December 4, 2020

Death of Constance Lucille Duperry Sapia Announced,

OLD LYME — Connie, 93, was the youngest of 11 children born to Aime and Alma Cyr Duperry in Van Buren, Maine. French was her first language and her family moved to Hartford, CT when she was in high school. She graduated from Bulkeley High. She leaves her brother Edmond, 100; and is predeceased by her siblings: Sister Cecile and Sister Rose (Good Shepherd Sisters), Thomas, Beatrice, Claire, Alexina, Florence, Lawrence, and Armand …

,,, We were able to honor Mom’s request to stay in her own home in Old Lyme, thanks to the care she received from her children, especially Sal and his son, Caleb, who lived with her,

… Connie loved to swim alongside her family and could be seen taking a dip at Hawk’s Nest Beach into her 90’s.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Nov. 23, in Hartford Courant.

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Free, Drive-Thru COVID Testing at Lymes’ Senior Center This Afternoon

Photo courtesy of CVS.

OLD LYME — On Friday, Dec. 4, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is hosting a ‘pop-up,’ drive-thru COVID-testing center at Lymes’ Senior Center at 26 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme, from 2 to 5 p.m.

A free PCR test will be administered. Results typically take 24 to 72 hours.

You do not need to be experiencing symptoms or have a doctor’s order.

Children can be tested as long as a parent/guardian is with them to provide consent.

There is no fee and your insurance will not be billed.

Everyone is welcome and pre-registration is not required.

Note that demand for testing is very high right now. LLHD is working to provide testing to everyone who wants to be tested but there are limited resources. You should therefore expect a long wait time at all testing events – LLHD appreciates your patience and understanding.

Complimentary COVID Testing Transportation is available and provides free accessible transportation to COVID test sites in the district seven days per week. Trips must begin in Clinton, Chester, Durham, Essex, East Haddam, Deep River, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook and may be to any testing site in those towns. Any resident regardless of age or ability is eligible, and up to four people may travel together.

Trips must be booked at least one day in advance by calling Curtin Transportation at 860-443-1655 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are available upon request.

Face coverings are required when riding.

Full program details are available at www.estuarytransit.org.

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Dec. 3 COVID Update: Old Lyme Reports Cumulative Total of 88 Confirmed Cases, Lyme Climbs to 24

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LYME/OLD LYME — UPDATED 12/4, 10am: In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

Ledge Light Health Department (LLHD) issued their weekly COVID-19 Report this morning, Friday, Dec. 4. It shows that in the past two weeks, Old Lyme had 20 new confirmed cases and Lyme eight. It also details that 864 Old Lyme residents had molecular tests and antigen tests while the equivalent number for Lyme residents was 254.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Thursday afternoon, Dec. 3, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15. This rate does not include cases or tests among residents of nursing home, assisted living, or correctional facilities.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 88 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of four confirmed cases over the 84 cases reported Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,212.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Dec.3 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/15 through 11/28, Old Lyme had 14 cases in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data was updated Dec. 3.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 19.4, reflecting a decrease from the previously reported two-week-rate of 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 22 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 24 cases.

This represents an increase of one in the number of confirmed and no change in the number of probable cases over those reported Wednesday, Dec. 2.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 720.

The Dec. 3 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/15 through 11/28, Lyme had 7 cases in Week 1 and 1 in Week 2. This data was updated Dec. 3.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 24.4 reflecting an increase from the previously reported two-week-rate of 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Friday, Dec. 4.

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Learn How to Make a ‘Kissing Ball’ in Zoom Presentation, Thursday; Register by Tomorrow

LYME — On Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, the Lyme Garden Club and the Hadlyme Garden Club present “Design & Create a Holiday Kissing Ball,” a Zoom presentation by Nancy Ballek.

Plan and design your own holiday Kissing Ball with the provided selection of  greens, ribbons and decorations. Ballek will begin with a demonstration to teach you how to shape and decorate the kissing ball.

All participants will complete a beautiful 8” Kissing Ball of their own composition using the materials provided.

Class will be limited to 20 participants and the materials  fee is $15 per person.

Register for the program to receive the Zoom invitation by Saturday, Dec. 5 at programreg@lymepl.org or call the library at 860-434-2272

Collect your workshop materials at the Library  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 9 or  10. Your box of materials will be ready for pick up at the library entrance with your name on the box. Keep the materials in a cool  place until you are ready to make the project with  Ballek on Zoom, Thursday.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants and there will be a  $15 fee for the materials due when you pick the box up at the library entrance. Make checks payable to: The Friends of the Lyme Public  Library (FLPL).

