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Eugene F. Goss Sr. 07/20/2010

View obituary courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Democratic Probate Candidates Are Self Funding So Far

AREAWIDE— The two rivals for the Democratic judge of probate nomination in the new nine-town diostrict are self-funding their campaigns, at least as far as the campaign finance reports filed this week for a period ending July 10.

Terrance Lomme, an Essex lawyer, and Raymond Rigat, the three-term incumbent judge of probate in Clinton, are competing in an Aug. 10 primary in the district that includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook. Lomme won the party endorsement over an initial field of six candidates at the May 11 nominating convention. The primary winner will face Republican nominee Anselmo Delia, a Clinton lawyer, in the Nov. 2 election.

According to finance reports for the period ending July 10, Lomme has accepted no donations and funded his campaign with personal donations totalling $12,320. Rigat has funded his campaign with personal donations totalling $6,732.

Lomme has expended about $7,000 for three roadside billboards, including one on Route 154 in Deep River. Lomme has also expended $5,000 for campaign assistance from the Glastonbury public relations firm of Cashman & Katz. The firm had also assisted Essex Judge of Probate Deborah Pearl, a Republican, in 2006 when she was challenged for re-election by local attorney James Carey.

Rigat has expended about $3,740 on postage for a recent campaign mailing to all registered Democrats in the district, and $1,166 to Technique Printers of Clinton for campaign materials.
The new judge of probate takes office for a four-year term in January at a regional probate court to be located in Old Saybrook. The consolidation of local probate courts in to regional probate districts was required under legislation approved by the General Assembly.

Essex Set to Hire New Zoning Enforcement Officer

ESSEX–The town is about to hire a new zoning enforcement officer, filling a key position that has been vacant since the departure of Marian Staye from the job in early May.

Selectman Joel Marzi said Friday a selection committee completed interviews with three finalists Thursday evening, and has selected a candidate for final approval by the board of selectmen. Marzi said the recommended individual is undergoing a required backround check that should be completed within a week.
Staye, a Deep River resident, left the job in early May after nearly eight years in the position. The job also includes administrative and enforcement duties for the inland-wetlands com mission. A total of 12 individuals initially applied for the position.

Along with Marzi, the selection committee was comprised of Zoning Commission Chairman Alvin Wolfgram, zoning commission member Susan Uihlein, Inland-Wetlands Commission Chairman Daniel Lapman, and IWC alternate Fred Szufnarowski. Marzi said Staye, who has been working at least one day a week in the job since her departure, also participated in the interviews.

Marzi said he would suggest the board of selectmen hold a special meeting to meet with the recommended candidate and make a final hiring decision. The new zoning/inland-wetlands enforcement officer should be on the job by the end of this month or early in August.

Area Democratic Town Committees Hosting Event with Endorsed Candidates in Old Saybrook

From a press release:

Endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Dan Malloy has been invited to join other Democratic state candidates at a family-style Meet-the-Candidates rally on July 24th, in Old Saybrook. The event, sponsored by Democratic town committees of Old Saybrook, Essex, Old Lyme, and Chester, and others, is billed as a chance for voters and their families to meet and talk with their candidates before the Democratic primary on August 10th.

The rally will be held at Clark’s Field, across from Past Vita on Elm Street, between 4 and 6 p.m. Admission and food will be free, and there will be some activities for children. For further information, call Lee Rowley at 860-304-6956.

Middlesex County Community Foundation Announces Mascot Contest for the “ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship” Fund

From a press release:

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Fish, Horses, even Llamas and Ferrets, any one of hundreds of companions could be the first annual mascot of the Middlesex County Community Foundation’s “ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship” Fund.

In 2008, a Middlesex County family of animal lovers established ARF! Animals: Respect and Friendship, an endowed, community based Fund dedicated to helping animals and their human friends in Middlesex County. This family believes that we have a strong responsibility and obligation to preserve the basic dignity that comes with sharing the world with all living creatures. They also believe that pets, in particular, provide unqualified love, true companionship and, in some cases, essential services to the disabled, elderly and those in need. The Fund aids local nonprofit organizations that care for animals and funds such things as shelter and comfort; training animals and people for shared gifts of companionship; therapy and assistance; rescue, protection and adoption; prevention of cruelty; and services to the disabled.

MCCF is searching for that special pet to focus attention on the efforts of a fund designed to support organizations doing great work in the area of animal welfare and care. “Animals play a vital role in our quality of life and well-being. There are so many stories just waiting to be told about the love and companionship our pets provide,” said Cynthia Clegg, President and CEO of Middlesex County Community Foundation. “An annual mascot for the ARF! (Animal: Respect and Friendship) Fund will bring those stories to the forefront and emphasize how animals help us all.”

The winner of the ARF! contest will be featured in Community Foundation newsletters, brochures, the annual report, the website and other informational venues. The mascot will also be featured in “ARF!” notes about educational events and programs, featured stories, animal-related tips, and other items throughout the year.

