September 23, 2018

‘Bound for the Sound’ Road Race This Morning 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 the 2016 10K take their first steps in the race.

The Lyme–Old Lyme Education Foundation’s (LOLEF) 7th annual Bound for the Sound Road Race takes place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, 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. The race course is mostly flat with some gently rolling hills along country roads, ending with a sprint down historic Hartford Avenue to the beach.  This popular road race attracts quality runners from in and out of state, but its friendly atmosphere has also persuaded many local and 1st time race participants to try for their first 5K.

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 this link or in person before the race. Registration starts at $5 and varies according to the length of race selected. Registration fees will increase on Race Day, so take advantage and register online today!

Prizes will be awarded to the top overall male and female finishers as well as top two finishers in each age group.

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.

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Celebrate the Equinox, National Public Lands Day Today by Exploring Lyme, Old Lyme’s Open Space

Lyme and Old Lyme both offer innumerable opportunities for walking, hiking and simply enjoying their Open Space.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 22, will be a day of double celebration since it is both the Autumn Equinox and National Public Lands Day.

The Equinox officially marks the beginning of autumn in Connecticut, and for six months thereafter nights will be longer than days.

National Public Lands Day (NPLD), held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, was established in 1994 to celebrate the connection between people and green space in their community, and to encourage use of open space for education, recreation, and general health.

The seasonal change offers tremendous compensation. Fall’s crisper, cooler days are ideal for hiking and nature watching, and our local forests present a truly spectacular color show for leaf-peeping.

The Old Lyme Open Space Commission invites you to enjoy the town’s 600 acres of public lands. Their publication Take a Hike provides a fascinating natural history overview of open space properties. “The Hartford Courant” also recently published a Peter Marteka column on caves within the Ames Family Preserve.

Hiking maps can be found on the Open Space page on the Town of Old Lyme’s web site.

In addition to town-owned open space property, the Old Lyme Land Trust owns over 1,000 acres of scenic, historic and ecologically important land in Old Lyme. Many of these properties have well-maintained hiking trails – descriptions, directions and hiking maps can be found on their website.

Celebrate the Equinox and National Public Lands Day tomorrow, and into the fall, by visiting Old Lyme’s open space.

Share your favorite outdoor activity Saturday on social media with the hashtag #NPLD.

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Salt Marsh Opera Performs ‘La Boheme’ at ‘the Kate’ Tomorrow, Westerly Tonight


In a cold Parisian apartment, a poet is so poor he burns pages of his own manuscript for heat. A chance encounter and cleverly pocketed key lead him to discover a love strong enough to warm his soul. But in impoverished 19th-Century Paris even love is not free, and he is faced with a price he may not be able to pay.

What cost is too high for the woman he loves, and is it worth living without her by his side?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in a spectacular performance of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center — the Kate — at 300 Main Street, Old Saybrook, this evening at 7 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m.  A few tickets are still available for both performances by calling the Kate box office at 860.510.0453 or online by clicking here.

Tomorrow evening, Saturday, Sept. 22, there will another performance of La Boheme at 7 p.m. at the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, RI.  For tickets, call 860.535.0753.

This performance at Kent Hall  is a special “Opera in the Round,” an immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of 19th-Century Paris! Eat, Drink and Be Merry with your own Parisian picnic basket as you celebrate with the cast their brief taste of happiness, then march with them from the café into the streets of Paris at the climax of Act II.

These tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

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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 yesterday 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 www.oldlyme-ct.gov

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.

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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.

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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 info@secwac.org 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 secwac.org/membership.

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 secwac.org.

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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 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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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 theday.com at this link.

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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 www.migrationproductions.com.

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 https://ctvalleycameraclub.smugmug.com/. CVCC meeting dates, speakers/topics, and other notices are also published on the club’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CTValleyCameraClubPage.

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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.

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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 www.CappellaCantorum.org or call 860-526-1038.

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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.

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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  www.oldlymelandtrust.org .

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 www.oldlymelandtrust.org or contact fredfenton16@gmail.com.

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Letter to the Editor: Democrat Pugliese Represents a Fresh, Viable Alternative in House 23rd District Race

To the Editor:

Matt Pugliese offers a refreshing, non-partisan voice in the state House of Representatives for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. Matt brings business experience from the non-profit sector where he has managed tight budgets and competing union interests to deliver theatrical arts to communities in Middletown and at U Conn. Matt has been recognized for his business acumen by the Hartford Business Journal 40 under 40.

As a resident of Old Saybrook raising a young family, Matt knows first hand the importance of supporting education, working women and families. With his courage to speak up for policies that make sense, Matt has earned the endorsements of Moms Demand Gun Sense, CT Chapter of National Organization of Women and Planned Parenthood.

Connecticut has distinguished itself as a leader in gun control and voting equality. To retain these advances, our legislature needs to be controlled by those willing to stand up for these values. Connecticut needs to become a leader in business and the arts. Matt Pugliese has the experience and fortitude to be our next leader.

