October 26, 2016

LOL Chamber Presents ‘Entrepreneur Extraordinaire’ Anne Garland at Next Business Breakfast, Nov. 2; All Welcome

Anne Garland will speak Nov. 2 on 'The Entrepreneurial Woman.'

Anne Garland will speak Nov. 2 on ‘The Entrepreneurial Woman.’

The Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Chamber of Commerce invites all readers — especially women — to its next Business Breakfast program on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., when acclaimed entrepreneur Anne Garland will be the speaker in a program titled, “The Entrepreneurial Woman.”  She will  explore the visions, challenges and resources for women to make their dream a reality — while creating revenue.

This event, co-sponsored by the Town of Old Lyme, will be held in the Meeting Hall at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St, Old Lyme CT.

You do not need to be a member of the LOL Chamber to attend — prospective Chamber members are encouraged to come and enjoy the presentation while also learning more about Chamber activities and how they can benefit your business. It is, however, stressed that not only are all welcome at the event regardless of your level of interest in the Chamber but also, that this is a ‘friend-raising event’ and not a fund-raising one.

Coffee and pastries will be served. To assist with planning, RSVPs by Oct. 31 to selectmansoffice@oldlyme-ct.gov would be appreciated.

Forbes magazine said in early 2016, “The Golden Age of Women Entrepreneurs has begun.” Economists and academics agree women entrepreneurs are an under-tapped resource to rekindle our economy.  More today than ever, women are looking at alternatives to the typical 9 -5 job that does not feed their souls.

Garland asks in this program, “Are you ready to unleash your dream?” and then gives sage advice on how to proceed.

With over 30 years working in sales and marketing in the corporate sector, Garland says she was a restless nine to fiver and always dreamed of having her own business to serve women in the community.  Anne (pronounced Annie) , author, speaker and Creative Director and Founder of “The Idea Circle for Women ” in Connecticut 2009, is still producing enriching, entertaining experiences that provide extraordinary women an opportunity to grow together in meaningful ways.

2015 was an award-winning year for Garland as she shifted gears and took on a position as Managing Director and started the first chapter in the state of Connecticut for the eWomenNetwork, Greater Hartford and Shoreline.  In just nine months, she broke many records including winning five chapter awards at their annual Dallas conference, the largest women’s conference in North America.


Eat at ‘Teddy’s’ Today, Support the Lyme-Old Lyme HS SafeGrad Party 2017

safegrad_logoDinner this Wednesday?  Done. Check. One less thing to do. 
Eat at Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace anytime today, Wednesday, Oct. 26, and a portion of the sales will be donated to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) 2017 Safe Grad Party.  Teddy’s will be open for lunch, dinner, or in-between — eat in or carry out.
What is the Safe Grad Party?  It’s a safe, substance-free, all-night graduation party for LOLHS seniors. It takes place on graduation night at a surprise location, and includes a variety of activities, music, food, and entertainment. The party is funded by donations from businesses, organizations, parents, and other individuals, along with events such as the “Dine Out” nights, holiday pie sales, and other projects.  Learn more at www.lolsafegrad.com or look for LOLHS Safe Grad 2017 on Facebook.
Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace is located at 264 Shore Rd.  Call the restaurant at 860-434-1517 to place advance or carry-out orders.
The LOLHS Safe Grad Committee is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and gratefully accepts donations at P.O. Box 903, Old Lyme, CT  06371.

Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Host New Member Social Tonight

LOLJWCAre you looking to connect with other women … or give back to your community … or just get out of the house now and then?

The Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club (LOLJWC) is holding their annual New Member Social on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the Otter Cove Restaurant from 7 to 9 p.m.  The invitation is open to all members, current and former, and especially prospective new members interested in finding out more about the organization and assisting club members in their fundraising endeavors throughout the community.

Members will be treated to complimentary food and beverages can be ordered from the bar.  During the evening, guests will learn about the exciting future the LOLJWC has planned for this year and beyond.

