December 10, 2019

Archives for September 2011

CTNaturalist: The Marbled Salamander

In Connecticut, September marks the onset of the autumn season. The days begin to shorten and the first glimpses of fall are felt in the air and seen in the trees. Yet, as the thrust of summer wildlife draws to a close, a special amphibian is only now becoming active!

The marbled salamander arrives in dried up vernal pools during September and October. Males and females breed on dry land and females lay eggs on the surface of the soft, dry, leaf-beds of empty woodland pools. (See video below for full life cycle)

Females wait next to their eggs, guarding and protecting them from outside threats. When late autumn rains once again fill the pools with water, the female retreats back underground where she’ll remain for the remainder of the year.

The eggs hatch and larvae develop under the frozen ice of winter. When next spring arrives, they will be mature salamanders. Amazing to realize that cold-blooded amphibians are able to weather such harsh temperatures!

This September, don’t be disheartened as the frogs, toads, and other salamanders begin to become less visible. If you’re an amphibian lover, now is the time to discover the marbled salamander in Connecticut.

According to DEP records, marbled salamanders prefer habitats with an elevation between 900 ft – 1300 ft.  There are no records of marbled activity above 1300 ft.

Be on the lookout in upland, deciduous forests, near large glacial rock deposits. Marbled salamanders prefer higher elevations. There white and black color patterns are among the most beautiful in eastern forests.

Be on the lookout in your community this season for marbled salamanders!


Deep River Town Hall Restoration Association Preserves History

Deep River Town Hall Auditorium April 7th & 8th 1931 in the Production of the College Flapper. Do you recognize anyone?

The Deep River Town Hall Restoration Association is ready to present the first historical exhibit on the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium.  The Life of the Deep River Auditorium: Past, Present and Future, has been designed by Linalynn Schmelzer. This Exhibit is made possible in the estate by a gracious monetary gift from Charles Messerschmidt.  The Restoration Association contacted a variety of resources to uncover the history that resides in the Deep River Auditorium, including the Deep River Historical Society, residents, town officials and stacks of old newspapers. It is projected that the exhibit will first open at the Deep River Library in late October and then travel around to other Tri-Town and Middlesex County libraries.

The Exhibit is in three sections; which includes images, audio and visual clips, and a display of historic items.  “It has been an intriguing and in-depth process uncovering old photos and their stories for this exhibit”, stated Mrs. Schmelzer.  The video clips include interviews with past performers as well as some who remember the Town Hall when it held the Post Office.  Sally Carlson-Crowell, a board member for the Deep River Restoration Association, shares a photograph of her parents on the stage in a production titled, “College Flappers” from 1931. In this photograph, her mother, kneeling in the second row on the right, was a student in the Deep River High School, what is now the Deep River Elementary School.

The “College Flapper” production of 1931 was advertised as the biggest event ever staged in Deep River.  It had prominent people as characters and guaranteed laughter.  It was sponsored by the Baseball Association and directed by Universal Production Company.   In this photo you can notice men dressed as women and you may notice Mayor Dickinson as the King of the Flappers or Gilbert Mather as the Football Coach.  What you cannot see is that this production had a special baby pageant that featured 100 local children, ages 5 to 8 making it the biggest event.

A few local residents have been recognized in this 88 year old photograph.  Pam Arnold Andenti was able to identify her sister, Phyllis Arnold Eldlidge, fifth in the second row kneeling on the right.  Phyllis, who is 99 years old, was a junior at the Deep River High School.  There were many towns people in this show, if you can identify anyone please contact Linalynn Schmelzer.
When people gather and begin looking back through the years, as they will for the 3rd Annual Deep River High School reunion taking place at the Historical Society, Sunday September 18th from 1-4 pm, there are chances that more photographs and stories will be unveiled.

If you would like more information on the High School Reunion please contact Audrey Ely at 860-526-5237.
If you have old photographs or stories, nothing is too big or small, please contact Linalynn Schmelzer 860-304-8459 or  You can also stay up-to-date with the Deep River Town Hall Auditorium on Facebook.


