October 24, 2014

Letter: An Open Letter to Republican Women

To the Editor:

I am a fellow Republican woman who always wanted to be married, but I wanted a career instead of children. Thankfully, when I headed off to college in 1974, I had access to birth control and thanks to Roe v. Wade I also had access to what could be a very excruciating choice. [Thankfully I never had to make that choice.] So it was time travel for me to hear Art Linares’ answer to this question at the debate held on October 8 at the Valley Regional High School: “Where do you stand on the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision?” Linares only stated that “he was raised Catholic and isn’t up for appointment as a Supreme Court Justice.” In other words, he is against a woman’s right to choose even birth control!

Haven’t we already dealt with this issue 40 years ago? This extremely right-wing view could have totally changed my life and taken my choice to have a career away from me. Also, I would note that extremist views such as Linares’ are not a fit with his own district’s constituency.

Birthing a child sometimes can be life-threatening. Linares doesn’t care: “No exceptions.” I have had a colleague who died from a brain hemorrhage while she was trying to have a child.

I may have wanted to hear more on Linares’ stances, but it seems he doesn’t like to show up to debates.

Please, if you value your choices as a woman, do not vote for Art Linares.

Sincerely,

Sue Huybensz,
Deep River

Chester Historical Society Presents 11th Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal Program

On Saturday, Nov. 8, the Chester Historical Society is presenting its 11th Antiques & Jewelry Appraisal program, with 11 experts appraising art works, furniture, books, ephemera, jewelry, clocks and watches, coins and currency, stamps, glass, textiles, and much more.  It will be at St. Joseph’s Parish Center at 48 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 154) in Chester from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Paul Indorf, of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers, and Gay Sherman Weintz will appraise gemstones and fine jewelry and vintage costume jewelry. Garry Craig, of The Timekeeper in Wallingford (not shown), appraises watches and antique clocks.

Paul Indorf, of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers, and Gay Sherman Weintz will appraise gemstones and fine jewelry and vintage costume jewelry. Garry Craig, of The Timekeeper in Wallingford (not shown), appraises watches and antique clocks.

Three of the appraisers are generalists, meaning they deal with the full range of antiques. With decades of experience as professional appraisers, they’ve seen it all. They are: Norman and Linda Legassie of Stepping Stones Antiques LLC in Old Saybrook, and Tom Perry of One of a Kind Antiques (www.OneOfaKindAntiques.com).

Tom Perry, of One of a Kind Antiques, is a longtime antiques expert and appraiser

Tom Perry, of One of a Kind Antiques, is a longtime antiques expert and appraiser

The other eight appraisers have specialties. They are: Garry Craig of The Timekeeper (watches and clocks); Orville Haberman of CT River Books (books and ephemera); Paul Indorf of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers (fine jewelry and gemstones); Steve Lutar and Dave Passamano of Guilford Coin Exchange (coins, currency, and stamps); Tom Medlin of Essex (American furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries, American paintings, and base metals, especially brass candlesticks); John Newman of Deep River (American-made glass and Aladdin oil and electric lamps); and Gay Sherman Weintz (vintage and antique costume jewelry).

Orville Haberman, of Connecticut River Books in Deep River, appraises all types of books and ephemera.

Orville Haberman, of Connecticut River Books in Deep River, appraises all types of books and ephemera.

 

Each attendee may bring up to three separate items to be appraised. If the item is too large to carry, bring photographs (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too). Verbal appraisals will cost $10 for the first item; $20 for 2 items; or $25 for 3 items. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Chester Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill.

John Newman is an American glassware expert. If he doesn’t have the answers you need, generalist appraisers Norman and Linda Legassie and Tom Perry will.

John Newman is an American glassware expert. If he doesn’t have the answers you need, generalist appraisers Norman and Linda Legassie and Tom Perry will.

St. Joseph’s Parish Center is near the intersection of Main Street and Rte. 154 (Middlesex Avenue) in Chester. There is ample parking and handicapped access. More information, including directions to the event, is on the website, ChesterHistoricalSociety.org, or email your questions to chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 860-558-4701.

TTYS Program “Raising Your Children in the Digital Age” – Nov. 13

We raise our children in a world filled with screens. Does it matter? What impact is it having? You are invited to the free program, “Raising Young Children in the Digital Age”, on Thursday, November 13th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Chester Elementary School Auditorium.  Come hear what child health advocates and educators, including Dr. Cara Barbierri from Pathways Center for Learning and Behavioral Health, have to say about our young children’s exposure to digital media.

The first 15 participants to register will receive a free copy of Talking Back to Facebook.  Please call 860-526-3600 or visit www.tritownys.org to register.  This program, which is funded through a grant from Middlesex United Way, is made possible through a collaboration of the Early Childhood Council of Chester, Deep River, and Essex and Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau.

Tri-Town Youth Services supports and advances the families, youth and communities of Chester, Deep River and Essex. We coordinate and provide resources needed to make positive choices, reduce substance abuse, and strengthen the relationships that matter most.  Discover programs and information for families, as well as opportunities for community collaboration at www.tritownys.org

 

Two Events for Local Artist Dan Dahlstrom at Essex Library in November

Dan Dahlstrom Pic PaintingThe Essex Library will be hosting an art exhibit November 3rd through November 28th, and artist’s “Meet and Greet” on Saturday November 8th, 2014, 1-4 PM, for painter, Daniel (Dan) Dahlstrom.

Mr. Dahlstrom, originally of Essex, CT, currently resides in Chester, CT. His work has been accepted into many local juried shows, including the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut, held in conjunction with the Lyme Art Association.  Dan has studied at the prestigious Lyme Art Academy, and with several professional, local artists.

Current commissioned pieces are on display at the Water’s Edge Resort, Westbrook, Connecticut, The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station, Haddam, Connecticut , and in private collections with select interior designers.

Mr. Dahlstrom’s inspiration comes from the light effects of nature, and his renderings impact a serene, peaceful quality. He often paints scenes of his beloved Chester, The Connecticut River, Long Island Sound, and the surrounding vistas of the beautiful countryside of New England. He enjoys working “en plein air” (in the open air) and in his studio.

Patrons may view his work at The Essex Library: 33 West Avenue, Essex, CT. For more information you may call the library at: (860) 767-1560 or go to: www.youressexlibrary.org.

 

Concert in the Garden Featuring DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose – Nov. 9

D. B. Rielly

D. B. Rielly

DB Rielly and Local Duo Ebin Rose will be featured at the Concert in the Garden at the Leif Nilsson Studio and Gallery on November 9 from 4-6 pm.

$10 donation – BYOB and picnic – Outdoor Bistro Style Seating in the Amphitheatre.
First come first seated. Rain or Shine! Performances are held inside the Gallery during inclement weather.

More info (860) 526-2077 www.nilssonstudio.com

Local duo Ebin Rose will open the show.

D.B. Rielly is an award-winning singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, along with his band, performs a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, including Roots, Zydeco, Blues, and Alt-Country. WMLB in Atlanta calls him “One of the best songwriters you’ve never heard of” and Country Music People Magazine says he is “Rootsy, frequently very funny, witty and cynical, literate and highly enjoyable. Rielly is definitely someone to watch out for.” D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.”

Check out his videos, they are amazing!

http://www.dbrielly.com
http://www.youtube.com/dbrielly
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DB-Rielly/43416220585

 

Letter: Old Saybrook Causeway Litter is Eyesore and Safety Issue

To the Editor:

Walking the causeway in Old Saybrook is more of an obstacle course than relaxing.  The condition of the causeway is an absolute disgrace.  There are mothers with baby strollers walking in the roadway to avoid the mess and stench on the sidewalk left by fishermen.

The blood stains, fish parts, plastic bags, fishing hooks, fishing line, broken nets, beer and liquor bottles are trashing one of Old Saybrook’s most scenic areas.  This litter is not just an eyesore and safety issue, but also has a major impact on our wildlife.

Others who walk the causeway see the same mess and they have gone to express their concerns to the First Selectman’s Office who in turn told them he has written letters to the DEEP, and all to no avail was his response.

Fishing is permitted year round here.  Unsafe habits of the fishermen will continue to destroy our beautiful Sound and endanger our wildlife.  Just as the town beach is regulated, the causeway needs to be too.  Perhaps charges need to be set per fishing pole/net to offset cleanup costs and deter such behavior.  Maybe your readers will have other thoughts how this abuse can be stopped.

Sincerely,

Christina LaVaughn,
Local resident

Pancake Breakfast Essex Fire Engine Co. No. 1 – Nov. 2

Essex Fire Company will be hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday November 2 from 7 am – 11 am at the Essex Fire Headquarters, 11 Saybrook Road, Essex

They will have fire apparatus on display along with rescue equipment.  Sparky the fire dog will also be there!

