May 28, 2015

Saint John School to Hold Winter Open House

Fall in front of Saint John School, Old Saybrook.

Old Saybrook, CT – The Saint John School PreK to 8th Grade Open House will be Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.  The school principal, teachers, parents and students will be available to provide tours and answer questions.  The school is now accepting admissions registrations for the 2012-2013 school year.  Personal tours, registration, and classroom visits are also available by appointment.  For more information, please call 860-388-0849, email principal@saintjohnschoolos.com or visit our website www.SaintJohnSchoolOS.com.

Saint John School is fully accredited with certified teachers, and is known for its excellent academics.  A comprehensive 6th to 8th grade Middle School program, including science lab and Spanish language instruction, prepares students to excel in high school and beyond.  Full day Pre-K and Kindergarten is offered, including structured academics and creative play.  A secure, modern facility, close-knit family atmosphere, and adherence to Christian values, provides the ideal environment for “educating the whole child.”  In addition to regular classroom instruction, the school offers a before and aftercare program, a tournament-winning sports program, instrument lessons and band, and many clubs and activities for all ages.

Betsy Johnson, Artist of the Month – Reception January 13

Betsy Doolittle Johnson has been selected as the Estuary Council of Seniors January Artist of the Month.  A love of travel, nature and color is the driving force in Ms. Johnson’s art work.  Subject matter for her painting and photography tends to be a distillation of observations of nature or landscapes.

Originally from Hamden, Connecticut, Johnson trained in art history, architecture and painting at Vassar College.   The January exhibit at ECSI Marshview Gallery, 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook will include paintings and photographs form the Wallingford, Madison and Old Saybrook area. A reception to honor Betsy and feature her work will be held on Friday, January 13 from 5-7:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome.

Singer-Songwriter Freedy Johnston to Present Jan 14 Show at Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will perform on Saturday Jan. 14 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

OLD SAYBROOK— Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston will perform on Saturday Jan. 14 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. The solo acoustic show begins at 8 p.m. with tickets priced at $20.

A Kansas native, the 50-year-old Johnston alternates between an apartment in New York City and Madison Wisconsin, where his girlfriend owns a bar. Johnston described the Midwest-Big Apple split as “the best of both worlds.” Johnston attended the University of Kansas, participating on the local music scene, before moving to New York City in 1985.

By 1990, he had recorded and released his first CD,”Trouble Tree” on the New Jersey-based Bar None label. A second CD, “Can You Fly” in 1992, generated a strong positive response in Rolling Stone magazine and other music publications. This led to a major label deal with Elektra Records, and the release of “This Perfect World,” in 1994.”This Perfect World included one of Johnston’s most popular songs, the single “Bad Reputation” which reached Number 54 on the Billboard top-100 chart.

Three CDs followed on Elektra, “Never Home” in 1997, “Blue Days Black Nights” in 1999, and “Right Between The Promises” in 2001. His most recent CD is “Rain In The City,” released in January 2010 on the Bar None label.

In an interview via email, Johnston said he expects to play songs from all of his CDs at the Old Saybrook show, including a personal favorite, “The Farthest Lights” from the “Blue Days Black Nights” CD. Johnston said he will also be doing some cover songs, including numbers by two songwriters who have done shows at the Kate, Jimmy Webb and Marshall Crenshaw. The writer of many of Glen Campbell’s hits, Webb played a solo show at the Kate in October 2010.

Johnston said the January solo tour is a short one, including dates in Madison, Wisc., Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Johnston said he will have a new CD in 2012 titled “Neon Repairman”. He is also working on a side project, a band called the Hobart Brothers with guitarist Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill, a member of the early-1970s family band.

Essex Savings Bank Joins Team to Help Madison Town Field and Coach Ciotti

Left to Right: Standing – Allen Jackson, Robert Paolucci Essex Financial Services, financial advisor, Duo Dickinson Architect, Ed Cull Essex Savings Bank Vice President and commercial loan officer, Jonathan Mayhew. Sitting – Rose McLaughlin, Essex Savings Bank, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Greg Shook, Essex Savings Bank, President & CEO, Chairman Larry Ciotti.

The Strong Center Field at the Surf ClubCommittee, Madison,  is planning a mailing to communicate their plans to get even stronger with the help of  Essex Savings Bank.  “We noticed the groundswell of this nonprofit group of local residents who started an initiative to overhaul and renovate the field, the structures and the entrance to the area. It is our pleasure to join in and help promote and underwrite a portion of the costs to deliver information, raise funds and requests for assistance for the town treasure known to us as the ‘Surf Club’,” noted Greg Shook, President and CEO of the Bank. Customers of the Bank will be able to vote to direct funds to the surf club in the annual community investment program from February to March.

The field is used by boys and girls soccer, football and lacrosse teams, in addition to recreational teams, such as the adult softball league.

“The town is in no position to put a great deal of money into the field in terms of renovating and beautifying it,” said Ciotti.

“We have made excellent progress so far, but we need to solicit more private donors and look into other areas of fund-raising,” said Ciotti.

The group has $1 million so far, one third of what they hope to have by the end of the fundraising initiative. The project will cost about $3.2 million, and the group is aiming for completion by Sept. 1, 2012.

For questions or for an opportunity to help with the project, call Ciotti at 203-671-9805.  http://www.strongcentersurfclub.org/vision.html

Since 1851, Essex Savings Bank has been a “safe financial harbor” for individuals, families, and businesses along the Connecticut shoreline. Today, the bank provides checking, savings, loans, trust and wealth management services, along with a full range of investment services through it’s subsidiary Essex Financial Services, Inc.  Its five branches are located in Essex, Madison, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Fiddling Poet Comes to the Kate for Holiday Show with Ace Accompanists

When Ken Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, comes to the Kate, he’ll have five stellar musicians joining him. His Friday, December 16, 8 p.m. show is titled From the Kate to Kodiak, and Waldman will host an evening of holiday variety that will transport the audience to the grandeur of Alaska. He’ll be joined by Massachusetts banjo player, guitarist, and flute player, Mark Roberts, by Massachusetts banjo player and flute player, Andrea Cooper, and by three New York City singers, Rosalind Gnatt, Dayle Vander Sande, and Anthony Bellov. Tickets are $25. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Center is at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. 860/510-0473 for information. Or www.thekate.org.

Waldman combines old-time Appalachian-style fiddling, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his own. The show marks his first Connecticut appearance in almost three years.

Mark Roberts and Andrea Cooper are a Massachusetts-based couple who’ve previously played and recorded with Waldman. Roberts has played internationally for thirty years and was a founding member of the acclaimed Irish band, Touchstone. Cooper often joins him onstage, and they’ve combined banjos, flutes, and pennywhistles from Vancouver to Boston, and beyond.

Rosalind Gnatt, Dayle Vander Sande, and Anthony Bellov are members of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, house artists for the Merchant’s House Museum in Manhattan’s East Village. Their repertoire includes spirited carols.

