October 27, 2016

LYSB Hosts Mental Health First Aid Training Course Tomorrow

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

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

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

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

Mental Health First Aiders learn to:

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

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

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

Participants will receive a MHFA Certificate – 8 CEUs available.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laila El Haddad

Laila El Haddad

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Awad

Jennifer Awad

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women Host New Member Social Tonight

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit loljwc.com


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

To the Editor:

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

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

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

Thank You!


John J. Ferrara

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

The tour will be held rain, snow or shine.

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

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


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

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

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

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


Musical Masterworks Continues 26th Season

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Blood screenings will also be available for a small fee.


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

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Logo - DEA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


LAA Hosts Delicious, Art-Filled Fundraiser Tonight

Palate to Palette Image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Go Boldly Where No Opera Has Gone Before! See ‘The Abduction From the Seraglio’ This Afternoon at Pequot Museum

Brian Cheney of Old Lyme is the lead tenor in the performance.

Brian Cheney of Old Lyme , pictured standing above, is the lead tenor in the performance.

It’s warp speed ahead in this exuberant production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. Recast as a Star Trek parody, this grand opera plays this October in Old Saybrook and Mashantucket, CT.

Stardate 14-20.27. The beauteous Konstanze and her lovely maid, Blonde have been whisked away by pirates to the Klingon slave markets. Captain Belmonte and crew track their beloved companions to a harem, but how will they ever steal the women away from the now enraptured Selim and slave master, Osmin?

Director Simon Holt says, "'The Abduction from the Seraglio' is a perfect opera to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary!”

Director Simon Holt says, “‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’ is a perfect opera to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary!”

Commissioned by the Emperor Joseph II, The Abduction from the Seraglio premiered in July 1782 to wide acclaim. The new translation―heavy on laughs and iconic lines―was written by stage director Josh Shaw and premiered in March 2015 to sold-out audiences. Along with Klingons and alien slave girls, favorite characters from the much-loved original series sing and dance their way through Abduction accompanied by a 21-piece orchestra.

The opera is full of action of every kind!

The opera is full of action of every kind!

The Abduction from the Seraglio brims with vocal fireworks featuring some of the most thrilling arias and ensembles in all of opera,” explained Salt Marsh Opera Artistic Director Simon Holt. “No substantial knowledge of either opera or Star Trek is required. It’s a perfect opera for first timers and a perfect way to celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary!”

Sung in English, the opera will run just over two hours with an intermission.  The lead male role, Captain James T. Belmonte, is played by tenor Brian Cheney of Old Lyme, who on the rare weeks home from his professional singing career that takes him all over the country, sings in the choir at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

A scene from 'The Abduction of Seraglio.'

A scene from ‘The Abduction of Seraglio.’

The Abduction from the Seraglio is playing at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT) on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.thekate.org or by calling The Kate at 877.503.1286.

It’s also playing at The Pequot Museum Auditorium (110 Pequot Trail Mashantucket, CT) on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.saltmarshopera.org or by calling Salt Marsh Opera at 860.535.0753.


Town of Old Lyme Offers Part-time Land Steward Opportunity

The Town of Old Lyme is seeking a part-time individual to maintain and manage the trail systems on its major preserves. Keeping trails cleared, maintaining markers, kiosks, entrances, parking areas, and managing for wildlife and other natural resources are the priorities.

For more information, visit the job posting on the home page of the Town’s web page at http://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/Pages/index.

To learn about the Open Space Commission and the properties it manages, visit http://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/Pages/OldLymeCT_Bcomm/open_space


Recycling in Old Lyme: Getting Rid of Mattresses

LymeLine.com is pleased to be publishing a series of articles written by Old Lyme’s Solid Waste & Recycling Committee that lay out best recycling practices.  To date, the committee’s articles have covered Old Lyme’s curbside trash and recycling programs; the safe disposal of medications; and paint recycling.  This article covers the recycling of mattresses and box springs.

