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Christopher McDermott

Christopher McDermott has 28 articles published.

Posted on in Elections/In the Region

At Over $50,000, Old Lyme Spending Higher than Comparable Towns for Election

OLD LYME — Democrats and Republicans together spent more than $50,000 on mailers, digital advertising, consultants, and other campaign expenses leading up to the November 5 election in Old Lyme. That sum is significantly more than comparable elections for several larger towns across the southeast Connecticut. Old Lyme also had the highest turnout for any… Keep Reading

Posted on in Budget/Old Saybrook

Sunny Weather in Beach Season Brings Increase in Parks Revenue

OLD SAYBROOK — Harvey’s Beach and mini golf games showed a hearty increase in gross income of 13 percent during the 2019 beach season compared to last year, which the town’s parks director said was likely due to consistently warm and sunny weather during summer weekends. “I think we had a really good summer. The… Keep Reading

Posted on in East Haddam/Environment

New First Selectman Underscores Outdoor Recreation for Business in East Haddam

EAST HADDAM — In a Tuesday morning interview one week after taking office, First Selectman Robert Smith said the town should strengthen and maintain its wealth of hiking trails and emphasize outdoor recreation as an economic driver for the town. “We really need to look at emphasizing and reaching out to companies that would want… Keep Reading

Posted on in Food & Drink

Finding a Turkey for the Thanksgiving Holiday

IN THE REGION — Thanksgiving falls late this year, but turkey sales start early, and shops across southeast Connecticut are offering a variety of choices and price points for home cooks preparing for November 28. Walt’s Food Market in Old Saybrook is preparing for the holiday by making over 800 pounds of gravy, starting a… Keep Reading

Posted on in Education/Region 4

Attorneys Offer Timeline, But Few Answers on Region 4 Land Purchase

DEEP RIVER — Residents and elected officials from Chester, Essex, and Deep River asked questions and offered criticism of the Board of Education for Region 4 schools, and its attorneys, at a special Monday night workshop devoted to a controversial 2017 land purchase for $380,000 that board members later discovered had not been budgeted. “You don’t… Keep Reading

Posted on in Education

Courtney Boosts Job Training to Old Saybrook Rotary

OLD SAYBROOK — Congressman Joe Courtney said Wednesday that Electric Boat is expected to add jobs in the coming years but that schools and governments will need to support workforce training programs to ensure that there are enough workers with the technical skills. Courtney took questions and had lunch with the Rotary Club of Old… Keep Reading

Posted on in Old Saybrook

Four Candidates Vie for Three Seats on Old Saybrook Harbor Management Commission

OLD SAYBROOK — Four candidates are competing for three seats on the town’s Harbor Management Commission in this Tuesday’s elections. The harbor commission is responsible for managing Old Saybrook’s harbors and waterside facilities, as well as public access to the town’s waterways. The commission also oversees a harbormaster, who handles day-to-day operations for the town. The… Keep Reading

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