Ken Waldman, who has eight books and nine CDs, promises a coastal Connecticut music party complete with favorite seasonal songs, rare gems, and special guests. A 25-year Alaska resident, Waldman’s live performance has been described by Austin Chronicle writer, Ric Williams, “Feels like a Ken Burns movie. . . . Always recommended.” Shepherd Express Weekly in Milwaukee termed Waldman, “A one-man Prairie Home Companion.”  More recently, the Denver Post praised Waldman’s mix of music and words, calling it “Renegade Americana.” The holiday-themed evening will appeal to anyone who enjoys traditional music, exquisite singing, smart poetry, acclaimed storytelling, or Alaska. Begin the evening at the Katharine Hepburn
Cultural Center, then journey to Kodiak and back.

More?  www.kenwaldman.com. Or call Ken Waldman at 337/258-5994.

‘Sailing Around the World’ with Howard Park

Yachtsman, painter, gallery owner, Howard Park will present the account of his trip around the world at Acton Library, Old Saybrook,  on November 9 at 7.30 p.m.

A resident of Stonington, where he owns and operates the Four Star Fine Art Conservation and Frame Shoppe, Park attended the Masters of Fine Arts program at Tufts University and studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA .He continued his studies in France where he won a   National prize in photography. The love of the sea eventually led him to Connecticut to manage a boatyard and raise a family. After restoring Comet, a 52’ yawl. Howard and his wife Rieta sailed 31000 miles following the ancient Square Rigger route from east to west around the world. They set out from Stonington in November 1997 returning in June 2001. His colorful arrangement of photographs and watercolors includes descriptions of the people and places visited.

The public is invited  – For information Call Dot at 860-388-4021

Frost at the Farm with Walt Woodward

Bushnell Farm, 1445 Boston Post Rd invites the public to a Robert Frost poetry reading and program, Frost at the Farm with Walt Woodward on Sunday, October 2 , 2011 at 4 p.m. Rain or shine, bring a chair, on-site parking. Free, public invited. Photo by Jody Dole.

Bushnell Farm, a privately owned, historic farm site at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, will host the public for a program on the poetry of Robert Frost on Sunday October 2 at 4 p.m.

Frost at the Farm with Walt Woodward  is an opportunity to enjoy the works of American poet Robert Frost ( 1874-1963 ) among the stone walls, apple trees and fields of an authentic New England Farm about which Frost often wrote.

Walter Woodward, the State Historian and a Frost scholar, will read the poems, offer an appreciation and some music. Bring a chair or blanket for this free, rain-or- shine program that begins at 4 p.m.  In case of unpleasant weather, the program will be inside. Follow the signs inside the gate for parking.

Robert Frost was a four time Pulitzer Prize winner for volumes of his poetry. Although somewhat under-appreciated today, Frost made “good fences make good neighbors” and “Home is the place where when you go there they have to take you in” part of the language.  Time magazine called “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” one of the loveliest poems ever written. His poems are said to begin with delight and end with wisdom.

Dr. Walter Woodward is an author of scholarly works and is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. As State Historian he works with the CT Humanities, with the Museum of CT History, with teachers through the CT Council for Social Studies, and many other organizations. A long-time admirer of Robert Frost, Woodward admits to being an English major in his younger years.

Bushnell Farm is a 17th century farm site owned and preserved by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex as an example of pre-industrial agriculture and enterprise. The site is open for school and scouting programs, for seasonal festivals and historical societies, and is one site of summer camp programs for the Connecticut River Museum.

Saint John School Summer Open House

Old Saybrook, CT – From 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, an Open House will be held for families with Pre-K three year olds through students in Grade 8, interested in attending Saint John School. Meet school principal, parents and students for tours and Q & A. Personal tours during the summer are also available by appointment.

Saint John School is fully accredited with certified teachers, and is known for its excellent academics. A comprehensive 6th to 8th grade Middle School program, including science lab and Spanish language instruction, prepares students to excel in high school and beyond. Full day Pre-K and Kindergarten is offered, including structured academics and creative play. A secure, modern facility, close-knit family atmosphere, and adherence to Christian values, provides the ideal environment for “educating the whole child.” In addition to regular classroom instruction, the school offers a before and aftercare program, a tournament-winning sports program, instrument lessons and band, and many clubs and activities for all ages.

Saint John School serves all children in grades Pre-K3 through Grade 8 and is now accepting admission registrations for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, please call 860-388-0849.

Old Saybrook 48th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival

Old Saybrook, CT— The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce is honored to host the 48th Annual Liberty Bank- Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival, July 23 and 24, 2011.

The festival has grown over the years to include many accomplished artisans in the fields of pottery, painting, wood, glass, and jewelry making.  The two-day event, sponsored by Liberty Bank, Estuary Council of Seniors and Penny Lane Pub, will be held on the beautiful Old Saybrook Town Green on Main Street from 10am-5pm, Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday.  Admission is free.  A variety of food and beverages, provided by local civic organizations, will appeal to all ages and tastes.

Over 20,000 visitors attend this annual festival to peruse and partake of the wares brought by over one hundred and forty fine artisans & crafters.  As an added plus, local music organizations will be offering entertainment throughout the two days.  Healthy Communities•Healthy Youth and Youth and Family Services are sponsoring a youth art booth.  Artists ages 7 to 18 will be able to display their art, help “man” the booth, and have the opportunity to talk with the public and other artists about their work.  Young artists from Old Saybrook who are interested in participating in the Youth Booth this year should contact Linda McCall at Youth and Family Services, 860-395-3190 by Friday, July 8, 2011.

Proceeds benefit the multiple programs offered by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce which include college scholarships, business educational breakfast series, after-hours business connection and networking functions, and keynote luncheons with local Connecticut personalities and state dignitaries.

Last year's 'Best in Show - Art' winner - Tung Lee, from Brooklyn, NY. Also pictured: Gina Calabro, Chairman, OS Arts & Crafts Festival and Judy Sullivan, Executive Director, OS Chamber of Commerce.

Please visit us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter for festival details.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Old-Saybrook-Arts-Crafts-Festival/194286070614733
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/pub/OSCC-Arts-Crafts-Festival/36/a1/560
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/OldSaybrookACF

About the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce:

The Chamber is a non-profit member organization dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in the greater Old Saybrook area, including the towns commonly known as the Connecticut River Estuary Region – Westbrook, Essex, Clinton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Lyme and Old Lyme.  Through a core of volunteers and a professional staff, the Chamber provides leadership, support, and networking within the business community.  The Chamber hosts community events and serves as a catalyst to promote tourism, to support educational outreach and to act as an information source.

For additional information, please contact:
Judy Sullivan
Executive Director
Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce
860-388-3266
judy@oldsaybrookchamber.com
www.oldsaybrookchamberofcommerce.com

Gina Calabro
Chairman, OS Arts & Crafts Festival
203-498-3041
ginacalabro@yahoo.com

Susan Coppejans and Sharol Stewart at Marshview Gallery During July

Marshview Gallery will be hosting two local artists for their July exhibit.  Susan Coppejans and Sharol Stewart will be displaying their artwork for the month of July.