The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), which is the trade association for the mattress industry, estimates that 35 to 40 million new mattresses and box springs are sold in the United States every year, and at least 15 to 20 million are discarded.

Unfortunately, mattresses are really hard to throw out; there is just no easy way to dispose of them.  They are difficult to land-fill because they can’t be easily compressed and crushed; they pose challenges for incinerators.

So, disposal of mattresses and box springs at the end of their useful life was difficult for towns to manage. Hartford estimated that mattress disposal cost that city about $400,000 in 2010.  Consequently, they are often illegally dumped and found on vacant lots and roadsides.  As a matter of fact, there was a mattress lawn ornament right here in Old Lyme on Rte. 156. It was only recently removed after gracing our roadside for several months. (Thanks, neighbor!)

Connecticut passed comprehensive mattress stewardship legislation in 2013 (the first state to do so.)  Similar to paint, the law requires mattress manufacturers to establish programs to manage unwanted mattresses and box springs; and, like paint, a fee is assessed at the point of sale to fund the program.  California and Rhode Island have since passed similar mattress stewardship laws.

The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) was formed by ISPA to operate recycling programs in the states that have such laws. Connecticut’s program launched in May, 2015.  “Bye Bye Mattress” (really!) is the recycling program established by MRC. They provide haulers that pick up and transport mattresses and box springs from drop-off sites to recycling centers. Our local drop-off site is Old Lyme’s transfer station.  There are currently mattress recycling facilities in East Hartford and Bridgeport; ours extends to East Hartford.  Mattresses get recycled through the state’s recycling program regardless of when they were purchased.  Note that most mattress retailers will remove your old mattress on delivery of new.

The industry estimates that nearly 90 percent of used mattress and box springs’ components can be recycled — the metal springs, foam, wood and fibers — and made into new useful products.

Before putting this topic to rest, it’s worthwhile to mention the issue of bed bugs. Infested mattresses require special handling.  If you have concerns regarding bed bugs you can find information and guidance from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2714&q=482160&deepNav_GID=1645%20#BedBugs or the Connecticut Coalition Against Bed Bugs at http://www.ct.gov/caes/cwp/view.asp?a=2826&q=437580.

Our next few articles will cover the proper recycling of electronics, tires, and bulky items like appliances and furniture.

If you have questions or comments, contact Leslie O’Connor at alete1@sbcglobal.net or Tom Gotowka at TDGotowka@aol.com.


Farewell to Fiorelli: The Director Who Made The Library “The Heart and Soul of Old Lyme”

A smiling Mary Fiorelli (center) stands with her siblings.

A smiling Mary Fiorelli (center) stands with her siblings, Skip and Patricia.

It seemed as if almost the whole town had turned out Thursday, Sept. 29, to say farewell to Mary Fiorelli, who was retiring after almost 16 years as director of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library (OL-PGN) and another three before that as its reference librarian.


The large crowd, pictured in small part above, which had caused the parked cars outside not only to fill the library’s lot but also to span both sides of the length of Lyme Street, overflowed from the Reading Room at the back of the library into the main area of the library itself.  It was a sad but joyous occasion as the community said goodbye to its much beloved, happily adopted (Fiorelli lives in Mystic) member and wished her well in all her new retirement ventures.

In a typically short but genuine speech — Fiorelli is well-known for avoiding the spotlight whenever possible — she thanked the Old Lyme community, “for giving me the opportunity to do the job I love for almost 16 years.”  She confessed, “For me, the best part of being the director has been developing programs and exhibits. It allowed me to stay in touch with our patrons … I heard all about what they liked or were interested in, which gave me a way to gauge our successes and plan for future programs.”

John Forbis gives his good wishes to Mary at the event.

John Forbis gives his good wishes to Mary at the event.

And it was while planning these programs that Fiorelli found she, “wanted to explore my own need for a creative outlet, which led me to pick up a camera and take photography classes.” Standing in a room filled with an exhibition of photographs she had taken,  Fiorelli commented, “This photographic exhibit is my way to share with you my passion for the outdoors and the many hidden gems we have in our own state parks and preserves.”

