September 21, 2018

Wesleyan Professor to Give Talk Tomorrow on First Amendment Fundamentals at Lyme Library

Wesleyan University Professor Emeritus John Finn

Professor Emeritus John E. Finn will present a talk titled Speech Freaks: First Amendment Fundamentals and Common Misperceptions at the Lyme Public Library on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m.

He will elaborate on the kind of limits that can be placed on speech, why objectionable speech must be protected, the relationship of the First Amendment to other constitutional liberties and principles, and why “it is every citizen’s civic responsibility to be literate about the Constitution – to know not only what it says and means but also to know why it means what it does, to know where it is clear, where it is vague, and where it asks us to make up our own minds”

Dr. Finn holds a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University, a J.D. from Georgetown University, and a degree in culinary arts from the French Culinary Institute. He is Professor Emeritus of Government from Wesleyan University in Middletown and is the author of several highly regarded books on constitutional law.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the Lyme Public Library. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Library at 860-434-2272 or email


Old Lyme Special Town Meeting to be Held Monday to Vote on Pump Station, Solar Facilities

Following on from Wednesday’s (Sept. 19) meeting attended by approximately 75 Old Lyme residents, the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen announced today that a Special Town Meeting will be held Monday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. to vote on both the proposals that were discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.  The meeting will be held in in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium at 53 Lyme Street,

Around a dozen questions were asked at Wednesday’s meeting and many residents left after the end of the first hearing.

At Monday’s Special Town Meeting, residents will be asked to vote on the proposed lease of a portion of the Town-owned property at 72 Portland Ave. in Old Lyme.  The lease, which was presented by First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder on Wednesday, includes access rights to the leased area, to the Miami Beach Association, the Old Lyme Shores Beach Association, and the Old Colony Beach Association, and to each of their respective Water Pollution Control Authorities (the “Tenants”), for an initial term of 40 years from its commencement date, for the purpose of the construction, operation, and maintenance of a sanitary sewage pump station, underground piping, and related facilities by the Tenants.

The proposed lease terms and a map showing the proposed lease area are available on the WPCA page of the Town website  at

Residents will also be asked to approve a resolution that the first selectwoman, on terms and conditions deemed by the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen to be commercially reasonable and in the best interests of the Town, and subject to the approval of the Town Attorney as to legality and form, is authorized to negotiate and enter into a Memorandum of Agreement and subsequent lease for an initial term of up to 25 years with a solar energy generation firm.

This firm must be legally qualified to produce and distribute solar energy in the State of Connecticut for the purpose of allowing the tenant to install, own and operate solar photovoltaic generation equipment (“Solar Facilities”) on some or all of the capped portion of the former landfill on the Town-owned property at 109 Four Mile River Road in Old Lyme, together with and for the term of the lease:

(i) an easement over, across and through Town Property outside the leased area as reasonably necessary to allow the tenant, its employees, invitees, agents, contractors and subcontractors to access the leased property and the Solar Facilities by vehicle, foot or otherwise, in such location(s) as shall be reasonably determined by mutual written agreement of the Board of Selectmen and the tenant;

(ii) an easement on Town property outside the leased area, as reasonably necessary for the sole purpose of servicing the solar facilities, to build, maintain, upgrade, install and relocate electrical lines, conduits, and disconnects running to and from the solar facilities and other equipment and communication facilities, including without limitation utility meters and switches, transformers, inverters, disconnects, reclosers, poles and switchboards, all of which shall be reasonably needed to operate the solar facilities, and all of which shall be located where reasonably determined by mutual written agreement of the board of selectmen and the tenant;

(iii) the right, license and privilege to use, as reasonably necessary, up to 15,000 square feet of Town property outside the leased area  as a temporary workspace for the placement and storage of equipment and materials during the construction and the removal of the solar facilities, the specific location of such temporary workspace to be agreed upon by mutual consent of the selectmen and the tenant prior to construction of the solar facilities.


Two Goals Down, Wildcat Soccer Girls Bounce Back to Defeat Saybrook Rams 3-2

In a thrilling game played yesterday on their home field, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School soccer girls defeated Old Saybrook 3-2.

Old Saybrook’s Allison Cody scored two goals in the first half, both unassisted, to lead the game 2-0.

Later with 5:25 minutes left in the first half, Wildcat Britney DeRoehn scored off of a cross from Kaylee Armenia.  Mya Johnson then scored unassisted at 23:46 in the second half to tie the game.

With 2:12 remaining on the clock, Johnson — the Wildcat’s all-time leading scorer — netted the game-winning goal off a corner kick assist from Danielle McCarthy.

