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Archives for June 2012

Young’s Printing to Donate $1 to United Way for Every “Like” on Facebook

Now through June 30, 2012 Young’s Printing of Middletown will donate $1 to Middlesex United Way for every new “like” on the organization’s Facebook page. To like Middlesex United Way, go to

Dan Litwin, President of Young’s Printing says he had several reasons for liking the “like” cause-marketing program. “For one,” he notes, “We felt that, simple as it sounds, a “like” can transform someone into a more engaged supporter. So we liked being behind a high return on investment initiative.

“Second, we felt there was a positive brand spin for our business, as we are perceived as a more traditional company, and Facebook is still considered a forward-looking vehicle. We were able to piggy-back the United Way requests to “like” them on our existing email blasts, and will do so on print pieces as well very cost-effectively. Finally,” Litwin continues, “United Way’s brand is strong, and association with it is always good business as far as we are concerned.”

Cause-marketing programs such as this provide businesses the opportunity to align with United Way and make a contribution while increasing their own goodwill and visibility. The company and United Way work jointly to develop a marketing plan and to promote the program.

Middlesex United Way is advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income, health and housing – the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done. You are invited to be part of the change by giving, advocating and volunteering. That’s what it means to Live United.

Middlesex United Way is a locally-based organization serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

Constant Waterman at Deep River Public Library June 14

Constant Waterman will appear at Deep River Public Library on Thursday June 14 at 6:30 p.m. to read excerpts from his four published books. Copies of his books are for sale at Anchor and Compass in Deep River.

Constant Waterman, aka Matthew Goldman, the Stonington resident and Hadlyme native grew up on and around boats. He has had many trades and loves the sea. So it was no surprise that he turned to writing.

Mary Ellen Klinck Files for Democratic Primary in 33rd Senate District

AREAWIDE-— Mary Ellen Klinck of East Haddam confirmed Friday that she will pursue a primary challenge to James Crawford of Westbrook, the Democratic convention endorsed candidate for the open seat in the 12-town 33rd Senate District.

Klinck, a former state commissioner on aging and a Democratic State Central Committee member, said she has established a candidate committee and filed for the Aug. 14 primary. It would be the first Democratic primary for the senate nomination in decades, though district Republicans had primaries in 1982 and 1990.

Crawford, a former social studies teacher at Westbrook Middle School who has represented the 35th House District for the past two years, won the Democratic endorsement over Klinck with a 31-27 delegate vote on the third ballot at the May 21 nominating convention. A third candidate, former state Rep. Dean Markham of East Hampton, also qualified for the primary but has decided not to remain in the race. The candidates are competing to succeed ten-term Democratic State Senator Eileen Daily of Westbrook, who announced on May 15 that she would not seek another term this year.

Klinck, who confirmed she is “a little older” than the 69-year-old Daily, said the incumbent senator’s late withdrawal had led to a “rushed” nominating process in the days before the convention. “We had very little notice, only a few days, and we never had a chance to meet with the Democratic town committees in the district,” Klinck said.

At the convention, Klinck received most of her delegate support from towns in the northern section of the district, particularly Colchester and East Haddam, while Crawford was supported by delegates from the southern towns, such as Clinton, Westbrook, and Essex. The district includes the towns of Clinton, Chester, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Klinck said she does not believe a primary would divide district Democrats, but instead “would give us both exposure,” and a chance to become better known to voters in all sections of the district. Klinck said she stands ready to debate Crawford before the Aug. 14 vote, but intends to “run a clean campaign,” that begins with a pledge to actively support the winner of the nomination contest.

A primary for the Republican nomination in the district was averted last week when Neil Nichols of Essex, who won the endorsement at the May 14 GOP nominating convention, withdraw and endorsed his convention rival, Art Linares of Westbrook. Nichols, who had unsuccessfully challenged Daily in 2010, edged the 23 year-old Linares on a 24-22 delegate vote at the convention.

Crawford said Friday he accepts Klinck’s decision to wage a primary. “Mary Ellen Klinck has been an important part of the Democratic Party in our state for a long time and if she feels a primary is necessary I’m prepared to go that route,” he said.
 Crawford added that he does not believe the contest would be divisive for district Democrats, and could help each candidate become better known to district voters. Crawford said he is prepared to meet Klinck in a public debate if a group steps forward to organize one.