Susan worked for many years as a computer analyst/programmer US, England, and the Netherlands. Susan learned the art of painting on silk in the Netherlands and is an accomplished silk painter, producing beautiful scarves, silk jewelry, greeting cards, bookmarks, and ties. Painting with water colors was more or less an automatic development after the silk painting.

Sharol regained her love of watercolor painting after many years of creative endeavors. She currently has some of her work also on display at the Acton Public Library. Sharol resides in Niantic.

Susan and Sharol both currently work with the Shoreline Watercolor Workshop in Old Lyme  Under the direction of Elin Larson.

Please join us at 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook to meet Susan and Sharol at the Marshview Gallery Artist reception. All ages are welcome to join us for this free event. Refreshments are provided.

Offspring of Historic Elm Planted on Old Saybrook Town Green

On July 4, 1876, a committee of Old Saybrook citizens arranged for the planting of 56 American Elms to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence 100 years before. Two hundred thirty-five years after the signing (give or take a couple of days) a group from the Old Saybrook Garden Club, plus Selectman Bill Peace, gathered on the Town Green to plant a seedling of one of those “Centennial Trees.”

Only five of the orignial 56 elms have survived hurricanes, ice storms, development, and the dreaded Dutch elm disease. One of the survivors is on Main Street near Boston Post Road, where it drops its seeds into the garden club’s Constitution Garden, in front of Saybrook Country Barn. Garden-club member, Judy Grover, has dug and potted up several of the successful seedlings in recent years and gave one over to the care of Barbara Maynard, another garden club member and a former First Selectman. This little elm, now about three feet tall, was deemed ready for transplanting and a spot was arranged on the Town Green.

Thus with Bill Peace wielding the shovel, Barbara Maynard steadying the tree, and half a dozen members of the Old Saybrook Garden Club looking on, this handsome little sapling was planted, mulched, and watered in. “It remains to be seen whether the ‘mother tree’ passed on its resistance to Dutch elm disease,” noted Judy Grover, “and the strength to stand up to hurricanes.” But maybe, just maybe another stately elm will one day grace Old Saybrook.

“Opera in the Park”- Free Concert Under the Stars

A free concert of opera favorites under the stars, “Opera in the Park,” will be presented by Salt Marsh Opera on Tuesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. on the Old Saybrook Town Green adjacent to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. 

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and your own picnic. Dine on a boxed dinner by placing an order with Cloud Nine Catering in Old Saybrook at info@cloudninecatering.net or 860-388-9999.

Performers include Soprano, Holly Cole, Tenor, Brian Cheney and Artistic Director Simon Holt as Accompanist and Host.  Featured composers are Verdi, Puccini, Giordano, Bernstein, Gounod, Cilea, Korngold, Weill, and Bizet.    

“Opera in the Park” is sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, the Old Saybrook Shopping Center, and the Middlesex County Community Foundation.

Estuary Council Potluck Dinner

The Estuary Council of Seniors 220 Main St. Old Saybrook is hosting a Hoedown Pot Luck Dinner on June 30 at 5 p.m.

Wear your cowboy boots and bring your favorite side dish and lawn chair. Music by “ The Country Duo” dessert will be provided by Mount Saint John School. If it dares to rain the event will be held in the dining room.

To participate in this event please call Deb at 860-388-1611 by June 23.

Hear About New England’s Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries

Kick off the summer with an exploration of a regional icon, the Clam Shack! Mike Urban, author of Clam Shacks: the Ultimate Guide and Trip Planner to New England’s Most Fantastic Seafood Eateries, will be at the Acton Public Library Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. to share his experiences researching the book.

Clam Shacks takes you on a road trip to the 55 best shacks, starting on the shores of Long Island Sound and continuing northeast around Narragansett Bay and Cape Cod, through the North Shore of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and up along the coast of Maine. Mike Urban is a writer, editor, and book packager who specializes in travel, outdoor recreation, sports, and business/career books.

Copies of Clam Shack will be available for purchase. There is no charge for the program. For more information, call the Library at 860-395-3184.

Team Avery at The Kate to Raise Funds for CDKL5 Research

 Join Team Avery for a night at The Kate in hopes of finding a cure for CDKL5.    CDKL5 is a rare disease that two year old Old Saybrook resident, Avery Leopoldino is diagnosed with.  Avery has suffered from daily seizures since she was six weeks old, and is profoundly impaired in all areas of her development.  All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to Team Avery and their efforts to research, combat and cure CDKL5.

This evening’s program includes an open, general admission dance floor, with live music from UHF, Late for Dinner and Brent Knight.  Terrific food and beverages provided by Bill’s Seafood.  Also the Old Saybrook Community Collaborative has headed up an amazing roster of donations and sponsors for the evening’s door prizes, raffle and teacup auction!

Mark your calendar for June 11 and join Team Avery!!

Tickets are available at The Kate at (877) 503-1286 or (860) 510-0473 or on their website at www.katharinehepburntheater.org

If you can’t attend but would like to make a donation checks should be made out to: MCCF Avery’s Fund and mailed to:
 
Middlesex County Community Foundation
211 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

The Kate Welcomes Beloved Folk Artist Roger McGuinn

Veteran folk artist Roger McGuinn comes to the The Kate on Friday April 22, 2011 at 8 p.m. for an evening of wonderful live music. Roger McGuinn has been a powerful presence in the music scene since the 1960s and continues to delight audiences to this day. A Chicago native who studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music, McGuinn has always displayed a strong passion for folk music. After high school, McGuinn relocated to California where he played guitar and banjo for the Limeliters. McGuinn later moved to New York where he worked as a songwriter and began to experiment with merging rock and folk music to create a new sound. Folk purists in New York were not pleased with this new musical blend so McGuinn moved back to California and collaborated with Gene Clark to create the Byrds; they signed with Columbia Records in 1965.

After many critically acclaimed years with the Byrds, McGuinn disbanded the group to pursue a solo career in 1973. After 5 solo albums on Columbia Records McGuinn rejoined the Byrds on Capitol Records in 1978 making three albums before returning to his solo career in 1981. Roger McGuinn has been a very influential figure in folk music and his music continues to captivate and inspire all audiences.  Please join us in welcoming this legendary artist to the Kate stage. Tickets are on sale for $45 and $50 for tickets closer to the stage. Don’t miss this exciting event!

For more information please visit www.thekate.org or call 860-510-0473 for tickets.

St. John School, Old Saybrook Enrollment

St. John School in Old Saybrook is currently holding registration for their fall 2011 Pre-K and Kindergarten Program.  Pre-K 3 year old and 4 year old programs offer options of 2, 3, and 5 days, including a full day option too.  Kindergarten is full day with a structured, nurturing program including academics, creativity, and religion. 

St. John School at 42 Maynard Road, houses students from Pre-K up to eighth grade.  Tours and a shadow program can be arranged by personal appointment through the office all year long.  The school is fully accredited with certified teachers, has a tournament winning sports program, and many clubs and activities for all ages. 

Information can be obtained by calling the office at 860-388-0849.

Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Teen Zone

The hair stylists at Salon Massimo, will be hosting a Cut-A-Thon to benefit the Teenzone program, on Sunday March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Teenzone is a self esteem program for teen girls between 13-17 years of age.  It is an 8 week program with sessions including hair care, etiquette, skin care, nutrition, mindfulness, fitness etc.

Salon Massimo is located in The Shops At Waters Edge.  Cut and blow dry will cost $20 (walk-ins welcome). Men will be able to get hot shaves. 

For more information visit www.teenzonect.com or contact Stephanie Liguori 860 399 1782

“Landscaping and Ferns” by Bill Harris From Acer Gardens

Bill Harris of Acer Gardens, Deep River, will present  a lecture at The Old Saybrook Garden Club on “Landscaping with Ferns,” at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook.

Harris has a  degree in agronomy and soil science and has operated Acer  Gardens since 1983. The presentation will take at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main  Street, Old Saybrook.

Light refreshments will be served after; there  is no charge. A garden-club business meeting for members will begin at  12:30.

Commission members will do the talking at Preserve public hearing March 2

Where Bokum Road ends within the Preserve

There is another hearing coming up on whether the Old Saybrook Planning Commission should approve a modification of its 2005 development plan for the Preserve. This latest hearing will be held at the Old Saybrook Middle School, on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.

However, unlike the previous four hearings, where the general public and interested parties were invited to testify before the Planning Commission, only the members of the Commission will be allowed to speak at the March 2 hearing.  The general public will be permitted to listen to the Commissioners discussing among themselves whether to approve or disapprove the developer’s proposed modification of the Preserve’s original plan, but the time for a public voicing of opinions in these proceedings is over.

Also, unlike the four previous public hearings, during which many of the general public spoke out against the entire development plan approved back in 2005,  Commission members are expected to concentrate entirely on approving or not the modifications proposed by the developer, and not stray to the larger issue.

The Commission has a number of choices in dealing with the modification application of the developer. First it can give its full approval to the modifications proposed by the developer. This would mean that going forward, the original plan would reflect these changes. Second, the Commission could vote to reject the proposed modifications, which would leave the original plan in place, as it has been since 2005.

Also, should the Commission approve the proposed modifications, it even might  go a step further, and treat the adoption of the modifications as in themselves a first phase of a phased development. This in turn could trigger an obligation by the developer, as part of its first phase, to reserve all the open space in the original plan, as is required by the town’s land use regulations. The result would mean that 483 acres of the present site would be reserved in perpetuity as open space.

The Valley Railroad track within the Preserve

When it first proposed a modification of the original plan, the heart of the developer’s proposal was to build three stand-alone, housing clusters, which it called pods. However, on the day before the last hearing on February 16, the Attorney for the developer, David Royston, withdrew the request for permission to build the three, stand alone clusters of housing units. Attorney Royston also withdrew the developer’s earlier request for a deferral of roadway improvements in the 2005 plan.

However, even with these changes, the developer’s attorney left in place a request for a modification of the Bokum Road parcel so that it could contain 9 lots, as well as a request to install 30,000 gallon cisterns in each developed area for fire protection.

Also, Royston said the developer would assume responsibility for gaining approval for a crossing over the Valley Railroad State Park, even in the face of a written denial by the Department of Environmental Protection of such a crossing. The reason for taking this step, the developer’s attorney said, was because of ongoing discussions regarding the purchase of new property that will make the DEP denial of a park crossing a moot point.

It might be noted that Royston made no mention of gaining approvals by the Town of Westbrook, which the developer must obtain before it can construct a key access road to the project. Past and present First Selectmen of Westbrook have expressed their firm opposition to the entire Preserve project, and it is the developer’s full responsibility and not that of the Commission’s, to turn this attitude around in Westbrook, if indeed it can.

Finally, the developer’s Attorney Royston emphasized in his final memorandum to the Commission that the developer was not pursing a “phased development” by making its modification application. However, it could be argued that the Commission itself has the final say as to whether to characterize modifications requested by a developer as the first phase of a phased development, and not the developer.

In this case saying that the requested modifications do not constitute a first phase of a phased development does not necessarily make it so. Under this scenario the Commission would decide the question, if it chooses to consider it.

However, if the proposed changes in the developer’s modification application were indeed determined to be the first phase in a phased development, the developer might even decide to withdraw its entire modification application. If this were to happen, the original 2005 plan would remain intact, and the developer’s plans for the future would become an open question.

Another possible scenario is this. If the developer maintains that its proposed modifications are not the first phase of a phased development, a position with which the Commission disagrees, then the Commission could simply refuse to grant the developer’s application. Then, once again, it would be back to square one in the development of the Preserve.

Sherry Marlowe Reception at Marshview Gallery

Reception for Sherry Marlowe at Marshview Gallery, March 11, 5-7pm

There will be a reception to meet Sherry Marlowe and view some of her work at the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook on March 11, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Sherry Marlowe began painting after receiving her interior design degree in New Hampshire.  Design was challenging but it color captured her spirit and desire to paint.

Since the beginning her medium of choice has been pastels.  Painting with pure pigments offers her an infinite variety of colors and values to create rich bold paintings.
Her representational artwork has an impressionist style whether the painting is a landscape or an old train.     

She’s an elected artist member in the Clinton Art Society (CAS) and Madison Art Society. Her work has been juried in to the Slater Memorial Museum Connecticut Artist Shows.  In 2010 she received two awards.  One for her “1942 SAAB” painting in the Madison Art Society Show and the other from the Connecticut Pastel Society for “Retired Work Horse.”

All ages are welcome to join us for this free event.  Refreshments will be provided.

February 28 to be Designated as Rare Disease Day in Old Saybrook

On Friday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. the Board of Selectmen of Old Saybrook will be holding a special meeting in the Town Hall, at which time they will be issuing an important proclamation.

The Proclamation by the Selectmen will designate Monday, Feb. 28 as Rare Disease Day to bring attention to the plight of people struggling with rare diseases in Old Saybrook and to raise awareness about these often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed diseases. 

A rare disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans.  There are nearly 7,000 such diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans.  In this effort, the Town will be joining the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and others around the world in observing World Rare Disease Day.  On this day, millions of patients and their families will share their stories to focus a spotlight on rare diseases as an important global public health concern. 

Speakers at the Old Saybrook Selectmen’s meeting will include:

  • Resident Eileen Radziunas, who has written a book about her years of misdiagnosis with Behcet’s Disease
  • Residents Mark and Kristin Leopoldino whose daughter Avery (2) was diagnosed with CDKL5 and suffers daily seizures without a cure in sight.  Avery is the only child in Connecticut with this diagnosis although there are likely others who remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.  Details of a fund raiser to help this little girl will also be announced on Friday. 
  • Social Services Coordinator Susan Consoli, LPC who will be bringing attention to Celiac Disease, of which she was recently diagnosed after years of misdiagnosis.  Currently it is estimated that 1 in 200 people have Celiac Disease while only 1 in 2000 are diagnosed with this auto-immune disease.
  • Also attending will be Youth and Family Services Director Heather McNeil, LMFT, LADC who is the Town appointed Americans with Disability Act Coordinator.

