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Sports • Published Feb. 24, 2018 02:10 p.m.

Barnes Nominated for 2018 National Coach of the Year Award

Old Saybrook High School boys’ soccer Head Coach Sam Barnes has been nominated for the National Coach of the Year Award by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA)....

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Sports • Published Feb. 24, 2018 01:56 p.m.

Astra Studio Gathers the Gold at Starbound Competition

Students from Astra Studio of Dance and Performing Arts attended the Starbound Competition that took place in Danbury from Feb. 9 through Feb. 11. Students competed against nearly 700 routines...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 22, 2018 11:56 a.m.

Richard G. ‘Dick’ Ertelt

Richard G. “Dick” Ertelt, 75, of Centerbrook, beloved husband of Kim Petrosky Ertelt, passed away at home on Feb. 17. Dick was born in Hamden on May 4, 1942. He was the son of the...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 22, 2018 10:33 a.m.

Donald Joseph Kenny

Donald Joseph Kenny passed away on Feb. 5 with his loving family at his side. He was born Feb. 10, 1937, in Fall River, Massachusetts, to the late Joseph Edward and Alice Mary (Simonetti) Kenny....

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:27 p.m.

Thaci’s Two Triumphs Help Rams Defend Shoreline Title

Annea Thaci stuck to track and field like a magnet once she familiarized herself with the sport. This winter, Annea’s hard work has helped land some major medals for both herself and the...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 21, 2018 06:19 p.m.

Debra Harvey Damarodis

Debra Damarodis of Old Saybrook and Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on Feb. 13 with her husband by her side. Debra was born in Jamestown, New York, on June 27, 1955.Debra...

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Local News • Published Feb. 21, 2018 02:06 p.m.

‘See Something, Say Something’: Saybrook Police and Schools Respond to Student Threat

Following reports of a troubled student from community members—and in the shadow of the most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida—Old Saybrook Police have arrested a 17 year-...

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Local News • Published Feb. 21, 2018 10:32 a.m.

Saybrook High School Student Arrested Following Reports of Comments and Actions

On Feb. 20, the Old Saybrook Police Department made an arrest in an investigation regarding concerning behavior of a 17 year old. Both the Police Department and the Public School District are...

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Local News • Published Feb. 22, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Meet Suzie

Suzie is a four year-old female tortoiseshell. She came to Valley Shore Animal Welfare League (VSAWL) a few years ago as a four month-old kitten who was scared of everything. Over time, she has...

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Local News • Published Feb. 20, 2018 01:45 p.m.

Nature Conservancy Prohibits Dogs in Turtle Creek Preserve

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has taken steps it says are intended to reduce the intensive use at its Turtle Creek Nature Preserve, a 93-acre parcel at the border of Essex and Old Saybrook. A few...

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Local News • Published Feb. 21, 2018 08 a.m.

‘Her Song’ Anti-Bullying Message Comes to Old Saybrook

On Feb. 8, the teenage cast of Jill Nesi’s group Stand Up and Speak Out brought Her Song, the anti-bullying musical, to The Kate for Old...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 21, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Johnson is Old Saybrook’s New Fire Chief

When Joe Johnson was a junior at Old Saybrook High School, he already knew he wanted to be a volunteer firefighter in the Old Saybrook Fire Department. A broken wrist in gym class just moved up...

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Sports • Published Feb. 19, 2018 08:09 a.m.

Finkeldey Vaults to Victory at the State Open for Old Saybrook; Boys’ 4x800 Places 8th

Girls’ Indoor TrackTyra Finkeldey took first place in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet-6 inches for the Old Saybrook girls’ indoor track team at the State...

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Local News • Published Feb. 16, 2018 03:51 p.m.

North Haven PD Warns of Latest Telephone Scam

Norh Haven Police have issued a warning about the latest telephone scam that has been hitting shoreline residents. Police urged residents to contact police should they receive one of these calls....

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 15, 2018 02:05 p.m.

Sultini Pushes Past the Pressure While Helping Old Saybrook Win Shorelines

In his final season as a member of the Old Saybrook boys’ indoor track team, Eric Sultini stepped up to the pressure at the Shoreline Conference Championship and helped the Rams walk away...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 15, 2018 11:50 a.m.

Helen Hofer Petzoldt

Helen Hofer Petzoldt of Old Saybrook passed away peacefully on Feb. 13. She was born Aug. 4, 1926, in Beaver Falls, New York.She spent her childhood there, where she met and married the...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 14, 2018 04:06 p.m.

Patricia A. Monte

Patricia A. Monte, 83, formerly of Old Saybrook, died on Feb. 10 at Orchard Grove Specialty Care in Uncasville. She was widowed by Charles R. Monte in August of 2012. They were married in 1954....

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2018 03:38 p.m.

Needleman and Ziobron Seeking 33rd District Senate Seat

The vacuum left when State Senator Art Linares, Jr. (R-33) announced he would not seek re-election was filled last week with the announcements by Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman (D) and State ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Fortuna Presents Check to OSHS Ram Boosters

Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl P. Fortuna, Jr., recently presented a $250 check to the Old Saybrook Ram Boosters. The check represents the leftover Fortuna Giegerich Fish 2017 campaign funds...

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Local News • Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

In Business: Caffé Marche

Caffé Marche, located in Old Saybrook’s historic James Pharmacy, serves local cheese and charcuterie, handmade pasta, and fresh-made gelato. The café is open Tuesday to Sunday for ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2018 05:30 p.m.

Saybrook School Staff Presents a Five-Evening Series on the Modern Classroom

Every education generation has its own jargon, whether it’s “new math” or “whole language” or any of a number of other terms. This generation’s language...

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Local News • Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Old Saybrook Student Participates in Capitol Bell-Ringing

Every year, on Martin Luther King Day, the governor orders that the state Liberty Bell in the capitol rotunda be rung at noon to honor the birthday of slain civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin...

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Local News • Published Feb. 15, 2018 12:01 a.m.

Infiltrator Team Members Participate in Habitat for Humanity Build Day and Donate Septic System

On Dec. 14, members of the Infiltrator Water Technologies team joined Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut to help in the early renovation stages of a four-bedroom home in Montville. A...

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Local News • Published Feb. 13, 2018 03:37 p.m.

Old Saybrool Building Dept. Staff Train on Municity

On Jan. 29, the Town Building Department ended use of the old spreadsheet-based permit tracking system. The same day, professional staff from Municity were at...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 14, 2018 08:30 a.m.

Lori Fritzer: Rolling Out the Red Carpet

In 2013, Lori Fritzer had just retired and she and her husband Steve had recently moved to Westbrook from their home in Danbury. On their very first night in Westbrook, Lori and Steve attended a...

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