Norwich, CT Government

Lighthouse Inn fire sparked by drilling, ruled accidental

New London — The city’s fire marshal has ruled that the cause of the May 5 fire that damaged the recently opened Lighthouse Inn was accidental. New London Fire Marshal Vernon Skau said an investigation determined the fire was sparked by a contractor drilling holes for the placement of a new Lighthouse Inn sign at the front of the building. The contractor used a concrete bit on the drill that, once through the exterior stucco, hit wire mesh that is part of the plaster and lathe interior walls. The heat from the friction caused by the drill bit, “much like rubbing two sticks together,” sparked the fire in the insulation inside the wall, Skau said.
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Ongoing Investigation at Conn. Business Involves Chemicals: Source

Multiple local and federal agencies are conducting an ongoing investigation at a company in Old Saybrook. Investigators have been at LabDirect at 6 Center Road since Wednesday afternoon, according to Police Chief Michael Spera. He said they are conducting a criminal investigation at the property. Spera said there is no...
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20 Towns in 20 Days: Norwich

NORWICH, CT (WFSB) - 20 Towns in 20 Days took a trip to Norwich. The corner of Market Street is now home to popular pizza place La Stella’s. The family-owned shop has delicious New York style pizza, but before La Stella’s opened in 2001, it used to be a café throughout the 90′s.

Norwich hopes to entice tourists with the city's history. What's the plan so far?

NORWICH — State funding means a plan to expand history programs in Norwich could now have enough support to begin. In Connecticut’s 2023 budget, $500,000 is set aside for the Norwich Historical Society. With that money, the organization is planning to create a Norwich Heritage Triangle, based around Uncas Leap Heritage Park, the Slater Museum, and Norwichtown, the latter also grown into an outdoor historical museum.

Future Enrollment Drives Vote to Expand Elementary School in Lyme and Old Lyme

LYME/OLD LYME — Mile Creek Elementary School is out of space. That was the conclusion of four board of education members after touring the school on Wednesday. “They are busting at the seams a little bit, and in two years they are going to have three levels of a couple of grades,” said Laura Dean-Frazier, one of the board members who toured the elementary school.
Westerly Sun

Starbucks is coming to Westerly in former Chen's Chinese spot

WESTERLY — If small, medium and large somehow don't do it, you may be in luck. Starbucks, where the terms tall, grande, and venti are used, is headed for Granite Street. On Tuesday the Planning Board granted unanimous approval of the company's preliminary plans for a new 2,410- square-foot Starbucks restaurant with a drive-through window and 21 parking spaces at 156 Granite St., the former site of Chen's Village Restaurant. The former Chen's building will be torn down as part of the project. The property is at the intersection of Granite and John streets.

Meier to run in 13th House District

Local Republicans on Tuesday unanimously endorsed insurance sales representative Donna Meier in the 13th House District, which covers parts of Manchester and Glastonbury. Meier, a Manchester resident, was nominated at the party’s convention at the Hungry Tiger restaurant in Manchester. “As a strong analytical thinker, an excellent problem solver,...

Bolton voters approve plan with relocated town office building

BOLTON — Voters at Tuesday’s town meeting overwhelmingly approved the town’s revised five-year capital improvement plan after rejecting it two weeks ago because of a controversial proposal for a temporary town office building. WHAT: A revised five-year capital improvement plan. CHANGE: Selectmen proposed a new location for...