For more information about the Special Meeting, please contact Susan Consoli at 860-395-3188 or via email at sconsoli@town.old-saybrook.ct.us.

For more background information about Rare Disease Day please visit the Rare Disease Day 2011 website at http://www.rarediseaseday.org  and the frequently asked questions section of the US Rare Disease Day website: at
http://rarediseaseday.us/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/RDD-Press-Kit-2011-FAQs.doc

“We don’t want the Preserve!” A message loud and clear at Old Saybrook’s Feb. 16 public hearing

Finally, the public had a chance to speak.

Up until last evening (Feb. 16), the “public” hearings in Old Saybrook on proposed changes in the much delayed Preserve development, consisted mostly of mind-numbing presentations delivered in monotones by attorneys and assorted experts.

Chairman of the Old Saybrook Planning Commission Robert McIntyre

Not so last evening, when finally Robert McIntyre, Chairman of the Old Saybrook Planning Commission, let the voices of the public to be heard. The overarching question behind it all was whether 1,000 acres of open space in Old Saybrook should be blasted and bulldozed into modernity by a private developer.

Although the narrower question at the hearing was whether the Planning Commission’s original development plan should be modified to permit the building of three clusters of new housing along the edges of the site, speaker after speaker came back to the basic unworthiness of the whole development.

Without exception every member of the public who spoke, said that letting a private developer build on this unique space of open land should not be allowed.  Although at one point Chairman McIntyre tried to steer the discussion back to the narrower question of whether to permit the building of the three new housing clusters, his words were in vain.

The speakers were of one voice. You could almost hear in the background, “Stop the Preserve! Stop it!”

One of the arguments expressed was how will a new cluster of houses be sold in the present tight housing market? Also, one speaker claimed that developing the Preserve will mean “huge costs to taxpayers,” such as paying for road upgrades, new intersections and new public services, generally, for the new residents on the site.

Another speaker pointed out that three private companies had tried to develop the Preserve site, and each of them filed for bankruptcy, the most recent being Lehman Brothers.

Then, the citizen environmentalists took the floor. Their comments included that the present open space is a coastal forest that is a key transit stop for migrating bird life, and that the vernal pools on the site must be protected, as well as the wood frogs, which after their eggs are hatched, clean the vernal pools.

At this point Chairman McIntyre tried to bring the speakers back onto a narrower point. The Commission had approved an overall plan back in 2005, he said. Now under consideration was simply a request by the developer to modify the original plan, so as to build three clusters of new housing.

But no one paid any attention. The ad hominem attacks against the entire Preserve project went on.

One speaker, David J. Walden, told the sad tale about what happened in Fairfield, when residents tried to preserve as open space, a 200 acre tract of land. It was nibbled continually around the edges by developers, he said, until there was nothing left.

Another speaker said that the issue should be, not what is good for the all mighty dollar, but what is good for the town.

At one point the cheers for the speakers attacking the Preserve development grew too loud for the taste of Mark Branse, Counsel to the Planning Commission. He stood up, seized the mike, and said that he was going to call the police, if the audience did not quiet down.  It seemed to be an overreaction to what was generally a peaceful meeting, but it did quiet the proceedings.

The popular feeling of the audience was summed up by the next speaker who said that after 12 years of considering whether to develop the Preserve, “Enough is enough.”

Finally, near the end of the public venting of hostility to developing the 1,000 acres of open space, the largest open space between Boston and New York City one speaker pointed out, there came a comment that was clearly relevant to the larger question, which was whether the Commission should permit this entire development to go forward.

Attorney Janet P. Brooks, representing the Alliance for Sound Planning, made the point that there was a fatal flaw in the Commission’s ongoing approval of its original plan for the site. The Commission’s original plan, Attorney Brooks pointed out, was conditioned on the fact that the developer would be granted an easement to build a bridge over the Valley Railroad State Park, which is owned by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Back when it granted its approval of the Preserve development in 2005, the Planning Commission held that it was “probable” that the DEP would grant such an easement.  However, in 2006 the DEP did just the opposite. It flatly denied the developer’s request for a bridge easement. As Attorney Brooks put it in her written submission, “the probability that the DEP would grant an easement for access … no longer exists.”

Planning Commission Counsel Branse termed Attorney Brooks’ argument “an interesting perspective.” However, it could well be more than that, if access to Bokum Road by a bridge is considered to be an integral part of the original plan approved by the Commission.

What was accepted as probable in 2005, as Brooks pointed out, in 2006 turned out not to be the case.  The access scenario on Bokum Road, a key element in the entire development plan, was no longer possible. This being the case, the Commission might have to go back to the drawing board, because a major assumption in the 2005 plan is no longer valid.

How the Commission can think of approving the modification of a plan that is itself fundamentally flawed and unworkable is the question members must resolve.

The effectuation of the Commission’s original plan in 2005 was also premised on the fact that the Town of Westbrook would approve a new entrance to the site on Rte. 153. However, the Commission has chosen to ignore the fact that the First Selectman of Westbrook has been on record as opposing this entrance to the site for over a decade.

Some say it is almost an “Alice in Wonderland” attitude by the Commission to assume that Westbrook will grant the approvals necessary to implement this aspect of its 2005 plan.

The public hearings phase on the modification of the original plan for the Preserve is now over, and future meetings will be open to the public but closed to further public comment. The Commission in its deliberations has three options. It can: 1) approve the modification requested by the developer, 2) reject the developer’s proposed modification but leave untouched the original plan, or 3) nullify or amend the original plan, because of the probabilities on which it was based back in 2005 have proved to be simply wrong in 2011.

Old Saybrook Planning Commission postpones Preserve meeting

Due to the most recent DEMHS forecast of high probability for dangerous weather conditions on Wednesday evening, the Chairman of the Planning Commission has postponed the continued public hearing for “The Preserve” to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Saybrook Middle School, 60 Sheffield Street.

Read related article by Jerome Wilson:

The meaning of “phased development,” a key issue at February 2 hearing on the Preserve’s new “pods”

Free Fly Tying Clinic in February

North Cove Outfitters of Old Saybrook is proud to offer a series of four free fly tying clinics each Saturday in February, from 10:00 a.m – 1 p.m.  Fishing staff will review tying techniques and some of their favorite patterns. These are patterns that their fishing staff love to tie and have proven effective in CT waters and beyond.

Attendees should bring your own vise and tying tools and North Cove Outfitters will provide the materials.  Please call the fishing department to reserve a seat.  Call 860-388-6585 ext 307 visit www.northcove.com for more information.

