New London Presses for Added COVID Testing

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...a test.  UNCAS, however, has more testing capacity than Ledge Light, despite having fewer residents. UNCAS, which comprises 11 municipalities with a total of about 100,000 residents, has two state-supported testing sites, one in Norwich and one in Griswold. The Norwich site provides drive-up testing availability six days a week,...

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CT Examiner’s Emilia Otte on the New Year

...characteristics of this “new normal” so that it becomes a far better version of what we had before?  A few Saturdays ago, I watched middle and high school students march in the pouring rain and wind in Norwich to protest bullying in the schools. Some of these teenagers had been...

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Reporter Steve Jensen on the New Year

...trying to blow the whistle on his superiors; turmoil in the ranks of the New London police department; scandal at a public-utility cooperative in Norwich, and the handling of an investigation into the puzzling death of a Lyme show horse by the state Department of Agriculture, where I worked for...

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‘That’s a Wrap’ — 2021 Election Coverage

...graduate.  NORWICH — A polling place had to be evacuated around noon after someone smelled gas in the kitchen. Voters pulling into St. Mark’s Church were told of the incident and some decided to queue up outside the entrance to wait until the church was cleared. Norwich Fire Battalion Chief...

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Groton Democrats Make a Case for Town Council

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...big proponent of that — I’ve worked actually with the police and town manager to bring those forward and and I’m on the safety committee.”  She is the business manager at Norwich Family Dental Associates and handles their accounting, payroll and human resources. She created the Beautification Committee during her first...

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Turmoil at Groton Utilities as Leadership Goes Missing

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...were charged with conspiracy and theft in the matter.  The energy cooperative, based in Norwich, had hosted the “strategic retreats” for board members, municipal officials and guests from 2013 through 2016 at a cost of more than $1 million. A planned 2017 trip was canceled after details of the previous...

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Nonprofit Hopes to Raise $30,000 for Racial Justice Murals in 4 Towns

...Murals” to tell previously overlooked stories from the four cities.  In Norwich, for example, the mural will feature David Ruggles, an abolitionist born in Norwich who helped hundreds of people, including Frederick Douglass, escape slavery via the Underground Railroad. Old Lyme’s mural, which will be painted in Old Lyme Middle...

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Hiring Cops is Getting Harder But it’s Partly Their Own Fault

...50 years ago at a school in Norwich three state troopers murdered two unarmed burglars and then planted a gun on them and lied about it. The troopers got off easy on perjury charges. These are among the many reasons for the accountability legislation. As crime has increased lately and...

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Mark Bettencourt Makes His Case for Norwich Mayor

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Norwich City Council President Pro Tempore Mark Bettencourt is running against incumbent Mayor Peter Nystrom, who is seeking a third term. In 2017, Nystrom was elected with 57 percent of the vote. Bettencourt, who lost to Nystrom in the 2009 Norwich mayoral race, has served on the City Council for...

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