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News • Published May 14, 2024 02 pm

Essex Adopts $27.6 Million Budget, Mill Rate Set at 18.05

ESSEX The Essex Board of Selectmen (BOS) adopted the new budget for the 2024-’25 fiscal year at the Annual Town Meeting on May 13, totaling $27,638,662 in expenditur...
News • Published May 13, 2024 04 pm

Kellyn Kolber Wins the 2024 Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest for Southern Connecticut

Press Release from Chester Rotary Kellyn Kolber, a sophomore at Valley Regional High School, was selected as the winner of the Rotary District 7980 Four-Way Test Speech C...
News • Published May 09, 2024 11 am

John Winthrop Middle School Quarter 3 Honor Roll

Grade 8 High Honors Jacob Allard, Mark Amaya, Sydney Archambault, Jake Atwood, Jane Barnard, Levi Batt, Grace Bauer, Emma Baxter, Reagan Belloni, Adam Brown, Madison...
News • Published May 09, 2024 12 am

Nominations Sought for the 12th Annual Beacon Awards

“Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.” – Helen Dyer For the past ...
News • Published May 08, 2024 03 pm

Over $29,000 Raised for Sails Up 4 Cancer at the 2024 CT Spring Boat Show

Press Release from First Position Media The eighth Connecticut Spring Boat Show raised over $29,000 for Sails Up 4 Cancer. Funds raised included 50% proceeds from ticket ...
News • Published May 03, 2024 03 pm

The Ivoryton Library is Putting a New Best Foot Forward

Press Release from Ivoryton Library Thanks to a generous donation from the former Ivoryton Congregational Church, the Ivoryton Library is renovating its front porch and s...
News • Published May 03, 2024 01 pm

Sustainable Essex Wins Competitive Grant for Energy Efficiency Outreach in Town of Essex

Funding Awarded Through the Energize Connecticut Community Partnership Initiative
News • Published May 02, 2024 07 pm

Essex Land Trust Announces Donation of Turtle Creek Preserve by The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut

Press Release from Essex Land Trust The Essex Land Trust (ELT) is pleased to accept the donation of Turtle Creek Preserve from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Connecticut...
News • Published May 01, 2024 08 am

Take it Back

Joe Ferjak disposes of unwanted prescription medication under the supervision of Essex Police Officer Todd Belcourt outside of the Essex Police Station as part of the Na...
News • Published Apr 30, 2024 03 pm

Essex Proposes $27.6 Million Budget, Expects Mill Rate Drop

ESSEX Town officials in Essex have moved to have a vote on the proposed budget totaling $27,638,662 for the 2024 -‘25 fiscal year to its annual meeting on Monday, Ma...
News • Published Apr 26, 2024 10 am

Valley Regional High School Quarter 3 Honor Roll

Grade 12 High Honors Ellen Akehurst, Ava Alston, Jaidan Amendola, Hunter Anderson, Aidan Babek, Madison Julie Barfield, Bridget Barnum, Mia Bibbiani, Maeve Brashears...
News • Published Apr 25, 2024 02 pm

Essex BOS Adopts Short-Term Rental Regulations

ESSEX Following multiple public hearings since July 2023, the Essex Board of Selectmen (BOS) formally adopted an ordinance governing short-term rental properties and...
News • Published Apr 25, 2024 12 am

Celebrating a Community of Remarkable Women

Spring is in the air. The tulips are blooming, the birds are chirping, and it's time to celebrate Mother's Day—and that means celebrating the many incredible women in our...
News • Published Apr 22, 2024 12 pm

District Moving Forward With Major Projects

The Region 4 Board of Education (BOE) voted on April 4 to move forward with plans on its three major projects at John Winthrop Middle School (JWMS) and Valley Regional Hi...
News • Published Apr 11, 2024 04 pm

Essex Garden Club Hosting Annual May Market Fundraiser

Press Release from Essex Garden Club The Essex Garden Club is delighted to announce that its annual fundraiser, the May Market, is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 from 8 a...
News • Published Apr 10, 2024 03 pm

PZC Approves Permit for Essex Steam Train & Riverboat to Expand Events

ESSEX On April 2, the Essex Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) unanimously approved a special exception for Essex Steam Train & Riverboat with conditions to conduc...
News • Published Apr 04, 2024 01 pm

