House Members Debate Marijuana Before Expected Vote

...particulars of the proposal.  The State Senate will reconvene at 9:30 AM on Wednesday to vote on the bill, assuming the legislation, as expected, passes the House later this evening.  State Rep. Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme, opened her questioning with a statistic. She cautioned her fellow legislators against following the...

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Wave of Teaching Hires Challenges Connecticut’s Job Market

Madison is hiring two new teachers for the fall. East Lyme needs two kindergarten teachers, two second grade teachers, a social worker and six paraeducators. Stonington plans to hire at least 20 teachers, tutors and interventionists. Region 4 and Guilford are hiring permanent substitutes. Old Saybrook is hiring temporary therapists,...

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$142 Million East Lyme Exit 74 Project Delayed Two Years

EAST LYME — Changes to the I-95 interchange with Route 161 at Exit 74 on I-95, including the replacement of the bridge, will begin in Spring 2023, rather than this summer, as previously reported in 2019.  The project, which is expected to last three years, is in semi-final design review,...

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Lawmakers Sound off on Budget with Bipartisan Support

...dries up.  Republican lawmakers, including State Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, praised the decision not to raise taxes, an issue they had highlighted over the course of budget negotiations.  “We were able to bring attention to some of the proposed taxes we didn’t agree with, and as a consequence, they...

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City Dock Opens at Custom House Pier in New London

...in January we were told that the little word ‘permanent’ in the statute meant the restaurant has to be a permanent structure,” said Maratta, who is president of Restaurant Consultants, Inc., which owns The Pavilion in Old Lyme and Sunset Ribs in Waterford.  Frank Maratta, owner of City Dock Restaurant...

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Formica Explains His ‘No’ on Marijuana

...confident it will pass before the end of the session at midnight.  After a debate that stretched for hours, Connecticut Examiner spoke with several legislators to get insight into how they ended up deciding to cast their votes. State Sen. Paul Formica, R-East Lyme, was one of the votes against...

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Witness Stones Dedicated to 14 Enslaved in Old Lyme

...was embedded in our history from the time of the town’s founding,” she said.  In the historic town of Lyme, which included Lyme, Old Lyme, and parts of East Lyme and Salem, there were more than 200 enslaved African Americans and Native Americans between 1670 and 1820, according to Witness...

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Long-time Selectman Kevin Seery Announces Run for East Lyme Office

EAST LYME — With local Republican leaders standing alongside him, long-time East Lyme selectman Kevin Seery announced he would be running as a Republican for first selectman this November. Seery has been serving as one of the town’s three elected selectmen since 2011, and has been deputy first selectman since...

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Can Equity and the Nuclear Family Coexist?

...and we pretend to work.” Various versions of this formulation have been tried via communism – property is held by the state and people receive according to their needs.  Rather than talk about Russia, East vs. West Germany, Cambodia etc., it is perhaps more instructive to look at the various...

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Schools Across the Region Outline Varying Ideas for Spending Federal Dollars

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...American Rescue Plan. The proposals include a variety of projects, from outdoor classrooms to bilingual therapists, summer enrichment and chromebooks. Here is a rundown, district by district: Lyme-Old Lyme Ian Neviaser, superintendent at Lyme-Old Lyme schools, said the district won’t be using the combined $1.48 million in federal aid for...

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Gateway Approves Outdoor Restaurant Application, Outlines Further Issues for Old Saybrook Zoning

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...Chester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook — on and along the Connecticut River. A review by Gateway considers the natural and traditional river scene, including the development pattern of the area, building height, density and setbacks, said Willis. In this case, the long-standing commercial...

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Districts Opt to Exclude Remote Learners from High School Prom

...event while remote learners in Old Saybrook, Region 4 and Stonington still can.  Even in districts like Lyme-Old Lyme where distance learners have been prevented from participating in sports, students like Verrilli are allowed to attend prom and other end-of-year activities, said James Wygonik, principal of Lyme-Old Lyme High School....

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Guilford P&Z Votes for Change to Allow for Multifamily Development

...the Niantic Village Crossing complex in East Lyme, where two-bed, three-bath condominiums have been listed for about $300,000. “We’re always going to do something quality, but we can do something that people can afford, as well,” Navarro said. Members of the commission expressed concerns about the possibility that the sale...

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Bipartisan Deal on Unemployment to Address $712 Million Debt

...count against their employer,” said Rep. Holly Cheeseman, R-East Lyme. “Raising it to $1,600 still doesn’t put us at the national average, but it does say that you should have real engagement with the labor market to claim unemployment.”  Rep. Sean Scanlon, D-Guilford, said the bill should move out of...

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