September 28, 2016

‘Children of the Stone/Dal’Ouna Ensemble’ Gives Concert in Old Lyme Friday; Part of National Tour

Ramzi Aburedwan (third from right) stands with the other members of the Dal'Ouna Ensemble that will be performing in Old Lyme on Sept. 30.

Ramzi Aburedwan (third from right) stands with the other members of the Dal’Ouna Ensemble that will be performing in Old Lyme on Sept. 30.

The Tree of Life Educational Fund presents a performance by Ranzi Aburedwan and his Arabic-French Dal’Ouna Ensemble in a program of music and book-readings on Friday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

This event is part of the national concert and book tour of Children of the Stone/Dal ‘Ouna, which celebrates Palestinian musician and educator Ramzi Aburedwan and his belief in the power of music and culture to transform lives and resist oppression. The tour corresponds with the paperback release of Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land (Bloomsbury, April 2015/paperback March 2016) by Sandy Tolan, author of the international bestseller, The Lemon Tree.

Featured in concert will be the powerful music of Ramzi Aburedwan and his Arabic-French Dal’Ouna Ensemble and the Lebanese singer, Abeer Nehme : a dynamic fusion of Palestinian Arab folk, classical, jazz and world music.   Ensemble members include renowned composer, violist and buzouk player Ramzi Aburedwan and percussionist Tareq Rantisi from Palestine, oud player Ziad Ben Youssef from Tunisia, Edwin Buger from Yugoslavia on accordion. Michael Dabroski will join the group with his Palestinian violin, and there will be readings from Sandy Tolan’s book, Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.

Children of the Stone tells the dramatic story of Ramzi Aburedwan’s life growing up in an occupied Palestinian refugee camp and his transformation from a stone throwing youth of the first intifada, to a talented musician studying at the Edward Said Palestine National Academy of Music and a French Conservatory and his final return to Palestine to realize his life’s dream of founding a music school, Al-Kamandjati that has centers in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. He views Al-Kamandjati and related projects with international musicians as a combination of safe haven, creative resistance, and trauma therapy for the least fortunate Palestinian children, many living in refugee camps.

World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma said this about Sandy Tolan’s book:“In a world where so much popular fiction depicts life in a dystopian world, it is refreshing to have this non-fiction account that reflects one individual’s belief in the power of music and culture to transform lives. Congratulations to Sandy Tolan for bringing us the story of Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan, his philosophy and his personal mission to make a difference.  His story is proof of the famous words of Margaret Mead –‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has’”.

All are welcome to attend this concert and book-reading.  General admission is $10 at the door.  Admission is free to students and those aged under 21.

The concert and book tour features two additional locations in Connecticut as follows:

Saturday, Sept. 24; 7 pm Yale University, CT

Monday, Sept. 26; 7 pm UConn, Storrs, CT

For more information, visit or call the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme at 860.434.8686

The Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOL) a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was established by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.


Old Lyme Residents Approve Additional Funds for Sound View Project by 26 Votes; Joining Ledge Light Health District by Just Three Votes

Tonight Old Lyme voters approved additional funds for the  Sound View project by 102 to 74 votes. They also approved the town joining the Ledge Light Health District by just three votes, 82-79.


Essex First Selectman Opposes State Takeover of Local Health Departments, Denounces New Cost to Small Towns; Lyme First Selectman Eno Agrees

The following is a press release from Norm Needleman’s campaign office that we received this morning:

Today, State Senate candidate and local businessman Norm Needleman spoke out against the yet-to-be-announced state takeover of local health departments. Needleman opposes the top-down, behind-the-scenes process which includes the elimination of local health departments, the loss of local control, and increased cost to towns in what amounts to a regional property tax.

The draft changes in Connecticut state statutes were distributed to town Health Directors as “draft Local Health Consolidation Statutes” by the Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Public Health Raul Pino.

“This secret state takeover plan is yet another example of the state barreling down the wrong path without input from towns,” said Needleman. “Forced regionalization is terrible policy and causes more unnecessary over-regulation of towns without any proven cost savings. This is a canary in the coal mine for more state and county control.”

Lyme Republican First Selectman Ralph Eno agreed with Needleman.