A group of volunteer judges will review and vote on the submissions. The winner of the “ARF! Mascot Contest” will be announced at a special event on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at the Centerbrook Meeting House, located in the Centerbrook section of Essex, CT. Special guest William Berloni (William Berloni’s Theatrical Animals), a widely recognized expert in animal behavior, dedicated advocate of rescue work, and well-known animal trainer for stage and screen, will announce the winner of the contest and speak on the topic of animal welfare and companionship. (Mr. Berloni’s credits include numerous Broadway productions, including the original Sandy in ANNIE, CAMELOT with Richard Burton, ALICE IN WONDERLAND and LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL. He and his handlers have provided animals of all species and sizes for Broadway, off Broadway, national tours, regional theaters, special events, the New York City Ballet, movies and television. He is the author of three books, the most recent, BROADWAY TAILS, is published by Globe Pequot Press. Mr. Berloni is currently the Director of Animal Behavior for the Humane Society of New York and is involved in helping animals that need homes. Visit Mr. Berloni’s Website at

Prizes will be given in other categories as well, including “Top Dog,” “Purrfect Feline,” “Largest Companion (Pet),” and “Oldest Friend.” Further details about contest requirements and submissions may be found at, e-mailing questions to, or calling 860.347.0025.

MCCF is accepting story submissions from Middlesex County residents Friday, July 9, 2010 through Wednesday, August 4, 2010.

Stories should be no longer than one page in length and may be accompanied by up to two photographs. Submissions can be e-mailed to or mailed to Middlesex County Community Foundation, 211 South Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut 06457. All stories and photos submitted may be used by MCCF in newsletters, e-news updates, reports, website pages and other marketing and public relations venues.

Valley Shore YMCA Sponsoring a Free Dinner and Movie Night

From a press release:

The Valley-Shore YMCA will be hosting a free dinner and movie night for the community this summer at their location on 201 Spencer Plains Road in Westbrook on July 16th starting at 7:00 p.m.

A family film will be played on a large screen theater by the Pavilion of the YMCA for that good old outdoor summer family feel. This summer experience will be FREE to the community.

Dinner will include grilled food, refreshments, popcorn and other snacks.

“The YMCA cares about its community and we would like to be part of and provide a place where the
community can come together. We will create a safe and fun experience for everyone to enjoy”
mentions Paul Mohabir, CEO of the Valley-Shore YMCA.

For more information about this event please visit their website at or call 860-399-9622

Textile Art on Display at the Essex Library Through July

Textile Art By Nel Udo on Display at the Essex Library Through July

The quilted hangings of textile artist Nel Udo will be on display at the Essex Library through the month of July, and Ms. Udo will give an illustrated talk on the creative process that goes into her works on Saturday, July 24th at 11 A.M.

Nel Udo brings a unique vision to making quilted wall hangings. She uses both machine piecing and hand quilting. Her images are created from brightly colored fabrics, some of which she augments with over-painting or dying techniques. Most of her wall hanging themes are from nature. Nel grew up in a small village in the Netherlands right after WWII, and is a volunteer at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.

The program is free and open to all, and reservations can be made by calling the Essex Library at 860-767-1560.

Cool Films for Hot Nights at the Essex Library

Summer movies are back at the Essex Library on Thursday nights, July 22nd & 29th, August 12th, 19th, and 26th at 6:30 p.m., with a line-up of foreign and domestic gems. All films are free – and popcorn’s included! Please call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for information or reservations.

July 22nd: The Last Station starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and James McAvoy lead an impeccable cast in a sweet comedy-drama about the final days of the Russian novelist Tolstoy.

July 29th: Stones In Exile In the spring of 1971 the Rolling Stones departed the UK to take up residence in France as tax exiles. Keith Richards settled at a villa called Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band’ s masterpiece Exile On Main Street . Stones In Exile tells the story in the band s own words and through extensive archive footage; a major sensation at Cannes this year.

August 12th: Lightning In A Bottle: Part concert, part history lesson, part summit meeting, and all blues, Lightning in a Bottle puts a bright spotlight on this quintessential American music. With B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Solomon Burke, Keb’ Mo’, Macy Gray, the Neville Brothers, Robert Cray, and John Fogerty.

August 19th: Herb And Dorothy: This fascinating art-centric documentary traces the collecting careers of Herb & Dorothy Vogel, a postal worker and librarian, who in the 1960’s began purchasing the works of unknown artists – many of whom went on to become among the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.

August 26th: Vincere: Acclaimed Italian director Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket; Devil in the Flesh) delivers his boldest work yet, an audacious, visually stunning film about fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the woman he loved, scorned, denounced and then wrote out of history.

Ivoryton Mazda Dealership Closes

ESSEX— The Crest Mazda car dealership at 7 Main St. in the Ivoryton section closed Wednesday, leaving vacant a parcel that had housed one of the first automobile dealerships in lower Middlesex County.

Peter Loscoe, service manager at the dealership, said Thursday the Mazda franchise had been purchased by Landon Sock, owner of the Kia dealership at the Old Saybrook Auto Mall.

