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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Gateway Approves Outdoor Restaurant Application, Outlines Further Issues for Old Saybrook Zoning

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...Chester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook — on and along the Connecticut River. A review by Gateway considers the natural and traditional river scene, including the development pattern of the area, building height, density and setbacks, said Willis. In this case, the long-standing commercial...

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Connecticut Schools Adopt a Variety of Approaches to Reopening

...just 27 percent of districts were operating fully in-person. The wide variety of instructional models in Connecticut has meant that the experience of students living just miles apart was wildly different during the 2020-2021 school year. “In East Haddam we have been fully in-person this whole year,” said Barbara Rogerson,...

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Centerbrook Architects’ Jeff Riley Walks Through a Plan for East Haddam’s Redevelopment

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Jeff Riley, a principal of Centerbrook Architects, talked with CT Examiner about Swing Bridge Landing, a proposed mixed-use development adjacent to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam. The $51 million, 94,000-square-foot project would include a village green surrounded by retail shops, restaurants, apartments, a health club, offices, on-site parking,...

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Middle Haddam Couple Tailors One-of-a-Kind Safaris in Africa

MIDDLE HADDAM — “It’s almost like you’re on a different planet. The fact that the animals are in charge, you’re a guest there and you realize that pretty quickly. This is their habitat. This is their world, and you’re visiting,” said Pierre Faber, co-owner of Classic Africa, a safari company...

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Driven Indoors by Pandemic, Finding Relief on the Trails

...never happened before.” Pete Govert has seen the same scenario unfold on the trails managed by the East Haddam Land Trust, where he is president.     “We’re easily seeing double the number of cars we usually see in our parking lots – if not triple,” he said. “We’re always looking for...

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Tourism, Traffic, Migrating Fish and Birds — All Part of Planning the Swing Bridge Overhaul

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...D-Essex. “It will provide new recreation and transportation opportunities, making Haddam and East Haddam more connected and walkable.” State Rep. Irene Haines, R-East Haddam, who is also the town’s economic development administrator, said the walkway “will strengthen our combined commitment to the two towns’ partnership as well as the entire...

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Gennaro Ends Six-year Run at Goodspeed with Eyes For What’s Next

...Foundation Writers Colony, among others.  Upcoming renovations Gennaro said the organization has $2.9 million in bonding funds, secured during the administration of then-Gov. Dannel Malloy, to renovate the 1877 structure set above the east bank of the Connecticut River in East Haddam. “The goal has been to basically open up...

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Robust Fundraising, Limited Matching Grants for Arts Organizations

...were reduced proportionally, so that organizations ultimately received a match of about 25 percent of the total amount they raised.  Dan McMahon, director of marketing and public relations at Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, said that, based on their donations, Goodspeed qualified for the full $750,000. They received $532,100. The...

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As COVID Cases Surge, Connecticut Resists Rollback

...alone. Pay attention to that.”  According to Lamont, 96 percent of Connecticut residents now live in a high alert zone.  Southeast Connecticut The single grey spot in the sea of red in Southeast Connecticut is the town of Lyme, which has reported only two positive cases over the last two...

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Local Cider for the Holiday

...to exchange, they sell for $5, and then you can exchange them instead of purchasing new growlers with subsequent purchases. Other local ciderworks include Yankee Cider Co. in East Haddam and Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic. The Connecticut Cider Association’s website can show you other options for buying Connecticut ciders,...

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Public Access Television Shines With Pandemic Shutdowns

...has created an increase in demand for programs. “We have never been busier in seven years,” he said. Morgan estimates that the station which reaches from Durham and Haddam in the north down to Old Saybrook and Westbrook, has produced 30 percent more content this year in comparison to 2019....

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The Future of Connecticut Farming

...markets are fewer and less lucrative so you really kind of have to make your own niche market,” she said.  For Aaron Taylor, a co-owner of Four Root Farm in East Haddam, innovation arose as a result of COVID-19. The farm grows certified organic vegetables and flowers. He said he...

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Developer Withdraws Application for Banner Estates

EAST HADDAM — For the second time, the owners of Banner Country Club Estates have withdrawn a zoning amendment application that would have allowed them to convert a large, empty banquet hall into a residential apartment building. At the Planning and Zoning meeting Tuesday night, James Ventres, zoning enforcement officer...

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State Approves $11 Million for Small Towns Program

...improve the appearance of their facilities.” A few of the approved projects that received STEAP grants across southeastern Connecticut include: Chester: $85,744.15 to implement a public Wi-Fi internet service, $10,000 town match East Lyme: $128,205 for improvements at the municipal transfer station, $20,000 town match Essex: $128,000 for parking lot...

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The Election Blow by Blow for Southeast Connecticut

...vote of 7,269 to 6,924 in a district that covers Waterford and part of Montville. State Rep. Irene Haines, R-East Haddam, defeated Democratic challenger Judd Melón by an unofficial tally of 7,885 to 6,025 to earn a second term representing East Haddam, East Hampton and Colchester. State Rep. Holly Cheeseman,...

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Melón, Haines Offer Sharp Contrast for Fall Election

Educator and real estate agent Judd Melón, an East Haddam Democrat, is challenging one-term incumbent State Rep. Irene Haines, an East Haddam Republican, for the chance to represent Connecticut’s 34th House district, that includes East Haddam and East Hampton. Melón taught Spanish literature and language in college and public high...

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Montville Fire Companies: You Did Not Let us Stand Alone

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...professionalism and dedication of crews from: East Great Plain, Quaker Hill, Salem, Gardner Lake, Laurel Hill, Preston, Gales Ferry, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Center Groton, Mohegan Tribe Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Griswold, North Stonington, Portland, East Haddam, Westfield, Middlefield, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Chester, Baltic, Windham Center and Flanders. In addition to...

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Owners of Banner Estates Resubmit Application to Zoning

EAST HADDAM — The owners of the Banner Country Club Estates have resubmitted an application for a zoning amendment change that will allow them to convert a 28,000-square-foot banquet hall into residential units. Co-owner Anthony Longhitano withdrew a similar application for a change to the Planned Recreational Development/Resort Zone, a...

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Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know about COVID in the Schools

...the case of East Haddam, the administration, including school Superintendent Brian Reas, did just about everything right when it came to releasing the information. The East Haddam schools quickly alerted the community of the infection. Reas was candid and spoke to CT Examiner’s Julia Werth at length about the case....

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Saunders: Needleman’s Energy Plan Places Heavy Burden on Consumers

...need a plan that doesn’t put such a heavy burden on the consumer. Brendan Saunders is running for State Senate of the 33rd district in November. The 33rd District encompasses the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook....

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