Please bring a can of food for the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

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Essex Garden Club Installs “Francesca”

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Essex Garden Club has created “Francesca” to compete in this year’s Scarecrow Competition sponsored by the Essex Board of Trade. Pictured left to right are Eve Potts, Mylan Sarner and Sandy French.  “Francesca” sits at the entrance to Town Park on Main Street where the Garden Club members recently completed their fall cleanup.

Israeli Novelist Comes to Chester – Nov. 6

The Hilltop - Assaf GavronSettlements in the West Bank have been the subject of fierce debate in Israel and around the world. What public officials say often misses the human consequences of this state of affairs. But these consequences become obvious and compelling in the novel The Hilltop, by the Israeli author Assaf Gavron.

Gavron will speak about the West Bank and read from his highly praised book at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Nov 6th in a free program open to the public at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester.

“With the conflict in the Middle East over the summer, we have been facilitating several congregational meetings at CBSRZ to discuss the events happening over seas and to work out our frustrations about a difficult situation. It was very timely and fortuitous that we were contacted by RJ Julia Booksellers at the exact same moment to co-sponsor this event with them and to host Assaf Gavron at CBSRZ to talk about his book, The Hilltop, that examines precisely these types of struggles,” says Tracy Kleinberg, chair of the program committee, which has produced Books & Bagels for more than twenty years.

Khaled Hosseini, author of the “Kite Runner,” says, “In The Hilltop, Gavron’s unique gift is on full display in all of its eccentric, genre-bending glory. He treads the line between the serious and the absurd, the tragic and the comical, the sincere and the satirical, and creates a sweeping, complex story that raises more questions than it provides answers.”

From the review in Booklist: “Israeli settler Othniel just wants to grow some arugula, some tomatoes, and keep a goat. He wanders out of his settlement onto a hilltop overlooking the Judean desert and a Palestinian village and comes upon the ideal plot of land. Soon he’s the unofficial leader of an illegal little settlement contending with a monstrous web of red tape…

“Life on the hilltop grows evermore imperiled as the rogue settlers finally provoke the wrath of the epically ambivalent authorities by triggering an international incident. This many-storied, funny, shrewd, and tender satire dives into the heart of Israel, a land of trauma and zeal, fierce opinions and endless deliberation. From failed marriages to governmental dysfunction to the tragic Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gavron’s spirited desert saga embraces the absurd and the profound and advocates for compassion and forgiveness, even joy.”

For more information on Books and Bagels or other programs at CBSRZ, please contact the office at 860-526-8920.   Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester.

 

Essex Savings Bank Earns Sustained Superiority Award

ESSEX — Essex Savings Bank has earned the prestigious Sustained Superiority Award from BauerFinancial, Inc. of Coral Gables, Florida, the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm, for continuing at their highest 5-Star rating for strength and stability.  Bauer Financial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks since 1983.  No institution can pay BauerFinancial to rate it, nor can an institution choose to be excluded.  Essex Savings Bank has proven its commitment to superiority by earning this top rating for at least the latest 57 consecutive quarters.  Fewer than 10% of the nation’s banks can claim this distinction.  In order to do so, the Bank has excelled in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability to name just a few.  Consistently earning BauerFinancial’s highest rating assures customers and the community that Essex Savings Bank is a strong financial institution that will be able to fulfill their banking needs for years to come and is the gold standard of choices in a complex financial industry. Gregory R. Shook, President and CEO, noted, “ We are proud to receive this award and hope that individuals, families and businesses will appreciate the opportunity to build long term relationships with us.”

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851.  The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.   Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC. Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.

Letter: Essex First Selectman Endorses Bjornberg

To The Editor:

As a business owner and the First Selectman of Essex, I am keenly aware of the difficulties companies and municipalities face here in Connecticut. Small towns like are taking on an unfair share of the burden and are feeling the weight of an increasing number of unfunded mandates from the state.

We need a stronger voice in Hartford, and that’s why I am endorsing Emily Bjornberg for State Senate in the 33rd District. She has the life experience, tenacity and drive to effect real change in Hartford.

Representing our region in Hartford needs to be more than casting a partisan protest vote against the state budget and then blaming the state’s problem on others. What our region needs is someone who will be at the table as important decisions are being made to represent the needs of our towns.

She understands the needs of small business, having grown up working with her family who owns Reynolds Subaru in Lyme. It’s through that family, made up of prominent local Republicans and Democrats, who have instilled in her the ability to find the common ground necessary to bring about constructive and positive change.

I ask that you join me in voting for Emily on November 4.

Sincerely,

Norman Needleman
First Selectman, Essex.

 

 

Say Goodnight Gracie Opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse – Oct . 29

Bruce Connelly  (Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

Bruce Connelly
(Photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

IVORYTON — Ivoryton favorite Bruce Connelly returns to the Playhouse stage on October 29th, in the hit Broadway show, Say Goodnight Gracie. This stunning tour de force invites you to spend an hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian, George Burns, who spanned one hundred years of American entertainment history. Say Goodnight Gracie was Broadway’s third longest running solo performance show and was nominated for a 2003 Tony Award for BEST PLAY and won the 2003-04 National Broadway Theatre Award for BEST PLAY.

In Say Goodnight Gracie, George Burns looks back upon his impoverished, plucky youth on the lower East Side of New York… his disastrous but tenacious career in Vaudeville … the momentous day when he meet a fabulously talented young Irish girl named Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen … their instant chemistry, with his flawless timing a perfect mate to her dizzy delivery … his wooing of her, their marriage and their rise to the pinnacles of Vaudeville, Movies, Radio and Television. Gracie’s demise forced George to start from square one in life and in his career, eventually achieving an equal level of success as a solo raconteur and Academy Award-winning actor, portraying everything from a Sunshine Boy to, oh, God.

Say Goodnight Gracie was written by multiple Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes, whose Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning musical The Mystery Of Edwin Drood and who is also creator and writer of the nostalgic Emmy Award-winning comedy series Remember WENN.

Bruce Connelly* appeared last at the Ivoryton Playhouse as Jim in the summer production All Shook Up. Notable roles include Barney Cashman in Last Of The Red Hot Lovers, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Felix Unger inThe Odd Couple, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Finian in Finian’s Rainbow. Since 1993, Bruce has played Barkley, Jim Henson’s Muppet dog on Sesame Street for which he has been honored fifteen times by the National Academy of Television and Radio at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Say Goodnight Gracie is a tender, funny, life-affirming love story … a personal guided tour through an American century in the company of George Burns, a man who laughingly lived and loved each day for all it had to offer, until he finally went “gently into that good night” to forever reunite with his beloved Gracie.

Say Goodnight Gracie opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on October 29th and runs through November 9th, 2014. Directed by Michael McDermott, the set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Kari Crowther.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

Generously sponsored by Clark Corporation and Essex Meadows.

Free Program on Zentangling at Chester Library – Oct. 30

Want an evening out to try something new? The Friends of Chester Library invite you to their free PopUp program on zentangles at the Library on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Sue Zirlen will show you the basics of zentangling – creating black and white drawings that begin with a simple line and then become increasingly more intricate. Zentangling (sometimes called zendoodling) turns drawings into artistic design while reducing stress and improving focus. This PopUp is for adults; no artistic talent required; no supplies needed. No need to preregister; just come! This program was offered in September and was so popular that Sue Zirlen is offering to teach it again this month. More info at 860-526-0018

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

A fall leaf zentangle by Sue Zirlen – just one of a myriad of designs one can create by zentangling

Local Student Awarded Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award

The Carolyn Greenleaf Committee is happy to announce the winner of this semester’s Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award.  She is Elizabeth (Libby) Ryan, an oboe student of Johanna Lamb at the Community Music School and a student at Nathan Hale Ray High School in East Haddam.

The award was established in honor of Carolyn Greenleaf, who was passionate about music education. To ensure Carolyn’s legacy, the Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Award Committee partnered with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County in 2007 to establish the Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Fund.

This merit-based award, open to students in Middlesex County and the Lymes, provides a semester of private instruction at the Community Music School.

In addition to her study at the Community Music School, Libby has participated in several master classes at the school and plays principal oboe and English horn in the Thames Valley Youth Symphony, as well as in her high school band.  In addition, she has participated in CMEA All-state Orchestra as principal oboe and the UCONN and UMASS High School Honors Bands.   This past summer she participated in the Ithaca College Summer Music Academy.  Her future plans include majoring in music in college.

