November 18, 2017

See ‘Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age,’ Tonight; All Welcome to This Free Event

The Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) is hosting a free screening of the film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age on Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School Auditorium.

Screenagers is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and to offer parents proven solutions that work.  This is the parenting issue of our time, and LYSB hopes this film will begin to foster community-wide and family conversations.

Teens and kids are spending more time on their phones than ever before.  Kids spend on average 6.5 hours a day on screens and that doesn’t include classroom or homework screen time. Boys spend on average the equivalent of 1.5 days on video games every week.  Some recent studies show us that screen time increases dopamine production and causes behavior that mimics addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make Screenagers when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor online homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

Director Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.  In this 60-minute documentary, she probes into teens and their digital lives, exploring her own family as well. The film reveals how tech time impacts the development of kids, and offers solutions on how they can better navigate their cyber world.

Interwoven into compelling stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders such as Peggy Orenstein, Sherry Turkle, Simon Sinek, as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on real changes happening in the brain. Screenagers goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, but reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

The screening is sponsored by the LYSB, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, and made possible by a grant from the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation.  The 60-minute documentary and subsequent discussion will explore social media, video gaming, use of screens in academics, and Internet addiction. The film will also explore ways parents can intervene and educate in a way that empowers their teens. The film is not available for streaming, renting, or purchasing, and can only be seen at a community screening.

The screening on Nov. 6 in Old Lyme is free and open to the public, and is suitable for all audiences ages 10 and up.  The film will be shown to all Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School students during the school day.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208 or www.lysb.org  or www.screenagersmovie.com

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Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder, Nosal Offer Sound Leadership Combined With Future Vision for Old Lyme

To the Editor:

Exercising you right to vote is crucial, especially when you live in a small town. Having experienced, knowledgeable leadership with a vision for our future is most important. We have that here in Old Lyme with First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Together they have worked hard to keep a strong surplus, while also maintaining a Mill rate much lower than most of our surrounding towns.

Bonnie and Mary Jo worked tirelessly to stop Amtrak from rolling through our historic district.

They spearheaded improvements of the streetscape and handicap accessibility on Hartford Avenue. Besides these enhancements and others that Bonnie and Mary Jo have made in Old Lyme, the indispensable quality of this team is their experience. Before Bonnie was elected First Selectwoman, she served on the Board of Selectmen for several years. Therefore, she started her position with an understanding of our town government and how it functions. Since Bonnie and Mary Jo have held office, they have collaborated with area towns and their leadership, giving them a network of know how. The point is, when you are looking to have a job done right you hire the people with experience! The only candidates this election with the experience to do the job right are First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal. Vote Row A on November 7th.

Sincerely,

Marisa Hartmann,
OldLyme.

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Letter to the Editor: Read Understands Needs of Old Lyme, Eminently Qualified to be First Selectman

To the Editor:

Judith Read, a candidate for First Selectman in Old Lyme in the upcoming election is eminently qualified for this position. She has resided in Old Lyme for over 30 years and during this time has devoted much of her time working to improve the conditions of our community; volunteering in our school system and as a Girl Scout leader, serving on both the boards of Finance and Education and operating small businesses in the area. All of these activities give her a sense of the needs in our town. Jude would like to retain our small town atmosphere, while at the same time adjusting to changing times. As a longtime resident of Old Lyme I am convinced that she has all the qualities to be successful in this endeavor.

Sincerely,

Karl R. Friedmann M.D.,
Old Lyme.

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Deadline Regarding Election-Related Letters to the Editor

We will not be publishing any Letters to the Editor related to the election, which we receive after 12 p.m. (noon) today. We will continue to publish comments related to published letters through midnight tonight.

We will endeavor to have the final letters we have received prior to the noon deadline and the (already-received) responses from the Lyme candidates for First Selectmen published by 1 p.m. today.

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CT Valley Camera Club Hosts Professional Nature Photographer at Tonight’s Meeting

‘Hurricane Ridge’ by nature photographer Mark Bowie

Mark Bowie to Speak on Techniques for Taking Stunning Landscape Photographs

The guest speaker at the Monday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Connecticut Valley Camera Club (CVCC) will be the acclaimed photography writer and public speaker Mark Bowie, who will give a presentation titled “Multiple Exposures for Maximum Landscapes.”  The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lyme’s Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme, Conn. All are welcome.

By shooting multiple exposures in the field and combining them in-camera or in the digital darkroom, photographers can extend exposure latitude, depth of field and camera resolution. They can push the bounds of what can be captured with a camera and open opportunities for taking “never-before-possible” images.