Essex Republican First Selectman Candidate Bruce MacMillian Invites Community to Join Him at September 11 Observance

Republican candidate for Essex First Selectman, Bruce MacMillian, would like to invite the Essex community to join him in honoring the victims, survivors, and heroes of the September 11 attacks on our great nation. Bruce will be attending the Middlesex Hospital Vocal Chords tribute at 2 p.m. at the Bushnell Center in Hartford on Sunday September 11th.

Bruce urges the community to participate in this, or one of the many other observances and remembrances being held throughout the State. The Essex community came together for the common good after storm Irene, just as our nation did on that horrific day in 2001.

Please join Bruce on Sunday and honor our great nation and its heroes! To learn more about Bruce and his campaign for Essex First Selectman please visit


Chester Rotary 41st Annual Lobster Festival – Sept 10

The Rotary Club of Chester will host its 41st annual Lobster Festival at the Chester Fairgrounds on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

The event is highlighted by classic double entree dinners featuring Twin Lobster, Twin Steak, or Surf and Turf.  Traditional sides include Corn on the Cob, Baked Potato, Cole Slaw and Rolls.  Food service will start at 5 p.m.   Soft drinks, bottled water, draft beer and wine are available for sale throughout the night.   The bands Bittersweet Harmony, Flying Blind & Second Chance return to entertain with classic tunes until the 10:30p.m. closing


Admission is $40 in advance (by September 5), $45 for remaining tickets at the gate.  Single entree dinners are $30 and $35.  Children’s hot dog meal tickets are available at the gate for $5.  Purchase tickets from any Chester Rotarian, from selected Chester merchants including Hammered Edge LLC Studio & Gallery, Chester Bottle Shop, Chester Package Store, Century 21 Heritage Company and Chrisholm Marina or call John at 860-526-1106.  Further information is available at the Chester Rotary website:

Access to the Lobster Festival is restricted to dinner ticket holders.  Seating is limited.  This event has been a sell out for the past several years so be sure to get your tickets early!

Chester Rotarians are dedicated to providing funding and service to local, national and international charitable organizations.  All proceeds from this event support these causes.




9/11 Photographic Memorial at The Left Bank Gallery

The Left Bank Gallery, 10 Main St. Essex is exhibiting an installation of photographs titled “9/11 In Memoriam”.

The photographs by Peter Harron are of the World Trade Center towers under construction from 1968 to 1976 and of lower Manhattan in September 2001 of the impromptu memorials just days after the attack.  Included are recent photographs taken in August 2011 of the almost completed tower.

The   documentary photographs are unframed, presented in an essay form and hung on wire fencing to symbolize the fences put up as barriers which became where loved ones posted messages looking for the missing.

The photographs are in the windows of the gallery until September 18.


Region 4 Schools Open Wednesday With 27 New Certified Staff

REGION 4— Region 4 schools open Wednesday for the 2011-2012 academic year with 27 new certified educational staff, including 16 new full or part-time teachers. Opening day, originally set for Sept. 1, was delayed by the cleanup from Tropical Storm Irene.

New staff, with their classroom assignments where provided, include seven new positions at Valley Regional High School. The new high school teachers are Joseph Goldman-social studies, Michael Bono-technical education, Desire Fallavolitta-Spanish, Donna Dickerman-science, Kevin Lam-instrumental music, Kathryn Weingartner-special education, and Allison Hopkins as a two-thirds time social studies teacher. There are three new staff at John Winthrop Middle School, including teaching assistants Kristen Budney and Niccole diFilippo, with Jennifer Marino as a part-time social worker.

Positions at the elementary schools include  Bonnie Amburso as the long term substitute physical education teacher at Chester Elementary School, with Angela Fachini as the new second grade teacher at Deep River Elementary School, Jacquelyn Courtmanche as the new remedial reading teacher at Deep River Elementary School, and Kerry Gallant as a new para-educator at the Deep River school.

New positions at Essex Elementary School include Suzanne Deens as the new school nurse, Diana Marchese and Jessica Murray as two new long term substitutes for unspecified grades, and Samantha Morse as the new para-educator.