The clinic will be limited to 6 students.  The schedule will be as follows:

Saturday, Feb 5
Atlantic Salmon Flies
An introduction to tying flies for Atlantic Salmon.
By Ben Bilello

Saturday, Feb 12
Early Season Trout Flies
Some of our favorite flies for fishing in early spring and
how we tie them.
By Merrill “Doc” Katz

Saturday, Feb 19
Spun Deer Hair and Deer Hair Applications
Fish LOVE flies that “push” water. We will show you tips and tricks for
tying flies with deer hair heads like Muddler Minnows, Snake Flies, or
Dahlberg Divers. Big Flies catch Big Fish! This clinic will have some
patterns & techniques for tying castable big flies that catch fish!
By Evan Peterson

Saturday, Feb 26
Epoxy Flies: Salt Water
Every fly tyer has a love-hate relationship with Epoxy and beginners get
overwhelmed. 1 minute, 5-minute, 30-minute and rod builders epoxy all have
their place in fly tying. We’ll go over some of the favorite Epoxy Flies and
share some tips about handling this wonderful adhesive. By Captain Mark
Dysinger

North Cove Outfitters is located at 75 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475

Woman safe after Knollwood pier rescue in Old Saybrook

The Past Chief of the Old Saybrook Fire Department, David Heiney, responded to an emergency at the Knollwood pier yesterday and played a key role in a dramatic rescue of a woman from the Long Island Sound.

On Wednesday Dec. 29 at 0940 Hrs, the Old Saybrook Fire Department received a 911 call reporting that a female was in the water off the Knollwood Pier in Old Saybrook (Long Island Sound). The Old Saybrook Fire Department, Police Department and Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

Past Chief David Heiney of the O.S.F.D. responded to the scene in his personal vehicle. When Heiney arrived, he was told that a woman was in the water off the end of the pier. Heiney entered the water to rescue the woman.

Officer James Kiako of the Old Saybrook Police Department arrived on scene and retrieved his rescue rope that is kept in the trunk of his patrol car. Kiako went out onto the pier and threw the rescue rope to Heiney as he was swimming to the victim. Kiako tied the rope to the railing of the pier. Heiney was able to grab onto the rope and swim to the victim.

Firefighter Rebecca Lucas and Kiako went down onto the beach to enter the water to assist Heiney. In the meantime, Heiney had grabbed onto the victim and started to swim to shore. A civilian, Jerry Gintoff was on the pier assisting in the rescue. 

Gintoff took the rope off the railing and pulled Heiney and the victim to the shore.  Heiney was met in the water by firefighter Lucas and Kiako. The woman was pulled from the water and was still breathing.

The victim was transported to the Middlesex Medical Center in Essex by the Old Saybrook Ambulance and treated for hypothermia. Heiney and Lucas were also transported to the Medical Center and were evaluated and released.

Reported by Max Sabin of Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook Planning Commission to hold second public hearing on Preserve development, January 5

Residents post signs to preserve the land

The Old Saybrook Planning Commission will hold a second public hearing on the controversial proposal to develop the Preserve on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.  The hearing will be held at the Middle School in Old Saybrook.

The Preserve property consists of  1,000 acres of open space, most of which is located in Old Saybrook along Ingham Hill Road, although 60 acres of the site are located in Essex and a smaller parcel in Westbrook.

The Jan. 5 hearing, like the earlier hearing in early December, will consider a proposal by developer River Sound Development LLC to develop a small portion of the 1,000 acre site along Ingham Hill Road. This new proposal would consist of three developed sites containing 224 units of new housing.  

1,000 acres of vacant land at issue

An earlier development plan of the Preserved a number of years ago, envisioned the construction of 221 new housing units and a new golf course with a club house. Although this proposal was approved by the Old Saybrook Planning Commission in 2005, the Inland Wetland Commission thwarted the plan from going forward because of environmental concerns.  The developers appealed the Wetland Commission’s decision to the courts but to no avail. 

Although Old Saybrook First Selectman Michael Pace declined to take a position on the Preserve’s latest application, noting that the idea to develop the Preserve “has been going on for years,” Essex First Selectman Phil Miller on the other hand is staunchly opposed to the new proposal.

Essex First Selectman Phil Miller

Miller has said, “The Preserve is a 1,000 acre, wet and rocky sponge. The best use of the property is open space.” Development of the property in Miller’s view “is not in the best interests of Old Saybrook or Essex.” 

Miller is also seeking a new purchaser of the Preserve property, who would preserve the land as open space. He recently met with representatives of the Trust for Public Land with this in mind.

Expected to speak against the new application at the Jan. 5 hearing is the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Others in the past, who have voiced opposition to the Preserve’s development include: local State Senators, Eileen Daily, Andrea Stillman, and Edward Meyer; and State Representatives, James Spallone, Marilyn Giuliano, and Brian O’Connor. U.S. Senator-elect Richard Blumenthal has also expressed his opposition to developing the Preserve.   

Some 60 local residents came out for the first hearing on the proposed River Sound development, and many of them opposed it.

Exhibition of Paintings by Deep River Artist at Acton Public Library

The Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, is exhibiting  paintings by Deep River artist Augusto Lucarelli.  His work will be on display in the library gallery on the main floor through Dec. 27, 2010.

The second floor gallery of the library features the work of Shlomit Ruttkamp of  Westbrook. Ms. Ruttkamp’s drawings in black and white and color will be on display through Jan. 15, 2011.       

For further information, please call 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10.00 a.m. – 8.30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. and Sunday 1.00 p.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Marshview Gallery Reception for Local Artist

Barbara Elliott - Marshview Gallery Artist of the Month

Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook has announced Barbara Elliott as their November artist of the month and they will be hosting a reception on Friday, Nov. 12 , at which guests can meet Barbara and see some of her work .

Barbara pursued painting after retiring from a career of teaching. Her inspiration comes from the Connecticut shoreline where she has had a home for over 40 years. Barbara has studied with several artists, including Anne Culver, Maureen Wilkinson, and the late Bruce Raven. She is currently studying with Ellie Rendar, pastelist who has been an inspiration for Barbara’s childrens’ portraitures.

Barbara works in various mediums and prefers landscapes, seascapes, and people as her subjects. She has participated in various juried shows throughout the shoreline and received awards form the North Haven Art Guild.

Everyone is welcome to attend the reception at the Marshview Gallery, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook on Nov. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m.   All ages are welcome – refreshments will be provided.

Salem Towne Offers a New View on Witchcraft

A staged reading of Salem Towne, a new musical drama, will be presented at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate”, on Friday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m.  Twelve original songs presented by a cast of 13 accomplished performers, gives the opportunity to visit in a new way, the witchcraft hysteria prevalent in Salem in 1692.
Salem Towne is a powerful and moving drama portraying the best and worst of human nature.

Local composer/dramatist Linda Towne Clifford, who  is a direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse, hanged for the crime of witchcraft, weaves excerpts of the Salem witchcraft trials into dialogue and lyrics. 

Her ancestral connection and extensive research gives an intimate and poignant picture of the characters and events, and reminds us that the lessons of Salem continue to be relevant today.

Through the lyrical, melodic passages, the laughter and tears, the magic of her music ultimately reaffirms faith in the indomitable human spirit.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.  Call 877-503-1286 to reserve tickets. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is located at 300 main Street, Old Saybrook. For more information, visit www.theKate.org or www.salemtowne.blogspot.com

Coast Guard Chamber Players Come to The Kate

U.S. Coast Guard Band

The United States Coast Guard Chamber Players Recital Series comes to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center for the first time on Sunday, October 17, 2010, at 2 p.m.