“I appreciate Norm’s attention to this key issue,” said Eno. “I agree with his position that this is an administrative overreach without any kind of formal hearing process. This is part of what is wrong with state government.”

The changes propose eliminating local health departments and consolidating them under one board and director for each county.

“In Essex we have an efficient and effective Health Department,” said Needleman. “In what world does it make any sense to turn a well managed town office over to the mess in Hartford?”

In addition, the changes propose that each town pay 1.5% of their budget to the new county health department. The draft legislation states: “towns, cities and boroughs of such district appropriate for the maintenance of the health district not less than one and one half percent of their previous fiscal year’s annual operating budgets.”

“As First Selectman of Essex I have kept our Health Department well under 1.5% of our annual town budget with a professionally managed team,” said Needleman. “This proposal will cost more for towns all across the region and amounts to a county tax. If elected State Senator I will fight foolish state overreach like this takeover.”

“The cost is a percentage of the town budget,” said Eno. “So this is a regional property tax to feed the state bureaucracy. Thanks to Norm for being out ahead on this issue and looking forward to his leadership in the State Senate.”

Norm 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 over 225 people. Needleman is in his 3rd term as First Selectman of Essex and was first elected as a Selectman in 2003.

“Norm understands the importance of local control as an experienced town leader,” said Campaign Manager Kevin Coughlin. “That is why he has been endorsed by both Republican and Democratic First Selectmen right here in the 33rd district.”

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


Old Lyme Registrars to Host Voter Registration Session, Oct. 4

The Old Lyme Registrars of Voters, Sylvia Peterson (D) and Don Tapper (R), will hold a Voter Registration Session Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. in their office at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall. The purpose of this session will be to complete the Preliminary Registry List for the upcoming Nov. 8 Presidential Election.

Normal office hours for the registrars are Monday 1 to 4 p.m.

People can register to vote Monday through Friday in the Town Clerk’s office if Registrars are not available.
Absentee ballots are available through the Town Clerk’s office, not through the Registrars. For more information, call the Town Clerk at 434-1605, ext. 221

There are two special voter-making sessions before each election: the third Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Tuesday one week before the election from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is the last day a person can register and be able to vote in the election.

The only people who can register and be eligible to vote in the election after that date are those turning eighteen, becoming U.S. citizens, and those who have just moved into town.

For more voter registration information, call (860) 434-1605 x 226 or email


Donation Drop-off for Lyme Church Rummage Sale Continues Today

The First Congregational Church of Lyme, 1 Sterling City Rd., Lyme, will hold its Annual Fall Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 1 p.m.

Donations will be gratefully accepted from Monday, Sept. 26, to Thursday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 860-434-0220.


‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race Benefits Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation

And they're off! Runners participating in last year's 10K start the race.

And they’re off! Runners participating in last year’s 10K take their first steps in the race.

The Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 5th annual Bound for the Sound Road Race takes place next Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 8 a.m., on Hartford Ave., in the Sound View area of Old Lyme.

Runners can choose between a 10K or 5K course, or a one-mile Fun Run. The course travels through the scenic, easy terrain of South Lyme. All proceeds from the race benefit the Foundation’s educational programs in the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools.

Runners of all ages are welcome, including those in strollers. Register for the race at or in person before the race. Registration is $35 for adults, $10 for high school students and younger, with faculty and staff of the Region 18 Schools receiving a $10 discount off the registration fee.

Mary Stone, LOLEF President, commented, “We draw a great crowd each year, especially for the 10K. It’s one of the few 10K races in the region: the course is beautiful and runners really love it.” LOLEF race organizer Chris Staab added, “It’s a great community event that supports public education while promoting health and wellness.”

The LOLEF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, governed by a volunteer board of directors from the towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.

The LOLEF’s mission is to create, continue, and enhance the valuable educational programs above and beyond those traditionally provided by the Lyme-Old Lyme Public Schools. The Foundation aligns its work with the District’s strategic planning process to encourage innovative and effective learning opportunities for students of all ages. It raises and distributes funds to enhance enrichment programs, support innovative teaching and learning, and build educational partnerships between Lyme-Old Lyme students and the community.


