December 11, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We wish a very happy Thanksgiving to all our readers, their families and friends — we hope you all enjoy a wonderful day!

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Light Up Old Lyme 2017

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Op-Ed: Old Lyme Should Return to Local Health Department; Dramatic Increases in Ledge Light Fees Adversely Impacting Local Residents, Small Businesses

Editor’s Note: The author, Dawn Root, is the owner of Old Lyme Seafood.

Old Lyme joined Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) on Nov 1, 2016 after approval at a Town Meeting by a margin of only 3 votes (82-79).  The time between the first public hearing (scheduled on Aug 29 during prime vacation season, with only 10 days’ notice) and the Town Meeting vote held on Sept 27 was less than a month.  That’s not enough time for public debate on a fundamental change to our town government that has a direct impact on all Old Lyme residents, businesses and organizations.

At the Sept 2016 Town Meeting, we were told that joining LLHD would result in significant cost savings, but it has not.  Previously, Old Lyme residents and businesses paid fees to our Town that helped offset our local health department costs. However, fees paid to LLHD don’t offset town costs, so become additional costs.

LLHD septic and well permit/review fees typically increased between $25-$150.  High septic and well fees have a greater impact on Old Lyme than other LLHD towns, such as New London, Groton, Waterford, East Lyme, because a greater portion of Old Lyme residents and businesses rely on wells and septic systems.

Most LLHD licensing and inspection fees increased between 2- and 10-fold (e.g.: from $50 to $300, or from $20 to $205-$245), and fee adjustments for seasonal vs year-round, or small vs large establishments were eliminated.  Such dramatic fee increases have been particularly challenging to Old Lyme small businesses and organizations because many are seasonal, or serve a much smaller local population than other LLHD communities.

LLHD also introduced many new fees, including $100 late fees, $100 re-inspection fees, and $50 repeat violation fees. When one considers total costs paid to LLHD, there are no costs savings.  The LLHD fee increases have already become a substantial burden to many local residents, small businesses and organizations, as demonstrated by over 100 Old Lyme residents and business owners signing a petition to bring the matter back to another Town Meeting.

The possibility of a future cost reduction was also mentioned at the Sept 2016 Town Meeting, but it was tied to eliminating an extra payment that Old Lyme makes to LLHD to maintain LLHD staff at Town Hall.  Without these extra payments, on-site health staffing may be significantly reduced; currently, LLHD provides on-site staff in Stonington and East Lyme only 2-4 hours/week.

Importantly, we were told that by joining LLHD, Old Lyme would not lose control of this important town function because Old Lyme would “have a seat at the table” on the LLHD board.  In reality, Old Lyme will have minimal influence over future LLHD decisions regarding costs, fees, staffing, and service, because representation on the LLHD board is based on population, and Old Lyme is by far the smallest town in the LLHD – representing only 5% of the total LLHD population (see table below).

Lastly, we were told that Old Lyme could simply try LLHD for 2 years and switch back to a local health department after giving LLHD 6 months’ notice.  Please join me, and many other Old Lyme residents and small business owners adversely impacted by the LLHD changes, in requesting that Old Lyme return to a local health department that will be more responsive to the unique needs of our small, and very special, community.   

LLHD-Member Town Populations (CT Dept. of Public Health 2016 estimates)

Town Population % of LLHD Total
Groton 39,261 27%
New London 26,984 19%
Waterford 19,101 13%
East Lyme 18,886 13%
Stonington 18,647 13%
Ledyard 14,911 10%
Old Lyme 7,469 5%
LLHD TOTAL 145,259 100%
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Community Music School Hosts Master Clarinetist to Teach Technique Intensive Today

Clarinetist Ken Lagace will lead a full day clarinet workshop, Oct. 21.

Community Music School presents master clarinetist Ken Lagace, who will lead a full day of workshops on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m., focusing on intermediate/advanced level clarinet technique on a wide range of topics.  The intensive will be hosted on Community Music School’s main campus in Centerbrook and will cost $95, with lunch included.   Register online at www.community-music-school.org/clarinet-intensive or by calling 860-767-0026.