The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award Committee accepts applications twice a year.  The deadline for the Spring 2015 semester will be Friday, January 9th at 4 PM. Applications may be downloaded from the websites of the Community Music School (www.community-music-school. org) and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (www.middlesexcountycf.org) in June and January each year.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County.  Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making and multiple programs to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided over 1,100 grants totaling more than $3.6 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements, and for health and human services. For more information, contact CFMC at 860.347.0025 or info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org

 

Artisans Harbor Autumn Open House – Oct. 24

Artisans Harbor 188 Main St. Old Saybrook will be holding their Annual Autumn Open House and Artist Demonstrations Friday Oct. 24th 5:30-7:30 pm. Complimentary Wine/Cider and appetizers. View  newest collection of fine art, stained glass, pottery, photography, jewelry, hand crafted furniture, sailors valentines, hand painted scarves, cards and more! Artists will be demonstrating in a variety of mediums throughout the evening. Art instructors will be available to answer questions about our upcoming Fall classes for all ages.

Letter: Siegrist a Fresh Face

To the Editor:

I endorse Bob Siegrist for State Representative in the 36th District, representing Chester, Deep River, Essex and Haddam.

Bob is a Quinnipiac University graduate, majoring in Political Science and History. He serves as Secretary of the Haddam Republican Town Committee and is a Justice of the Peace. He stepped forward to run for office when the endorsed candidate withdrew to run for Lieutenant Governor.

I am pleased to see a new generation of  Republicans willing to serve their community.

I have been impressed by Bob’s sincerity and concern for the issues facing our district and the state. He is committed to fiscal responsibility and stresses the need for consensus and the need to work together.  Bob Siegrist is keenly aware that state spending is out of control and will oppose tax increases.

Between CT income tax, property tax, sales tax and gas tax the young and the old are fleeing CT. Representative Miller wants to add yet another tax, tolls on Routes 95 and 84. As Mr. Siegrist said about government spending, in the recent debate “Enough is Enough.”

We need a fresh face in the Connecticut House of Representatives.

Sincerely,

Gary van Deursen
Essex

Connecticut River Museum to host Evening at the Lay House – Oct 25

The Connecticut River Museum is hosting Evening at the Lay House: Spirits.  This is the second Evening at the Lay House program, the museum’s popular 1814 Tavern night sold-out last spring.

The evening will take place on Saturday, October 25 in the historic Lay House, overlooking the Connecticut River. Step back in time and feel the historic spirits at work in this centuries-old house.  The program will include a vodka tasting by SILO Distillery and a hard apple cider tasting.  SILO Distillery is a craft distillery in Windsor, Vermont, that distills a family of products all from local grains, using all-natural ingredients.  Each spirit is produced in small batches to ensure quality and consistency, from a custom made copper pot and column still.  All of the spirits are made 100% in-house, and their Vodka just won a gold medal for Best Domestic from TheFiftyBest.com‘s blind tasting competition.

In addition to the tasting, participants can connect with the other world through fun 19th-century games that tell your future and explore the supernatural.  There will also be traditional 18th and 19th century harvest food samples.  Folk musician Dan Thompson (best known locally as Captain Dan of the Mary E) will entertain with traditional fiddle tunes.

Throughout its long history the Lay House was the home of many prominent and intriguing characters. During the late 19th century, the house was nicknamed the “Beehive” because of all the tenants that it had coming and going.   One of the more mysterious tenants was Madame Hat who, in the 1884 New Era newspaper, was referred to as “the fortune teller at the Beehive in Essex who is doing a lively business”.  According to the museum’s Executive Director, Christopher Dobbs, “Madame Hat and some of her associates will be back in business this night only telling fortunes and communing with the spirit world.”  Dobbs also noted that the Evenings at the Lay House were developed as a fun, low-cost community event for adults.

Evening at the Lay House: Spirits will take place on Saturday, October 25. It is made possible in part by Bob’s Centerbrook Package Store.  There will be two programs at 5:30 PM and again at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $18 for museum members and $24 for non-members and include the vodka and cider tasting, historic light bites, and entertainment.  Wine and beer will be available at the bar for an additional cost.  You must be 21 or over to attend the event and show a valid ID.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased by going online to www.ctrivermuseum.org or over the phone at 860-767-8269.

The Connecticut River Museum is located at 67 Main Street, Essex and is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm and closed on Mondays after Columbus Day. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for children age 6-12, free for children under 6. For more information, call 860-767-8269 or go to www.ctrivermuseum.org.

CMS Presents James Landino – Video Game Music Workshop – Oct. 25

Community Music School presents an exciting workshop that delves into the world of music for video games with composer and performer James Landino on Saturday, October 25 at 1 pm. The workshop takes place in Studio 15 at the School located at 90 Main Street, Cenerbrook, CT. Originally from Westbrook, CT, James is a leading force in the digital music generation as a composer and sound designer for Boston-based Harmonix Music Systems, developer of “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band.”

James studied classical and jazz piano at Community Music School for over 10 years. During his adolescence he taught himself digital audio production and electronic composition. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music where he focused on Electronic Production and Design, a cutting-edge major that reinforced his passion for video game music.

James has worked with studios such as Disney, 2K Games, Square Enix, and Rooster Teeth. He is currently a composer and level designer for the upcoming Sony PlayStation®4 game, “Amplitude HD.” In addition, James performs live as a video game remix DJ and released his debut electronic album, Transition, earlier this year.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so that they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.

The workshop is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 860-767-0026 or visit www.community-music-school.org .

Letter: Thank you from Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore

To The Editor:

The 4th Annual Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore Wine Tasting & Auction held on October 2nd at the Saybrook Point Pavilion helped raise funds to address the urgent need for reaching out to students in need of improving their English or learning English as a Second Language in the Valley Shore towns and the tutoring program that serves them.

Fundraising events like this one are only successful due to the people and organizations who come together for a worthy cause. Literacy Volunteers is especially fortunate to have had an extraordinary combination of those two elements making this year’s event a rousing success. Special thanks to our title sponsors The Clark Group and Bailey, Murphy & Scarano LLC who always seem to answer our call and to SeaSide Wine & Spirits, this year’s title sponsor. We appreciate sponsors A R Mazzotta, Bogaert Construction, Essex Savings Bank, Ivory Wealth Management, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets and Tower Laboratories for their participation and support. Special thanks are due to Elizabeth Steffen, Barb Erni, Arcangela Claffey, Paula Chabot, Judy Souza and Paula Ferrara as well as staff members Joanne Argersinger and Donna Whelen without whom this event would not have been successful.

Finally, thank you to all those who attended and enjoyed the wine, friendly atmosphere and bid on the many donated items to support L.V.V.S. and the cause of literacy.   We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Sincerely,

John J. Ferrara
Executive Director
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc.

Making Middlesex County Bully-Free – Countrywide Campaign

Working to prevent bullying, a group of Middlesex County business leaders and the Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CFMC) announce the Campaign for Bully-Free Communities.

Aiming to highlight the No Bully Zone Program underwritten by the Council of Business Partners  Fund created through CFMC, the campaign will rally Middlesex County individuals, businesses, municipalities, school districts, libraries and other community organizations to “stand together” for a Bully-Free community.

“Bullying has destructive consequences on our young people, and it is something we don’t have to accept. It is a social behavior we’d like to see change,” said Dave Director, Council of Business Partners Chair and CFMC Board member. He also is President/owner of Connecticut Lighting Centers of Hartford and Southington.

“Our feeling [as business owners] is these kids are our future employees, and we need to do what we can to provide them with the necessary tools to be successful in society and to feel good about themselves,” Director said. “We’ve initiated a program that will truly make a difference in their lives, and in all of our lives, too.”

In 2009, working through the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Council of Business Partners Fund was established and with the help of Rushford, a Hartford Healthcare Partner, the “No Bully Zone” program was developed and funded. Council members contribute $1,000 annually along with $5,000 to $7,000 donated annually from the Interfaith Golf Open Tournament of Middletown which consists of Congregation Adath Israel of Middletown, CT and St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Portland, CT. The Interfaith Golf Tournament is also a Council member.

In coordinating the Campaign for Bully-Free Communities, CFMC and the Council of Business Partners has joined forces with the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS); EMPOWER; The First Tee of Connecticut; LiveKind; Rushford, A Hartford Healthcare Partner; Former NBA and UCONN basketball player Donny Marshall; and Elizabeth Shulman (LMFT), to encourage everyone in Middlesex County to take a pledge to stand together against bullying and all mean-spirited behavior.

To date, the partnership has implemented the No Bully Zone Program in Keigwin Middle and Woodrow Wilson Middle schools in Middletown; in the Haddam-Killingworth school district; in Oddfellows Playhouse projects; The Country School; and in conjunction with The First Tee of Connecticut youth programs.  Most recently, the program was adapted for school bus travel on buses operated by M&J Bus Inc.

“The No Bully Zone Program has been a very successful initiative, and we are proud to come together as a community to provide positive and useful tools to not only our young people but, also to everyone no matter what age they are,” said Cynthia Clegg, CFMC President and CEO.

