Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Essex Latest Headlines

Local News • Published Feb. 23, 2021 02:18 p.m.

Ready, Set, Go Bragh

A parade to celebrate Irish culture, which typically occurs in Essex each year in March, was canceled in 2020 and again this year due to COVID-19. As a nod to the annual event, organizers at the...

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Local News • Published Feb. 23, 2021 04:30 p.m.

Solutions to State’s Garbage Woes May Come at Municipal Level

With the cost of trash disposal increasing drastically on an annual basis, the towns of Chester, Deep River and Essex are working toward finding more sustainable disposal practices. All three...

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Local News • Published Feb. 23, 2021 02:45 p.m.

Bilingual Author to Make Virtual Visit to Essex Elementary School

Stella Díaz Has Something to Say is the first middle-grade novel written by bilingual author and illustrator Angela Dominguez. Dominguez will also have something to say when she...

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Sports • Published Feb. 21, 2021 04:56 p.m.

Valley Girls’ Hoops Beats H-K, Loses to Morgan; Girls’ Hockey Notches a Victory

Girls’ BasketballThe Valley Regional girls’ basketball team earned a win versus Haddam-Killingworth and then took a loss against Morgan in its two matchups...

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Sports • Published Feb. 20, 2021 10:54 p.m.

Valley Suffers Setback During Emotional Week

The Valley Regional boys’ basketball team played a pair of road games last week and came away from the stretch with a split of the set. The Warriors posted a 60-56 overtime victory over...

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Sports • Published Feb. 20, 2021 03:04 p.m.

CIAC Allows Three More Sports for Winter Season; Spring Games Slated to Start April 10

The Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) made some major announcements regarding the status high school sports in the upcoming weeks. The CIAC added a couple of sports to its...

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Local News • Published Feb. 19, 2021 01:43 p.m.

COVID-19 Case at Valley as State Sees Declining Positivity Rate

Due to changes in quarantine procedures at Valley Regional High School (VRHS), the most recent positive case of COVID-19 in the school did not necessitate numerous quarantines of students and...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 18, 2021 01:32 p.m.

Daley Doing Play-by-Play for Valley Hoops

Jack Daley is assuming the mantle as the voice of Valley Regional sports for the 2021 winter season. After getting some experience commentating games for the girls’ volleyball squad last...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 17, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Kim Megrath: A Shot’s That’s on Target

Kim Megrath knows what the present moment’s biggest questions are, because she is helping find the answers. So here goes: Do you have an appointment for a shot yet? How did you manage to...

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Local News • Published Feb. 17, 2021 09:28 a.m.

Resolution for Health Equity Pending Review by Essex BOS

Maryam Elahi and Dennis Tulimieri, representatives from March for Justice, a coalition of community members committed to racial justice, came before the Essex Board of Selectmen (BOS) on Feb. 3 to ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 17, 2021 07 a.m.

Taking Pause in Ivoryton

The Copper Beech Inn in Ivoryton held a Yoga and Brunch event on Valentine’s Day led by Kripalu yoga instructor Erin Schuster. Here, Kelly Moran and Marissa Parusso get into position as...

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Local News • Published Feb. 17, 2021 08:45 a.m.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Progressing Steadily in Chester, Deep River, and Essex

Residents age 65 and up can now schedule their COVID-19 vaccination appointments under the state’s second phase (1b) of the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Appointments for this...

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Sports • Published Feb. 15, 2021 09:44 a.m.

Valley Boys’ Hoops Begins with Two Wins; Girls’ Hockey Takes Season Opener

Boys’ BasketballThe Valley Regional boys’ basketball team busted out of the gate with a pair of victories in the opening week of the 2021 season. The Warriors ...

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Sports • Published Feb. 15, 2021 09:43 a.m.

Valley Girls’ Hoops Gains Split of First Two Games

The Valley Regional girls’ basketball squad opened the 2021 season last week playing a pair of games. The Warriors picked up a big 62-40 road win against North Branford and took a 44-36...

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:55 p.m.

Cika Striving for Sophomore Success on the Gymnastics Mat

Kendra Cika is making significant contributions for the Valley Regional gymnastics team. A sophomore, Kendra recorded some important scores when the Warriors finished first at last year’s...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 10, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Alexandra Johnson: A Haitian Connection

Some 1,600 miles separate Essex, Connecticut from the rural community of Deschapelles, Haiti, but they are linked by Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH), an Essex-based group that supports a number...

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Local News • Published Feb. 11, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Essex Rotary Supports Fire Department

Essex Rotary President Tim Tobin presented a check of $10,096 to Essex Fire Chief Aron Schumacher to help acquire four modern medical defibrilators for the department....

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Local News • Published Feb. 09, 2021 02:09 p.m.

Essex Developing Plan for Sidewalk Snow Clearing

After a major winter storm recently dropped a significant amount of snow in Essex, and with more forecast for the weeks ahead, town officials discussed sidewalk snow removal at the last Board of...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 09, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Matthew J. Hines III

One would be hard pressed to find a better father, husband, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, brother, companion—a better man—than Matthew J. Hines III.Matt, of Centerbrook...

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Sports • Published Feb. 08, 2021 09:10 a.m.

Warriors Ready for Battle in Opening Week

With opening night this week, the Valley Regional boys’ basketball team is rounding into shape. The Warriors are coming off a stellar campaign with a 17-5 overall record last year. Many in...

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Local News • Published Feb. 04, 2021 05:25 p.m.

Brown Pelican Rescued in Essex Takes Flight, with a Little Help

A brown pelican that was rescued from the icy waters of Middle Cove in Essex on Jan. 27 took off this morning with a little help from Arianna and Laurie Strand, a mother and daughter pilot team....

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Sports Person of the Week • Published Feb. 04, 2021 04:41 p.m.

Allen’s Always a Source of Support for the Warriors

Elizabeth Allen has already made a big impact in her young career with two Valley Regional teams. Elizabeth, a sophomore, served as the starting varsity goalie for the Warriors girls’...

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Obituaries • Published Feb. 03, 2021 11:20 a.m.

Dr. Donald Sprafke

It is with deep sadness that the family of Dr. Donald F. Sprafke, 83, of Essex and Ludlow, Vermont, announce his passing Jan. 24. He died peacefully after a short illness.He was the loving...

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Person of the Week • Published Feb. 03, 2021 08:30 a.m.

Matt Herman: Planning for Emergencies

By the time he was 15, Matt Herman knew community service would be a big part of his life. That is when he joined both the Essex Fire Department and the Essex Ambulance Association. Now, Matt, 28, ...

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Local News • Published Feb. 04, 2021 12:01 a.m.

Essex Elementary School Kids Participate in Virtual Globetrotters Program

On Jan. 22, Essex Elementary School students and staff were treated to a virtual performance by Harlem Globetrotter Chris “Handles” Franklin. Along with showing off his impressive...

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