 

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Lyme Academy Hosts Holiday Tree-Lighting, Dec. 11

Lyme Academy Instructor Rick Lacey assisted with the installation of last year’s holiday tree.

OLD LYME — Lyme Academy of Fine Arts will host its second Annual Holiday Tree-Lighting Friday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in front of the historic Sill House on the Academy’s campus. All are welcome.

This event will bring the happiness of the holidays to Lyme Street with twinkling lights, festive music, and a small gift for children that attend.

Masks are mandatory and social distancing will be required, so it will not only be joyful but also safe.

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is located at 84 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

 

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Death Announced of Beverly P. Hendryx; Talented, Dedicated Educator in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

OLD LYME – A beloved mother, grandmother and teacher, Beverly P. Hendryx passed away Nov. 24, 2020. She was born Aug. 1, 1948.

She is survived by her son Andrew B. Hendryx IV, daughter-in-law Virginia, and granddaughter Ophelia.

Beverly graduated from the University of Connecticut and earned her master’s degree in education from Central Connecticut State University where she later taught at the graduate level. A talented and dedicated educator, her expertise lay in the field of educational enrichment. For over forty years she enhanced the lives of countless families and children with her gift of harnessing and nurturing the enthusiasm of the most inquisitive and precocious students. Beverly proudly finished her career at Lyme Consolidated near her home in the town of Old Lyme …

Services will be held at a later date …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Dec. 2, in The Day.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools BOE Meets This Evening, Election of Board Officers to be Held

OLD LYME — NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION: The Region 18 Board of Education meets this evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium for its regular monthly meeting. The agenda includes the election of board officers for the upcoming year.

The public is welcome. Masks are required. Observance of social distancing guidelines is mandatory.

Visit this link to view the agenda for the meeting.

A live stream of the meeting can be reached at this link.

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Dec.1 COVID Update: Old Lyme’s Cumulative Confirmed Cases Climb to 82, Lyme Holds at 23

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LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, which includes current data up to the previous evening.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 1, for data as at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 82 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of two confirmed cases over the 80 cases reported Monday, Nov. 30.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,103.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Dec.1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 21 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 23 cases.

This represents no change in the number of confirmed or probable cases over those reported Monday, Nov. 30.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 670.

The Dec. 1 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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A la Carte: Welcome December With a Wonderful Winter Entrée

Lee White

Many decades ago, we spent a New Jersey weekend with my husband’s friend, a radiologist. I call him my husband’s friend because, once my husband died, I exited that friendship because I basically detested him.

In any case, this man talked about his radiologic partner and noted that he couldn’t stand the partner’s wife. Always curious, I asked what his wife was like. “A bitch,” he said. “Did she work,” I asked. “Nah,” he snorted. “She baked muffins or cookies. Something like that,” I then realized that she was, indeed, Rose Levy Barenbaum, one of the finest pastry chefs in the world and author, at that time, of “The Cake Bible,” the first cookbook that garnered a million dollar advance

Rose and I became friends and are, to this day, very close. Her books line my bookshelves. If you have used any of her books, you can’t miss with her careful recipes, which not only include what to do but what not to do. For a few of her cookbooks, she has asked me to test recipes.

I hope someday she will meet my new friend, Richard Swanson. Richard works at The Day and, if he decided to write cookbooks, all his recipes would be as perfect as Rose’s. He writes every recipe and reworks with every ingredient multiple times. He has entered food contests and wins!

By the time he gives me something to taste, he has probably done the same three or four or 20 times. You will love his wonderful winter entrée. 

Pork Cider Stew with Rutabaga, Potatoes and Cabbage
From Richard Swanson, Waterford, CT

1 ½ pounds pork loin
Olive oil or canola oil
1 ½ cups Vidalia (or sweet) onions
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups diced rutabaga2 cups diced russet potatoes
1 small bag Dole shredded coleslaw mix with carrots (about 4 cups)
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
4 cups apple cider (unfermented)
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon caraway seed
½ teaspoon white pepper

Place 1 tablespoon oil into a Dutch oven and brown pork loin over medium heat (or on the sauté function if you are using your Instant Pot).*

Toss onion and garlic around pork and continue to cook covered until translucent, then pour chicken broth and braise the pork loin for 20 minutes covered.

