April 21, 2018

Bill to Study State Employee Compensation Moves to Senate

State Senator Art Linares

State Senator Art Linares announced that the legislature’s Appropriations Committee has approved a bill he requested to study the long-term financial impact of state employees’ and elected officials’ pay and benefit compensation on the state. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

“Connecticut has been in a state of fiscal crisis for the last several years with budget deficit after budget deficit. This is despite the two largest tax increases in the state’s history,” Sen. Linares said. “We have to look at the state’s fixed costs and why they have gotten so far out of control.”

Sen. Linares said a review of state employee and elected officials compensation could examine ways to save money when the current state employee contract ends in 2027.

“I believe one area that should be considered is capping pension payout at $100,000 a year. The number of retirees receiving pension payments in excess of $100,000 has been growing at an unsustainable rate,” he said. “What do we tell the rank-and-file employees receiving smaller pensions when the pension fund is drained by retirees receiving six-figure payments? We have to make sure the pension plan stays solvent for all retirees.”

Currently, more than 1,400 retirees collect annual pensions in excess of $100,000, Sen. Linares said. The highest paid retiree received more than $300,000 a year.

“Retirement payouts like this were unheard of in the private sector even before most businesses moved away from pensions. Now employees and employers contribute to 401K-type plans,” he said. “We also have to remember that pensions are not the only form of retirement income state retirees receive. They contributed to and can collect Social Security.”

Sen. Linares said he also believes the lowering the expected return on investment in the fund from 8percent to 6 percent should be considered. The 10-year return for the 41 largest state pension funds was 6.59 percent.

“State employees, like their private sector counterparts, work hard to earn the paychecks they receive. We need to ensure that each of them receives the retirement funding they earn, by making sure the pension fund does not run dry due to the excessive pensions of a few,” he said. “I believe a comprehensive review of benefits that includes a $100,000 cap on pensions after 2027 will do that.”

Sen. Linares represents the community of Lyme as well as those of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

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HOPE Partnership Hosts FRIENDraiser Tomorrow at Old Lyme Country Club, All Welcome

On Wednesday, April 11, HOPE Partnership will be hosting their annual “FRIEND raiser” at the Old Lyme Country Club in Old Lyme, CT.  This event will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and wine, and is free to all who wish to attend.

HOPE is inviting all interested members of the community to join them and learn about HOPE’s mission to develop affordable housing options along the shoreline.

Executive Director, Lauren Ashe noted, ”We are very excited to host this event at the Old Lyme Country Club and share HOPE’s progress in making affordable housing options a reality for members of our community.   The need for affordable homes has impacted many of neighbors who may be working full time but unable to make ends meet or they may be young adults who wish to stay or return to the area where they grew up.  This evening is about friendship, partnership and community, while enjoying a glass of wine and refreshments.”

Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Loretta@HOPE-CT.org or by calling 860-388-9513.

Founded in April 2004, HOPE Partnership is a non-profit organization committed to advocating and developing affordable housing opportunities to support families living and working in southern Middlesex County and surrounding towns.  HOPE’s purpose is to advocate for and create high-quality rental housing targeted to people earning between 50 and 80 percent of the local median income.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber Hosts Dinner Meeting at Stella’s Tonight, MCCD Members are Guest Speakers

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce holds its next Monthly Business Meeting on Tuesday, April 10, with cocktails and appetizers starting at 6 p.m. at Stella’s on Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme. A three-course meal will begin at 7 p.m

It is expected to be a great evening allowing members and friends of the Chamber to network with business friends and colleagues, as well as hear the latest Chamber news.

Guest speakers will be members of the Mentoring Corps of Community Development (MCCD), who will give an overview of their work to date and plans for the future.  This is an important and influential group in The Lymes — come and find out what they do!

All are welcome. The cost for dinner per person is $25.00 and reservations are required by noon on Tuesday.

For more information, visit the Chamber’s website at VisitOldLyme.com

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Prep Your Mind, Body for Springtime This Afternoon at Lyme Public Hall

Photo by Austin Schmid on Unsplash

On Sunday, April 8, at 2 p.m., the Lyme Public Hall Association will host Maryla Radziszewski for a program on changing lifestyles for the changing season.  Learn how to prepare yourself for garden chores with simple exercises, how to detox your body with a delicious diet, and how to practice mindfulness in nature.