The restaurant is located at 99 Essex Rd., Old Saybrook.

For more information, visit loljwc.com


CT Premier of ‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical’ Opens Tonight at Ivoryton

Michael Marotta and Kim Rachelle Harris in 'Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,' which opens Wednesday at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Michael Marotta as the Doctor and Kim Rachelle Harris as the title role in ‘Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical,’ which opens Wednesday at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

IVORYTON – Based on the life of Rosemary Clooney, American’s favorite girl singer comes to life on stage in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography.

Kim Rachelle Harris makes her debut as Rosemary Clooney.

Kim Rachelle Harris makes her debut as Rosemary Clooney.

Tenderly is not a typical “juke-box musical.” It offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend. With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as the struggles in her personal life.

“I’d call myself a sweet singer with a big band sensibility,” Rosemary once wrote. She  came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit “Come On-a My House”, which was followed by other pop numbers such as “Mambo Italiano”, “Tenderly”, “Half as Much”, “Hey There” and “This Ole House.”

Clooney’s career languished in the 1960s, partly due to problems related to depression and drug addiction, but revived in 1977, when her “White Christmas” co-star Bing Crosby asked her to appear with him at a show marking his 50th anniversary in show business. She continued recording until her death in 2002.

Michael Marotta revisits the role of the Doctor in the Ivoryton Playhouse production.

Michael Marotta revisits the role of the Doctor in the Ivoryton Playhouse production.

This production was developed and premiered by The Human Race Theatre Company and produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Michael Marotta* will be revisiting the role of the Doctor that he helped develop and Kim Rachelle Harris* will be making her debut as Rosemary Clooney. The production is directed by Brian Feehan, musical directed by Dan Brandl, set design by William Stark, lighting design by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Rebecca Welles.

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse on Oct. 26 and runs through Nov. 13. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50 for adults; $45 for seniors; $22 for students and $17 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting www.ivorytonplayhouse.org  (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.)

The Playhouse is located at 103 Main St. in Ivoryton.


Kate’s Kid’s Camp Presents “Toys!”, Classes Start Today

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — ‘The Kate’ — and Community Music School are partnering again under the umbrella of their performing arts summer camp, “Kate’s Camp for Kids,” to present a winter program and show entitled “Toys!”  This exciting program takes place at The Kate, 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, and runs for six weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings from 4 to 5 p.m. beginning Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Launched in 2013, Kate’s Camp for Kids is a performing arts camp for children in grades K-5 incorporating music, dance, theater, and visual art.

Directed by Martha Herrle, a 15-year member of the Community Music School faculty and certified Kindermusik educator, this year’s camp theme will be “Toys!”  Students will be acting out the personalities of their favorite toys, all the while discovering that “Christmas dreams, large or small, can come true, for one and all.” Featuring five original songs and easy-to-learn rhyming dialog, the program culminates in a lively performance for friends and family.

Tuition for this camp is $125 and scholarships are available for families with a financial need.

For additional information and to register, visit www.community-music-school.org or call 860-767-0026.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at visitwww.community-music-school.org or call (860)767-0026.


Literacy Volunteers Honor Volunteers with November Book Sale

Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore (LVVS) honors volunteers everywhere with its November book sale. Volunteers are eligible for free books.

You make it possible by purchasing one book at full price and receiving another one free. As a bonus, LVVS will donate a free book to any volunteer who visits during the month of November.

Stop in and see what LVVS is all about — come browse, or just say “Hi”.

The organization is located in the lower level of Westbrook Library,  61 Goodspeed Dr. off Rte. 1. The sale is open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 1st and 3rd  Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Visit www.vsliteracy.org  or call 860-399-0280 for more information.

Finished with your book?  Consider donating it to LVVS — all books in good shape 2006 or newer are gratefully accepted.


