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THE VILLAGES OF ESSEX, CENTERBROOK AND IVORYTON

THE "BEST SMALL TOWN IN AMERICA!"


The Villages of Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton welcome you to the "Best Small Town in America" -- A town ready to meet the challenges of the 21st Century while still retaining the flavor of its rich maritime history and the simple pleasures of bygone days.”

 

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Town LogoTown of Essex

Municipal Government Information



 

Form of Government

Board of Selectmen: Three member Board with minority representation.

Board of Finance: Six member Board with minority representation.

Town Meeting: Legislative branch of Essex local government.

Chief elected official


Philip J. Miller, First Selectman

Essex Town Hall
P.O. Box 98
Essex, CT 06426

 

PHONE 860-767-4340  FAX 860-767-8509  E-MAIL: selectman@essexct.net

 

Designated Home Page contact

Philip J. Miller

P.O. Box 98

Essex, CT 06426

860-767-4340

Town Profile


Essex is located in Middlesex County. A Board of Selectmen, Town Meeting, and the Board of Finance govern the Town.

Essex was incorporated on September 13, 1852, as Old Saybrook, taken from Saybrook. The name changed to Essex on July 8, 1854.

Essex encompasses an area of 12.2 square miles. The estimated population is 6,500. There are three voting districts. The principal industries are boat building and repair, turbine blades, machine parts, novelties, naval lighting equipment, bent wire products, and tourism.

Essex is served by numerous motor common carriers.

Essex has three Post Offices: Essex (06426); Centerbrook (06409), and Ivoryton (06442).

 


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Municipal Services Information




 

Human Services

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General Assistance Administrator: Cynthia Varricchio 860-767-4340

Director of Health: Christopher W. Goff, M.D. 860-767-4343

Sanitarian: Carol Speer 860-767-4343

Food Service Establishments: Tom Armantano 860-767-4343

Public Works


The Highway Department Director of Public Works is David Caroline
Highway Department hours: Mon-Fri from 7AM to 3PM.
The phone number is: 860-767-0715.
The Highway Department oversees the Essex Landfill

The Landfill is open to residents on Mon, Thur, Fri, and Sat from 7AM to 3PM.
Information can be obtained by calling 860-767-1926 or 860-767-4348 when the landfill is closed.

Park and Recreation Department


SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Sponsored by Essex Park and Recreation Commission

All concerts are on Wednesday evenings at 7PM and are held in either the Essex Town Park or Ivoryton Town Park
Call the Essex Town Hall at 767-4348 after May 1st for concert listings and locations

Bring a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun!


ESSEX PARK AND RECREATION SUMMER PROGRAM
This highly successful program is open to Essex children who are entering first through sixth grade in the fall. Call the Essex Town Hall at 767-4348 for an application form and more information. Don't wait - this program fills up quickly.

 

Emergency Services

Fire Chief: Paul Fazzino
Fire Marshal: Richard Leighton
Police Chief: Philip J. Miller
Emergency Management: William Buckridge

Essex is serviced by 911 for all emergencies. Essex has a Resident Trooper, three full time constables, and several part time constables. The Police Department can be reached at 767-1054.

Transportation


If you would like to help your community, FISH is a volunteer driving service that provides medical and dental appointment rides for local men and women who are not able to drive. FISH is in need of volunteers. If you have your own car and can be available for a few hours, one day a month, FISH and its elderly clients would be grateful for your help. Please call the Essex Town Hall at 767-4348 for more information.


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Monthly Community Calendar



Event - Date - Time - Contact


ESSEX SPECIAL EVENTS
FEBRUARY:
Ground Hog Day Parade (usually the Sunday immediately following Ground Hog Day)

MAY: Burning of The Ships Parade - Call Town Hall at 767-4348 for more information

May Market – Saturday, Grove Street Park 9:00 – 3:00 (call for date)

Memorial Day Parade (always on Memorial Day) 8:45 AM

JUNE: Rotary Club Shad Bake –


AUGUST: Lions' Club Clambake

SEPTEMBER: Rotary Club Bluefish Bake

OCTOBER: Halloween Parade October 31

DECEMBER: Trees in the Rigging (Carol sing parade and parade of lighted ships)
Santa Parade

BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS

Board of Education: Second Tuesday of the Month at 7:45PM at the Essex Elementary School

Essex Housing Authority: First Monday of the Month at the Community Building of Essex Court at 7:00 PM

THE FOLLOWING MEET AT THE TOWN HALL

Board of Finance: Third Thursday of each month at 7:00PM

Board of Selectmen: First Wednesday of each month at 4:30 PM and the Third Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM

Conservation Commission: Second Thursday of each month at 7:00PM

Democratic Town Committee: Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM

Essex Land Conservation Trust: Second Monday (June through September) at 7:00PM

Harbor Management Commission: Fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30PM

Inland Wetlands and Water Courses Commissions: Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30PM

Park and Recreation Commission: First Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM

Planning Commission: Second Thursday of each month at 7:30PM

Republican Town Committee: Second Wednesday of each month at 7:30PM

Sanitary Waste Commission: Second Monday of each month at 7:00PM

Zoning Board of Appeals: Third Tuesday of each month at 8:00PM

Zoning Commission: Third Monday of each month at 7:30PM

Water Pollution Control Authority: Second Monday of each month at 7:00PM

Essex Community Fund: Second Wednesday of each month at 6:00PM.