Radziszewski is a licensed massage therapist, personal trainer and health coach. She is a faculty member at the CT School of Massage Therapy and the owner of MoreFit, a boutique health center in East Haddam.

The program is free and open to the public.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Route 156) in Lyme, Conn.  For  more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org or call 860 526-8886.

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Quodlibet Ensemble Plays Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ This Afternoon in Final Essex Winter Series of Season

The Quodlibet Ensemble who will play the final Essex Winter Series concert for 2018.

ESSEX — Essex Winter Series closes its 2018 season on Sunday, April 8, with the Fenton Brown Emerging Artists Concert featuring a 10-member string chamber orchestra, the Quodlibet Ensemble, performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, among other works.

The concert takes place on April 8, at 3 p.m. at Valley Regional High School, 256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River. Tickets are $35 and $5 for students and may be purchased by visiting www.essexwinterseries.com or calling 860-272-4572.

The New York City-based Quodlibet Ensemble is comprised of young, dynamic artists who present a range of music from the Baroque to the modern day. The players hold degrees from the Yale School of Music, Curtis Institute, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, and Harvard University, among others.

Currently they pursue careers as performing artists in both solo and prominent chamber ensembles ranging from early music group The Sebastians, to contemporary ensemble New Morse Code, to the Amphion String Quartet. A few of the players also serve as faculty at universities such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Yale School of Music, and Connecticut College.

In addition to The Four Seasons, the April 8 program will include music by Mendelssohn, Mozart, and an original piece by Nathan Schram, one of the Ensemble’s members.

Three of the players will take part in Essex Winter Series’ outreach residency and will travel throughout the area conducting workshops, master classes, and special performances in schools and community settings from April 9 through 11.

Essex Winter Series is not-for-profit arts organization and is generously sponsored by The Clark Group, Essex Meadows, Essex Savings Bank, Guilford Savings Bank, Jeffrey N. Mehler CFP LLC, Tower Laboratories, and BrandTech Scientific.

Media sponsor is WSHU Public Radio and outreach activities are supported by the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and donors to the Fenton Brown Circle.

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Final Chance to See ‘The Fantasticks’ This Afternoon at Ivoryton Playhouse

Rehearsing for The Fantasticks are, from left to right, Carly Callahan, David Pittsinger* and Patricia Schuman.*

ESSEX — The Ivoryton Playhouse will open its 2018 season with a romantic fable that has enchanted audiences around the world for over 50 years. The Fantasticks by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt is a timeless tale of young love, shattered dreams and universal truths and it opens in Ivoryton on Wednesday, March 21.

The show was first performed Off Broadway in May 1960 and ran for 42 years, making it the world’s longest running musical. It has helped launch the careers of Liza Minnelli, Glenn Close, F. Murray Abraham, Kristin Chenoweth, and even Ricardo Montalbán.

The Fantasticks has been performed in 82 countries, and each year some 250 productions are mounted worldwide. Its themes — the blind passion of youth, the meddling of parents, the deepening of love through pain and struggle — are timeless and continue to captivate audiences everywhere. This intimate show with a bounty of catchy tunes and beautiful melodies, including the classic “Try to remember the kind of September …”, is a quintessential celebration of love in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities.

In rehearsal for The Fantasticks seen here are, from left to right, Ryan Bloomquist, Cory Candelet and Kimberley Immanuel*.

David Pittsinger*, who has performed in Ivoryton to great critical acclaim as Emile de Becque in South Pacific,  and  Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, will be playing the storyteller – El Gallo.  He will be joined by his wife, Patricia Schuman*, Carly Callahan, R. Bruce Connelly*, William Clark, Kimberley Immanuel*, Ryan Bloomquist and Cory Candelet.

The show is directed and choreographed by Brian Feehan, the set is designed by Martin Marchitto, lighting by Marcus Abbott and costumes by Elizabeth Cipollina. Musical direction is by Jill Brunelle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to fall in love again and catch the magic one more time!

