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Sound View Residents Question Cost Sharing, Consider Legal Action

OLD LYME — On Tuesday night, Sound View Beach residents spoke out against shouldering the entire $7.44 million cost of installing sewer infrastructure in their beach community. A small number of residents also said they would consult with an attorney concerning the bond question that is expected to go to a town-wide referendum on August… Keep Reading

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Developer Withdraws Smiler’s Wharf Application Prior to Mystic Hearing

STONINGTON — In a three-page letter to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday morning, the developers of the Smiler’s Wharf project formally withdrew their application for a zoning change on their 11-acre Mystic site for an ambitious project that would have comprised a 5-story hotel, a 6-story apartment building, a 200-seat restaurant, townhouses, a… Keep Reading

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A Saturday ‘Ride Along’ with the Old Lyme Police

OLD LYME — On Saturday, July 13, I put on a protective vest, buckled up and joined Old Lyme Police Officer Kevin Roche for his daytime shift.  “I’m guessing you’ve already missed the busiest part of the day,” he said to me as soon as I was in the car. Before 9 a.m. Roche had… Keep Reading

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Jonathan Glenn Court Dedicated at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau

OLD LYME — More than seven years and $14,000 of donations later, the Jonathan Glenn Court at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau was dedicated in the memory of a Lyme-Old Lyme graduate who took his own life on December 21, 2011.  The summer after Glenn’s death, several of his former classmates had the idea to honor… Keep Reading

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Port Authority Funding in Doubt After Green Light

OLD LYME — Contradictory statements from town and state agency officials have raised further doubts about the status of $256,000 in legacy state funding for the Lieutenant River project on Halls Road in Old Lyme — funds that at least one town commissioner believes were green-lighted months earlier by the Connecticut Port Authority.  The funds… Keep Reading

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Volunteer Commissions Struggle to Monitor Easements in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Between 1980 and today, private residents and developers donated approximately 43 conservation easements to the town of Old Lyme. The easements restrict development and use on a portion of each landowner’s property as well as specifying that the town will “vigorously enforce the conditions established.” To date, the town has yet to… Keep Reading

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Developer Withdraws Smiler’s Wharf Application Prior to Mystic Hearing

STONINGTON — In a three-page letter to the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday morning, the developers of the Smiler’s Wharf project formally withdrew their application for a zoning change on their 11-acre Mystic site for an ambitious project that would have comprised a 5-story hotel, a 6-story apartment building, a 200-seat restaurant, townhouses, a… Keep Reading

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“Pipeline Initiative” Provides Intensive Training For Manufacturing in Eastern Connecticut

OLD SAYBROOK — Removing her large welding mask and heavy-duty gloves, Kathryn Mica took a break from welding metal rings onto panels Friday morning in one corner of Sound Manufacturing’s 50,000-square-foot factory floor in Old Saybrook.  “I always worked with kids. I’m a former educator who always had an interest in the arts and a… Keep Reading

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Young Forest Habitat Initiative Brings Balance to Lyme Woodland

LYME – With hardly any tall trees, the ground covered in grasses and sedges, and a few large piles of brush in sight, it seems almost like something has gone wrong. As though something happened here that shouldn’t have. Gone are the rows upon rows of tall oaks and maples, the shade they provide and… Keep Reading

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Business and Residents Split on Smiler’s Wharf in Mystic

MYSTIC — The stark contrast between the residential community’s opposition to the Smiler’s Wharf proposal and the business community’s support of the project continued at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing on Monday night at Stonington High School auditorium.  The commission heard opponents to the project who hadn’t had a chance to speak at… Keep Reading

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Off to New York and the 2019 Whitney Biennial

NEW YORK — The Whitney Museum of American Art’s Biennial is about the “now” of art and reflects the new in architecture through its Renzo Piano structure and the ever-changing nature of New York City. But it’s also a reminder of the “then,” the many artists and biennials that came before, the museum’s previous home… Keep Reading

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Refreshment and Respite at Caffé Marche in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — A little farther down Main Street, away from the town’s shopping hubbub, is an Italian cafe where one can find refreshment and respite, including homemade gelato and sorbet, pastries baked in-house, coffee, marble-topped tables, an outdoor seating area and wifi. Housed in the historic James Pharmacy at 323 Main St., Caffé Marche… Keep Reading

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Editorial: Is Zoning a Promise?

To hear Stonington resident Laura Graham tell it, in Joe Wojtas’ coverage for The Day of a July 8 hearing of the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission, “Zoning is a promise … When a family puts their life savings in a home they count on town officials to protect them.” It should surprise none of… Keep Reading

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Ferdinand the Bull and Lyme Academy of Fine Arts

We have become addicted to immediate gratification. We want greater rewards with less work. We see that attitude in a stock market driven by traders focused on every move by the Federal Reserve, while fundamental research has been relegated to the back burner. We see it in the news where every mis-step by a politician… Keep Reading

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Letter: Plan Contrary to Audubon Mission

To the Editor: I am so upset that an excellent non-profit organization devoted to educational and preservation projects would be so self-centered in their way to approach adding another facility in the Lower Connecticut Valley. This facility would be located in a residential area on a lot that was zoned for a 2,000 sq. ft.… Keep Reading

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Public Dollars without Public Scrutiny

The legislation that authorized the state to fund this new organization specifically defined it as a non-public body that would be exempt from public access requirements. Dalio, whose foundation required this arrangement as a condition of their donation, sees this as a strength, telling the AP that “people will feel more free to be open about disagreeing, coming to consensus,” in private conversations.

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WSJ: American Suburbs Swell Again as a New Generation Escapes the City

In an echo of the postwar baby boom, many U.S. suburbs are again suffering growing pains: not enough schools, too much traffic for two-lane roads, and scenic farmland plowed under for housing tracts.

After several years of surging urban growth, Apex and suburbs like it now account for 14 of the 15 fastest-growing U.S. cities with populations over 50,000, according to the census.

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