Remove pork loin and place aside. Pour water, apple cider and spices into the pot and add rutabaga, potatoes and cole slaw mix. (Rich does not add the dressing packet.) Simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes until rutabaga and potatoes are almost fork tender.

In the meantime, dice the pork loin add it to the pot to reheat the meat. To thicken the broth: at the end of the cooking, pull about a cup of the veggies mix out of the mix and blend them with a little bit of broth in a blender or immersion stick blender to make a thick paste. (Lee: I might mix this with a tablespoon of cornstarch and add it to the stew at high heat.)

Add the paste back into the pot and stir. Salt to taste and serve.

*Instant Pot option: you can use the pressure cooker function on the Instant Pot to completely tenderize the pork and cook the vegetables until tender, but be careful you don’t turn the potatoes and rutabaga into mush.

About the author: Lee White has been writing about restaurants and cooking since 1976 and has been extensively published in the Worcester (Mass.) Magazine, The Day, Norwich Bulletin, and Hartford Courant. She currently writes Nibbles and a cooking column called A La Carte for LymeLine.com and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day.

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Nov. 30 COVID Update: Old Lyme Hits 80 Confirmed COVID Cases; Lyme Increases to 21 Confirmed, Two Probable

Map of Connecticut dated Nov. 30 showing both Lyme and Old Lyme in the CT DPH-identified ‘Red Zones.’ These are defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the serious rise in Coronavirus cases, we have started a new daily update reporting confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Lyme and Old Lyme. The state is now issuing a COVID-19 metric report daily around 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Connecticut Department of Health (CT DPH) does not give any details of the age of those infected, their gender or the date the case was confirmed.

The Daily Data Report for Connecticut issued by CT DPH Monday afternoon, Nov. 30, (no report was issued Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28 and 29) shows the following:

Both Lyme and Old Lyme remain in the state-identified ‘Red Zone,’ defined as when the Average Daily Rate of COVID-19 Cases Among Persons Living in Community Settings per 100,000 Population By Town exceeds 15.

OLD LYME now has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 80 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This represents an increase of two confirmed cases over the 78 cases reported Friday, Nov. 27.

The number of Old Lyme residents tested is 3,072.

There have been two fatalities in Old Lyme.

The Nov. 30 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from 11/08 through 11/21, Old Lyme had 15 cases in Week 1 and 9 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 23.3. A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

LYME has a cumulative total (since the outbreak began) of 21 confirmed cases and two probable cases, making a total of 23 cases.

This represents an increase of one confirmed case and no change in the number of probable cases over those reported Friday, Nov. 27.

There have been no fatalities in Lyme.

The number of Lyme residents tested is 662.

The Nov. 27 report issued by CT DPH shows that during the two-week reporting period from11/08 through 11/21, Lyme had 1 case in Week 1 and 6 in Week 2. This data has not been updated, however, since Nov. 25.

The case rate for 100,000 population is 21.4.  A case rate of 15 or more cases per 100,000 population places a town in the state’s ‘Red Zone.’

The COVID-19 metric report is issued by the state once per day, every Monday through Friday. The report that is issued each Monday contains combined data that was collected on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The state will issue its next report Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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Old Lyme’s Kindness Committee Launches Holiday Decorating Contest for Home Exteriors

Who will win the inaugural Holiday Decorating Contest launched by Old Lyme’s Kindness Committee? Photo by James Wheeler on Unsplash.

OLD LYME — In an innovative response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Old Lyme Kindness Committee is hosting a holiday decorating contest to spread cheer and joy in a socially-distanced manner throughout the town.

Old Lyme residents are invited to participate by decorating the outside of their homes, following the directions below.

A list of all participating homes will be maintained on the Town of Old Lyme website so that the public can drive by and enjoy the decorations. Naturally, residents are welcome to decorate for whichever holiday you celebrate.

It is hoped participants will have fun decorating their homes and all residents will look forward to driving around town to check out the displays.

Entering the Contest:

To participate in the contest, email selectmansoffice@oldlyme-ct.gov and provide your street address. Residents must register to enter the contest by Thursday, Dec. 10, and have their decorations in place by that date to be included.

Voting:

Voting will be held online from Dec. 16 through Dec. 30. The top three winners in terms of votes received will be announced shortly after voting ends.

