Palm on the ‘Wins and Losses’ of the 2021 Session

...in our wonderful state. And, less than one week out from the end of Session, my colleagues and I are already taking about unfinished business and where to focus our individual and collective energy next year.  State Rep. Christine Palm represents Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam in Connecticut General Assembly...

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Needleman Explains His ‘Yea’ on Marijuana

...confident it will pass before the end of the session at midnight.  After a debate that stretched for hours on the Senate floor, Connecticut Examiner spoke with several legislators to get insight into how they ended up deciding to cast their votes. State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, was one of...

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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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Scaled-back Zoning Legislation Advances in Connecticut General Assembly

...impact of dramatically reducing — with intention — the local neighborhood zoning public hearings,” she said. State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, said he supported the new legislation, but expected more changes before the bill reached a final draft, given the complexity of the issues involved. Needleman said that municipalities should...

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MIRA to Close Hartford Recycling Center for Center in Berlin

...agreement will turn MIRA’s recycling facility in Hartford into a transfer station that would send materials to Berlin to be processed. The Berlin facility would process most of the recyclable materials MIRA collects. Materials collected at the Essex transfer station will be sent to the Willimantic Waste facility in Windham....

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Solar Project Moves Forward in Old Lyme

...had already cleared about 12 acres of woodland of a 120-acre site once planned as an extension of The Oaks subdivision. The final hurdle, a site plan review, allows the developers to begin installing 7,566 panels. The owner of the project is affiliated with Essex-based Independence Solar. The land cleared...

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Eversource Proposes Rate Increases to Recover 2020 Costs

...Horton said that, if the legislature expanded what costs Eversource could securitize, it would be an option to limit the impacts to customer bills because it could spread the payment of large costs out over a longer period of time. State Sen. Norm Needleman, D-Essex, co-chair of the Energy and...

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Black Seal Reopens to Eager Customers After 2020 Fire

ESSEX — Closed for over a year to repair damage from a fire last January, the Black Seal restaurant on Main St. in Essex Village reopened to eager customers last weekend. “We had people out there at 11, 11:15, waiting to get in to their usual bar seat,” Black Seal...

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