In this new presentation, designed for both amateur and seasoned shooters looking to take their landscape imagery to new levels, Bowie covers the field techniques and state-of-the-art software he uses to produce many types of multi-shot composites.

Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought-after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books and magazines, on calendars, posters, and greeting cards, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps, have become landmark regional publications. He followed those with The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. Each won the Adirondack Center for Writing’s Photography Book of the Year Award.

He has also authored two extensive e-books on night photography: The Light of Midnight and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example, and recently released one on his photographic journey, Finding November.  Mark is a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute and leads digital and landscape photography workshops and tours.  For information, please visit www.adkpi.org.

This event is sponsored in part by Hunt’s Photo & Video (http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.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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Letter to the Editor: Re-elect Reemsnyder, Nosal For All The Good Things They’ve Done, Yet To Do

To the Editor:

The team of Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal have, over their tenure of six years leading Old Lyme government, implemented numerous improvements. These include: creation of a program to maintain town-owned buildings; establishment of a reserve fund for maintenance of town roads; upgrade of Hartford Avenue, now virtually completed, with 80 percent federal funding; redesign and rebuild of the Rogers Lake boathouse and other park improvements; and introduction of LED lighting to town roads. These improvements promise to enhance our quality of life and safety in a cost-effective manner. Old Lyme is financially healthy, with spending in check and able to stay current with technology assets.

In addition, Reemsnyder was instrumental in leading the successful fight to defeat the Federal Railroad Administration’s plan to run a high-speed rail line over or under the center of our town and across southeastern Connecticut. She has now taken the lead as a fact-finder exploring ways to improve Old Lyme’s police services.

This writer unequivocally urges the re-election of both Reemsnyder and Nosal, recognizing the substantial experience and ability they have afforded our town and the contributions they will make in the future.

David B. Woolley,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the chairman of the Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee.

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Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Candidates Respond to our Questions

To assist our Old Lyme readers in making their choices regarding for whom they should vote on Tuesday, we posed three questions in writing to the candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen as follows:

  1. Why are you running?
  2. What are the three most significant issues that Old Lyme is currently facing?
  3. With reference to your Question 2 response, which issue of the three is the greatest and how do you envisage dealing with it?

We gave a 250-word limit for the response to each question to which each candidate adhered strictly: we are most appreciative of that.

We thank all the candidates for responding in a timely manner and are pleased to publish their responses today accompanied by their respective biographies and photos.

Click on the links below to read each candidate’s responses:

Bonnie Reemsnyder (D): Candidate (Incumbent) for Old Lyme First Selectwoman

Judith “Jude” Read (R): Candidate for Old Lyme First Selectwoman

Mary Jo Nosal (D): Candidate (Incumbent) for Old Lyme Selectwoman

Chris Kerr (R): Candidate for Old Lyme Selectman

 

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Letter to the Editor: Old Lyme Cannot Afford to Lose Reemsnyder, Nosal’s Experience

To the Editor:

The Republican candidates for Old Lyme Selectmen claim that their service on Old Lyme’s boards and commissions better qualifies them than the six years of leadership experience enjoyed by incumbents Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal. I disagree.

Challengers must always criticize their opponents, even if they have to misstate the facts. And it is customary for them to say “we can fix everything,” because they have the magic wands that incumbents lack.

The fact is, however, that town leaders cannot keep problems from arising. Their measure is taken in how they respond. Old Lyme’s challenges in recent years have included discontent and shortages in our police force, pollution in our beach communities, and surprises with some construction projects. In each case, Bonnie and
Mary Jo have faced the issues head-on and acted responsibly and effectively to address them, engaging the community and soliciting bipartisan support. For example, Bonnie’s leadership ability and her relationships with state and federal officials were critical to defeating the high-speed rail plan; we cannot afford to lose her.

The experience and demonstrated competence of Bonnie and Mary Jo should not be exchanged for the service of their opponents on town boards and commissions.

Sincerely,

Joseph G. Soucie,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Who Saved Old Lyme From The Train? An Alternative View

To the Editor:

Make no mistake; a major train project in our community (even if well into the future) is a foremost public concern.  What are distressing are the boisterous claims of credit by our local leaders, when in fact concerned residents in the community raised the alarm.

On November 10, 2015 the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”) wrote personally to First Selectwoman Reemsnyder and RiverCOG (which Reemsnyder chairs) forewarning the NEC Future Plan and inviting public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  Ms. Reemsnyder spoke against the plan in mid-January 2016 in New Haven.  However, the townspeople of Old Lyme, local officials, cultural organizations, and businesses were not made aware of this federal plan until late January by an alarmed resident who identified the “threat” to our Old Lyme Historic District and initiated a large grassroots campaign along the shoreline that prompted leaders to real action. Before that, most everyone was unaware of the plan or the looming comment deadline for the Draft EIS. 