How to ‘Stack Building Blocks Toward Bliss’ with Lifestyle Coach Lisa Lelas 11am in Lyme

Lisa Lelas will speak at Lyme Public Library on Saturday morning.

Lisa Lelas will speak at Lyme Public Library on Saturday morning.

The Friends of the Lyme Public Library are hosting a presentation this Saturday, Sept. 24, at 11 Lisa Lelas titled, “Stacking your building blocks toward bliss – 8 essential steps toward creating a more focused, fulfilled & streamlined life.”

Lelas is a nationally recognized productivity director, lifestyle coach and bestselling author who helps businesses and entrepreneurs achieve success by implementing a clear plan of action. She is an expert on time management, work/life balance and living joyfully every day.

Her tips and advice on organizing your life can be heard regularly in newspapers, magazines, on TV and radio. She has appeared on Oprah Winfrey, the Today Show and more. A former NY film and TV casting director, Lelas knows the importance of captivating the audience and editing your life ‘script’ through prioritizing, simplifying and strategizing.

To register, call the Library at 860-434-2272 or email

The library is located at 482 Hamburg Rd./Rt. 156, Lyme, CT 06371.


Learn All About ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio … According to Star Trek,’ 11am in Saybrook

Tenor Brian Cheney

Tenor Brian Cheney

OLD SAYBROOK — A witty lecture given by Old Lyme resident and internationally acclaimed tenor Brian Cheney with director Josh Shaw entitled “The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart … according to Star Trek” is slated for Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. at the Acton Public Library, 60 Old Boston Post Rd., Old Saybrook.

This free lecture is sponsored by The Guild of Salt Marsh Opera in partnership with the Acton Public Library.

For more information, call 860-388-2871.


Are You Hardwired to Vote for Clinton or Trump? Take a Survey to Help a Researcher Find Out …

survey-image-stock-artPaul D. Tieger, an author and internationally recognized expert on Personality Type and voting behavior, has launched a unique survey, which looks at the 2016 presidential race in an entirely new light  —  how our innate Personality Type may be the stealth factor that determines the next leader of the free world.
Why are so many people  —  on the left and the right  —  terrified about the election results? Tieger says he hopes his research will answer this question, among others.
This survey only takes about five to six minutes. Results will be published in about two weeks.

Linares, Needleman Debate Tonight at Lyme-Old Lyme HS in Hotly-Contested 33rd State Senate Race

Essex First Selectman and Democratic candidate for the 33rd District, Norman Needleman

Essex First Selectman Norm Needleman (D)

State Senator Art Linares (R)

State Senator Art Linares (R)

The Day and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut are hosting a debate from 7 to 8 p.m. this evening, Thursday, Sept. 22, between the candidates running for the 33rd State Senate District — incumbent Senator Art Linares (R) and Essex First Selectman Norman Needleman (D).  The 33rd District includes the Town of Lyme.

Needleman, who is in his third term as first selectman of Essex and was first elected as a Selectman in 2003, is challenging incumbent State Senator Art Linares, who is running for a third term.

Linares was first elected in 2012 to the 33rd State Senate District seat, which was held for two decades by the late former State Senator Eileen Daily of Westbrook. He won a second term in 2014, defeating Democrat Emily Bjornberg of Lyme on a 22,762-17,326 vote.

Apart from Lyme, the 33rd State Senate District comprises the Towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Portland, Westbrook, and part of Old Saybrook.

Questions for the debate may be submitted in advance to

To watch the debate, visit It will be live streamed and available for viewing until the election.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.


CT Fund for the Environment Annual Meeting to be Held Sunday in Hartford

Engaging and educating communities for preservation of the Long Island Sound tidal estuary

save_the_sound_logoSave the Sound is celebrating National Estuaries Week Sept. 17 – 24 with a series of interactive and educational events throughout the Long Island Sound region. This annual celebration of estuaries—the vital coastal zones where freshwater rivers meet salty seas—is sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries and its member organizations including Save the Sound.

This year’s events call attention to the many benefits of thriving coastal ecosystems, including how estuary conservation efforts support our quality of life and economic well-being.

