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News • Published Jun 14, 2024 12 pm

Old Saybrook High School Class of 2024 Graduates

On a warm and sunny June 14 evening, the Old Saybrook High School Class of 2024 gathered for the last time as high school students to cross the stage and receive their di...
News • Published Jun 14, 2024 10 am

Voters Approve $1.1 Million ARPA Funds for Town Projects

Five projects will receive funds thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) after voters approved a plan to spend $1.1 million at a meeting on May 28. Developed two ye...
News • Published Jun 13, 2024 07 pm

Old Saybrook Patrolman Recognized for Dedicated Service

Press Release from Exchange Club of Old Saybrook-Westbrook The Exchange Club of Old Saybrook-Westbrook, is a civic organization which hosts many local programs, such as t...
News • Published Jun 13, 2024 06 pm

Senator Needleman Welcomes State Grant For Gillette Castle, Old Saybrook Trails

Press Release from Office of State Senator Norm Needleman On June 4, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) welcomed the announcement that Gillette Castle and Old Saybroo...
News • Published Jun 07, 2024 01 pm

Old Saybrook Police Commissioners, Chief Accuse Chairman of Bylaw Violations

Tempers flared at an Old Saybrook Police Commission meeting on May 20, when two members called for the commission chairman to step down over alleged bylaw violations, and...
News • Published May 30, 2024 05 pm

Celebrate Saybrook Returns June 23

After a successful first year, the Celebrate Saybrook Street Party returns downtown in June. The festivities take place in downtown Old Saybrook on Sunday, June 23 from ...
News • Published May 24, 2024 11 am

Zoning Approves Appointment Requirement for Fine Fettle

The Old Saybrook Zoning Commission unanimously voted to temporarily remove a requirement that the retail marijuana store in town operate only via pre-sales or appointment...
News • Published May 17, 2024 09 am

Old Saybrook Voters Pass $51.4M Budget

On May 14, Old Saybrook voters overwhelmingly approved the 2024-’25 fiscal year budget of $51,440,046 by huge margins. The total budget combines spending requests for bot...
Photo Galleries • Published May 16, 2024 03 pm

Prom Bound

Old Saybrook High School students gather for pre-prom photos on May 11 ...
Photo Galleries • Published May 14, 2024 03 pm

Old Saybrook High School Cancer Walk

Students from Old Saybrook High School organized their Cancer Walk which featured music, games and food raising over $10,000 for the Connecticut Cancer Foundation and the...
News • Published May 13, 2024 05 pm

The Estuary Receives Donation from Essex Savings Bank

Press Release from The Estuary The Estuary is honored to once again be the recipient of a donation from Essex Savings Bank as part of its Community Investment Program to ...
News • Published May 13, 2024 04 pm

Old Saybrook to Host 2024 Memorial Day Parade on May 27

Press Release from Old Saybrook 2024 Memorial Day Parade Committee The Town of Old Saybrook will host its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27 with a special high...
News • Published May 10, 2024 01 pm

Fine Fettle Seeks to Remove Pre-Sale Condition

The owners of the retail marijuana store in Old Saybrook are asking the Zoning Commission for permission to remove a requirement that the store operate via pre-sales or a...
News • Published May 09, 2024 04 pm

Old Saybrook Prepares for Memorial Day Celebrations

Old Saybrook’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m., weather permitting. A ceremony after the parade will take place rain or shine. Assembly ...
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 03, 2024 10 am

Fortuna Named CIRMA Chair

On April 1, the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) announced that Old Saybrook First Selectman Carl Fortuna had been elected chairman of CIRMA’s Board ...
News • Published May 01, 2024 08 am

Branching Out

Gabe Zawoy (left) and Bryce Comboni enjoy a sunny afternoon to stop and climb a large tree on the Old Saybrook Town Green while taking a break from riding their bicycles...
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

$51.4M Budget Goes to Referendum May 14

Voters can approve or reject a proposed total budget of $51,440,046 at a referendum on Tuesday, May 14. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. at Old Saybrook High School...
News • Published Apr 16, 2024 11 am

Main Street Park Construction Underway in Old Saybrook

The next phase of Main Street Connections Park construction is underway, and officials expect it to be finished by the end of May. The move will provide more recreational...
News • Published Apr 12, 2024 11 am

Movie Shot in on Shoreline to Head to Film Festival Next Year

It’s not just the locals who are enchanted with the region’s charm. Recently, a short film called Shoulder Season was shot on location in Westbrook, Old Saybrook, and Dee...
News • Published Apr 09, 2024 12 pm

Town Seeks to Purchase ‘Hay House’ Property

The town is seeking permission to acquire the property at 155 Ingham Hill Road for $93,555. The Planning Commission voted unanimously at its meeting on April 3 to approv...
Photo Galleries • Published Apr 02, 2024 03 pm

2024 Opening Day for Old Saybrook Dairy Queen

Visitors to the Old Saybrook Dairy Queen on their first day of their 2024 schedule ...
News • Published Mar 28, 2024 01 pm

OS Selectman To Donate Stipend to Initiatives

After being appointed to a state position, Selectman Matt Pugliese has announced he would be donating his stipend to various community initiatives to comply with a regula...
News • Published Mar 25, 2024 03 pm

Consultant Seeks Citizen Input on OSPD Staffing and Retention

Do you have an opinion on the staffing and retention issues in the Old Saybrook Police Department (OSPD)? The consulting company charged with conducting a study on the de...
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 18, 2024 10 am

Old Saybrook Selectmen Name New Town Council

For the first time in decades, the town of Old Saybrook has a new town attorney. At a March 13 Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting, the board unanimously voted to appoint Be...
News • Published Mar 11, 2024 11 am