We need our leaders to be forward thinking, not reactionary.  Is Old Lyme ready for the next big wave, whether the widening of I-95, coerced regionalization, or the replacement of the Connecticut River Bridge?  As it turns out, the FRA on January 5, 2017 concurred with an Environmental Assessment that paves the way for Amtrak to replace the Connecticut River Bridge; yet we have heard nothing about it and no planning details such as construction staging, trucking routes, river operations and mitigation dollars.  In Norwalk, local officials spent two years negotiating the required details to make sure they were not steamrolled by government agencies. 

On November 7th, we need to elect leaders Jude Read and Chris Kerr who recognize early on the risks and opportunities for major state and federal initiatives, and keep residents, boards and commissions informed of what is going on.

Respectfully,

Wayne Buchanan,
Old Lyme

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Letter to the Editor: Local State Legislators Advocate for Republican Team in Old Lyme

To the Editor:

In the upcoming Old Lyme election on Tuesday, November 7th, we encourage voters to consider the Republican team found on Row B. The team is being led by Jude Read for First Selectwoman and Chris Kerr for Selectman. Both have years of experience in Old Lyme municipal government and strong small business credentials. We believe both would do an admirable job for the town.

We think voters should also consider several other candidates running for office on Row B including Grub Garvin for Board of Finance, J. David Kelsey for Board of Finance Alternate, Tim Griswold for Board of Assessment Appeals, and Dan Montano for Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition to them, the town is fortunate to have several very qualified cross-endorsed candidates, including Vicki Urbowicz, who is the perfect successor to longtime Town Clerk Eileen Coffee, and Paul Orzel, Alan Todd, and Rick Goulding. We know all will work hard for the community.

Please make sure to exercise your right and get out and vote on November 7th.

Sincerely,

State Senator Paul Formica & State Representative Devin Carney

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Letter to the Editor: Improving Hartford Avenue Needs Leadership (Maybe New)

To the Editor:

I am a property owner on Hartford Avenue, and I have been working with my business partner on plans to improve my property.  I have been very disappointed with the lack of leadership and assistance from the town for the last two and half years to try and get something done.

We have made some good proposals to the town but it seems that there is absolutely no interest in their desire to help.  For example, we offered to demolish all the properties that we own in return for keeping our existing zoning or negotiate potential zoning in its place and that was declined.

We want to improve significantly from the old structures built in the 1930’s now on the properties, but we need to have zoning changes and understand the plans for sewers.  This was the same situation with the last owner, who also hit a wall with the town in 2006, and whose plans were also a great improvement to the streetscape.

We have recently submitted new plans with the generous help of the (SVC) Sound View Commission and that failed too.   Most people don’t understand (including the town) the new FEMA guidelines of constructing new projects in a potential flooding area.  Our design for residential housing would have started the beatification of Hartford Ave and would have helped others on the street to do the same.

For at least two years, I have been talking to groups starting with the board of selectmen who passed us along down the line.  I feel that to make anything change, groups like the zoning board, the WPCA and the planning commission need a strong leader who can sit everyone down and make things happen so that people have confidence to invest and to make our town a better place.  It seems like each board or commission does their own thing, and there is no leadership at the top.  We need to change this.

Sincerely,

William Randazzo,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is the owner of 52-56 Hartford Ave.

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Stella’s Restaurant Hosts Grand Opening, Ribbon-Cutting Today


Stella’s Restaurant at 163 Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme will host a Grand Opening tomorrow from 11:30 am to 3 p.m. tomorrow.  There will be an official ribbon-cutting at 12 noon officiated by the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce and the #Q105FM Street Team will be on hand as well.

The restaurant is offering 15 percent off all day and fun, family activities will be taking place throughout the day too.

 

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This Evening, Lyme Public Library Foundation Presents ‘King Cole: The Songs of Cole Porter’

Photo by Joe Standart of a previous ‘Six of Clubs’ concert at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

The Lyme Public Library Foundation presents King Cole: The Songs of Cole Porter on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. Performed by Six of Clubs, conceived and narrated by Nick Firth, and produced by John Hargraves, the concert will feature an evening of classic Cole Porter tunes to benefit the Lyme Public Library Foundation.

A reception will follow the concert at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts.

Patron tickets, including the concert and reception, are available for $100. Tickets for the concert alone are $40. Learn more at http://www.lymepl.org/special-events.htm.

The Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to the event sponsors and underwriters, Sunset Hill Vineyards, Reynolds’ Garage & Marine, and Novak Brothers Landscaping.

