December 18, 2018

Carney Claims Victory in 23rd House District

State Rep. Devin Carney

OLD SAYBROOK — On Facebook, State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23) has posted news of his victory over Matt Pugliese by 7129-5690 votes.

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Matt Pugliese (D) Candidate for House District #23

Biography

Matt Pugliese

Matt Pugliese has spent his career working in the theatre industry, beginning at the Ivoryton Playhouse.  He served as Executive Director at Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theatre in Middletown, CT and now as Managing Director/Executive Producer at Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Matt is currently the chair of Old Saybrook’s Economic Development Commission.  In 2012, Matt was named to the Hartford Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list for his professional work and civic involvement. He holds his BA in Theatre and Masters in Public Administration, both from UCONN.  Matt lives in Old Saybrook with his wife Kristen and their two daughters.

Q1: What is the biggest problem facing the state, why is it the biggest problem, and what would you do to help solve it?

I believe the biggest challenge facing the state are the unfunded pension liabilities.  This constrains the budget and the available resources the state has to invest in other projects and priorities. Priorities is the key word. Connecticut has revenue challenges, and we want to grow our economy, not raise taxes.  I’m not talking about spending more money, but spending money where it is important.

We need to get Connecticut’s spending under control. I’ve spent my career in the non-profit sector, where we have to run on tight budgets and maximize service delivery.  I value accountability and transparency.  We also need to recognize that the state’s spending goes into the community. We need to look carefully to not increase other problems and stressors through shortsighted cutting.  We need a strategic approach.  I will work with the non-profit organizations find opportunities to maximize service delivery and support those in need of help, at the best cost possible.

We need to commit funding to the pension liabilities.  They have been unfunded over the last 40 years, by leadership on both sides of the aisle.  I do not believe that we can re-open negotiations on contracts from years ago.  Not without taking on additional expenses in legal fees. We have an ethical obligation to keep the agreement that we made.  The state has already made progress in negotiations, with the new Tier IV employees pensions being approximately 80% funded.  I have experience around the table as part of a collective bargaining negotiation team representing theatres in our collective bargaining agreement with Actors Equity Association. I have experience working to build consensus with my own staff, consisting of members of five different unions.  We need leaders with experience to take on this challenge and work to a solution that respects our workers and our state.

Q2: What do you think of our leadership in Washington?

I’m frustrated with the partisan politics of Washington. The gridlock in Washington is not serving our citizens.  As a parent, I’m disgusted that name calling and unabashed lying have become acceptable tools of leadership and “debate”.  I am proud that Connecticut sends a delegation of Representatives and Senators that work hard both in DC and in their home communities to fight for our communities and our values.

Q3: What policies or infrastructure do you support at the state level for fostering or managing growth in you district?

We can support workforce development, employee retention and small business growth by prioritizing education, healthcare and paid family leave.  These are initiatives that benefit both business and worker, and make Connecticut regionally competitive with our neighboring states.

I support expanding training programs in our community colleges and trade schools that create a highly skilled and education workforce. We want to prepare our young people for the jobs for the future that will provide a good, living wage. This educated workforce is attractive for business growth and development.  Initiatives including expanding advanced manufacturing training programs in the community college system, partnering with private business to make these programs tuition-free.  I support loan-forgiveness initiatives for college graduates that stay in Connecticut.

Providing high-quality, affordable health care is the most volatile cost for a small business.  It is also one of the most important benefits that workers are seeking in employment. I believe in expanding access to the state’s medicaid program and moving to a single-payer system in Connecticut. This can create stability for both businesses and individuals.

Paid family leave is a benefit that people can use throughout life – whether they are starting their family, taking care of a loved one with an unexpected illness or recovering from their own. Providing paid leave in these situations is a burden on a small business. I’ve myself experienced the stress running a small-business when a staff member needed to use FMLA or left because we were unable to provide these benefits. Paid-family leave would be funded by a small payroll deduction that every employee pays.  It is not an additional cost that small business would need to shoulder. Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York all have instituted paid leave systems. We can’t lag behind our neighbors.

Q4: Why are you running for this position?

I’m running for State Representative because I want to serve my community. My wife and I have loved growing up in Connecticut, and we are excited to raise our daughters here.  We need leaders that are going to stand up for good, effective management of our state’s resources, with long-term strategic vision for Connecticut.  We need to protect our environment for future generations, work to reduce income inequality, create a vibrant, strong economy and ensure access to high-quality healthcare.  We need leaders with empathy.  We need leaders that understand the difference between short term wins and long term success.  I want to help Connecticut grow and continue to be a great place to live and work and raise a family. We need leaders that are willing to listen and to learn – and then lead.

I want good governance.  The job of government is to effectively maximize service delivery for our citizens.  I have over a decade of executive leadership experience running non-profit theatre organizations. I ran Oddfellows Playhouse during the recession from 2008 to 2013.  I understand how difficult it is to deliver service to the community while facing decreasing revenues. I have had to make difficult decisions. I have worked hard to keep a staff employed.  We need collaborative leaders that understand communication doesn’t mean talking, it means listening. We need non-partisan leaders that will build relationships, communicate and collaborate to serve our community.

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Devin Carney (R – Incumbent) Candidate for House District #23

Biography

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

Devin Carney is seeking his third term as State Representative for the 23rd District. He currently serves as Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee and also serves on the Environment and Finance Committees. He is co-chair of the bipartisan Clean Energy Caucus and co-founder of the Young Legislator’s Caucus.

He serves on the Board of The Kate and Saye Brook Senior Housing and is a member of both the LOL and Old Saybrook Chambers. He was born and raised in Old Saybrook and lives in Old Lyme with his significant other, Lisa. He works as a Realtor in Old Saybrook.

Q1: What is the biggest problem facing the state, why is it the biggest problem, and what would you do to help solve it?

Connecticut’s fiscal crisis. Connecticut is currently about $89 billion in debt and there seems to be no end in sight.

The four main reasons we are in so much debt is because of unfunded state employee pension liabilities, unfunded teacher’s retirement costs, benefits and healthcare for state employees, and debt service. Decades of mismanagement and kicking the can down the road have led to this massive debt. These ‘fixed costs’ used to only make up about 12% of the budget, now they make up over 30%, so they are crushing the state budget and taxpayers (debt per person is over $50,000).

Solving it requires collaboration across party lines and across town lines. We have to move all new state employees over to a defined contribution-style of pension plan with benefits that more mirror the private sector. I would eliminate overtime from pension calculations – to me, it’s ridiculous that an employee can make more in retirement than they did in base salary, while employed, because they worked tons of OT in their last three years.

Since I have proposed some changes to state employee benefits, it is only right that our political appointees and politicians give back. I would eliminate benefits for life for political appointees and politicians who serve so little time. I’m shocked that people like UConn president Susan Herbst or former disgraced lottery CEO Ann Noble will be getting six-figure pensions and great healthcare for life – paid for by us – while the average person struggles.

The state must also look at zero-based budgeting and, simply, stop spending so much. We don’t need a $10M toll study, we should sell the XL Center, we shouldn’t be bailing out Hartford, and the list goes on. I am proud to have supported real spending and bonding caps to curb this.

Q2: What do you think of our leadership in Washington?

I wish our leadership in Washington would work together more – and that includes Democrats and Republicans. Aside from Joe Courtney, our district doesn’t get a lot of attention from our leadership in Washington with the exception of help defeating the federal rail bypass proposal.

When I first got elected, I contacted Joe Courtney to meet with him because I wanted to discuss working together when we could. I even worked with Joe to get a federal bill proposed to allow Connecticut to sell the Westbrook Welcome Center, which is closed and in disrepair (federal law prohibits it due to an archaic provision from the 1950’s).That’s the type of leadership I bring to the table – willing to work with anyone, regardless of party. Unlike my opponent, I have never used Washington-style smear tactics about anyone from the other party – no matter how much I disagree with them. That’s the leadership-style we desperately need in Washington and Hartford. Integrity matters.

