House Members Debate Marijuana Before Expected Vote

...to the bill, all of which failed.  One amendment raised by State Rep. Greg Howard, R-Stonington, would have expanded law enforcement’s ability to search vehicles if they suspect marijuana use, which failed 81-53 after Democrats raised concerns about racial profiling and clarified that officers are allowed to stop anyone driving...

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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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Greg Howard Sketches Out Year One in the Legislature

...should not include new tax increases, especially with the amount of federal Covid relief Connecticut has received.  As always, constituents are free to reach out to my State Capitol office with any questions or concerns on state issues at Greg.Howard@housegop.ct.gov Greg Howard State Representative 43rd District: Stonington and North Stonington...

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Schools Across the Region Outline Varying Ideas for Spending Federal Dollars

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...dollars will also be directed toward academic tutors, literacy and math intervention at the high school, special education, offsetting the cafeteria deficit and constructing seven temporary “outdoor classrooms” with tents and seating. Stonington “Don’t go into next year with a deficit mindset. Kids will surprise you,” Mary Anne Bruder, the...

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Connecticut Schools Adopt a Variety of Approaches to Reopening

...and they have been remarkable for the entire year.” Teachers in other districts expressed more reluctance.  In Stonington, a survey taken at the end of February found that between 84 and 87 percent of teachers at each of the district’s schools wanted to remain in the hybrid model. Stonington superintendent...

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Spot-On Cooking at The Shipwright’s Daughter in Mystic

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MYSTIC — The kitchen was in a groove on a recent Thursday night turning out dish after dish — small and large, across a tightly-woven menu — spot-on. Roast chicken, potatoes, salt, jus, baby lettuce. Roasted maitake mushroom, cashew cream, spicy oil, garlic and ginger chips. A crudo of Stonington...

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Six Bills To Watch in Connecticut, Say Advocates

...incentivizes solar energy through tax breaks that allows commercial solar facilities to avoid paying municipal property taxes, which really hurts our cities and towns, especially Stonington and Lebanon. The intention is to ensure larger commercial facilities paid their fair share of property taxes. Instead of just taking up this bill...

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Stonington Prepares to Reopen Public Schools

STONINGTON — The Stonington Board of Education on Wednesday night asked Superintendent Van Riley to create a plan that would bring all grades back to in-person learning as soon as possible.  The plan comes in response to demands from parents that the schools reopen, despite teachers and paraeducators asking to...

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New London Teams Up with Local Nonprofits to Host Impromptu Classrooms

...Sailing, which has locations in Stonington and New London, has also tried to provide activities for the kids that go beyond just schoolwork – things like geocaching, sailing, seal watching and excursions to tide pools.  “Our main strength is to be out in the environment,” said Program Director Megan Strand. ...

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The ‘Secular Religion’ of Jennifer Grotz

“March” previously appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review STONINGTON — “What I say instead of ‘I write’ every day is ‘I scribble,’ which to me lowers the stakes,” said poet Jennifer Grotz.  Grotz has published three books of poetry and is at work on her fourth. “I like to just scribble...

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Public Access Television Shines With Pandemic Shutdowns

...says that their production levels have remained the same as always — albeit with COVID precautions.  “It’s a little more challenging, you have to sanitize and everything, but other than that, we’re keeping pretty busy.” Facchini said that the station, which serves Groton, Ledyard, Stonington, North Stonington, and Voluntown, occupies...

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Twenty Three Takes on Tuesday’s Election

I just hope that voters understand that what’s good for teachers is good for kids. I work in the district of Stonington. Which you know, is — how should I put it politely — it’s fairly well off. We do okay. You know, we’re not really hurting for funds. But...

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The Election Blow by Blow for Southeast Connecticut

Against a backdrop of Republican gains in state and federal races across the country, and gains for Democrats on the state level in Connecticut, Republican Greg Howard’s victory over incumbent State Rep. Kate Rotella, D-Stonington, was the exception in southeast Connecticut, where voters largely chose to keep their incumbent representatives...

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Policing Drives Race Between Howard, Rotella

The police accountability bill is at the forefront of the race between first-term incumbent State Rep. Kate Rotella, a Stonington Democrat, and her challenger Greg Howard, a Republican and longtime Stonington police detective. Howard won the endorsement of the Republican Town Committee after Shaun Mastroianni withdrew from the race in...

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Southeast Connecticut Towns Best Statewide Absentee Voting

...percent or higher. In Chester, for example, 83 percent of the people who requested absentee ballots have returned them; in Stonington, 79 percent of the absentee ballots issued have already been returned. The Connecticut Mirror reports that statewide 70 percent of the more than 455,000 people who requested an absentee...

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