The Fantasticks opens at the Ivoryton Playhouse runs through April 8. 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. There will be no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1 — the replacement show will be on Saturday, March 31, at 2 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 Street in Ivoryton.

*denotes member of Actors Equity

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Art Supply Expo to be Held at Lyme Art Association Today

Numerous vendors will be on hand at the Art Supply Expo at Lyme Art Association.

The Lyme Art Association (LAA) at 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme Conn., is presenting the second annual Art Supply Expo on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Art Supply Expo is an opportunity for artists to meet premier art supply vendors, learn about new techniques and materials, see demonstrations, and enjoy discounts and special offers. This event is free and open to the public.

The Art Supply Expo is the brainchild of the Lyme Art Association’s Education and Activities Committee, who felt that the region’s numerous active art associations and artists could benefit from finding high quality vendors under one roof demonstrating and selling their wares. Companies signed on enthusiastically, knowing that online sales, while convenient, are not the best tool for demonstrating their unique and high quality materials and supplies.

Vendors who will be participating also include Royal Talens, Chelsea Classical Studio, Wholesale Frame Company, Vasari, Jerry’s Artarama, and New Wave Palettes.

The LAA 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 areWednesday through Sunday10 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

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Pianist Tom McDermott Performs Community Concert Today to Raise Awareness of Couple in Sanctuary at Old Lyme Church; Pizza Dinner Follows

Tom McDermott

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) has announced that Tom McDermott, the New Orleans piano virtuoso, and his friend, the award-winning New Orleans author, Tom Piazza, will perform a public concert in the Sheffield Auditorium at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 7, in the FCCOL Meetinghouse, to call attention to the plight of Malik Naveed bin Rehman and Zahida Altaf, the New Britain couple who recently sought sanctuary at FCCOL.

The concert – an evening of songs and stories design to raise awareness and community support – is open to everyone.  Admission is free, but donations will be welcomed. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

The concert will be followed by a homemade pizza dinner in the Fellowship Hall, prepared by the New Britain couple in sanctuary, who are also the owners of the popular Pizza Corner restaurant on Broad Street in New Britain.  Admission to the dinner is $10.  All proceeds from the evening will go towards assisting the couple’s efforts to achieve a stay of deportation.

McDermott is an internationally recognized pianist and composer, and a fixture in the world of New Orleans music.  His work was featured in the HBO series “Treme” – where he played himself several times throughout the series.  He has released 17 albums, including 90 original songs – in styles ranging from jazz to Brazilian choro, to ragtime, to swing, to classical compositions. 

He has played Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, most states in America and a couple dozen countries abroad.  He’s been reviewed a half-dozen times by the “New York Times,” as well as the “Wall Street Journal,” “Rolling Stone” and other media; and has lectured at Harvard on New Orleans, American music and his unique house.

In announcing McDermott’s return to Old Lyme, FCCOL Senior Minister Steven Jungkeit said, “To say Tom is talented is an absurd understatement:  He can play anything, with verve, with wit, and a deep knowledge of the musical tributaries that he navigates throughout his performances.”

Piazza is a celebrated writer on American music. His 12 books include the novels, “A Free State” and “City of Refuge”; the post-Katrina manifesto, “Why New Orleans Matters”; and “Devil Sent the Rain,” a collection of his essays and journalism. He was a principal writer for the HBO series “Treme” and became a Grammy Award winner for his album notes to “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey.” In 2015, he received the prestigious Louisiana Writer Award, given by the State Library of Louisiana and the Louisiana Center for the Book. His work has appeared in the “New York Times,” “The Atlantic,” “Bookforum,” “The Oxford American,” “Columbia Journalism Review” and many other periodicals.

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CANCELLED: A Night of Community Music at Lyme Public Hall, April 13

Co-founder of MusicNow Foundation Ramblin’ Dan Stevens will likely be playing some tunes at the Community Music event at Lyme Public Hall.

04/07: We have been asked to advise our readers that this event has been cancelled.

