Waterford’s First Selectman Daniel Steward Retiring, But Still Looking Forward

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WATERFORD — Retiring First Selectman Daniel Steward has seen Waterford’s transformation first hand over 69 years living in town. Steward’s father sold the family dairy farm in the early 1970s, and now those acres are the site of a Lowe’s Home Improvement and shopping plaza just off Interstate 95. The catalpa tree his father planted as a boy stands high above the parking lot. But if you ask Steward about all that’s changed, he doesn’t get stuck on sentimentality for days gone by. “It’s what happens. It’s the way life progresses,” Steward said in a Friday interview at Waterford Town

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Editorial: A News Roundup and 5 Questions on Doubling the Shoreline Setback in Old Lyme

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At September 9 meeting of the Town of Old Lyme Zoning Commission, board members introduced a text amendment – what board secretary Jane Marsh described as a “new philosophy” – to address “a trend of the coastline advancing on our town.” This amendment would do two things: Increase the setback for new construction to 100 feet, doubling the current setback of 50 feet. Prohibit the Zoning Board of Appeals from granting a variance. “Because that’s what the Zoning Board of Appeals is — it’s an individual, case-by-case basis. That might sound good but it results in a patchwork of outcomes,”

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Tagliatela Charts Future of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Land Sale

The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has put its 26.31-acre parcel at 83 Lyme Street up for sale, asking $5 million. Reached by phone on Friday, Stephen Tagliatela, chair of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts Board of Trustees, said the academy has been looking for sources of revenue to keep its buildings open after University of New Haven disaffiliated with the school in August, and the school lost its accreditation. Tagliatela said the site for sale is part of a land condominium that has five parcels. The academy owns one parcel for sale outright as well as one other.

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Zoning Proposal to Double Setback Near Water Raises Questions and Opposition in Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — Multiple town commissions and members of the public are expected to raise objections to a proposed text amendment to Tidal Waters Protection regulation at Tuesday’s meeting of the Zoning Commission in Old Lyme. The amendment would double the current 50-foot setback to 100 feet along coastal and riverfront properties. “Most, if not all, of the wetlands and waterfront that the proposed amendment seeks to regulate is within the jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission,” read an email on Wednesday from Steven Ross to Jane Cable, chair of the Zoning Commission, questioning why the proposed amendment hadn’t been

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Cathy Frank on 22 Years at Old Lyme Town Hall

OLD LYME — Before moving to Old Lyme more than 30 years ago, Cathy Frank worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Avon. She covered town meetings, zoning and planning commissions and the board of selectmen. Frank said she learned to value that sharing of information and wanted to bring that to her new home. “I asked if I could start a newsletter. The town didn’t have any efficient way of communicating with residents at the time,” Frank said. “It was released quarterly and in every issue I featured a different town official so that residents could feel

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A Roundup of Old Lyme News from Monday’s Board of Selectmen Meeting

Old Lyme — The Board of Selectmen discussed a number of ongoing municipal issues Monday night. Here’s a roundup: Hains Park bathroom and well: Architectural drawings are “90 percent done” and will go to the Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee for comments, then design will be put out to bid. The town is waiting for state approval to drill a new well. Community Connectivity Grant: In 2019, the town was awarded a $400,000 state grant for the construction of sidewalks on Hartford Ave. between Bocce Lane and Route 156 (Shore Road) and sidewalks on the north side of Route 156 between

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Lyme – Old Lyme Debates Crumb Rubber Turf Fields at Board of Education Meeting

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OLD LYME — On Wednesday night, the Region 18 Board of Education moved toward constructing an artificial turf field behind the Lyme – Old Lyme Middle and High Schools. The board approved $26,800 from the capital reserve fund to complete the design work and permitting process. It’s the last step before committing the district to installing an artificial turf field. “The next phase is the actual construction. This design will give us options on the kind of infill, drainage requirements and the price of the project,” said John Rhodes, facilities director of Lyme – Old Lyme Schools at the meeting

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Connecticut Adds New Test Site for EEE in Lyme, Old Lyme and East Lyme

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For the first time ever, the state of Connecticut began testing freshwater habitat in Old Lyme for mosquitoes likely to carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis. For the last 20 years the state has had a testing site for mosquitoes in Old Lyme, but in saltwater habitat on Great Island more suitable for mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus. The new site for testing was established this week in the interior region of Old Lyme, Lyme and East Lyme, near to where positive results were found for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus on Wednesday.  This new testing supplements regular testing by the Connecticut

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Old Lyme Resident Dies of Eastern Equine Encephalitis — Second in Southeastern Connecticut

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OLD LYME — A second Connecticut resident, this time from Old Lyme, died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to the Governor’s office today. “This is a serious public health concern, we wanted to let you know that these are the first deaths from EEE that have been reported,” said Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz at a press conference on Tuesday. The individual’s family reached out to the Connecticut Department of Health this morning asking for the department to continue to share the message of precaution when it comes to outdoor activities at dawn and dusk, said Renee Coleman-Mitchell, the commissioner of

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With Sewers Slated, First Demolition in Sound View Neighborhood of Old Lyme

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OLD LYME — By 5 p.m. Monday, the 1930s-era building that once housed KiddieLand and prior to that O’Connor’s Dance Hall, was a jumble of metal, wood and concrete being prodded and crunched into a pile by the jaws of an excavator.  Across Hartford Avenue, building owner Frank Noe and his wife, Lois Noe, observed the process with friends and neighbors who gathered on the sidewalk to reminisce and talk about the future, some passing around old photographs. “The structure is all down and the next move is just cleaning it up and waiting for sewers and then deciding what

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