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Norwich Bulletin

Bus driver strike didn't materialize in Eastern Connecticut

The threat of a statewide strike from unvaccinated bus drivers didn't materialize in Eastern Connecticut Monday morning. “We continued to be operating short-staffed, but we managed to get the kids to and from school,” said Bryony Chamberlain, vice president of school buses for bus company Dattco, which serves many school districts in Connecticut and a few in Rhode Island.
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Westerly Sun

Proposed Westerly ordinance takes aim at short-term rental problems

WESTERLY — The owners of short-term rental properties would be required to register with the town and either stay on the property that they rent or use the services of a real estate agency or professional property manager under a proposed ordinance being considered by the Town Council. The council...
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A blue ribbon for Groton

The Day congratulates Groton's Thames River Magnet School on being named one of only four National Blue Ribbon Schools in the state and of 325 schools nationwide. Thames River Magnet is a pre-kindergarten through Grade 5 school that carries the legacy of the former Mary Morrisson Elementary School, which closed last year as Groton went to an all-magnet elementary system. About one-half of the Thames River Magnet students come from military families, as did many at Mary Morrisson. The educational mission has always included managing the particular challenges from numerous changes of school as military assignments move families around the country.
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Westerly Sun

Somers to hold Coffee and Conversation program in North Stonington

NORTH STONINGTON — Sen. Heather Somers will host a “Coffee and Conversation” event on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 8:30 a.m., at Hewitt Farm, 21 Wyassup Road. The event is free. Somers will answer residents questions about state government. To contact Sen. Somers email, call 860-240-8800 or visit —...

RI State Troopers team up with Preserve to hold Special Olympics fundraiser

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island State Troopers Association partnered with the Preserve Sporting Club held a fundraiser Sunday to benefit Rhode Island’s Special Olympic Athletes. Over 250 participants hit the fields, and their clay targets. “It’s near and dear to my family. My wife’s brother was a Special Olympian....
Norwich Bulletin

Cityside: Wonders, worries, and the Board of Education

As I mentioned last week, we've arrived at that season where the only space on your front lawn not covered by autumn leaves probably has a sign urging others to vote for a specific candidate for City Council, Mayor, or member of the Board of Education. And while we’re all...

We Are New London parade returns

New London — Whaler shirts, green umbrellas and blue baseball caps were some of the defining accessories as marchers walked down State Street on Sunday afternoon, showing their civic pride in the city during the We Are New London/Somos New London Parade. "To everyone who loves New London, this parade...

Shoemaker and Lampos Make a Case for Selectmen of Old Lyme

CT Examiner sat down with Old Lyme Democrats Martha Shoemaker, a candidate for First Selectman, and Jim Lampos, a candidate for Selectman, to discuss their campaign for the November election. Shoemaker is a longtime member of the Old Lyme Board of Education. A native of New London, she and her...

Tenants say they're tired of mold, maintenance issues at Branford Manor

Groton — Latasha Burage’s apartment at Branford Manor is decorated with family photos, golden fans, flowers and signs with inspirational words hanging on the walls. But the apartment also has something that Burage desperately wants to get rid of: mold growing in the bathroom, the top of her and her daughter’s bedroom doors and in the basement.
Westerly Sun

Letter: Dam removal would be bad for recreation

On Sunday, Sept. 19, representatives of the Westerly, North Stonington, and Hopkinton Conservation Commissions and the Stonington Economic Development Commission (Quad-Town) gathered on the banks of the Pawcatuck River to announce the opening of a new kayak/canoe launch site at the Boombridge Road Bridge. The efforts of these representatives of the Quad - Town Conservation groups at making the Wild and Scenic Pawcatuck River more accessible to the public is very much appreciated.
Westerly Sun

Letter: Pawcatuck project would be traffic nightmare

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, Stonington voters will vote in a referendum to decide whether to overturn a 10-year tax abatement for a developer who proposes to build an 82-unit affordable apartment building at the end of Coggswell Street, close to the railroad tracks. I urge everyone to vote yes to...
Westerly Sun

Selectmen considering partnership, partial demolition of North Stonington Education Center

NORTH STONINGTON — With the sale or lease of the North Stonington Education Center to an outside organization becoming an unrealistic goal, members of the Board of Finance are considering alternatives including the potential demolition of the one-story wing and partnering with the Wheeler Library to package renovation of the facility as a recreational space alongside other library projects.
The Day

Ledyard needs more kinds of housing

Ledyard is poised to be the town people want to move to, but we need more houses at affordable prices to attract new residents. We need to grow our housing stock and diversify the tax base in town. Whether it is skilled tradespeople building submarines down the road, workers at the many businesses in the region, or those who are retiring after their career, Ledyard is right in the middle of all of it. More housing, and more kinds of housing, will allow parents to downsize once their kids have moved out, so they can afford to live their whole lives in town — and it will lower everyone’s tax bill.
The Day

East Lyme school board member attains master status

East Lyme – Board of Education member Jaime Barr Shelburn was recently recognized as a master board member by the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. The school system said in a release that Barr Shelburn was one of five Board of Education members across the state to attain master status based on numerous hours of board-related professional development activities during the 2020-21 school year.
The Day

Reject tax breaks for Campbell Grain housing project in Pawcatuck

Stonington residents have the opportunity Oct. 5 to decide the merits of a proposed property tax abatement for the Campbell Grain apartment project. This tax abatement would have the town forgo collecting property tax of $690,000 over 10 years. The abatement of $690,000 would allow: (1) the developer to earn profits of about $4 million and (2) allow the property owner to sell the former Campbell Grain property for $1 million, based on documents submitted to the town. The only winners in this upside-down proposal are the for-profit developer and the current property owner.