Grace Coverdale and Sam Gray were in net for Old Lyme and made two saves each, while Kelsey True was in goal for Old Saybrook with 10 saves.

Old Lyme is now 2-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Shoreline.


Naval Sub Base Commanding Officer Presents at SECWAC Meeting Tonight

Captain Paul Whitescarver

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) hosts its first presentation of the new season Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College.  The presenter will be Capt. Paul Whitescarver, Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Base New London.

Prior to the presentation, SECWAC will host a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by their annual meeting at 5:45 p.m.

The presentation is titled, “Forging America’s Future from Undersea: Examining the Impact of the U.S. Submarine Force and Naval Submarine Base New London as our Nation and Navy seek to Maintain Maritime Superiority in the 21st Century and Beyond.”

The presentation is free for members or $20 for walk-ins.

Following the presentation, join Capt. Whitescarver, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at Connecticut College. The price is $35/person. A reservation for dinner is required by Sept. 17.  Call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC or credit card payment are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

SECWAC is a membership organization. A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest. Thereafter, there is a $20 walk-in fee.

Full membership is $75 per person or $25 for Young Professionals under 35. Membership is always free for students.

More information about membership and its benefits can be found at

Whitescarver became the 51st Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., in December 2015.

While the installation’s history dates back to 1868, Naval Submarine Base New London was designated the Navy’s first Submarine Base in June 1916. Today, the base occupies more than 680 acres straddling the communities of Groton and Ledyard, Conn., and serves as home to more than 70 tenant commands and 15 attack submarines.

A native of Roanoke, Va., Whitescarver enlisted in the United States Navy in August 1980, serving 11 years in the enlisted ranks before being selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program.

Graduating from Virginia Tech in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, he then completed his initial officer nuclear power and submarine training.

A submarine enters the Thames River.

At sea, he has served in the submarines USS MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL (SSN 708), USS NORFOLK (SSN 714), and USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731).

Whitescarver commanded USS SCRANTON (SSN 752) from 2009 to 2012.

Ashore, his assignments have included service on the Joint Staff and the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Staff. On the Joint Staff, he was the Executive Assistant for the Deputy for Force Application and Director for Chemical, Radiological, Biological and Nuclear Defense in the Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate, J-8. On the CNO Staff, he was Nuclear Enlisted Program and Community Manager for the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program for the Chief of Naval Personnel, N-1.

Among various personal and unit awards, Whitescarver was the recipient of the Naval Submarine League Charles Lockwood Award for Submarine Excellence in 2001. He is also a graduate of Naval Post Graduate School with a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs.

Prior to taking command of Naval Submarine Base New London, he most recently served of the staff of Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic (CSL) in Norfolk, Va., as the Operations Officer.

For more information, visit


See ‘Once’ at Ivoryton Playhouse Through Oct.14

Katie Barton plays the lead role of Girl in ‘Once,’ which opens Sept. 19 at Ivoryton Playhouse.

The Broadway smash hit Once, has opened at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician about to give up on his dreams and a beautiful young Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by emotionally-charged music.

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is an original theatrical experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Based on the 2007 movie of the same name, written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the show features all of the haunting songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly”. This uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. As Irglova said in her remarkable Oscar acceptance speech, “Fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up.”

Ivoryton welcomes back Ben Hope*, who has performed at Ivoryton in Million Dollar Quartet and Stand by Your Man. Hope is making his directorial debut with this show, which is dear to his heart, since he performed the role of Guy on Broadway many times.  What makes this production special is that Hope is directing his wife, Katie Barton*, in the role of Girl. Barton has also performed in Ivoryton, playing the lead role of Tammy Wynette in Stand by Your Man.

Joining them in this production are Sam Sherwood*, last seen in Ivoryton in The Road — My Life with John Denver, as Guy; Steven G. Anthony* as Billy; Jonathan Brown as Svec; Margaret Dudasik* as Reza; Andreina Kasper as Bank Manager; Marcy McGuigan* as Baruska; John Mervini as Eamon; Morgan Morse as Andre; Rachel Mulcahy as Ex-Girlfriend; Don Noble* as Da; Victoria Wepler as Emcee and Cadyn Malary and Lizzie Pantano as Ivanka.

Musical direction is by Eric Anthony, set design by Glen Bassett, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, and costume design by Cully Long.

Once runs through Oct. 14, 2018.  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 $55 for adults; $50 for seniors; $25 for students and $20 for children and are available by calling the Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at 

Group rates are available by calling the box office for information. The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity.


