Religious Leaders Encourage Fellowship in Easter, Passover Amid Coronavirus

“They didn’t cover how to deal with a pandemic in school. We don’t know how to deal with this, but we do know how to care and we have two thousand plus years of dealing with adversity,” Rabbi Marci Bellows of Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester. Rabbi Rachel Safman, of the Conservative Beth El Congregation in New London, said in a Friday phone call that she’s heard both practical and religious concerns about the upcoming holidays from her congregation, but “the most central and obvious is that this is typically a time families and friends come together. And

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Learn from Home Task Force Takes on Equity and Coronavirus for Distance Schooling

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More than 185,000 book packages and 60,000 laptops will be purchased and distributed to students in the state’s 33 lowest performing school districts by the Governor’s COVID-19 Learn from Home Task force in an effort to bridge the widening achievement and equity gap during the extended school closures. “Few things are more important to Governor Lamont than a fair and equitable response to remote learning,” said Nick Simmons, the manager of strategic initiatives for the Governor’s office. “It’s no secret that we have a very wide achievement gap that could get wider by six months away from school. There are

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With Big Implications for Connecticut, the Census Moves Forward Even as Field Operations Suspended by Coronavirus

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Over a third of Connecticut households have already been counted, but federal, state, and local officials acknowledge that the coronavirus and social distancing are adding extra challenges to the decennial count of every person in the United States. You can still respond by phone, and this is the first year that the U.S. Census Bureau is accepting responses online. Bysiewicz and state officials say that Connecticut could expect to lose about $2,900 each year for the next decade for every individual who fails to respond to the census. “This is a challenging time to be pulling off one of the

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Local Farms Are Planning Crops, Signing up CSA Shareholders for Summer Season

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The New England landscape may appear cold and desolate, but small farmers across the region are growing seedlings in hoop houses and planning summer harvests.  As a means of obtaining “seed” money, many of these farms set up CSA –Community Supported Agriculture — programs that allow customers to invest in a share of the business in advance of the growing season. Farmers then use the invested money in the winter and early spring months to buy seeds, supplies and equipment. In exchange for sharing the upfront costs, shareholders later receive produce during the summer and fall months.  Now is the

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Paul Formica Talks Energy Opportunities, Tolling, Casinos in Legislative Session

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EAST LYME — It was raining but Sen. Paul Formica said he was happy it wasn’t snow. “The whole town shuts down, nobody comes out,” he said, scanning the parking lot from his perch at a high-top table at Flanders Fish Market & Restaurant, which Formica and his late wife, Donna, opened in 1983. It was a little after 11 a.m. on Friday and the waitstaff were beginning to take orders from lunch customers. Formica ordered an herbal tea and began to talk about the fishing industry, a passion of his both professionally and civically, as well as other topics

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State Sen. Norm Needleman Lays Out an Agenda for the Legislative Session

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In addition to his position as chair of the Energy & Technology committee, State Senator Norm Needleman will be returning for a second legislative session as vice chair of the Planning & Development committee. “I look forward to starting work on the Planning & Development Committee, working to improve and streamline processes to assist our state’s municipalities and support further development in Connecticut,” Needleman said. “I would like to thank Senator Looney for his appointment and am excited to continue my work in the upcoming legislative session.” Needleman said he wanted to join the Planning & Development committee because of

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32 Takes on the New Year with CT Examiner

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We asked 32 writers, politicians, educators, artists, journalists, acadmics to contemplate the New Year for us.

Participants include Ned Lamont, Joe Courtney, Paul Formica, Devin Carney, Justin Elicker, Alma Nartatez, Richard Stout, Tony Sheridan, Luanne Rice, Will Haskell, Sophie Spaner, David Kelsey, Jack Monmeat, Jerry Weiss, Gail MacDonald, Betsy Gara, Rolf Wolfswinkel, Brian White, Brittany Stalsburg and others...

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Ninety-Two Years and Running for Manchester Road Race

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In 1927 a few members of the Manchester High School Cross Country team lined up on Thanksgiving morning and ran a five-mile loop before the football games started that afternoon. It wasn’t about costumes or burning calories. There were less than a dozen runners, and none of them were women. The boys didn’t know they were making history, but that year was the start of what would become one of the most famous road races in the United States. Today more than 10,000 runners line up to travel the 4.748 miles, including walkers, Olympians, and several runners in their 90s.

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Eric Lichter Makes Music and Family at Dirt Floor in Haddam

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HADDAM — “My parents had an incredible record collection and we had music all the time… in the car… at home. They had Crosby, Stills and Nash, James Taylor, the Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg,” said Eric Michael Lichter showing us around his studio at Dirt Floor Recording & Production on Monday afternoon. A small framed photo of Randy Newman hangs on the wall of the vocals room, one musician who has inspired Lichter since he was a kid. “When I was in middle school and kids my age were listening to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest and

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Stunning Sweep By Republicans in Old Lyme; Nickerson, Chesebrough, Blanchard Win (Updated)

ELECTION RESULTS – OLD LYME  First Selectman  Bonnie Reemsnyder (D)                1403Timothy Griswold (R)                     1774 —————- Selectman Mary Jo Nosal (D)                            1495Christopher Kerr (R)                       1676 —————- Town Treasurer Michael Reiter (D)                           1430Timothy Griswold (R)                     1691 —————- Tax Collector Sarah E. Michaelson (D)                1262Judith Tooker (R)                             1905 —————- Board of Finance David Rubino (D)                             1361Anna Reiter (D)                                1367 Janet Sturges (R)                             1768J. David Kelsey (R)                           1695 —————- Board of Assessment Appeals David Evers Jr. (R)                           2235 —————- Planning Commission Alexander Klose (D)                       1347Steven Ross (R)                                1712 —————- Planning Commission Jim Lampos (D)                                1409Harold Thompson (R)                     1662 —————- Zoning Commission Harvey Gemme  (D)                        1267Tammy Tinnerello

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