Enjoy the “Best Chowder Dinner” at Lyme Public Hall, Nov. 12; All Welcome

corn-chowder-720x391Join your neighbors for a hearty, old-fashioned meal at the Lyme Public Hall when the Annual Chowder Dinner is held Saturday, Nov. 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu features Connecticut clam chowder, corn chowder, new-fangled cole slaw, cheddar cheese, delicious breads and homemade desserts.

Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. All are welcome.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156), Lyme.

For further information, call  860 526-8886

Proceeds from the event support the Hall’s historical programs, archives, and the preservation of the building.


Letter to the Editor: LVVS Thanks Shoreline Web News (That’s Us!) for Supporting Recent Fundraiser

To the Editor:

In our original letter regarding Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore’s Wine and Brew Tasting and Auction benefitting the organization’s tutoring program we set out to thank those responsible for the success of the event. The event, held on September 29th at the Saybrook Point Pavilion netted funds that will help L.V.V.S. continue the mission of eradicating illiteracy in the valley shore area well into 2017.

Many of our sponsors have longstanding relationships with our agency and support the work of eliminating illiteracy through a number of means. It has come to our attention that we inadvertently left off one of the most loyal and steadfast partners from that letter. Nigel and Olwen Logan of Shoreline Web News LLC provided LVVS with coverage and an ad for our fundraiser worth far in excess of the $200 normal ad space charge. We thank them for their continued support and for the fine work they do in covering area news and events.

Our agency exists because volunteers and sponsors, such as Shoreline Web News make it possible for us to raise the funds to help area residents improve their lives. Readers and advertsers can help in that work by supporting those businesses who are committed to causes such as this.

Thank You!


John J. Ferrara

Editor’s Note: The author is the Executive Director of Literacy Volunteers Valley Shore, CT, Inc.


Lyme-Old Lyme VFW to Distribute ‘Buddy Poppies’ During Next Two Weekends

buddy_poppiesVolunteers with the Lyme/Old Lyme Veterans of Foreign Wars (LOL VFW) Post 1467 will be distributing ‘Buddy Poppies’ during Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 4-5, in honor of local veterans. Donations are greatly appreciated and are used 100 percent to assist and support veterans and their families.

The ‘Buddy Poppy’ was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 1922. Poppy fields in Belgium were the site of some of the battles in World War I, and the overturned soils allowed the seeds to grow again in the fields and serve as a reminder of the blood shed during the war.

In the past two years, the LOL VFW has helped reunite a homeless veteran from Old Lyme to live with  his daughter in Las Vegas, paid for heating oil to help an Air Force veteran get though the winter, paid rent for an veteran who was about to become homeless, and paid for car repairs along with many other cases of assistance.

This VFW Post may be small but its reach is far — no one does more for local veterans than the VFW.


‘Wheels of Justice’ Festival Sunday at Old Lyme Church Highlights Justice, Racism, Resistance Issues Across Globe

All are welcome to the ‘Wheels of Justice Festival’ next Sunday, Oct. 30, which focuses on justice and dignity challenges for Palestinians, the Black Freedom Movement and Native Americans. The Tree of Life Educational Fund presents the Festival from 2 to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  

Rev. Dr. Steven Jungkeit, Tree of Life Board member and Senior Minister at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, explains, “This ‘Wheels of Justice’ program is an exploration of the struggles for justice and dignity in Palestine, the Black Freedom Movement, and among Native Americans. The program began with a 10-day sojourn through the American South, inspired by the Freedom Riders of 1961, which is taking place during October.” 

He continues, “As various struggles for human and civil rights have erupted across the globe in the past several years, it has become increasingly clear that each of these struggles is inextricably linked – by common challenges and shared tactics of resistance,” adding, “This journey is designed for those who believe that another world is possible, for those who wish to have their spirits and consciences quickened, for those with religion and without it, for those who wish to connect things up. It is a journey for those who wish to listen, to witness, and to act against the ongoing legacy of colonialism and its varied aftershocks.”

