Captain Grizzy’s Showboat Parade to Celebrate 10th Anniversary

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. …

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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New boating laws will boost business and tourism says Sen Linares

Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013.  A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Sen. Art Linares (left) and Brewers Yacht Yard President Rives Potts (right) toured Pilots Point Marina in Westbrook, CT on June 19, 2013. A new law co-sponsored by Linares aims to boost the state boating industry. Contributed photo.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on June 26 signed into law a bill co-sponsored by State Sen. Art Linares that will provide a boost to Connecticut’s marine industry.

Sen. Linares (www.senatorlinares.com) represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

The new law, which takes effect immediately, includes these changes:

  • Extends the length of time that boats stored during the winter are exempt from sales and use tax,
  • Extends the sales tax exemption for storing noncommercial boats by two months, by starting the period sooner and ending it later. Under current law, the period runs from Nov. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31,
  • Extends the use tax exemption for boats brought into Connecticut only to be stored, maintained, or repaired, by ending the period one month later. Under current law, the period runs from Oct. 1 to April 30. Under the new law, it runs from Oct. 1 to May 31.

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East Hampton rewarded with electric vehicle charging station in CT Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy. The funds the town received as a result were used to install an electric vehicle charging station. From L-R, Town Manager Michael Maniscalco, Council member Kyle Dostaler,  Economic Development Commission member Jamie Bell, Council Chair Sue Weintraub, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, State Sen. Art Linares. Contributed photo.

On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy. The funds the town received as a result were used to install an electric vehicle charging station. From L-R, Town Manager Michael Maniscalco, Council member Kyle Dostaler, Economic Development Commission member Jamie Bell, Council Chair Sue Weintraub, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron, State Sen. Art Linares. Contributed photo.

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On Wednesday, June 26, 2013 East Hampton town leaders gathered to celebrate the town’s success in The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, a three-year community energy savings program that helps local residents save money, reduce energy use and give back to their local economy.

“The town was very excited to see so many people take action to reduce their home’s energy use.  With this program, almost 200 homes made the commitment to save money and make their homes more comfortable,” said Town Manager Mike Maniscalco.

The Connecticut Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge was made possible by a $4.17 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the Better Buildings initiative.

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National Pollinator Week – why you should care

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals, and most importantly, bees.  They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees. They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

On Friday, June 21, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Pollinator Partnership and others will celebrate the 2013 National Pollinator Week, which is designated as June 17-23.

Pollinators are birds, bats, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, small mammals and most importantly, bees.

They are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat. However, these invaluable creatures are facing declines.

The push for a Pollinator Week to raise awareness of the dangers to our food supply caused by such things as bee die-off and overuse of pesticides was originally initiated by the Pollinator Partnership.

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DMV online feature calculates your time in line

Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

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Connecticut drivers who need to make a visit to the Department of Motor Vehicles can now check online with a laptop or desk computer, Smart Phone or tablet to view estimated wait times before heading to any of the DMV’s major service offices around the state.

The new wait-time link can be found at ct.gov/dmv

It shows the waiting times that start after someone receives a numbered ticket that puts them in a queue for a certain service.

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Look what you’ll find on a tree walk in East Hampton

In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street in East Hampton Village that is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut. Contributed photo.

In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street in East Hampton Village that is the oldest of its kind in Connecticut. Contributed photo.

Mother Nature gave us a little break from the daily downpours and thereby offered a great day for a “Tree Walk” in East Hampton Village, sponsored by the Chatham Historical Society.

In this photo, Ed Richardson (center), a volunteer with the Connecticut Notable Tree Committee, pauses with walkers at a sycamore maple tree on Main Street that is the oldest if its kind in Connecticut.

The walk was organized by the Chatham Historical Society as part of the “Explore East Hampton” monthly series.

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Statewide property tax pitched for funding CT schools

Economist Stan McMillen said that for the last five fiscal years, Connecticut has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.  He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economist Stan McMillen said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall in Connecticut’s aid to municipalities totals around $1.09 billion. Photo by Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

By Hugh McQuaid | CTNewsJunkie.com

Economists at the University of Connecticut are suggesting that a statewide property tax might close a more than $1 billion funding gap in the state’s education cost sharing (ECS) formula.

They pitched that idea in their quarterly “Connecticut Economy” report released Thursday (June 13) at the Connecticut Education Association’s (CEA) Hartford offices.

Stan McMillen, a contributing economist, said that for the last five fiscal years, the state has underfunded its share of education funding to municipalities required by statute.

He said when increased special education costs and the costs of the school readiness program are factored in, the shortfall totals around $1.09 billion.

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East Hampton council agenda includes next steps in school project

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CLIPBOARDBy Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor

The Tuesday, June 11 regular meeting of the East Hampton Town Council will include several topics, including the next steps in the high school renovation project, which was approved at last week’s referendum in a close vote: 1536 to 1259.

The council meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the East Hampton High School Library.

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East Hampton Senior Center presents SNAP for Seniors

SNAP graphicPress Release

Senior Citizens, do you need a little extra help to buy food every month, and you are not sure if you qualify for the state SNAP/Food Stamps assistance program? (SNAP stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.)

You may like to know that many farmers markets now accept SNAP vouchers.

SNAP Outreach Specialists will be at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 17 and Thursday, June 20 to explain the program.

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An invitation from the Friends of East Hampton Village Center

Village at 82 Main in East Hampton Village, CT

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.

Enrollment in new state insurance program begins Oct 1

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You may also want to know that anyone who doesn’t have some form of insurance by Jan. 1, 2014 will be assessed a punitive tax by the federal government.

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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