Old Lyme Selectmen Host Two Public Hearings on Proposed Leases; First Relates to Pump Station, Second to Solar Power

The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen are conducting two public hearings Wednesday, Sept. 19, under Connecticut General Statutes section 7-163e. The first will commence at  7 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium at 53 Lyme St., and relates to a proposed lease of a portion of the Town-owned property at 72 Portland Ave., in Old Lyme.

The lease includes access rights to the leased area and to the Miami Beach Association, the Old Lyme Shores Beach Association, and the Old Colony Beach Association, and to each of their respective Water Pollution Control Authorities (the “Tenants”), for an initial term of 40 years from its commencement date. The purpose of obtaining the lease is to allow the construction, operation, and maintenance of a sanitary sewage pump station, underground piping, and related facilities by the Tenants.

Members of the public can review related documents at Old Lyme Town Hall in the selectman’s or town clerk’s office, or on the Town website at this link.

The second Public Hearing will start at  7:30 p.m. tomorrow evening at the same location and relates to a proposal to authorize the board of selectmen to negotiate and the first selectman to execute an MOA and subsequent lease of some or all of the capped portion of the of the Town-owned property at 109 Four Mile River Rd. in Old Lyme. This land is to be used for the installation and operation of solar power generating facilities, to include rights to access the leased area via and to install equipment and facilities necessary to the operation of the solar power facilities on, through and under other portions of the property at 109 Four Mile River Rd.

For more on this story, read Kimberly Drelich’s article published Sept. 18 on at this link.


Renowned Wildlife Photographer Speaks Tonight on Photographing Birds, Other Wildlife at CT Valley Camera Club Meeting; All Welcome

Shawn Carey, who took this photo, will speak tonight at the Connecticut Valley Camera Club meeting at the Lymes’ Senior Center on tips taking nature photos.

The guest speaker at the Monday, Sept. 17, meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the renowned wildlife photographer Shawn Carey, who will give a talk titled, “ Photographing Birds and Other Wildlife in New England and Beyond.” The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn.

All are welcome and there is no admission charge.

Over the last 10 years, bird and wildlife photography has seen a surge in popularity—thanks in large part to vast improvements in digital technology. Digital cameras are better, easier to use, and more affordable than ever. But how do you choose the right one? And once you have the camera, what’s next? Where do you go? When should you get there? And how do you turn those great views you’re getting into memorable images that truly capture the moment?

Don’t panic: wildlife photographer and educator Shawn Carey has you covered. Join Carey as he expertly guides you through these topics and shares some tricks of the trade to help you truly enjoy your experience.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Carey moved to Boston, Mass. in 1986 and has been photographing birds and other wildlife for over 20 years. He’s been teaching wildlife photography for Mass Audubon for the past 18 years. On the board of directors for Eastern Mass HawkWatch where he serves as their Vice President, he is also on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art.

“I love the natural world,” Carey says, “if it walks, crawls, flies, swims or slithers … I’ll photograph it!”

Carey’s work can be viewed on his website at

The CVCC is dedicated to offering its membership the opportunity to become better photographers. The group offers a variety of presentations and interactive workshops to help members expand their technical and creative skills. Photographers of all levels of experience are welcomed.  The club draws members from up and down the river, from Middletown to Old Saybrook; from East Hampton to Old Lyme; and along the shoreline from Guilford to Gales Ferry.

For more information, visit the club’s website at CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at


Old Lyme Historical Society Presents Lecture on ‘Connecticut Ferries,’ Tonight, All Welcome

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) hosts the third lecture of its Summer/Fall 2018 Lecture Series this evening at 7 p.m.

Local author Wick Griswold will present, “Connecticut Ferries,” at the OLHS building at 55, Lyme St. in Old Lyme.  Griswold and Stephen Jones are the co-authors of the popular book, ‘Connecticut River Ferries.’

All are welcome and admission is free.  Donations are welcome.


Cappella Cantorum Hosts Late Registration for December Concert, Sept. 24; Includes Works by Puccini, Saint-Saen

Join the Cappella Cantorum Masterworks Chorus for its first rehearsal of Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio this evening, Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Rd., Deep River. Use the rear entrance.

These melodious and inspiring works will be performed in concert Sunday, Dec. 2, at John Winthrop with professional orchestra and soloists. Simon Holt of the Salt Marsh Opera will direct.

Auditions are not required.

Registration is $50 plus music: Puccini $9, Saint-Saens $11. Late registration is the following Monday, Sept. 24, same time and place.

For more information, visit or call 860-526-1038.


Wildcat Soccer Girls Take First Loss of Season Against North Branford

Playing away, the Lyme-Old Lyme High School girl’s soccer team lost to North Branford by a single goal in their first Shoreline Conference game of the season   The Thunderbirds goal was scored by Lexi Rosado in the second half.

