Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Plans Independent Future, Adds Seat for Town, Offers Fall Classes

OLD LYME — After months of uncertainty and miscommunication between Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and the town, the organization’s board has added a seat for the office of first selectman, as the newly-relaunched academy begins to plan for an independent future without the University of New Haven. “We wanted to have local representation on the board because we are up and starting anew for the school. It’s good to have the channels of communication open between the town and us,” said Frank Burns, the executive director of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. “We wanted the first selectman because it

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Essex and Westbrook Stand Pat as Southeast Connecticut Chooses Regionalized Health

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health has actively encouraged towns across the state to join regionalized health districts in an effort to simplify the enforcement state laws and regulations, to professionalize staff, improve the availability of services, and further a unified approach public health problems. The towns of Essex and Westbrook have bucked that trend, opting instead to maintain local independent services. “The health department is responsible for health outcomes, and the health outcomes in our state are in the top five in the country, but we do have pockets of very poor health outcomes in our cities,” Needleman said.

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Newly-Elected Connecticut Port Authority Chair Reemsnyder Resigns over Misuse of Funds

At a special meeting of the Connecticut Port Authority in Hartford Wednesday, newly-elected chair Bonnie Reemsnyder resigned following a number of questions about financial and personnel issues dating back to at least 2016. “Bonnie resigned as chairman at the outset … and indicated her intention to resign from the board following today’s meeting,” said David Kooris, Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, formerly vice chair of the authority and the new acting chair, at the meeting.  Shortly after her announcement to the board, Gov. Ned Lamont released a statement calling for her resignation for actions that he

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Review: Six Courses at Grano Arso in Chester

Chef Joel Gargano, who co-owns Grano Arso, a phrase that means “burnt wheat,” with his wife, Lani Gargano, said his philosophy of the tasting menu is a culinary journey that represent the pinnacle of flavor created from ingredients from multiple sources.

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