The Campaign for Bully-Free Communities will be ongoing, with a kick-off rally on October 22, 2014 that is Unity Day, the highlight of October’s national bullying prevention month. The rally will be held at EMPOWER, located at 2011 South Main Street in Middletown.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County (CT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County.  Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds; and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making and multiple programs to address community needs. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided over 1,100 grants totaling more than $3.6 million to organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities,  environmental improvements, and for health and human services.

 The Council of Business Partners includes: John Sullivan of A&A Office Systems; Arlene Mazzotta and Laura Pedersen of A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists; William, Susan and Shawn McCann of BEST Cleaners; Colin Burr of Brown & Brown of CT, Inc.; David Director of Connecticut Lighting Centers, Inc.; David Gilbert of Direct Energy; William McMinn of Essex Printing/Events Magazines; Daniel Zimmerman of LiveKind; Mauricio Salgar of Gabrielle’s/The Black Seal; James Mahoney of Mahoney Sabol & Co., LLP; Marc Levin of Mallove’s Jewelers; Karen Beebe of M & J Bus Company; Theodore Rossi of The Rossi Group; David Shulman of Suburban Stationers, Inc.; Attorney Nancy Raczka; and St. Mary’s Church in Portland and Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown of the Interfaith Golf Open Tournament.

 

For more information on the Campaign for Bully-Free Communities, go to middlesexcountycf.org or call 860.347.0025

The Estuary Players Present “Fallen Angels” by Noel Coward – Nov. 6 & 13

OLD SAYBROOK —  It’s show time at The Estuary! Noel Coward’s, “Fallen Angels” will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on two Thursdays in November, the 6th and the 13th. This staged reading comedy is the third production of The Estuary Players, a drama club established and directed by Joyce Beauvais. The play is set in London during the 1920’s. A Fluffy, fun and fabulous show, it is one of the best of Noel Coward’s drawing room comedies.

The show is open to the public with seating available on a first come-first served basis. Doors open at 1 p.m. Lunch is served daily at Noon at the Estuary Council. If you wish to enjoy lunch before the show, a reservation is required by calling ahead the day before by 11 a.m.

The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. (ECSI) is a non-profit regional senior center located in the M. Monica Eggert Senior Center on the Connecticut River Estuary at 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people 50 years and older. ECSI is a community resource for the nine-town Estuary region’s residents over 50 years old providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization. Additional information can be found at our website, www.ecsenior.org or by calling 860.388.1611.

Art, Wine and Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Gallery – Nov. 6

artPlease join us for a special free event featuring Art, Wine & Finance at the Leif Nilsson Spring Studio & Gallery at 1 Spring Street in Chester Center on Thursday, November 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

Fine art, good wine and quality finance share similar characteristics. They all take time to craft and require professional skill and creativity. Come and learn more about the art of finance, fine art and finer living and how they can enrich your life.

Adam Richwine, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; Artist Leif Nilsson; and Wine Merchant Eric Nelson from The Chester Package Store will share their expertise with you.

A wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres are included. RSVP by November 1st. 860-526-2077.

Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club New Members Social – Oct. 29

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The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) will hold their annual new members social on October 29, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Old Lyme Inn. LOLJWC hopes to encourage women from all surrounding shoreline communities to come enjoy light fare, a cash bar and learn more about the organization, now in its 50th year.

This social event offers potential new members the opportunity to learn about the club’s fundraisers, sponsored events, volunteerism and its support of local charities and community events in the shoreline community. LOLJWC is looking forward to a fun and spirited evening meeting fellow women from all surrounding towns who are interested in community service, fellowship, cultural, educational and civic advancement.

Inquiries or to RSVP (not required), please contact LOLJWC at loljrwomensclub@gmail.com.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club is a not-for-profit service organization.

Claire Crosby-October Artist Exhibitor at the Essex Library

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Claire Crosby will be the October Artist Exhibitor at the Essex Library.  Claire is a prize-winning Elected Artist Member of the Essex Art Association. Her love of flowers and the sea, skies and islands is reflected in her watercolors. Impressions from her many trips to Maine and the Caribbean have influenced her work.

In her paintings, Crosby’s stress is on color and impression over form. She paints wet, with clear clean strong colors, confident brush strokes, and thin washes. There is a feeling of energy, consistency, and unity in her work with lovely, rich, transparent colors and contrasting light areas. The paintings are, in a sense, incomplete, leaving room for the mind to make interpretations. What results are bold, bright, airy paintings that enhance the walls of any room and are perpetually interesting to look at.

A resident of Essex, CT, Crosby relocated from Bernardsville, New Jersey. While in New Jersey she was a member of the Somerset Art Association and exhibited her work in private art galleries and art shows. Crosby has studied at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in a number of shows and galleries including a one-person show in the Goldsmith Gallery in Madison, the Greene Gallery in Guilford, Chester Gallery in Chester, Inspirations in Essex, and Anguilla Gallery in Stonington. Her work has also graced the walls of several shops and restaurants including the Harborview in Stonington and The Silkworm in Essex. Her work is also in many private collections in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Florida and elsewhere in the United States.

14th Annual Ivoryton Pumkin Festival – Oct. 25

image001The 14th Annual Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival to be held in historic  downtown Ivoryton Sat. Oct. 25th, brings more than 1,500 visitors to the village green. The Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Starting at 3:30 come down to the green for our Pumpkin Carving Party. (Pumpkins available while supplies last)

This year we need your help to keep the “Pumpkins” at the Pumpkin Festival. Join the Great Pumpkin Challenge – we need families, groups, local businesses and organizations to bring carved pumpkins, so please don’t forget to bring your own jack-o-lantern to the Ivoryton Green between 3 and 4:30pm. Pumpkin Lighting begins at 5 pm.

Stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display, enjoy free refreshments and activities sponsored by the merchants and members of Ivoryton Business Alliance, Essex Lions Club, Child & Family Services, Deep River Snacks, All Saints Church & the Essex Park and Recreation Commission.

For a complete schedule of activities, please visit news and announcements at www.essexct.gov

Essex Meadows Receives LEED Gold Certification

ESSEX — Imagine what a group of residents and staff who cares about its environment can do for a 26-year-old retirement community with 318,936 sq. ft. of space. With lighting upgrades, solar power, geothermal heating, low-flow plumbing and an ozone injection system, among other investments, the result is a resourceful use of water, chemicals and electricity in daily life. Essex Meadows, a lifecare retirement community located at 30 Bokum Road in Essex, Conn., has implemented these green principles, and is proud to announce that the U.S. Green Building Council has recognized the community’s efforts and has given it one of the organization’s highest honors: LEED Gold certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an initiative promoted by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize organizations across the country and their efforts to reduce global footprints.

“We’re honored to receive this certification,” said Jennifer Rannestad, Executive Director of Essex Meadows. “We find it very important to make a difference, and now our efforts to do our part have been recognized.”

Senior living communities across the country are making renovations to improve environmental sustainability as a new wave of older adults, with progressive priorities in addition to a desire for the traditional necessities of retirement living, are searching for active, engaged communities to call home. Essex Meadows took the necessary steps to meet changing expectations, which include: installation of a solar power system; geothermal heating and cooling used in new construction; lighting upgrades; extensive HVAC balance testing; non-potable water used in irrigation; new low-flow plumbing fixtures; an ozone injection system added to laundry; a full recycling and green cleaning program; and naturalized meadows for wildlife and reduced mowing. Essex Meadows also purchases locally grown food when feasible, and provides real-time monitoring of the community’s solar power system on its website to show the positive impact the installation is having.

“Our green initiatives are important aspects of what makes Essex Meadows what it is,” Rannestad said. “And these initial principles we’ve implemented are a step in the right direction for us to continue making a difference.”

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program takes into account many factors while considering whether a structure is certified “green.” Categories judged and scored for each building include: Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, and Innovation in Operations.

 

New Pastor at First Baptist Church in Essex

On September 28th, First Baptist Church in Essex officially installed their new pastor, Rev. Joy Perkett.  Participants in the service included Rev. Joe Delahunt, a representative of the American Baptist Churches of Connecticut, Rev. Amy Hollis, a local Baptist pastor and former member of First Baptist Church in Essex and Philip Miller, the state representative for the 36th Assembly District.

Joy Perkett was called by the congregation in early May and her first Sunday was July 13th.    She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist tradition and holds a Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work from Boston University.  Rev. Perkett is also a Licensed Master Social Worker.  Prior to her appointment at First Baptist Church in Essex, she worked as a campaign coordinator around issues of economic justice and as a case manager with people recovering from addiction and mental illness.   Rev. Perkett’s vision for ministry is one in which we experience God’s love and peace in our own lives and then go forth and share it with the world.  She is passionate about spiritual growth and development as well as meaningful work in the community.   She was drawn to First Baptist Church in Essex by the deep, abiding love they share with one another and with the world.

