Santa Runs

East Hampton Volunteer Fire Department Company One has announced that Santa is planning his yearly “Santa Run” around East Hampton.  Department members will be escorting him around town on the fire engine.  The runs will be from December 13-22, beginning each night at approximately 5:30pm.  This schedule is subject to …

Conservation District Annual Conservation Award Winners

Alison Guinness – CRCCD board member, birder, naturalist, historian and friend of Connecticut’s state parks – led a guided walk during which she spoke about Devil’s Hopyard’s history, geology, flora and fauna, and the lore behind the park’s name.

Freezin for a Reason – annual Turkey Plunge is Nov 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.

Police search for missing East Hampton girl

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

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East Hampton to welcome Captain Pugatch home from Afghanistan

May 20, 2012 Local News No Comments

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

Please join us in welcoming home U.S. Army Captain Jeffery Pugatch, of East Hampton, CT at a ceremony to be held on Friday, May 25.

We will gather at 6:30 p.m. at the Yellow Ribbon tree at the center of town. Parking will be available at Center School (7 Summit St.).

Captain Pugatch is returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Captain Pugatch will be the 6th serviceman welcomed with a Yellow Ribbon ceremony. He is returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Everyone is welcome to take part.

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

Posted May 20, 2012

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Spectacular solar eclipse on Sunday, but we won’t see it in Connecticut

May 19, 2012 Areawide No Comments

Those ideally situated, viewing the eclipse from the center, will see this "ring of fire" on May 20, 2012 when an "annular" eclipse occurs. (Please follow safety rules when viewing an eclipse. Visit the NASA site for details.)

What’s called an “annular” eclipse of the sun will occur on Sunday, May 20 but in Connecticut it will already be evening here.

Your friends living on the western parts of the U.S. will have a chance to catch it (hopefully, observing safety precautions). The eclipse will begin at 5:24 p.m. Pacific time.

According to NASA:

On May 20-21, 2012 an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth’s northern Hemisphere – beginning in eastern Asia, crossing the North Pacific Ocean, and ending in the western United States. A partial eclipse will be visible from a much larger region covering East Asia, North Pacific, North America and Greenland.

However, the world of media being what it is today, we will likely be treated to photos on Facebook and on news blogs, as well images on the TV news, and on the NASA web site www.nasa.gov

You can get a “preview” by watching the NASA video at http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov or watch here:

The moon is expected to cover about 94 percent of the sun, leaving a ring of light that experts say can cause eye damage or blindness if viewed directly.

If you remember the last solar eclipse visible in this part of the world, you may recall seeing tiny slivers of moon shapes covering the ground if you were standing under a tree.

A total or “annular” eclipse happens when the Earth, moon and sun are in alignment. The last time this happened was 1994. The next one will be in May 2013 and we should be able to see it at that time. The next total eclipse will be in 2017.

Posted May 19, 2012

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In East Hampton, buy beautiful plants for your home and garden

The Belltown Garden Club will sell perennials and Rick’s Sugar Shack will set up a Farmers Market booth with fresh vegetables and Connecticut maple syrup and maple products.

The Congregational Church of East Hampton invites you to the annual Open Air Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The church is located at 59 Main St. in the Village. The market is open rain or shine.

A wide variety of flowers, flats of plants, hanging baskets and decorative arrangements will be on sale, as well as vegetable plants.

The Belltown Garden Club will sell perennials and Rick’s Sugar Shack will set up a Farmers Market booth with fresh vegetables and Connecticut maple syrup and maple products.

New this year will be a gigantic rummage and tag sale with clothing, household items, books, collectibles, small furniture and kids’ stuff.

Also, participating this year:

  • Simple Creations scarves, jewelry, soaps,
  • Eastern Star will offer Edible Gifts,
  • JJ’s Fashions,
  • Barbara Sherman Photography,
  • Sherry’s Country Corner with handcrafted folk art and signs,
  • Maria’s Kitchen Krafts,
  • Thirty-One Gifts,
  • NYR Organic Skincare
  • Mayflower Soaps,
  • BeautiControl skin care,
  • Simply Said Signs and more.

Breakfast sandwiches, muffins and beverages will be sold as will hot dogs, chips, soda and bottled water.