The ‘Wheels of Justice’ Festival is an opportunity both to welcome the journey travelers back home and to stand in solidarity with the Lakota on Standing Rock, who are protecting their sacred land against the pipeline; with African Americans who continue to suffer from violence and discrimination in the US criminal justice system; and with Palestinians as they yearn for basic human rights.

The Festival will feature keynote Native American, Palestinian and African-American speakers from the ‘Wheels of Justice’ journey, who will discuss the common issues of justice, racism and resistance.

Jungkeit will share his vision of “Wheels of Justice” and how it began when he saw the 28 ft. high apartheid wall in Palestine, a wall that not only separates Palestinians from their places of employment, but also a wall that separates individuals from r common humanity. 

Native American activist Travis Harden  and Paul Sand will share their stories and songs from the Sacred Stone and Red Warrior camps in North Dakota.  

Laila El Haddad

Laila El Haddad

Poet Marilyn Nelson will also speak along with Laila El Haddad, author of Gaza Mom and Gaza Kitchen, who will address the justice issues pertaining to such basics as food and water. 

Palestinian artist Jennifer Awad will share her exceptional works of art and how art is a form of resistance. There will be a bazaar and art exhibit ongoing throughout the the event.

On the front lawn of the Meetinghouse there is a large tipi in which all are invited to place a good quality sleeping bag, blanket, warm socks, and winter hats for those on Standing Rock whose encampment — the largest since the Battle of Little Big Horn — is preparing for a long, cold Dakota winter. 

The program will conclude with a cultural feast, with Palestinian, African American and Native American foods. 

Admission is $20 — students and those under age 21 free.  Tickets are available at door only.  For more information, call 860.434.8686 or visit www.tolef.org

Laila El-Haddad is an award-winning Palestinian writer, social activist, and public speaker who frequently lectures on the situation in Gaza, the intersection of food and politics, and contemporary Islam.  She is  the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting, and Everything In Between and, co-author of the critically acclaimed The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey. 

She is also a policy advisor with al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network.  Through her work as a writer and documentarian, she provides much-needed insight into the human experience of the region.  She was recently featured  in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Episode “Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza” as his guide in the Gaza Strip. 

From 2003-2007, El-Haddad was the Gaza correspondent for the Al Jazeera English website and a regular contributor to the BBC World Service. During this time, she co-directed two Gaza-based documentaries, including The Tunnel Trade

A graduate of Duke University and the Harvard Kennedy School, she is the recipient of the Clinton Scholarship, as well as the Inspiration for Hope and the Literary Leadership Awards. Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents from Gaza, she currently lives in Clarksville, Md., with her husband and their three children.

Jennifer Awad

Jennifer Awad

Jennifer Awad is a Toronto-based Palestinian artist presently residing in Washington DC / Virginia to expand her artistic career. Born into a family of creatives in varying disciplines, Awad found her unique expression at a very young age through visual art.

Primarily inspired by cultural diversity and the human condition, Awad’s artwork attempts to capture these musings by using bright, bold, saturated color palettes and textural compositions, which are trademark of her contemporary abstract style. Her career as professional artist launched in 2005 with a passion for using the Voice, Power and Compassion of art to bring inspiration to every viewer.

In 2007, Awad started painting in partnership with human rights and non-profit organizations, grassroots movements initiatives, community outreach programs and educational platforms through art talks, live paintings at fundraising events, community projects, open art studios, private and corporate commissions as well as solo and group exhibitions. Today, her work continues to create opportunities and partnerships to bring about social change both locally and abroad, causing her perpetual growth in artistic identity, career and service.

For more information regarding Awad’s work, visit www.kardiagallery.net.


