx Temple Band. Did you know the Shriners operate 88 burn centers across the country, where children are treated at no charge?

The Ancient Mariners of Connecticut were also back, with their cannon. And rounding out the parade, the South Philadelphia String Band in their wild and wacky costumes – this year modeled on the colors and shapes of candy and ice cream.

Below are about three dozen photos from the parade for you to enjoy either as a slide show or a photo gallery.  All photos are copyright 2012 by Brenda Sullivan and may only be reproduced (in any form) with permission from the photographer. (editor@htnp.com)

Posted July 15, 2012

Related link: For fans of the Golden Days of Broadcasting, which includes radio, here’s an event you might be interested in http://newbritainherald.com/articles/2012/07/15/news/doc5002224085ee3153255184.txt

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A heads up about traffic and Old Home Days events this weekend

July 13, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

One parade-goer got into the spirit of the music and danced with a member of the South Philadelphia String Band at the Old Home Days Parade in East Hampton, CT. Photo copyright 2011 by Brenda Sullivan

If you will be driving through East Hampton, CT this weekend, please note that this is the weekend of the 2012 Old Home Days celebration – which includes a road race and a very large parade.

Be prepared for delays and detours on Route 66 on Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14.

Other roadways that will be affected include: Route 196, Main Street, North Main Street and Lake Drive.

The road race takes place today (Friday, July 13) between 7 and 8:30 p.m.

The race route is from Mott Hill Road south to Lake Drive, North Main Street, across Route 66, and onto Main Street.

All roads will be open for travel but intermittent traffic stoppages will occur between approximately 7 and 8:30 p.m.  Please be especially aware of spectators on the roads, as well as runners.

The theme of the 2012 Old Home Days parade floats will be “The Golden Age of Television.”

The Old Home Days Parade is on Saturday (July 14) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (but the roads close at 10 a.m.) The parade route is from North Maple Street (East Hampton High School) east onto Route 66, then south onto Route 196, and ends on Main Street.

This means the portion of Route 66 between North Maple Street and Route 196 will not be accessible between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.  A sign-posted detour route, (staffed by officers) will be established to bypass the affected area.  [Editor's note: try to avoid this - this detour is very long, very confusing and cars are parked along the roadsides on narrow roadways, making it difficult to maneuver -- been there, done that.]

The west side of the detour will be at Route 66 and Cone Road.

The east side of the detour will be at Route 66 and Lake Drive.

You should expect heavy traffic and a lot of pedestrians on Route 66 as early as 8:30 a.m. and at the close of the parade at 1 p.m.

Posted July 13, 2012

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I-Park artists in residence program hosts Open House/Open Studio July 14

July 12, 2012 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off

I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat with ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest, as well as miles of stonewalls and walking trails. It is bisected by the Eight Mile River and adjoins the Devil’s Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT and other preserved tracts. I-Park aspires to take these natural gifts and create a special space where the important work being done by solitary individuals in their artistic and intellectual pursuits is encouraged and celebrated.

Join us for the 2012 Open House/Open Studios at I-Park  from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at 428 Hopyard Road in East Haddam.

I-Park is a 450-acre woodland retreat with ponds, hills, streams, stone outcroppings and sheer cliffs. It has wild fields and new growth forest, as well as miles of stonewalls and walking trails.

It is bisected by the Eight Mile River and adjoins the Devil’s Hopyard State Park and other preserved tracts.

I-Park aspires to take these natural gifts and create a special space where the important work being done by solitary individuals in their artistic and intellectual pursuits is encouraged and celebrated.

I-Park is itself a long-term creative project in its early concept and development stages. It is evolving slowly and patiently, with an eye to long-term relevance and viability.

I-Park’s annual Open House is traditionally a themed event. Going back to 2005, it has focused on Environmental Art (2007, 2009, 2011), Thanatopolis (2005, 2010), Illuminations (2006) and The Pond (2008).

This year, we’re taking it back to basics – trails.

As with The Pond, the 2012 Open House is going to be a quiet exploration of one of I-Park’s natural strengths: its extensive system of inter-connected trails to nowhere (now over 20 of them!)

Each art trail at I-Park has its own special character: reflective (Arcadian Memory, dj’s), playful (Bhump, Swing), foreboding (Bugernein, Junk), intimate (Civerance, Mie’s), mysterious (Boardwalk, Bridge).

We’ll be christening our new Piano Field Trail – as well as the Barefoot Trail, an ephemeral trail created just for this event.

Take a map, make a plan – or let curiosity be your guide. Embark on a sensory, environmental adventure (or a journey of personal discovery) at your own pace, in your own way.

If it’s hot and/or you’re not up for a walk, in addition to the Open Studios presentations, there will be alternative inside activities in and around the Common Area. Note that this is a rain-or-shine, family friendly event – but no pets, please.

This is a free event but you need to pre-register (click on this link http://www.i-park.org/RSVP.html)   Phone reservations (860-873-2468) also are fine. If you’d like to join us for dinner, please make a separate, additional reservation.

Watch a preview video of our June/July artists Chris Bell, Kathryn Kelley, Lisa Ko, Lilian Beidler, Danielle Julian Norton, Thessia Machado and Jamie Horgan, who will be presenting their work during our enhanced Open Studios from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. (See “related link” at end of story.)

A chili dinner to benefit the I-Park Foundation will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. We have gathered local chefs and I-Park’s own Chef Jacob to prepare a variety of chilis to be served with cornbread, appetizers, dessert, beer and wine. Tickets are only $20; guests age 16 and under eat free – but please make reservations.

Questions? Please call 860-873-2468 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) or send an email to ipark@ureach.com

Posted July 12, 2012 – as edited and added to by HTNP.com Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related link: Video about the 2012 Open House http://vimeo.com/45417710

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