The program, called International Brass, features music and musicians associated with Russia, Iceland, Norway, and the United States. Music for brass instruments includes the Quintet No. 2 by Victor Ewald; “Reciprocity” for tuba and trombone by James Meador; and “On a Little Cloud” and “Cat Affairs” composed for euphonium, tuba, and piano by Anna Baadsvik.

The Chamber Players welcome guest artist Øystein Baadsvik. Baadsvik is currently the only tuba virtuoso performing exclusively as a solo artist. His multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist has taken him all over the world. His international engagements include performances with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Taipei National Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Philharmonic, and the Orchestra Victoria of Melbourne. He has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues in the world, and in 2006 he made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He has premiered some forty solo works by composers from the United States, Russia, Sweden, Norway, and Switzerland.

In addition, the concert includes two exciting works recently written for woodwind soloists: “pneApnea” for alto flute and electronics by the exciting young American artist Nathan Davis, and the Sonata Breve for bass clarinet and piano by Dutch composer Sebastian Huydts.

The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is located at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, CT, 06475. For information on The Kate, visit www.katharinehepburntheater.org or call (860) 503-1286. For more information about the United States Coast Guard Band, visit CG Band or call the Concert Information Line at (860) 701-6826.

Public Tells Bikeways Committee of Road Cycling Hazards

Several members of the public described the hazards of cycling in the town from personal experience at the Special Meeting of the Old Saybrook Bikeways Committee.

During the first of two Special Meetings of the ad hoc Old Saybrook Bikeways Committee on Thursday evening, members of the public listed problem areas of which they were aware that cause hazards and impact the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on town roads. 

About 20 residents turned out for the meeting, which was chaired by Kathy Connolly, who gave a short presentation on the history of the committee before seeking input from the members of the public on specific cycling and pedestrian hazards they had encountered on and around the roadways of Old Saybrook.

The Bikeways Committee, which was formed in September 2008 by the Old Saybrook Board of Selectmen, is developing a list of recommended infrastructure changes and other investments that will require funding from the 2011-12 budget, which it will then take to the board of selectmen later in the year.

Committee member Julie D’Ambrosio described a survey she is conducting with members of Girl Scout troops to collect traffic, pedestrian and cyclist data at the middle school as part of the “Safe Routes to School” project.  Connolly hopes that funding for infrastructure improvements may be available through a grant from the program.  The Town of Essex has already received a $400,000 grant for physical improvements and Clinton is reportedly working on a similar grant application.

Several members of the public provided personal examples of dangerous situations they had experienced while cycling locally.  One of the most hazardous areas identified was The Causeway between Saybrook Point and Fenwick, which several residents reported as being particularly dangerous for cyclists.

Great Hammock Road, Elm Street under the Amtrak bridge, and Route 1 over the railway bridge between CVS and Pat’s Kountry Kitchen were also identified as areas of concern.  Proposed solutions included widening roadways where possible, changing road markings and reducing speed limits.

Connolly noted all comments and will incorporate them into her recommendations to the board of selectmen.

A second special public meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at the Town Hall.

National Senior Center Month: ‘Autumn on the Dock’

September is National Senior Center Month and the Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) is celebrating.  They have recently opened their doors to all residents in the nine-town estuary region who are aged 50 and older. 

“Baby Boomers”, who probably don’t feel like seniors, can take advantage of the activities, trips, and diverse programs in the community, mostly free of charge.  They can shoot pool, have a cooked-to-order breakfast six days a week, join an exercise group, the painting class, play ping pong, Wii bowling, join the book chats and many other activities.  Most of the programs are free of charge or just a suggested donation.

September is also the time when the Estuary Council of Seniors hold their signature event, “Autumn on the Dock,” at the Dock & Dine restaurant in Old Saybrook – it will take place on Sept. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The evening will include live and silent auctions, wine tasting  and hors d’oeuvres, and will benefit the Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs. 

The Estuary Council of Seniors is the sole provider of meals on wheels to homebound seniors in the nine-town estuary region and Madison.  Last year they delivered more than 64,000 meals.

ECSI is generously supported by the following sponsors: Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Middlesex Hospital, J.H.Cohn, LLC, Essex Savings Bank, Gentiva Homecare, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, The Wine Cask, Guilford Savings Bank, SafetyZone, Underwater Construction, Shoreline Quick Lube, Essex Meadows, Roberts Physical Therapy, Middlesex Hospital Homecare, Reid & Reige, P.C.

Tickets for the event are $40. 

For further details, call 860 388-1611 or visit www.ecsenior.org

Fundraiser Sunday Benefits Old Saybrook Mom with Cancer

 

Lisa Kiako of Old Saybrook, with her 11-year-old-daughter Tiffany

A Family Fun Day fundraiser will be held rain or shine next Sunday, Aug. 15, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Clark Memorial Field (at Exit 67 off I 95, opposite Pasta Vita) to benefit Lisa Kiako of Old Saybrook, pictured left with her 11-year-old-daughter Tiffany. 

Kiako is the 43-year-old single mother of Tiffany, who she co-parents with her former husband and best friend, Jim Kiako – a member of the Old Saybrook Police Dept. 

Lisa has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis – two different types of cancer.

Lisa will be leaving for Little Rock, Ark., the day after the fundraiser to have her second stem cell transplant from her own stem cells.  She is an ultrasound technician at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, but due to her illness, she is no longer able to work.  Lisa has no sick or vacation days remaining.

To add to her stress and financial burden, her basement was flooded when she was in Arkansas during her previous treatment and she lost everything in the finished basement.

There will be food, fun and entertainment at the fundraiser. 

Tickets (suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and under) are available from the Ultrasound Department at L & M Hospital or by calling 860-908-3858, 860-388-4271, or 860 388-7818.

For more information, email Gail Koos Antoniac at gail79@aol.com

Celebrate Mark Saybrook Colony’s 375th Birthday

Next Sunday, Aug. 15, Old Saybrook Historical Society celebrates Saybrook Colony’s 375th anniversary with two events.

The first part of “A Step Back In Time” is from 12 to 4 p.m. at Bushnell Farm, Boston Post Rd. in Old Saybrook, and features family fun with games, tours, demonstrations, hayrides, a plow pull, barn-raising, historical characters in period costume, story telling, fife and drum corps, weavers, spinners, and more. 

There will be no parking on site during the afternoon hours.  Shuttle buses will be available to and from the Old Saybrook High School for the convenience of attendees.

The second event takes place in the evening starting at 6 p.m. at the same location.  Wine and beer will be offered and then at 7 p.m. a Summer Supper cooked onsite will be served buffet style under a tent. The menu comprises brisket, whole rostisserie turkey, corn bread, vegetables, and dessert.  Music will be played throughout the event.

