Energy Company has no Affiliation with Town

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Town officials in East Hampton are advising residents to be wary of representatives from Next Step Living who have been soliciting neighborhoods with energy options. Town Manager Michael Maniscalo said in a phone interview that representatives of the company are telling homeowners they are in …

Drawdown of Lake to Begin mid October

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Lake Pocotopaug’s water level will be lowered in October to allow residents and the town to work on seawalls and beach cleanup. Town Manager Michael Maniscalo said the “drawdown” will be conducted by the dam owner beginning Oct. 10. Maniscalo also said that the dam, …

Head Start Preschool Openings Available to Middlesex County Residents

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Spots are still available in the Community Renewal Team’s (CRT) Head Start and Preschool Centers. Parents in Middlesex County are being encouraged to consider enrolling their children in these programs even if currently on waiting lists at other area schools. CRT Head Start and Preschool …

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9/4: Wojciech Rembiszewski, 22, of 9 Davis St., New Britain was issued a summons for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. Rembiszewski is scheduled to appear before the Middletown Superior Court Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM to answer to the aforementioned charges. 9/5: Leslie Briere, 61, …

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Stretch of Rt 151 to be named for local war hero

July 4, 2013 Local News Comments Off
Golec walked a stretch of Route 151 every day of his life prior to his military service. The route of the Memorial Highway to be renamed in Golec’s honor runs along the same street he walked and where the family homestead still stands today – it bisects the end of Neptune Avenue, where the Baron-Smith-Golec Post 156 American Legion in East Haddam, CT is located.

Golec walked a stretch of Route 151 every day of his life prior to his military service. The route of the Memorial Highway to be renamed in Golec’s honor runs along the same street he walked and where the family homestead still stands today – it bisects the end of Neptune Avenue, where the Baron-Smith-Golec Post 156 American Legion in East Haddam, CT is located.

Press Release

Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Melissa Ziobron today expressed gratitude to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy for signing legislation they supported that renames a stretch of Route 151 in East Haddam, CT in honor of a local hero.

Sen. Linares represents the 33rd Senate Distict – Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook. Rep. Ziobron represents the 34th House District – East Haddam, East Hampton and a section of Colchester.

The new bill honors the service of World War II veteran Peter P. Golec, who was born and raised in the Moodus section of East Haddam, and gave his life in defense of his country.

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Gov. Malloy – take precautions during summer heat this July 4th weekend

July 3, 2013 Areawide, Local News Comments Off
Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open. Temperatures inside the car can climb within minutes to a degree that can cause convulsions and death.

Given the heat index forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the Fourth of July weekend, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy urges residents to take steps to stay cool and safe… and to check on the welfare of those who are homebound or otherwise vulnerable to heat stroke.

“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity,” Gov. Malloy said in a prepared statement today (July 3.)

“A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures,” he said.

“Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”

He also offered these safety tips:

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Love old cars? Don’t miss this event in Belltown CT

July 1, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Belltown Antique Car Club - used by permission.

The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT. Photo copyright 2012 Belltown Antique Car Club – used by permission.

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Have a great vintage or antique car?  Love to revisit your favorite car of your youth?  Then you’ll love the annual Belltown Antique Car Club show coming up in August in East Hampton, CT.

The Belltown Antique Car Club hosts its 47th Annual Vintage Motorcar Meet on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds, off of Rte. 151 in East Hampton, CT.

All stock, unmodified cars and trucks from the dawn of the motoring age through model year 1971 are welcome and will be classified for judging.

In addition, there will be a display-only area (no judging) for other collector vehicles built through 1982, including hot rods.

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New boating laws will boost business and tourism says Sen Linares

June 27, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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

June 26, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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

June 20, 2013 Areawide, Arts & Entertainment Comments Off
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

June 17, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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

June 16, 2013 Arts & Entertainment, Local News Comments Off
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

June 15, 2013 Business, Local News Comments Off
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

June 11, 2013 Local News Comments Off

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

June 10, 2013 Local News, Senior Center Announcements Comments Off

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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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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 …

Herbst (still) Wants Answers on Teacher Pension Neglect

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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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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 …

State Unemployment-July 2014

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The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released New England and state unemployment numbers for July 2014.  These data are supplied by the …

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