First Baptist Church in Essex was founded in 1811 and built in its current location in 1846.  The church’s slogan is “Planting the Seeds of God’s Love since 1811”.  One of the notable ways the church planted seeds of God’s love is by envisioning and starting the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and Pantries in 1989.  Since then, the non-profit has grown to include eight soup kitchens and four food pantries in an eleven town area.  First Baptist Church remains active in the Shoreline Soup Kitchen and continues to envision new ways to serve including donating meat for the local food programs and collecting food donations at local grocery stores.  The church also fosters relationships and spiritual growth through its book and Bible studies.  They meet for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.  For more information, visit the church website at www.fbcinessex.org or call the office at 860-767-8623.

Letter: Linares Understands the State Budget

To the Editor:

I support Art Linares for State Senate. He understands that we need to balance our State Budget and voted down the Budget that the General Assembly adopted. The Republicans did offer an alternative budget, but in a one party state there is no recognition of any ideas from the other party.

According to a Gallup Poll 49% want to leave CT, if they could, second only to Illinois at 50%. From About Money website, CT residents are taxed at 11.1% of their income, third highest. As to a regressive tax, CT pays 67.7 cents per gallon again 3rd highest in Nation.

Art understands that in CT the General Assembly is presented with a Budget Package. There is no chance to eliminate a regressive tax here and there. There may be discussion, but that is grandstanding. Make no mistake, the Governor’s Budget is accepted. The Governor’s last Budget had the highest amount of taxes in our state history, with no sign of balancing the budget yet or paying anything towards our Pension Fund. Do you State workers know that?

I am tired of people who run for office and think that as a Freshman legislator they can single handedly reduce regressive taxes from the Budget. What other loyal soldiers in your party will work to reduce these regressive taxes? Art Linares knows the only way to register disdain for the buget is to vote the whole Budget down.

I leave you with one more question. Will the last taxpaying citizen in CT please leave the light on? Please vote for Art Linares on Election Day.

Sincerely,

Lynn Herlihy
Essex

Essex Savings Bank Receives NEFMA Marketing Awards

The second annual New England Financial Marketing Awards Gala produced by Agility Resources Group, was held last Wednesday, September 26, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.

The NEFMA Awards are presented to community banks and credit unions located throughout New England. They are broken up into six categories including, brand, loan, deposit, service, public relations and internal marketing. The NEFMAs salute the marketing campaigns, community projects and innovative people who have raised the bar on bank and credit union marketing and have achieved outstanding results. The awards gala also included the Community Champion Awards that honor community banks and credit unions that took extraordinary measures to service their communities. The Community Champion Awards are also divided into six different categories including, economic development, civic involvement, financial education, arts, overall philanthropy, and inspiration.

“Agility Resources Group is thrilled to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of these outstanding organizations,” said Vince Valvo, CEO of Agility Resources Group. “These banks and credit unions have demonstrated true creativity in their marketing efforts. In addition, they have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities and have greatly impacted the lives of many in need.”

From a field of fifty award-winners, Essex Savings Bank received five awards in the category of the Community Champion Awards 2013. They are:  *Gold Award – Economic Development; *Gold Award – Civic Involvement; *Gold Award – Overall Philanthropy (Awarded for the Bank’s Community Investment Program which was established to distribute 10% of the Bank’s net profits to 501(c)3s on an annual basis; *Silver Award – Branding; *Silver Award – Arts, awarded for the contributions of both Bank funds and employee volunteers to the local cultural arts.

Gregory R. Shook, President & CEO noted: “He was proud to see the bank receive recognition for our efforts to build goodwill and trust with our community and clients.”

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851. The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.  Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.  Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.

Essex Historical Society Receives $12,500 Grant from 1772 Foundation

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ESSEX — The Essex Historical Society (EHS) has been awarded a $12,500 grant from the 1772 Foundation, in partnership with CT Trust for Historic Preservation, to support restoration work on the Pratt House Museum. The award is part of the 1772 Foundation’s highly competitive matching grant program for historic preservation projects.

The funding will support repair on the Pratt House that was recommended by Building Conservation Associates, Inc. of Dedham, Mass., in its 2012 Architectural Conservation Assessment. These recommendations include: repair of the Pratt House’s exterior foundation, painting the exterior and glazing its windows, repairing gutter work, cleaning the interior of the chimney and replacing a missing door in the cellar.

“We are grateful to the 1772 Foundation for their support,” said Sherry Clark, president of the Essex Historical Society. “With the grant and the matched funding by the Essex Historical Society, nearly all of the necessary repairs and maintenance recommended in the Architectural Conservation Assessment of the Pratt House will be completed.”

The restoration work is scheduled to begin October 2014 and to be complete by May 2015.

The historic Pratt House was built in 1701 and was home to the descendants of Lt. William Pratt, one of the three first settlers of Essex for two centuries. Its barn, traditional herb garden and meadow complete the pastoral setting of a New England farmhouse. The house remained in the Pratt family ownership until 1952, when it was deeded to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now known as Historic New England). In 1985 Historic New England transferred the property and much of its contents to EHS, and EHS has been caring for the property ever since. Visitors are invited to tour the home Fridays through Sundays, from June through September.

About the 1772 Foundation —The 1772 Foundation was named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, NJ, which was built in 1772 and is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families. The late Stewart B. Kean was the original benefactor of the 1772 Foundation. The Foundation seeks to continue his legacy throughout the country by helping preserve architectural and cultural history and agricultural landscapes for generations to come. For more information, visithttp://www.1772foundation.org/.

About the Essex Historical Society — The Essex Historical Society seeks to promote awareness and understanding of the people, places and events that have shaped the history of Essex, Connecticut. The Society collects and interprets artifacts and archival material, and provides educational programs and exhibits to bring those interpretations to the community. To house this collection and to provide a window into earlier Essex life, the Society maintains two historic structures: Pratt House (1701) and Hills Academy (1832). Recognizing the importance of the past to our understanding of the present and our planning for the future, the Essex Historical Society advocates the preservation of significant structures and sites that reveal the history of Essex. To learn more, visit the EHS website and follow EHS on Facebook.

Letter: Change is Good

To the Editor:

Change is good when you complete four or more years of college at a prestigious Connecticut College and you have to move out of state to find a job.

Change is good when you drive down any street in any town and all you see is a line of Real Estate signs advertising homes for sale because of lost jobs or property taxes being too high.

Change is good when you arrive at work only to find that your employer is closing down and moving out of state because they can no longer afford to do business in Connecticut.

Now you might be thinking how can any of this change be good? Well this is what it has taken to wake us up to the fact that we need a big change in Connecticut politics. Let’s not forget all those
promises of better paying jobs and a recovering economy. If you can’t follow through on your promises when your party is in charge of the legislature and governor’s office then you can’t get it
done and we need to change that.

I’ve been a registered Democrat for forty seven years and last year I switched and am now a Republican. Change is good.

Please join me in making a positive change by voting for Republican Bob Siegrist in the 36 District House Seat. We can’t afford not to
change.

Respectfully yours.

Peter Arseneault Sr.
Former Democratic Selectman – Town of Haddam

Country School Welcomes Families to Register for Minds in Motion – Oct. 25

The Country School in Madison is delighted to serve as host to Minds in Motion, a student enrichment program featuring interactive, fast-paced, hands-on workshops for children in Kindergarten-8th Grade. Being held on Saturday, October 25, 2014, on the school’s 23-acre campus in Madison, Minds in Motion will also feature programming for parents and teachers.

Minds in Motion, the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s signature student enrichment program, provides children opportunities to explore areas of interest that are rarely part of the everyday classroom. While students participate in workshops, parents are invited to attend a thought-provoking keynote address and their own special-interest workshop. This is the second year Minds in Motion has been held at The Country School. Last year, more than 175 students joined us to engage in hands-on learning.

Student workshops will range from ecology and genetics to construction and computer programming; art and music to writing and performing. Workshop faculty include Country School teachers as well as educators from the Eli Whitney Museum, Talcott Mountain, the Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, Yale Medical School, Oddfellows Playhouse, and more. To see the full list of offerings and to register, visit the Connecticut Association for the Gifted’s website, www.ctgifted.org. The deadline for registering is October 20. Space will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

For the adult portion of the day, Claudia Califano, M.D., will deliver the keynote address, The Advanced Basics of Parenting: The critical roles of exercise, sleep, screens, sustenance, socializing, solitude and spontaneity in the healthy, happy development of our children. Dr. Califano is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at Yale New Haven Hospital and at the Smilow Cancer Center, where she sees patients and supervises child and adolescent psychiatry trainees.

