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

...discussion, then “so be it.” “But it passed and now we’re going to deal with it,” he said. COLCHESTER — Democrat and incumbent State Sen. Norm Needleman waved at voters as they drove up to Colchester Town Hall to vote at noon on election day.  Needleman says the energy this...

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Southeast Connecticut Towns Best Statewide Absentee Voting

...percent or higher. In Chester, for example, 83 percent of the people who requested absentee ballots have returned them; in Stonington, 79 percent of the absentee ballots issued have already been returned. The Connecticut Mirror reports that statewide 70 percent of the more than 455,000 people who requested an absentee...

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Palm Makes Her Case for a Second Term

Former Republican State Rep. Robert Siegrist is running to unseat one-term incumbent Democrat Christine Palm in a rematch of their 2018 race for state representative in the 36th district, which includes Chester, Essex, Deep River and Haddam. In their previous contest, Palm bested Siegrist by a margin of 212 votes,...

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Finance Director Resigns After 4 Months with Region 4 Schools

ESSEX/DEEP RIVER/CHESTER — After less than four months on the job, Kelly Sterner, finance director of the Region 4 Public Schools announced her resignation. “Our Finance Director, Kelly Sterner has announced her intention to resign from the position later this fall,” said Brian White, Superintendent for the Region 4 School...

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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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Shoreline Bike Plans Stymied at Eastern Point Road in Groton

...traditional bike lanes. The proposal from CTDOT would reconfigure the lanes on Eastern Point Road between its intersections with Benham Road to Chester Street, eliminating one southbound driving lane so that there would be one lane in either direction, with wider shoulders. That section of road serves the South Yard...

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Christine Palm Helped With Health Coverage

...kind support and attentiveness shown by Representative Palm which enabled us to resolve this problem. It is reassuring to know that we have an elected official in our district who is dedicated, compassionate, and responsive to the needs of constituents. Representative Palm has my vote for re-election. Bruce Maguire Chester...

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COVID Forces Temporary Closure of Valley Regional High School

ESSEX/DEEP RIVER/CHESTER — Two positive cases of COVID-19 among students at Region 4’s Valley Regional High School forced the school to shutter and resume fully-remote learning for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. “We closed VRHS for two days this week, yesterday and today, to allow for contact tracing and...

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Request to Demolish Victorian-era Cottage in Haddam Denied Unanimously

...demolition delay that will expire Dec. 30.  Tim Brewer, an architect and principal of TLB Architecture in Chester, said he had expertise in refurbishing older buildings. In his Aug. 31 letter to the commission, Brewer said the house has far more problems than he anticipated. “After closing, we spent the...

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Chester Gallery Opens First Friday of Local Artist Work

On Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m., Chester Gallery opens “Chester Artists: Past, Present and Up and Coming,” a revolving show of local artists over the next two months. “From the postcard show I realized there’s a lot of talent in Chester, people I never even knew of. It opened...

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At Friday Press Conference in New London, Regional Leaders Discuss Domestic Violence Funding and the Costs of COVID

...Rep. Christine Palm, D-Chester, said that while she “admires Cheeseman’s impulse,” she believes legislation in the special session would complicate the proceedings. At least for now, Palm said, using the federal money from the CARES Act — about $450,000 for Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and its 18 member organizations...

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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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Saunders: My Concerns with the Connecticut Police Accountability Bill

...research and engage in sound decision making.  We need good policy, not partisanship. 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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Hunts Brook Farm Rethinks the Small Farm Model

...the Chester farmers market, which was a major revenue source, he said. Without the farmers markets, the farm was able to add 45 members to its 65-member CSA and a second day of pickup. Between the increased CSA shares and the on-site farmers market, Schacht said the new combination has...

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A Hot Debate over Precedent, Equity and Sharing Federal Education Dollars Among Public and Private Schools in Connecticut

...of North Stonington would receive $37,003 through the CARES Act, according to the state Department of Education.  Lyme-Old Lyme regional schools would receive $41,197, Essex-Chester-Deep River grades 7 through 12 would receive $24,567 and Essex grades k through 6 would receive $14,016. “I get it,” said Department of Education Commissioner...

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