The Election Blow by Blow for Southeast Connecticut

Against a backdrop of Republican gains in state and federal races across the country, and gains for Democrats on the state level in Connecticut, Republican Greg Howard’s victory over incumbent State Rep. Kate Rotella, D-Stonington, was the exception in southeast Connecticut, where voters largely chose to keep their incumbent representatives...

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Policing Drives Race Between Howard, Rotella

The police accountability bill is at the forefront of the race between first-term incumbent State Rep. Kate Rotella, a Stonington Democrat, and her challenger Greg Howard, a Republican and longtime Stonington police detective. Howard won the endorsement of the Republican Town Committee after Shaun Mastroianni withdrew from the race in...

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Southeast Connecticut Towns Best Statewide Absentee Voting

...percent or higher. In Chester, for example, 83 percent of the people who requested absentee ballots have returned them; in Stonington, 79 percent of the absentee ballots issued have already been returned. The Connecticut Mirror reports that statewide 70 percent of the more than 455,000 people who requested an absentee...

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Ryan Chapman on Comic Fiction, Merrill House Residency

STONINGTON — “I think there’s something great about how humor and comic writing can short circuit us to some degree. I think it allows us to think about topics or ask questions that might not be raised in polite company. I think often what a culture finds funny says a...

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Montville Fire Companies: You Did Not Let us Stand Alone

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...Water Tanker Trucks from surrounding towns were immediately requested to the scene, followed by a further request for addition Tanker Trucks from as far away as North Stonington and Middlefield. Without the immediate help from our fellow Fire Departments, who responded in the middle of the night to our incident,...

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Establish “Essential Caregivers” to Address Chronic Lack of Staffing

...homes, broaden the narrow focus on medical safety and begin to address the social-emotional and mental needs of nursing home residents who are suffering. ‘Safety” needs to be redefined. Read and adhere to the recommendations of the Mathematica report. Then watch what happens to occupancy rates!  Elizabeth Stern Stonington, CT...

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Regal Cinemas Announces Shuttering of Theaters

Regal Cinemas announced today in a press release that it will be temporarily closing all 536 of its U.S. theaters, beginning this Thursday, October 8. There are currently four Regal Cinemas locations in Connecticut — in Waterford, Stonington, Waterbury and Branford. Cineworld, Regal’s parent company, attributes the closing to the...

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Ranked Choice Voting ‘Broadly Beneficial’

...session. We would encourage you to ask this of those running for state representative and state senator in your area. We believe these two changes will help improve the trajectory of current politics as we know it. Mike Urgo – First Selectman, North Stonington Danielle Chesebrough – First Selectman, Stonington...

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Somers ‘Not a Puppet of any Party’

...Somers has proven with her voting record that she is not a puppet of any party. But Mr. Statchen, your rhetoric tells me that you are. To this young, female voter, I cannot trust that you will represent me as well as Senator Somers has. Mariah Lupo North Stonington, CT...

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Resident Poet at the Merrill House will Talk About House Poems

...of come alive as spaces of almost cosmic imagination.” Merrill wrote “The Changing Light at Sandover,”  a 560-page epic poem, at his house in Stonington, Hunter said. The poem was published in three volumes from 1976 to 1980.  “One of most enchanting parts of Merrill’s vast poetic career was his...

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Mixed-Income Housing Development Approved for Site of Former Campbell Grain Building in Pawcatuck

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STONINGTON — The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a five-story, 82-unit mixed-income housing project for the long-blighted site of the former Campbell Grain building in Pawcatuck, during a virtual meeting Tuesday night.  Winn Development, a division of Winn Companies of Boston, proposed the project under the state 8-30g statute for...

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Pawcatuck – Westerly: Together on the Border

...of Stonington, which includes the small 3.4-square-mile village of Pawcatuck, named for the river running through it. Two different states, two communities and a shared downtown — Dan Morely, Policy Development Coordinator at the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, described the arrangement as maybe one-of-a-kind. “I believe Pawcatuck/Westerly is...

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State Announces Grants for Towns to Develop ‘Proactive’ Plans under 2018 Affordable Housing Mandate

...grants ranged from $4,500 to $15,000 and were awarded to: Avon, Barkhamsted, Bethany, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Brooklyn, Canaan, Canton, Chaplin, Cornwall, Durham, Farmington, Franklin, Goshen, Groton, Hampton, Harwinton, Lebanon, Mansfield, Morris, New Milford, Middlefield, Newington, Newtown, Norfolk, North Stonington, Old Saybrook, Plainfield, Ridgefield, Salem, Shelton, Sprague, Stonington, Suffield, Thompson, Torrington,...

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