The Supervision District is funding nine new full or part-time positions that are shared by the five district schools. The new hires include Diana Amara as a new eight-tenths time counselor, Daniel Brownell as a new half-time general music teacher, Andria Benjamin-special education, Rita Negrao-special education, Sarah Layton and Marguerite Caulfield as new pre-school program para-educators, Mallory Coleman as a new long term substitute school psychologist, Nicole Pollock and Elaine Fleischer.


Chester Land Trust Fair & Harvest Dinner

Mark your calendars and save the date: Saturday, September 17 for: The Chester Land Trust Fair and Harvest Dinner!

The Fair will be held on the Chester Meeting House green from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Local arts & crafts, environmental, sustainable land use, and alternative energy information will be featured under and around our three tents.

Have fun accessing and learning about: Local Healthy Food Products, and exciting local agricultural developments in the region and learn how this relates to a bright and promising future for all of us.

The Harvest Dinner, following the Fair will be served from 5~7 p.m. inside the Chester Meeting House. The menu fare is ham, Autumn vegetables, salads, homemade apple sauce, baked beans, zucchini bread and delicious desserts. Please bring your friends, appetizers, BYOB and enjoy the event.

The Fair is free to the public.  Dinner tickets are $16 per person.  For more information please contact Errol Horner at or call 860 526 1137


Deep River Fire Department Annual Chicken Barbecue

The Deep River Fire Department will be holding their Annual Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, September 17 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Firehouse, 57 Union Street in Deep River.

Tickets are $12.00, Seniors are $10.00 and Children 12 & under are $8.00. All proceeds will benefit the Department and all donations are tax deductible.

For advance ticket sales or more information please call 860-526-6042 and leave a message.


The New England Landscape Invitational Art Exhibition at LAA

Charles Movalli, Cows, 30" x 30", Oil

The Lyme Art Association, at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme Connecticut, will present the New England Landscape Invitational Exhibition, on view from September 23 through November 12, 2011, with an opening night reception on Friday, September 30 from 6 – 8 p.m. Elected, Associate and select Invited Artists will be exhibited throughout all four of the LAA Galleries.

The Guest Juror for this exhibition is Jeffrey Cooley of the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme.  The 2011 Jury Chair is Del Bourree-Bach and the Jury Co-chair is Christopher Zhang.  Paintings by Invited Artists Thomas C. Adkins, Charles Movalli, Harley Bartlett, David Bareford, Loretta Krupinski, and Philip Frey will be exhibited along with juried work from LAA Member Artists. “This is our most popular annual exhibition, showcasing exceptional work from both invited and juried artists from all over the Northeast. Jeffrey Cooley, whose specialties are the styles of the Hudson River School and the Old Lyme Art Colony, will be lending his expertise to the jurying of this show,” stated LAA’s Executive Director Susan Ballek.

Invited Artist Harley Bartlett’s luminous New England landscapes will be on view. Bartlett will be teaching a landscape workshop at the Lyme Art Association this fall.  David Bareford will be returning as an invited artist; gallery visitors will see why his dramatic coastal landscapes have achieved international recognition.”

“We are very proud to have financial support for this exhibition from Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial services,” said Ballek.

The exhibition will open on September 23 and run through November 12.

About the Lyme Art Association
The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit


Local Chester Conference Center to Offer Free Yoga Classes – Starting Sept. 14

In its ongoing effort to create life-enhancing programs for the local community, Guest House Retreat & Conference Center in Chester, Connecticut, has partnered with Lisa Uihlein of Turning Point Yoga in nearby Madison on a series of free yoga classes, which will be held this fall at Guest House.

“Lisa Uihlein is an extremely gifted yoga teacher who completed her training at the prestigious Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in 1998 and has been helping people become more attuned to their bodies ever since,” says Guest House executive director Steve Kennedy. “We feel extremely lucky to bring her extraordinary talents to a wider community through our beautiful, nurturing facility.”