Save the Date for ‘Homes for the Holidays’ House Tour of Old Lyme, Benefits OL Children’s Learning Center

housetour_logo_largerThe Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center (OLCLC) presents “Homes for the Holidays” House Tour of Old Lyme on Saturday, Dec. 10. The tour begins at Old Lyme Town Hall, located at 52 Lyme Street, and will feature a Holiday Boutique from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The self-guided House Tour takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will spotlight seven beautifully decorated Old Lyme village homes, including the recently renovated Old Lyme Historical Society building.

Advance tickets are available for $25 by mail by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homes-for-the-holidays-house-tour-of-old-lyme-tickets-28306584757  or in person at OLCLC (57 Lyme Street, Old Lyme); and the Chocolate Shell (18 Lyme Street). Tickets the day of the event are $30.

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

Proceeds will benefit OLCLC enrichment programs. Old Lyme Children’s Learning Center is a non-profit accredited early childhood school and child care center.

For more information visit www.olclc.com or call (860) 434-1728 ext. 1.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Fall Dinner at Fox Hopyard This Evening; All Welcome

The Old Lyme Historical Society will be sponsoring their annual Fall Dinner at ‘On The Rocks’ at Fox Hopyard in East Haddam, on Sunday, Oct. 23, with dinner starting at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets are available at Webster Bank, or from the Society’s website at www.olhsi.org.

Fox Hopyard is off the Hopyard Road, off Rte. 82.


Musical Masterworks Continues 26th Season

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Aaron leads the opening concert of the 2016-17 series.

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Aaron will perform in the opening concert of the 2016-17 series.

As Musical Masterworks opens its 26th season of exceptional chamber music, it seems only appropriate to begin the next quarter of a century of chamber music on the shoreline with the music of J.S. Bach.  Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor and pianist Adam Neiman will perform along with cellist and Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron.

The season’s first concerts are Saturday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, an acoustically rich and beautiful venue for chamber music.  Arron described how special the series is to him, “I am gratified to know that Old Lyme, Connecticut, has become a secure and distinguished sanctuary for the art of chamber music, and a destination for renowned musicians from all over the world. Every year, I relish the opportunity to plumb the rich depths of the chamber music repertory in order to create five dynamic musical journeys.“

Musical Masterworks’ season runs October 2016 through May 2017.  To purchase a series subscription ($150 each) or individual tickets ($35 individual; $5 student), visit Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.


LYSB Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Course, Friday

Someone you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help them. Take this course, save a life, strengthen your community.

Mental healthLymes’ Youth Service Bureau is offering a Mental Health First Aid Training course on Friday, Oct. 28, at LYSB at 59 Lyme St., Old Lyme.  The $50 admission charge includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.

More than 680,000 people across the United States have been trained in Mental Health First Aid.  This is an eight-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.  Anyone can take this course.

Mental Health First Aiders learn to:

  • help someone through a panic attack
  • engage with someone who may be suicidal
  • support a person experiencing psychosis
  • help an individual with addictions.

People and groups that should consider taking the Mental Health First Aid course include:

  • All people and organizations that make up the fabric of our community
  • Parents
  • School personnel, nurses, educators
  • Anyone who works the public
  • First responders
  • Friends and family of individuals with mental health challenges or addiction
  • General public

Participants will receive a MHFA Certificate – 8 CEUs available.

Register for the course at www.lysb.org  For further information, call 860-434-7208.

This course is sponsored by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and the Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut


Today Old Lyme VNA Hosts Free Flu Shots for Over 40s, Health Screenings

screen-shot-2016-10-15-at-1-43-05-amNurse_VNAThe Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association will be offering free flu vaccinations to Lyme and Old Lyme residents aged 40 and older free of charge at the Lymes’ Senior Center on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  No insurance is required.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and screenings for foot health, hearing, eye and blood pressure will be available at no charge.  Balance testing and UV face scanning will also be offered free.

Blood screenings will also be available for a small fee.


Lyme Local History Archives Host Open House This Afternoon

 This photograph of the last four-yoke ox team in Lyme, Conn., is a recent acquisition of the Lyme Local History Archives.