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‘Cats Play for Another Shoreline Championship Today

High jump with a difference! Heading the ball away from the goal. All photos by Jen Alexander.

Continuing their unbeaten run, Old Lyme stormed into the Shoreline Conference final yesterday by soundly defeating Cromwell 3-0 in their semifinal game at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.

Total intensity.

Mya Johnson was the first to score with an assist from Maddie Ouellette. Caroline Wallace followed up with another assist from Maddie Ouellette and then Maddie Zrenda scored the third and final goal for Old Lyme on a penalty.

Goal!

In goal for Old Lyme was Emily Rivera, who had seven saves for Old Lyme.  Jessica DellaRatta was in net for Cromwell with 12 saves.

Time to celebrate.

Old Lyme is now 17-0-0 overall.

The Shoreline Championship game will be held at at Portland High School on Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the North Branford/Morgan game.

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Designer Sale at ThreeTrees Interiors Continues Today

ThreeTrees Interiors at 149 Boston Post Rd., Suite B, (next to All-Pro Automotive) is hosting a Designer Sale today, Friday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The sale offers 20 percent off floor items and 10 percent off special (new) orders The sale is valid on these days only and not on prior orders.

Threetrees Interiors is a full service design firm nestled within a boutique furnishing showroom. Through collaborative efforts between clients, architects and contractors, the company provides design services at any stage of building and renovation projects.

Their services range in scope from assisting clients with paint colors to extensive interior renovations and new construction. Threetrees can assist throughout the life of a project or provide a la carteservices.

Threetrees Interiors was founded in 2002 and now has a staff of seven. The lead designers are board certified and licensed interior designers. With over 30 years of experience, the team utilizes AutoCAD, Revit and 3D software programs for construction documentation in addition to old-fashioned hand sketches to help convey design intent and allow clients to envision better their space.

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Letter to the Editor: (Still Unfinished) Boathouse Project Cost to Town Now $550K Over STEAP Grant/Donations; Elect Read to Regain Fiscal Responsibility

To the Editor:

Old Lyme Town Ordinance 20-8 states: “The responsibility for the management, control and development of the Town’s recreational facilities and expenditures made in connection therewith is vested in a Parks and Recreation Commission” (PRC). Thus, PRC requested that it review and approve plans proposed by the ad hoc Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee (BHPIC), as it did for the original Boathouse in 1987 and all three phases of Town Woods Park.

While PRC supported the plan to upgrade the existing Boathouse submitted with the $478,000 STEAP grant, PRC raised serious objections to subsequent BHPIC plans involving $405,000 in Town funds.  So, First Selectwoman Reemsnyder decided to overrule Ordinance 20-8, and requested the previous Town Attorney justify her decision. That factually inaccurate “justification” was unambiguously refuted by a highly respected local attorney on legal grounds.  However, Ms. Reemsnyder continued to ignore PRC concerns about BHPIC-proposed Boathouse plans and likely cost overruns.

The result:  the Boathouse phase of the project exceeded the budget presented to the community in Jan 2016 by over $175,000 – primarily due to structural and code issues and related design errors and omissions; and the project is still not complete, due to on-going drainage issues.

Because the Boathouse cost overrun consumed funds earmarked for the project’s second phase:  upgrading the park’s ADA accessibility and restrooms for use by both rowers and the public, Ms. Reemsnyder requested an additional $150,000 be incorporated into Old Lyme’s 2017-18 Annual Budget to complete the project.  This brings total Town costs to $555,000, in addition to the STEAP Grant funds and donations.

We need experienced community leadership that respects important checks and balances, and will restore governmental and fiscal responsibility to Old Lyme.

Please elect Jude Read First Selectwoman!

Sincerely,

Bob Dunn,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note i): The author is the Old Lyme Parks & Recreation Commission Chairman, former chairman of the Town Woods Park Building Committee.

Editor’s Note ii): The author is also a member of the Boathouse/Hains Park Improvement Committee. We apologize that this detail was omitted from the original posting of the letter.

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Letter to the Editor: Reemsnyder, Nosal Are ‘Minding the Store’ in Old Lyme, Listening to Community, Saving Taxpayers Money

To the Editor:

Old Lyme’s Sound View Improvements project is mischaracterized and misunderstood by Sloan Danenhower in his letter printed in The Day on 10/22, and in LymeLine.com on 10/26.

This long-desired project is not funded by the State.  Rather, a federal transportation reimbursement grant, contractually signed before the project began, covers 80% of the cost of the improvements.