Classes will be offered every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. starting September 14 and running through November 2. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early. Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $5 per class. (Guest House is a non-profit educational center that depends on donations to help create its programming.) Classes will be held in Guest House’s light-filled White Barn space unless otherwise announced. For more information, please call Guest House at (860) 322-5770 or visit

“Yoga is not simply geared towards self improvement, though that can happen,” Uihlein explains. “Rather, it’s a way for practitioners to access self-acceptance. Although yoga certainly presents challenges for students at times, the point isn’t to strive to fit the body into some idea of the ‘perfect’ alignment or pose. The compassionate thing to do is to accept the body as it is, and to be with whatever experience the body’s interpretation of the posture brings. In other words, let the body find the posture, not the other way around.” Beginners will be able to try a new practice while more experienced practitioners can expect to receive additional instruction to help build energy and awareness in the body and mind.

Uihlein owns and operates Turning Point Yoga in Madison, CT (, which offers yoga classes and custom workshops that support personal growth and transformation. Guest House Retreat & Conference Center, which opened its doors in April of 2008, is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that provides a nurturing environment for those seeking to develop human potential and enrich the world. It offers a variety of holistic programs covering areas of leadership, inner development, psychology, scientific exploration, ecological and social awareness, health and wellness.


Swallow Cruise on RiverQuest

Join Potapaug Audubon and the Essex Land Trust for a “Swallow Cruise” aboard RiverQuest on Tuesday, September 2o at at  5 p.m.  RiverQuest departs from the Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Register by calling Goody at 860-767-9763. Fee: $40 per person.

Watch the amazing annual Tree Swallow migration ritual and learn about the phenomenon when you join the Essex Land Trust and Potapaug Audubon for an evening cruise on board RiverQuest. Each year, as many as half a million tree swallows congregate in the lower Connecticut River Valley as they migrate south. Swallows by the thousands converge at dusk, often creating a spectacular “ballet” in the sky, eventually forming a “funnel” or “rain”. As the sunset progresses, the swirling mass become more organized and reaches greater and greater heights. Each evening the swarm takes on a different form. Some nights a tornado shape is formed, some evenings it seems more like a ball or an amoeba flow. Sometimes they fly in higher in the sky while on other nights very low to the water and very close to the boat. As if upon some subtle signal, the swallows drop in to the fragmities at incredible speed.

Cost is $40 per person, payable at the dock. Reserve your spot by calling Goody LeLash at 860-767-9763 by September 15. Make checks payable to RiverQuest and mail to Goody LeLash at 22 Maple Ave., Essex, CT, 06426. Space is limited so plan ahead! Some refreshments provided, but bring your own favorite beverage, snack and binoculars (there is a limited supply on board). Park at the Essex Yacht Club, 13 Novelty Lane in the back lot. The boat will leave promptly at 5pm, rain or shine; so plan to arrive early. Strong winds cancel.



Salt Marsh Opera to Present a Musical Soiree – “La Sonnambula”

Salt Marsh Opera will present a Musical Soiree, introducing the music of “La Sonnambula,” on Tuesday, September 20 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT from 5 to 7 p.m.  Music starts promptly at 5:30 p.m.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

In 1831, Vincenzo Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” debuted in Milan to great success.  The plot revolves around an innocent peasant girl sleepwalking in and out of a compromising situation.

Suggested donation is $25 per person or $35 which includes Guild Membership for 2012.  RSVP to Salt Marsh Opera Toll Free at 888-788-4188, or Box 95, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.     The fully staged opera will be presented at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center on October 21st and 23rd.  For additional information go to


CL&P Alert to Homeowners Concerning Damaged Customer Equipment

As CL&P works to restore power across the state, homeowners should be aware that any damage to customer-owned equipment must be repaired by licensed, professional electricians before we can reconnect power lines to your home.

CL&P will repair all equipment leading to your home, including a service wire and connectors. Homeowners are responsible for repairing all other equipment attached to a residence, including a clevis (house knob), weatherheads, conduits, conductors and the meter box.  However, you are not responsible for damage to the meter.

If your home has sustained storm damage to customer-owned equipment, licensed electricians can be found through your local Yellow Pages or the State Department of Consumer Protection, Licensing Division, at


Chester Hurricane Recovery – Message from First Selectman Tom Englert

While Town Hall phones and email are still down, we have, through the efforts of many, finally been able to retrieve the Town email list from our servers.  Whelen Engineering Company has offered the use of their email server for this communication.  Please be assured that we will maintain the privacy of this email list.  Thank you to Whelen Engineering, Kris, Glenn and Jon for their assistance in making this happen.

