East Hampton, CT

A Rich History - A Bright Future

In Honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Town of East Hampton

Compiled by the East Hampton Public Library with special thanks to Jane Dumont, Colin Piteo, the East Hampton 250th Anniversary Committee, the Chatham Historical Society, the East Hampton Police Department, the East Hampton VFW, the Water Pollution Control Authority and the East Hampton Parks and Recreation Department.

 

 

1976

All probate court records now stored on microfilm at Iron Mountain.

Bellwood Court, housing for the elderly, accepted its first tenants.

East Hampton Youth Services system established in June.

 

1977   

Lifetime sporting licenses issued for residents over 65.

Middle Haddam Historic District Commission established by vote of land owners in April.

Municipal sewer system approved in May and includes Colchester CT.

Recreational facility including basketball and tennis courts developed adjacent to Sears Park.

 

1978

East Hampton resident William (Bill) O’Neill elected Lt. Governor of the State of Connecticut.

Most severe winter in 100 years highlighted by “Storm Larry”.

East Hampton joined the regional communications system using the 911 phone number.

Due to vandalism, Sears Park begins manning entrance and charging parking fees.

Old Home Day tradition resurrected after the event ended in 1961 due to lack of interest.

 

1979

Water Pollution Control project began construction.

East Hampton acquired real estate to build a multipurpose center to house the Library, Senior Center and Child Care.

Completed house numbering system set up to assist residents, emergency services and post office.

Economic Development Commission established by town ordinance.

Jaws of Life purchased for $6,000.

 

1980

East Hampton resident William (Bill) O’Neill becomes the Governor of Connecticut when Governor Ella Grasso resigns due to health reasons.

Town Planning Department established to coordinate activities of various real estate commissions.

Middle Haddam Elementary School closed due to cost saving reorganization.

New 16 mm projector donated for use at the East Hampton Public Library.

 

1981

$30 million dollar sewer project commenced and installation of all major sewer lines completed.

Town acquired three year $1.2 million grant to rehabilitate the Village Center.

Special education system established in each school.

Two new 2,000 gallon water tankers purchased for the Fire Department.

 

1982

East Hampton Resident William (Bill) O’Neill elected to a full term as Governor of Connecticut.

Feds declared East Hampton a natural disaster area due to June storm flooding.

Water Pollution Control Plant opened in October.

 

1983

HUD grants received to revitalize the Village Center and improve housing in the lake area.

Operations for the East Hampton sewer system and treatment plant began in July.

Fire Company #3 was constructed on White Birch Road and dedicated in July.

Home occupations and uses of property now required a permit from Zoning.

Town residents voted to appropriate $2,280,000 to build a new town library

 

1984

Police Department presented with VCR system by community for training and investigations.

“Smoke” K9 a welcome addition to the Police Department.

Elderly housing project, Chatham Acres, completed in May.

East Hampton Community Center ground breaking celebration November with site work well underway.

 

1985

Fire department took delivery of a new rescue vehicle and a tele-squirt in June.

Town Clerk’s office became computerized for land records and dog licenses.

Library is integrated as a town department.

Water contamination involving benzene and industrial solvent pollutants found in town center wells.

Hurricane Gloria hit East Hampton causing downed trees and power loss for many residents.

 

1986

East Hampton Resident William (Bill) O’Neill re-elected as Governor of Connecticut.

East Hampton Community Center housing the Library, Senior Center, and child care was dedicated in July.

500 lb bronze bell cast in 1909 raised to the bell tower of the new Community Center.

 

1987

The town purchased property north side of Sear’s Park for picnic area and Recreation offices.

Charter Revision Commission appointed by the selectmen in January.

New East Hampton town flag design unveiled in June.

 

1988

East Hampton Social Services Department created.

East Hampton High School granted full accreditation for ten years.

East Hampton Public Library joined the LION (Libraries-On-Line) automation system.

 

1989

Recycling program for waste oil and newspapers established.

Police Commission disbanded in favor of Town Council oversight.

Lake Patrol formalized by Police Department.

East Hampton Conservation Commission formed.

Rural Route Transit System began providing bus service to and from Middletown.

Old town garage in Village Center demolished.

Library Advisory Board disbanded.

 

1990

No Smoking policy adopted for public buildings.

Drug Awareness Resistance Education program D.A.R.E. established and introduced into school system.

Reconstruction of boat launch at Sear’s Park.

Graphic Information System (GIS) used to develop new zoning map.

 

1991

Memorial School added 22 new classrooms and a gymnasium.

Roof replaced on the East Hampton Community Center.

 

1992

East Hampton Public Library went online.

