🌱Utility bills on the rise + cannabis change in Essex

Hello, everyone! It’s Karena Garrity, your host of the Essex-Chester-Deep River Daily – here to tell you everything you need to know about what’s happening in the city these days. In today’s issue, we cover these stories and more…

  • Energy costs will rise in Connecticut!
  • Cannabis in Essex?
  • Have fun with your Thanksgiving guests!

But first today’s weather:

Mostly sunny and cold. High: 41 Low: 27.

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Here are the top stories in Essex-Chester-Deep River today:

  1. Connecticut’s energy bills could rise sharply on Jan. 1. According to New Hampshire Public Radio, “Connecticut’s two largest electric utilities filed Thursday for a massive rate hike. The proposal could increase the average electricity bill for Eversource and United Illuminating residential customers by about $80 a month and would go into effect Jan. 1.
    Eversource and UI’s eye-popping inquiries come as the state heads into winter, prompting an immediate flood of responses from consumer advocates and politicians. Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont said Eversource and UI are enjoying “historic gains” while “customers face economic difficulties” and urged both utilities to “find long-term solutions that protect us from the volatility of global fossil fuel markets.” to free”. But no long-term solution will solve the more immediate problem: how to reduce a massive rate demand fueled by skyrocketing global energy costs, which state law essentially allows utilities to pass directly to customers. “Today’s record increases in electricity tariff generation proposed by Eversource and United Illuminating demonstrate how flawed our energy markets are and how these failings are hurting Connecticut homes,” said Sen. Norm Needleman (D-Essex), co-chair of Das Energy & Technology Committee said in a statement. (New Hampshire Public Radio)
  2. According to Zip06.com”In a unanimous decision at its November 1 meeting, the Essex Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) approved a text change that would allow cannabis to be grown and sold. The vote came after the Commission’s first and only public hearing on the subject. Ahead of an Aug. 2 meeting, PZC members received a draft proposed amendment to the zone text to add a section on the cultivation and sale of cannabis for adult use and the dispensing and production of medical marijuana. At that meeting, the commissioners voted in favor of the amendment and scheduled a public hearing for October 4th. The October 4 session was canceled and the public hearing continued until the November 1 session. According to the newly approved text amendment, “there shall be no marijuana dispensaries, medical marijuana production sites and adult (recreational) cannabis retail sale and cultivation in the City of Essex pending a specific exemption from the Commission.” While the text permits the sale of According to Land Use Official Carey Duques, the text change identifies three distinct areas in the city that would allow cannabis-related facilities to be considered To allow restricted zone applications, the text amendment also bans marijuana- and cannabis-related facilities within the same building or building used for residential purposes, and bans facilities within 1,500 feet of a school or within 200 feet of a religious facility .” (Zip06.co m)
  3. Looking for something fun to do with Thanksgiving guests? According to a Facebook post on the City of Chester page The Chester Museum at The Mill is open on Friday and Saturday afternoons after Thanksgiving from 1pm to 4pm We’ve found in the past that people welcome this opportunity to entertain their guests. Of course it is free for all visitors. [Also,] Chester is filled with many beautiful historic homes. We are proud of our rich history! The Chester Historical Society is celebrating the city by publishing a new edition of The Houses & History of Chester. When it was published in 1984, it included the history of 180 buildings constructed up to 1875. Now they are looking forward to starting work on a new version with updates to the historic houses and will now also include houses built up to 1900. If you own a home that falls into this category please email us at [email protected] with your residential address.” (City of Chester via Facebook)

Today in Essex-Chester-Deep River:

  • Family Thanksgiving Movie and Centerpiece Event (3:00 p.m.)
  • Shell & Bee Studio: Heal Creatively (4:00 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Essex Steam Train & Riverboat: “Thank you to everyone who came to our opening night dress rehearsal last Saturday! All of us at The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat are ready for some Christmas magic!” (Essex Steam Train & Riverboat via Facebook)
  • Chester CT Historical Society: “Now you can watch our film of the 1982 flood and hear people’s memories of it (and when the back of the Pattaconk restaurant collapsed, see photos). It’s here on our website.” (Chester CT Historical Society via Facebook)
  • Deep River Public Library: “Librarians can do it! #bookaddict #books #book #booknerd #bookstagram #library #librarylife #readersofinstagram #readersgonnaread #readingtime #reading” (Deep River Public Library via Facebook)
  • Office for Youth Services of the Tri-Cities: “Don’t forget to let your little turkeys make a turkey with this Craft of the Month!” (Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau via Facebook)
  • Office for Youth Services of the Tri-Cities: “Behaviors are non-verbal communication. Take the time to “listen,” connect, and love them.” (Tri-Town Youth Services Bureau via Facebook)

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Now you’re up and ready to go this Saturday! See you tomorrow for your next update.

Karen Garrity

About me: I am a Connecticut native, currently residing in the tri-town community of Chester, Deep River, and Essex. I’ve been a community reporter for almost 20 years. I love my small town community and am honored to be a part of Patch.com. You can reach me at …; [email protected]

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