Hurricane Irene Recovery Update:

Chester’s Public Works Dept., Chester Hose Company, Chester Police and Emergency Management have all worked continuously before, during and after the hurricane to keep Chester’s residents safe.  Hundreds of man-hours have been spent ensuring a safe shutdown of Chester Fair, clearing roads, monitoring flooding, and checking on the well-being of residents.  Although damage to trees and utility lines has been extensive, there were no injuries and only minor damage to a handful of homes.  We should all be extremely proud of our volunteers in the Hose Company and our Public Works and Police employees.  Thank you to all!

Significant progress is being made today (9/2) throughout Chester by CL&P.  Tree crews are in town working with our Public Works Department to clear roads of the remaining fallen trees that involve utility lines.  Six line crews are in town and have restored power to Route 148 and are working on restoring the remaining sections of Route 154 north of Water Street.  As power is restored to the main service arteries, side streets will be assessed and brought on-line as quickly as possible once repairs are made.  Restoration updates can be found at CL&P’s web site,  Click on the Hurricane Irene Info graphic; then select from the options under the Storm Center heading. CL&P will be working through the weekend and Labor Day to continue to restore power.

Chester’s web site,, has a recovery information page. Click the Irene Recovery Update link for the latest information and services available.  Additional emails will be set as new information becomes available.

John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River is serving three hot, home cooked meals a day at no charge.  Breakfast is available 7:30 – 9:00am, lunch 11:30am – 1pm and dinner 5:00 – 7:30pm.  The building is air conditioned and has television viewing and power stations set up for the charging of mobile devices.  Hot showers are available 24 hours a day – please bring your own supplies including towels.

Fresh water is available at several locations throughout town.  Connecticut Water Company has set up a drinking water station at the hydrant in front of the Meeting House at 4 Liberty Street.  Water is also available from outdoor faucets at United Church of Chester and John Winthrop Middle School.  Please bring your own containers.

First Niagra Bank is now open and will have regular business hours Saturday.  Chester’s downtown area also has power with many restaurants and shops open.

Town Hall offices will be closed for the Labor Day weekend and will open Tuesday with regular hours.  Hopefully by then, power, phones and email/internet service will have been restored.

Please be safe.  Treat all downed utility wires as live, especially now that power is coming back on.

To the extent possible, enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

Tom Englert
First Selectman


Region 4 Schools Open Wednesday After John Winthrop Middle School Serves as Region’s Storm Shelter

REGION 4— Region 4 schools open for the 2011-2012 school year Wednesday as John Winthrop Middle School in Deep River completes a week of serving as the regional emergency shelter for residents of the district towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex that were impacted by Tropical Storm Irene.

Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy, who added the role of emergency services coordinator to her education duties during the week after the storm, said the middle school opened as an emergency shelter Saturday evening, and was staffed Sunday as the storm ripped through. The school locker rooms began offering hot showers to area residents on Monday.

Levy said the shelter was staffed by volunteers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, who worked closely with school and town officials to keep the facility running 24 hours a day.

Levy said the services offered at the shelter expanded as the days without electricity wore on for residents. After offering free meals to emergency services personnel and utility crews, the school cafeteria began serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to residents free of charge on Wednesday. Levy said 460 dinners were served Thursday to residents of the three district towns.

The school also allowed residents to recharge their electronic and medical equipment, and kept prescription medications, including modafinil, refrigerated for residents living without electricity. The school also offered television on a wide-screen TV in the school auditorium.

Levy said she was pleased to open up the middle school to residents in need. “I’m glad to be able to have people come and use it,” she said.”It’s been a great place to bring the people of the three towns together.”

Levy said she has enjoyed putting her academic hat aside to help run the shelter, despite the long hours. “It’s been a privilege to meet the public and serve the public,” she said.

