October 17, 2017

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.



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.


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.


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

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.


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.  


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.


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.


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


‘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


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.




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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


Eastern Connecticut Ballet Performs ‘Nutcracker’ at the Garde Today


Share the magic and pageantry of one of the world’s most beloved ballet with friends and family of all ages at the Garde Arts Center tonight, Dec. 12, and tomorrow afternoon, Dec. 13.

New York City Ballet (NYCB) star Sara Mearns, “the great American ballerina of our time,” returns to the Garde Arts Center in New London for another great performance with Eastern Connecticut Ballet (ECB). New London’s own “Nutcracker” is both a holiday tradition and a tour de force.

Sharing the spotlight are guest artists from NYCB and Pennsylvania Ballet and more than 100 professionally trained dancers from ECB. Thirty-five musicians from Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Paul Polivnick, perform Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece. Live music and classic ballet in the tradition of Balanchine will make this “Nutcracker” unforgettable.

Performances are Saturday Dec 12, at 1:30 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at The Garde Box Office. Call 860-444-7373 x1 or visit gardearts.org.


Old Lyme Library BookCellar’s Holiday Sale Continues Today

booksSale to Feature Recent Major Donation of Rare, Collectible Books

The BookCellar at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes (OLPGN) Library is pleased to invite the community to its annual Holiday Book Sale this weekend.  More than 5,000 books sorted by category, including many rare and collectible books recently donated from a private collection, will be offered.  As a result of this donation, several special categories will be offered, including the Civil War, World War I, World War II and numerous biographies, which enable the sale to be extended over a two-day period this year.

The Preview Reception & Sale, which features a wine and cheese reception, will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a $10 admission fee, which includes a one-year membership to the Friends of OLPGN organization.  The General Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Old Lyme High School Select Singers will perform holiday and seasonal music at 2 p.m., and a craft activity will be available for children, enabling parents to shop freely.  Admission on Saturday is free, with complimentary refreshments provided.

There will be books from all genres – from Children’s and Young Adults to Art and Photography, the Classics, History and Biography, small gift books and large coffee table books.  There is a huge collection of First Edition hardcover books, many with protective Mylar covers.

Dealers are welcome and there are no buyer restrictions.  Most prices will range from $2 to $5, with a special bargain table with books priced under one dollar.   All proceeds benefit the Library.

So kick off this year’s Holiday Season by supporting your local library and give the best gift there is – books!

Check this link for more information about the sale. 

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street. Fall hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If the Library’s parking lot is full, additional spaces are available on Lyme Street. There is also a lot behind the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall across the street from the Library.

For more information about the library or questions about the sale, call 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org.


Niantic Holiday Stroll Takes Place This Afternoon

Kick-start your holiday season in Niantic today at the 12th Annual Niantic Main Street Holiday Stroll. This family-friendly day features horse-drawn carriage rides, complimentary hot cider and cocoa on the green, a “Snow-Flake Drop” featuring discounts and giveaways at local shops and restaurants, and last, but not least, the arrival of Santa on a shiny red fire truck just in time for a tree lighting ceremony beginning at 5:00 pm on Liberty Green in the heart of Niantic Village.

Schedule of Events and Activities:
3-7 p.m. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides
3-7 p.m. Store and restaurant specials
3-7 p.m. Children’s arts & crafts at the Police Dept w/ EL Youth Services
3-4:30 p.m. S’more stations
3-4:30 p.m. Letter writing to Santa at the Children’s Museum of SE CT
4-5:30 p.m. Meet ‘n’ Greet with Eastern Connecticut’s Ballet’s Nutcracker and Clara from “The Nutcracker” at Sage & Sandalwood
5:00-5:30 p.m. Countdown to the tree lighting / Snowflake Drop / Arrival of Santa
5:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and letter delivery
Children can bring their yearly letters and wish lists to Santa for bringing back to the North Pole, or they can stop in to the Children’s Museum to craft their letter. Visits with Santa are free; parents are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the moment.


‘Safe Futures’ Men’s Initiative Presents ‘The Mask You Live In’ at Conn. College, Sunday at 1pm

Safe Futures, Think S.A.F.E. and the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund will be hosting a local screening of The Mask You Live In on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. at Olin Hall, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue in New London. After the screening, there will be panel discussion led by Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer, Community Educator at Safe Futures. The free event is open to the public. Men, teens and boys are especially encouraged to attend.