Questions? Call Rick Walker at 860-267-7180.

Posted May 19, 2012

Related links: Belltown Garden Club http://easthamptonctgardenclub.blogspot.com

Rick’s Sugar Shack http://rickssugarshack.com

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Little Miss and Mister Belltown sign-up is Sunday

The pageant is open to all children in Connecticut from birth to eight years old. There will be four categories for girls and two for boys, by age groups. The pageant will be held at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds in East Hampton at 10:30 a.m. on May 29.

You don’t have to live in East Hampton to enter this competition, but you do need to be younger than 9 years old.

On Saturday, May 29, the East Hampton Lions Club presents the Little Miss and Mister Belltown Pageant as part of the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival.

A pre-event registration will be held at Stop & Shop on Route 66 in East Hampton on Sunday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sign up early – spaces in the pageant are limited and will be awarded on a first-come basis.

The registration fee is $20.  Prizes include tiaras, sashes, and more.

The pageant is open to all children in Connecticut from birth to eight years old. There will be four categories for girls and two for boys, by age groups.

The pageant will be held at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds in East Hampton at 10:30 a.m. on May 29.

Children should be dressed in their Sunday best with no makeup or “sexy” attire.

The juried Arts and Crafts fair, with over 45 vendors, opens at 10 a.m.

The East Hampton Lions will sell food throughout the event.

Posted May 19, 2012 – links added by Brenda Sullivan, HTNP.com Editor

Related link: Chatham Historical Society, East Hampton CT http://chathamhistoricalsocietyct.org

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Congratulations to ECSU Class of 2012

As part of ECSU's commencement traditions, students toss a coin into a fountain and make a wish, and the coins are donated to Eastern. Ryan McMenemy of Willington decided to make a slam-dunk when it was his turn. Commencement was held at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on May 15, 2012. Photo by Matt Hulten

Eastern Connecticut State University’s 122nd Commencement took place at the XL Center in Hartford on May 15. In all, 1,230 undergraduates and 88 graduate students earned their degrees.

Michael S. Roth, president of Wesleyan University, delivered the Commencement address. He told the graduates he hoped they had learned three things at Eastern: “What you love to do, how to get better at it and how to share that with others.”

“I hope that at Eastern you have found something that stirs your soul, that draws what is best from you,” he said.

Roth also told the Class of 2012, “The habits of mind developed in liberal arts environments like Eastern’s… will empower you to see opportunity where others see only obstacles.”

Roth concluded that universities, “must continue to strive to be places where young people discover and cultivate their independence and must themselves resist the trends of inequality that are tearing at the fabric of our country.”

Eastern President Elsa M. Núñez told the graduates not to sit on the sidelines.

“The challenges we face today as a nation and international community are ours to face and ours to solve… there is no other country in the world that places its future so firmly in the hands of the people. You are now the next generation of citizen leaders in our state and in our nation.”

“Together, you can be the force of change that can keep our country strong. It is your time. You are the leaders of the future, and the future starts now,” she said.

Below is a list of ECSU graduates from the HTNP.com readership area.

Congratulations to:

Columbia

Sonya Sellers of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Biology

Rebekah Bailey of Columbia, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English

Megan Berube of Columbia, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Social Work

Sara Billy of Columbia, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts

Sara Billy of Columbia, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Communication

Duane Cronkite of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Todd DiGiovanni of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Kellie Donovan of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Mathematics

Sarah Guilbeault-Desso of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations

Brittany Keegan of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Mathematics

Jamie Kohn of Columbia, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Physical Education

Kelly Landers of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Katharine McManus of Columbia, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Theatre

Katharine McManus of Columbia, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Communication

Hilary Osborn of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Theatre

Timothy Rea of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Communication

Robert Sartori of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Nickalus Stevens of Columbia, CT, graduated with a degree in Social Work

Coventry

David Albano of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Jennifer Andrews of Coventry, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Biology

Monique Raboin of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Melanie Zurmuhlen of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Erica Borst of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology

Kevin Clancy of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in History and Social Science

Justin Ferrari of Coventry, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Business Information Systems

Sean Garrity of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Carly Herman of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology

Mary Luchenbill of Coventry, CT, graduated with dean’s distinction with a degree in Business Administration

