Julia Werth

Julia Werth has 82 articles published.

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70 Years at Odds with Local Zoning in Southeast Connecticut

Lorna Mitchell moved to Lynde Street in Old Saybrook 39 years ago. On the street was a hairdresser and on the far corner where Lynde meets Route 1 was TJ’s restaurant and bar. In every other sense it was a residential neighborhood. The same little houses, many of the same families. It was quiet. “There… Keep Reading

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Light Pollution — from Outer Space to Connecticut

“We made lights and nobody really thought about it and this light pollution thing just happened,” said Pete Strasser, the technical director for the International Dark Skies Association. Light pollution – the artificial brightening of the night sky – is often understood simply as the reason most of us can no longer see the stars.… Keep Reading

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No Explanation for 38% Decline in Vinal Technical High School Enrollment that Bucks Statewide Trends

At the start of the 2013-2014 school year, 656 students attended Vinal Technical High School in Middletown. By last year, that number had dropped to 407. The schools serves students from across Middlesex County, but this year the towns of Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Essex, Deep River and Chester combined to send just 24 students… Keep Reading

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ATV Use Damages New 1000-Acre Preserve in Southeast Connecticut

OLD SAYBROOK — Just four years after its acquisition as a conservation area, the protected vernal pools, scrub-shrub swamp and Atlantic white cedar swamps of The Preserve are being damaged by frequent use of all-terrain vehicles. “Lately there has been more complaints about ATV use than ever,” said Ray Allen, the director of Parks and… Keep Reading

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State Police Open Investigation of Sexual Misconduct at Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

In an email response to an inquiry by staff at CT Examiner, state police confirmed that a male teacher is under investigation for an incident of sexual misconduct at the Lyme-Old Lyme Schools. An initial query to state police regarding alleged “sexual misconduct” did not turn up evidence of the on-going investigation, which was filed… Keep Reading

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As Massachusetts and Rhode Island Begin Aerial Spraying, Mosquitoes in Southeast Connecticut Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

In 14 towns clustered mainly in southeast Connecticut, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been identified in mosquitoes capable of biting and transmitting disease to humans. Two horses have also been infected with the disease and euthanized. “It looks like right now we have quite a bit of activity primarily in the eastern part of the… Keep Reading

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Essex Second in the State on Improved Scores; New London Beats Average; High Needs Scores Jump

On average, just 45 percent of third- through eighth-grade students met individual growth targets on the state’s Smarter Balanced standardized tests during the spring of 2019. In other words less than half of the students are making adequate strides in education this year, explained Ajit Gopalakrishnan, the chief performance officer for the State Department of… Keep Reading

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Positive Tests for Coliform and E. Coli have Old Lyme Reaching for Solutions for Senior Center and Park

OLD LYME — Since the end of June, the Lymes’ Senior Center has been providing bottled water, using paper plates and distributing hand sanitizer to its visitors and employees after the center’s 450-foot-deep well drilled-well, which replaced a shallow dug well in 2014, tested positive for coliform bacteria. The previous well tested positive for both… Keep Reading

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LEARNing Academy in New London Educates Children From Across Southeast Connecticut with Complex Needs

NEW LONDON — In January, after five years of anticipation, Ocean Avenue LEARNing Academy opened for its first full school year, with 57 students and a full team of teachers and medical support providers. The school serves children in 25 towns and 21 school districts across southeastern Connecticut. “Five years ago, when the team sat… Keep Reading

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