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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Main Street Chester Weathers COVID-19 and Construction

CHESTER — On Tuesday afternoon, downtown Chester was deserted and dusty, with construction cones dotting the excavated sidewalk that bordered retail shops closed by the pandemic and a few restaurants offering takeout. For more than a decade, Chester has been a popular destination for eating, shopping and a popular Sunday...

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Opinion: “Normal was never good enough”

...health, life and family.” And finally, “my daughter’s boyfriend just had two more patients die on his floor this morning from COVID. Fake crisis? We don’t think so.” Christine Palm is the State Representative for the 36th General Assembly district covering the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam. ...

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