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The Hartford Courant
August 16, 2006
http://www.clintonct.com/Clinton town history dates from 1663, when 28 families received permission to settle the area, which was then part of the Homonoscitt Plantation. In 1667, a church was established, and the town took the name Kenilworth, later to be called Killingworth.
In 1838, the southern portion of town was incorporated by the General Assembly as the town of Clinton.
It was named after Dewitt Clinton, who built the Erie Canal. The northern portion retained the name Killingworth.
Clinton, which overlooks Long Island Sound, developed as a fishing and shipbuilding community and still is known for its shoreline ambience.
As in most small New England shore towns, life centered around farming, the water and the church.
In 1701, churchman Abraham Pierson founded a collegiate school, which later moved to New Haven and became Yale University. A statue of Pierson stands on the lawn of the elementary school named in his honor.
Part of historic Boston Post Road (Route 1) is the town's main street. Clinton's town hall, the William Stanton Andrews Memorial Town Hall, is listed on the state registry of historic buildings. It is used throughout the year by several arts organizations for operas, dramas and exhibitions.
Clinton Crossing, a retail outlet complex, is in Clinton. Clinton also is home to Unilever, a toiletry manufacturer.
Other principal industries include agriculture, fishing, small-boat building and the manufacture of plastics and wire. As of 2006, the population was estimated at 13,953.
FOR EMERGENCIES: 911
Ambulance: Clinton Volunteer Ambulance Association, deputy chief of emergency medical services, John Battista, 35-37 E. Main St. Call Clinton Emergency Communications Center, 860-669-8686.
For non-emergency transportation, call Hunter's Ambulance Service Inc., 594 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457, 800-262-4782, or American Medical Response, 58 Middletown Ave., New Haven, CT 06513, 203-562-4104
Animal control officer: Donna Cavanaugh, 860-669-1777; or Clinton Emergency Communications Center, 860-669-8686
Emergency Management: William Fritz, 54 E. Main St., 860-669-0618.
Elections: Municipal elections, Tuesday after first Monday in November, odd-numbered years; state elections Tuesday after first Monday in November, even-numbered years
Fire: Chief, Jeffrey Heser, 35 E. Main St., 860-669-8131, or call Clinton Emergency Communications Center, 860-669-8686. Fire Marshal, Hugh Allen, 18 E. Main St., 860-669-1094
Housing authority: 159 Glenwood Road, 860-669-6383.
Library: Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Turnpike, 860-669-2342. Monday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Maps: Available at town hall, 860-669-9101, and chamber of commerce, 860-669-3889
Middlesex County Revitalization Commission: 393 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457. 860-347-6924.
Police: Chief, Joseph Faughnan, 170 E. Main St., 860-669-0451, or call Clinton Emergency Communications Center, 860-669-8686.
Post office: 2 W. Main St., 06413, 860-669-4155.
Public Works: 117 Nod Road, Edward Vailette, 860-669-6811.
Recreation and sports: The park and recreation department is located in the field house at the Indian River Recreational Complex, 201 Killingworth Turnpike (Route 81). Director of park and recreation, Robert Potter, 860-669-6901.
Refuse disposal: For information, call Pam Dickson, Department of Public Works, town garage, 117 Nod Road, 860-669-6811.
The transfer station/recycling center is at 117 Nod Road. It is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. for residents only. Closed Wed, Sun and Holidays.
It is never open Wednesdays, Sundays, snow days, or holidays. Commercial haulers, businesses and contractors are not permitted to use the transfer station. Residents must obtain permits to use the transfer station.
Permits, in the form of punch cards, are available at the Public Works Department Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
To dispose of household trash, residents must purchase a $20 or $60 punch card. Passes required for all residents to use facility.
Fees for the disposal of brush depend on the size of the vehicle used to cart it. No stumps.
Rate sheets may be obtained from the Public Works Department or the transfer station.
New construction or remodeling debris, creosote- or pressure-treated lumber will not be accepted
Recycling: Estuary Region Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Dump Road, Exit 4, Route 9, Essex, serves the towns of Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Essex, Killingworth, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook.
Hours are select Saturdays, May through October, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Residents must separate and dispose of the following items in the proper areas: motor oil; scrap metal (including appliances); furniture, carpeting and mattresses; glass, cans and plastic labeled 1 and 2; newspaper, magazines and cardboard, used automobile and marine batteries. 860-388-3497.
Town hall: 54 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, 860-669-9333.