The morning session will include in-depth information on clarinet reeds, including how to select them, maintain them, fix them, properly play them, and even how to make them. The afternoon session will provide an introduction to Lagace’s signature REALM method, which stands for Reed, Embouchure, Air, Ligature, and Mouthpiece.  This method teaches players to achieve an excellent sound with flexibility, range, control, and many other aspects of good clarinet performance.

Each session will be followed by a chance for the participants to experiment with their newly learned skills. During the final session, participants will be broken into two or more groups where they can apply their new techniques in a chamber ensemble setting, with feedback from Lagace and other clarinet instructors.

Lagace received his Bachelor of Music degree at Hartt College of Music (CT) in 1960.  He studied with Keith Wilson at Yale in 1955, Bernard Portnoy in New York City from 1958 to 1960.  He served as a member of the US Coast Guard Band and studied with Kalmen Opperman in New York City from 1962 to 1966. He instructed at the Hartt College of Music (CT) from 1966 to 1987. Under the tutelage of Kalmen Opperman, Lagace learned to make his own reeds and reface clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces which has become a skill he willingly shares with his peers.

He was a member of the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1987 playing Assistant Principal Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet. He was Principal Clarinetist in the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra from its inception until 1987.  His performances include many on TV and Radio, and at Lincoln Center (NYC) and Carnegie Hall (NYC) with the Hartford Symphony.  He also made a CD recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra in 1976.

In 1987 Mr. Lagace abandoned the clarinet to program computers and in 2008 after retiring, dusted off the clarinet and is enjoying being back in the clarinet world again.

About Community Music School

Community Music School offers innovative music programming for infants through adults, building on a 30 year tradition of providing quality music instruction to residents of shoreline communities. CMS programs cultivate musical ability and creativity and provide students with a thorough understanding of music so they can enjoy playing and listening for their entire lives.  Learn more at visit www.community-music-school.org or call (860)767-0026.

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RollinReds Host ‘Backyard Olympics’ at Sound View Today to Benefit Terri Brodeur Foundation

On Saturday, Sept. 9, RollinReds Beach Shanty along with the Sound View Beach Association and The Carousel will host ‘Backyard Olympics’ at Sound View.

Entries will be accepted from up to 100 teams of two people per team for four events as follows: Corn Hole, Waterballoon Toss, Oversized Yahtzee, and Giant Jenga.  All winners will receive Olympic-style gold medals.

The entry fee is $70 per team and all proceeds benefit the Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation.

Register at the RollinReds Beach Shanty at 83, Hartford Ave.

 

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Old Lyme Trash & Recycling Routes for July 4 Week

Old Lyme’s trash and recycling schedule for the week commencing Monday, July 3, is as follows:
Monday, July 3:
All trash and recycling routes will be picked up on their normal schedule.

Tuesday, July 4:
NO trash or recycling pick-up.

Wednesday, July 5:
BOTH Tuesday AND Wednesday’s trash and recycling routes will be picked up on their normal schedule.

Thursday, July 6 & Friday, July 7:
All trash or recycling routes will be picked up on their normal schedule.

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Lyme, Old Lyme School & Town Closures in Effect Today, Parking Ban in Old Lyme From 6am

How much snow will there be tomorrow? File photo by Fran Gumkowski.

UPDATED 5:04am: Due to predictions of 11-14 inches of snow today from Winter Storm Niko, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, Lyme and Old Lyme Town Halls, the Lyme Landfill and Old Lyme’s Transfer Station, Lyme Public Library, and Lymes’ Senior Center are all closed today.  Many other institutions have also announced they will not be opening Thursday.

The Town of Old Lyme has also announced a parking ban from 6 a.m. through midnight today. This will enable snow plows to keep roads clear and safe, and also open for emergency vehicles.

To reach the Town’s Emergency Management Team with storm-related questions/concerns, leave a message at 860.598.0120. Team members will monitor messages and issue updates, which will be posted on LymeLine.com, throughout the day.

In an emergency, call 911.

Make preparations for the storm and stay safe by keeping off the roads for its duration.

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Hear Cappella Cantorum Sing Handel’s ‘Messiah’ This Weekend; Old Lyme Church Choir to Accompany Chorus

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Come and celebrate the beginning of the Holiday Season with the Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus performing Handel’s Messiah (Christmas Section), Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, 170 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford CT 06385. The concert will be repeated Sunday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. at John Winthrop Middle School, 1 Winthrop Road, Deep River 06417. 

