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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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State Lawmakers Ask for Additional Hearing on Connecticut Port Authority, Note Lack of Documents

Two state lawmakers have requested that the Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee hold a follow-up hearing on the Connecticut Port Authority that would include testimony from past employees and board members who were not present at the August 20 hearing.  State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague) and state Representative Christine Conley (D-Groton) sent their request to… 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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Port Authority Consultant Clarifies Contract, Role in Firing Gerri Lewis

An official at the Connecticut Port Authority confirmed Thursday that the organization hired a Human Resources consultant from March to July who helped craft a termination letter for Gerri Lewis, the authority’s office manager and ethics compliance officer who was fired on July 9.  Andrew Lavigne, manager of business development and special projects at the port… 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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