The Lyme Public Hall Association in conjunction with the MusicNow Foundation invites you to join them on Friday, April 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lyme Public Hall for a night of music performed by our friends, family and neighbors in celebration of our community and all it has to offer.

This is a wonderful opportunity to perform in an inviting, friendly and supportive environment while having the opportunity to meet other performers and even form collaborative relationships. If you are not a performer it will simply be a great night of local talent playing great music.

Participants of all ages are encouraged to sign-up by contacting David Gregoire of the MusicNow Foundation at davidbgregoire@outlook.com  or Leslie Lewis at llewis81051@gmail.com so we can accommodate everyone and have the night run as smoothly as possible.

This event is free and complementary refreshments will be served.

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

The MusicNow Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization based in Old Lyme, CT dedicated to the support of music to engage, enrich, and inspire emerging artists through workshop programming, performance opportunities and musical mentorships nurturing creative and artistic growth in our communities and making music accessible to all.

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Route 156) in Lyme, Conn.  For more information, visit www.lymepublichall.org or call 860-526-8886.

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State Rep. Carney, Sen. Formica Hold Legislative Update This Morning; All Welcome

State Rep. Devin Carney (R- 23rd)

State Senator Paul Formica (R-20th)

State Representative Devin Carney and State Senator Paul Formica will hold a Legislative Update at the Vicki Duffy Pavilion, 150 College Street, Old Saybrook on Thursday, April 5, from 8 to 9 a.m.  This event is being hosted by the Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce and all Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce members are welcome to attend, as well as the general public.

Admission is free but registration at this link would be appreciated.

The event will be an informal discussion highlighting legislative issues and bills, and State Rep. Carney and State Sen. Formica’s hopes for what might be achieved

in Hartford. Time will be allotted for Q&A.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Class of 2021 Hosts Bulb Fundraiser, Open to the Community

Order this beautiful freesia mix and support thr LOLHS Class of 2021.

The Freshman Class of Lyme-Old Lyme High School is fundraising with Dutch Mill Bulbs this spring. All items are guaranteed to grow and bloom, and the Class earns 50 percent profit on every sale.

Readers can order from one of the members of the freshmen class or make their selections online.

To order online, visit https://groups.dutchmillbulbs.com/shop/?affiliates=lolhs2021springbulbs 

Include your payment billing and shipping information, and enter Class of 2021 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School in the Group Name.

Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide. All orders are shipped after April 1, and can only be shipped to the contiguous United States.

Share this link with friends and family, and on social media.

Place your order by April 13 for check or in person orders, and April 30 for online orders.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools BOE Hosts Public Hearing on 2018-19 Budget

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Board of Education hosts a public hearing on the 2018-19 proposed schools budget at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School oat 49, Lyme St.

The proposed budget for the 2018-19 school year, which the board of education approved in February, is $34,298,528 representing a 1.97 percent increase over the current year.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser and LOL Schools Board of Education Chair Mimi Roche stated in the March Focus on Education newsletter to the community that, “The majority of this budget increase is being driven by the cost of employee health insurance,” adding, ” Unfortunately, our renewal rates for this year are expected to be between 15-18 percent,” but noting, “Accordingly, we have developed a budget that will allow for this increase yet continues to maintain all of our award-winning academic and extracurricular offerings, which are commensurate, and oftentimes superior, to both public and private schools throughout Connecticut.”

Neviaser and Roche explained, “This budget supports our commitment to:

  • Continued adherence to class size guidelines. •
  • Reduction of staff to account for an enrollment decline at the elementary and middle school levels. •
  • Continuance of existing academic and extracurricular activities. •
  • Adjustments for anticipated changes in the special education population. •
  • Adequate funding for maintenance and repair of buildings and grounds. •
  • Scheduled replacement of technology and equipment. •
  • Program improvements that are consistent with high academic and operational standards.

Three facilities projects are detailed in the newsletter, namely, gaining commission approvals for an artificial turf field, replacing the Center School gymnasium floor and Mile Creek fuel oil tank.  Similarly, two program improvements are noted as follows: Next Generation Science Standards curricular support/training and technology infrastructure advancements.

