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Demolition of Vacant 1930s Dance Hall in Old Lyme Scheduled for Fall

OLD LYME — Abutting neighbors of 58 Hartford Ave. in the Sound View neighborhood received notices on Saturday by mail that owner Frank Noe intended to apply to the town for a demolition permit to take down the long-vacant 1930s-era dance hall in late September or early October. “The former O’Connor’s Dance Hall, or O’Connor’s… Keep Reading

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Few Eligible Families Apply for Daycare Benefit in Southeast Connecticut

On September 1, the reimbursement rate for families receiving state subsidies to send their children to center-based daycare will increase yet again. In the South Central Region, which includes Old Lyme, families that meet the income qualifications and have an infant or toddler in full-time daycare will received $300 per week, an increase of $65… Keep Reading

Old Lyme

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Demolition of Vacant 1930s Dance Hall in Old Lyme Scheduled for Fall

OLD LYME — Abutting neighbors of 58 Hartford Ave. in the Sound View neighborhood received notices on Saturday by mail that owner Frank Noe intended to apply to the town for a demolition permit to take down the long-vacant 1930s-era dance hall in late September or early October. “The former O’Connor’s Dance Hall, or O’Connor’s… Keep Reading

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Reemsnyder Issues Unequivocal Defense, Misses Port Authority Hearing

OLD LYME – In a letter to the committee submitted in lieu of appearing at a hearing of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder responded to critics of her tenure as finance chair and brief tenure as board chair of the Connecticut Port Authority. Reemsnyder asserted her innocence of any… Keep Reading

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Old Lyme’s Economic Development Commission Evaluates the Town’s Strengths and Weaknesses

OLD LYME — “High-quality schools” and a “culture that values the arts” are two of Old Lyme’s top strengths, while a “lack of diverse housing options” for seniors and workers is one of the town’s biggest weaknesses. The town’s opportunities lie in delivering a “Halls Road action plan” and making the community “more connected” through… Keep Reading

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Stonington’s Rob Simmons Takes a Bow

STONINGTON — After November’s election, the blue SUV with “GUNG-HO” license plates won’t be parked at the Town Hall lot as often. That car belongs to First Selectman Rob Simmons, 76, who has chosen not to run for a third term this November.  But the message on the license plates, originating from the Chinese “gōng… Keep Reading

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Sapia Builders Plans Commerical Development in Essex

ESSEX — Sapia Builders Corp. of Old Lyme, has proposed building a 7,400 square foot office building at 130 Dennison Road in Essex. The design of the two-story structure is intended to resemble a barn.  “I’m an Essex local and I grew up on the road that the building would be on. The area has… Keep Reading

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Few Eligible Families Apply for Daycare Benefit in Southeast Connecticut

On September 1, the reimbursement rate for families receiving state subsidies to send their children to center-based daycare will increase yet again. In the South Central Region, which includes Old Lyme, families that meet the income qualifications and have an infant or toddler in full-time daycare will received $300 per week, an increase of $65… Keep Reading

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Connecticut Port Authority Retains $4.77 Million of Legacy Funds — Reallocations On Hold

The Connecticut Port Authority retains $4.77 million of legacy funds leftover from eight municipal dredging projects dating from 2012 to 2016. The funds, administered in a state account, cannot be re-allocated for other maritime projects until approved by the State Bond Commission. The eight projects, totaling $30.39 million, had been administered by the Connecticut Department… Keep Reading

Art & Culture

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The Kate Celebrates 10 Years in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — On September 11, 2019 The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — The Kate — will welcome back Pure Prairie League, the first band ever to perform on their stage, to celebrate ten years of bringing music, opera, dance and theater to downtown Old Saybrook. “Try to imagine Main Street without it now,”… Keep Reading

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The Hops-growing Agriculture Revival in Connecticut

Standing along a row of towering hops vines, known as “bines,” Heather Wilson picked a pale green cone and broke it open to check for ripeness Thursday afternoon. “Rub the cone between your fingers — it should be papery,” she said. “You can feel there’s a lot of moisture there and they still smell a… Keep Reading

Opinion

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Notes From the Editor

I am very excited to announce that on Friday we hired a third reporter with an immediate goal of increasing our coverage of Essex, Old Saybrook and East Lyme. He starts work for us on September 16. That follows a strong launch on May 20, stronger than anticipated growth over the last three months. Perhaps… Keep Reading

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Editorial: Deeply Wrong at The Day

Let’s just say that it is an open secret that something is deeply wrong at The Day, from its wildly gyrating attitude toward the port authority story, to its sometimes snarling headlines, to its willful disregard for context at the expense of the truth. This is not a case of the blind leading the blind,… Keep Reading

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Editorial: Unresolved Questions and Today’s Port Authority Hearings

Twelve weeks ago, someone filed a whistle-blower complaint alleging some sort of misdoings regarding Connecticut Port Authority finances. At the time, Scott Bates was board chair of the Connecticut Port Authority. Bonnie Reemsnyder was finance committee chair. Evan Matthews was executive director. Gerri Lewis was office manager and ethics compliance officer. All have since departed.… Keep Reading

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Of Note: The Matter of Contacting Property Owners Before a Vote

On Thursday, the Old Lyme Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) met for the first time since voters approved a plan to borrow up to $9.5 million to install sewers in the shoreline neighborhood of Sound View. About 40 people attended, many were property owners from the Sound View neighborhood and upset about being saddled with… Keep Reading

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