Falvey Named Supervisor of Pupil Services for Reg. 4

Press Release from Regional School District No. 4 On April 3, the Supervision District Committee of Regional School District No. 4 approved the appointment of Karen Falve...
News • Published Mar 27, 2024 02 pm

Mold Remediation Referendum Approved by Tri-town Voters

REGIONAL Tri-town voters approved $5.8 million for the remediation of the outbreak of mold at John Winthrop Middle School (JWMS) at a referendum on March 26 by a col...
News • Published Mar 25, 2024 03 pm

LaMark Muir Qualifies for State’s Citizens’ Election Program

Press Release from Renee LaMark Muir Campaign Renee LaMark Muir, the declared Democrat candidate for state representative for the 36th Assembly District representing Ches...
News • Published Mar 21, 2024 06 pm

Proposed Development District in Essex Meets Scrutiny

ESSEX A text amendment to carve out an area in Essex to encourage greater development in the Bokum area was scrutinized by residents at the Planning and Zoning Commi...
News • Published Mar 21, 2024 12 am

Let’s Get Up to Something Good

It’s time to strike up the band and give a resounding “Hip hip hooray!” for the volunteers who are showing up and doing something good throughout Middlesex County. These ...
News • Published Mar 14, 2024 01 pm

Major Projects Financially Feasible, Says Reg. 4

REGIONAL The Region 4 School District feels confident that the board will have the financial capacity to see through three major projects for Valley Regional High Sc...
News • Published Mar 13, 2024 01 pm

Seeking ‘Fame’ at JWMS

REGIONAL The struggle to become a star while battling one’s insecurities is what stands to make John Winthrop Middle School’s (JWMS) musical production of Fame Jr. a...
News • Published Mar 05, 2024 02 pm

'There's No Place Like VRMP' Says High School Performers

REGIONAL It all started with an email from director Ingrid Walsh stating that Valley Regional Musical Productions (VRMP) would be performing The Wizard of Oz for thi...
News • Published Mar 01, 2024 10 am

$5.8M Mold Remediation Goes to March 26 Vote

The Region 4 School District (Reg. 4) will hold a referendum on $5.8 million in appropriations for the remediation of the mold outbreak at John Winthrop Middle School (JW...
News • Published Feb 29, 2024 10 am

John Winthrop Middle School Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Grade 8 High Honors Jacob Allard, Sydney Archambault, Jane Barnard, Levi Batt, Grace Bauer, Reagan Belloni, Adam Brown, Lyra Bruce, Madison Brzozowy, Daniel Charbonn...
News • Published Feb 23, 2024 01 pm

VRHS Trades Award Fund at CFMC Announces Opportunity for Local Youth

High School Students Pursuing a Trade Encouraged to Apply for $1,500 Grant Award
News • Published Feb 21, 2024 02 pm

Valley Regional High School Quarter 2 Honor Roll

Grade 12 High Honors Ellen Akehurst, Ava Alston, Hunter Anderson, Aidan Babek, Bridget Barnum, Mia Bibbiani, Maeve Brashears, Ella Brenneman, Dylan Brown, Mikaela Ca...
News • Published Feb 14, 2024 01 pm

Spot Eagles This Season with River Museum Program

A chance to spot eagles and enjoy the silence of the lower Connecticut River is open to Tri-Town residents for the second half of the winter season as part of this year’s...
News • Published Feb 14, 2024 07 am

Unveiling

Valley Regional High School held a halftime ceremony during their Feb. 9 boys basketball game against Haddam-Killingworth in which they unveiled their Unified Champions S...
News • Published Feb 13, 2024 01 pm

Dollar General Opens New DG Market in Essex

Press Release from Dollar General Media Relations Dollar General (DG) is excited to announce that its new DG Market is now open at 125 Westbrook Road in Essex. The new DG...
News • Published Feb 08, 2024 05 pm

Public Hearing to Discuss BOE Recommendations for JWMS Mold Outbreak on Feb. 21

REGIONAL Staff Report There is an important event coming up for the electors and citizens who are qualified to vote in town meetings of the towns of Chester, Deep Ri...
News • Published Feb 02, 2024 01 pm