Sincerely,

Candace Fuchs,
Old Lyme.
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Letter to the Editor: Protection of the Environment is Good for the Economy

To the Editor:

We in the lower Connecticut Valley live in one of the world’s “last great places”. But can we afford to protect the environment if it raises our taxes and costs us jobs and money? This question always comes up around election time but it is based on an incorrect assumption and it leads to the wrong answer. For a state like Connecticut with its knowledge based economy, the environment is actually good for the economy.

China has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and it is a leader in the environmental technology. Some of the wealthiest places on earth (Germany, Denmark, California) are the most environmentally conscious. Solar voltaic installers and wind turbine service technicians are projected to be among the fastest growing occupations in the United States. Connecticut is home of some of the pioneers of the future (the fuel cell industry) and has some of the best resources in the world for the green economy; e.g.: the Connecticut Green Bank (the first in the nation) and the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Our own locality has initiatives such as Sustainable Essex and the Chester Energy Team and engines of sustainability such as Centerbrook Architects and Noble Power Systems. All of this is in addition to the tourist industry which brings jobs and money to the area as well as making it a nice place to live. These signs are telling us something – that the future belongs to the clean and the efficient.

You don’t need to be a member of the Sierra Club or a follower of the Pope’s Encyclical to care about the environment. It is good enough to care about turning “Green to Gold” (to quote from the book by Dan Esty of Yale). The green economy is the wave of the future and if jobs and money are what we want, we ought to get on board or we will lose BOTH our environment and our economy.

Sincerely,

Frank Hanley Santoro,
Deep River.

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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.

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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 www.christthekingchurch.net for directions, and follow the church on Facebook (@christthekingchurcholdlyme) for updates.  

For more information, call 860-434-1669.

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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 Ortoleva.House@gmail.com or at 860-227-4925.

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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.

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Op-Ed: ‘A Project Without Solutions’: SECoast Director Questions Possible Approval of HOPE’s Affordable Housing Proposal

Editor’s Note: The author is the executive director of SECoast.

If the ends justify the means – and supporters are willing to overlook a flawed planning process, a dubious subdivide and shell corporations designed to skirt environmental regulation – we ask simply that the public and Zoning Commission members consider carefully the true character of those ends.

Surely, it’s never been the case that a failure of ends can justify a failure of means. But failed—and at best uncertain ends—are exactly what Hope Partnership, Women’s Institute, and attorney David Royston asked members of the Commission to approve last night in an effort to establish an aura of inevitability and bureaucratic momentum for the project.

At the very least, we expected the applicants to resolve those issues directly acknowledged under health and safety rules as the basis for their request for a continuance on July 11, 2018. Pedestrian safety? Months later, still crickets. Really, how is it possible, that plans submitted last night included a crosswalk between residences and the community center within the development, but failed to address pedestrian safety and a crossing of Route 156 to the nearby shopping district?

In defense, attorney Royston leans heavily on the letter of the law, but what he does not explain is that a street design can be defective—and thus unsafe—even if the design is otherwise legal. Years ago, the design for I-95 between Exit 70 and Exit 74 met the letter of law, but as we understand now, the geometry of the roadway was fatally flawed. Oh the irony, that we might repeat a similar mistake in the very same location.

We understand that many of the numerous issues of health and safety considered separately may not rise to the high bar of outweighing the real public good of affordable housing, but to be clear as a matter of the law, these issues should not be considered separately – a practice called segmentation – but rather as a meaningful whole. As Ms. Marsh, and others have pointed out amply in questioning safe exit and entrance to the property, it’s possible that each sightline considered as a piece is sufficient, but considered together, lack commonsense and safety.

We believe that this project makes that same error of segmentation not once, but many times over, aided too often by fibs and later revisions along the way to secure the aid and approval of various boards, commissions, and bodies, including (but not limited to) misleading filed papers to secure the subdivide, the promised recusal of counsel and ‘completed’ water testing to secure approval of wetlands, the use of shell corporations and the subdivision to avoid DEEP oversight and regulatory standards for a project of this size, the steady growth of the project over the course of months from a dozen or 16 units to 37 units and 950 ft of retaining walls reaching to eight feet in height. You might ask yourself why these retaining walls were never a serious topic of conversation at the Inland Wetlands hearing earlier this year. Perhaps, it’s because they weren’t in the plan approved at the time.

Now the applicants ask that the commission members and the public put this all aside and approve a project without solutions in place even for automobile traffic, water or septic; without designs which comply with the 2018 Fire Code. If this constitutes sufficient planning, truly we wonder what an incomplete or inadequate plan for the applicant would be. Really, are we to believe that nonexistent or endlessly variable plans better meet the rules of health and safety, than mere bad plans? We remain unconvinced.

For months, the best defense this plan had was the apparent – we were repeatedly promised – lack of a better location. We fully understand those who might embrace the good of affordable housing when presented with such a solitary opportunity. But it appears that even this is untrue, as already last night Kristin Anderson of the Women’s Institute made clear that this project was the first of others already contemplated or in part planned in Old Lyme. We strongly advise the community, the Commission, and the applicants to leave aside the current project, and embrace these other alternatives.

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