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

Take Notice

If you haven’t been to the Chester Library lately, you should stop by and take notice of all the changes our library director, Stephanie Romano, has put into place.Upon first...

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Letters • Published April 04, 2018 08 a.m.

Embrace All Students

As we observe International Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31, which fell during this year’s celebration of Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and our...

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Letters • Published March 21, 2018 08 a.m.

The Night Before Christmas

Little did we know that it was the night before Christmas.Actually, it was the night after our last nor’easter. We had lost power in Guilford and after manually opening the garage...

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Letters • Published March 07, 2018 08 a.m.

Leaders in the Making

On Feb. 24, the Rotary clubs of Chester, Deep River, and Essex hosted Valley Regional’s first Four-Way Test Speech Contest.Students picked any topics of interest and then analyzed...

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Letters • Published Dec. 28, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Someone Must Have an Idea

It feels almost like a death in the family: learning that Chester Center’s largest event, the Winter Carnivale, will not be held this year. This event draws people from all over Connecticut ...

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Letters • Published Dec. 28, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Could Set an Example

It’s disheartening to hear the rumors are true: Chester will not be hosting a Winter Carnivale this year. It’s outrageous that the reason is the cost for police protection.Why ...

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Letters • Published Dec. 20, 2017 08 a.m.

An Optimal Holiday Fair

On behalf of the River Valley Christmas Fair Committee, I would like to thank the following restaurants for their generous support of our annual Christmas craft fairs and first-ever passport...

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Letters • Published Nov. 29, 2017 08 a.m.

Introducing Reasonable Regulations

May of 2017 brought big changes to our neighborhood in Chester. The new sharing economy came to town in the form of an Airbnb single-family property that had sat unsold on the real estate market...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Lead with Compassion

As a longtime Chester resident and former selectman, I encourage my fellow residents to re-elect Lauren Gister as first selectman and Charlene Janecek as selectman. Each has extensive experience...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Putting Chester First

My name is Lauren Gister, and I am the first selectman for the Town of Chester. Chester has a vibrant community spirit, with people who work hard and care deeply for their families and for their...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Back on the Job

It’s time to get Vin Pacileo full-time back on the job of serving Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton as first selectman.Vin is a businessman as well as a highly experienced leader in...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Doing Good Things

Recently the question was asked, “Where’s Norm Needleman?” I know the answer. He is right here in Essex, doing good things for the town of Essex, governing cooperatively,...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Values, Skills, and Knowledge

Democracy in our country works because people are willing to serve the community by sharing their values, skills, and knowledge. We are fortunate that Jeannine Lewis has chosen to run for judge of ...

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Letters • Published Nov. 01, 2017 08 a.m.

Continued Commitment and Contributions

I am supporting Rick Daniels for the Region 4 Board of Education because his experience in local government will benefit our local schools. I agree with his interest in holding the board to fiscal ...

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Letters • Published Oct. 11, 2017 08 a.m.

There is Fresh Air

It’s broken. Yes, Chester’s town government is broken. The recent Board of Finance meeting, with at least 150 people in attendance, was the last grasp of a proposal that has cost the ...

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Letters • Published Oct. 11, 2017 08 a.m.

Providing Strong Leadership

On Sept. 28, the Chester Board of Finance voted down the $7.4 million library project. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Library Building Committee for all its hard work,...

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Letters • Published Oct. 04, 2017 08 a.m.

Grasp the Enormity

On Aug. 3, more than 400 people attended an event sponsored by 23 local Republican town committees including Chester’s. Michelle Malkin was the keynote speaker.In 2004, Malkin wrote...

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Letters • Published Sep. 06, 2017 08 a.m.

Hard Work, Integrity, and Dedication

This fall voters will decide who fills an important, complex and sensitive legal job—that of the new 33rd District Judge of Probate, Saybrook region (Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Lyme, ...

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Letters • Published July 05, 2017 08 a.m.

Inspiring Yet Frugal

It was a pleasure to see the inspiring yet frugal proposed design for the new Chester Library and the excellent integration with the park, allowing seamless flow into both the playground on the...

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Letters • Published May 25, 2017 12:01 a.m.

More Cost-Effective Options

I love libraries—I visit different ones weekly—but I have concerns about whether or not an 8,000-square-foot, $7.4 million library (excluding bonding costs), can be sustained by...

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Letters • Published May 25, 2017 12:01 a.m.

Forever Wearing Wings

I am writing this to applaud the actions of two women in my life. They are both very giving, unselfish, sacrificing women. They are both sisters and my cousins: Peggie Sypher and Diane Foss....

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Letters • Published May 17, 2017 08 a.m.

Smaller is Better

It amazes me how wants become needs. Does Chester need a new or bigger library? No. Do some in certain circles want one? Yes. Why? It’s psychological, like when your neighbor has a greener...

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Letters • Published May 17, 2017 08 a.m.

Highest and Best Use

Recently controversy and confusion has occurred concerning the need for an expanded and accessible library. Three years ago, with only one location deemed possible, a commission was charged with...

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Letters • Published May 17, 2017 08 a.m.

What is Missing

The May 4 issue of the Valley Courier contained the front page headline “Chester Presents 0.9% Budget Increase at May 4 Public Hearing.” Unfortunately, this does not...

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Letters • Published May 10, 2017 08 a.m.

Whatever the Choice

This week the Library Building Committee will be giving public presentations on their plan. I would encourage as many people as possible to go and express their opinion.People should ask...

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