The chorus will be joined by members of the choir of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and will be accompanied by a professional orchestra. Simon Holt will conduct at the Waterford concert, and Barry Asch will direct at the Deep River performance.

Messiah is one of the most popular choral works and is a joyous start to the season. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the door or at www.CappellaCantorum.org

Cappella Cantorum is the lower Connecticut River Valley and Shoreline’s premiere non-auditioned community choral organization whose primary purpose is to learn, perform and enjoy great choral music while striving for excellence and the enrichment of its singers and audience.

For more information, call Barry Asch at 860-388-2871.

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Walk Today to Raise Awareness, Promote Early Detection of Breast Cancer in Developing Countries

Last year, participants gathered together to hear a speaker prior to starting their walk

Last year, participants gathered together to hear a speaker prior to starting their walk

This Sunday, Oct. 9, The Maina Foundation is hosting a three-mile-walk in Rocky Neck State Park to raise funds for its critical work increasing breast cancer awareness and promoting early detection to women in need of financial assistance. By working at a grass roots level, the foundation devotes the majority of the funds raised to hospitals and clinics for furthering the cause of early detection.

The incidence of breast cancer is rising globally, especially in developing countries such as India where 1 in 28 women develop the disease.  Unfortunately, because of the social taboo associated with breast cancer, almost 80 percent of patients reach an advanced stage before medical care is obtained.

The Maina Foundation hosts breast cancer awareness classes in India.

The Maina Foundation hosts breast cancer awareness classes in India.

By supporting awareness programs and providing mammogram units, The Maina Foundation wants to bring breast cancer discussion to the forefront and encourage women to seek preventative care.  Since its inception in 2008, Maina has donated mammogram units, set up awareness programs and helped with patient care.

Onsite registration for the walk begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

Refreshments will be provided after the walk.

The Maina Foundation is a non-profit organization with an office in Old Lyme.  For more information, visit The Maina Foundation’s website at mainafoundation.org.

Directions to the walk are as follows: 

Exit 72 off I-95: Follow the turnpike connector south to Route 156.  Turn left and take Route 156 east for 1/4 mile to the park. The park street address is 244 West Main Street (Route 156).

After entering the park, go towards the West side towards the Administrative building.   Registration desk will be located near the building.  

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US Men’s Eight, with Old Lyme’s Austin Hack as Stroke, Rows for Olympic Gold at 10:24am This Morning!

The US Men's Eight in action yesterday morning. A determined Austin Hack is the first rower (the stroke) in the boat facing the camera. Photo courtesy of worldrowing.com

The US Men’s Eight in action Monday morning. A determined Austin Hack is the first rower (the stroke) in the boat facing the camera. Photo courtesy of worldrowing.com

american_flagAustin Hack, a member of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School Class of 2010, rows as stroke in the US Men’s Eight at 10:24 a.m. in Rio today!  Along with the whole town of Old Lyme and the whole country, we wish Austin and his team the very best of luck!

The Old Lyme Rowing Association (OLRA) is hosting a breakfast reception for Austin Hack’s Rio Olympic final on Saturday, Aug. 13,  from 9 to 11 a.m. in the barn at 325 Grassy Hill Rd. in Lyme. Enjoy this opportunity to watch the race on a big screen TV with friends and family.

All are welcome. Space is limited. A $10 donation to OLRA is suggested.

Contact Jane Montanaro for more information and/or to RSVP at janemontanaro@aol.com.

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Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to be Held in Sound View This Morning

pancake_breakfastThe Shoreline Community Center will host a Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser this coming Saturday, June 18, at the Center at 39 Hartford Ave., Old Lyme, from 7 to 11 a.m.  Enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage. and coffee/tea.

Donations are suggested as follows: 13+ and adults $8, 6 to 12 years $4, and up to 5 years free.

For more information, visit soundviewbeach.com.

This event is sponsored by the Sound View Beach Association, Inc.

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Witness For Peace Concert to be Held in New London Today

A distinguished gathering of musicians and speakers will present the inaugural Witness For Peace concert, which has been re-scheduled to Sunday, June 12, from 12 to 3 p.m. . The concert will take place at New London’s Hempstead Houses, at 11 Hempstead Street, in conjunction with the annual Juneteenth Day Celebration held there.

