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Sports • Published April 20, 2018 07:05 p.m.

Astra Studio Brings its Best Moves to the BravO! Talent Competition

On the weekend of April 13-15, dancers from Astra Studio of Dance and Performing Arts in Old Saybrook attended the BravO! Talent Competition at North Branford High School. The dancers competed...

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Sports • Published April 19, 2018 12:18 p.m.

Ruel Ready to Take Valley Girls’ Lacrosse to Another Level

Allie Ruel is the real deal on the lacrosse field, but she also excels in soccer at Valley Regional. During the winter, she runs for the girls’ indoor track team to keep fit and stay speedy....

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Local News • Published April 18, 2018 08:47 a.m.

HOPE Partnership Seeks to Add Workforce Housing to Centerbrook

HOPE Partnership, the Old Saybrook-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing affordable workforce housing, has presented two plans to develop 54 new apartments in the region, including ...

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Local News • Published April 18, 2018 09 a.m.

What’s May without the Essex Garden Club May Market?

On a recent wet and chilly day, the kind of day that makes it seem that winter has no end, a reliable sign of spring was, nonetheless, very evident: not a robin pulling up a worm, not a daffodil...

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Local News • Published April 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Business in Brief

Awards and Recognitions• Anne Penniman Associates, LLC, of Essex won recognition from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at the...

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Local News • Published April 19, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Essex Elementary School Students Take Part in China Day

Second grade students at Essex Elementary School participated in China Day on Feb. 23. The day-long celebration was funded by the Essex Elementary School Foundation’s (EESF) Justus W. Paul...

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Local News • Published April 18, 2018 10:15 a.m.

Bus Cuts, Fare Increases Proposed

9 Town Transit (9TT) is preparing for a 15 percent reduction of state funding beginning July 1 with a proposal of service cuts and fare increases. The agency says the reductions are due to the...

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Person of the Week • Published April 18, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Amy Cameron: Not Bored by Trade

Amy Cameron is looking forward to the upcoming Connecticut Spring Boat Show from Friday to Sunday, May 4 to 6 at Brewer Essex Island Marina, but not because she is a boater.She is president ...

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Letters • Published April 18, 2018 08 a.m.

Bus Gives Freedom and Independence

I am very unhappy, and deeply concerned to hear the 9 Town Transit bus service will be reduced.This will be a great hardship on us the senior citizens, and the handicapped. We need the bus...

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Sports • Published April 16, 2018 08:11 a.m.

Warriors’ Softball Sweeps Week to Improve to 5-0; Several Other Squads Notch Multiple Victories

SoftballThe Valley Regional softball team swept its slate of four games this past week, while improving its record to 5-0 on the year. The Warriors notched wins against...

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Sports • Published April 14, 2018 09:19 p.m.

Valley Shore YMCA Marlins Send 25 Swimmers to Compete in Postseason

Numerous swimmers from the Valley Shore YMCA Marlins swam fast enough during the 2017-’18 short-course season to qualify for several postseason championship meets. The qualifying swimmers...

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Sports • Published April 14, 2018 06:55 p.m.

Valley Soccer Club’s U-17 Girls’ Team Caps Off Perfect Season

The Valley Soccer Club’s U-17 girls’ soccer team recently took first place for the U-19 B Division at the Wide World of Indoor Sports in Montville. The squad finished with an...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published April 12, 2018 01:08 p.m.

Morris Back at Short Following Long Layoff

Chase Morris has made a triumphant trek back to the Warriors’ baseball squad after rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm. It was ...

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Obituaries • Published April 11, 2018 03:17 p.m.

William ‘Bill’ Rutan

William “Bill” Rutan, age 86, of Centerbrook passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on April 4 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born on May 5, 1931 in Middletown, the son...

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Local News • Published April 11, 2018 08 a.m.

Hike for Hope Hits 8th Year in Ivoryton

Sunday, May 6 will mark the eighth annual Hike for Hope led by a group of Valley Regional High School students who are raising money to research cholangiocarcinoma, or bile duct cancer.The...

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Local News • Published April 10, 2018 03:14 p.m.

Christine Palm Reaches Public Financing Goal

Christine Palm, Democratic candidate for state representative in the 36th Assembly District (Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Haddam) has qualified for public financing under the voluntary Citizens ...

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Person of the Week • Published April 11, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Kathy Axilrod: When Art is Life

When Kathy Axilrod looks at ripening fruit in the market, it may not be to eat. It’s more likely she needs it to paint. Her vibrant still lifes feature oranges, apples, plums, and pears....

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Sports • Published April 09, 2018 07:55 a.m.

Valley Softball Starts Strong with Victory Versus Old Saybrook; Baseball Takes First Two Games

SoftballThe Valley Regional softball season began 2018 on the right foot by recording an 11-5 home win over Old Saybrook in its season opener on April 7.The Warriors ...

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Sports • Published April 05, 2018 12:18 p.m.

Breakthroughs Made at the National Recreational Fishing Summit

We are seeing an evolution in the world of fisheries management that has not been seen before. More people are fishing worldwide in a pool of fish that is dwindling. The United States and its...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published April 05, 2018 12:18 p.m.

O’Brien Brings Fun-Loving Spirit and Competitive Edge to Valley Boys’ Tennis

Casey O’Brien has been playing racquet sports for upwards of 15 years, in addition to competing in a multitude of other sports. This spring, Casey is bringing her experience to the Valley...

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Local News • Published April 03, 2018 04:15 p.m.

Supervision District Budget Up 0.5% for Valley Towns

The Region 4 Supervision District is seeking a budget of $6,796,170 for 2018-’19, which reflects a $35,051 or 0.52 percent increase in spending.The Supervision District Committee...

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Local News • Published April 04, 2018 07 a.m.

Essex Steam Train Gets a Visit from the Easter Bunny

The Essex Steam Train held a bunny breakfast and family meal with the Easter Bunny at the River Valley Junction on March 31. Along with a visit from the Easter Bunny, there was a count-the-jelly-...

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Local News • Published April 03, 2018 03:33 p.m.

Nearly Flat Essex Budgets Head to Public Hearing

Essex voters will get a chance to weigh in on the town’s proposed town and schools spending plans at a budget public hearing on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 at the Town Hall.The budget ...

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Local News • Published April 05, 2018 12:01 a.m.

CMS Announces Greenleaf Music Award Winners

The selection committee for the Carolyn R. Greenleaf Memorial Fund of Community Music School has chosen guitarist Joel Quan and Silvia Gopalakrishnan as the recipients of the Spring 2018 Carolyn R....

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Person of the Week • Published April 04, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Drew Archer: In the Bag

So what is Drew Archer’s bag? Actually, he’s interested in your bag. That’s because his bag is handbags. Drew designs, makes, and sells bags at his store, Blackkat Leather, in ...

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