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Municipal Library




 

Library address - Hours of operation - Telephone


Essex Library
33 West Avenue
Essex, CT 06426
Telephone: 860-767-1560 FAX: 860-767-2500

Winter Hours: Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Thursday: 10AM to 8PM; Friday and Saturday: 10AM to 5PM; Sunday: 1 to 4PM

Summer Hours: Sunday and Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Thursday: 10AM to 8PM; Friday: 10AM to 5PM; Saturday: 10Am to 1PM

Ivoryton Library
Main Street
Ivoryton, CT 06442

860-767-1252

Sunday - Friday: 2PM to 5PM, Wednesday: Noon to 8PM

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Municipal Education Information



CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INITIATED FOR ESSEX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The Essex Elementary School Foundation, Inc., began operations April 17, 1996, with the election of its founding trustees. The following were elected:  President, Treasurer, and Chairman: Chester W. Kitchings; Jr.  Vice President: Lisa K. Holmes.  Secretary: Cynthia H. Clegg;  Directors: Kathleen Goodwin;  Ward L. Johnson;  Douglas Jones; Justus W. Paul.  The elected Directors are Essex residents and have participated in many local business, civic, and charitable organizations. While independent of the Essex Board of Education, the Foundation's non-voting ex officio members include John Proctor, Superintendent of Schools and Terry G. Stewart of the Essex Board of Education.

Among the goals of the Foundation is to enhance education at the Essex Elementary School by developing financial support for projects that would not typically be supported by regular government funding. The Foundation will also create a permanent endowment for the benefits of Essex Elementary School as well as an operating fund from which grants can be made using both principal and interest. Another goal is to further enhance the Community's strong support for Essex Elementary School.

The Foundation has received Section 501C (3) status from the Internal Revenue Service and has initiated a Founders' Campaign. Contributors to this campaign shall be memorialized at the elementary school in the following categories:

Founders $25.00 to $199.00 Founding Patrons $200.00 to $499.00 Founding Benefactors $500.00 to $999.00 Leading Benefactors $1,000 and over. For further information, contact Chester W. Kitchings, Jr., at 767-8423.

Board of Education members

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS  Terry Stewart, Chairman, November 1997-November 2003: – Keith Dee, November 2002-November 2003:  Linda Douglas, November 1999-November 2005:  Karen B. Goldfinger, November 1997-November 2003:  Kathleen A. Maher, November 2001-November 2007:  Mary Louise Polo, November 2001-November

Superintendent, Principals, and how to reach them

Dr. John Gillespie - Superintendent of Schools - Regional School District Number 4 -- 526-2417
Alan Frishman - Principal - Valley Regional High School -- 526-5328
David Russell - Principal - John Winthrop Junior High School -- 526-9546
Karen Bailey - Principal - Essex Elementary School -- 767-8215

School Addresses

Essex Elementary School, Main Street, Centerbrook, CT 06409

John Winthrop Junior High School, Route 80, Deep River, CT 06417

Valley Regional High School, Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417


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Municipal Permit and License Information



 

 

WHERE TO OBTAIN:

Town Clerk's Office: Bee Permits, Dog Licenses, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Marriage Licenses, Copies of Birth and Death Certificates. Call the Town Clerk's office at 860-767-4344 for requirements and information regarding the above.

Selectman's Office: Building Permit Applications, Pistol Permit Applications, Septic Pump Out Tickets (may also be obtained at the Essex Landfill), Raffle Permits, Vendor License Applications, Park Use Requests, Town Hall Meeting Room Requests, Zoning Permit Applications, Tourist Information, Welfare Assistance, Job Applications, Personnel Information. Call the Selectman’s office at 860 767-4348 for requirements and information regarding the above.






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Municipal Voter Information

 

 

Registrars


All registered Essex voters should have received voter registration cards in the mail. Please fill these cards out and return to the Essex Town Hall.

Elizabeth Schellens and Lois A. Ely

Registration Requirements

You Must:

Be a United States citizen;
Have a permanent residence at the address in the Town in which you wish to vote;
Be at least 17 years old;
Not have been convicted of a felony, or if so, your voting right has to have been restored.

 

 


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Other Municipal Information




SPECIAL SUMMER EVENTS

Hot Steamed Music Festival Usually held in late June
Call Valley Railroad, Essex: For more info: 1-800-348-0003


SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK


Sponsored by Essex Park and Recreation Commission
All concerts are on Wednesday evenings at 7PM and are held in either the Essex Town Park or Ivoryton Town Park. Call the Essex Town Hall at 767-4348 after May 1st for concert listings and locations.