From left to right, leslie massa, Chairman of the Friends of the library, Alan Poirier, Library Board of Trustees President and David Winer, past Board President share memories of Mary's tenure.

From left to right, Leslie Massa, Chairman of the Friends of the Library, Alan Poirier, Library Board of Trustees President and David Winer, past Board President share memories of Mary’s tenure.

In a somewhat longer speech, the chairman of the OL-PGN Board of Trustees Alan Poirier noted, “I’m not sure of the math, but I believe Mary is the 19th or 20th director of the library – and we are transferring this great legacy that goes back to the dedication in June 1898.” He said that at the 1898 ceremony, Daniel Gilman, President of the Johns Hopkins University, called the library, “a place for inspiration.”

Famous faces in the crowd: David Handler (back right) and Luanne Rice (extreme right), both Top 10 New York Times authors, joined the celebrations.

Famous faces in the crowd: David Handler (back right) and Luanne Rice (extreme right), both Top 10 New York Times-selling authors, joined the celebrations.

Poirier told the audience, “Mary has kept to that vision with all that she has done for us.  She has helped us deliver the experience we want patrons to have,” which was, “… to be the community’s vibrant hub for engagement, discovery and creativity,” and, “to inspire lifelong learning and discovery in a welcoming place with exceptional resources, programs and services.”  Poirier stressed the fact that Fiorelli had worked diligently to make the library “a welcoming place,” especially in her work setting up and curating art exhibits, thus, “helping to maintain that link to the artist, which goes back to the earliest days of the library.”

Mary Fiorelli stands with former OL-PGN staff member Stephanie Romano, who recently was appointed the Director of Chester Library.

Mary Fiorelli (right) stands with former OL-PGN staff member Stephanie Romano, who recently was appointed the Director of Chester Library.

He also noted that Fiorelli had increased participation in library programs by over 60 percent in recent years, broadened outreach to home-bound patrons and created new partnerships with local schools. Moreover, she kept the Trustees well-informed about operations and about new opportunities and, “… most importantly, she has built a huge reservoir of trust with the patrons.”

Everyone was there: Florence Griswold Museum Director Jeff Andersen chats with the Poiriers.

Everyone was there: Florence Griswold Museum Director Jeff Andersen chats with the Poiriers.

Fiorelli is a keen sailor and Poirier drew on a seafaring metaphor to sum up Fiorelli’s contribution to the library, saying, “calm in a storm” comes to mind when one thinks of her, and adding, “I can say that her calm and steady and knowledgeable approach has taken us very far, and I know these traits will continue to drive what she does from here on.  Mary has continued to make this a place for inspiration – and for that she is a friend forever to the staff, patrons and trustees.”

Former OL-PGN Board President Jack Collins (left) engages with library supporters.

Former OL-PGN Board President Jack Collins (left) engages with library supporters.

A former chairman of the board of trustees, David Winer, noted Fiorelli, who had joined the library in 1997 as its reference librarian, only applied for the director’s position “with great reticence and ambivalence.”  She was appointed Library Director in 2000 and Winer commented that, ironically, after so much persuasion to make her apply, her 16 years of service “now make her tenure one of the longest in the library’s history.”

Selectman Arthur 'Skip' Sibley (left) makes a point.

Selectman Arthur ‘Skip’ Sibley (left) makes a point.

Winer said, “It didn’t take her long to be the best there is … and she did everything from setting up exhibitions, tearing them down, even cleaning the toilets!”  He concluded, “She’s a true multi-tasker.”  He listed numerous accomplishments that Fiorelli had achieved which included increasing the endowment by over $1 million in three years and leading the library “into the high-tech age,” which he commented to laughter was quite a challenge in Old Lyme.

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) share a moment with a guest at the event.

Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal and State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd) share a moment with a guest at the event.