Q3: What policies or infrastructure do you support at the state level for fostering or managing growth in you district?

Connecticut taxpayers have one of the highest tax burdens in the nation and we are losing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue to other states. Many homeowners in the 23rd either have residency in another state or are seriously considering it because of taxes. Growth can be realized if Connecticut becomes more affordable.

In order to curb the exodus, Connecticut has to strategically reduce taxes in order to better compete with our neighbors and states to the south. I supported reducing the estate tax and reducing pension/social security taxes, which is a start, but more needs to be reduced. Government needs to partner more with the private sector and non-profits to deliver services. Government needs to eliminate mandates on small towns and schools that are unnecessary and add to property tax burdens. I will not support new taxes and was proud to defeat many of Governor Malloy’s proposals for new taxes, including those on cell phones, restaurants, homes and veterinary services.

In order to get growth, the state has to implement policies that encourage business investment and job creation. State government must step aside, stop picking winners and losers, and let the private sector flex its muscle. Too much government bureaucracy and taxes make Connecticut less desirable for investment. At the same time, Connecticut should be focused on training people for in-demand jobs in new technologies, manufacturing, and healthcare by promoting more public-private development initiatives and high school/college training programs. Connecticut is one of the only states not to recover all of its jobs lost in 2008 and that needs to change.

In terms of infrastructure, the DOT needs to focus on improving I-95, particularly in our region, and making it safer. I’m proud, as Ranking Member of Transportation, to have saved precious infrastructure improvement dollars from being cut.

Q4: Why are you running for this position?

I am running for re-election because this state needs proven leaders who will work collaboratively to improve our state’s fiscal situation. There are many issues Connecticut faces, but nearly all of them depend on our fiscal health. I love our district, but I hate seeing what decades of mismanagement and high taxes have done to our state. I’m running because I want our seniors to be able to afford to live here, I want our young people to be able to find jobs here, and I want our quality of life to be the best it can be.

In my four years as State Representative, I am proud of what I have been able to accomplish. I was a leader in defeating the federal rail bypass proposal that would have devastated Old Lyme. I supported policies to curb our opioid epidemic, defeated a mileage tax proposal that would have crushed taxpayers, and worked to grow our tourism economy. In only my second term, I was named Ranking Member of the Transportation Committee, where I have had a seat at the table of one of the most powerful committees in Hartford.

We cannot afford new taxes, more spending on programs we can’t pay for, or more regulations on businesses.  I opposed Governor Malloy’s proposals on all of this. I stood up for small businesses against taxes, I stood up for seniors to reduce costs, I stood up for veterans to improve healthcare, and I stood up for our local education against illogical mandates.

Integrity matters in this election and I have never – nor will I ever – put party politics or special interests over the people I represent. We deserve a positive, collaborative, independent voice in Hartford and that’s what I will continue to bring if elected to another term.

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Letter to the Editor: Carney is a Fiscal Champion, Defended his Constituents from Tax Increases

To the Editor:

I am supporting Devin Carney for re-election as our State Representative for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. He has been the fiscal champion we need in a time of economic uncertainty.

Devin has always stood up for taxpayers in Old Lyme and fought against increases in taxes that would have negatively affected our quality of life. Did you know there were serious proposals to add a new tax every time you brought your dog or cat to the vet? Or serious proposals to add a new statewide tax on anyone who owned a secondary home (there are many in Old Lyme)? Or that the DOT wanted to spend our money on a study to look into a proposal that would tax us every mile we drive?

Has Hartford lost its mind? For the most part, yes. But, thankfully we have a representative who is rising above the insanity and standing up for us.

Devin successfully defeated all of these fiscally irresponsible proposals  and, instead, has focused on and making Connecticut more affordable. He supported reducing taxes on pensions and social security, reducing taxes on small businesses, and reducing government spending.

I hope you will join me on Tues, Nov. 6th in voting to re-elect Devin Carney – a representative taxpayers can be proud of.

Sincerely

Deb Czarnecki,
Old Lyme.

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Salt Marsh Opera Performs ‘La Boheme’ at ‘the Kate’ This Afternoon


AREAWIDE — In a cold Parisian apartment, a poet is so poor he burns pages of his own manuscript for heat. A chance encounter and cleverly pocketed key lead him to discover a love strong enough to warm his soul. But in impoverished 19th-Century Paris even love is not free, and he is faced with a price he may not be able to pay.

What cost is too high for the woman he loves, and is it worth living without her by his side?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in a spectacular performance of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — the Kate — at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, this evening at 7 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m.  A few tickets are still available for both performances by calling the Kate box office at 860.510.0453 or online by clicking here.

Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Sept. 22, there will another performance of La Boheme at 7 p.m. at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, RI.  For tickets, call 860.535.0753.

This performance at Kent Hall  is a special “Opera in the Round,” an immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of 19th-Century Paris! Eat, Drink and Be Merry with your own Parisian picnic basket as you celebrate with the cast their brief taste of happiness, then march with them from the café into the streets of Paris at the climax of Act II.

These tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

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Acton Public Library Hosts Joe Cadena Concert, July 28

Joe Cadena, aka East Chicago Joe, performs at Acton Library, July 28

OLD SAYBROOK — Joe Cadena (aka East Chicago Joe), is a vocalist and guitarist from East Chicago, Indiana. Joe’s career has spanned almost 50 years. During that time, his appreciation for the Great American Songbook (and all things Sinatra & Bennett ) has grown to a deep and abiding love for this music.

Cadena performs the classics, but he does so in his own entertaining and engaging way. Whether it’s Bobby Darin, Sinatra, Bennett, Dino or the many other artists whose songs he performs, Cadena will always leave you with a smile on your face!

This event takes place on Saturday, July 28, from 3 to 4 p.m. It is free and open to all. Registration is strongly suggested as seating is limited. Register at actonlibrary.org or by calling 860-395-3184.

If you have any questions, call the library at 860-395-3184 during service hours of: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit actonlibrary.org.

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Sing for Joy! Cappella Cantorum Hosts Vocal Camp in Old Saybrook, July 23-27

AREAWIDE — Bring the joy of singing to your summer by attending Cappella Cantorum’s Summer Vocal Camp July 23 to July 27 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Great Hammock Road in Old Saybrook.

Founder of the Salt Marsh Opera and Cappella’s music director Simon Holt and nationally known tenor Brian Cheney will lead instructive sessions on improving singing skills and how to sing in a choral environment.

Physical therapist Bonnie Brenneman will talk on strengthening diaphragm muscles to improve breathing.

Each evening will consist of two workshops – one in vocal production and one in music theory. A short concert will be given by participants at the end of the week. Camp will be limited to 100 singers. Anyone interested in improving their singing from high school students to adults are encouraged to come and perfect their art.

The church is air conditioned. Cost will be $85. For more information or to register, visit CappellaCantorum.org. or e-mail wrspearrin@yahoo.com.

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Wayne Eisenbaum Charitable Foundation Donates $20,000 to Operation Fuel

OLD SAYBROOK — The Wayne Eisenbaum Charitable Foundation, of Old Saybrook, has donated $20,000 to Operation Fuel for energy assistance.

Operation Fuel is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides emergency energy assistance year-round to lower-income working families and individuals, the elderly, and disabled individuals who are in financial crisis.

Individuals who need energy assistance should call 211.

For more information on Operation Fuel or to make a donation, visit www.operationfuel.org.

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Dazzling Red Carpet Oscar Event to Raise Funds for ‘The Kate,’ March 4

OLD SAYBROOK — The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (the Kate) will hold an Oscar Party benefit on Sunday, March 4beginning at 7 pm at the center located at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook. This annual red-carpet event honors the Kate’s 12-time Oscar Nominated, 4-time-winning namesake and makes for an entertaining evening.  Proceeds support quality performing arts and cultural presentations at the Kate throughout the year.