Prizes:

The Hangry GooseThe Chocolate Shell, and The Bowerbird have each generously donated a $20 gift certificate as contest prizes. The first place winner will choose the gift certificate of their preference, the second place winner will follow suit, and then the third place winner will receive the remaining gift certificate.

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Lyme Church Invites Community to Virtual ‘Blue Christmas’ Service, Dec. 9

Photo by Kacper Szczechla on Unsplash

LYME — The First Congregational Church of Lyme invites the community to its virtual Blue Christmas service scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

This simple service is one that recognizes all those that mourn, worry or wait during the Christmas season. It is a service of candles, music and prayer, and is open to all.

It will be held via Zoom at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3295485601.

For more information about the First Congregational Church of Lyme, visit the church’s website.

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Lyme-Old Lyme HS Moves to Fully Remote Learning due to New COVID Cases, Plans to Reopen Dec. 7

Lyme-Old Lyme High School is moving to a fully remote learning model for week commencing Nov. 30.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser sent out an email Friday afternoon to faculty, staff, students and parents saying, ” Over the last two days we have become aware of two other probable cases of COVID-19 at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS.)”

He continued, “As such, LOLHS will move to a full remote learning model beginning Monday, Nov. 30, and will plan to resume full in person learning on Monday, Dec. 7.

 

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Lyme Church Urges Community to ‘Light a Candle for Hope’

LYME — Light a candle for hope!

As the days get shorter, and life during a pandemic gets more and more wearisome, many of us are looking for signs of hope anywhere that we might find them. Lyme Church would invites all residents of Lyme to join what is hoped will be a community-wide celebration of hope by lighting a candle for hope throughout the month of December.

You might light a candle inside your home, but church leaders would also like you to consider lighting a candle outside, so that others driving or walking past might take comfort in your hope, as well.

Don’t have a luminary? Check out the simple directions to make one with common household items at this link: https://youtu.be/TmAON87-KaQ. These tin-can luminaries can be lit with battery powered candles or even fairy lights to make them more fire-safe.

Lyme Church leaders hope you will join in sharing the light of hope all over the community, and hope that, in turn, you will feel growing hope in your own hearts in the weeks to come.

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Lyme Land Trust Presents Virtual Program on Fisher Cats, Thursday

Learn about the elusive fisher cat in a program presented by Lyme Land Trust.

LYME — Lyme Land Trust invites its members as well as the general public to a fascinating program about the elusive fisher cat, a member of the weasel family.

The program titled, Fisher in Connecticut, will take place Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

When you register at this link, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom program. Registration is required.

Paul Colburn, a certified Master Wildlife Conservationist, will present an overview of the fisher habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts.

This program is free and open to all, made possible with funding from the Friends of the Lyme Public Library.

For more information, call the Lyme Public Library at 860 434-2272.

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LYSB Hosts ‘Stress Happens’ Program on ‘Building Stronger Connections at Home,’ Thursday

Erica Cuni, LMFT

LYME/OLD LYME — Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts the fourth and final part of a series titled, ‘Stress Happens,’ Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

The program covers, ‘Building Stronger Connections in Your Home,’ and is presented by Erica Cuni, LMFT, known as “The Burnout Professor.”

Cuni is a clinical therapist, Reiki master, mediation facilitator, graduate professor, and fellow burnout survivor.

Register for the Dec. 3 program at this link. You will then receive the Zoom link in return.

This 12-step roadmap is what every parent wishes for – how to help their child navigate stress. It is possible to level up your child’s stress management game without worrying about insurance, diagnosis, medication (or moving to Bali for a year long retreat.)

Each meeting will have actionable steps for you to practice to help deal with burnout and stress. There is no requirement to have attended the previous meetings in the series to join this one.

This program is for any age.

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Lyme Ambulance Members Help Brownies Earn First Aid Badge

Brownie Girl Scout Troop 67074 members listen attentively to Lyme Ambulance Deputy Chief  Ariana Eaton and EMR/Driver Erik Eisensmith during a presentation related to the girls’ efforts to obtain their First Aid badges. Photo submitted.

LYME — Members of Lyme Ambulance Association met with Brownie Girl Scout Troop 67974 from Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) to teach the girls about first aid, 911 calls and how to act in case of emergencies.

