Turmoil at Groton Utilities as Leadership Goes Missing

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...were charged with conspiracy and theft in the matter.  The energy cooperative, based in Norwich, had hosted the “strategic retreats” for board members, municipal officials and guests from 2013 through 2016 at a cost of more than $1 million. A planned 2017 trip was canceled after details of the previous...

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Nonprofit Hopes to Raise $30,000 for Racial Justice Murals in 4 Towns

...Murals” to tell previously overlooked stories from the four cities.  In Norwich, for example, the mural will feature David Ruggles, an abolitionist born in Norwich who helped hundreds of people, including Frederick Douglass, escape slavery via the Underground Railroad. Old Lyme’s mural, which will be painted in Old Lyme Middle...

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Hiring Cops is Getting Harder But it’s Partly Their Own Fault

...50 years ago at a school in Norwich three state troopers murdered two unarmed burglars and then planted a gun on them and lied about it. The troopers got off easy on perjury charges. These are among the many reasons for the accountability legislation. As crime has increased lately and...

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Mark Bettencourt Makes His Case for Norwich Mayor

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Norwich City Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt is running against incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom, who is seeking a third term. In 2017, Nystrom was elected with 57 percent of the vote. Bettencourt, who lost to Nystrom in the 2009 Norwich mayoral race, has served on the City Council for...

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Niantic Cinemas Will Roll Film Once Again on Friday

...Ullman, shown on a single screen.  “It’s an excellent movie if you’ve ever seen it, but they were new to the whole process,” said Mitchell, 49. “I think they began to realize quickly it wasn’t working because duplex theatres were popping up in Norwich, Old Saybrook, Groton and Madison, and...

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A Minor Tweak that Doubles Funding for Some Regional Schools

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...dollars.  Legislators also increased the amount of money appropriated for students whose first language is not English and lowered the threshold at which a district is considered to be in “concentrated poverty.” They also broadened the definition of “regional” to include the state’s endowed academies, such as Norwich Free Academy....

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Ørsted – Eversource Donate Funds to Marine Science Education in Groton

...currently serves local Alliance Districts, the state’s lowest performing school districts, including Groton, New London, Norwich, and Middletown.  The program, which was established in 1972, will also provide professional development sessions for teachers.  Michael Ausere, vice president of business development at Eversource, told the audience that fighting climate change would...

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Wave of Teaching Hires Challenges Connecticut’s Job Market

...social workers and psychologists through outside agencies. Norwich schools are hiring 15 specialists, 35 summer school teachers and 14 paraeducators. But there’s a catch — many of these positions may last just one or two years.  The federal government has sent a wave of funding to local schools across the...

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What about Regulating Connecticut’s Internet Broadband

...way of ensuring the best education and economic and health outcomes for families in Waterbury, Norwich, New London, at a likely cost of pennies on the dollar compared to the outcomes of disconnection. That said, if the idea, in part, is to raise everyone’s rates to fund broadband internet for...

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Wage Freeze an ‘Enormous Financial Sacrifice’

...1% have seen their wealth multiply greatly off of the backs of working people. To claim this isn’t a financial sacrifice to these workers comes from a place of privilege I hope to never understand. William “Dan” Stebbins Norwich, CT Stebbins works for the Norwich Department of Social Services, AFSCME Local 714...

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Connecticut Offers Grants to Schools for Emergency Communications

...— Ansonia, Bridgeport, Danbury, Derby, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Norwich, Stamford, Waterbury and Windham.  Scoville said grants would also be available to childcare and daycare centers that have experienced verbal and physical threats, or belong to a community that has experienced threats...

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