COVID, PFAS Push Killingworth to Join Connecticut River Health District

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KILLINGWORTH – The responsibilities of the Killingworth Health Department have grown quickly over the past year, to the point that the only employee of that department – its director – is warning it may be more than a one-person job. Killingworth Health Director Amy Scholz told the Board of Selectmen that the responsibilities of the COVID-19 pandemic, the discovery of PFAS contamination in wells in town, and an increase in building applications have stretched the responsibilities of her role beyond what one person can manage. Scholz is leaving at the end of this week, and  the Board of Selectmen agreed

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John Samperi Makes the Conservative Case for Killingworth First Selectman

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KILLINGWORTH – Ever since John Samperi split from the Republican Town Committee to form his own Killingworth Conservative Party, Samperi, a candidate for First Selectman, has considered himself the “true Republican” choice in town. The RTC, of course, disagrees. And they are very clear that, while Samperi is a registered Republican, he is not in any way affiliated with their committee. So Samperi keeps running, and puts candidates on the ballot each election so the Killingworth Conservatives can keep their party status. Samperi, who runs a heating and air conditioning company and moved to Killingworth from West Haven 16 years

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Jamie Young Makes Her Case for Killingworth Board of Selectmen

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KILLINGWORTH – With no candidate to replace long-time Democratic First Selectwoman Cathy Iino, Killingworth Democrats are pinning their hopes on Jamie Young to win a seat on the Board of Selectmen, and join Lou Annino, Jr., to maintain their 2-1 Democratic majority on the board. In an interview with CT Examiner, Young explained that – despite a fresh partisan battle over whether Republican Selectwoman Eileen Blewett can keep her seats on both the Board of Selectman and the Region 17 School Board – she sees Killingworth is a bipartisan town, where neighbors working with neighbors prevail over party lines.  Along

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Nancy Gorksi Makes Her Case for Killingworth First Selectwoman

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KILLINGWORTH – The election hasn’t happened yet, but Republican candidate Nancy Gorski has her first day as First Selectwoman planned out. First on the agenda is to meet with the health director and DEEP about PFAS and sodium contamination found in wells in town – including at Town Hall. She wants to arrange for a water consultant to offer solutions to people with contaminated wills, and schedule routine testing with DEEP to continue to monitor PFAS contamination, she said. Next up is the Deer Lake Property – the former Boy Scouts of America camp that’s listed for sale. Whether the

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Decision on Killingworth Lawsuit to Be Decided After Election

Killingworth voters will go into Tuesday’s election without a definite answer on whether Selectwoman and Board of Education member Eileen Blewett will be allowed to keep both seats if she is re-elected to both. No judgement was made during a Thursday morning hearing on a lawsuit Blewett brought against First Selectwoman Cathy Iino, Town Clerk Dawn Mooney and Town Attorney David Tycz – which seeks to resolve whether Blewett sitting on both boards is a violation of the town charter.  Tycz has issued a written opinion stating that he believes it is a violation of the town charter, and Mooney

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Blewett Files Court Challenge to Attorney Opinion in Killingworth

KILLINGWORTH – Killingworth Board of Selectmen and Region 17 Board of Education member Eileen Blewett has filed a lawsuit to challenge the town attorney’s opinion that she cannot continue to hold both seats, even if she is re-elected to both positions on Nov. 2. A complaint filed in Middlesex Superior Court this week called on the court to issue an order to allow Blewett to be sworn in and continue to serve in both positions if she is re-elected.  Blewett was elected to the school board in 2017, and was re-elected to that position in 2019. That year, the Republican

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Killingworth Elections Roiled by Legal Opinion on Selectman Race

KILLINGWORTH — Eileen Blewett has been a member of the Region 17 Board of Education since she was elected in 2017. She has also been Killingworth’s only Republican selectman since she was elected to the Board of Selectman in 2019. Blewett earned the votes for both seats in 2019, and this year she is running again for re-election to both seats – hoping to keep her seat on the Board of Education and join a presumptive Republican First Selectwoman in a 2-1 majority on the Board of Selectmen.  But this time, if she wins both elections, say Blewett can only

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Small Town Connecticut Re-thinks the Drive-Thru

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Frank D’Andrea, who owns a Dunkin Donuts on Route 81 in Killingworth, and several others along the shoreline and New Haven area, applied to the Killingworth Planning and Zoning Commission last year to allow drive-thru windows in the town’s commercial areas. Last October, the commission unanimously approved the application, making drive-thru windows an accessory use in the town’s commercial district, so that now property owners can apply for a special exception, and Planning and Zoning can review and approve any plans to add a drive thru. Commission chair Thomas Lentz said that drive-thru lanes had been opposed in Killingworth for

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The Candidates: Haddam-Killingworth Board of Education

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Mask mandates, alternative pathways to college and curriculum diversity are all up for debate as candidates for the Haddam-Killingworth Region 17 Board of Education make their cases for election in the fall.  The regional Board of Education has eleven seats — five from Killingworth and six from Haddam. In November, three of the six Haddam representatives are running for re-election: Democrat Brenda Buzzi and unaffiliated members Prem Aithal and Joanne Nesti. Two board members from Killingworth, Republican Eileen Blewett and Democrat Kathleen Zandi, are also running for another term.  The elections come at a critical time for local schools, with

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After 12 Years, Cathy Iino Set to Step Aside as Killingworth First Selectwoman

KILLINGWORTH — After 12 years as first selectwoman, Catherine Iino announced on Thursday that she will not be running this November for another term. She is one of several town leaders in the region who have announced they are not running for another term, including Mark Nickerson in East Lyme, Rob Smith in East Haddam and Susan Bransfield in Portland.  “It was a difficult decision, but I’ve been doing this for 12 years, I have a granddaughter I haven’t really seen over the last year and a half, and I just think it’s time to do other things,” Iino told

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Killingworth Officials Announce Public Forums on Water Contamination

KILLINGWORTH — Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, were detected in three wells serving the age 55+ Beechwood Community, but only one of the wells exceeded state guidelines. Officials at Connecticut Water assured residents that the water, once treated, is safe to drink. Three wells registered levels of PFAS greater than 10 parts per trillion. Only one well exceeded the state guidelines of 70 ppt for the total accumulations of five specific PFAS chemicals in drinking water.  Connecticut Water stated in a release that because drinking water is treated, the guidelines “apply only to the treated water and not

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