Erik Eisensmith, EMR/Driver, and Ariana Eaton, Deputy Chief, had an ambulance on hand to show the tools and equipment ambulances carry to help the LOL community and what the different colors of lights mean in emergency vehicles.
This training session, during which all COVID protocols were followed, helped the Brownie Girl Scouts earn their First Aid badges.
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SECWAC Presents ‘America and the World in the Biden Era’ with Peter Beinart, Dec. 9

Professor Peter Beinart

LYME/OLD LYME — Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents its final program of 2020 when Peter Beinart discusses “America and the World in the Biden Era,” Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m.

This will be a virtual program via Zoom. Registration is required. The link to join will be emailed with your registration confirmation. If you are new to Zoom virtual meetings and would like to learn more about how to join, visit zoom.us for more information. Also feel free to call 860-912-5718 for technical advice prior to the event.

It will not be possible to resolve issues during the meeting. A link to the recording will be shared via email following the meeting.

Professor Beinart will outline his thoughts on key foreign policy issues that await President-Elect Biden, including that China will likely dominate his term as president and that he will attempt to return to the Iran deal.

In the former, there is a tension between his desire to be tougher than Obama and the need for cooperation on climate change, while the latter will likely produce a huge fight with Republicans, Israel, and the Gulf States. One area where Biden feels he can make progress is with an aid package for Central America.

Beinart is Professor of Journalism and Political Science at the City University of New York. He is also a Contributing Opinion Writer at The New York Times, a CNN Political Commentator, Editor-at-Large of Jewish Currents, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

His books include The Good Fight (2006), The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris (2010), and The Crisis of Zionism (2012). Beinart has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the Atlantic, Newsweek, Slate, Reader’s Digest, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Polity: the Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Studies Association.

The Week magazine named him columnist of the year for 2004. In 2005, he gave the Theodore H. White lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He has recently launched “The Beinart Notebook”, a newsletter comprising a digest of his recent writing and commentary to be found at https://peterbeinart.substack.com/about

Beinart graduated from Yale University, winning a Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at Oxford University.  After graduating from University College, Oxford, Beinart became The New Republic‘s managing editor in 1995.  He became senior editor in 1997, and from 1999 to 2006 served as the magazine’s Editor.

Editor’s Note: SECWAC is a membership organization. A guest of a member may attend once as a complimentary guest. Thereafter, there is a $20 walk-in fee. Annual membership is $85 per person, or $25 for Young Professionals under 35. Membership is always FREE for students and educators. Corporate memberships are available for $1,000 (unlimited memberships for employees of member organization – contact us for more details). Learn more and download the application here.

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Boost Your Immunity with Program from Old Lyme Library, Dec. 9

OLD LYME — What we eat matters!
Boost your immune defense in the kitchen. Learn nutritional strategies to maximize your immune system’s potential as we head into the winter months.
Join the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation by Trish Lynch, a registered dietitian, to learn about the benefits and attributes of different foods.
Click here to register for this virtual program and receive a Zoom link.
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Musical Masterworks Presents Beethoven String Quartets, Tickets on Sale Now for Video Available in January

Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron will play the cello in the Beethoven works being performed live in a December concert and also recorded for release to ticket-holders in January. Photo by Hak-Soo Kim.

OLD LYME — Musical Masterworks celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday in December when Edward Arron, Artistic Director and cellist, along with his colleagues James Ehnes, violin;  Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin; and Che-Yen Chen, viola, will perform three string quartets by Beethoven, spanning nearly 30 years of his life and demonstrating the full arc of his remarkable compositional evolution.

This performance will be filmed in mid-December and the link to the virtual concert will be made available to ticket buyers Jan. 2, 2021.  The video can be enjoyed for three weeks and watched as many times as one wishes. 

Ticket holders will be able to experience Musical Masterworks in a whole new way. The group’s audio-video production team will create an intimate concert experience, providing a virtual front row seat featuring the performers’ artistry.

Edward Arron shared his thoughts about this concert, “We are honored to dedicate this performance to the great master. While under current circumstances, we are not able to reconstitute the full cycle of quartets that we had planned for last spring, we are delighted to provide this fascinating window into the extraordinary compositional mind of Beethoven.”

In 2021, Musical Masterworks will welcome back many favorite artists, including Rieko Aizawa, Todd Palmer, Jeewon Park, Randall Scarlata, Gilles Vonsattel, and Tessa Lark, featuring music from Bach to Corigliano.

Musical Masterworks’ season runs through May 2021.  To purchase a video mini-subscription ($100 each), individual video tickets ($40 each), or student tickets ($5 each), visit Musical Masterworks at Musical Masterworks at www.musicalmasterworks.org or call 860.434.2252.

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