The goal came against the run of play with Paul Gleason’s Wildcats having outshot their opponents by 15-3. Allie Augur was in net for North Branford notching 13 saves while Sam Gray defended the Old Lyme goal with two saves.

Old Lyme is now 1-0-1 overall and 0-1 in the Shoreline Conference.




Old Lyme Land Trust Hosts Annual Kayak Regatta This Afternoon, All Welcome

Join the 5th Annual Kayak Regatta hosted by the Old Lyme Land Trust this coming Sunday!

All kayakers and canoers are invited to join the 5th annual Old Lyme Land Trust (OLTT) Kayak Regatta. The Regatta will launch at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, from the Pilgrim Landing Boat Launch: CT 156 (Neck Rd.) in Old Lyme to Pilgrim Landing Rd, just past the Old Lyme Marina.

The trip will explore the picturesque area around Lord Cove. Leaving from Pilgrim Landing, the tour will enter Lord Cove and paddle past Goose Island to a landing at Whaleback point on the John Lohmann CT River Preserve. There will be a brief visit of the preserve and refreshments provided by the Trust.

Landlubbers are welcome at Whaleback point; follow the trail on Coult Lane. A map can be found  at .

On the return trip, time permitting, the tour will visit the Trust’s beach on Calves Island. Kayakers can venture further into Lord Cove on a loop through one of the many marsh islands prior to returning to Pilgrim Landing. The event is suitable for families, and will be held rain or shine. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours for the trip.

The Regatta will be lead by Fred Fenton, an experienced kayaker and a long time former director of the OLLT.  Fenton will point out special features of the area and answer questions about the preserves.

No registration is needed and there is no charge for the Regatta. Donations to the OLLT will be gratefully accepted.

Personal flotation devices, a.k.a. life jackets, are REQUIRED.

For more information, visit or contact


Potapaug Audubon Presents  Author McLeish on “Return of the Sea Otter,” Oct. 4

Potapaug Audubon presents  “Return of the Sea Otter” with Todd McLeish on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Old Lyme’s Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St.

Join author Todd McLeish as he shares adorable photos and describes his adventures studying sea otters from California to Alaska. Nearly driven extinct for their thick fur pelts, the “champions of cute” have returned to the West Coast in large numbers but are still threatened by sharks, killer whales, fishermen and native hunters.

McLeish’s book about sea otters will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 860-710-5811.


All the Fun of the Festival! Christ The King’s Harvest Festival, Rummage Sale are Today

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

The annual Harvest Festival takes place at Christ the King Church on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features the rummage sale, a silent auction, a bake sale, kids games and crafts, great food, live music, and an autumn plant sale. The rummage sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon (with steep discounts on rummage sale items, while supplies last.)

Visit for directions, and follow the church on Facebook (@christthekingchurcholdlyme) for updates.  

For more information, call 860-434-1669.


Take Off in “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System” This Morning at the Kate

Photo credit: Rachel Keenan

The popular Children’s Series at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (the Kate) begins with a new TheatreWorksUSA’s musical adaptation of “The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System,” on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 11 a.m.

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. This production is recommended for children in grades K through 5 and runs approximately 60 minutes.

The 2018-2019 Children’s Series also features a classic Christmas tale, the return of a mischievous Parisian schoolgirl, and a groovy blue cat. Shows include Virginia Rep’s musical production of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” on Saturday, Dec. 8; ArtsPower’s “Madeline and the Bad Hat” on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 and “Your Alien” on Sunday, April 14, 2019; and TheatreWorksUSA’s “Peter the Cat” on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

The Children’s Series is sponsored by Crew 538 LLC and Vivian Partridge. For information and tickets for all shows at the Kate, visit or call 860-510-0453. 

The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center is a non-profit performing arts organization located in an historic theatre/town hall on Main Street in Old Saybrook. Originally opened in 1911 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Center has been renovated with public funds from the Town of Old Saybrook and donations raised by the Trustees of the Center. It includes a 250-seat theatre and a small museum honoring Katharine Hepburn, Old Saybrook’s most celebrated resident. As befits an organization born of such a public/private partnership, programming is eclectic, offering something for all ages and income levels on the Connecticut shore and in the lower river valley.


Old Lyme’s Cub Scout Pack Hosts ‘JOIN Night’ This Evening

Cub Scout Pack 27 will be hosting a JOIN Night on Friday, Sept. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Mile Creek School in the cafeteria. Mile Creek School is located at 205 Mile Creek Rd., Old Lyme.

