East Hampton Home Destroyed by Fire

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter A house on Ola Avenue, near Pocotopaug Lake in East Hampton was destroyed by fire Friday morning. The house was owned by the Clark family who were not home at the time of the fire. The cabin was said to be a total loss, and one …

CRT Offers Free Foreclosure Program

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Community Renewal Team (CRT) has expanded it’s free homeowner foreclosure prevention program to now include all income levels. CRT’s expanded foreclosure prevention program is due in part to increased federal funding to programs that help homeowners, according to a statement issued by the organization. If …

State Police Identify Assault Victim

  According to a statement issued by the CT State Police on Sept. 17, East Hampton Police responded to a 911 call for help at the White Birch Horse Farm 183 White Birch Rd. in their town. Upon arrival EMS provided emergency care and transported the victim to St Francis Hospital in …

State Police Investigating Incident in East Hampton

According to a press release issued by the CT State Police at approximately 3:45 a.m. on September 17, 2014, State Police were contacted by East Hampton Police to assist with an investigation at a residence on White Birch Road in that town. Detectives from the State Police Eastern District Major …

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Congressman Courtney – frustrated by ongoing Sequester

August 2, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

Congressman Joe Courtney testifies on the need to end the Sequester. Photo: screen shot from YouTube video

By Congressman Joe Courtney

Today, (Aug. 2) the House adjourned for a five week district work period without completing action on a 2014 budget.

Like so many of you, I am deeply frustrated that the House is leaving town today without finishing its work on one of the most fundamental duties outlined in the Constitution.

Congress should remain in Washington as long as it takes to finish the budget and complete a plan to end the across-the-board budget cuts known as “sequestration.”

Sequestration taking a toll

The direct impacts of sequestration, which went into effect on March 1, were slow to reach eastern Connecticut. However, in the last few weeks, we have seen increasing effects of the indiscriminate budget cuts that make up sequestration, underscoring the need for action in Congress to reverse this self-imposed economic punishment.

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East Hampton man sentenced in fake bomb hoax

August 1, 2013 Local News Comments Off
According to court documents and statements Doran made in court, at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2013, custodians at the East Hampton Middle School found what looked like a home-made bomb leaning against the front doors of the school as they were preparing to open the school for a Christian Youth Basketball League.

According to court documents and statements Doran made in court, at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2013, custodians at the East Hampton Middle School found what looked like a home-made bomb leaning against the front doors of the school as they were preparing to open the school for a Christian Youth Basketball League.

According to a release issued today (Aug. 1) by the FBI, 21-year-old East Hampton, CT resident Sean Doran was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to three years of probation for placing a fake bomb at the front doors of East Hampton Middle School on Jan. 12, 2013.

Doran also was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine, according to Deirdre M. Daly, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut.

According to court documents and statements made in court, at approximately 8 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2013, custodians at the East Hampton Middle School found what looked like a home-made bomb leaning against the front doors of the school as they were preparing to open the school for a Christian Youth Basketball League.

It was a rectangular box, approximately 12-by-8-by-4 inches in size, taped together with orange and red duct tape, with a white egg timer on top.

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First ‘extradosed’ bridge in U.S. is in Connecticut

July 28, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.” Photo of new bridge from CT DOT

At 2 p.m. on Monday, July 29, Gov. Dannel Malloy will join federal, state and local dignitaries at a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the southbound side of the new Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge on I-95 in New Haven – informally known as the “Q Bridge.”

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Transportation projects expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction jobs

July 26, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

Press Release

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today (July 26) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved more than $537 million in state funds to finance a series of construction and maintenance projects through the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s (ConnDOT) capital infrastructure program.

The program includes 250 lane miles of state highway resurfacing and more than 40 bridge restoration projects around the state.

The funds will be used to leverage about $600 million in federal transportation aid to update, strengthen and improve the safety of Connecticut’s highways, bridges, rail and transit systems.

Combined, the more than $1 billion in state and federal funding is expected to create or retain nearly 20,000 construction-related jobs.

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Connecticut budget ends with $359 million surplus

July 24, 2013 Areawide, Business Comments Off
Gov. Malloy's budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

Gov. Malloy’s budget director Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus. Photo source: State of CT official photo

By Christine Stuart | CTNewsJunkie.com

Personal income tax receipts came in higher than anticipated during May and June (2013), which allowed Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director to adjust the surplus up $123 million more than last month.

Ben Barnes predicted Monday (July 22) that the state will end the year with a $359.6 million surplus.

Personal income tax receipts were up $55.1 million over last month. The corporation tax also was revised upward by $15 million.