“This event has always been volunteer-driven and I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past eight years to support the Kate,” said Diane Hessinger, Oscar Party chair. “Not only is it a very fun evening, but it’s a perfect way to pay homage to our namesake, Katharine Hepburn and raise funds to expand the arts on the Connecticut shoreline.”

Delicious hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts are provided by Fresh Salt and a cash bar is available while the 90th Academy Awards ceremony airs live on the Kate’s big screen. Guests will walk the red carpet, pose for photos, and have the chance to hold a real Oscar, thanks to Devin Carney, state representative and grandson of the late award-winning actor Art Carney. Carney is an honorary chair of the event along with Ann Nyberg of WTNH, both members of the Kate’s board.

A silent auction and raffle add to the fun of the evening and, new this year, is the Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry of Old Saybrook “Mystery Red Box” activity. Fifty jewelry boxes wrapped in a vibrant red paper are available for purchase with each box containing a Becker’s gift certificate and one grand prize box holding a beautiful 14k gold bracelet with forty-nine diamonds.

For tickets, visit www.thekate.org or call 877-503-1286.

The 2018 Oscar Party is held in memory of Beverly Whalen, a long-time volunteer at the Kate who gave generously of her time and helped launch this event. The evening is sponsored by Becker’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry of Old Saybrook, Secor Volvo, Comcast, Gulick & Co., Pough Interiors, and Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa.

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (the Kate) is a non-profit performing arts organization located in the former theatre and town hall, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on Main Street in Old Saybrook. The Kate includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn. From live music concerts, to children’s arts camp, to films of fine art, and the MET Opera and Bolshoi Ballet simulcasts, events presented at the Kate help to shape the community, making it brighter and more imaginative.

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Estuary Senior Center Hosts Annual Holiday Craft Fair Tomorrow

OLD SAYBROOK — The Estuary Senior Center is holding its annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Center is located at 220 Main St., Old Saybrook. All ages are welcome.

Local vendors will display their hand crafted items ranging from handmade jewelry, scarves, bookmarks, handmade knits, holiday ornaments, baskets, greeting cards quilts, blankets and pottery.

There will be a Baked Goods Table with home made cakes, pies and breads just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Donations of baked goods to the Fair would be greatly appreciated.

This year breakfast will be served from 8am till 11am. Santa will also be making an appearance from 9am to 11am

All profits from the fair go to funding the many programs at the Estuary. Plan to join the Estuary for a perfect start to the Holiday season.

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Democrats Sweep First Selectmen Positions Across Tri-Town Region, Republican Fortuna Keeps Top Job in Saybrook

Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman (File photo)

AREAWIDE — Perhaps reflecting the mood of the country in Tuesday’s elections, Democrats locally retained control of the majority of seats of government in the Tri-Town area.

Democrat incumbent Norm Needleman convincingly won a fourth term as First Selectman in Essex with an almost 2 to 1 majority of 1,509 votes over Republican challenger Vin Pacileo’s 772.  Needleman is joined again on the board of selectmen by fellow Democrat Stacia Libby (1,204 votes) and Republican Bruce Glowac (1,047 votes)

Needleman’s 737 majority over Pacileo was far higher than the 80-vote margin he achieved over Glowac in 2015, and also in 2011 when, in his first contested election, he defeated Bruce MacMillian by over 400 votes. Needleman was uncontested by town Republicans for a second term in 2013.

Glowac had previously served as first selectman from 1991-1995.

In Deep River, where all three board of selectmen candidates were unopposed, incumbent Democrat Angus L. McDonald, Jr. won 804 votes to be returned as first selectman. He is joined by fellow Democrat incumbent Duane Gates (D) with 601 votes and newcomer William L. Burdick (R), who polled 360 votes.

Democrats Lauren Gister (left) and Charlene Janecek (File photo)

Chester saw another incumbent Democrat Lauren Gister re-elected to the position of first selectwoman with a strong showing of 797 votes, representing a more than 2 to 1 margin over Republican challenger Carolyn Linn (360 votes). Gister’s fellow incumbent Democrat Selectwoman Charlene Janecek, who polled only 32 votes less than Gister, also retains her seat on  the board.  The third member of the board will be Republican James Grzybowski, who defeated Linn by just three votes.

The only Republican success in the area was incumbent Carl Fortuna’s re-election in Old Saybrook with 1,911 votes over Democrat Stephen Sheehan, who polled 1,220 votes. Joining Fortuna on the board will be Republican Scott Giegerich  (1,688 votes) and Democrat Carol Conklin with 1,398 votes.

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Montessori School Holds Infant/Toddler Parent Classes Starting Jan. 6

OLD SAYBROOK — The Children’s Tree Montessori School in Old Saybrook offers support to new parents in Saturday morning infant/toddler-parent classes.

In the class caregivers learn how to observe their baby/toddler’s development and choose activities that optimally support development of language and movement.

The 10-week workshop series will provide experiences that stimulate the senses, enrich children’s vocabulary and understanding of language, while helping your child to gain a sense of self-esteem, self-worth and self-confidence. Parents will have the opportunity to develop their parenting toolkit, meet with other parents and have fun with their child.

Workshops are offered for both infant and toddler age starting Jan. 6, 2018. The fee is $150 for the 10 weeks.

For more information, visit their website at www.childrenstree.org or call 860-388-3536.

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Old Saybrook Library Hosts Fall Movie Series, See ‘Florence Foster Jenkins ,’ Dec. 8

Photo by Felix Mooneeram on Unsplash

OLD SAYBROOK — Lights. Camera. ACTON!

The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook presents a Leading Legends Series this fall on second and fourth Fridays in September and October and on the second Friday only in November and December at 1 p.m. upstairs in the Grady Thomas Room. The film series will feature legendary actors and actresses in rich and legendary stories. There will be free popcorn, and an informal introduction and discussion following the films.

The line-up is as follows:

Sept. 8: The Heiress starring Olivia de Havilland;

Sept. 22: The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio;

Oct. 13: Jackie starring Natalie Portman; on

Oct. 27: The Grapes of Wrath starring Henry Fonda

Nov. 10: Sully starring Tom Hanks;

Dec. 8: Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org .

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December’s Marshview Gallery Artist is Carin Roaldset

OLD SAYBROOK — Photography and paintings by Carin Roaldset, pictured above, are on display through Dec. 31, in the Marshview Gallery in Old Saybrook.

Carin Roaldset enjoys illustrating the beauty of nature with the help of her camera lens. However, after taking a class in abstract painting, she discovered that she liked painting as well. Simultaneously her photography found more nonfigurative subjects and this is the path she is currently pursuing. Her subjects are mostly nature (close-ups, landscapes, seascapes) and abstracts.

Roaldset belongs to the CT Valley Camera Club and the Essex Art Association. Her art has been displayed at a number of juried shows in Connecticut and she has had several solo and group exhibits on the Shoreline. Her photography has illustrated three books. 

Roaldset is the photographer for the Essex Savings Bank’s calendar for 2018.

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‘Junior Souls Yoga Program’ Starts in Old Saybrook for Youth, Grades 4-8

OLD SAYBROOK — Working with the Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation department, Saybrook Soul Sweat will be running an eight week long after school program, Junior Souls Yoga Program (JSYP), for grades 4 – 8.  The program will be held at the Recreation Center Gym every Monday beginning Sept. 18, from 2:45 to 4 p.m.

A description of the program states, “Yoga is a practice that exercises your body on a physical, emotional, and mental level; the younger we can get kids practicing, the better prepared they will be for the world as they progress. Junior Souls Yoga Program is a weekly, 60-minute practice that is derived from the vinyasa style of yoga, but with a New Age twist.

Instead of teaching students to sit down and meditate, JSYP uses the philosophy that to work into a meditation of the mind, you first must physically work out your body. Combining a youthful, energetic series of postures with fast tempo, upbeat pop music, JSYP gets kids moving and grooving for 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute meditation.

