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NFA hangs on for dramatic 28-26 victory over East Lyme

Norwich — The Norwich Free Academy-East Lyme football game rated high on the entertainment scale on Friday night. The two Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I rivals battled until the final second. It took a huge defensive stop by the Wildcats with no time left on the clock to give them...
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Band of the Week: Westerly High School

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Haddam-Killingworth schools superintendent calls bus driver shortage 'nightmare'

HADDAM — A statewide shortage of bus drivers has been causing problems for many school districts across Connecticut, including Regional School District 17, with no solution in sight for local institutions or state government. In Haddam-Killingworth, the drivers deficit has resulted in a re-configuration of routes, and, as a result,...

Kaczor steps down as Old Lyme boys' basketball coach

Kirk Kaczor decided it was time to spend more time at home with his family this winter than at Old Lyme High School with his boys’ basketball team. Kaczor has stepped down after 20 seasons as the Wildcats’ head coach. “It’s been kind of coming for years,” said Kaczor, who...

COVID Pivot at the Marine Science Magnet High School

Linking the Next Generation to Aquaculture Science. To say that teachers faced a challenging two-years while pivoting to protect their students during a pandemic while innovating new educational models to keep them engaged and learning is an understatement. But the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS, Groton, CT) accepted the challenge head-on. In partnership with Mystic Aquarium and the support of Connecticut Sea Grant, MSMHS Aquaculture Teacher Eric Litvinoff conceptualized and delivered an innovative model to keep his kids’ hands wet while learning about aquatic husbandry in a hybrid teaching model.

Eastern named a ‘Best Value School’ by U.S. News & World Report

Eastern Connecticut State University is one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Value Schools” in the North in its 2021-22 rankings released this September. Weighing financial cost against academic quality, Eastern is the top ranked public regional university in New England — and the only such university in Connecticut — to make the report’s best-value rankings.
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School officials defend against accusations of 'white shaming'

WESTERLY — Members of the School Committee and the school district administration are defending themselves against criticisms, "accusations and fabrications" hurled mostly by one resident over a period of months. Superintendent Mark Garceau and each member of the School Committee, during the committee's meeting on Wednesday, addressed comments made by...
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Stonington blanks Bacon in football

Stonington — Lucian Tedeschi ran for a pair of touchdowns as Stonington beat Bacon Academy 49-0 in Friday night's high school football game. The Bears (2-1) have won two straight. Matt Castagliouolo ran for a touchdown and threw a 27-yard scoring pass to Patrick Obrey, as Stonington took a 22-0 lead after one quarter. Ben Massengale and Daesean Bell also ran for touchdowns and Jack Zuro returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.

With No Varsity Or JV Football Again This Season, Situation In Southampton Has Reached A Tipping Point

When the 2019 varsity season ended abruptly for Southampton’s football team because it didn’t have enough players for its season finale at Port Jefferson, school officials and coaches knew they had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a way to bump numbers up in the program — or face the possibility of not having a program at all.
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Fitch scores two late TDs to beat New London 12-7

New London — Anyone with even vague familiarity of local high school football knows Fitch coach Mike Ellis to be among the most affable souls in the history of this region. All of which made his reaction to Friday night's late victory on the neighboring rival's field — a scowl that could scare a mugger — worth a postgame question.

Districts Report Very Few Staff Members, If Any Refusing To Be Tested For COVID-19 At This Time

Some East End superintendents say that, so far, few staff members have been refusing to be tested for COVID-19, if not already vaccinated. As per a state mandate declared by newly-instated Governor Kathy Hochul last month, teachers and staff members have the option, if vaccinated, to undergo weekly testing, while it’s mandatory for the rest.