Workshops for parents and teachers include Improve Cognitive Functioning Through the Arts with Heather Delaurentis, secondary school science teacher and Presidential Math and Science Award Nominee; Twice Exceptional Children – developing a deeper understanding of children who are both gifted and have other learning or developmental challenges with Michele Spencer-Manzon, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics at Yale Medical School; and Reading—It’s Not a Race with Jennifer Hornyak, Reading Specialist at The Country School.

Founded in 1955, The Country School is a coeducational, independent day school serving students in PreSchool through Grade 8. At The Country School, a rigorous academic program is accompanied by a commitment to hands-on learning and a focus on the whole child. The Country School prepares students to meet the future with confidence, encouraging them to reach their highest, both in school and in life. Learn more at www.thecountryschool.org. The Country School is located at 341 Opening Hill Road, Madison.

Letter: Linares Truly Cares

To the Editor:

It is an honor and privilege for me to wholeheartedly endorse the re-election of our 33rd State Senator Art Linares.   During his two year tenure as State Senator, Art has worked tirelessly to serve you, his constituents.  He has been visible, available and listens to all, regardless of party affiliation.

Art Linares has taken the “high road” in this campaign.  Instead of criticizing his opponents, he has emphasized his many accomplishments as your State Senator.  As a business owner, growing jobs and improving the economy has been a priority.  Whether it’s supporting legislation that allows manufacturers to hire apprentices or fighting for a tax structure that will help businesses and working families, Art Linares has been there for us.  He has held town meetings throughout the 12 towns in the district welcoming your input and ideas.

Art truly cares about you and improving the State of Connecticut.  Art Linares is a breath of fresh air.  As the old adage goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.  On Tuesday, November 4th, re-elect a caring, pro-active public servant.  Thank you Senator Linares for your compassion, devotion and commitment to all of us.

Sincerely,

Tom Lindner
Deep River 

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore October Book Promotion- Thrillers

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore is celebrating Halloween and everything spooky with our October thriller book promotion. Buy 2, get 1 free on any thriller hardcover or paperback. We are centrally located in downtown Westbrook on the lower level of the Westbrook Library, 61 Goodspeed Drive.  Look for our roadside sign on Route 1. Book sale hours are Mon. – Thurs. 9-2 and every 1st and 3rd Saturday, 10 am – noon and benefits LVVS tutoring programs.

Visit our website www.vsliteracy.org or call us at 860-399-0280

2014 Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival – Oct. 25

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 marks the date for the 14th Annual Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival to be held in Historic Downtown Ivoryton. The festival brings more than 1500 visitors to the village green.

The Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Starting at 3:30 come down to the green for our Pumpkin Carving Party – We will have pumpkins to carve and you can satisfy your sweet tooth with cookie decorating with the volunteers from Child & Family Services of Southeastern Connecticut.

Donuts & Cider will be served at the Ivoryton in from 4p-8p. Starting at 5pm – Decorate your face – Halloween inspired Face painting by local artists at The Hammered Edge. Also at 5pm Music with Margie will be performing on the Ivoryton Playhouse’s side patio. Enjoy a not so scary horse drawn hayride sponsored by the Park & Recreation Commission- Rides will leave from the Village Green from 5p-8p.

Don’t miss the Haunted Wonderland at the Ivoryton Library from 6p-8p. At 7pm “Gather” around the camp fire and hear ghostly tales from for Children presented by Essex Books and Bushy Hill Nature Center next to Gather. At 6pm head to The Blue Hound & The Ivoryton Tavern for family friendly fun Activities. Check out the entertainment: “Federation” is back with live music in the Gazebo from 6p-8p. Enjoy free refreshments, Courtesy of Deep River Snacks, The Essex Lions Club, Gather & All Saints Church – while they last @The Ivoryton Playhouse patio also starting from 6p. Take a stroll around the village and take in the sights of the beautifully carved pumpkins on display.

This year we need your help to keep the “Pumpkins” at the Pumpkin Festival. Join the Great Pumpkin Challenge – We need Families, Groups, Local Businesses & Organizations to bring carved Pumpkins, so please don’t forget to bring your own jack-o-lantern to the Ivoryton Green 3p-4:30p. Pumpkin Lighting begins at 5pm. You’re Pumpkin Counts & Your Support Does too. For more information please contact Essex Park and Recreation 860-767-4340 x110/148 or visit www.essexct.gov

 

Letter: Bjornberg has the Skills

To the Editor:

Every now and then a candidate who represents the best goals of all parties appears. Fortunately we have this candidate in Emily  Bjornberg who is running for the 33rd State Senate District.  She is energetic, smart,  can negotiate,  and is a great communicator.  Unlike some who run, her  desire in doing so is just to make Connecticut  a better place.  Emily has the skills to do that.  A member of the Reynolds Garage family in Lyme,  she is a working mother of two children.  Her husband, Jason, is an Iraq War Veteran.

Among other issues, Emily is strong on the environment, education, woman’s issues, gun control, and  improving benefits for veterans.   Please take the opportunity to hear Emily speak at a candidate’s forum or “meet and greet” session.  You will be sold on her ability to get things done in a thoughtful and positive manner.

Please join me on November 4 in supporting Emily Bjornberg for State Senate.

I believe her to be the best qualified candidate.

Sincerely,

 

Mary Ann Pleva
Essex

 

Essex Wellness Center – New Essex Business Unlike Any Other

ESSEX — The Essex Wellness Center has opened its doors at 28 Main Street in the colonial village of Essex, Connecticut.

The first of its kind in or near this idyllic riverfront community, Essex Wellness Center offers a strategically developed range of holistic services in one location. Medical specialties and complementary therapies include naturopathic and Chinese medicine, acupuncture, anti-aging techniques, nutrition for health and weight loss, hypnosis, life coaching, therapy for body image and eating disorders, massage, integrative nurse coaching, mindful meditation, life and business/executive leadership coaching, and counseling for substance abuse and addictions.

Having a team of holistic minded health professionals under one roof is beyond convenient; it allows for assessments and a comprehensive wellness plan for a client who may be experiencing complicated symptoms triggered by anxiety, allergies, burnout, sports injury, or for someone who wants to strengthen their immune system or overcome a struggle with weight, smoking, insomnia, phobias, substance abuse or addiction.

Services and classes at Essex Wellness Center’s waterside locations on nearby Novelty Lane include Tai Chi and Qigong with Master Teacher David Chandler, Pilates, yoga, mindfulness meditation, Reiki, Barre, Zumba and personal and private fitness training.Essex Wellness Center founder and director Heidi Kunzli, MS, LADC, created this consortium of highly experienced holistic providers following the same high standards by which she grew her internationally acclaimed Privé-Swiss mental health retreat program in Laguna Beach, California. Founded 14 years ago, Privé-Swiss maintains a world-renowned reputation for offering clinical excellence through practitioners who deliver exceptional quality in care.

“Bringing the Essex Wellness Center to this enchanting village of Essex is a thrill,” said Kunzli, a Connecticut native and Essex resident. “The charm of this town and natural beauty of the river seem like a perfect fit for our natural approach to healing and maintaining optimum physical and mental health for a long, fulfilling life.”

Program updates, class schedules, new services and news about health and wellness will be posted through  facebook.com/ essexwellnesscenter , on Twitter @essexwellnessct and at www.essexwellnessctr.com. Call 860.767.7770 with questions or to make an appointment.

Local Businesses Support Cancer Center goPINK Project

Logo14PINKblackbg2Now in its fifth year, the goPINK Project is an annual event held during the month of October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which hair salons, businesses and schools come together throughout Middlesex County to raise funds for the Middlesex Hospital Cancer Center.

Donations cover the costs of integrative medicine therapy for patients, a complement to conventional treatment that focuses on the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Patients choose from yoga, Reiki, massage, reflexology, meditation and more.

Middlesex Hospital’s Cancer Center and its Nationally Accredited Comprehensive Breast Center provide the latest technology, treatment and clinical trials for a wide variety of cancers, with the personal touch of a nurse navigator.

Georgi Marino and Ellie Gagnon, owners of EG Salon in Middletown, established this annual fundraiser in 2010. Since that time, the event has raised $68,393 to support breast cancer patients at Middlesex Hospital.

During the event, individuals receive pink hair extensions and purchase t-shirts for $20 each from area hair salons and can make purchases at local businesses to support the cause.

“We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support the goPINK fundraiser provides to women in our community,” says Sarah Moore, Middlesex Hospital Director of Philanthropy. “The dedicated efforts of everyone involved make a real difference for our patients.”

Participating businesses in the Shoreline area include:

Chester

A Style Above Salon – offering pink hair extensions the entire month of October. Dyed pink streaks are also available, as well as t-shirts to purchase.

Clinton

Klippers Beauty Supply Depot – goPINK donation box at this location.