Pack 27 is recruiting boys and girls between the age of five and 10 to join the Cub Scout program. With a vast array of activities and campouts, Pack 27 is continuing to serve Old Lyme with an outstanding program for the youth. Interested parents and youth are welcome and encouraged to attend this joining night event.

For more information, contact Cubmaster, Tom Ortoleva at or at 860-227-4925.


Old Lyme Zoning Hears Final Comments on HOPE’s Affordable Housing Proposal, Decision Now Pending

The Old Lyme Zoning Commission listens to comments from a member of the public at Monday night’s meeting.

More than 250 people filled the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium Monday evening to hear another round of comments from both the applicants and their attorney, and members of the public regarding the proposed 37-unit Affordable Housing development at 18-1 Neck Rd. (formerly 16 Neck Road). The applicants have submitted two separate applications for 23 and 14 dwelling units respectively known as River Oak Commons I and II.

Zoning Commission Chairman Jane Cable  (second from left) consults with a fellow commission member during the hearing.  Photo by Debra Joy.

Public comment was closed around 10:30 p.m. (thus meeting the legal requirement in terms of how long it can be held open) and the meeting ended without the commission taking a vote on either application.

Project Engineer Joe Wren (left) of Indigo Land Design of Old Saybrook makes a point to the attorney for the applicants, David Royston, at the end of the meeting.  Photo by Debra Joy.

The commission now has 65 days from the closing of the public hearing to deliberate and vote.


Lock Your Cars! Thefts of Cars, Cash in Cars Reported in Numerous Locations in Old Lyme, Neighboring Towns

The Old Lyme Police have advised residents to be vigilant in locking their cars, and removing valuables and cash from their cars.  This follows a series of break-ins into cars that in many cases, were unlocked. A car was stolen from Hefflon Farms and break-ins were reported on Duchess Drive, Johnnycake Hill Rd. and Hawthorne Rd.  Neighboring towns were affected as well.

The Chester Resident Trooper TFC Matthew Ward #815 from Connecticut State Police – Troop F Westbrook issued the following statement to Chester residents Sept. 4:

Early Monday morning 9/3/18 we had several vehicles gone through in various areas of Chester – Railroad Avenue, Denlar Drive, Goose Hill and others.  Approximately 10 or so vehicles were gone through that we know of with a few items stolen. One residence had video surveillance and it showed the suspects trying to gain entry into the residence from keys taken out of one of the cars. 
Essex, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook also had several vehicles gone through with one car stolen from Essex and one car stolen from Old Saybrook. Please lock your vehicles and lock your residences at night. This has been happening alot in the surrounding areas. The suspects are from the Hartford, New Britain and New Haven areas and are stealing cars mostly.  Please be vigilant and report any suspicious people or suspicious vehicles in the area.    
Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact old Lyme Police or the State Police at Westbrook.

Old Lyme Zoning Commission Hosts Final Public Hearing on Affordable Housing Proposal Tonight; Last Chance for Public Comment But Vote at Meeting Unlikely

The Old Lyme Zoning Commission hosts what must legally be the final continuation of the Public Hearing on the proposed 37-unit Affordable Housing development at 18-1 Neck Rd. (formerly 16 Neck Road) this evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School auditorium. There are two separate applications for 23 and 14 dwelling units known respectively as River Oak Commons I and II, both of which have drawn significant attention and consequently become major talking points in the town.

In response to our question as to whether the Commission will vote at tonight’s meeting on the proposals, Zoning Commission Chairman Jane Cable said in an email, “The commission has 65 days from the closing of the public hearing to deliberate and vote. Because the info (sic) usually comes in right before the hearing, I can’t see us voting on 9/10. Also, the public comment portion continues so long that very little time remains for deliberations.”

The first Public Hearing drew over 500 people and the second over 300.

Links to our stories on these meetings are respectively at:

There are also numerous Letters to the Editor on the subject in our Letters section and opinions in our Op-Ed’s section.

The articles themselves also stimulated a wide variety of comments.


Old Lyme Fire Dept. Hosts Fundraising Lobster Dinner Tomorrow, Tickets on Sale at the Door

Come and enjoy an old fashioned lobster dinner on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lyme Street Firehouse, 69 Lyme Street.

Dinner includes lobster, chowder, corn, roll, soda/water.  There will be a cash raw bar. Hot dog platters will be available for purchase at the gate.

Advanced ticket sales are now closed, but tickets will still be available at the door at $35 per person.

Proceeds will benefit ongoing projects of the Old Lyme Fire Department and Auxiliary.

Tickets are available for purchase at Old Lyme Seafood, Laysville Hardware, Scoops and online at

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 860-434-5472, 860-434-7018, or 860-984-1040