The junction of physical fitness with positive mindfulness is a great way to teach kids poses, self-empowerment, stress relief, and healthy living.”

Junior Souls Yoga Program is instructed by Courtney Brooks, a 200-hour registered yoga teacher in Vinyasa yoga. Brooks has been practicing yoga for six years and teaching full-time for over one year, with experience teaching yoga to children at Corpus Christi in Wethersfield, CT, and developing a yoga program with the Hartford Police Athletic League throughout various schools in Hartford, CT.

The Saybrook Soul Sweat studio will open for business Oct. 14.

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Take a Trip with the Estuary to NY’s Botanical Gardens, Sunday

The Estuary Council of Seniors at 220 Main St Old Saybrook is offering a trip on Sunday, Sept. 17,   to New York’s Botanical Gardens at a cost of $115 per person.

The tour includes: roundtrip motor-coach transportation, lunch at Ann & Tony’s Restaurant, admission to the NY Botanical Gardens, all taxes and gratuities (including driver and tour director.)

For more information, stop by the Estuary Council at 220 Main St., Old Saybrook for a flyer or call 860-388-1611 ext.204.

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OS Library Hosts Ann Nyberg to Discuss Her Book on Katharine Hepburn at OS Library, 11am Today

OLD SAYBROOK — Ann Nyberg, author and Emmy nominated WTNH-TV anchor and reporter, hosts a conversation about her recently published book, “Remembering Katharine Hepburn: Stories of Wit and Wisdom About America’s Leading Lady” at Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m.

Nyberg is a founding member and the Vice President of the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate) also in Old Saybrook.  Her book reflects the life of Miss Hepburn “through personal remembrances from the people whose lives she influenced.”

Nyberg’s zest and zeal for all things Connecticut and Kate will make this a captivating conversation.

Ann Nyberg

For more about Nyberg and her work, visit her popular website “Network Connecticut.”

This program is free and open to the public but registration is strongly recommended.

Nyberg will sign copies of “Remembering Katharine Hepburn,” which will be available for sale.

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Hear ‘Elison Jackson’ Play at Acton Library at 4pm Today

Sam Perduta

OLD SAYBROOK — Next up in Acton Public Library’s Summer Concert Series is Elison Jackson, fronted by Acton’s very own former Young Adult/Reference Librarian, Sam Perduta.  The concert will be held Friday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m.  This event is free and open to all.

Originally out of New Haven, Elison Jackson now comes to Connecticut by way of Philadelphia, Pa. Their homegrown garage-folk sound is imbued with thoughtful reflective lyrics combined with a creative flair.

Preview some of “I Do Believe She Flew Out the Drainpipe,” at elisonjackson.bandcamp.com.

Spare acoustic lines and haunting vocals won the band a Connecticut Music Award for “Song of the Year” for their single titled “2009,” and the New England Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year” in 2015. 

Come enjoy an afternoon of original songs by the band on Friday, Aug. 11.  

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CT Historic Preservation Office Seeks Public Input on State Plan at Meeting in Saybrook Tonight

OLD SAYBROOK — The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is working on a Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan to be completed by the end of the year. The Plan will be an intensive level planning document addressing the treatment of the historic and cultural resources across the state. It will serve as a guide for planning and decision making by the SHPO, Towns, agencies, non-profit organizations, and others who may affect these resources.

The SHPO is reaching out to stakeholders to gather input, information, and advice. Public workshops are being conducted in communities throughout the state in collaboration with local partners. An online survey will be posted to gather additional public input.

A public workshop on the Preservation Plan is being held at the The Pavilion at Saybrook Point Park, 155 College St. at Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook, CT on Tuesday, June 27, 7 to 9 p.m. sponsored by the Town of Old Saybrook.

The Town invites all readers to join in this planning process. Your input and advice are not only welcome but also needed. This will be a plan for every organization and individual involved in historic preservation, community planning, community revitalization, land conservation, storytelling, and related interests throughout Connecticut.

The Town of Old Saybrook and SHPO encourage you to get involved.

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Estuary Hosts Caregivers Support Group, First Wednesdays

OLD SAYBROOK — The Estuary Council of Seniors 220 Main St Old Saybrook has a Caregivers Support Group that meets the first Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Are you caring for a relative, neighbor, or friend?  Well, who is taking care of you?

Everyone who gives a piece of themselves to care for someone knows the toll it can take on their life. Sometimes getting the information you need and knowing where to turn can make a big difference for both the patient and the caregiver.

This is an invitation to all the caregivers out to come meet Ann Dipierdomenico from Chesterfield Healthcare Center. She is the group facilitator and she would like to help you navigate through all the complicated stuff that comes with being someone’s caregiver.

For more information, call Deb at 860-388-1611, ext.204.      

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Saybrook Point Inn Installs Comcast Business High Speed Internet Services

A view of Saybrook Point Inn from the Connecticut River.

OLD SAYBROOK — Comcast Business today announced that Saybrook Point Inn, a luxury Connecticut inn featuring elegant accommodations, fine dining and premier spa services, is using Comcast Business Ethernet, Internet, Phone and Video offerings to provide guests with high-quality technology services as well as improve inn operations.

The privately-owned travel destination is located on the Connecticut River at the entrance to Long Island Sound and features more than 100 guest rooms, a full-service spa, fine dining restaurant and marina that can accommodate vessels up to 200 feet. To meet its commitment to environmental conservation, operational efficiency and exceptional guest services, the management team streamlined its technology offerings and implemented Comcast Business Internet to increase the performance for all three of its networks in the marina, office and guest areas.

“Both our social and corporate guests require high-speed internet service, from the visiting yachts in the marina who use it for self-diagnostic marine systems and video applications, to those staying in our inn. Comcast Business provides us with reliable internet as well as phone and video services throughout the property,” said John Lombardo, general manager of Saybrook Point.

He continued, “Leveraging technology allows us streamline operations. We can be more of a high-touch resort because our staff can spend more time interacting and servicing our guests, whether they are visiting for a vacation or attending an event in our ballrooms and conference center.”

Saybrook Point Inn was the first “Green Hotel” designated in Connecticut and is well-known for its eco-friendly practices, several of which rely on technology to meet the property’s green commitment.

Looking across the Saybrook Point Inn’s marina to the accommodations beyond.

In the guest rooms, Saybrook Point implemented Comcast Business’ Q2Q hospitality solution offering guests full voice and video offerings with a specific Saybrook Point default channel to promote various events and news and a second menu channel. These channels eliminate the need for the Inn to print materials for the rooms continuously, thus adding to its eco-friendly mission. Their cogeneration and extensive solar panel system also rely on solid internet services to perform properly.

“Technology offerings including high-speed internet, phone and hi-def video are among the top amenities for resorts such as Saybrook Point Inn to keep guests connected to their families and work during their travels as well as provide entertainment options,” said Michael Parker, regional senior vice president for Comcast’s Western New England Region.

He added, “Saybrook Point Inn is a well-known for its beautiful location, exceptional guest services and commitment to the environment and community. Comcast is fortunate to work with this Inn to provide the high-tech solutions to meet guest needs as well as optimize business operations.”

Additionally, Saybrook Point Inn relies on Comcast Business to strengthen its operations with a 100 Megabit-per-second (Mbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet line and PRI business phone service for direct dialing around the property.

“Our invoices are processed via an online central accounting system so our efficiency is greatly impacted if the network is slow or offline. Also, our staff offices, printers and copiers are connected through an online shared system, which needs reliable internet,” Lombardo noted.

He commented, “Comcast Business ensures that we are operating at peak productivity. And it has allowed us to implement new guest service systems. For instance, in the dining room, we use iPads and OpenTable to communicate the status of each table in real-time with the hostess station to decrease guest wait times, and we are implementing systems for housekeeping and maintenance departments to both eliminate paper, intrusive radio communication and have better accountability.

Lombardo said, “We also installed two treadmills recently that have built-in Wi-fi capability for internet surfing and access to online special fitness programs.”