To more and louder laughter he added, “She also learned how to deal with the board of trustees — all 17 members — and became very skilled at exiting them out of her office!”

Friends and volunteers were all on hand to celebrate mary's 16-year tenure as OL-PGN Library Director. From left to right, Mary Jo Nosal, Doug Wilkinson, Julie O'Brien, Marisa Hartmann, Lucy Wilkinson and incoming OL-PGN Director Katie Heffnan.

Friends and volunteers were all on hand to celebrate Mary’s 16-year tenure as OL-PGN Library Director. From left to right, Mary Jo Nosal, Doug Wilkinson, Julie O’Brien, Marisa Hartmann, Lucy Wilkinson and incoming OL-PGN Director Katie Huffman.

Winer concluded, “Under your direction, the library became the heart and soul of Old Lyme and I want to thank you for all you’ve done for the library, for Old Lyme and wish you the best for your retirement … and God speed.”


If You Oppose the Proposed High-Speed Rail Route, Join SECoast’s Fundraiser This Afternoon at Bee & Thistle

fundraiser-at-bt_oct2016SECoast, the non-profit group actively and constructively opposing the proposed high-speed rail line through Old Lyme and southeast Connecticut, is holding a fundraiser at the Bee and Thistle Inn on Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.

SECoast.org is a locally-directed special project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Since publicly breaking news of the proposed bypass in January, SECoast.org has been working tirelessly as an effective advocate for Old Lyme and the local area by catalyzing growing regional opposition to the bypass.

Thanks to the generosity of the Bee and Thistle’s owner David Rufo, the Inn’s Executive Chef and acclaimed wildlife photographer Kristofer Rowe and singer/songwriter Dan Stevens who is performing at the event, 100 percent of the funds raised on Sunday will go towards mounting a legal defense to the route, which it is anticipated will be announced next week.  The monies raised will help support staffing, digital media and administrative costs of the campaign.

Once that announcement has been made, there are precisely 30 days by law to respond to the preferred route.  SECoast wants to be ready to react immediately to the announcement.

Tickets for Sunday’s event are $50 and fully tax-deductible.  There is also a Sponsor level at $250 and sponsors will receive an autographed Kristofer Rowe photograph.

Donations in any amount are always at welcome at this account or by mail at CT Trust for Historic Trust Preservation, 940 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06517-4002 (make checks payable to CT Trust with “For SECoast” on the face.

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the work that SECoast has been doing.  Without Greg Stroud and his small band of dedicated individuals, the proposed Old Saybrook to Kenyon by-pass would likely have quietly continued along its probable path to becoming part of the FRA’s Tier 2 preferred route.

We are delighted that Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congressman Joe Courtney, State Senator Paul Formica and State Representative Devin Carney are now all vocally opposed to the route and believe that in no small part relates to the efforts of SECoast.  We hope our Old Lyme Board of Selectmen (BOS) will show their support for SECoast because surely the BOS objectives are identical to those of SECoast?

This fundraiser is your chance to show your appreciation for all the work that SECoast has undertaken so far on behalf of the residents of Old Lyme specifically and, in a broader sense, the people of southeastern Connecticut … and all the work it will take on in the future.  If you choose not to support SECoast, then please don’t feel you have a right to complain about the train route down the line … pun intended!

See you on Sunday!


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Fall Plant Sale Today

Fall_flowersThe Old Lyme Historical Society is having their annual Fall Plant sale at the Society‘s 55 Lyme Street location TODAY from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

They will have potted perennials and annuals of all types and sizes.

Proceeds will support the ongoing renovation of the former Grange Hall and the new Alison Mitchell Archive Room.


League of Women Voters of Southeastern CT Hosts Voter Registration Session Today at Coffee’s

Make your voice heard! Register to vote Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Coffee’s Country Market, 169 Boston Post Rd, Old Lyme.

Bring your driver’s license or the last four digits of your social security number.

You must be a citizen of the U.S. and 18-years-old by Nov. 8 to register.

The League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut is a non-partisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.