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News From Town

In Library, News on January 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

NEWS FROM THE CHESTER LIBRARY (I’m getting it out a little late…sorry)

Brrrrr! Our recent weather has provided a reminder of just how nice it is to get cozy with a good book.  Here’s a great opportunity to stock up. The Friends of Chester Public Library will open the doors on hundreds of gently read books for children and adults on Friday, January 22 at 2 PM.  Treasures include both hard and soft cover books, movies and recorded books at prices from $0.25 to $1.00.  The sale continues for two weeks during regular library hours.

Did you know that proceeds from the sales are used to purchase movies (including our Netflix membership) and music for the library, to fund both adult and children’s programs, and to pay for many of the museum passes the library makes available?  Your support of the sale certainly enhances library service in Chester.


Scott Bradley, son of Steve and Karen Bradley, received a Gold and Hartford Art School Scholarship for his amazing photography portfolio.

The Safe Grad Committee needs volunteers to help out on various projects:

• Direct mailing to graduates’ families;

• Solicit donations from area businesses;

• Help plan a Safe Grad dance for adults;

• Sell food/beverages at the basketball game concession stand;

• Organize a family portrait fundraiser;

• Organize a raffle.

All of these activities will help us to raise the money we need to provide a safe, fun and engaging graduation night for our students.

The next two meetings are very important – so please mark your calendar! They will be held in the VRHS Conference Room (109). We’ve got lots to do – so, if everyone pitches in, we can make it happen!

February 3 – 6:30 p.m.


About 100 folks – youth and adults from the Chester, Deep River, Essex, Haddam East Haddam and Higganum United Church of Christ churches will be gathering at the United Church of Chester this Saturday for a Homelessness Awareness event. A cardboard “village” will be erected on the church grounds and participants will be sleeping out in solidarity with homeless folks in our region.

If you would like to support this event please stop by and make a donation of money or clothing: Socks, hats, mittens/gloves, scarves, LONG UNDERWEAR, new or gently used (good condition) sleeping bags, or any winter weather gear in good shape or new. Financial donations will go to the Eddy Homeless Shelter in Middletown; clothing and other items will be distributed through St Vincent De Paul Center in Middletown.

Also next weekend (February 6 and 7) the United Church of Chester will be participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring and collecting food and money for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. The public can drop off contributions on Saturday February 6 at the church from 9-12.


The Pillars of Chester Committee is looking for volunteers to help plan an event to honor Chester Volunteers for their efforts to improve the quality of life of Chester. Interested parties can leave a comment on the blog and I will make sure the appropriate committee members get the message.


The FY 2011 budget season is underway. The various boards, departments, and educational institutions have been at work for quite some time laying groundwork. The budget workshops and various meetings are kicking into gear. I have attached the meeting schedules for the town budget and the education budget.

There is ample opportunity for residents to get and stay informed on the financial matters of the town. There is also ample opportunity to provide feedback. For example:

– The current town budget is posted on the website and updated monthly:
– A form is available on the town website for budget suggestion and comments. The form can be filled out on line and submitted electronically with a click of the button. Follow the link, scroll down the page and look for the “submit your ideas” box on the right.
– All meeting are always open to the public and offer opportunities for resident input, both verbal and written.
– As the process moves along we will update our Tax calculators, which are tools to help explain where your tax money goes, and what impact changes in taxes have on your specific bill.
– I expect to have an on-line survey again this year that residents can use to indicate their preferences on taxation and municipal services.


I met with the DOT earlier this month to review progress on the Route 154 Bridge as well as progress on the two future bridge projects. I have been told that the mid May scheduled opening date is on target. I have been encouraged by the DOT’s willingness to work with us on design features and construction schedules for the Water St. and Main St. bridges. Final schedules for these projects have not been set.


Congratulations to sayWHAT?: LIVE on WFSB Channel 3’s Better CT

In Music on January 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

This a.m. the local band sayWHAT? perfoms LIVE on WFSB Channel 3’s ‘Better CT’ with Scot Haney, 10am! Tune in to see those boys rock out!!! 🙂

Take a listen to their music here.

Chester Sunday Market Meeting

In Chester Business, Chester CT Events on January 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

Here we are again already, planning for the Chester Sunday Market, Season II.

We invite you, our town officials, town organizations, residents, and merchants alike, to join us and discuss this years upcoming Chester Sunday Market.

We will be changing a few operational systems and structural things for 2010 which we’d like to share with you, as well as hear your comments before the new season begins. It will be an informational and open-forum discussion, so please invite anyone interested joining.

Please join us:

February 8th
6:30 pm
The Chester Meetinghouse

This Week’s Film: HERB & DOROTHY (2008)

In Chester CT Events, Film & Movies on January 27, 2010 at 10:19 am

This Thursday, January 28, 7pm

HERB & DOROTHY (2008), 89 min.