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The Spa of Essex

Old Saybrook

Bella Capelli – offering pink hair extensions the entire month of October and t-shirts.

ESSENCE for Beauty & Wellness – October 23, 5 to 8 p.m., donating 10% of Gio Minerals sales. T-shirts also available for sale.

For more details about goPINK throughout October, go to www.middlesexhospital.org/events-and-calendar/2014/9/29/gopink-project-2014

Essex Savings Bank Donates to Non-Profits

ESSEX – Gregory R. Shook, President & CEO of Essex Savings Bank announced the completion of distribution from the Directors’ portion of the Community Investment Fund amounting to $44,000.  Amounts range from $10,000 to $500.  Total distributions for the year will amount to $223,373 and $3.9 million since the 1996 inception of distributing 10% of after tax net income.  Donations for this portion have been allocated to the following non-profit organizations.

Camp Hazen YMCA * The Chester Historical Society, Inc. * Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. * Community Foundation of Middlesex County * Connecticut River Museum at Steamboat Dock * The Deep River Historical Society * Essex Historical Society * Essex Land Trust * Essex Winter Series * Florence Griswold Museum * The Ivoryton Library Association * Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center & Theatre * Lawrence & Memorial Hospital * Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts * Lyme Art Association * Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Inc. * Lyme Public Library, Inc. * Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau * MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation, Inc. * Madison Community Services, Inc. * Madison Land Conservation Trust * Middlesex Hospital * Musical Masterworks * The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Association, Inc. * Rotary Club of Essex Foundation * Tri-Town Youth Service Bureau, Inc. * Valley Shore YMCA * Vista (Vocational Independent Supported Transitional Alternative).

Essex Savings Bank is a FDIC insured, state chartered, mutual savings bank established in 1851.  The Bank serves the Connecticut River Valley and shoreline with six offices in Essex (2), Chester, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.  Financial, estate, insurance and retirement planning are offered throughout the state by the Bank’s Trust Department and wholly-owned subsidiary, Essex Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.  Investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds and annuities are not FDIC insured, may lose value and are not a deposit, have no Bank guarantee and are not insured by any Federal Government Agency.

Eastern Connecticut Ballet Partners with The Kate

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Let the dancing begin! In September young dance students from our shoreline communities will soon be putting on ballet slippers for classes at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Eastern Connecticut Ballet is proud to offer its Young Children’s Program for ages 3-7 in this landmark theater.

Known for encouraging creativity and fun, the program was voted The Shoreline’s Best Children’s Ballet School by Connecticut magazine. With expert instruction, girls and boys learn basic ballet skills, coordination, and a love of music. The classes provide an excellent foundation for the future study of classical ballet.

Founded in East Lyme in 1992, Eastern Connecticut Ballet is one of the state’s premiere schools for dance with an enrollment of more than 300 students from age two to college-age. From their first steps in the studio to performing onstage, ECB dancers discover the joys of this vibrant art form.

Space is available in classes on the East Lyme main campus as well.

Visit easternctballet.com for information and registration forms or call ECB at 860-739-7899.

Comedy is Hard Opening at The Ivoryton Playhouse

Micky Dolenz* and Joyce DeWitt* (photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

Micky Dolenz* and Joyce DeWitt*  (photo courtesy of Anne Hudson).

IVORYTON – The world premiere of a brand new play by acclaimed writer of The Simpsons, Mike Reiss, will take place at the historic Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, CT. Previews begin September 24th – the play opens on September 26th and runs through October 12th. Micky Dolenz (of The Monkees) will star alongside Joyce Dewitt,  veteran actress and star of the ABC television hit series Three’s Company.

Dolenz has delighted audiences with his performances on stage in the Elton John/Tim Rice production of Aida;Grease; Pippin’; A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum; and, most recently Hairspray in the West End playing Wilbur Turnblad.

Said Dolenz, “The opportunity to originate this role in Mike’s new play is terrific. I am ready to un-leash my inner-comedian.”

Joyce DeWitt is no stranger to the hilarious writing of Mike Reiss as she starred in the world premiere of his play I’m Connecticut in 2012 at CT Repertory Theatre. DeWitt, who has performed in almost every theatrical genre from Medea to South Pacific, jumped at the chance to perform in another Mike Reiss play. “The idea of figuring out how to play this woman who goes through a deep, heart-place transformation/evolution–in the middle of a wonderfully written comedy!  With Micky Dolenz? At the beautiful, historic Ivoryton Playhouse? “Yes” was a no-brainer.”

Comedy is Hard is a story of friendship and friction between an aging comedian and a veteran dramatic actress in a home for retired performers.  It’s about life, love, show business, and the importance of growing old disgracefully.

Reiss, who is writer and producer for the long running TV show, The Simpsons, also created the animated series The Critic; the webtoon Queer Duck and worked on the screenplays for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Horton Hears a Who!; The Simpsons: The Movies; and, My Life In Ruins. Ivoryton audiences turned out in droves in the June 2013 for his hilarious play, I’m Connecticut, which was a huge popular and critical success.

Comedy is Hard! opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on September 24 and runs through October 12, 2014. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director, Jacqueline Hubbard, the cast includes Michael McDermott*, Dan Coyle, Dorian Mendez and Michael Hotkowski. The set design is by Dan Nischan, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Lenore Grunko. Executive Producer is Michael A. Dattilo.

Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm.

There will be talkbacks with the writer – check our website for details. Tickets are $42 for adults, $37 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

Generously sponsored by Hamilton Connections and Middle Oak.

 

Essex Garden Club Announces Officers for 2014

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New Officers of the Essex Garden Club. From L to R: Carol Denham, Barbara Burgess, Linda Newberg, Patricia Mather, Dianne Sexton, Barbara Marden and Barbara Hall

Essex Garden Club has announced its new officers.  Officers for the for 2014-15 are Linda Newberg, president; Barbara Burgess, first vice president; Dianne Sexton, second vice president; Barbara Hall, recording secretary, Barbara Marden, corresponding secretary; Patricia Mather, treasurer; and Carol Denham, assistant treasurer.

In her opening remarks at the September meeting, Newberg described the club’s agenda and activities for the coming year, and introduced the theme for this year, “A Tribute to You”.  She went on to say that the success of the club’s projects is directly dependent on the tireless work of the many club volunteers.  These projects include civic beautification, scholarships, and educational and conservation initiatives.

The Music of Movies Series at Acton Public Library Through December

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting “The Music of Movies” Series  this fall featuring movies with notable scores and soundtracks. The series will run mostly 3rd Mondays  September  through December at 6:30. On September 15th , The Pink Panther Strikes Again with the music of Henry Mancini will be shown; on Monday, October 20th, Stand By Me with 1950s music, will be shown and on November 24th, The Book Thief with the music of John Williams will be shown. The movie for Dec 15th will be determined by library patron feedback.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:30pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm, and Oct – May on Sundays 1pm – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org .  Also, visit www.commonsensemedia.org for movie ratings and recommendations.

Clinton Stumps for Malloy in New Haven, Highlights Governor’s Strengths

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Photo by Christine Stuart/CTNewsJunkie.com

Former President Bill Clinton told a friendly crowd of party loyalists Tuesday that Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy should be elected by 10 points or more based on what he’s been able to accomplish.

That’s the message Clinton told a half-full ballroom of supporters at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. He also said …

Read the full story by Christine Stuart and published on CTNewsJunkie.com Sept. 2

Centerbrook Architects Designing Seaport Exhibition Hall

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Centerbrook Architects is designing a new 14,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall for Mystic Seaport in Connecticut that will be the keynote building at the northern entrance to the 19-acre riverfront campus. The new building, which is seeking zoning approval from the town of Stonington, will be located where the Seaport’s existing indoor-oriented exhibit spaces are concentrated, helping to form a “Gallery Quad.”

Along with a 5,000-square- foot exhibition gallery with a high ceiling for displaying boats, the building will feature visitor reception and events space, a retail shop, a café, and outdoor terraces overlooking the Mystic River.

Leading the design team is Centerbrook partner Chad Floyd, who has worked on numerous cultural projects, among them the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, the Garde Arts Center, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Locate in Essex, Centerbrook Architects has a national clientele and was awarded the prestigious Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects.

The building’s asymmetrically curving roof and end walls recall nautical themes while also establishing a contemporary architectural presence amid a recreated 19th century maritime village. Along with its existing neighbors, the building forms a sociable courtyard for outdoor gatherings, events, and concerts.

Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, was founded in 1929 and is the home to the Charles W. Morgan, the nation’s last remaining wooden whaling ship.

John Rafal Ranks 7th in Barron’s 2014 Top Advisor List

John Rafal, long term resident of Old Lyme and the Founder and current Vice Chair of Essex Financial Services, has been ranked 12th in Barron’s special report of the nation’s Top 100 Financial Advisors.