Bring a picnic supper and enjoy an evening of entertainment and fun!



ESSEX HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The famous PRATT HOUSE, owned and operated by the Essex Historical Society is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the end of September from 1PMto 4PM. In addition to the normal museum display featuring a fine collection of antique furniture and related artifacts, we are featuring a collection of nautical paintings by an Essex Sea Captain, Henry Arnold (1838-1912). These renderings offer an excellent view of late 19th Century yachting on the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound.

Displays presenting important aspects of Essex in the past have been set up in the adjacent PRATT HOUSE barn. Very prominently depicted is the production of ivory products, which dominated the local economy for almost100 years.


THE IVORYTON PLAYHOUSE

A THEATER FOR ALL SEASONS

The Ivoryton Playhouse, owned and operated by the Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation, is the oldest professional, self-supporting Summer Theater in the entire United States where Connecticut's own, Katherine Hepburn got her start and a wealth of talent too numerous to list performed!

Summer 2004 means 18 years for River Rep at the historic playhouse located at 103 Main Street in the Village of Ivoryton. This 1998 season opened on a brand new stage. The stage was lowered and resurfaced by the Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation whose main goal is to ensure that the Playhouse continues to be a great source of entertainment for the entire community for many years to come.

Enjoy the River rep's eighteenth season at the Ivoryton Playhouse!

This past year the Playhouse offered a full year-round schedule including two productions for high schools, “The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail,” and “Romeo and Juliet.”  Both productions were tremendously successful and attracted over 26 schools from all across the state.  The Playhouse also presented two community musicals, a professional dance series, a murder mystery, and the premiere of a new musical “Woman of a Certain Age.

In the fall of 2004, the Ivoryton Playhouse Foundation will commence its second season of year-round programming with events for audiences of all ages.

 


WHAT'S THE BEST-KEPT SECRET IN ESSEX?

To find the best kept secret in Essex, just turn the corner to North Main Street and discover the historic 1814 schoolhouse that has been home to the Essex Art Association for more than 50 years!

This non-profit organization provides the opportunity for young talent, students, amateurs, and professional artists to exhibit and sell their work.

The Gallery will be open daily April through October, 1-5 PM. Admission is free. For further information on membership or current show schedule call 860-526-1951. Visit the Essex Art Association on line at http://essex.com/art/

June 26, 27, 28 - HOT STEAMED JAZZ FESTIVAL The Valley Railroad is also the site of Essex' annual HOT STEAMED JAZZ FESTIVAL which started in 1992 with a mission to bring high quality classic, jazz, swing, and blues back to Essex. All proceeds are donated to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp.


THE ESSEX COMMUNITY FUND

The Essex Community Fund wishes to thank the many (over 500) local residents whose thoughtful contributions enabled the Fund to offer grants to over 35 organizations serving the needs of Essex residents. The Community Fund places special emphasis on assisting those groups and programs which serve Essex young people and senior citizens. Organizations which have benefited from the Community Fund are the Shoreline Soup Kitchens, Child and Family Services, Tri-Town Youth Services, Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, The Estuary Council of Senior Clubs, The Salvation Army, The Red Cross, Gateway Counseling, Middlesex Hospital Mental Health Clinic, Nutmeg Big Brothers/Big Sisters Town Camp Scholarship; ARC of the Lower Valley, Literacy Volunteers, FISH, Valley Shore YMCA, Essex Boy Scouts, Essex Cub Scouts, Essex Girl Scouts, Rushford Center, and others. The Community Fund's goal for 2003 is $50,000. The Community Fund hopes to involve the business community in supporting their goal to a greater degree than in years past. The Community Fund also plans on seeking out new projects, which can have a positive impact in Essex. The Essex Community Fund states “Much has been made of the designation 'The Best Small Town in America'.” More importantly, Essex is a Town that cares. The Essex Community Fund thanks those who have helped to make it possible for the Community Fund to assist others.


THE ESSEX GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM


In 1987, the Essex Garden Club began a Scholarship program for local students entering college from public or private secondary schools.  This year the Club awarded a total of $4,000 to two well qualified students who intend to study in the field of environmental science.  We also donated two scholarships to local children to attend summer camp at Bushy Hill.

 

To be considered you must:
Be a high school senior who is a resident of Essex, Centerbrook, or Ivoryton, attending public or private school;
Have a B or better grade average; and,
Be planning to pursue studies related to Environmental Science in an accredited 2 or 4-year school. Field of study may include Biology, Botany, Ecology, Horticulture, Forestry, and Land Conservation. Closely related subjects such as Landscape Architecture may also qualify.

 

Return application form, available from your school guidance counselor, by the date specified by your school.


THE ESSEX GARDEN CLUB LOOKS FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!
Essex Garden Club
P.O. Box 936
Essex, CT 06426
For information, telephone 767-2860


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