This photograph of the last four-yoke ox team in Lyme, Conn., is a recent acquisition of the Lyme Local History Archives.

In honor of Connecticut Archives Month, the Lyme Local History Archives are hosting an Open House on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Archives, which are managed by the Lyme Public Hall Association, are now located in the Lyme Public Library at 482 Hamburg Rd (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn.

Recent acquisitions by the Archives collections will be on display including a photo of the last four-yoke ox team (8 oxen) in Lyme, a Lyme School Board ledger showing where Lyme students were sent to high school in the 1920-50s and documents establishing the Lyme Electric Company to serve customers on Bill Hill and Hamburg in 1921.

Information about the care of family papers and photographs will be on display as part of this event.

The Archives are currently undertaking special initiatives to help families collect and preserve photographs and documents.  Carolyn Bacdayan, archivist and Lyme town historian, will be on hand to answer questions.

Connecticut Archives Month is an annual event to raise awareness about the value of Connecticut’s historical records and archives as well as the archivists who oversee them.

For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org

The Lyme Public Hall Association is dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme, Connecticut’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.


This photograph of the last four-yoke ox team in Lyme, CT is a recent acquisition of the Lyme Local History Archives.


Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet, Old Lyme’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Today

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Logo - DEA

Since the first Lyme-Old Lyme Drug Take Back event in 2011, citizens have returned more than 500 pounds of medications to prevent misuse.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire House, the Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) Coalition will give residents another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets. Twenty seven percent of seniors at Lyme-Old Lyme High School report it would be “very or sort of easy to obtain a prescription drug without your own prescription.”  (Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Survey, Dec. 2015). You have the opportunity to return unwanted medications at this bi-annual event, so that you don’t inadvertently contribute to someone’s misuse of a drug.

Should you miss this Drug Take Back event, you can dispose of your medications at Drug Drop Boxes located in area police stations including Troop F in Westbrook and the East Lyme Police Station in Niantic.

The misuse of prescription pain relievers and tranquilizers is more prevalent in the U.S. than use of all types of illicit drugs, except marijuana.  These medications are readily available in many home medicine cabinets and are easily diverted, misused and abused.

According to the Center for Disease Control, drug overdose deaths now kill more Americans than car crashes.  Prescription pain pills are driving the increase in overdoses.  Studies show that the majority of young people who abuse medicines obtain their supply from family and friends.

This event is co-sponsored by CASFY Coalition, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Old Lyme Police Department, Troop F State Police, and Old Lyme Fire Department,

For more information about the Drug Take Back event, or CASFY Coalition, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or visit www.lysb.org


LAA Hosts Delicious, Art-Filled Fundraiser Tonight

Palate to Palette Image

Enjoy a sumptuous offering of fine food by the area’s top restaurants and caterers, plus a variety of local beer and wine at Palate to Palette, a delicious and art-filled fundraiser for the Lyme Art Association (LAA). This event, which takes place this evening from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. includes a silent auction featuring specially created works of art plus a live auction, entertainment … and a surprise appearance by a famous artist of old!

“What’s more fun than a fall night, celebrating great art by wonderful artists, fabulous food from local establishments and live music, all in support of our local Art Association. The LAA supports and showcases fine representational art and holds dear the rich history in which we were founded.  In support of this great organization, please join us for this wonderful event,” comments the Palette to Palate Chair.

Your palate will be pleased with fine food from A Thyme to Cook, Ashlawn Farm, Cloud Nine Catering, Coffees Country Market, Fromage Fine Foods & Coffee, Gourmet Galley, Lillian’s Café, Moxie Bar & Restaurant, Old Lyme Inn, and The Public House Restaurant.

This special evening includes live music by Buffalo Jr. Band as well as an appearance of a famous artist of old by Back Stage Players.

Reservations for Palate to Palette are $50 per person ($45 for LAA members).