Sarah Luchenbill of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology

Matthew Maturo of Coventry, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts

Mark Oakley of Coventry, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts

Eryka Soucy of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Lee Traygis of Coventry, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

East Haddam

Holly Carver of East Haddam, CT, graduated with a degree in Communication

Christopher Finch of East Haddam, CT, graduated with a degree in Biology

Arwid Gibinski of East Haddam, CT, graduated with a degree in Sport and Leisure Management

East Hampton

Roberta Perleoni of East Hampton, CT, graduated with dean’s distinction with a degree in Business Administration

Alexa Cascio of East Hampton, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Carl Gingras of East Hampton, CT, graduated with a degree in Sustainable Energy Science

Kevin Hines of East Hampton, CT, graduated with a degree in Communication

Kyle Levenduski of East Hampton, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Samantha Root of East Hampton, CT, graduated with a degree in Visual Arts

Beatrice Tomasi of East Hampton, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Accounting

Denis Ugurlu of Haddam Neck, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Theatre

Hebron

Donald Risley of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Ryan Williams of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Brian Archambault of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in Communication

Jerod Fromme of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in Physical Education

Terri LaPointe of Hebron, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Human Service

Morgan Rose of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Walter Wroblinski of Hebron, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Mansfield-Storrs

Kimberly Blair of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Biology

Michael Calvo of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Mathematics

Michael Calvo of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Computer Science

James Gilligan of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

James Haseltine of Storrs Mansfield, CT, graduated with a degree in History and Social Science

Jules Sene of Storrs Mansfield, CT, graduated with a degree in Mathematics

Colin Dunnack of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Ann Eichner of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in General Studies

Yuhuan Gao of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Kristen Gencorelli of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Sociology

Sencer Geyik of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Logan Johnson of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Accounting

Logan Johnson of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Accounting

Sarah Lavoie of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Social Work

Rebecca O’Bern of Storrs Mansfield, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Nicole Pedersen of Storrs Mansfield, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in History

Corey Pelletier of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science

Wajiha Yasmeen of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Social Work

Kristina Knapp of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Jocelyn Loukas of Storrs, CT, graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology

Jessica Sauve of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Luen Yeung of Mansfield Center, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations

Marlborough

Anna Sauve of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science

Vincent Aloia of Marlborough, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts

Michael Boursy of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science

Jennifer Gorcenski of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in Science

Elizabeth Grant of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Sarah Mockalis of Marlborough, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in History and American Studies

Erin Murphy of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Margaret Napolitano of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in Mathematics

Jaime O’Connor of Marlborough, CT, graduated with a degree in History

Willington

Corey Smolen of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Information Systems

Shawn Craver of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Computer Science

Douglas LaBonte of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Environmental Earth Science

Megan LeBlond of Willington, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology

Ryan McMenemy of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Michael Monopoli of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Accounting

Keri Radell of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Social Work

Carmen Rodriguez of Willington, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Windham-Willimantic

Judithann Arce of North Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Visual Arts

Chelsea Arne of Windham, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Psychology

Angelica Booker of North Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Allison O’Connor of Windham, CT, graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and Early Childhood Education

Sarah Schultz of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in History

Clint Slowik of North Windham, CT, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Visual Arts

Laura Cinciripino of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Business Administration

Megan Fitzgerald of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in English

Jeffrey Haines of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Chris Jolley of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Computer Science

Amy Knight of North Windham, CT, graduated with dean’s distinction with a degree in Business Administration

Samira Niazy of North Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Biology

Alexis Smith of Windham, CT, graduated cum laude with a degree in Music

Gillian Weeks of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Relations

Nicole Weis of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Psychology

Holly Cruz of Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Sociology

Elyjah Shapera of North Windham, CT, graduated with a degree in Communication

Eastern Connecticut State University is the state’s public liberal arts university. Eastern serves approximately 5,600 students each year on its Willimantic campus and satellite locations.

Posted May 18, 2012

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CT State Police are recruiting new troopers through May 29 2012

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The Connecticut State Police Department is preparing to accept applications for employment for the position of State Trooper. Enrollment for the Trooper Exam began Monday, May 14 and will continue through May 29, 2012.

