November 27, 2014

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