High School renovations and upgrade completed.

Playscape at Memorial School built by volunteers.

George C. Fowler, East Hampton’s first police chief and a former chairman of the board of selectmen, died at the age of 80.

 

1993

Difficult winter with 46.5 inches of snow. 15 inches from the “Storm of the Century” in March.

Schools adopted an AIDS curriculum K-12 as well as Drug and Alcohol curriculum.

Community Water System completed in Village Center.

First annual Belltown Business Showcase.

Loyalty Day Parade (VFW) held in East Hampton.

Fifty thousand little white bells, each emblazoned with the Presidential Inaugural Committee's seal, were made by workers at Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Co. and delivered in time for President Bill Clinton’s pre-inaugural Bell for Hope ceremony in suburban Virginia.

 

1994

Center Elementary School renovations and upgrade completed.

East Hampton blanketed in 84.9 inches of snow over the winter.

Ice dam caused damage in Community Room of Community Center.

Spring fever took a curious turn at Center School when five fifth-grade boys arrived for class in skirts. Their play for cooler clothing got them credit for creativity, while the principal won praise for taking their dress in stride.

High school offers laboratory-based course, Scientific Principles of Technology.

East Hampton schools linked through cable television to other local schools.

 

1995

East Hampton High School under a new roof.

East Hampton Middle School teachers have a motto of "learning to learn."

First state championship for the East Hampton Soccer 12-and-under indoor Club.

Permanent panel oversees the health of signature natural resource, Lake Pocotopaug.

Middle Haddam, CT 170-year-old historic old stone bridge abutment reconstructed.

 

 

1996

Town land records micro-filmed.

East Hampton Ambulance Association purchased 1996 Horton ambulance.

Comstock Bridge historic site received facelift, lights and paint job.

$24.5 million major reconstruction of the four schools in town completed.

Youths learn diversity with IDEAS, state-funded local program linking local schools.

Library Card Catalog replaced with computer.

 

1997

East Hampton Youth Center, located in a former movie theater finally opened.

Telecommunications tower erected atop Baker Hill, former site of World War II navigation beacon.

Community billboard placed at the entrance to the East Hampton mall.

Seven of East Hampton's eight Police cruisers now equipped with IBM 380 laptop computers.

Center school’s "Auction for Technology" raised funds to upgrade the computer lab and purchase additional computers

 

1998

Technology plan for town and schools developed to take the town into the 21st century.

Sears Park renovated.

Swimming temporarily suspended at Sears Park public beach due to high levels of bacteria.

Three day Carnival to celebrate Fire Department’s 75th anniversary and express gratitude.

O'Neil Cove on the east side of Lake Pocotopaug undergoes major dredging project.

Historic “Book Passing Line” from old library to new celebrated Library 100th anniversary.

 

1999

Memorial Elementary School parents and staff held auction to acquire new computers.

Joseph Goff house reconstruction broke ground.

Second phase commenced on the town's section of "Air Line" rail trail.

Access to an abandoned, dilapidated railroad bridge in the village section of town was cut off.

Storm Floyd takes life of state’s largest paper birch tree.

 

2000

Gill affliction from dead algae toxins suffocated 10,000 fish in Lake Pocotopaug.

Air Line Trail connected Route 85 to East Hampton with new footbridge spanning Jeremy River.

State’s last Ben Franklin store closed in East Hampton Mall.

 

2001

Skateboard Park behind Fire station completed.

Lightning strike damaged phone lines and electronic equipment in town hall complex.

East Hampton's police force received two donated AR-15 assault rifles.

Students firmly on the information fast track with 77 donated personal computers.

 

2002

Town joins regional health district anchored in East Hampton.

Joseph N. Goff house completed with original doorbell made by town’s Gong Bell Co.

 

2003

Firefighters receive new fire coats and trousers.

90-year-old Sears Park pavilion destroyed by fire.

New $2.1 million high school athletic facility dedicated in April.

VFW receives a long awaited piece of history, AH-1 Cobra gunship for permanent display.

 

2004

State funded repairs for popular artesian drinking spring in Salmon River State Park.

Sear’s Park Lions Club picnic shelter, donated and built by local members, was dedicated in July.

Town approved Sears Park expansion and purchased $310,000 lakefront parcel.

Bellwood Court and Chatham Acres underwent makeovers with $500,000 in federal grants.

 

2005

East Hampton Lions Club sponsored fundraiser to benefit victims of the South Asian tsunami.

Rebuilt Sears Park lakefront pavilion dedicated in April.

Police Department participated shutting down two methamphetamine drug labs in homes.

Newly formed Chatham Party wins a majority of Town Council seats in November election.