Essex Garden Club Offers $5,000 Scholarship

The Essex Garden Club is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for 2024 college scholarships. Eligible applicants include high school seniors and u...
Photo Galleries • Published Feb 02, 2024 12 pm

Essex Ed Parade

Essex Ed made the soggy trip down Main St in Essex on Jan. 28 forecasting an early spring. The parade in its 44th year featured Ed decorated in flowers for Daffodil Days ...
News • Published Feb 01, 2024 12 am

John Winthrop Middle School Quarter 1 Honor Roll

High Honors Jacob Matthew Allard, Sydney Larkin Archambault, Jake Atwood, Jane Elena Barnard, Levi S. Batt, Grace Ellin Bauer, Reagan Belloni, Adam Michael Brown, Ma...
News • Published Feb 01, 2024 12 am

Valley Regional High School Quarter 1 Honor Roll

Grade 12 High Honors Ellen Akehurst, Ava Alston, Victor Amaya, Hunter Anderson, Aidan Babek, Madison Julie Barfield, Bridget Barnum, Mia Bibbiani, Maeve Brashears, E...
News • Published Jan 30, 2024 11 am

DG Market Will Replace Colonial Market

ESSEX A new DG Market establishment will open its doors at 125 Bokum Road in Essex in February, standing as the only grocery store in town. The plaza on Bokum Road w...
News • Published Jan 29, 2024 04 pm

Deep River Women Charged with 55 Counts of Cruelty to Animals

Staff Report A Deep River woman was charged with 55 counts of cruelty to animals after an inspection of her house revealed unsanitary conditions that were deemed unsuitab...
News • Published Jan 29, 2024 03 pm

Literacy Volunteers Awarded Community Impact Award by Middlesex United Way

Press Release from Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore On Jan. 25, Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) was awarded the Community Impact Award by Middlesex United Way at ...
News • Published Jan 25, 2024 05 pm

Reg. 4 to Pursue Funding for Mold Remediation

REGIONAL The Region 4 Board of Education (BOE) is determined to find a solution for mold remediation at John Winthrop Middle School (JWMS) and meet student needs aft...
News • Published Jan 25, 2024 04 pm
News • Published Jan 22, 2024 10 am

State Rep. Palm Will Not Seek Reelection

State Representative Christine Palm (D, District 36), who represents Essex, Chester, Deep River, and Haddam, has announced she will not seek a fourth term. She came into ...
News • Published Jan 18, 2024 05 pm

Essex Veterans Memorial Hall Breaks Ground on Expansion and Renovation Project

Recognizes The Essex Foundation and Community for $100,000 Grant Award, Others for In-kind Donations
News • Published Jan 11, 2024 03 pm

Suspects Break In, Vandalize JWMS

REGIONAL On Jan. 8, Westbrook authorities reported that two suspects had broken into the closed John Winthrop Middle School facility (JWMS) in Deep River and inflict...
News • Published Jan 08, 2024 12 pm

Food Scraps Program Expands Throughout Region 4

The practice of separating unconsumed food from other kinds of waste into separate containers has found its way into all five schools in the Regional 4 School District. T...
News • Published Jan 05, 2024 12 pm

Steam Train Gains Zoning Change to Permit Trackside Events

The Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) unanimously approved a zoning change for two land parcels owned by the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat at a public hearing on Jan...
News • Published Jan 01, 2024 12 am

2023: The Year in Review for Chester, Deep River, and Essex

January A miniature golf course will open for play at the Essex Library on Jan. 14 and 15. The parish center at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is destined for a new l...
News • Published Dec 28, 2023 12 am

John Winthrop Middle School Q1 Honor Roll

High Honors Jacob Matthew Allard, Sydney Larkin Archambault, Jake Atwood, Jane Elena Barnard, Levi S. Batt, Grace Ellin Bauer, Reagan Belloni, Adam Michael Brown, Ma...
News • Published Dec 28, 2023 12 am

11 Shoreline Towns Fund New Truck for SSKP

Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) announced the delivery of a new truck, generously funded with equal contributions of $10,000 each by all 11 towns served by SSKP...
News • Published Dec 27, 2023 07 am

North Pole Magic

Steam billows from a North Pole Express steam train engine during a long exposure at Essex Steam Train & Riverboat on Dec. 21. ...