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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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Essex and Westbrook Stand Pat as Southeast Connecticut Chooses Regionalized Health

The Connecticut Department of Public Health has actively encouraged towns across the state to join regionalized health districts in an effort to simplify the enforcement state laws and regulations, to professionalize staff, improve the availability of services, and further a unified approach public health problems. The towns of Essex and Westbrook have bucked that trend,… Keep Reading

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Connecticut League of Conservation Voters Sets an Environmental Agenda in Hartford

The 2019 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned on June 5 with the behind-the-scenes bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters — a legislative watchdog on environmental issues —  tallying a number of victories. Now with just four months until the next session convenes on February 5th, 2020, CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown and… Keep Reading

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Connecticut Port Authority Tries a Reboot, Votes to Negotiate Departure of Executive Director

NEW LONDON — In a public session with an agenda focused on issues of ethics and transparency, the Connecticut Port Authority (CPA) board approved several resolutions Wednesday overhauling oversight of its finance and management practices. The new policies come after the recent departure of port authority and staff and leadership, an audit detailing years of… 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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Impending San Jose Water and Connecticut Water Service Merger Raises Questions

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) could approve a long-delayed and previously-rejected merger of San Jose Water (SJW) and the Connecticut Water Service (CWS) and its subsidiaries, after receiving over 80 commitments to protect the public interest, and placing additional conditions on the merger. CWS currently serves about 325,000 Connecticut residents and 56 towns across… Keep Reading

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