Tickets are $60 per person and reservations, which are essential, can be made at 860-388-2622, 860-395-1635 or www.saybrookhistory.org

The Old Saybrook Historical Society is grateful to the following sponsors for their support of this event:  Herb and Sherry Clark, Reid Amusements, LLC, Essex Savings Bank, Guilford Savings Bank, Hadass and Matthew Rubin, The Sandra and Arnold Chase Foundation, Inc, Thompson and Peck, Shore Discount Liquors, Clinton and Deep River, and Lorensen Auto Group.

There’s Another SummerSings This Evening in Old Saybrook

The popular SummerSings draw amateur singers from around the region to Old Saybrook on selected Mondays through the summer.

SummerSings, the annual series featuring major choral works, co-sponsored by Cappella Cantorum and the Con Brio Choral Society, offer singers of all ages and experience the opportunity to sing in an informal setting with noted choral conductors.
 
SummerSings are held Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, Old Saybrook.  Registration for each concert is from 7 to 7:30pm.  An $8 fee includes a borrowed score for the evening but singers are asked to bring their own copies if possible.
 
The SummerSings schedule is as follows:
 
August 9 Ed Bolkovac, New Haven Chorale, Haydn Paukenmesse
 
August 16 Noah Glynn, Shoreline Community Chorale, Rutter Requiem
 
For more information, visit www.conbrio.org or www.cappellacantorum.org or call
860-664-0668 or 203-458-0307.

Inaugural Saybrook Bike/Walk Takes Place Oct. 2

The first annual Saybrook Point Bike Tour and Walk Benefiting LiveStrong and Valley-Shore YMCA will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at historic Fort Saybrook Memorial Park in Old Saybrook.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.  Event goers have three options in which to participate:

◦a 50K bike tour beginning at the Park that passes through the scenic towns of Essex, Deep River and Chester along the Connecticut River, returning to Saybrook Point with spectacular views of Long Island Sound at the finish.
◦a 10K ‘loop’ around Saybrook Point taking in the same wonderful views.
◦a 5K walk that will begin at Fort Saybrook and cross South Cove to the picturesque Borough of Fenwick before returning to the park.
This family-oriented event will provide important cancer awareness information from health professionals as well as highlighting southeastern Connecticut’s first cancer survivors’ fitness program called Hope Is Power.  Hope Is Power is a new program run by Valley-Shore YMCA that is designed to help cancer survivors regain their physical fitness and sense of well being.

A 12-week session is currently underway and a new session will begin in September.  The program includes cardiovascular, strength and relaxation techniques to combat the effects of cancer treatment.  The program is open to all adult cancer survivors, and is free of charge.

Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lance Armstrong Foundation and Valley-Shore YMCA, both 501 (C) (3) charitable organizations.

Click here for more information and to register for the event.  Registration closing date is Sept. 25, at 2 p.m.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Meeting for New Members

The Lower Connecticut Valley Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold an informal meeting for new and prospective members on Wednesday, August 18 from 5 – 7 PM at the Hamburg Cove Yacht Club in Lyme.  This meeting will provide an opportunity to learn more about AAUW’s mission and our local Branch activities.  Light refreshments will be served.  The Lower Connecticut Valley Branch of AAUW draws its membership from Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Hadlyme, Lyme, and Old Lyme.  For more information, contact Deborah Rie (860) 628-1160

Marshview Gallery Artist Reception

MARSHVIEW GALLERY ARTIST  RECEPTION
220 Main Street, Old Saybrook
Friday, August 13 from 5-7 pm

Throughout the month of August, the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook will be displaying photographs by Jeff Hackett of Woodbridge.

Jeff Hackett studied in Montana with Lee Nye. He enjoys the work of Atget, Fredrick Sommer,
Minor White, Man Ray, and Gary Winogrand. His photography subjects include landscape,
seascape, people, and many more subjects! Jeff’s work has been displayed in several
Universities and businesses throughout Connecticut, and has been published in over
eighty books and calendars throughout the world.
A reception will take place on August 13, from 5:00- 7:00 pm at The Estuary Council, 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Call 860-388-1611.

OSFD joins Gov. Rell, CT firefighters to help feed the needy

Press Release
Old Saybrook, CT.  The Old Saybrook Fire Department will join Governor M. Jodi Rell on Saturday, July 31, in the “Day of Caring & Compassion” by collecting donations of non-perishable food to help replenish Connecticut’s two main food pantries that feed those in need.
Old Saybrook volunteer firefighters will be on hand on Saturday, July 31, at fire headquarters at 310 Main St., Old Saybrook from 9 a.m. to 12 noon to accept donations to benefit the Foodshare and Connecticut Food Bank pantries.
The Old Saybrook Fire Department, an all-volunteer organization, is one of 12 fire departments across the state to participate in the governor’s Day of Caring & Compassion. Among the items acceptable for drop-off are foods such as: (Sample of non-perishable items): Canned meat, corned beef, spam, 100% Fruit juices: boxes, cans, bottles; powered milk, Pasta & sauce, canned fruit, oatmeal, rice, canned vegetables & beans, breakfast cereal, macaroni and cheese, Regular & low sodium soups and stews.
Firefighters cannot collect cash or non-food items as part of the program to help those in need.
Other fire departments participating in the July 31 event include Danbury
, Enfield, Fairfield, Middletown, North Windham, Norwich, Waterbury, West Hartford, West Haven, Westport and Willimantic.
Contact: Max Sabrin, Fire Policeman – Media Relations/Special Events
Old Saybrook Fire Dept.
Office/Day 860.920.5276
Cell: 860.857.5300

A Steamy Day at Arts & Crafts Festival in Old Saybrook

Despite temperatures approaching 90 degrees and high humidity, thousands of visitors came to see the arts and crafts on display at the Old Saybrook Arts and Crafts Festival on the Town Green on Main Street today, hosted by The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce.

Crowds Gather to View the Exhibits

The two-day event, sponsored by Liberty Bank, New York Times, Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law, ConnectiCare, Essex Savings Bank, Estuary Council of Seniors, Penny Lane Pub and Shore Publishing ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission and parking are free.

Nearly 150 fine artisans and crafters will be displaying to over 10,000 visitors. As an added plus, local music groups will be offering entertainment throughout the two days.

A Display of Colorful Signs

There were art exhibits of every kind including colorful signs (above) and fishes made from driftwood (below), as well as traditional paintings, jewelry and photographic exhibits.

A Fish Made from Driftwood

Some artists were still finishing their work as visitors arrived!

Artist at Work!

Seascape by Michele L'Heureux

Michele L’Heureux (painting shown above and pictured below) had good reason to look happy as her husband kept them both cool with a combined fan and water spray.

Staying Cool With a Water Fan

Proceeds benefit the multiple programs offered by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce which include college scholarships, business educational breakfast series, after-hours business connection and networking functions, and keynote luncheons with local Connecticut personalities and state dignitaries.

The Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit member organization dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in the greater Old Saybrook area, including the towns commonly known as the Connecticut River Estuary Region – Westbrook, Essex, Clinton, Deep River, Chester, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook.

Through a core of volunteers and a professional staff, the Chamber provides leadership, support, and networking within the business community.  The Chamber hosts community events and serves as a catalyst to promote tourism, to support educational outreach and to act as an information source