Reemsnyder Issues Unequivocal Defense, Misses Port Authority Hearing

OLD LYME – In a letter to the committee submitted in lieu of appearing at a hearing of the state legislature’s Transportation Committee, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder responded to critics of her tenure as finance chair and brief tenure as board chair of the Connecticut Port Authority. Reemsnyder asserted her innocence of any wrongdoing in a strongly worded statement. “I am sorry if anyone has been disappointed by or upset over the media accounts of this matter, but can assure you and the citizens of this state that I have not behaved improperly in this instance or otherwise

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Bufalina — Neapolitan Pizza Worth the Drive

There is enough conflict in the world without needlessly proclaiming any one place the very best pizza on the shoreline, but I suppose it says something that my two companions sparked to the idea on a Friday of a 20-mile trek on I-95 from Old Lyme to Guilford to sit outside on the patio for an early evening dinner at Bufalina. I don’t think anyone questions that Bufalina turns out some of the very best Neapolitan-style pizza in Connecticut — thin, soft, somewhat elastic crust, with a modest cornicione and a defining leopard-skin char. It takes only about 90 seconds,

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Old Lyme Referendum to Fund Sewers on Shoreline Passes 883 to 565

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OLD LYME — A sizable voter turnout to a midsummer referendum gave the Town of Old Lyme the needed approval, by a significant margin, to borrow up to $9.5 million to fund the planning and installation of sewers in the Sound View neighborhood and adjacent “miscellaneous area B” off Route 156. The referendum also gives the Board of Selectmen significant flexibility to negotiate and modify the planning and funding of the project moving forward. In a number of public statements First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder has pledged that the cost to the town will be repaid by property owners in Sound

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A Fleeting Summertime Pleasure of Winter’s Milk, Cato Corner Farm’s Myfanwy

“It’s a Welsh miner’s cheese,” Cathy Bradley explained, offering me a taste of a very approachable, creamy white seasonal hard cheese, reminiscent of a clothbound cheddar. I am standing in the bustling tasting room of Cato Corner Farm, widely considered among very best American cheesemakers, off a small rural road just south of Colchester. There is a small table with a dozen or so cheeses of various varieties — blue, washed rind, aged and milky fresh. I am here for Myfanwy (MA-VAN-WEE) a fleeting seasonal cow’s milk variety now available at the farm, and at farmers markets in Coventry, Colchester

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Architect Chosen, CT Audubon Plans Center in Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center, a local affiliate of the statewide Connecticut Audubon Society, has begun planning and discussions with the town on a new 3000–4000 square foot center on a recently-purchased 1.1 acre undeveloped lot at 314 Ferry Road in Old Lyme. The site, in a residential area near the mouth of Connecticut River, adjoins 16 acres of town-owned open space and state-owned property, potentially allowing visitors access to hiking trails, and to the waterfront at Ferry Landing State Park. “We are rapidly expanding beyond the scope of our current facility in the storefront next

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Refreshment and Respite at Caffé Marche in Old Saybrook

OLD SAYBROOK — A little farther down Main Street, away from the town’s shopping hubbub, is an Italian cafe where one can find refreshment and respite, including homemade gelato and sorbet, pastries baked in-house, coffee, marble-topped tables, an outdoor seating area and wifi. Housed in the historic James Pharmacy at 323 Main St., Caffé Marche (pronounced “Márk-eh”) is named for the region of Italy located east of Tuscany along the Adriatic Sea, where co-owner Paul Angelini is from. “The whole philosophy here is to bring in someone as if they were going to go to the market region of Italy,”

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The Day: High Bacteria Counts at New London Beaches

The Ledge Light Health District announced Thursday that bathing water sampling it conducted on Monday showed that L&M Beach on Pequot Avenue had elevated bacterial levels.

The area was posted with an advisory, and swimming or wading in the waters is discouraged until further notice.

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Public Dollars without Public Scrutiny

The legislation that authorized the state to fund this new organization specifically defined it as a non-public body that would be exempt from public access requirements. Dalio, whose foundation required this arrangement as a condition of their donation, sees this as a strength, telling the AP that “people will feel more free to be open about disagreeing, coming to consensus,” in private conversations.

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WSJ: American Suburbs Swell Again as a New Generation Escapes the City

In an echo of the postwar baby boom, many U.S. suburbs are again suffering growing pains: not enough schools, too much traffic for two-lane roads, and scenic farmland plowed under for housing tracts.

After several years of surging urban growth, Apex and suburbs like it now account for 14 of the 15 fastest-growing U.S. cities with populations over 50,000, according to the census.

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NYT: Right meets Left on Housing Regulation

President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday creating a commission that will recommend ways to cut regulations that stymie new housing construction, embracing an idea shared by affordable housing advocates on the left, and even by Barack Obama.

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