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Essex & Haddam Libraries to Sponsor Debates Between Candidates for State Rep. & Senate

The Essex and Brainerd (Haddam) Libraries will jointly sponsor two debates in October.  Moderators will be Essex Library Director Richard Conroy and Brainerd Library Director Tom Piezzo.

The first debate will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.  It will feature incumbent 36th District State Representative Bob Siegrist (R) and challenger Christine Palm (D) who will square off beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Regional High School in Deep River.

Democrat Norm Needleman and Republican Melissa Ziobron, candidates for the open 36th State Senate seat, will debate at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 also at Valley Regional High School.  Conroy and Piezzo will once again serve as moderators.

District residents are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates in writing by mailing or dropping them off at either the Essex Library (33 West Ave, Essex, CT, 06426) or Brainerd Library (920 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438) or by sending them via email to or  In order to be considered for inclusion questions must be relevant to issues facing our state, particularly at the district level, and not constructed in such a way as to favor a particular candidate.




united for the firstSupport of the FIRST- PUBLIC EVENT, Monday, July 30, 2018, 5-7 p.m.Haddam Volunteer Fire Company 439 Saybrook Rd, Higganum, Connecticut 06441

Hosted by Kelly Brookes and Dana Henry   More details here.

Please join us in solidarity in a PEACEFUL, NON-VIOLENT, SILENT VIGIL supporting the values of the United States Constitution. We oppose Senator Art Linares’ attack on the First Amendment rights afforded to us under the United States Constitution. We do not condone bullying or intimidation. Our Mission is NOT to incite, but to bear witness in silence. We are NOT protesting our Country, we are Defending the Right to Free Speech!
Please come wearing a black shirt to help visually display our solidarity.
At 5pm, as people arrive, we ask them line the sides of the driveway into the Haddam Firehouse. DO NOT IMPEDE MOTOR OR FOOT TRAFFIC IN THE DRIVEWAY IT SELF.
We have some American flags and stickers. People should sit along the sides of the driveway, holding an American Flag and placing an American flag sticker over your mouth.
Flags welcome and encouraged!

We need to get our message across, not take over the meeting or intrude on Board of Selectman business.


Taking out the Trash

The Haddam Dems are taking out the trash! … along Saybrook Road that is.

Join us this Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Haddam Meadows parking lot near the road and help us clean up our beautiful town! We’ll be walking along the roadway and river so wear appropriate and bright clothing and bring gloves.

Hope to see you there!


Enviro-Movie Night, Friday, May 19th, 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Rd, Higganum.

Lorax pic

Join us at the Community center next Friday, May 19, 7 p.m., for an HD presentation of Dr. Suess’ The Lorax!
You’ll also hear how trees help our environment and get to take home your very own sapling. The Lorax is a special movie not just for kids, so join us for a fun night of “treeducation,” popcorn and cotton candy lorax trees!
Special thanks to the Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District for the saplings and for all their work on soil and water conservation, and erosion and sediment control education in Haddam and surrounding towns.

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Anonymous

If you have any questions, contact Melissa Schlag at

October 25, Legislative Candidates’ Breakfast



Throughout October: NORM Events! With October here, we have about a month left until the election! State senatorial candidate Norm Needleman has a full slate of events coming up – and you’re invited! Be sure to come see him at any of the debates and public gatherings near you, and look for updates on even more happenings as we approach the final month of the campaign.

East Hampton Meet & Greet
October 2nd, Sunday
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
95 Main Street, East Hampton

Candidate Forum Hosted by Westbrook Council of Beaches
October 5th, Wednesday
7:00 PM
Westbrook Town Hall, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook

Debate Hosted by Essex Library
October 17th, Monday
6:30 PM
Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Rd, Deep River

Debate Hosted by The Morgan School
October 27th, Thursday
7:00 PM
Auditorium, The Morgan School, 71 Killingworth Turnpike, Clinton

Thanks as always for your support, and I’ll see you out on the campaign trail!


P.S. We’re always looking for more volunteers to help spread the word – you can sign up to volunteer, learn more about our campaign, request a Norm lawn sign and more at

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