“The Long Island Sound estuary is not only where freshwater rivers meet the saltwater Atlantic, but where wildlife habitat meets beaches and boating, and where modern industry meets traditional oystering,” said Curt Johnson, executive director of Save the Sound, which is a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE).

Johnson continued, “All over the country, estuaries are the lifeblood of coastal economies. From serving as natural buffers to protect our coastlines from storms to providing unique habitat for countless birds, fish, and wildlife, estuaries deserve our protection and our thanks.”

Save the Sound is celebrating estuaries with a number of events this week, including the release of a new video, a presentation on Plum Island at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and the CFE/Save the Sound annual meeting:

Thursday, Sept. 22


Aerial voew of Plum Island lighthouse. (From Preserve Plum Island website)

Aerial view of Plum Island lighthouse. (From Preserve Plum Island website)

Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound and Outreach Coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, will host Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations, a special presentation on the importance of conserving the wildlife habitats and historic buildings of Plum Island, New York.

Plum Island flanks Plum Gut in the Long Island Sound estuary’s eastern end, where fast-moving tides create highly productive fishing grounds. The talk is part of a multi-week series featuring photographs and paintings of Plum Island, and lectures on its ecology, geology, and history.

  • Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme, Connecticut
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Register by calling the library at 860-434-1684.

Sunday, Sept. 25

The Annual Meeting of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its bi-state program Save the Sound will take place in the Planet Earth exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center. The event is open to the public with registration, and will feature a keynote address from Curt Spalding, administrator of EPA’s New England Region. Spalding is a leader in combatting nitrogen pollution and in climate change resilience planning efforts for New England.

To celebrate the contributions of volunteers to restoring the Long Island Sound estuary, Save the Sound has released a new video of a habitat restoration planting at Hyde Pond in Mystic. Following removal of the old Hyde Pond dam and opening 4.1 miles of stream habitat for migratory fish last winter (see time lapse video here), in May about 30 volunteers planted native vegetation along the Whitford Brook stream bank, under the direction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, CT DEEP’s Fisheries division, and Save the Sound staff.

Find more information on the project’s benefits and funders here.

Look for the planting video on Save the Sound’s website, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.


LAA Hosts Delicious, Art-Filled Fundraiser, Oct. 20; Tickets on Sale Now

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, Thursday, Oct. 20, 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 or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at

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


Lyme Fire Company Hosts 60th Annual Steak Dinner, Oct. 15: All Welcome

Lyme Fire Company (LFC) will hold its 60th Annual Steak Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hamburg Station, 213 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156), in Lyme, CT.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $8 for children and can be purchased at the door.

This is LFC’s major fundraising event of the year.  A new permanent outdoor grill was built in time for this year’s dinner.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Fall Dinner at Fox Hopyard, Oct. 23; 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

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


Lyme DTC Invites Readers to ‘Meet the Candidates’ Tonight at Gelston House

Essex First Selectman and Democratic candidate for the 33rd District, Norman Needleman

Essex First Selectman and Democratic candidate for the 33rd District, Norman Needleman

US Senator Joe Courtney

US Senator Joe Courtney

The Democratic Town Committees of Lyme, Haddam and East Haddam are jointly sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” event with Norm Needleman and Joe Courtney at the Gelston House in East Haddam on Monday, Sept. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  All are welcome.

Needleman (D) is challenging two-term incumbent Art Linares (R) for the position of 33rd District State Representative. Courtney is running for another term as US Representative for Connecticut’s Second Congressional District, a position he has held since 2007..

Light refreshments will be served.  A cash bar will be available.

A $10 donation is suggested.


750+ Volunteers Clean Beaches from Norwalk to New London Including Griswold Point in Old Lyme

Kendall Perkins displays a skull she found during Save The Sound's Coastal Clean-up Day held yesterday at White Sand Beach.

Kendall Perkins displays a skull she found during Save The Sound‘s Coastal Clean-up Day held yesterday at White Sand Beach.

Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the environment, organized 31 cleanups across Connecticut’s shoreline this weekend. The efforts are part of International Coastal Cleanup, which brings together hundreds of thousands of people each year to remove plastic bags, broken glass, cigarette butts, and other trash from the world’s shores and waterways. One of the areas included in the cleanup effort was from White Sand Beach to the tip of Griswold Point in Old Lyme.

The event was founded by Ocean Conservancy in 1985, and Save the Sound has served as the official Connecticut coordinator for the last 14 years.

save_the_sound_logo“We didn’t plan it this way, but I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the 31st anniversary of International Coastal Cleanup Day than with 31 cleanups!” said Chris Cryder, special projects coordinator for Save the Sound. “The cleanup just keeps growing, in Connecticut and worldwide. We have some terrific new and returning partners this year, including the SECONN Divers, folks from the U.S. District Court, multiple National Charity League chapters, and many more.”

Cryder continued, “The diversity of the groups involved really reflects the truth that ocean health affects all of us. Clean beaches and oceans are safer for beachgoers and boaters, they’re healthier for wildlife that aren’t eating plastic or getting tangled up in trash, and they’re economic powerhouses for the fishing and tourism industries.”

The cleanups are co-hosted by a wide array of local partners including high schools, youth groups, and scout troops; churches; boaters and divers; watershed associations, park stewards, and land trusts. Twenty-eight cleanups will be held Saturday, with three more on Sunday and others through mid-October, for a total of 70 cleanups statewide.

Based on the estimates of cleanup captains, between 750 and 900 volunteers were expected to pitch in on Saturday alone. Last year, a total of 1,512 volunteers participated in Save the Sound cleanups throughout the fall. They collected more than three tons of litter and debris from 58 sites on Connecticut beaches, marshes, and riverbanks.

Over the event’s three-decade history, 11.5 million volunteers have collected 210 million pounds of trash worldwide. Every piece of trash volunteers find is tracked, reported to Save the Sound, and included in Ocean Conservancy’s annual index of global marine debris. The data is used to track trends in litter and devise policies to stop it at its source.


Are You Ready For Some Football? 1pm Kick-Off at Lyme-Old Lyme HS for OL/Valley Warriors v. Saybrook Rams


Action from last year’s game at Old Lyme.

This afternoon the Valley-Old Lyme Warriors meet the Saybrook Rams in the only game to be played in Old Lyme this season.  The Warriors regular home field is at Valley Regional High School.

Kick-off is at 1 p.m. on the Lyme-Old Lyme High School varsity field.

The Warriors come into today’s game with an unbeaten record having defeated Ellington 14-7 in the only game of the season to date.

We may not traditionally be a football town, but let’s turn out a huge crowd to support our boys!


Christ The King Church Hosts ‘Harvest Fun Day’ Today

All the fun of the fair will be happening Saturday at Christ the King's Harvest Fun Day.

All the fun of the fair will be happening Saturday at Christ the King’s Harvest Fun Day.

Harvest Fun Day takes place at Christ the King Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features the King’s Rummage Sale, a silent auction, a bake sale, kids’ games and crafts, great food, and an autumn plant sale.

Harvest Fun Day celebrates Autumn in Old Lyme, Sept. 21

There’s something for everyone at the King’s Rummage Sale on Saturday.

The Rummage Sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning (Sept. 18), 9 a.m. to noon (while supplies last).

Visit for directions.

For more information, call 860-434-1669.


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Popular Antique Appraisal Event Today

A member of the Old Lyme Historical Society looks on as Carol Brevard of Brevard Appraisal and Estate Services examines an antique candelabra at the Old Lyme Historical Society’s antiques appraisal event “Vintage!” in March 2013.

A member of the Old Lyme Historical Society looks on as Carol Brevard of Brevard Appraisal and Estate Services examines an antique candelabra at the Old Lyme Historical Society’s 2013 antiques appraisal event.

The Old Lyme Historical Society will hold their highly popular Annual Antique Appraisal event on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St., in Old Lyme.