The concert is being sponsored by St. Francis House and local members of Veterans For Peace, in support of the peace vigil which has been lead by Cal Robertson in New London for more than three decades. This event will honor the memory of the fallen with a pledge to work for a day when the specter of war will no longer stalk the living days of humankind. Also recognized will be the tragic reality of slavery, which often results from unsettled war in this, the 21st century.

The concert will be headlined Connecticut State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch and Hugh Birdsall, with more joining in. Speakers will include representatives of Veterans For Peace and the War Resisters League. Members of Veterans For Peace will be on hand with information about their work, including plans to establish a New London Division of Veterans For Peace.

The New London Peace Vigil is held five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the corner of Huntington and Broad Street. A vigil is also held on Thursday afternoons at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, led by Bob and Ronna Stuller. All are welcome and encouraged to join in.

Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of slavery in the State of Texas on June 13, 1865. The date also celebrates the end of slavery across America. The Hempstead Houses will host events, along with the Greater New London NAACP, on Saturday, June 11; there will also be a storytelling festival at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

The concert is free to the public, and all are invited to enjoy the music while learning more about the peace vigil and other ongoing work for the cause of peace.

For further information, contact Mike Hatt at 860-574-6235 or veteransforpeacese@gmail.com or visit the Facebook page @ Witness For Peace New London

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‘Witness for Peace’ Concert Held Memorial Day in New London

John Carlos and Cal Robertson stand John Carlos, and Cal Robertson standing vigil for peace in New London on a vigil for peace.

John Carlos and Cal Robertson stand in New London on a vigil for peace.

The inaugural Witness For Peace concert will be presented on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 10 a.m., at New London’s Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, at the corner of State and Bank Street. Sponsored by St. Francis House and local members of Veterans For Peace, the concert is in support of the peace vigil which has been lead by Cal Robertson in New London for more than three decades.

The concert will honor the memory of the fallen with a pledge to work for a day when the specter of war will no longer haunt humanity. This seeking of support for the New London peace vigil is a recognition of the need to wage peace with a greater commitment than the waging of war.

Performances at the concert will be presented by Connecticut State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch, Hugh Birdsall, Coal Tattoo, and more. Members of Veterans For Peace will be on hand with information about their work, including plans to establish a New London Division of Veterans For Peace.

The New London Peace Vigil is held five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the corner of Huntington and Broad Street. A vigil is also held on Thursday afternoons at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, lead by Bob and Ronna Stuller. All are welcome and encouraged to join in.

The concert is free to the public, and all are invited to enjoy the music while learning more about the peace vigil and other ongoing work for the cause of peace.

For further information, contact Mike Hatt at 860-574-6235 or veteransforpeacenl@gmail.com

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Essex Wellness Center Hosts Free Talk, Discussion on Prescription Drug Abuse, This Afternoon

Joanna Crowell, LPC, LADC

Joanna Crowell, LPC, LADC

ESSEX — Abuse of prescription painkillers and opioid drugs has become an epidemic that has worked its way into many Connecticut families.

On Saturday, May 21, at the Essex Wellness Center from 1:30 to 3 p.m., Joanna Crowell, LPC, LADC, psychotherapist, drug and alcohol counselor, will talk about abuse of certain medications – opioids, central nervous system depressants and stimulants – and adverse health effects, including addiction, accidental overdose and death.

When people lose their access to prescription narcotics, they often turn to heroin in both affluent suburbs and inner cities alike. Addiction to prescription painkillers is common and dangerous.

Join this open dialogue and candid discussion that includes a variety of treatment options available to begin the healing process for people in trouble. This event is free, but preregistration is required as space is limited. Call 860-767-7770 or email info@essexwellnessctr.com.

This program is part of Essex Wellness Center’s free Live Well Lecture series. Essex Wellness Center is at 8 Novelty Lane (upstairs), Essex Village.

 

 

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Internationally Renowned Norwegian Architect Ramstad Lectures in Essex Tonight

Trollstigen Visitor Centre

Trollstigen Visitor Centre

The Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series, hosted by the Essex Library, presents acclaimed architect Reiulf Ramstad at Centerbrook’s office this evening, Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Ramstad’s firm, Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter, has earned an international reputation for boldly simple architecture that strongly connects to its Scandinavian context and landscape.

