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Podcast: What’s happening on the North Fork the week of Sept. 23

Charity Robey suggests launching a boat from the new DEC access site in Southold this weekend. Credit: NYS DEC. We’re past Labor Day and there are plenty of great events still planned for the North Fork. Tune into this week’s northforker Weekend podcast to hear staffers Grant Parpan, Lee Meyer...
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The Day

Tugboat transits Thames River

The Mohawk Northeast tugboat Judy M passed under the Thames River Railroad Bridge on Tuesday. It was heading south on the river from Mohawk's Groton facility to the construction site at Electric Boat.
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The Day

Laying aloft to check the rig

New London — Lead deckhand Gray Meyer climbed aloft to check the rigging of the schooner Columbia on Tuesday at City Pier. Columbia is a steel-hulled replica of the original Gloucester fishing schooner of the same name, which went down in heavy seas with all hands on Aug. 24, 1927, near Sable Island in the north Atlantic.

Our Amazing History: Great Eastern

On the morning of August 27, 1862, the keeper of the Montauk Lighthouse, Joseph Stanton, walked outside onto the front lawn to greet the day and saw, just offshore, a monstrous seagoing steamship more than six times the size of any he had ever seen before. It had a double-skinned iron hull, two paddle wheels – one on the starboard side, the other on the port — six masts with furled sails and, between the masts, five smokestacks belching black smoke. The smoke meant it was trying to get underway but the ship was now listing 10 degrees to the starboard. More than 1,500 passengers were on board.
The Day

Foolish to block Tesla sales in Connecticut

The Willimantic Chronicle just shared the Day's editorial concerning Tesla still being blocked from selling in Connecticut. After we drove to New York to pick up our Model 3, I spoke to local legislators about paying all our sales tax directly to New York state. The first representative said, “Well, we don’t allow sales of Teslas here, because you’d have nowhere nearby to get service.” That statement was untrue. The Milford Service Center does repairs and provides loaners as well. He was shocked, but unashamed about being so misinformed. Actually, minor service is completed in your own driveway, by a mobile truck. But then again, repairs are rare, and free. We will get back to that later. Representative two said, “I vote against them," since we get huge amounts of revenue from all those cars that sit on dealers’ lots unsold. Do dealers understand that no one is actually working in their interest at all?
East Hampton Star

Ditch the Car for a Day

This year's Car Free Day, when people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, subway, bicycle, or carpool or walk, happens on Sept. 22 on Long Island. Last year, the day was celebrated in more than 3,100 cities in 50 countries around the world,...

Mega yachts? Helipad? Floating pool?

Concerning the New London waterfront development proposal being floated — an apt word — by the engineering firm Advanced American Engineering, count us as deeply skeptical. A floating hotel and floating pool? A marina for transient boat traffic outfitted to handle mega yachts? A helipad?. Seriously?. OK, maybe we aren’t...
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Corvettes, muscle cars to descend on New London on Sunday

New London — Sunday is a day to celebrate cars in New London. The nonprofit For Corvettes Only Inc., a group of Chevrolet Corvette enthusiasts, has organized a show to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean Beach Park. The show is expected to draw cars from across Connecticut and neighboring states, with donations being made to Make-A-Wish and other local organizations. Several hundred cars could be in attendance, along with vendors and Paul Koerner, a world-class Corvette service specialist.

New London's anointed mega yacht port developer has no relevant experience

Apparently, New London Mayor Michael Passero is keen on the idea of his city becoming a destination port for mega yachts. Please, hold the snickering. I know it is a ridiculous fantasy, the kind you might expect the mayor to keep to himself. He evidently envisions lots of rich people, maybe the 1% percent of 1 percenters, directing the captains of their large oceangoing yachts to take them to New London, sort of St. Tropez on the Thames.
Journal Inquirer

Demolition Derby at the 2021 Hebron Fair

The demolition derby at the 2021 Hebron Harvest Fair Sept. 9 was a rainy, muddy one, but the weather didn't discourage a crowd. Matt covers breaking news and events for the JI's online edition. Matt joined the JI in January 2016. He graduated from CCSU, and he enjoys classic cars, good music, reading, and playing basketball.
The Day

Maritime heritage in motion

New London — The Thames Towboat Co. tugboats Adam and Patricia Ann assisted the Coast Guard barque Eagle in the move from Fort Trumbull to City Pier in New London on Thursday. Eagle will be at the pier through the weekend for the Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, which opens Friday.

Rescue boat tested at Rocky Neck

East Lyme — Nate Padgett, a beach director with Connecticut State Parks and Forests, water safety coordinator Sarah Battistini and beach director Con Marrinan were testing an inflatable boat Thursday at Rocky Neck State Park. As part of that, they were conducting mock rescues on the water. The boat is...
East Hampton Star

Car Culture in Sag Harbor

It's hard to write about an installation at the recently opened arts space The Church without talking about the setting first and foremost. It's possible that will fade in time, but for now it still seems like the centerpiece, no matter how elaborate the artwork that is placed there. The...