Ed Chmielewski Makes His Case for First Selectman of Salem

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Republican Ed Chmielewski is running for First Selectman of Salem against Democrat Hugh McKenney for an open seat left be departing incumbent Kevin Lyden, who has instead opted to run for the position of selectman. Lyden served six terms, running unopposed in 2019, as a petitioning candidate against Democrat Sue Sprang in 2017, as a Democrat against Chmielewski in 2015, and as a cross-endorsed candidate in 2013. Lyden won handily, with 69 percent of the vote in 2017 and 65 percent of the vote in 2015.  The Connecticut Examiner spoke with Chmielewski about his campaign and priorities if elected. This

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Hugh McKenney Makes a Case for Salem First Selectman

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With incumbent First Selectman Kevin Lyden opting not to seek an additional term in office, Democrat Hugh McKenney is running for the open seat in a race against Republican Ed Chmielewski. Lyden served for six terms, running unopposed in 2019, as a petitioning candidate against Democrat Sue Sprang in 2017, as a Democrat against Chmielewski in 2015, and as a cross-endorsed candidate in 2013. Lyden won handily in 2017, with 69 percent of the vote, and with 65 percent of the vote in 2015.  McKenney, who is a member of Salem’s Board of Selectmen and formerly chaired the Planning &

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Even With Route 82 Closed, Customers Flock to Salem Valley Farms Ice Cream

In order to repair bridges over East Branch Eight Mile River and Swamp Brook, the state has closed part of Route 82 in Salem from July 19 until at least September 21, according to the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The project, which was awarded to the Brunalli Construction Company for more than $5 million last year, is scheduled to finish on November 7.  The two bridges, both built in 1924, are located a mere 200 feet apart, and the closure affects just a quarter mile of highway. Still, it has already had an impact on at least one small business:

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Firefighters Warn Dispute Leaves Salem Unprotected

SALEM — In part of because of the steep hill that divides the east and west sides of Salem, the town has long had two fire departments, but the conflicts and rivalries that started both companies continue to roil the community. “Back a long time ago, before I was even born, there were issues between the older generation of firemen and fire women that were in the Salem Volunteer Fire Company and that’s what prompted them to open Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company. Unfortunately, those differences have been carried to the younger generation, who don’t even really understand why there

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