The project has local and regional support by our 17-Town Council of Governments. The bi-partisan Sound View Improvements Committee held numerous public meetings and informational presentations for the public; and the voters overwhelmingly approved the plan and design and construction at Town Meetings.

Sound View has received no significant attention in decades until the current Old Lyme administration was elected.  With this valuable grant, construction will cost the town only $182,220.  However, new ADA-accessible sidewalks and drainage alone would have cost taxpayers about $500,000 without the grant.

The infrastructure project was completed substantially under budget, allowing for 80% reimbursement for improved road drainage and paving of the project area, making it safer to drive and bike now, sewers are years away.

Reimbursements are being received regularly, and some residents are improving their property too as a result of the project.  Bringing more bicyclists and pedestrians to Hartford Ave. will provide economic opportunities for the community.

There is no doubt that this Administration is “watching the store,” listening to the community and saving money for taxpayers.

Sincerely,

Angelo Faenza,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Sound View Improvements Committee and a Sound View resident.

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Letter to the Editor: Read, Kerr Will Improve Results, Keep Control Local

To the Editor:

During my 15 years on the Old Lyme Board of Finance, I have served with both Jude Read and Chris Kerr.  I have watched their collaborative approach to questions raised.  I have seen them listen to townspeople’s concerns and then respond to their inquires in a timely fashion.

Old Lyme Democrats favor state grants and regionalization as the lynch pins of town government.  Republicans believe in fiscal restraint and careful planning as their chosen path to future success for the Town of Old Lyme and it’s (sic) residents.  More and better prioritizing of potential projects will lead to improved outcomes – on time, on budget, and on scope.  Read and Kerr believe that big decisions should be made by elected officials, not appointed committees.

Jude Read, as First Selectman, and Chris Kerr as Selectman, will work diligently for Old Lyme and it’s (sic) residents and fight hard to maintain local control.  They keep Old Lyme’s best interest at heart.

Old Lyme needs, strong forward-thinking leaders who will make careful, well-informed decisions based on our town’s needs.  That’s why I will vote for the Old Lyme Republican team of Jude Read and Chris Kerr in November.

Sincerely,

Janet Sturges,
Old Lyme.

Editor’s Note: The author is a member of the Old Lyme Board of Finance.

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A Perfect Night for Halloween on Lyme Street

An Old Lyme firetruck leads the traditional Halloween Costume Parade along Lyme Street.

Despite the major storm on Sunday night, the weather was perfect for Halloween. Trick-or-Treaters came in vast numbers to enjoy the evening and wander up and down Lyme Street, along with some of the side roads,  to see what treats — or tricks — were in store. Enjoy the evening again — or for the first time– with our photo essay of Halloween happenings on Lyme Street.

Parades are always such fun!

Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (left on doorstep) and Julie Martel enjoy an amusing moment while handing out candy at the Fairfield-Sonn residence on Lyme Street.

Steve Hallahan and his youngest son, Niall, are delightfully dressed for the occasion!

Watch where you walk!

You never know who’s going to come to the door, but Jocelyn Zallinger greets each visitor regardless with a chocolate bar.

The Mergys take ‘The X-Files’ theme to new heights at their home, the former Catholic church.

Time to take a selfie with the aliens at the Mergy residence!

Have aliens really landed on Lyme Street? Let’s take a closer look …

Barbara Crowley cheerfully hands out candy to Trick-or-Treaters at The Choclolate Shell.

Reaching in for the best candy!

A giant spider is ready to pounce at The Cooley Gallery.

An aerial pumpkin keeps watch over the line at this house.

What a bevy of beautiful princesses and fairies!

All in a night’s work — even a unicorn needs to check his phone!

Lines are everywhere and a dinosaur must wait his turn at Boxwood.

Still patiently waiting …

Is this what happens to all those costumed creatures at the end of the night??

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Potapaug Audubon Presents ‘Protecting Plum Island’ at Old Lyme Town Hall Tonight

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

Potapaug Audubon presents “Protecting Plum Island” with Curt Johnson of Save the Sound and the Connecticut Fund For The Environment, on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme St. Plum Island, one of the islands of Long Island, N.Y., three miles south of East Lyme, is in danger of going up for auction.

Plum Island is home to more than 1,000 species. It is a federally-owned wildlife sanctuary in one of the most densely populated areas of the country, but the government is preparing to sell this national treasure on the auction block.

That’s where Save the Sound comes in. In July 2016, Save the Sound sued the federal government under the Endangered Species Act and other laws, to encourage a conservation sale.

This event is the latest in Save the Sound‘s decades-long history of fighting to clean, protect, and preserve the waters of the Long Island Sound region.

Come learn more and see what you can do to help.

This event is free and open to public.

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