Editor’s Notes:

  1. Situated along the picturesque shores of historic Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Saybrook Point Inn, Spa and Marina features a collection of 100 elegantly-appointed guestrooms, 24 villas offering long and short-term rentals, a rejuvenating full-service SANNO spa, and casual fine dining restaurant, Fresh Salt, as well as a unique waterside Lighthouse Suite. In addition, the historic Three Stories and Tall Tales luxury guesthouses offer exquisite rooms that convey the story of famous local residents, including Katharine Hepburn. Saybrook Point also shines with the pristine Saybrook Point Marina, a landmark boating destination conveniently located at the mouth of the Connecticut River with easy access to Long Island Sound. It can accommodate vessels from 12 to 200 feet and has received numerous premier Connecticut marina awards.
    More information is available at www.saybrook.com.
  2. Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice and TV solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Ethernet market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as its fastest growing provider and service provider of the year.
    For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social.
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Letter to the Editor: Old Saybrook Town Officials Says First Priority is Re-Employment of Fortune Plastics Employees

To the Editor:

The announcement by Fortune Plastics of their intended closure in April has left the Old Saybrook and Shoreline Community concerned and disappointed.  Our concern is first and foremost for the over 90 employees of the company who will be losing their employment.  It is also disheartening to see what was once a locally-owned family business leave the State.

Upon hearing the news, our offices began marshaling state and regional resources to work with the company in finding new employment for the workers.  Within a week, the Connecticut Department of Labor Rapid Response Unit organized a Job Fair at Fortune Plastics on March 4.  We also contacted local and regional manufacturers, many with positions to fill.  We will continue to partner with Fortune Plastics to make available any and all human resources in the coming months. 

Fortune Plastic’s 75,000 sf manufacturing facility will also be available for repurpose.  The Town and the Economic Development Commission plan to market the availability of this and other industrial properties so they will be put to back into full and productive use. 

While this is indeed difficult news for all affected employees and the Town, we will continue to be a town that seeks out new business opportunities to benefit workers and residents.

Carl P. Fortuna, Jr. and Susie Beckman
Old Saybrook.

Editor’s Note:  The writers are respectively the First Selectman of Town of Old Saybrook and the
Economic Development Director of the Town of Old Saybrook.

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Acton Library Hosts Art Exhibit by Lauren Cryan Through May 31

OLD SAYBROOK — The Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Road Old Saybrook, presents an exhibit of paintings by Lauren Cryan of Old Saybrook. Cryan teaches drawing, painting and creative contemplation to adults. She encourages creative expression to the youngest artists as the Visual Arts Specialist at East Haddam Elementary School.

Works in this exhibit are based on the ancient and universal mandala. Most simply, mandala is the sanskrit word for circle. Mandalas are found throughout Eastern and Native cultures and individuals across cultures have used this universal shape and geometry for creative expression. This exhibit will be on display in the library gallery through May 31.

For further information, call 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10 – 8, Friday and Saturday 10 – 5.

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Carney, Formica and Linares to Hold Office Hours Today in Old Saybrook

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

State Senator Art Linares (R-33rd)

State Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) and State Senators Paul Formica (R-20th) and Art Linares (R-33rd) will hold office hours in Old Saybrook at the Vicki G. Duffy Pavilion, located at 155 College Street, Old Saybrook on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This session will provide constituents with an opportunity to ask questions or share their ideas and concerns about state government and the 2017 Legislative Session.

For more information, contact Carney’s office at 800-842-1423 or devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov.

State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

Carney and Formica will also hold office hours in Old Lyme at the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, located at 2 Library Ln. in Old Lyme on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District that includes Lyme and Old Lyme along with Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

Formica represents the 20th State Senate District that includes Old Lyme along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville (part), New London, Old Saybrook (part), Salem, and Waterford.

Linares represents the 33rd State Senate District that includes Lyme along with Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland, and Westbrook.

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Linda Beagle Artwork on View at Marshview Through March

Artist Linda Beagle stands alongside a display of her work.

OLD SAYBROOK — Linda Beagle, a long time resident of Madison, started painting after receiving a paint by number set when she was a child.  When the painting was done, there was paint left over and so started a love affair with drawing and painting.  Eventually she went to Southern Univ. to become an art education major.  Although finances prevented her from finishing college, she continued to pursue her hobby and became an artist member of the Clinton and Madison art societies until going back to work full time.

Now retired, she again has started painting and displaying her work.  She is currently a member of the Clinton, Madison, Lyme and Guilford Art Leagues and enjoys getting together with other seniors who, like her, have time now to express themselves. Beagle currently teaches a class at the Estuary Senior Center on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. called the Marshview Artists.

Meet Beagle at the Marshview Gallery Artist Reception on Friday, March 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Estuary Council of Seniors, 220 Main St, Old Saybrook.  All are welcome. Light refreshments are served.

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Estuary Senior Center Seeks Volunteer ‘Meals on Wheels’ Drivers

AREAWIDE — The Estuary Council of Seniors Regional Senior Center provides Meals on Wheels to seniors living along the shoreline.  The Estuary delivers meals to Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

The Estuary Senior Center is looking for volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors. Set schedules can be arranged. Training will be provided. A valid driver’s license and reliable car is required.

Contact Carol Andanti at 860-388-1611 x217.

The Estuary thanks you for making a difference in your community.

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Girl Scouts to Sell Cookies Election Day in Old Saybrook, Nov. 13

girl-scout-cookiesOLD SAYBROOK — Girl Scouts in Connecticut will be hosting statewide cookie booths at a variety of locations starting through Sunday, Nov. 13.

Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at Stop & Shop, 105 Elm St., Old Saybrook on Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cookies include favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles.

Again this year, many of the booths will offer customers the opportunity to support Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Cookies for Heroes Gift of Caring program. Cookies are a wonderful way to thank our service women and men who serve overseas and at home.

For more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit gsofct.org.

 

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Acton Library Opens New Season of Movies Titled, “Singer’s Stories: Fact & Fiction”; See ‘Bye, Bye Birdie,’ Nov. 4

OLD SAYBROOK  — The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a Fall Film Series: “Singer’s Stories: Fact and Fiction” in the Grady Thomas Room at 1 p.m. on second Fridays, October through December and the first Friday in November due to Veteran’s Day closing on Nov 11.

Bye Bye Birdie
starring Dick Van Dyke and Ann Margaret, will be shown on Nov. 4
Beyond the Sea, a biopic about Bobby Darrin starring and directed by Kevin Spacey, will be shown on Dec. 9.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday 10am – 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 9am – 5pm or visit on-line at www.actonlibrary.org.

The library is located at  60 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook CT 06475.

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Paint ‘Almond Blossoms’ by Van Gogh with Vista Tonight at Penny Lane Pub

'Almond Blossoms' by Vincent Van Gogh.

‘Almond Blossoms’ by Vincent Van Gogh.

Artists of all skill levels can recreate “Almond Blossoms” by Vincent Van Gogh on Monday, Aug. 29, during Paint Night With Vista at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook.

Paint Night With Vista is a social group art class hosted by Vista Life Innovations, an organization that provides services and resources to individuals with disabilities.

No prior painting experience is required to participate. Vista Arts Specialist Samantha Listorti will guide participants step-by-step during the process. At the end of the night, participants leave with their finished pieces—and memories of a fun night out.

The class begins at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Food is available for purchase.

Penny Lane Pub is located at 150 Main Street, Old Saybrook. To reserve seats, visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org/paint-night.

 

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Vista Life Innovations is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. For more information about Vista, please visit www.vistalifeinnovations.org.

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Vista Hosts One-Man Show About Living With Autism at ‘The Kate’ Today

Dane Brandt-Lubart presents, "My Life on the Spectrum, Aug. 10 at 'The Kate.'

Dane Brandt-Lubart presents, “My Life on the Spectrum, Aug. 10, at ‘The Kate.’