All members of the public are invited to attend this forum; there will be a Q & A session after the presentation.

For further information on the proposed budget, visit this link for a copy of the 2018-19 budget.

The expected date for the budget referendum is Tuesday, May 8, with voting taking place in Lyme and Old Lyme from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall and Cross Lane Firehouse respectively.

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Local Churches Host Variety of Services Today to Celebrate Easter

Photo by Aaron Burden courtesy of Unsplash.com.

Happy Easter to all our readers who celebrate the event!

Today Christ The King hosts a Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with choir and orchestra.

For more information, visit this link

The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme hosts an Ecumenical Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at Griswold Point, then worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.

For more information, visit this link .

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church hosts worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with full choir.

For more information, visit this link.

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Lyme Public Hall, Town of Lyme Celebrate Earth Day with Town-wide Clean Up Through April 22

The Lyme Public Hall Association and the Town of Lyme are sponsoring a town-wide roadside clean-up April 1 through 22 in celebration of Earth Day.  Plastic trash bags will be available free to the public at the Hadlyme Country Store at the corner of Ferry Road and Rte. 82.  Bags can also be obtained at the Reynolds Store at 254 Hamburg Road (Route 156) in Lyme, the Lyme Public Library, and the Lyme Town Hall.

Residents are invited to collect litter that has accumulated along the roads over the winter months. The Town of Lyme will pick up bags left along the road side. Trash bags will be available after April 1.

For more information visit lymepublichall.org or email wdenow@comcast.com.

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Local Churches Hold Variety of Easter Services

Photo by Aaron Burden courtesy of Unsplash.com.

On Good Friday:

An inter-denominational walk will be held this morning for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. Meet at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church at 9:45 a.m. and walk past Christ the King Church to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) and back again — about three miles.

All ages are welcome.

The FCCOL Meetinghouse is open for prayer and meditation.

Christ The King Church hosts The Passion of our Lord and Veneration of the Cross at 3 p.m. and the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. followed by Confessions.

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church hosts a Good Friday Liturgy Service at 12 noon. The church will be open for prayer until 3 p.m.

On Easter Saturday:

Christ The King hosts Blessing of the food at 12 noon and an Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. with choir, organ, timpani, and bells.

On Easter Sunday:
Christ The King hosts:

  • a Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. with choir and orchestra.

For more information, visit this link

The FCCOL hosts:

  • Ecumenical Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at Griswold Point — if you need directions, call the church at 860.434.8686
  • Worship services at 9 and 11 a.m.

For more information, visit this link .

Saint Ann’s Episcopal Church hosts:

  • Worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. with full choir.

For more information, visit this link.

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Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Lecture Tonight by US X-Country Skiers

US Olympians Caitlin and Scott Patterson.

The Old Lyme Historical Society will host a free lecture in their building at 55 Lyme St. by US Cross-Country skiers Caitlin and Scott Patterson — who are also siblings from the Griswold clan — on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m.

The Pattersons will discuss their recent experience as members of Team USA at the Winter Olympics held in South Korea.  Share their excitement in the long-awaited gold medal in cross-country ski-ing for the US.

All are welcome. Coffee and snacks will be served.

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Tickets on Sale Now for Community Music School’s 35th Anniversary Gala, April 27

Making plans for this year’s 35th anniversary CMS gala are, from left to right, CMS Music Director Tom Briggs, CMS Trustee and Gala Sponsor Bruce Lawrence of Bogaert Construction, CMS Trustee and Gala Sponsor Jennifer Bauman of The Bauman Family Foundation, and CMS Executive Director Abigail Nickell.

Community Music School’s (CMS) largest annual fundraiser is the CMS Gala and this year the organization is  celebrating its 35th anniversary with For the Love of Music! The event takes place on Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Deep River at The Lace Factory and includes fabulous musical entertainment provided by CMS faculty and students. Enjoy cocktail jazz and an exquisite dinner show, as well as gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more.

