East Hampton Senior Center News Available Online

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter The East Hampton Senior Center is now on line and current events, trips, lunch menus and more can be viewed by clicking on the senior center link at www.easthamptonct.gov. The center itself is located at 105 Main Street and can be reached at (860) 267-4426. …

Statewide Voter Registration is Next Tuesday

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Election Day is just two weeks away, and Connecticut in an effort to get people registered will hold a statewide voter registration session, Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In East Hampton eligible residents can register with the town clerk until Oct. …

Welcome Home the Troops

East Hampton has a long history as being known as the Belltown, and this Saturday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m. all East Hampton businesses and residents are being asked to ring a bell. This is being done in coordination with the removal of the final ribbon from the Yellow Ribbon …

Accident Victim was Dedicated Community Member

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter John Morris, fondly called Jim, who lost his life last Friday, Oct. 17, at the age of 79 after being struck by a car, was a man described as “dedicated” to the Town of East Hampton. After moving to town 15 years ago he served …

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Perfect Weather for Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade

August 11, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments
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A banner on the side of the third-place winning “Dr. Seuss” boat seems a good description of the day.

By Lauren Quirici

Crowds gathered at Sears Park on the sunny afternoon of Saturday, August 9th to watch the participating boats at the tenth annual Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade.  Twelve boats decorated in styles from Dr. Seuss to popular reality television show Duck Dynasty circled the lake for all to see.

Many vendors were present at Sears Park, including an Avon representative, face-painting booths, food products from Tastefully Simple, health products from Qivana and more.  From the park, the boats and the observers made their way to Angelico’s Lake House Restaurant for food, drinks, music, and the announcement of the winners of the Boat Parade and ten … Continue Reading

Historian To Give Veterans Day Talk

August 8, 2014 Feature, Local News No Comments

Presentation On Moodus War Hero, Melvin Baron

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Photo of Melvin Baron, courtesy of Jackie Michael

Both the Hadlyme Congregational Church and the North School of Hadlyme are sponsoring a talk about a World War II veteran from Moodus named Melvin Baron, who was killed in action in Italy 70 years ago on May 4, 1944, at the age of 19. Pvt. Baron, a 1943 graduate of Hale-Ray High School, was part of an elite special services unit in the Army. It was jointly formed with Canadian troops and was called the “First Special Services Force.” The unit … Continue Reading

Village boutique switches to second-hand style

August 4, 2014 Business, Feature No Comments
The storefront of Sweet Repeats in East Hampton's Village Center

The storefront of Sweet Repeats in East Hampton’s Village Center

By Lauren Quirici

Step through the door of Sweet Repeats, a clothing consignment shop in East Hampton’s Village Center, and you will find colorful racks filled with dresses and blouses, daring heels and stylish handbags, displays draped with sparkling accessories and more.

At the back of her shop, owner Alison Davis sits at a desk among bunches of silk roses and golden bangle bracelets, a rack of newly acquired merchandise behind her waiting to be priced. A stack of flowered business cards are displayed to … Continue Reading

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

Press Release

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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Have Coffee With Your State Rep

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State Representative Melissa Ziobron (R-34) has announced she will be hosting two “Coffee with your Legislator” events during the month of October. One will be held in the Town of …

Ziobron Tests Blue-Green Algae Blooms in Lake Pocotopaug

(from left) Dr. George Knoecklein, Limnologist and State Rep. Melissa Ziobron discuss cyanobacteria or blue-green algae blooms present in Lake Pacotopaug.

East Hampton — Tuesday, September 23, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron toured Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton with Dr. George Knoecklein who is a Limnologist, hired by the town to monitor …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

Perrotti Receives Public Funding

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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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Hello From the Editor

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Dear Readers: It’s been about a month since I began covering your communities, and I’d like to take this t ime to say hello and introduce myself. My name is …

Arts Commission Hosts Meet and Greet

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The East Hampton Arts & Cultural Commission will host a Meet and Greet tomorrow night Thursday, Oct.16, at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Middle Haddam Library, …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises …

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