Zoning Changes for Groton Get Mixed Reception at Wednesday Hearing

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GROTON — In a public hearing Wednesday, the Zoning Commission heard both positive and negative public feedback on proposed updates to the Town of Groton’s zoning regulations. In a presentation before about 30 people at the Town Hall Annex, Jeff Davis, senior planner with Horsley Witten Group of Providence, an engineering and environmental consulting firm hired for the zoning revision, explained the town’s motivation for changing its zoning regulations. “First and foremost, we wanted to make the regulations easier to read and understand and we also wanted the processes for development and permitting to be clearer,” he said. Other goals

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Beaches Residents to Old Lyme: Let us Get to Work

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OLD LYME — Three chartered beach communities, each with their own Water Pollution Control Authority, say they are ready to move ahead with building sewers but have been delayed by the Town of Old Lyme’s failure to provide timely zoning variances and easements. In a meeting at the CT Examiner office on Thursday, Scott Boulanger of Miami Beach Association, Frank Noe of Old Colony Beach Club Association and Dede DeRosa of Old Lyme Shores Beach Association, who are members of their respective WPCAs, said they needed the town to provide a variance for the installation of a pump station either

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Hotelier Mallory Details Mystic Seaport Hotel Plan

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MYSTIC — Mystic Seaport Museum announced plans Thursday to demolish its Latitude 41° Restaurant & Tavern and construct a 20-25 room hotel with a restaurant and event space on the property’s 1.36-acre parcel that fronts the Mystic River at 105 Greenmanville Ave. “It’s essentially replacing the building that’s there in terms of its size and scale. The current building is around 24,000 square feet and that’s essentially about the size of the new building, but instead of being on the road it will be closer to the water,” said Charles Mallory, founder and CEO of Greenwich Hospitality Group, which will

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Reiner Aims to Set the Table

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With thousands of hires expected at Electric Boat in the coming decade, Jon Reiner, Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Groton, describes his work as “setting the table” for investment in housing, business opportunities and redevelopment of older buildings and neighborhoods. Reiner, who was hired by the town in 2014, said his focus has been on finding out what Groton residents want and shaping the town’s future through marketing and zoning tools that attract the right kind of investment.

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Waterford Considers Loosening FEMA Compliance

“What we’re finding is if residents have to replace a roof, say, on a smaller beach cottage that was converted to a full-time residence over the years, they can get to the 50 percent quickly, so we’re trying to find a reasonable balance,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re not being too lax and also make sure people can reasonably maintain their homes and the fabric of the neighborhood and community.”

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Breaking Ground on Affordable Housing in New London

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“What this represents to us is not only saving a structure that many, many people in the city have memories of coming to... We have nearly 1,000 units of housing in the planning stages and at least 20 percent of that is going to be affordable housing. It’s very, very important going forward that we provide the housing for all the socioeconomic levels that make up this great city,” New London Mayor Mike Passero said.

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Middle Haddam Picnic Honors WWII Vets

Charles Alex, age 99, of New Britain, who was the oldest veteran at the picnic, served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. At the end of 1940, he joined the Army as an infantryman in the 43rd division, serving in the Pacific in New Guinea and the Philippines for three years. In 1944 and 1945, he served in Germany and France.

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Murphy, Reiner, Meiser on Growing Southeast Connecticut

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At the “Groton Business Update” event, Murphy spoke to about 200 chamber members at the Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa in Groton. He was joined by speakers Jonathan Reiner, director of planning and development for the Town of Groton, and Dan Meiser, Stonington-based restaurateur and chair of the Connecticut Restaurant Association.

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1861 Flag Flies over Lyme Street Parade

Old Lyme — Raised aloft on a sail mast improvised as sturdy dowel, a 13-feet-tall by 18-feet-wide American flag with 34 stars fluttered in the breeze on Lyme Street as the Memorial Day parade streamed by on Monday morning. Constructed in 1861, the flag belongs to Polly Merrill, of Old Lyme, who inherited it from her uncle, Frederic DuBois, in the 1980s. DuBois made a tradition of displaying the flag on Independence Day in front of his home in Des Moines, Iowa, and was photographed with the flag flying from a rigged-up clothesline for an article in the Ames Tribune

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“A Big Vegetable Weekend”

“This weekend is traditionally when people come to get all their vegetable plants because they have time off on Monday and it’s past the full moon so it’s past the last frost date, so this is when everybody comes for vegetables,” said Diane Ballek. “So, we’ve filled the whole area with vegetables.”

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Old Lyme Budget Approved and Explained

About 40 residents who attended the Annual Budget Meeting at the middle school Monday night unanimously approved a number of agenda items, including the town’s 2019-2020 budget as well as Open Space Acquisition funds for the purchase of 300 acres of McCulloch Farm.

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Earth Abides

CT Examiner senior reporter Cate Hewitt is currently reading "Earth Abides," a dystopian novel about the aftermath of a catastrophe that has wiped out almost the U.S. entire population.

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