Arrest made in Haddam House Fire

by Bette Tani A fire that destroyed a house on 575 Candlewood Hill Road in Haddam has been determined to be arson, and the brother of the owner was arrested for allegedly starting it, according to press information supplied by the CT State Police. Ronald Carlson, age 50, of Portsmouth, …

Hello From the Editor

Dear Readers: It’s been about a month since I began covering your communities, and I’d like to take this t ime to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Bette Tani, and I recently moved here from Dutchess County. NY. I’ve been in journalism since 1993 when I was …

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises on the lower Connecticut River is a safe, quiet, intimate 64’ vessel, certified to carry 65 passengers. The boat has been …

State Representative Charged With Violating State Election Laws

  State Representative Christina “Tita” Ayala of Bridgeport was arrested Sept. 26, and charged with voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live, according to a release issued by the State of CT Division of Criminal Justice. “Ayala, age 31, of 506 Brooks Street, Bridgeport, …

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Arrest made in Haddam House Fire

October 17, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments
Photo courtesy of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company

Photo courtesy of Haddam Volunteer Fire Company

by Bette Tani

A fire that destroyed a house on 575 Candlewood Hill Road in Haddam has been determined to be arson, and the brother of the owner was arrested for allegedly starting it, according to press information supplied by the CT State Police. Ronald Carlson, age 50, of Portsmouth, Virginia, was taken into custody after turning himself in to authorities, Thursday, Oct. 16.

He “verbally explained that he set the fire and that it was his brother’s house. He was taken into custody without incident,” according to state police. … Continue Reading

Hello From the Editor

October 15, 2014 Feature No Comments

imageDear Readers:

It’s been about a month since I began covering your communities, and I’d like to take this t ime to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Bette Tani, and I recently moved here from Dutchess County. NY. I’ve been in journalism since 1993 when I was hired by The Pawling News Chronicle. After it’s demise, (following hundreds of years of publication), I was recruited for a start paper in the same town in 2009. Economy and other factors forced the publisher to shut down in 2012, so I am now here (another long story).

I really just want you to know that as the editor of the East Hampton, East Haddam Today Newspapers, you can count on fair and honest reporting. I will give you as many facts as I can dig up, and tell them to you so that you can make up your own minds, without bias. I will also do my best to let you know what is going on in your community from events and happenings at schools, community functions, regional topics, news, politics, personal triumphs and struggles, sports and photos of your kids, as well as hard hitting, investigative news reporting when necessary. … Continue Reading

Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

October 14, 2014 Business, Feature No Comments

Foliageby Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises on the lower Connecticut River is a safe, quiet, intimate 64’ vessel, certified to carry 65 passengers. The boat has been inspected, approved, stability tested and certified by The United States Coast Guard, according their web site.

Passengers can easily be out of the sun, rain or wind under a recently installed moveable canopy that can cover the entire stern. “She is handicap accessible,” but “cannot handle large electric wheelchairs.” Also on board is heated cabin area used during late fall, winter and early spring cruises.

The cruise will take passengers through East Haddam, voted by Yankee Magazine as one of the top 25 places in New England to view Fall foliage, according to Expeditions. Sites along the way include Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam Swing Bridge, and Gillette Castle to mention a few. Cruise time is 90 minutes. … Continue Reading

19th Annual Quilt & Needle Arts Show

quilt showThe tradition continues this Columbus Day weekend, with our 19th Annual Quilt and Needle Arts Show. Please join us for the exhibit of unique, one of a kind works of art. We’ll also have many vendors and a boutique for your shopping pleasure. Bring your appetite to enjoy homemade soups and pies in our café. Be sure to buy your raffle ticket for a chance to win this years “Candy Necklace” queen size quilt.

If you would like to enter your quilt or needle art in the show, please go … Continue Reading

State Representative Charged With Violating State Election Laws

 

downloadState Representative Christina “Tita” Ayala of Bridgeport was arrested Sept. 26, and charged with voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live, according to a release issued by the State of CT Division of Criminal Justice.

“Ayala, age 31, of 506 Brooks Street, Bridgeport, was arrested by Inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney and charged with eight counts of Fraudulent Voting, 10 counts of Primary or Enrollment Violations, and one count of Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.” … Continue Reading

Man Arrested Following Hit and Run

September 24, 2014 Areawide, Feature, Local News No Comments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ???????????????????????????????John Burtora 53-years-old of East Hampton, CT was struck by a car while directing traffic on Route 66 near the intersection of Old Marlborough Road Tuesday, Sept. 23, near Pumpkintown USA.

According to a press statement issued by the East Hampton Police Department, a vehicle driven by Jason Parent, age 29 of Middletown struck Burtora and fled the scene.

Burtora, an employee of Pumpkintown USA, was standing in the westbound lane of Route 66 directing traffic at the time using a hand held stop sign, when another vehicle, driven by Allen Pelletier of Hebron, slowed to a stop for pedestrians. Parent hit Pelletier from behind, forcing the car to “rotate counter clockwise and come to an uncontrolled rest in the eastbound lane of Route 66.” Parent then hit Burtora and continued on. … Continue Reading

National voter registration day 9/23

September 22, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter

Make your voice count this year by registering to vote. Tuesday, Sept. 23, is National Voter Registration Day, and CT residents, along with millions of Americans are being encouraged to register. Registration is easy and can be done by visiting your local town hall, or downloading and mailing the application which can be found on each town’s web site. Downloaded applications should be mailed to the appropriate town’s registrar office.

Voters in East Haddam can register at the Town Office Building located at 7 Main Street; East Hampton residents can do so at Town Hall on 20 East High Street. … Continue Reading

Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

September 22, 2014 Local News, Political Views No Comments

Venture_Smith_051_press3-200x200East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 was kidnapped and sold into slavery. The event was open to the public and was held at the First Church Cemetery in East Haddam.

Years later, Smith was able to buy his and his family’s freedom. Eventually they all moved to Haddam Neck where he spent his life as an entrepreneur. During his lifetime he owned 130 acres of land, and three homes making a living fishing, whaling, farming, and trading goods on the Salmon River. … Continue Reading

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State Representative Charged With Violating State Election Laws

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  State Representative Christina “Tita” Ayala of Bridgeport was arrested Sept. 26, and charged with voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live, according to …

Ziobron Attends 18th Annual Venture Smith Day

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East Haddam — Saturday, September 13, State Rep. Melissa Ziobron attended Venture Smith Day, held to honor the life of the West African boy who at the age of 10 …

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East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

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Enjoy Fall Foliage on the Connecticut River

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by Bette Tani – Editor/Reporter Catch the colors before they’re gone. Connecticut River Expeditions is offering fall foliage daytime cruises on the boat RiverQuest until Nov. 1. RiverQuest, which cruises …

State Representative Charged With Violating State Election Laws

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  State Representative Christina “Tita” Ayala of Bridgeport was arrested Sept. 26, and charged with voting in local and state elections in districts where she did not live, according to …

Eddie’s Auto Body Shop, An Innovative Approach

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East Haddam residents that stumble upon Eddie’s Auto Body may think they are entering an ordinary auto body shop. The functional surroundings and down-to-earth staff seem to be requirements for …

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