Ramstad’s Oslo-based firm achieved notoriety for its design of the Trollstigen Visitor Centre, in Møre of Romsdal, Norway. Completed in 2012, this facility is one of the earliest and largest structures among the the now-famous Norwegian Tourist Routes. Set in a stunning natural environment, it exemplifies how the deep understanding of a place can lead to innovative modern architecture. The firm has gone on to produce a wide range of pioneering projects that have attracted international accolades, including the Architizer A+Awards Firm of the Year in 2015.

Ramstad earned a professorship from the Oslo School of Architecture and was a regular thesis advisor and juror. Recognized professionally as a board member of the National Association of Norwegian Architects, he has served on juries for domestic and international architectural competitions. In recent years, following awards and publicity of his firm’s projects, he has lectured around the world. He will receive an Honorary Fellowship into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia this May.

The lecture will be held at Centerbrook Architects’ office, located at 67 Main Street in Centerbrook. Admission is free but seating is limited — call the Essex Library at (860) 767-1560 to register or for more information.

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Vista Accepting Applications for Summer Program until May 2

Vista is accepting applications for its summer program.

Vista is now accepting applications for its two-week summer program.

AREAWIDE – Individuals with disabilities 17 and older are invited to experience life at Vista Life Innovations for two weeks during the Exploring Independence summer program.

Exploring Independence is designed to provide prospective students with an introduction to Vista and the independence of adulthood in a supported learning environment. Participants will experience living away from home in a dorm-style setting and take part in a variety of interactive activities. The program combines hands-on learning in the areas of social skills, life skills and team building with fun activities, such as off-site day trips, arts projects and community immersion.

Participation in the Exploring Independence summer program is the first step in the admissions process for many Vista students and members. Among them is Vista student Tim Maloney, who participated in the 2015 summer program.

“I learned that you can be yourself and have a nice time away from home,” Tim said of his experience in the summer program. “My favorite part was making friends and doing activities.”

This year’s Exploring Independence program will run August 1-12. Applications are being accepted through May 2. Space is limited. For more information or to apply, contact Esther Vallas, admissions manager, at evallas@vistalifeinnovations.org or 860-399-8080 ext. 136.

With campuses in Westbrook, Madison and Guilford, Vista Life Innovations is a nationally accredited community-based education program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and ADHD.

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Bonne Santé Hosts Ladies Wellness Night Tonight, Benefits SafeGrad Party

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 9.48.53 PMBonne Santé Wellness Center, located at 4 Huntley Rd., is hosting a special “Ladies Wellness Night’ fundraising event to be held on  Wednesday, March 30, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Funds raised will benefit the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Class of 2016 Safe Graduation Party (Safegrad).

4000146Safegrad is an all-night, substance-free party enjoyed yearly by seniors. Rosemary Barclay, founder and owner of Bonne Santé wellness center states, “We have a great tradition in Lyme-Old Lyme. For many years, parents have hosted an all-night party at a “secret location,” where students have the opportunity to share food, music, entertainment and memories with their classmates. While the party is hosted entirely by parents of seniors, it takes a community effort to help our children remain safe and supervised while celebrating this wonderful milestone.”

Barclay is a supporter of education in our community: she is a founder member of the Lyme/Old Lyme Education Foundation (LOLEF) and has also initiated a scholarship for youth entering the business studies arena through the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce. 

Barclay understands the need to support this event financially but also encourages celebration of achievements and milestones.  Additionally, many teachers, senior class students and parents are clients of Bonne Santé and sponsoring this event with proceeds going to Safegrad is a special way of thanking valued clients. 

Entrance fee to the “Ladies Wellness Event” is $30 including refreshments and a mini-service but an RSVP is important, particularly if attendees wish to take advantage of a service on the night (chair massage and make up color matches or nutritional advice, all of which will be offered as well as an introduction to our holistic acne clinic.) Services will be on a first come, first served basis with sign-up in advance – call 860-434-7429 to reserve a service on the night. If you wish to book a service for a later date, proceeds will still be donated.