Featured faculty and student performers include Music Director Tom Briggs, Noelle Avena, John Birt, Amy Buckley, Luana Calisman-Yuri, Audrey Estelle, Joni Gage, Silvia Gopalakrishnan, Martha Herrle, Ling-Fei Kang, Barbara Malinsky, Matt McCauley, Kevin O’Neil, Andy Sherwood, and Marty Wirt.

Support of the Community Music School gala provides the resources necessary to offer scholarships to students with financial need, as well as weekly music education and music therapy services for students with special needs.

For The Love of Music sponsors include The Bauman Family Foundation, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Bogaert Construction, Clark Group, Essex Savings Bank, Essex Financial Services, Grossman Chevrolet Nissan, Guilford Savings Bank, Jackson Lewis, Kitchings & Potter, Maple Lane Farms, Reynold’s Subaru, Ring’s End, Shore Publishing, Thomas Alexa Wealth Management, Tidal Counseling LLC, and Tower Labs LTD.

Early bird tickets for the evening are $125 per person ($65 is tax deductible) by April 13 and $135 thereafter. Event tickets include hors d’oeuvres, gourmet food stations, wine and beer, live music, and dancing. Tickets may be purchased online at community-music-school.org/gala, at the school located at 90 Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex or by calling 860-767-0026.

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 35 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. The 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.  To learn more, visit www.community-music-school.org or call (860)-767-0026.

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Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme Places at Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games

Evan Visgilio stands proudly for a photo after winning a fistful of awards at the Vermont Special Olympics and being named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Evan Visgilio of Old Lyme returned from the Vermont Special Olympic Winter Games in Mendon, Vt., with a Participation  Ribbon, a Seventh Place Finish and a Sixth Place Finish.  He was also named Vermont Special Olympics Rookie of the Year.

Pico Mountain located in Mendon, Vt., hosted the Vermont Special Olympics Winter Games the weekend of March 19-20.  Evan, who skies for The Hermitage at Haystack Team, participated in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events, winning a Participation Ribbon in Slalom, a Seventh Place Ribbon in Giant Slalom and a Sixth Place Ribbon in the Super G.  Evan advanced to Intermediate Division 3 this year. He was born with Down Syndrome and has been skiing for eight years.

Evan, who is 14-years-old, lives in Old Lyme with his parents John and Wendy Visgilio, as well as his siblings Brenna, Will and John.  Evan attends Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School where he is in 8th Grade.

He trains at The Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain in Wilmington, Vt., with his coaches Scott Serota, Corey Robinson and Kate Riley.

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Contest Announced for Sound View Beach Display Banner Design(s), Entries Due by April 30

The Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission have announced a friendly competition for display banner designs for Sound View Beach. The Sound View improvements project includes four banner poles placed on Hartford Avenue, which can accommodate banners measuring approx. 2ft. wide by 3ft. tall. The banners can be viewed from both sides, therefore up to eight panels can be approved. Panels can be duplicated or there can be eight different designs. The banners will be displayed from Memorial Day to mid-September.

The Town and the Commissione are soliciting designs for the banners. Although the concept for design is fairly open, it should be welcoming, colorful and unique to Sound View. Sound View is Americas First Public Beach, established in 1892, and is a Registered Connecticut Historic Place.

All design entries must be received by April 30, 2018, allowing time for selection and custom ordering of the banners.

Design entries can be sent by mail to Selectmans Office, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT 06371 or via email to selectmansoffice@oldlyme-ct.gov. If chosen, an electronic version suitable for printing will be required.

For further information and any questions, email selectmansoffice@oldlyme-ct.gov with the Subject Line: Sound View Banner Design.

All entries will be displayed at Old Lyme Town Hall during the month of May.

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Duck River Garden Club Presents ‘Hello Spring,’ Tonight

On Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. the Duck River Garden Club will present ” Hello, Spring,” featuring guest speaker Sylvia Nichols.  The meeting will be held at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall on Lyme Street.

Nichols will provide an  interactive presentation demonstrating simple, easy to create floral designs suitable for spring entertaining or just plain fun.  She will also teach some flower arranging tricks, and give tips on using your own garden material or fresh flowers from a floral store.
Nichols brings a practical approach to playing with flowers.  Her presentation is expected to be funny, enlightening, and entertaining.
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