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ESSEX – Barron’s, the acclaimed financial and investment newsweekly, has ranked John W. Rafal of Essex, Connecticut, number 7 on its Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors list for 2014. The Barron’s list of the Top 100 Independent Advisors was first launched in 2007. Mr. Rafal has appeared on the list each year.

The Barron’s list evaluates America’s leading independent financial advisors, based on assets under management, revenue generated for the advisors’ firms, excellent client service and quality of practices. Mr. Rafal is the Founder and current Vice Chair of Essex Financial Services, which is owned by Essex Savings Bank. The ranking appears in the August 25 edition of Barron’s (www.barrons.com).

“We are delighted that John has once again led our firm to a prominent spot in the Barron’s listing of top independent financial advisors,” said Charles R. “Chuck” Cumello Jr., CEO and President of Essex Financial Services. “It is always an honor to be included in this distinguished group, and we deeply appreciate his efforts, the support shown by our entire team and most importantly the loyal clients who make it possible.”

“I’m thankful to Barron’s for recognizing the quality and commitment of our entire team here at Essex Financial Services,” said Mr. Rafal. “In particular, I want to express my gratitude to our clients, many of whom we have worked with for more than three decades. We deeply value our client relationships, and the loyalty and trust that they entail.”

Essex Financial Services is a wealth management firm serving the high net worth and institutional markets, and has $3.6 billion of assets under management or administration. Founded in 1851, Essex Savings Bank is a mutual financial institution chartered to provide a full complement of financial products and services including business banking.

Rep. Phil Miller Named 2014 Champion by CT League of Conservation Voters

Rep. Phil Miller Named 2014 Champion by CT League of Conservation Voters

Rep. Phil Miller Named 2014 Champion by CT League of Conservation Voters

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) has named State Representative Phil Miller (D – Essex, Deep River, Chester, and Haddam) as a 2014 Legislative Champion for his leadership on GMO legislation and the statewide water plan.  Rep. Miller also fought for $2 million in bonding for “The Preserve,” a large, rare coastal forest.

The CTLCV released their 2014 Environmental Scorecard for the Connecticut State Legislature in August. The 15th annual release of such scores was bolstered by nearly 20 environmental bills that passed through the Connecticut General Assembly this year, providing an expanded base for scoring.

“I am honored to be so recognized as a conservationist,” said Rep. Miller. “Clean air, soil, and water are essential to a healthy economy. I feel that our State of Connecticut has a role in assuring this.”

Rep. Miller sits on the Environment Committee in the General Assembly. Rep. Miller was also a sub-committee co-chair of the Water Planning Summit’s subcommittee on Water Infrastructure and works as a naturalist and conservationist.

“Rep. Phil Miller is one of the best informed legislators on environmental issues in the General Assembly and he is always willing to lead the way,” says Lori Brown, Executive Director of CTLCV.  “Aside from the tireless work Rep. Miller has done with The Preserve, he helped guide the direction of the Statewide Water Plan, legislation on chemicals of concern, and so many other issues.”

Rep. Miller has a 96% lifetime score on environmental issues according to the League.

The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters is CT’s leading environmental watchdog organization, which works to pass pro-environment laws, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold all elected officials accountable. CTLCV Scorecards dating back to 2000 can be found online at www.ctlcv.org/scorecard.

Chester Fair Photo Winners Represent 11 Connecticut Towns

Winner of the 2014 Special Theme - A Child’s Perspective.  The photo is titled ‘Bumper Crop’ and was taken by Stuart Johnson of Chester

Winner of the 2014 Special Theme – A Child’s Perspective. The photo is titled ‘Bumper Crop’ and was taken by Stuart Johnson of Chester

The 135th Annual Chester Fair was again a showcase for amateur photographers from both near and far. A total of 73 adult and youth photographers entered a total of 292 prints at this year’s exhibition and competition.

Photo Superintendent Skip Hubbard said, “We annually attract entries from a wide area.  This year’s top winners alone represented 11 towns.”

For those wishing to look ahead, in addition to the standard categories, ‘Architecture’ will be the Special Theme category for 2015.

The 2014 blue ribbon and special award winners were as follows:

Black & White Photography

People: Lesa Soja (Higganum)

General Interest: Joyce Kjos (Clinton)

Best in Show (B&W): Joyce Kjos

Color Photography

People:  Mary Jane Monahan (Naugatuck)

Animals: Robin Ehle-Meyer ((Centerbrook)

General Interest: William Perrelli (Hamden)

Flowers:  Jonathan Steele (Ivoryton)

Landscapes / Seascapes: Jonathan Steele

Fair:  Diane Lindsay (Chester)

Youth ages 1-12:  Caroline Haskins (Essex)

Youth ages 13-16:  Madeline Gifford (Killingworth)

Theme 1 – Two Colors:  Judy Denberg (Marlborough)

Theme 2 – A Child’s Perspective:  Stuart Johnson (Chester)

Best in Show (Color): Jonathan Steele

Special Awards

Joseph’s Photography Award for Achievement: Dama DeManche (Chester)

Devlin Photography Award: Jonathan Steele

Ken Kells Youth Photo Award: Meaghan Akehurst (Chester)

 

Webster Bank Holds Shoreline “Stuff-A-Truck” Food Drive for SSKP

Hunger never takes a vacation, and during the summer months, as many are taking time off, local food pantries often see a sharp decrease in  food drives. Fortunately, staff members at 16 local Webster Bank branches stepped up to fill the pantry shelves, with a “Stuff-A-Truck” food drive for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP).

The August drive, held by Webster bankers from East Haven to East Lyme, was a big success, collecting 618 pounds of much needed household staples, such as soups, peanut butter, tuna, rice and beans.

“We are so grateful that our friends at Webster Bank were able to organize this summertime food drive. The food SSKP received will help assure that those in our community who are facing financial difficulties will have a place to turn for food and fellowship.  On behalf of all those we serve, who experience a community that cares each time they come to one of our pantries, I sincerely thank Webster Bank,” said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP.

“Living up to our communities is what matters most at Webster,” said Catherine Velez, vice president, market manager, New Haven region at Webster. “Through the leadership of David Verzillo, banking center manager in Old Saybrook, we were able to assist families in need and make a positive difference in the community.”

About The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP)

Founded 25 years ago, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving the Connecticut shoreline towns of Essex, Chester, Clinton, Madison, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme, Killingworth, Westbrook and Deep River. For more information, visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org

About Webster

Webster Financial Corporation is the holding company for Webster Bank, N.A. With $22 billion in assets, Webster provides business and consumer banking, mortgages, private banking, trust and investment services through 166 banking offices; 311 ATMs; telephone banking; mobile banking; and the Internet. Webster Bank owns the asset based lending firm Webster Business Credit Corporation; the equipment finance firm Webster Capital Finance Corporation; and provides health savings account trustee and administrative services through HSA Bank, a division of Webster Bank. Member FDIC and equal housing lender. For more information about Webster, including past press releases and the latest annual report, visit the Webster website at www.websterbank.com or follow us on LinkedIn linkedin.com/company/ webster-bank and Twitter twitter.com/ WebsterBank.

Chester/Deep River Boy Scout Troop 13 Newest Eagle Scout

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Bobby Hamblett – Eagle Scout

Troop 13 – Boy Scouts of America would like to congratulate Deep River resident Bobby Neil Hamblett for earning the rank of Eagle Scout. An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Bobby on August 15, 2014 at the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium.

To become an Eagle Scout, Bobby earned 28 merit badges and advanced through the seven scout ranks by learning Scout and Life skills while simultaneously providing leadership to his Troop and service to his community.  One of the final requirements for the Eagle Rank is to show leadership in and complete a service project that benefits the boy’s community, school, or religious institution.

Bobby showed leadership over others by developing and implementing a plan to clear and grade an existing aged tree stump and sod area to replace it with a commemorative live pin oak and a newly laid handicapped accessible brick patio with two reflecting benches at the entrance to the Deep River Elementary School. To complete this project Bobby worked with various municipal agencies, attended meetings with the Deep River Board of Selectmen, secured donations for supplies and designed and oversaw volunteers through the planning and construction period. This project is a benefit to the Deep River Elementary School staff and students and all Deep River residents and their guests visiting the school grounds.

Information about Troop 13 – BSA

Troop 13 Boy Scouts serves the boys ages 11-18 of Chester and Deep River. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to help young men develop their character and life skills all while having fun. There is much emphasis placed on assisting these young men to develop into strong healthy citizens who will lead our communities and country in the years ahead. The Boy Scout methods help to promote these ideals through the challenge of putting them into practice with the Troop Program. This is done in a way that is both challenging and fun.  To learn more information about joining Troop 13 please contact our Scoutmaster, Steven Merola @ 860-526-9262