Under earlier rules governing a $1.6 million Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) grant given to Old Lyme in 2015 for dredging, the town will be able to redirect $256,000 of funding unused for the original project toward a plan to build a ramp and platform on the west bank of the Lieutenant River near Halls Rd.More
Two months ago, the town of Stonington provided the Connecticut of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) with a zoning map amendment for the proposed Smiler’s Wharf development in downtown Mystic for review. Two months later — the day of a key hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission — Brian Thompson, Director of DEEP’s Land & Water Resources Division replied. The four-and-a-half page letter, though late in coming, is by any reading, damning. Thompson concludes that the project — which recently received the unanimous approval of Stonington’s Economic Development Commission (EDC) — adversely affects the “water-dependent use” of the site,More
More than 60 percent of the nitrogen load flowing from the Oyster River into Indian Harbor off of Old Saybrook is from septic systems, according to a study by Marine Scientist Jamie Vaudrey from the University of Connecticut. Part of the problem is that the soil in Old Saybrook is poorly suited for filtering nitrogen. There also simply isn’t enough of it to provide sufficient buffering.More
On May 28, Gov. Ned Lamont fulfilled a campaign promise and signed a bill to raise the minimum wage in Connecticut. As of Oct. 1, 2019, the minimum wage will increase from $10.10 to $11.00 per hour. By June 1, 2023, the minimum wage in Connecticut will reach $15 per hour.More
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 TribuneMore
“90 percent of our staff have a diagnosed disability,” said Jane Moen, the executive director of A Little Compassion, a nonprofit that strives to change the lives of young adults with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities for the better. “We have a number of folks with autism, developmental delays, anxiety and depression.” Moen also manages The Nest.More
“Old Lyme is a funny town. People often think we are all wealthy, but there are some very poor people that are too proud to ask for help or even go to the food pantry,” Griswold said. “We hear about their needs through word of mouth, the senior center or social services and then do our best to help as we can.”More
Over the last two weeks, I have spent nearly 2 ½ hours with New London Mayor Mike Passero. I spent another hour with Tony Sheridan, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. I have read testimony by the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) regarding Senate Bill 986. I can also rely on simple fairness and commonsense.More
To the Editor:While riding a SEAT [Southeast Area Transit] bus to catch Shore Line East -- yes, it is possible -- I read CT Examiner's interview with the New London mayor and his comments linking proposed tolls to the cost of mass transit (or perhaps it was just edited that way).
The otherwise helpful and capable SEAT driver happened to make a comment on what a waste of tax dollars the underused bus service is. I laughed to myself, thinking how I'd be fired if I publicly criticized my employer's business.More
There is an enormous amount of press coverage available on underage vaping -- a serious issue that needs acknowledging and addressing. What I never see written, and what might help to give a fuller perspective on vaping overall, is a discussion of the positive aspects of vaping. Many, many thousands of ex-smokers owe their better health to vaping. I just hate to see it suggested that vaping is evil, only. That's like saying that methadone is evil.More
CTDOT and H.W. Lochner held an informational meeting for the public at the East Lyme Middle School auditorium on Thursday to explain plans for the $142.1 million project.More
“The bays are panting instead of taking normal breaths,” said Jamie Vaudrey, a professor of Marine Sciences at UConn who studies nitrogen loading in Long Island Sound.More
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.More
“You would go to the bathroom and see a puff of smoke and smell mango or bubble gum. It felt like suddenly it was everywhere,” said Lian Thompson, a sophomore at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and a member of Responsible Educated Adolescents Can Help (REACH).More
The roof of the dilapidated mill, built in 1848, collapsed during a heavy rainstorm on April 15, causing debris to fall into the Pawcatuck River, which was federally designated a Wild and Scenic River on March 12.More
In an editorial drawing connections between federal, state and local policy, CT Examiner Editor in Chief Gregory Stroud asks: with limited dollars, how much social spending on the state and federal level should be devoted away from the poor and to the middle class?
Recent plans for affordable housing and universal pre-k in Old Lyme offer interesting cases in point.
The new program is expected to cost district taxpayers $180,000 in renovations and $208,000 per year to employ two new special education certified teachers and four teaching aides.More
The acquisition will allow the town to connect the Ames Open Space and the Lay Preserve creating an over 700-acre area for public use and recreation.More
One possible solution for encouraging development on Halls Road in Old Lyme, while still giving the town control over aesthetics and the character of the town, could be the creation of a “village district.”More
After 43 years of providing students with a classical education in the arts, Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will close its doors this September unless a partner institution comes forward with funding.More
A survey revealed that residents still rely on the library for books, but also wanted additional technology services and more meeting space.More
It’s an early morning for many, the culmination of months of preparation. Volunteers begin arriving just as the sun is rising before 6 a.m. They mark out parking spaces, set up tables and tents, prepare for more than 600 bikers to arrive for the seventh annual Tour de Lyme.More