OLD SAYBROOK — Vista Life Innovations, a community-based program for individuals with disabilities, is partnering with the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook to present My Life on the Spectrum: A Tuneful Rally today, Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m.

Starring 24-year-old New York native Dane Brandt-Lubart, this one-man play combines musical performances with personal narratives about Brandt-Lubart’s experience being on the autism spectrum. The show aims to provide others on the spectrum with hope and encouragement while educating the public about the issues facing individuals with disabilities.

“I’m hoping that those who see the show, not only do they get a great entertainment experience, but I’m hoping they carry this message forward: People with special needs are totally worthy of respect,” Brandt-Lubart says in a video promoting the show.

“My Life on the Spectrum” debuted last October at the famed ‘Don’t Tell Mama’ cabaret venue in Manhattan. The production has been described as inspiring, honest, funny and poignant.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.vistalifeinnovations.org/MLotS. For questions, contact Amanda Roberts at(860) 399-8080 ext. 255.

With campuses in Madison, Westbrook and Guilford, Vista has been providing services and resources to individuals with disabilities for over 26 years.

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Connecticut Water Issues Voluntary Water Conservation Request

water-conservationPersistent dry weather conditions and higher than normal demand for water has prompted Connecticut Water to ask its customers across the state to voluntarily reduce their water use. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, conditions across Connecticut range from abnormally dry to moderate drought.

The Company has a number of sources and operational flexibility to meet its customers’ needs, but given the extended dry weather conditions and no indication that these weather patterns will change, the company felt it was important to ask its customers now to voluntarily conserve.

Craig J. Patla, Vice President – Service Delivery, states, “Having an adequate supply of water for drinking, sanitation, and fire protection is Connecticut Water’s highest priority.  While our supplies, overall, are in good shape, we face unique challenges with many smaller systems that rely on small local wells and in the Shoreline area where there is a seasonal influx of customers to local beach communities.”

He continues, “We are asking customers to help us by eliminating unnecessary water use and taking steps to avoid wasting water.  This will reduce the demands on our water supplies, reduce stress on local water resources, and ensure sufficient water is available to meet the needs of all customers.” Connecticut Water’s Shoreline area includes the communities of Clinton, Guilford, Killingworth, Madison, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.

Connecticut Water is asking its customers to voluntarily conserve water by eliminating non-essential water use. Here are some specific things that customers can do:

  • Residential customers are asked to avoid watering their lawns;
  • Businesses, municipalities, and schools are asked to avoid irrigating their grounds and ball fields;
  • Fire departments are asked to avoid using water in their training exercises; and
  • All customers are asked to promptly repair any leaks.

Connecticut Water will continue to monitor water demands and will modify its request for water conservation measures accordingly.

Connecticut Water has additional suggestions on how to save water that are available by visiting its website atwww.CTWater.com/conservation. Customers without internet access can call 1-800-286-5700.

The website of the U.S Drought Monitor is: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/RegionalDroughtMonitor.aspx?northeast

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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All Singers Welcome at ‘SummerSing’ Tonight in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — The fourth ‘SummerSing’ of the season will feature Vivaldi”s Gloria, with Drew Collins of Central Connecticut State University on Monday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook. All singers are welcome to perform in this read-through of a great choral work.

The event features professional soloists. The event is co-sponsored by two shoreline choral groups, Cappella Cantorum and Con Brio.

An $8 fee covers the costs of the event. Scores will be available, bring yours if you have it and the church is air-conditioned.

For more information call (860) 388-4110 or (860) 434-9135 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org or www.conbrio.org.

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See ‘Noises Off!’ Performed by Saybrook Stage at ‘The Kate’ Through Sunday

Saybrook Stage Company cast of "Noises Off!"

The Saybrook Stage Company cast of “Noises Off!” gathers for a photo.

It has been said that “once is not enough” to catch all of the jokes and sight gags in Frayn’s hilarious farce Noises Off!

The play opens with a bewildered road company flailing through the dress rehearsal of a flop called “Nothing On” – a silly romantic comedy scheduled to open the next night in a small suburban town. The second act of the play ingeniously presents a backstage view of the same show a month into the run showcasing all the funny drama taking place with the actors – love, lust, jealousy, suspicions and heartbreak. In the final act, the backstage confusion erupts and spills onto the live staged play creating some of the funniest and most outrageous moments of the night.

Noises Off! has often been billed as the funniest farce ever written.

LogoLargeThe Saybrook Stage Company returns to The Kate with their production of Noises Off! by Michael Frayn from Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17.
Noises Off! originally opened on Broadway in 1983 to rave reviews and ran for over 550 performances, earning several awards including Best Outstanding Ensemble. It was revived on Broadway in 2001 and again this past year and has won numerous awards. The play is a unique glimpse into the backstage mechanics of rehearsing for a play – made even more real by having the physical set turned around after the first act so the audience can see and experience what happens backstage during a live performance.

The Saybrook Stage Company returns once again to The Kate in this hilarious comedy directed by Martin Scott Marchitto. This will be their 12th production at The Kate — more recent previous plays are Rumors, The Wayside Motor Inn, Moon Over Buffalo and this past January to a sold-out audience, Deathtrap.

Performances will be from July 14 through July 16 at 8 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, with a newly added matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16.

Visit www.thekate.org or call 877-503-1286 and reserve your tickets now.

The Saybrook Stage Company was founded as a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing quality local theater on the Connecticut Shoreline at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. Saybrook Stage welcomes actors of all levels and abilities – and anyone who genuinely loves the arts – to come together and share in the experience that only live theater can provide. The actors that have been part of the Saybrook Stage Company to date have varied backgrounds and “day jobs” from teachers, artists and homemakers to lawyers, business people and judges.

The Company looks forward to producing many more quality productions at the beautiful venue of The Kate and continuing to thrive in this wonderful, artistic region of Connecticut.

Visit www.SaybrookStage.org for more information about Saybrook Stage Company.

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Old Saybrook Seeks to Upgrade Rte. 1 East with Clean-Up as a First Step

Blighted property on “Mariner’s Way.” Investigation of clean-up is underway. Photo by J. Wilson.

Blighted property on “Mariner’s Way” in Old Saybrook. Investigation of clean-up is currently underway. Photo by Jerome Wilson.

On Sept. 22, 2014, the Town of Old Saybrook received a $155,000 “brownfield assessment grant” from Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant was designed “to support an investigation of potential pollutants on nine properties centrally located on Route 1 (Boston Post Rd.), also known as Mariner’s Way.”

This area of Rte. 1, between the town center and Ferry Point, presently contains a mix of active land use, including gasoline stations, car washes, boat sales and automotive dealers, as well as the overgrown, vacant and abandoned properties subject to the 2014 grant for investigation.

On the receipt of the State grant, Old Saybrook’s First Selectman, Carl P. Fortuna, Jr., said, “We will use this grant to identify any existing contamination in the soils, or in existing buildings, and, if needed, create a remedial action plan.” The investigation of what need there may be for eventual clean-up of the sites, under this second grant, is in progress. The grant specified that the results from the investigation would be expected in the spring of 2017.

Second Grant on May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, the Town received a second grant of $220,000, this one for the purpose of the greater “brownfield areawide revitalization” effort for this eastern portion of the Rte. 1 corridor.

The Town’s plan for redevelopment of Mariner’s Way. Photo by J. Wilson.

The Town’s plan for redevelopment of Mariner’s Way. Photo by J. Wilson.

In 2014, the Town adopted a study by a special committee of Rte. 1 East as a section of its Town Plan and now distributes it for the purpose of informing the public as to the necessity of these grants. The full-color, 24-page booklet is entitled, “Mariner’s Way – Gateway to Connecticut River Recreation.” The booklet was subtitled, “A vision to improve Route 1 East connector in Old Saybrook between Saybrook Junction’s Town Center, and Ferry Point’s Marina District.”