Old Saybrook Budget Clears Public Hearing, Moves to BOF

At a public hearing on March 4, Old Saybrook residents received a presentation on the current status of the proposed town budget. The Board of Finance (BOF) will now deli...
News • Published Mar 11, 2024 11 am

Commission Chair Explains Reasons for PERF Study

The Police Commission chair reiterated the reasons for the upcoming study of the Old Saybrook Police Department (OSPD) study conducted by the Police Executive Research Fo...
News • Published Feb 29, 2024 12 pm

Drezek Named Superintendent of Schools for Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook’s search for a new Superintendent of Schools has come to an end. On Feb. 21, the Old Saybrook Board of Education unanimously voted to appoint Christopher Dre...
News • Published Feb 23, 2024 01 pm

Budget Proposal Seeks $1.2M Spending Increase

An initial $51,440,042 budget proposal in Old Saybrook for 2024-’25 calls for an increase of $1,163,298 over the previous year’s spending, an increase of 2.31%.The propos...
News • Published Feb 22, 2024 03 pm

New Superintendent Named for Old Saybrook Public Schools

According to a press release from Old Saybrook public schools, the Board of Education unanimously voted on Feb. 21 to appoint Christopher Drezek as the new Superintendent...
News • Published Feb 20, 2024 12 pm

Town Meeting Planned to Improve Police, Public Relationship

In an effort to increase understanding between the public and members of the police department, Old Saybrook Police Chief Michael Spera is looking to host a town meeting ...
News • Published Feb 16, 2024 05 pm

The Estuary Hosting a Special Celebration Commemorating its 50th Anniversary

Press Release from The Estuary The Estuary, a pioneer in providing comprehensive senior services and a regional leader in the Meals on Wheels program, is thrilled to anno...
News • Published Feb 09, 2024 02 pm

Plaintiffs Withdraw Fine Fettle Appeal

The plaintiffs that appealed the approval of Fine Fettle’s Old Saybrook location have filed a motion to withdraw their appeal. Last month, Fine Fettle. a retail cannabis ...
News • Published Feb 02, 2024 12 pm

Colchester Republican Duigou Announces Challenge for 33rd Senate Seat

Though the November state elections seem far off, one candidate has already declared his candidacy. Republican Jeff Duigou is running for State Senator for the 33rd Distr...
News • Published Jan 29, 2024 09 am

Chili Fest Returns to Old Saybrook’s Main Street March 2

Mark the calendar and start your appetite: The 27th annual Chili Fest is coming to Main Street from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2. Chili Fest is an annual tradition...
News • Published Jan 25, 2024 02 pm

Old Saybrook Company Looks to Lead in Carbon Removal

In Old Saybrook, a new company looks to make headway in the emerging and important field of carbon recycling. Two years ago, Will Hessert helped cofound BluSky, a carbon ...
News • Published Jan 24, 2024 02 pm

Old Saybrook Voters Approve OSPD Study 705-74

In a 705-74 vote, electors overwhelmingly approved using an appropriation of $98,790 to hire the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct a study of the Old Sayb...
News • Published Jan 09, 2024 03 pm

Fine Fettle to Open in Old Saybrook Jan. 19

Old Saybrook’s first retail marijuana store will open at 233 Boston Post Road on Friday, Jan. 19. The store will be available for pre-sale and appointment pick-ups or del...
News • Published Jan 08, 2024 02 pm

Police Study Heads to Jan. 22 Referendum

A referendum meeting has been called for Monday, Jan. 22 to allow voters to approve or reject an appropriation of $98,790 to hire the Police Executive Research Forum (PER...
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 26, 2023 12 pm

2023: Old Saybrook Year in Review

2023 was a year that brought a lot to Old Saybrook. There were controversial moments, highs, lows, and everything in between. The highlights from the year are below: ...
News • Published Dec 21, 2023 03 pm

Fine Fettle Nears Old Saybrook Opening; Legal Battle Ongoing

The operators behind the retail cannabis store at 233 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook are hoping to open its doors soon, even in the face of a legal challenge, though an...
News • Published Dec 15, 2023 02 pm

Old Saybrook Hires Claffey as Public Works Director

The Town of Old Saybrook has announced that William “Bill” Claffey has been selected to be the next director of Public Works. Claffey replaces former director Larry Bonin...
News • Published Dec 14, 2023 12 am

Gratitude

The end of a year brings family, friends, and celebrations galore. It also brings a sense of gratitude, thanks, and the opportunity to give back. The Community Foundation...
Photo Galleries • Published Dec 13, 2023 03 pm

Old Saybrook Boys Soccer Class S State Championship

Old Saybrook defeated Shepaug Valley 4-1 to claim the 2023 Class S CIAC Boys Soccer Championship at Trinity Health Stadium in Hartford on Nov 19. ...
News • Published Dec 13, 2023 07 am

Santa’s New Ride

Old Saybrook held its Torchlight Parade on Dec. 9, featuring fife and drum corps along with Christmas-themed floats and music. The parade has been a tradition for over 50...
News • Published Dec 11, 2023 03 pm

BOF Approves Police Department Staffing Study; Town Meeting to Come

At a Board of Finance (BOF) meeting on Dec. 5, the board voted six to one to approve a recommendation from the Police Commission to appropriate $98,790 to hire the Police...
News • Published Dec 05, 2023 03 pm

Mariners Way Update; Survey Live

An update on the findings of the economic development study of the Route 1 East/Mariner’s Way corridor was given on Nov. 27. A final report will be given in January thoug...