In addition Barclay will also donate a percentage of all gift certificate and product sales made throughout the month of April so any community member wishing to purchase gift certificates for birthdays or Mother’s Day in advance should do so online at www.bonnesantellc.com throughout the month of April 2016 and mention code SAFEGRAD.

Refreshments will be served throughout the evening, which promises to be a fun night and a time for both parents and community members to socialize while raising funds towards this cause.

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“Friend Raising” Reception in Essex This Evening for HOPE Partnership

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HOPE Partnership, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing affordable housing options on the shoreline and lower Middlesex County, is hosting a free reception on Wednesday, March 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the River Valley Junction Gallery at Essex Steam Train.

The reception, which is HOPE’s annual “FRIEND Raiser,” is sponsored by Page Taft and Essex Steam Train. The event will include a cocktail hour, complete with appetizers, beer and wine, and is free to all who wish to attend.

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

Executive Director of HOPE, Lauren Ashe noted, ”The issue of the need for affordable housing is often surrounded by myths, which we work to dispel. Residents in need of affordable housing may be working full time but unable to make ends meet for their family or they may be young adults who wish to stay or return to the area where they grew up. This evening is about friendship, partnership and educating the community while enjoying a glass of wine and refreshments at an amazing venue.”

Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to Loretta@HOPE-CT.org or by calling 860-388-9513. More information about HOPE at http://www.hope-ct.org/

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

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2015 New London Homeless Memorial to be Held Today, All Welcome

NLHomelessMemorial--FBpostFamily, friends, and neighbors will gather on the longest night of the year to hear the names and lives of New London’s departed homeless given voice once more. The 2015 New London Homeless Memorial will be held on Monday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m., hosted by the Church of the City, in the City Center at 250 State St.

This is a community service which invites participation, in sharing and in songs, and in the telling of stories to keep the deceased present in living memory. Guest speaker James Stidfole will also offer reflections on the people he has encountered during his years of volunteering at the New London Breakfasts program.

Winter’s shadow on the Solstice brings a stark reminder of the relentless night faced by the unsheltered, whose well being and expected tenure of life is so severely afflicted by the condition of homelessness. Memorials across America are held each year on this night to keep in view the lives so touched, that the long unsheltered night may at last reach the light of a new day.

Solving the visible issue of homelessness in communities is a process, which includes resolving the underlying causes of every description. Health and economic crises collude and feed on each other; the roots and effects of homelessness become chronic and debilitating; and, for too many, life shortening.

Embedded within the circumstance of homelessness lies a health care emergency which takes decades off the expected life span of the affected population; in 2014, the average age at passing for the homeless and once-homeless of New London was 42 years.

The impacts of homelessness reach far beyond the time spent without home or shelter, beyond the time of distress and resolution of immediate need. Even after life has returned to a normalcy of secure housing and steady routine, the health and well-being of a once homeless person is often gravely effected. This memorial seeks to bring light to the ongoing crises of care and wellness that lies beneath the surface of this continuing social dilemma.

The 2015 Homeless Memorial is sponsored by St. Francis House and the New London Homeless Hospitality Center. Inquiries should be directed to Len Raymond at: 860-460-8752, or email: lenraymond@yahoo.com.

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Mystic Seaport to Host Annual Community Carol Sing Today; Free Admission with Canned Good

MS-Carol-Sing_2The annual Community Carol Sing at Mystic Seaport will be held Sunday, Dec. 20. The Museum will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item or cash donation. All contributions will be donated to and distributed by the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center.

The Mystic Seaport Carolers will perform a holiday concert in the Greenmanville Church at 2 p.m. The Carol Sing will commence at the Museum’s new McGraw Gallery Quadrangle at 3 p.m. It will be led by choral director Jamie Spillane and backed by the Carolers and a brass quartet.

The Treworgy Planetarium will present “The Star of Bethlehem” at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. The free program explores the winter skies, merging science, mythology, religious observance, winter traditions and music.

Additionally, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the award-winning exhibit “Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude” on loan from the National Maritime Museum, London through March 28, 2016, and to view the Mayflower II in the Museum’s shipyard, where she is undergoing restoration. The Plimoth Plantation ship will be at Mystic Seaport through the spring.

For more information, visit www.mysticseaport.org/carolsing.

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