The Connecticut State Police offers an exciting career opportunity, a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Applications can be downloaded from the State Police web site at http://www.ct.gov/despp/cwp/view.asp?a=4215&q=494752 or by contacting a State Police recruiter at 203-630-8070.

Also on the State Police web site, potential recruits will find the specific requirements that are necessary to apply to be a Trooper.

Anyone who wishes to compete for the position of Trooper must have completed and submitted the application online by May 29, 2012.

The Connecticut State Police was founded in 1903 and is the oldest State Police agency in the United States.

More than 1,000 Troopers are assigned to barracks scattered across the state and to dozens of specialized units.

State Police Troopers are primary law enforcement providers in 82 of the 169 municipalities in Connecticut. The Connecticut State Police is the third largest police force in New England.

Posted May 17, 2012

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In East Hampton, Sen. Daily announces retirement

State Sen. Eileen M. Daily announced her intention to retire from the General Assembly upon completion of her current term. She has represented the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook in the state Senate since 1993.

State Sen. Eileen M. Daily today (May 15) announced her intention to retire from the General Assembly upon completion of her current term.

The Democratic senator has represented the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook since 1993.

Senator Daily has prepared a letter for political allies, supporters, and delegates to next week’s 33rd Senatorial District nominating convention to notify them she will not stand for re-election this year.

“Replacement and renewal are integral to the revitalization of any institution,” Sen. Daily said in a statement released today (May 15).

“In the past year, holding office has become more physically demanding for me and it would be difficult to initiate a re-election campaign. I’ve been diagnosed with cancer, endured chemotherapy and associated treatment, and am presently recuperating from a broken ankle,” she states in her press release.

“During the last weeks of this session, I was challenged to maintain the pace required at the Capitol,” she said.

“As I review my 20-year tenure and consider the future, I’ve settled on this plan with complete confidence that it’s time for another voice to speak for this district,” Sen. Daily said. “I am also literally blessed with a loving husband and family. Jim and I eagerly look forward to spending more time with our children and grandchildren.”

During her tenure in the Connecticut Legislature, the press release states, Sen.Daily co-authored legislation that created the Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) which awards grants for large-scale public works projects that might be otherwise unaffordable for small towns.

She also co-authored legislation that created a fund for open space acquisition statewide, and was instrumental in preserving many acres of open space in her district.

Among the projects she was involved with over the years, she noted these are some of her most “gratifying”:

  • Sediment detention and ice control in a federal/state Salmon River Flood Control Project.
  • Inclusion of the Eight Mile River Watershed within the national Wild and Scenic River program.
  • A comprehensive, federal/state dredging project for the Westbrook harbor, announced earlier this spring, to begin next fall.
  • Acquisition of property in Haddam for new athletic and recreational fields.
  • Grants to 33rd District towns through STEAP for infrastructure improvement.

“Connecticut’s 33rd Senatorial District is home to some of the most beautiful natural treasures our state has to share and its voters have repeatedly given me the distinction and decidedly good fortune to advocate for this area all this time,” Sen. Daily said.

Sen. Daily said that for the remainder of her term, she will remain available to help municipal government officials and constituents.

Posted May 15, 2012

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Wind Song

"I must hurry to the altar /in the distant hills and give thanks/ For the wonder of this day." Image source: Teachnet.ie

Spring raised her head today

And I caressed her shining face,

And she smiled and filled the air

With fragrance.

I twined a flower in her hair

And it lies softly in the lightness

And the darkness of her tresses.

Rain falls, gentle as a shadow,

In the field.

I must hurry to the altar

in the distant hills and give thanks

For the wonder of this day.

Posted May 13, 2012 – Poem by Hugo DeSarro

(Previously published in Romantic Hearts, Vol. 3, Issue 12, April 1998)

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The group meets the first Thursday of each month to discuss and plan events and initiatives that help promote the village center, including the upcoming fall festival planned for Oct. 26.

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Court finds Apple part of conspiracy to fix eBook pricing

Judge Denise L. Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York said that evidence presented in a trial held in June 2013 shows that Apple played a central role in facilitating and executing a conspiracy designed to eliminate retail price competition in order to raise eBook prices.

To date, approximately $164 million has been recovered through settlements for consumers nationwide.

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