The goal of the work under this second grant is to hone the design details of the physical aspects of the Mariner’s Way planning project “to redevelop the easternmost corridor of Route 1 (Mariner’s Way) into a boulevard of reinvigorated marine and recreation uses.”  The Town hopes to further its “branding” of the area as Mariner’s Way.

Adding the two state grants together, the Town of Old Saybrook has received a total of $375,000 for implementing the “Mariner’s Way” plan of development.

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Area Legislators Hold Legislative Update in Old Saybrook Tonight

image001AREAWIDE – Rep. Devin Carney and Senators Art Linares and Paul Formica will host a Legislative Update on Wednesday, June 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Saybrook Point Pavilion, 155 College St., Old Saybrook to discuss the 2016 legislative session, which ended on May 4.

They will also discuss the current status of the state budget.  All are welcome to attend.

For additional information, please contact Erika Pocock at Erika.Pocock@cga.ct.gov or (800)842-1421.

Devin Carney is the State Representative for the 23rd General Assembly District covering Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook.

Formica represents Bozrah, East Lyme, a portion of Montville, New London, Old Lyme, a portion of Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.

Linares represents Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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Acton Public Library Book & Bake Sale Continues Through Saturday

acton libraryOLD SAYBROOK – The Friends of Acton Public Library will hold their Annual Book Sale on Thursday, July 14, through Saturday, July 16. There will be a large assortment of all types of children’s books, videos and audio items, paperback books, fiction and mystery hardcover books on the lower level.

The schedule is Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Bake Sale will be on Friday, July 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The proceeds from the Friends Book & Bake Sale benefit numerous activities and events at Acton Library throughout the year.  Some of these programs have been the children’s Halloween and Christmas parties and musical concerts, plus generous donations toward purchasing new materials for the library.

Please take a minute out of your day to stop by the library and support the Friends while selecting some inexpensive summer reading and video for those long summer days and nights.

For further information, call the library at 860-395-3184. Acton Library is at 60 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook.

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Join Old Saybrook’s 4th Annual Green Up Day Today

People and truck

OLD SAYBROOK – In 2013 Old Saybrook resident and runner Bill Casertano noticed the mounting litter along the roadside. He decided to do something about it and started the annual event, Old Saybrook Green Up Day.

Join Casertano in this effort on Saturday, April 30, for the Fourth Annual Green Up Day, kicking off at 8 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, May 1.

Community members will once again head out to all parts of town throughout the day to clean up the litter found everywhere from school grounds and parking lots to marshes and parks.

Busy day? Take a bag to the park, Little League Opening Day, the Park and Recreation’s fishing derby, or wherever else your day takes you, fill it up, and throw it away at one of the event’s convenient locations. It’s a great example to set for kids, to show everyone working together to keep their favorite places, and the roads to them, clean.

Volunteers may collect trash individually in their own neighborhoods or meet up with others at the Green Up Meet Up on the green, at 8 a.m. before heading out.

Free garbage bags are available at the Town Hall Parking Lot, Town Park on Schoolhouse Road and the Town Beach Parking Lot. Full bags may be returned to these locations as well.

Take this critical step to prevent roadside litter from becoming not only a blight on the town, but also a threat to inland waterways and Long Island Sound. By simply walking your neighborhood, you could have a significant impact on the heath of the area’s beaches, rivers and estuaries.

To volunteer or for more information about how and where you can help “green up” Old Saybrook, visit www.osgreenup.weebly.com, www.facebook.com/OldSaybrookGreenUpDay, or email bcasertano@comcast.net.

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Singers Invited to First ‘Summer Sing’ of the Season: Mozart’s “Requiem,” June 13

mozartOLD SAYBROOK — The first ‘Summer Sing of the season’ will feature Barry Asch of Cappella Cantorum directing Mozart’s “Requiem” on Monday, June 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Road, Old Saybrook.

The event, which features professional soloists, is co-sponsored by two shoreline choral groups, Cappella Cantorum and Con Brio.

All singers are welcome to perform in this read-through of a great choral work. Registration is at 7 p.m.; the sing begins at 7:30. An $8 fee covers the costs of the event. Scores will be available, bring yours if you have it. The church is air-conditioned.

For more information, call (860) 388-4110 or (860) 434-9135 or visit www.cappellacantorum.org or www.conbrio.org.

 

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Shoreline Fire Departments Raise Food & Funds for Shoreline Soup Kitchens

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Collection of food for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries at Old Saybrook Fire Department (photo by Shoreline Soup Kitchens)

AREAWIDE – The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries’ 5th Annual Firehouse Food Drive took place on Saturday, April 2, amid often torrential downpours of rain. Despite the wet conditions, with the generosity of the community and many determined volunteers, close to 4,000 pounds of food was collected for local residents in need. Generous supporters also donated over $850, which will provide enough food for more than 2,000 meals. The five fire stations taking part this year included Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Essex, Chester and Clinton.

Firefighter Max Sabrin, with the Old Saybrook FD, helped to bring together members of the media, including radio sponsors Full Power Radio, Miss L from Jammin’ 107.7FM, and News Now 94.9FM; and media coverage from NEWS 8 WTNH and NBC CT News. Gil Simmons, Chief Meteorologist at NEWS 8, WTNH, visited the OSFD headquarters to lend a hand and help spread the word about the food drive. In addition, the Old Saybrook Stop & Shop, Clinton Stop & Shop and Old Saybrook Big Y offered donation areas, manned by firehouse and community volunteers.

Spring is traditionally a challenging time for area food pantries, as there are traditionally fewer food drives. This collection of much needed food and funds will help to fill the shelves at SSKP’s pantries.

“The weather was challenging this year, and we are so thankful for the support of all those who were willing to come out on a rainy Saturday to help our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Patty Dowling, SSKP executive director. “We are so grateful to those who donated and especially to all the fire houses and volunteers that worked so hard at this year’s drive.”

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving 11 shoreline towns. Founded 27 years ago, they accomplish their mission with the help of over 900 dedicated volunteers. Last year SSKP provided food for over one million meals to over 8,000 local residents in need.

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Spring on the Homefront 1776 at Bushnell Farm, May 28

Plowing with a team of horses is one of the free events at Bushnell Farm on May 28. photo by Jody Dole

Plowing with a team of horses is one of the free events at Bushnell Farm on May 28. photo by Jody Dole

OLD SAYBROOK – Bushnell Farm will be open to the public on Saturday, May 28, for its annual free spring event.  This year the farm will be shearing sheep at noon and plowing the field with horses in the early afternoon. The private 22 acres are owned by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex and is opened for seasonal events, for school programs and for summer camp for the Connecticut River Museum.  Located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, the event is free with on-site parking.

The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., looks back 240 years to 1776, the outbreak of the American Revolution and the role that families played in supplying the troops. The Bushnell family were weavers as well as farmers and timber suppliers. They would have woven blankets, cloth for coats and tow-cloth for army tents. In 1776 the town of Saybrook, which included the present towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Westbrook and Old Saybrook, was responsible for equipping and supplying militia soldiers from Saybrook throughout the nine long years of war.

Visitors on May 28 can help with washing, dyeing, carding and spinning wool that will be woven into blankets for soldiers. They can learn about processing flax, which was turned into linen for a variety of uses.  If you ever wanted to walk behind a plow, this is your chance. Foxglove Farm will be plowing for planting wheat to sell to the town to feed their soldiers. The blacksmith will be making cooking utensils to send to troop encampments and there will be a host of other “domestic industries” underway.

This 17th-century house and farmstead is used to interpret agriculture and industry in the pre-industrial age. The private 22 acres are owned by Herb and Sherry Clark of Essex and are opened for seasonal events, school programs and summer camp for the Connecticut River Museum.  Located at 1445 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, the event is free with on-site parking. For more information, call (860) 767-0674.