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Outdoor concert tonight in East Hampton

July 18, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
Four Barrell Billy with their mix of rockabilly, surf, old school 50s rock & roll, and edgy 60s pop perform July 18 in the Joseph N. Goff House Gazebo Concert series.  Photo source: Four Barrell Billy web site

Four Barrel Billy with their mix of rockabilly, surf, old school 50s rock & roll, and edgy 60s pop perform July 18 in the Joseph N. Goff House Gazebo Concert series. Photo source: Four Barrel Billy web site

Press Release

Tonight, Four Barrel Billy is the next group to perform in this summer’s Joseph N. Goff House Gazebo Music Series. The concert is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be at the Gazebo on the grounds of Center School. (If it rains, the concert moves inside to The Congregational Church of East Hampton.)

Four Barrel Billy is a trio dedicated to American roots rock ‘n roll with a repertoire that includes rockabilly, surf, honky tonk, Fifties rock ‘n roll and Sixties pop music.

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East Hampton seeks representative for agriculture council

July 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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One of the goals for RiverCOG members is providing guidance and information regarding agriculturally-related tax programs and policies.

Press Release

The Town of East Hampton invites citizens interested in agriculture and land use to consider serving as a member on the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) Regional Agriculture Council.

The objective of the council is to support farming in the 17 municipalities that make up RiverCOG and to promote agriculture-friendly land use and municipal policies.

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Live music Saturday at the Sanctuary

July 17, 2013 Local News Comments Off
LICHTER BROTHERS at the Sanctuary 07-20-2013

Eric and Jeremy Lichter – also known as the Lichter Brothers will perform at The Sanctuary at Shepardfields in East Haddam on Saturday, July 20. Poster photo.

Press Release

Eric and Jeremy Lichter – also known as the Lichter Brothers will perform at The Sanctuary at Shepardfields in East Haddam on Saturday, July 20. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Donation is $10 and this is an all ages, family-friendly event.

Eric Lichter is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and owner of Dirt Floor Recording Studio in Chester.

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Help honor two East Hampton servicemen

July 14, 2013 Local News Comments Off
You are invited to join in an East Hampton Yellow Ribbon tying ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at 59 Main St. – in the Village Center by the Yellow Ribbon Tree.

You are invited to join in an East Hampton Yellow Ribbon tying ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at 59 Main St. – in the Village Center by the Yellow Ribbon Tree.

Press Release

You are invited to join in an East Hampton Yellow Ribbon tying ceremony to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at 59 Main St. – in the Village Center by the Yellow Ribbon Tree.

Ribbons will be tied onto the tree for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Rogers and U.S. Army Specialist Kurt Schluntz.  These men are currently serving in Afghanistan.

Join in to support their families and honor those who serve.

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Attention lighthouse lovers…

July 14, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
New London's Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service's New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

New London’s Harbor Light is the featured lighthouse for Connecticut in the 2013 United States Postal Service’s New England Coastal Lighthouses series issued July 13, 2013. Image from USPS YouTube video.

Did you know? … 2013 is New London Maritime Society’s 30th Anniversary, which means there are some outstanding events planned on the Connecticut shoreline.

For example, there are five boat trips every Saturday through Sept 7. (You can register for them now – it’s first come, first served with only six passengers per trip.)

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for each child age 14 and younger.

All proceeds, beyond boat costs, go to the Lighthouse Restoration Fund.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Boat trips to New London Harbor Light – Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Cruise to the lighthouse and climb 119 steps up to the lantern.
  • ‘Three Sisters’ Lighthouse tours – Saturdays at noon, and 2 p.m. – Sit back and cruise by New London’s three harbor lighthouses: NL Harbor, Ledge and Avery Point Lights. … Continue Reading

East Hampton Old Home Days begins July 11

July 10, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs are among the bands that will perform at the 2013 East Hampton CT Old Home Days "glorious celebration" that kicks off Thursday, July 11 and runs through Saturday, July 13. Photo source: YouTube screen shot

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs are among the bands that will perform at the 2013 East Hampton CT Old Home Days “glorious celebration” that kicks off Thursday, July 11 and runs through Saturday, July 13. Photo source: YouTube screen shot

By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

East Hampton’s annual three day celebration known as Old Home Days kicks off on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. with rides, live music, bike giveaways, a raffle, as well as lots of food and entertainment.

Other highlights of this huge community event include the Glorious Gallop 5K race on Friday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m., and what’s touted to be the largest parade in Middlesex County, that makes its way down Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning.

The very colorful and dance-inspiring South Philadelphia String Band returns to join the parade whose theme this year is Parade of Broadway Musicals.

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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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TRUMBULL, CT – Today Tim Herbst, Trumbull First Selectman and Candidate for State Treasurer, praised State Auditors for continuing to sound the alarm on the mismanagement of the Teacher’s Retirement …

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