District schools had been scheduled to open Sept. 1, but Tropical Storm Irene changed that. Levy said the Sept. 7 opening date would give her the needed day, Tuesday, to meet with faculty at the five district schools, while also making sure all bus routes and stops are safe for students. As of Friday afternoon, Valley Regional High School and Deep River Elementary School still lacked power. John Winthrop Middle School operated on electric generators until full power was restored Tuesday.

Many sections of Essex and Deep River, including the Adams grocery store on Main Street in Deep River, had power restored late Thursday afternoon. Several areas in Chester remained without power Friday afternoon. Much of the Ivoryton section of Essex was without power until around 5 p.m. Thursday.

Levy said the emergency shelter would remain open through Labor Day, Monday Sept. 5, as power is restored throughout the three towns. She said meals would be offered through the holiday weekend, with breakfast served from 7:30-9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.



Laughter is the Breast Medicine…

Essex Books and Gather will be hosting  humorist and breast cancer survivor, Eileen Kaplan, as she talks about her book, “Laughter is the Breast Medicine,” on Thursday, Sept 22, noon-1 p.m., at Gather, 104 Main Street, Ivoryton (across the street from the Ivoryton Playhouse).

Eileen shares comfort to others through sharing her story and finding the humor in life.  This is the perfect way to get ready for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. All are welcome.

To register email Susan McCann at or call 860-767-1707

For more details of Eileen Kaplan’s book click here


The Stage Lights are ON at the Ivoryton Playhouse!​!!

The power has been restored and the 8 p.m. performance of Ring of Fire:  The Music of Johnny Cash scheduled for today, September 2 is ON!

The Playhouse are contacting ticket holders from the cancelled shows to re-arrange dates. If you hold a ticket for a cancelled performance and haven’t yet changed your show date, please call the box office today at 860.767.7318 or email Beverley at to let her know what alternate time you can attend Ring of Fire this weekend.

Performances are scheduled for Friday, September 2 @ 8pm; Saturday, September 3 @ 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, September 4 @ 2pm.

The Playhouse wishes to sincerely thank everyone for their understanding while we have been dealing with this crisis. They also thank you for your patience when calling the box office in the coming days. They will be  doing their very best to accommodate all of the audience members!

The show is ON!!!!!! Viva La Playhouse!!!!


Power Outage Report from CL&P – Friday Sept. 2.

Source: CL&P website, 12.30 p.m. Sept. 2

According to the CL&P customer outage report at 12.30 p.m. Friday, the percentage of their customers in local towns without power is as follows:

Chester 71%, Essex 27%, Deep River 40%, Lyme 70%, Old Lyme 41%, Old Saybrook 34% and East Lyme 27%

Click here to visit CL&P website for updated details


Deep River Public Library Book and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Deep River Public Library are sponsoring a Fall Book and Bake Sale on the grounds of the Deep River Public Library on September 17, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free and all proceeds go to the library.

Most book are $1-$5 (including some antique and collectible books).

Come for great bargains and the many other activities in town on Deep River’s Family Day.


Retirement and Thanks from Lieutenant Marc Pisciotti

Dear Citizens of Essex:

As of September 1st, 2011, I will be retiring from the Essex Police.

I wanted to take the opportunity to say that I will miss the people who I have formed so many friendships and bonds with. To have had the opportunity to make an impact in so many lives and be able to have a positive influence on the youth of the Town through D.A.R.E. and other interactions for the past 13 years has been both an Honor and Privilege and I thank all the parents and their outstanding children who allowed me to do so. When young men and woman who you have had the opportunity to first meet and teach in 6th grade, but are now in college come up to you on the street when they see you and say “Hi Officer Marc” and start to tell you how their lives are going and about how they were able to use something they learned in D.A.R.E. or that you talked to them about to help them in certain situations, is one of the most satisfying feelings that an officer could ever experience and I thank them all for sharing that with me. When it is all said and done, Policing is about people and having the privilege of serving in a profession which allows you to be in the position where you can have a direct positive impact on our youth and in people’s lives is very rewarding. It’s not about writing tickets or trying to impose your authority on kids; it’s about being there when people need you and trying to make a difference when you can. I have been fortunate, in my 22 year career stemming from the New Haven Police Dept to the Essex Police Dept; I have had the opportunity to work with such Officers.