$7.50 donation
free popcorn

Megumi Sasaki, director

A fascinating look at an adorable couple, herb & dorothy vogel, whose passion for art was so strong that over 45 years they managed to amass one of the largest collections of minimalist and conceptual art in the world, all housed in a tiny one bedroom nyc apartment. Rich with interviews and period film footage, the film follows the bonds that grew with the vogels and the young emerging artists that they collected, including the world renown sol lewitt, andy warhol, jeff koons, richard tuttle, christo and jean-claude, chuck close, julian schnabel, and others. Guided only by loving the work that they bought, they became curatorial visionaries.


mention the “eo film special” to your server before the film on thursdays and receive a special promotion at the following fine chester restaurants:

  • cabo tequila grill: 10% off meal
  • lupo: 10% off meal
  • restaurant L&E and the french 75 bar: choice of a complimentary glass of house wine, or the “featured” film dessert
  • river tavern: a free appetizer with the purchase of a main course


last week to catch give & take, a group show. New show goes up monday!

february: michelle demarco, flux. Opening reception & artist talk friday, february 5, 6-9pm.

eoart lab

69 main street

chester, connecticut 06412


f. 860.526.4834

Insane Insidewalk Sale

In Chester Business, Near By Events, Shopping on January 27, 2010 at 6:21 am


Join Dina Varano along with lots of shoreline shops this Friday and Saturday,

January 29th and 30th from 10-6 p.m.
in Madison at  28 Durham Road next to Savvy Tea.
Everything will be greatly reduced.  Come by and check it out!


From I-95 south: Exit 61–turn left.
From I-95 North: Exit 61–turn right.
Take Route 79 south to Bradley Road (Webster Bank on the corner) and turn left. Take a right into the parking lot at Webster Bank. The sale is next to Savvy Tea, in the next building after the bank on the right.
For more details about the sale and to see other participants visit the sale

Haiti Earthquake relief benefit Concert in the Gallery 1/30/2010

In Chester CT Events, Music on January 26, 2010 at 7:20 am
The Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery in Chester, CT is hosting a Haiti Earthquake Relief Benefit Concert on Saturday, January 30 from 5 -7 p.m. The featured musicians are two members of the Band of Humans, Darin Keech (Song writer and guitarist) and Louise Muller (Violinist) will be performing original music with an eclectic mix of jamming folk, blues, rock and bluegrass.
Band of Humans .
All donations will be given to the Rotary International Haiti Earthquake relief fund.
Call 860 526-2077 or for more info.

The Design of Time: Ten Years of Cummings & Good Calendars

In Art, Chester Business, Near By Events on January 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm

January 19 through March 5th.

Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Storrs Connecticut

Opening Reception Sunday, January 24 two to 4 PM

For the past 16 years Jan Cummings and Peter Good have produced an unusual artful calendar in a canister. This exhibit highlights years 2001 t0 2010. The creative process is demonstrated from concept sketches to final printed pages. Also on display are all 12 covers and 120 pages as well as original art, photographs, constructions, new articles, correspondence and promotional items. Slow Latin Groove Project, a funky and soulful jazz quintet, will play at the opening reception.

University of Connecticut Libraries

Storrs Connecticut

regular hours Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Film showing tonight … Objectified

In Chester CT Events, Film & Movies on January 21, 2010 at 10:02 am

Tonight, january 21, 7pm

eo artlab
69 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412

$7.50 donation
free popcorn

OBJECTIFIED (2009), 75 mins Gary Hustwit, director

From the director of “Helvetica” comes the 2nd documentary in a film trilogy on design. Objectified offers a fascinating look at industrial products and design, the designers and their responsibility in creating them, and our relationship with those objects.

“The term objectified has two meanings. One is ‘to be treated with the status of a mere object.’ But the other is ‘something abstract expressed in a concrete form,’ as in the way a sculpture objectifies an artist’s thoughts. It’s the act of transforming creative thought into a tangible object, which is what designers in this film do every day. But maybe there’s a third meaning to this title, regarding the ways these objects are affecting us and our environment. Have we all become objectified?”

-gary hustwit (from his “objectified’ blog)


mention the “eo film special” to your server before the film on thursdays and receive a special promotion at the following fine chester restaurants:

  • cabo tequila grill: 10% off meal
  • lupo: 10% off meal
  • restaurant L&E and the french 75 bar: choice of a complimentary glass of house wine, or the “featured” film dessert
  • river tavern: a free appetizer with the purchase of a main course

Book Sale

In Chester CT Events, Library on January 21, 2010 at 6:47 am

Get ready to while away winters day with a new book from the friends of Chester Library used book sale. The sale begins on Friday, January 22 at 2 p.m. and runs for two weeks during regular library hours. As usual, there will be a wide selection of hardcover and paperback books for both children and adults, offered at great prices. Donations of gently used books may be dropped off at the library between December 28 and January 20. Please no encyclopedias or textbooks; these simply do not sell. Volunteers interested in helping sort for the sale on January 21 should call the library 860-526-0018.

River Tavern Local Artist Series Features Laura Williams

In Art, Chester CT Events, Restaurants on January 15, 2010 at 6:07 am



Local Artist’s Series

featuring Laura Williams

Saturday, February 6th

12:30 pm

$45. per person
(includes wine, hors d’oeuvre and lunch)

Please reserve a spot at 860.526.9417


Laura will have a complete collection of one-of-a-kind prints
on various papers, cards + cloth
will give a brief talk on her work and inspiration.