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Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary, Monday

Priscilla Brastrianos, MD

Priscilla Brastrianos, MD

AREAWIDE – In 2006, two friends, Norma Logan and Sandy Maniscalco, launched a nonprofit, the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation (TBBCF), dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer. In 10 years, it has raised $3.4 million and funded 34 research scientists, many of whom are doing groundbreaking work in their fields.

To celebrate these achievements, the foundation is having a “birthday party” on Monday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m., at the Crozier-Williams Center at Connecticut College.

The keynote speaker is Priscilla Brastianos, MD, who received a TBBCF research grant in 2012. She is director of the Central Nervous System Metastasis Program, Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She also been named one of eight 2015 “NextGen Stars” by the American Association for Cancer Research.

The work of Dr. Brastianos has been reported as the first successful use of a targeted therapy drug to treat a patient with a debilitating, recurrent brain tumor as a result of breast cancer metastasis. Dr. Brastianos will speak about her research and how important TBBCF research dollars are to young researchers like herself.

The vision of the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation is to realize effective treatment options to eradicate all types of breast cancer. The foundation’s core value is that 100 percent of funds raised goes directly to breast cancer research. Administrative costs are either sponsor supported or volunteer provided.

Meet Dr. Brastianos and the TBBCF leadership and enjoy light refreshments and a slice of 10th anniversary birthday cake on March 28. Connecticut College is at 270 Mohegan Ave., New London. For more information,  www.tbbcf.org  or call 860-437-1400.

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Carney, Formica Advocate for Connecticut Tourism

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AREAWIDE – On March 15, a newly formed alliance met at the State Capitol in Hartford to push for more reliable funding for Connecticut’s tourism industry. Area legislators are investigating the formation of a tourism caucus, in order to have an open discussion about tourism funding.

Shown here, from left, are: State Senator Paul Formica (R-20); Viola and Stephen Tagliatela, owners of the Saybrook Point Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook;  Brian J. Freeman, Manchester Community College student; and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23).

For more information about the Connecticut Tourism Coalition and how to get involved, please visit www.tourismCT.com.

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Shop for “Junk in the Trunk” at Senior Center, May 14

estuary council logoOLD SAYBROOK – The Estuary Council of Seniors is hosting a “Junk in the Trunk Sale” on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Vendors and artisans will sell their one-of-a-kind treasures, antiques, vintage pieces, arts and crafts, and other assorted bric-a-brac during this one-day shopping event. All ages are welcome!

Food will be available for purchase. There will also be music, a gift drawing, tours of the Senior Center, and much more. The event will be held rain or shine.

The Estuary Council of Seniors is at 220 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Call 860-388-1611 for more information.

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AARP CT Volunteers Meet With Carney and Linares at Capitol

From left to right: Rep. Devin Carney, Jean Caron of Old Saybrook, Marian Speers of Old Saybrook and Sen. Art Linares.

From left to right: Rep. Devin Carney, Jean Caron of Old Saybrook, Marian Speers of Old Saybrook and Sen. Art Linares

AREAWIDE – Volunteers from AARP Connecticut met with Sen. Art Linares and Rep. Devin Carney at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Feb. 10 to discuss key issues that will be debated during the 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

Sen. Art Linares represents Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. He can be reached at Art.Linares@cga.ct.gov or 800-842-1421.

State Rep. Devin Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District covering Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. Carney can be reached at devin.carney@housegop.ct.gov or 800-842-1423.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. More information at aarp.org.

 

 

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Old Saybrook Library Offers ‘Local & Legal’ Film Series; Next Movie April 8

OLD SAYBROOK — The Acton Public Library in Old Saybrook will be hosting a “Local & Legal” film series at 1 p.m. in the Grady Thomas Room on second Fridays January through May.

The next movie is ‘12 Angry Men,’ which will be shown on April 8; and Erin Brockovich will be shown on May 13.

For more information, call The Acton Library at 860-395-3184, or visit the library during regular hours: Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct to May on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. or visit online at www.actonlibrary.org .

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State Legislators Host Open Office Hours in Old Saybrook, Today

AREAWIDE – State legislators will hold pre-session open office hours at the Saybrook Point Pavilion on Monday, Jan. 25, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Taxpayers are encouraged to attend to ask Sen. Art Linares (R-33rd), Sen. Paul Formica (R-20th) and Rep. Devin Carney (R-23rd) questions regarding any issue. The legislators also will provide an update on the key issues being debated at the State Capitol.

Anyone with questions about the event can contact Mitch Renfrew at Mitchell.Renfrew@cga.ct.gov or call (800) 842-1423.

Saybrook Point Pavilion is located at 150 College St.

Carney represents the 23rd General Assembly District that includes Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and part of Westbrook.

Formica represents the 20th District comprising  Old Lyme, along with Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville, New London,Old Saybrook, Salem and Waterford.

Linares represents the 33rd District comprising Lyme along with Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam,  Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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Take Your Child to Acton Library for Special Activities, Feb. 6

Take Your Child ToThe LibraryOLD SAYBROOK – To celebrate the fifth annual Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, Feb. 6, Karen Giugno, Children’s Librarian and Assistant Director at the Acton Public Library, has planned several special programs.

Children in kindergarten through fourth grade can participate in the “Great Masters Art Program” with Kim Larkin from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Children will create their own masterpiece based on the style of Matisse using painting, drawing and collaging techniques. No experience necessary. Registration is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Acton Library.

Also from 10:30 a.m. to noon, the Treehouse Players will be celebrating libraries with a “Fractured Fairy Tales” drama workshop for children ages 5 to 12.  With Treehouse Players, your child can use his or her imagination through song, speech, creative movement, theater games and acting out stories. Please register if interested.

Visit the Children’s Department at any time on Feb. 6 to make a fun craft to bring home. Crafts for preschool through preteen will be available.

Please be sure to reserve your seat by calling 860-395-3184. All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Acton Library is at 60 Old Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook. For more information, go to actonlibrary.org.

Editor’s Note: Take Your Child to the Library Day  is an international initiative that encourages families everywhere to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut, the initiative raises community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child, and promotes library services and programs for children and families.

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Paint “The Starry Night” with Vista, March 7

Paint like Van Gogh at a gathering sponsored by Vista.

Paint like Van Gogh at a gathering sponsored by Vista.

AREAWIDE – Artists of all abilities can channel famous painter Vincent Van Gogh on Monday, March 7 during Paint Night with Vista at the Pub, a social art class open to the community.

No prior painting experience is required to join the fun. Local artist and Vista staff member Samantha Listorti will guide participants step-by-step as they recreate “The Starry Night,” one of Van Gogh’s most recognizable works. At the end of the night, participants will leave with their finished work.

The class will be held at Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35 and includes one complimentary glass of wine or beer. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, visit www.vistavocational.org or email Amanda Roberts at aroberts@vistavocational.org.

Paint Night with Vista is one of many community arts classes offered by Vista. For more information about arts classes and programming, contact Amanda Roberts at (860) 399-8080.

Editor’s note: Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Vista’s mission is to provide services and resources to assist individuals with disabilities achieve personal success. For more information about Vista, please visit www.vistavocational.org.

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Bingo Suspended at Estuary Council for Winter Months

OLD SAYBROOK —  Bingo at The Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. (ECSI) is being suspended for the winter months. Games will be resumed in the Spring – watch for future announcements for exact date and time.

The Estuary Council of Seniors Inc. (ECSI) is a non-profit regional senior center located in the M. Monica Eggert Senior Center on the Connecticut River Estuary at 220 Main Street in Old Saybrook. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for people 50 years and older.

ECSI is a community resource for the nine-town Estuary region’s residents over 50 years old providing nutrition, transportation, health support services, education opportunities, and socialization. For more information call 860-388-1611 or visit our website at www.ecsenior.org

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Quilt Display at Acton Library During February

OLD SAYBROOK – The Acton Public Library will be displaying Jane P.R. Nettleton’s original quilting designs in their atrium display case for the months of January and February.

The Acton Public Library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. The library is open on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

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