Town meetings: Called when needed. For information, call the First Selectman's Office, 860-669-9333.
Web address: http://www.clintonct.com/
First Selectman: William W. Fritz Jr., 860-669-9333
Board of selectmen:
Town clerk: Karen Marsden, 860-669-9101.
Assessor: Christine Barta, 860-669-9269
Building official: Justin Rossetti, 860-669-9118
Director of Health: Mary Jane Engle, Conn. River Area Health, 302 Main St., Old Saybrook. 860-395-2482.
Public Works Director: Edward Vailette, 860-669-6811
Registrars of voters: June Hansen, Democrat; Wendy McDermott, Republican, 860-669-6436
Tax collector: Melanie Yanus, 860-669-9067
Zoning enforcement officer: Thomas Lane, 860-669-6133.
Licenses and permits: Birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, dog, hunting and fishing licenses and information about voter registration available from the town clerk's office, 54 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 860-669-9101.
Building permits available from the building department, 54 E. Main St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 860-669-9118.
Gun permits are available at the police department, East Main Street, 860-669-0451.
Child-abuse hotline: State Department of Children and Families child abuse and neglect careline, 800-842-2288.
Child care and protection: Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, 190 Westbrook Road, Essex, CT 06426, 860-767-0147.
Child support information and problem resolution unit: Support Enforcement Division of Superior Court: 800-228-5437.
Clinton Youth and Family Service Bureau: Director Barbara Small, 112 Glenwood Road, 860-669-1103.
Community Renewal Team Inc., Middlesex Services: 44 Hamlin St., Middletown, 06457, 860-347-4465.
Connecticut Legal Services: 587 Main St., New Britain; 800-233-7619; Statewide legal services, 800-453-3320.
Infoline: Referrals, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, 800-203-1234.
SARAH: 246 Goose Lane, Guilford, CT 06437, 203-458-4040. Programs for people with disabilities.
Social Services: Ann Schmid, 860-669-7347.
Community Health Center: 114 East Main St., Clinton. For medical and mental health service, 860-664-0787.
Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore: 25 Middlesex Turnpike, Essex. 860-767-1202.
Women and Families Center, Sexual Assault Crisis Service: 29 Crescent St., Middletown, CT 06457, 860-344-147424-hour hotlines: 888 999-5545 for English.
Clubs and organizations
Chamber of commerce: 50 E. Main St., Clinton, CT 06413. 860-669-3889.
Clinton Bluefish Festival Committee: Cheryl Church, 860-663-1195.
Democratic Town Committee: Chairman Lawrence Ouellette Jr., 860-669-4585.
Friends of the Library: Henry Carter Hull Library, 860-669-2342.
Historical society: 860-669-2148.
Republican Town Committee: Secretary Joanne Dolan, 860-669-5049.
Shoreline Arts Alliance: 725 Boston Post Road, Guilford, 06437, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 203-453-3890.
Day-care centers: Call Child Care Infoline for information about day-care options in your town, 211 or 800-505-1000.
State Sen. Eileen M. Daily (D): 103 Cold Spring Drive, Westbrook, CT 06498; home: 860-399-7342; Capitol, 800-842-1420.
State Rep. Brian O'Conner (R), 45 Fairy Dell Road, Clinton, CT 06413; home: 860-669-9430; Capitol: 860-240-8585.
Stanton House: 63 E. Main St., 860-669-2132. Open for tours by appointment; leave a message.
Ethel Peters Complex: Glenwood Road
Indian River Recreational Complex: 201 Killingworth Turnpike. A 47-acre sports complex with soccer and baseball fields, walking trails, fishing
Town beach: Waterside Lane
Peters Memorial Woods: Valley Road
Railroad Amtrak: Intercity rail passenger information, reservations: 800-872-7245. Passenger station for Amtrak and Shoreline East Commuter Rail Service; Saybrook Junction Marketplace, 455 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, 06475. 860-388-3741.
Boy Scouts: Connecticut Rivers Council, 60 Darlin St., East Hartford, CT 06128, 860-289-6669.
Girl Scouts: Connecticut Trails Council, 20 Washington Ave., North Haven, CT 06473, 800-922-2770 or 203-239-2922. As of Oct. 1 the new name will be the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. They can be reached at 1-800-922-2770, statewide.
Estuary Council of Seniors Inc.: 220 Main St., Old Saybrook, CT 06475, 860-388-1611.
Social Security: 425 Main St., Middletown, CT 06457, 860-347-8562.
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