Artists Collaborate on Installation About Nature Opens June 8

Chester, CT — Artists Collaborate on Installation About Nature – “In the Blossoms’ Shade”

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery, will feature an installation entitled “In the Blossoms’ Shade” opening June 8, 2012. “In the Blossoms’ Shade” is an art installation about nature. It is a collaboration between Katherine Anderson and Pat Smith.

Katherine Anderson is a Seattle artist with a background in landscape architecture. She will be working with natural materials. Pat Smith is a CT sculptor. She will be working in porcelain. Together they will create an intrinsic work of art reflective of Basho poetry and Wabi Sabi aesthetics. This is the first in The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery’s series of window installations by invited artists.

The Lori Warner Studio/Gallery is a unique source for artwork and objects that make a lasting impression. Artwork featured in the gallery includes monotype prints, encaustic paintings, stoneware sculpture, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and custom letterpress notes. The gallery carries many exclusive pieces and regularly features guest artists that are pioneering creativity in their chosen medium.

The gallery is located at 21 Main Street in Chester, Connecticut. (860) 322-4265.

Free Evening Paddle to Celebrate Summer Solstice June 20

Essex, CT —   On Wednesday, June 20, Connecticut River Museum and Connecticut River Watershed Council educators will team up and lead a free, evening paddle to celebrate the longest day of the year. All are invited to join the two-hour exploration of North Cove in Essex, a natural embayment to the Connecticut River featuring extensive tidal marshes, historic sites and other points of interest.

The tour will launch at 5:30 pm at the Essex boat ramp at the foot of Main Street next to the Museum. Participants must bring their own canoe or kayak and life vest and are encouraged to bring a river-friendly snack and non-alcoholic beverage. Dogs are not permitted.

The paddle is free but pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, call 860.767.8269 ext.110 or email

The Connecticut River Museum, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Connecticut River and surrounding valley region, is located at 67 Main Street in Essex.  More information can be found at

Chester Synagogue Invites Neighbors to Free Klezmer Band Concert June 25

A Klez Act will perform on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 pm on the CBSRZ synagogue’s lawn

If it’s June, Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is cleaning off its grill and tidying the grounds for the annual picnic and Klezmer music concert featuring CBSRZ’s “house band,” A Klez Act. Its loyal fans will gather on Monday, June 25  at 6:30 p.m. on the synagogue’s lawn (weather permitting) with their folding chairs and blankets. The event is free and open to the public. Guests may bring their own picnic fare or purchase food and drinks. Fresh grilled kosher hot dogs and home-made foods, along with drinks, will be for sale with the proceeds going to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

Klezmer music began as a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews of Eastern Europe. It was created as dance music to celebrate weddings and other joyous occasions. Klezmer came to the U.S in the late 1800s with the arrival of these Jewish immigrants. Today, the music may also have bits of gypsy, Eastern European folk or French café music or American jazz. CBSRZ’s A Klez Act was founded in 1993 and plays on festive Jewish holidays and other special occasions. Band leader Norman Hanenbaum said, “We look forward to getting together on the lawn and playing Klezmer music. It’s the traditional music of the Jewish people–we want to keep it alive. We’re happy to play for the public.” He said the band will be playing songs that are typically Jewish, Yiddish or Israeli.  The music will be upbeat, the kind that makes audiences feel happy, tap their feet and want to dance. Dancing is encouraged.

Making their debut with A Klez Act at this year’s concert will be two talented young singers, Nicole Jubelirer, a UConn student, and Collin Schuster, a senior at Old Saybrook High School. A Klez Act’s regulars are Hanenbaum on sax, Harvey Redak on trumpet, Neil Gottfried on clarinet, Lori Jubelirer on bass, Bill Bertelli on drums, Steve Jacobs on violin, Lary Bloom on keyboard and Belinda Brennan doing vocals.

There is no charge for the concert, the last of the CBSRZ’s Music & More 2011-12 series. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to the synagogue’s community room. Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek is located at 55 East Kings Highway in Chester. For further information, call 860-526-8920.

Ivoryton Farmers Market Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm

Members of the Ivoryton Village Alliance (photo courtesy of Leo Feroleto)

Ivoryton:  The Ivoryton Village Alliance is looking for farmers, vendors, and crafters to participate in the Ivoryton Farmers Market beginning on Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The market will take place on Summit Street beside the historic Ivoryton Playhouse where musicians will perform throughout the day. The Alliance is looking to support Connecticut farms and small businesses and provide a new venue for the residents of Ivoryton and surrounding towns to purchase fresh, locally grown produce and locally made products

For more information, call Agnes Waterman at 860-575-8768 or email requests to