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East Hampton Police say ‘abandoned’ girlfriend turns in accomplice in copper thefts at church

July 23, 2012 Local News Comments Off

Nicole LaPlante of East Hampton CT was arrested on July 21, 2012 and charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Larceny 6th Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 6th Degree. Photo source: East Hampton CT Police

East Hampton Police report that two suspects have been arrested in connection with alleged thefts of copper from the Second Congregational Church.

Police say that on Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 2:53 a.m., Officer David Gionfriddo responded to a citizen’s tip about suspicious activity at the Second Congregational Church at 52 Middle Haddam Road in East Hampton.

Police say a neighbor reported seeing people walking around the church, “and thought that criminal activity might be afoot.”

Upon arrival, Officer Gionfriddo found that copper gutters had been pulled off the church’s exterior and were crushed up and piled on the ground.

Also found was a large backpack full of copper pieces from the church.

Police say no suspects were located at the scene, “but it was obvious that an attempt had been made to steal the copper material from the church.”

Approximately 45 minutes later, Officer Gionfriddo was dispatched to Cobalt Lodge at 29 Middle Haddam Road in response to a report of a “suspicious” person.

Staff members at Cobalt Lodge reported that “a suspicious female” had stopped at the lodge and asked for directions; she claimed to have been abandoned by her boyfriend.

Police say the woman, Nicole LaPlante, 19, of 41 Old Middletown Ave., East Hampton, CT was later located by Officer John Wilson on Route 66.

Police say that, “Upon interviewing the woman, she confessed to her involvement in the attempted theft of the copper from the Second Congregational Church and also implicated her boyfriend, Frederick Dart.” Dart, 24, was later arrested at the Riverdale Motel in Portland, CT.

Police say that, “Upon interviewing the woman, she confessed to her involvement in the attempted theft of the copper from the Second Congregational Church and also implicated her boyfriend, Frederick Dart.”

Dart, 24, currently resides at the Riverdale Motel, Route 66, in Portland, according to the police report.

LaPlante was arrested and charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Larceny 6th Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 6th Degree.  She was released on a $10,000 non-surety bond.

The officers later located Dart at the Riverdale Motel and he was arrested.

Dart was also charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, Larceny 6th Degree, and Conspiracy to Commit Larceny 6th Degree.  He was released after posting a $10,000 surety bond with the aid of a bondsman.

Both LaPlante and Dart are scheduled to appear in Middlesex Superior Court to answer to their charges on July 31, 2012.

Posted July 23, 2012 – based on a press release issued by the East Hampton CT Police Department

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Letter – Candidate Melissa Ziobron’s East Hampton roots

July 22, 2012 Letters to Editor Comments Off

Melissa Ziobron is 2012 Republican candidate for State Representative in the 34th District. Contributed photo.

Thank you to the folks that stopped by to greet me at Old Home Day (OHD) in East Hampton. It was so much fun to be at the OHD grounds this weekend. I also enjoyed hearing—“Hey Missy Hoy” for the first time in about 25 years!

It was wonderful to see old friends and to see their children. It seems like yesterday when we competed in Field Day on that very spot. I am sure the volunteers of OHD must be proud. They put together an amazing event. Check out their blog to consider donating your time www.easthamptonoldhomedays.org

You may have seen a small collection of yard signs around town. It was part of a larger effort to re-introduce you to Melissa Ziobron and to remind residents, that I have deep roots in East Hampton.

My campaign is dedicated to the 34th district and while I may have graduated from Nathan Hale-Ray and live (and love) East Haddam-a piece of my heart is still here in East Hampton.

In East Hampton –  I learned to ride a bike, had a wonderful kindergarten teacher named Mrs. Anstett at Middle Haddam School, bought candy at Thatcher’s  and played junior high and freshmen year basketball for a wonderful and inspiring guy and mentor named Coach McCabe.

Thanks also to Bevin Bros. I began volunteering for them shortly after their devastating fire. Marching alongside the employees I have grown to admire and the Bevin family was a deep honor and I will continue to help them in any way possible. Help them by visiting www.keepthebellsinbelltown.com

My campaign website is now up, please visit www.melissaziobron.com I look forward to a vigorous campaign later this summer and hope for an opportunity to meet or reintroduce myself.

Melissa “Missy Hoy” Ziobron, East Haddam

Posted July 22, 2012 – Melissa Ziobron is a Republican candidate for State Rep. for the 34th District, which includes East Hampton, East Haddam and part of Colchester. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ziobron2012 and online at www.melissaziobron.com

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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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