Experienced and well respected appraisers will be on hand to give verbal assessments of articles brought in by the public. They include:

  • OLHSI_Antique_Poster_2016Jeffrey Cooley, owner of the Old Lyme-based Cooley Gallery, whose speciality includes American art including 19th Century Hudson River School and American Impressionism.
  • Nancy Hoffman, who is a specialist in early country items and textiles, as well as linens, quilts, primitive country furniture and decorative pieces.
  • Joy Ruskin Hanes and Lee Hanes, owners of Hanes & Ruskin Antiques, both of whom have extensive experience in appraising 18th and 19th Century high-style furniture.
  • Edwin Nadeau, Jr., who has been the owner/operator of Nadeau’s Auction Gallery for over 34 years. He has been in the antiques business for 46 years, and has conducted many speciality and general sales in jewelry, and fine furniture. His daughter Heather, has been his appraisal assistant for many years.
  • Curt Wendler, owner of Curt Wendler Rare Books in Old Saybrook, CT has 30 years experience in buying and selling fine books. In addition to books, he will examine autographs, photos, posters and other ephemera.
  • Alice Winalski has been the owner of Nyman Jewelers in Old Saybrook since 2001, and has more than 20 years experience appraising customer’s jewelry. She is also a talented and creative jewelry designer.

The public is encouraged to bring photos in of any items, which they wish to have appraised that are too difficult to transport. Take multiple shots from all angles including any identifying signatures.

There are modest fees for the appraisal: $7 for one item, $14 for two items, and $20 for three items.

The 2016 Appraisal event is sponsored by Acorn Financial Services, All-Pro Automotive, Headlines Unisex Salon, James Meehan, Art & Design, Pasta Vita, M.J. DeRisio, William Pitt/Sotheby’s, Past OLHSI Board member, Sennheiser, Shore & Country Real Estate, and Shoreline Web News LLC, Publishers of &

Student volunteers from the Lyme-Old Lyme High School History Club will be helpers throughout the afternoon.

Refreshments will be served. There will also be door prizes, and musical entertainment.


It’s ‘Save the Sound’ Coastal Clean-up Weekend! Volunteer to Help at White Sand Beach Today

save_the_sound_logoSave the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the environment, is hosting coastal clean-ups at 70 sites across Long Island Sound’s Connecticut shoreline throughout September and October.

One of the clean-up sites is White Sand Beach to Griswold Point in Old Lyme where work will start today Sept. 17, at 9 a.m.  St. Ann’s Church in Old Lyme is co-hosting the clean-up. Members of the public are invited to register for cleanups here.

The clean-ups, co-hosted by local partners including civic associations, youth groups, churches, clubs, and environmental organizations, are part of the International Coastal Cleanup. This year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day is tomorrow, Sept. 17. Twenty public cleanups are expected on Saturday, with two more on Sunday and others through mid-October. There are also additional private clean-ups.

Ocean trash threatens the health of beach-goers, birds, sea turtles, fish, and marine mammals, and damages economic activity such as tourism and the fishing industry. Every piece of trash volunteers find is tracked, reported to Save the Sound, and included in Ocean Conservancy’s annual index of global marine debris.

Ocean Conservancy founded ICC 31 years ago, and Save the Sound has been the official Connecticut coordinator since 2002. Over the event’s three-decade history, 11.5 million volunteers have collected 210 million pounds of trash worldwide.

In 2015, Save the Sound brought together 1,512 volunteers at 58 cleanups to remove over three tons of litter and debris from Connecticut beaches, marshes, and riverbanks.

For a complete list of public coastal clean-ups happening in Connecticut throughout September and October, visit Save the Sound’s blog.

Selected additional clean-ups on Saturday, Sept. 17 are:

  • Long Wharf Nature Preserve, New Haven. 10:00am – 2:00pm. With the New Haven Land Trust.
  • Branford Point Park, Branford. 9:00am – 12:00pm. With Yale Environmental Health Sciences and the East Shore District Health Department.
  • Hammonasset State Park, Madison. East Beach 9:00am – 12:00pm, West Beach 9 – 11:00am. West Beach with Friends of Hammonassett.
  • Ocean Beach Park, New London. 10:30am – 12:00pm. With the Cedar Island Marina Research Lab.

A selected clean-up on Sunday, Sept. 18 is:

  • City Pier, New London. 9:00am – 12:00pm. Underwater dive cleanup with the SECONN Divers.