Tourism Grants Announced for Eastern Connecticut

...marketing Digital marketing campaigns are another popular use for the funds. The Thames River Heritage Park is using the $9,000 in grant money, plus $4,500 it raised independently, to create a series of 30- and 60-second videos featuring nine New London and Groton historical sites it partners with. Amy Perry,...

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Courtney Sponsors Bill to Aid Districts with Tribal Lands and Military Bases

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...Groton school district. “Groton has about 1000 military-dependent children who live in military housing, and because their parents don’t pay property taxes on their military housing, the town misses out on that revenue.” The bipartisan “Impact Aid Coronavirus Relief Act” will allow school districts to receive the same federal Impact...

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Redevelopment in Groton Picks up Speed

GROTON — For years, plans to redevelop five vacant school buildings in Groton have inched ahead, but with the first project — a 280-unit apartment complex — set to break ground as soon as next year, town officials say they hope that new developments will attract many of the thousands...

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Pharmacies Dial Back Free COVID Tests

...covered, according to the state website. There are also no-cost options available for testing. Community Health Center is holding free drive-through or walk-up testing in Middletown, Meriden, Old Saybrook, New London and Groton, and other locations throughout the state. Other free testing locations can be found on the state’s website....

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East Lyme Triples Wetlands Review Area, Raises Questions

...only around specific water bodies.  The town of Groton mandates a 100-foot review area, which expands to 200 feet around five specific brooks, and to 150 feet around four specific streams, named in the regulations.  Other towns, including Killingworth and Old Lyme, maintain expanded review areas around seasonally dry vernal...

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Public Access Television Shines With Pandemic Shutdowns

...says that their production levels have remained the same as always — albeit with COVID precautions.  “It’s a little more challenging, you have to sanitize and everything, but other than that, we’re keeping pretty busy.” Facchini said that the station, which serves Groton, Ledyard, Stonington, North Stonington, and Voluntown, occupies...

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Somers Pushes for Quicker COVID Tests for Volunteer Firefighters

GROTON — State Sen. Heather Somers is pushing for Gov. Ned Lamont to allow trained EMTs to test firefighters at local fire stations once a week for COVID-19 as a proactive measure against the spread of the virus. “So many of these firehouses are volunteers. They’re taking time off to...

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The Election Blow by Blow for Southeast Connecticut

...races, incumbents across the region held their seats despite strong challengers in tightly-contested elections. State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, defeated two-time Democratic challenger Robert Statchen, who also carried the Independent and Working Families party lines, by 988 votes, with an unofficial tally of 24,802 to 23,814. She will represent the...

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Southeast Connecticut Towns Best Statewide Absentee Voting

...other problems that exist within this system.  Betsy Moukawsher, the town clerk of Groton, said that opening up the envelopes early meant that you have to take out the inner envelope, paperclip one to the other, and then worry about having to keep everything together. “It’s really time consuming,” she...

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Connecticut Beefs Up Contact Tracing as Public Moves Indoors

...Light Health District, said that the contact tracing in the area has “increased dramatically” in the last few weeks.  The most recent data from Ledge Light shows a large spike in cases since September 26th. Last week, the district reported 215 new cases, driven largely by New London and Groton. ...

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Hall, Goupil, May Vie for Connecticut House Seat

...at the nuances of the legislation more carefully before saying what exactly needed to be changed. Energy reliability May proposed looking into the idea of additional municipal electric utilities, like those in Norwich and Groton, to give towns more control over where their energy is sourced, to make energy providers...

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A WPA Project for Transportation

...enough could be candidates… or trained to be. A few years back General Dynamics’ Electric Boat in Groton needed 4000 welders to build submarines so they turned to the local community colleges to help teach them for jobs starting at $16 an hour. Could a new New Deal be a...

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Lengthy Process, Little to Show for Connecticut Fisheries

...this will provide some meaningful relief versus spreading the funds too thin,” he said. State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, said the process of working with DEEP to create the criteria was quite involved. “It’s never as quick as it needs to be, especially for commercial fishermen,” she said.  She said...

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Montville Fire Companies: You Did Not Let us Stand Alone

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...professionalism and dedication of crews from: East Great Plain, Quaker Hill, Salem, Gardner Lake, Laurel Hill, Preston, Gales Ferry, Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Center Groton, Mohegan Tribe Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Griswold, North Stonington, Portland, East Haddam, Westfield, Middlefield, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, Chester, Baltic, Windham Center and Flanders. In addition to...

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Shoreline Bike Plans Stymied at Eastern Point Road in Groton

GROTON — A state proposal to reconfigure lanes on a road near Electric Boat’s Groton campus could be a key piece of a proposed bike-friendly corridor along the shoreline from Rhode Island to the Connecticut River, but the Connecticut Department of Transportation says there isn’t room on the road for...

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A “Wartime President”

...of every American more than his ego. Matthew Shulman Groton, CT [1] https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/first-u-s-coronavirus-death-happened-weeks-earlier-originally-believed-n1189286 [2] Corona virus data [3] American Battlefield Trust (American Revolution Facts) [4] Guy Gugliotta, “New Estimate Raises Civil War Death Toll,” New York Times, April 3 [5] https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/statistics-civil-war [6] Spanish American War Casualties [7] https://www.ajc.com/news/anniversary-world-war-2/#:~:text=7%2C%201941.,1%2C364%20days%20that%20America%20fought. [8] https://www.npr.org/2020/09/14/912524343/woodward-addresses-criticism-that-he-shouldve-detailed-trump-interviews-earlier...

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Leadership and Results — Re-elect Heather Somers

What Hartford needs is a proven record of leadership and results, and that’s why we must re-elect Senator Heather Somers. Before her two terms as our state senator for the 18th district, Heather Somers served on the Groton Town Council for eight years, and as Mayor of Groton for two,...

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