Colchester, East Haddam & East Hampton


Sen. Needleman, Rep. Haines Welcome State Bond Commission Funding for Portland, East Hampton Bridges

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


State Senator Norm Needleman (D-33) and State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) announced today that the State Bond Commission is expected to release tens of millions of dollars in funding for two major bridge projects in Portland and East Hampton. These repairs to the Arrigoni Bridge, which carries Route 66 over the Connecticut River in Portland and Middletown, and to East Hampton’s Route 66 bridge over Pocotopaug Creek, have a combined cost of more than $40 million.

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Rep. Haines Applauds Funding for Gillette Castle and Hadlyme Ferry

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) released the following statement following the authorization by the Bonding Commission of state bonds to finance repairs to Gillette Castle State Park and Special Tax Obligation Bonds (STO) for repairs to the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry.  

 HARTFORD – On Wednesday, June 26th, the Connecticut State Bonding Commission met to consider a variety of bonding proposals.  Included on the bonding agenda was a request from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for repairs and improvements at Gillette Castle State Park.

“The Castle is a huge driver of tourism, day trippers and is an engine for economic development in East Haddam and across the region. These funds for Gillette Castle will be used for much need repairs, including collapsed retaining walls, restoring deteriorating parts of the structure and improving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

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Rep. Haines Sponsors Successful Flag Drive

Posted on June 27, 2019 by admin


Between Memorial Day and Flag Day, State Representative Irene Haines (R-34) sponsored a worn, tattered, torn, or otherwise unserviceable American Flag collection which concluded with a formal retirement ceremony held the Saturday after Flag Day.

Collection boxes were placed at the East Hampton and East Haddam Town Halls for two weeks for residents to drop off their flags. The flag retirement ceremony was held at American Legion Post 156 in Moodus with assistance from the East Haddam Fire Department.

“With the start summer and patriotic holidays such as Fourth of July on the horizon, it was the perfect time to properly retire worn American flags,” said Rep. Haines. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s flag drive, especially American Legion Post 156 and the East Haddam Fire Department for their reverent and fitting retirement ceremony.”

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