While with the Essex Police, I worked with Officers like (Ret) SGT Patrick Bowers, a true professional who always put the Town before himself, took pride in the service he gave and served with Honor and Integrity. Officer Salvatore Bevilacqua, though a young officer, one who has an understanding of this profession, cares about the Towns citizens and will certainly be the kind of Officer that will be an asset to the Town for years. Outstanding Resident Troopers like Detective Scott Wisner and SGT Paul Lussier who were not only great assets to the Town, but to their agency. Firefighters like Chief Paul Fazzino of the Essex Fire Dept who exemplified professionalism and dedication and who always worked tirelessly for the Town and the safety of its citizens, volunteering his time.

While teaching D.A.R.E. at Essex Elementary School for over the past decade plus, there have been many teachers and educators that have played major roles in the success of the program and I thank them all. However, I would like to publicly recognize one teacher and thank her for putting so much effort into helping me for the last 11 years to assure the success of the program. Her contributions and tireless efforts working on the scheduling, student/teacher participation and support of the program were instrumental, so to Mrs. Kathleen Marois, thank you for all you have done to help me and your commitment to both D.A.R.E. and to the education of young men and woman!

Lastly, I would like to thank First Selectman Philip J. Miller for allowing me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Essex and working side by side with me to provide the highest quality of police service to the Town. As I now retire from the Essex Police and look forward to new challenges, I will take the experiences and friendships I have made with me.

Once again, thank you so much and Godspeed!



Lieutenant Marc A. Pisciotti
Essex Police


Post Hurricane Information for Community Residents – Issued By Town of Essex Aug 30, 2011

Due to storm related damage, the majority of residents in Essex, Deep River & Chester are without electricity.  Road crews, first responders, private contractors and residents continue to remove fallen trees from roads to allow access for emergency vehicles and egress for residents who are still blocked in their neighborhoods.  At the same time, utility companies (CL&P and United Illuminating) continue work to repair damaged power lines and restore electricity to the town.  Crews are working tirelessly to restore our essential services.  Power to cell phone towers has been restored however internet service is still unavailable for most residents.  Electricity to the primary shopping centers in Essex, Deep River & Chester is still not available.

The majority of residents are still without electricity.  To assist you in this challenging time some resources which are available to residents are listed below:

Essentials:  John Winthrop Middle School is open as an emergency shelter. (Route 80; exit 5 off Route 9)

  • Hot showers and drinking water are available.
  • On Saturday & Sunday cooked meals will be available for residents of Essex, Deep River & Chester at 8am, noon, and 6pm.  (A nominal donation is requested).
  • Electricity is available to charge your cell phones and WiFi may be available.

Water is available at Essex Firehouse, Ambulance and Police Station (next to the town hall).  Bring buckets and closed containers to bring the water home with you.  No bottled water is available at these locations.

Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) & bottled water will be available at the Town Hall on Thurs, Sept 1.

Dump hours have been extended.  The dump is open Tues, Aug 30 – Sat, Sept 3 from 7am to 6pm for household trash and brush.  If you have “curbside” trash pick-up, it will be picked-up according to your regular schedule.  Since most residents have been without electricity for several days, perishable foods should be discarded. As a reminder, without electricity, your refrigerator will keep food at proper temperature for about 4 hours and a freezer for 48 hours.  If there is any doubt as to the safety of the food, it is best to discard it rather than taking the chance of foodborne illness.  WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT !!

Updates:  We will broadcast updates on WLIS radio AM1420 at 7am and 5 pm daily. For those without electricity please utilize your battery operated radio or car radio to hear updates as they become available.  Once phone & internet services are restored, we will utilize the reverse-911 telephone system to provide additional updates and will post updates on the Essex Town website at

Drive with care as we continue to clear roads of debris and downed power lines.  Remember to check-in on your neighbors to ensure they are safe and have the information provided in this communication.

Please continue to be patient and polite to those working tirelessly to restore our essential services to our community. We are all in this together.