Loscoe said most of the vehicle inventory was relocated to Old Saybrook Wednesday.
The 1.5-acre parcel located on the Mill Pond of Falls River has contained car dealerships since the early 1900s, beginninng as the Behrens & Bushnell Buick dealership that sold some of the first automobiles to be owned and driven in the Valley Shore towns. It has operated under the Crest Mazda name since 2005 after many years as a branch of the Town and Country auto dealership of Middletown.

The parcel is currently owned by Grand Pacific Holding Corp. of Flushing N.Y. It was assessed at $777,400 on the October 2009 grand list. First Selectman Phil Miller said Thursday he had heard rumors in recent days the dealership was on the way out. Miller noted the property has a key location on one of the widest vistas of the Mill Pond.

“We certainly are interested in the future of that property,” Miller said, while adding the parcel may have some environmental contamination issues because of the decades of use as a car dealership with a service department.

Elting H. Smith 07/16/2010

View obituary courtesy of The Day

Elizabeth Hubbard 07/08/2010

View obituary courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Read as a Community to Help Our Youth

By Cary Hull

Three Cups of Tea is this Summer's Community Read

When you open your book at the beach this summer, chances are good that you’ll be “on the same page” as the person in the next beach chair. Chester, Deep River and Essex residents of all ages are being given the first-ever opportunity this summer to participate in a community read of “Three Cups of Tea” or its companion books for young readers.

Chosen by community ballot, “Three Cups of Tea” has been described as a remarkable adventure story and “proof that one ordinary person, with the right combination of character and determination, really can change the world.”
Community reads have become very common throughout the country. “People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family,” said Nancy Pearl, director of the Washington Center for the Book. “There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them.”

The goal of this summer’s “On the Same Page” community read, sponsored by the Healthy Communities ∙ Healthy Youth initiative, is to change that. Funded through Middlesex United Way, the Healthy Communities ∙ Healthy Youth initiative in Chester, Deep River and Essex focuses on building youth developmental assets (the building blocks or ingredients for a young person’s success). “The more assets a young person possesses, the more likely he or she will be emotionally healthy and successful in life.” The feeling of community – having a caring neighborhood, other adult relationships, positive family communication and support – is one essential component of these developmental assets, according to the Asset Development Strategy Team, which is leading the Healthy Communities Healthy Youth efforts.

That’s where the community read program comes in. Being “On the Same Page,” according to the Asset Development Strategy Team, will “enrich and enhance community and family connections and engage our youth as contributing members to their community while sparking an interest in reading. Through exploring a common theme, bonds will be built, strengthening a feeling of community within our three towns of Chester, Deep River, and Essex.”

For those of you who don’t know the book, “Three Cups of Tea” is the true story of mountain climber Greg Mortenson, and how he has changed the lives of 58,000 school children (many of whom are girls, otherwise denied schooling) in his quest to bring education to Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s rural villages. He started the work after his 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2 mountain. After becoming separated from other climbers in his group, Mortenson ended up in a village where he was cared for by the residents. During his recovery, he noticed the children did not have a school building or any learning materials and that they used sticks to write their lessons in the dirt, and he vowed to return to build them a school.

There are three versions of the book, geared to all reading levels and all generations – from grandparents down to preschoolers. For adults, there’s “Three Cups of Tea: One man’s mission to promote peace…One school at a time.” There’s a Young Readers edition, “Three Cups of Tea: One man’s journey to change the world – One Child at a time,” and a picture book version, “Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.”

The Asset Development Strategy Team (made up of Dr. Ruth Levy, Phil Miller, Rev. Tim Haut, Mary Hambor, Gail Onofrio, Laura Kasprow, Marjorie Russell, Jane Cavanaugh, Gina Sopnewski, Barbara Vandehei, and Justyna St. Onge) says, “We would like to invite you to participate in whatever way you would like – from reading the book with your child – to helping us create meaningful experiences around it – to participating in those experiences.” Discussion groups for the book are being arranged for each of the towns this summer.

Anyone who wants to offer a place for a discussion group is asked to contact Gail Onofrio at Tri-Town Youth Services (860-526-3600) by June 30. Some groups will be for adults, some for families. The committee is also trying to establish a blog so people can “discuss” the book from anywhere this summer. Options for a culminating event in October and doing something with Pennies for Peace are still being considered.

Eagle Watch Boat Trips Continue Through March

Both the Connecticut River Museum and Connecticut Audubon society will continue their eagle watch tours this month. Both organizations feature vessels with heated cabins and large outdoor decks to accomodate eagle watchers.

Connecticut Audubon EcoTravel and CT River Expeditions – RiverQuest tours run through March 21st, departing from Haddam’s Eagle Landing State Park. Tours are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 1:30PM, and 3:30PM. Complimentary coffee and tea included and binoculars are available for use during the cruise. For information, scheduling and prices visit Connecticut Audubon Society at, phone 860-767-0660 or RiverQuest at, phone 860-662-0577.

The Connecticut River Museum’s tours depart from Essex Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 14th. Coffee and binoculars are provided, and each $40 ticket includes admission to the Museum. Departure times are 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1:00 p.m. Fridays. Call (860) 767-8269 for more information and ticket purchases.