Developer Pulls Back, Town Moves Ahead on Swing Bridge Landing Vote

EAST HADDAM – The developer of the proposed Swing Bridge Landing has hit the pause button on his $50 million downtown commercial redevelopment, but the town is moving forward with creating a redevelopment agency to oversee any potential transformation of the historic riverfront village. “He’s on hold depending what the...

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Close, But Not There Yet on East Haddam Village Vote

...“There isn’t a person in Connecticut who doesn’t recognize that iconic view,” of the village that sits on the east end of the East Haddam Swing Bridge, White said. She added that perhaps Riley “should take this to Moodus Center,” the village in the northern section of town that was...

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East Haddam Aims for Dec. 14 Referendum on Village Redevelopment

EAST HADDAM – Aiming to hold a moved-up Dec. 14 referendum to decide the commercial fate of the riverfront downtown village, town officials and the would-be developer will engage in a series of meetings and negotiations this week that will determine if that time-crunched goal can be made. The tentatively-scheduled...

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Haines Signals Strong Support for East Haddam Redevelopment

EAST HADDAM – Newly-elected First Selectman Irene Haines says she strongly supports a highly-debated commercial transformation of the riverfront downtown village – a signal that the developer of the proposed Swing Bridge Landing project insists is crucial to moving it forward. Haines, a Republican who on Tuesday defeated Democrat Scott...

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‘That’s a Wrap’ — 2021 Election Coverage

...spent. EAST HADDAM – Republican State Rep. Irene Haines defeated Democrat Scott Jezek in a race for the First Selectman seat vacated by Democrat incumbent Rob Smith, who decided not to run. “Tonight’s win was a vote for change and a united community,” said Haines, who is also the town’s...

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Lessons of Geese and Men in a Morning Field

...down in the valley on the right and there’s some down in the valley on the left. But it looks like they’re staying in the valley.” “Yeah, that’s a bad flight line,” offers Chasko, of East Haddam.  “They’re not coming here. This field ain’t on their agenda today.” Packing up...

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Switch to Affordable Housing Trumps All in East Haddam

...designation, the East Haddam P&Z committee were now stripped of any authority to deny the very same application presented to them last year, and no public opinions by the residents in East Haddam would be entered into any record. Message received. By invoking the Affordable Housing stature, the applicant very...

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East Haddam Amends Regulations to Ease Limits on Hobby Farms, 4-H

EAST HADDAM – Town Planner James Ventres said that under East Haddam’s current regulations, he had to tell several families that they couldn’t keep a farm animal for a 4-H project because they didn’t have enough space to meet the town’s setback requirements for animal shelters. On Wednesday night, the...

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East Haddam Narrowly Approves Budget

EAST HADDAM — After soundly rejecting a town budget proposal in June, East Haddam voters on Tuesday narrowly approved a $36.37 million budget that had been trimmed down to a zero mill rate increase – by a vote of 885-834. The original budget proposal included an increase of $2.49 million...

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Scott Jezek Makes a Case for East Haddam First Selectman

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Scott Jezek, an East-Haddam-based attorney, is the Democratic candidate for first selectman, competing against State Rep. Irene Haines, the Republican candidate, who currently represents Colchester, East Haddam, East Hampton at the State Capitol. The Connecticut Examiner sat down with Jezek to talk about what inspired his run, what differentiates him...

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Irene Haines on Running for East Haddam First Selectman

...member of the East Haddam Economic Development Commission, and founded the Colchester Civic Orchestra and East Haddam News.  How did you first get involved in East Haddam?  I was a Girl Scout leader back in East Hartford where I grew up, and I’m just one of those people who likes...

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Four Root and Walden Farms Win Grants to Expand their Farming Operations

...life that come up.” https://www.instagram.com/p/CDY-cDipLHW/?utm_medium=copy_link The department awarded $497,000 in grants to 24 projects, with the program redesigned into four grant categories to fit the industry: new farmers, research and development, innovation and diversification and infrastructure investment. Four Root Farm in East Haddam received an infrastructure grant to develop a...

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East Haddam Budget Cuts Get a Public Hearing on Tuesday

EAST HADDAM — In response to an overwhelming vote to reject the town budget, the Board of Finance has trimmed its proposal to eliminate an increase in property taxes. The board also promised a more transparent process moving forward. The budget is scheduled for a second referendum on July 27,...

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Haines Sounds Off on ‘Long’ Legislative Session

...sure, I will hold out hope that we can finally get together and come up with a plan that will benefit our state. As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns: Irene.Haines@cga.ct.gov. Irene Haines State Representative 34th District: East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester...

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