 

2006

Summit Thread Powerhouse contamination cleaned with $2,000,000 grant.

 

2007

Town approved One Million Dollars to rebuild small Main Street Bridge.

Town received $400,000 federal grant to clean up contaminated Gong Bell site.

Governor William A. O'Neill, 77, of East Hampton, died peacefully at his home.

Chatham Party, in control of the East Hampton Town Council, votes out longtime Town Manager Alan Bergren.

Chatham Dental Care opens for business in East Hampton.

Hundreds gather in St. Patrick Church to remember former CT Governor and East Hampton resident William (Bill) O’Neill.

The Republican Party retakes control of the Town Council and fire new town manager James Thomas a week before his start date.

 

2008

Obsolete, deteriorating water tower on Walnut Street demolished using $300,000 federal grant.

Bellringers girls won Class SS Cross Country CIAC state championship.

School board looks at possible East Hampton High School renovation.

Belltown native starts Salon d'Amore.

Nine-hour standoff with police ends in East Hampton man’s death.

Hope Church comes to East Hampton CT.

Belltown welcomes Heather’s Fine Jewelry store.

 

2009

Route 66 renamed to Governor William A. O'Neill Memorial Highway in December.

Future water rights secured with $790,000 Okum Dock permanent easement purchase.

East Hampton Council merges boards and committees. Brownsfields Steering Committee and the Redevelopment Agency become the Brownsfield and Redevelopment Agency.  The Lake Pocotopaug Commission and the Conservation Commission become the Conservation and Lake Commission.

East Hampton residents approve water source acquisition in Cobalt.

East Hampton joins six other towns for new probate court.

 

2010

Town council approved ordinance exempting certain disabled veterans from paying property taxes on their residences.

East Hampton Shaw’s becomes Stop & Shop.

Sears Park celebrates 100 years.

Town Manager Jeffrey O’Keefe eliminates police chief position; controversy ensues.

Former Police Chief Matt Reimondo sues East Hampton to get his job back.

Town manager Jeffrey O’Keefe resigns.

Former Police Chief Matt Reimondo is reinstated.

 

2011

Police Chief Matt Reimondo under fire after racially insensitive emails surface.

Bellringers won first Class S Baseball CIAC state championship.

School start delayed one week due to Tropical Storm Irene damage and power outages.

Construction begins in East Hampton on New Hope Church.

 

2012

Bevin’s Brothers Factory destroyed by fire.

Michael Maniscalco appointed Town Manager of East Hampton CT.

The inaugural season for the East Hampton Hawks Youth Football and Cheerleading Association was a rousing success.

 

2013

East Hampton, CT resident Erin Brady crowned Miss USA. Ms. Brady went onto place 6th in the Miss Universe competition that same year.

Sears Park’s new gazebo dedicated Governor William O'Neill who died in 2007.

Voters in East Hampton pass a $50 million East Hampton High School renovation project.

East Hampton introduces electric car charging station.

Chatham Historical Society to celebrate 50 years with celebration.

 

2014

Bellringers boys won Class S Soccer CIAC state championship.

K. LaMay’s opens up in cobalt serving the CT classic steamed cheeseburger.

East Hampton awarded $500,000 STEAP grant toward phase 2 of Watrous St. Redevelopment Project.

 

2015

East Hampton High School $51 million overhaul renovations continued.

Natural gas available in town for the first time with 11 mile pipeline completed.

First annual ‘Hometown Heroes’ celebration honors seven residents in East Hampton.

East Hampton Board of Education sues the Town over the process to appoint new members resulting from vacancies.

East Hampton voters pass new fire truck purchase.

 

2016

East Hampton council sends Town Charter revision to a vote.

Voters decide to bifurcate the town and school budgets and swear in new office holders immediately after an election.

State awards $583,800 grant to connect East Hampton Air Line State Park trail to Portland.

Police Department Prisoner Processing Room remodeled and updated.

Parks and Recreation installs new temporary ice skating rink at Sears Park.

 

2017

250th Anniversary Celebration is declared, a committee is formed, an anniversary logo is designed, banners and signs commemorating the occasion are hung in town, events planned throughout the year.

The bridge over Christopher Brook is dedicated to Jim Morris.

Bevin House Mansion turned into new East Hampton, CT Bed & Breakfast

New Town Hall, Police Station, Board of Education and Parks and Recreation Facility is proposed and will be voted on November 7.

East Hampton High School Principal John Fidler dies suddenly while on vacation in Maine.

250th Anniversary Celebration culminates with the November 5th Gala at St. Clement’s Castle in Portland (originally Chatham).

 

2018

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