For more information and to pre-register, visit www.SafeFuturesCT.org.

The documentary presents the personal narratives of young boys and men and features experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media, further exploring how gender stereotypes are interconnected with race, class, and circumstance. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Written, produced and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.

Safe Futures is pleased to partner with the Think S.A.F.E. Project at Connecticut College and the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund/Power of Purple Campaign to present the screening. The screening is a constructive way to involve men and boys in conversations about the role men play in ending violence against women.

“Just as our culture has harmed women and girls, so too are we harming our boys, which has led to a ‘boy crisis’ in America,” said Newsom. “Our intention is that this film sparks a national conversation around masculinity and helps our boys overcome limiting stereotypes, encouraging them to stay true to themselves.”

“When we heard about the film, we immediately became interested in hosting a screening locally. Safe Futures has had a Men Against Domestic Violence campaign for over 20 years. More recently, Patrick Sheehan-Gaumer joined our staff to move our men’s initiative to a new level,” says Emma Palzere-Rae, Director of Development and Communications at Safe Futures. “This screening will be just one of several ongoing activities to involve men in being a part of the solution in ending domestic violence.”

Safe Futures has previously screened Newsom’s first film Miss Representation in partnership with its Rose Conrad Memorial Fund, Writers Block Ink and the Provenance Center. Miss Representation premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and exposed the ways in which mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. In response to overwhelming public demand for ongoing education and social action in support of the film’s message, Newsom founded the organization that has become The Representation Project a few months later.

Using film as a catalyst for cultural transformation, The Representation Project inspires individuals and communities to challenge and overcome limiting stereotypes so that everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their human potential. Take the pledge and join The Representation Project’s movement at www.therepresentationproject.org.

Safe Futures, founded in 1976 as the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut, operates two 24-hour hotlines, an emergency shelter and a transitional living program for families working to rebuild lives shattered by domestic violence or sexual assault.  Safe Futures also provides legal assistance, counseling and advocacy, case management, support groups and educational programs for schools as well as community groups.  All 21 towns in New London County are served by the agency.

During 2014, Safe Futures sheltered 166 women, children and men fleeing abuse in its safe house or other safe shelter; provided free, confidential counseling to 5,130 clients seeking assistance for domestic violence and sexual assault; and educated over 4,300 students in violence prevention education.  A hotline and shelter services are available 24/7/365.  For more information, visit www.SafeFuturesCT.org.

Safe Futures is part of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV).  Safe Futures is also a Partner Agency of United Way and its programs are funded in part by the State of Connecticut’s Departments of Social Service, Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Office of Victim Services, Judicial Branch.

About the Think S.A.F.E. Project

The Think S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault-Free Environment) Project at Connecticut College envisions a safe campus climate that is free of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence ‌and stalking. To that end, our mission is to partner with campus members and community agencies to foster individual and collective action to end sexual and relationship violence by:

  • Promoting a greater awareness and consciousness regarding sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking.
  • Providing violence prevention education and intervention strategies to the campus community.
  • Fostering a safe environment where survivors are empowered to access resources.
  • Providing advocacy and support to survivors and their allies through a coordinated community response effort.

Think S.A.F.E. is an intentional collaboration with faculty, staff, students and community partners to foster an environment that truly engages students to act with integrity, civility and the utmost respect for the dignity of all human beings, as inspired by the Connecticut College Honor Code.

About the Rose Conrad Memorial Fund

The Rose Conrad Memorial Fund was founded in 2005 by Rose’s attorney, Sheila Horvitz, to memorialize her life and dedicate resources to the issue of domestic violence, which Rose’s life and death symbolize. On Labor Day 2004, in Norwich, CT, Rose Conrad was killed in a murder-suicide by her husband, a day before their divorce would be final. The fund is particularly interested in including the criminal justice, legal, education, medical and mental health communities in their work in order to prevent domestic violence which damages the lives and healthy development of children and families.

In its mission to raise awareness, educate and take action for change, the fund partners with Safe Futures and Hadassah of Eastern Connecticut in the Power of Purple Campaign, which annually presents a community forum and an awareness walk.