For additional information on Palate to Palette and to make a reservation, visit www.LymeArtAssociation.org or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at gary@lymeartassociation.org.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community. The Association is located at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within the town’s historic district.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 to 5 pm, or by appointment.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.


State Senate Candidate Norm Needleman Endorsed by Women’s Health Groups

Yesterday, Norm Needleman announced the endorsements of women’s health groups Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut PAC and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC in his State Senate campaign in the 33rd District.

Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut PAC (PPV!CT PAC) is committed to supporting and endorsing pro-reproductive rights, pro-family planning candidates for state office. Needleman was endorsed along with other candidates for Connecticut state races.

“We are very proud to endorse candidates who are committed to protecting reproductive health care,” said Chris Corcoran, PPV!CT PAC Board Chair. “The candidates we endorsed drive policy on women’s health care. Connecticut women and families should know that these candidates would ensure vital services remain intact.”

“States are the front lines in protecting women’s health and the right to choose,” said Needleman. “In the State Senate I will be an advocate for reproductive rights and access to women’s health care services. I will fight against the extremist elements that have worked their way into Hartford politics.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC’s mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

“We are excited about your support for women, and look forward to your involvement in working to make Connecticut the best state in the nation for reproductive rights,” said Jillian Gilchrest, President, NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC.

Needleman is challenging incumbent State Senator Art Linares who has earned the endorsement of an extreme organization – the Family Institute – in 2012, 2014 and 2016 for his opposition to common sense women’s health and reproductive rights.

PPV!CT PAC is the Connecticut state political action committee affiliated with Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut (PPV!CT). PPV!CT is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England (PPSNE).

“These candidates support reproductive health, rights and access,” said Susan Yolen, PPV!CT PAC board member and Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy with PPV!CT. “We are confident each of these candidates will work to preserve and expand  access to full reproductive health care services for the people of Connecticut.”

Needleman is the founder and CEO of Tower Laboratories, a manufacturing business. As CEO, he has built the business over the past 37 years to become a leader in its segment, employing 150 people at facilities in Essex and Clinton. Needleman is in his third term as first selectman of Essex and was first elected as a selectman in 2003.

He is the Democratic candidate for the 33rd State Senate District, which consists of the Town of Lyme along with Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Portland, Westbrook, and part of Old Saybrook.

For more information on Planned Parenthood Votes! Connecticut, visit www.plannedparenthoodvotes.org.

For more information on NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut PAC, visit www.prochoicect.org.

For more information on Needleman’s campaign, visit www.norm.vote.


Full Steam Ahead! Cappella Cantorum Hosts Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser, 10/29

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-11-19-30-pmAREAWIDE — Help Cappella Cantorum propel into 50 years of tradition with this new, exciting fundraiser slated for Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy tastes of wines and beers from local and regional sources, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and a pasta station, while you peruse lots of great silent auction items, including artwork, many gift certificates to local merchants and some surprise items! 

Live entertainment will also be provided by Cappella’s own Hilltop Four Barber Shop Quartet.

The event is in the River Valley Junction building at the Essex Steam Train, where you will be enveloped by the delightfully preserved, historical space.

Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. Tell your friends and family.

All proceeds benefit Cappella Cantorum, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is celebrating its 47th year of tradition in the upcoming 2016-2017 concert season, Moving Full Steam Ahead! Into Our Next Half Century of Cappella Cantorum.

For questions and more information, call 860-526-1038 and visit www.cappellacantorum.org.

Cappella Cantorum is the lower Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline’s premiere non-auditioned community choral organization whose primary purpose is to learn, perform and enjoy great choral music while striving for excellence and the enrichment of its singers and audience.

Cappella Cantorum continues because of the support of area businesses and professional people through program advertising; by generous sponsors, our concert audiences, members through dues and hard work, and through the dedication of Music Director Barry Asch, Assistant Music Director Deborah Lyon, and the efforts of the volunteer Board of Directors.