April 5, 2020

No Church? No Problem … Christ The King Plans to Livestream This Morning’s 10:30am Mass

Chrict the King Church in Old Lyme will live stream its 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday morning.

OLD LYME — An Executive Order from Governor Lamont aimed at preventing the spread of Coronavirus is stopping the parishioners of Christ the King Church from gathering in their church in Old Lyme this Sunday morning (March 22) to celebrate mass. Undeterred, church members have come up with a novel way to enable all worshippers to celebrate mass together in their separate locations.

Father Joe and Father Walter will concelebrate mass Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. and the service will be livestreamed via the Zoom app. Music will be provided live by Christ the King Music Directot Bill Thomas from his home.

Parishioners can log on from their homes to watch, listen, and participate using a computer, tablet or smartphone. The free Zoom app must be downloaded first and then the following information used to log into the mass:

Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/620789800?pwd=bUpEZmRSdWNpeFRBSXZmSW5RZWtoZz09
Meeting ID: 620 789 800
Password: 078561

As this is the first time an attempt has been made to livestream a mass at Christ the King, patience is respectfully requested if any glitches should occur.

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Lyme Selectmen Issue Call for Volunteers; Also, Info on Help for Vulnerable Residents, How to Stay Informed

Lyme Town Hall

The Lyme Board of Selectmen have issued the following updates:

Call for Volunteers

The coronavirus is the biggest public health challenge Lyme has faced in generations.  The board wants to make sure none of our vulnerable residents are facing this challenge alone.

In preparation for anticipated needs in days ahead, the Town of Lyme is issuing a call for volunteers who are willing and able to help isolated individuals in our community.  We anticipate a need for volunteers who can pick up and deliver groceries, medications and other supplies; and volunteers who can offer ongoing emotional support by phone or email. In the future, there may be additional ways that you can help.

The volunteer coordination effort will be led by our Social Services Director and our Town Clerk, supported by our Emergency Management Department and Second Selectman.

Email the Lyme Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org if you are willing to help.  She will be compiling a list of resident volunteers.  If you have other expertise you think may be valuable in serving others during the coming days, mention that in your email.

Help for Vulnerable Community Residents

The Town of Lyme is continuing its preparations to help its most vulnerable citizens through the days ahead.

The Town has a list of the community’s most vulnerable residents, which has long been maintained by our Social Services Director and the Emergency Management Department. The board wants to make sure, however, that no one who is isolated and vulnerable in the community is overlooked in the coming days.

If you know someone in Lyme who is isolated – or if you, yourself, are a vulnerable individual as a result of your age or other reason – notify the Town Clerk at townclerk@townlyme.org.  If you do not have access to email, call Town Hall at 860-434-7733.

Stay Informed …

The Town website is being updated regularly with the latest news and information.

  • For the latest word on the Town of Lyme’s public health response to the coronavirus, click here.
  • For the current status of town facilities, click here.
  • For other important community updates related to the coronavirus, click here. All residents are encouraged to sign up for the Town email list on the website’s home page to receive important public health updates by email.
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Carney Summarizes Lamont’s Latest Executive Order Detailing Business Restrictions Starting Monday; Also, Gives More COVID-19 General Updates

State Representative Devin Carney (R-23rd)

LYME/OLD LYME — State Representative Devin Carney (R-23), whose District includes Lyme and Old Lyme, issued the following statement earlier this morning, which summarizes Gov. Lamont’s most recent Excutive Order and gives other pertinent COVID-19 information.

“Governor Lamont today signed his ninth executive order pursuant to his emergency declaration, taking further actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut.

This order:

  • Places restrictions on workplaces for non-essential businesses. This goes into effect Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. through Wednesday, April 22, 2020,
  • Under this restriction, all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ.
  • Non-essential businesses or non-essential not-for-profit entities shall reduce their in-person workforce at any workplace locations by 100% not later than March 23, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

**Important note for businesses who are deemed non-essential**

Any other business may be deemed essential after requesting an opinion from DECD, which shall review and grant such request, should it determine that it is in the best interest of the state to have the workforce continue at full capacity to properly respond to this emergency.

Any essential business or entity providing essential goods, services or functions shall not be subject to these in-person restrictions.

Not later than 8 p.m. on March 22, 2020, the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) shall issue lawfully binding guidance about which businesses are essential.

Those ESSENTIAL businesses to remain OPEN shall include, but not be limited to:

  • Essential retail, including GROCERY STORES and big-box stores or wholesale clubs, provided they also sell groceries;
  • Food and beverage retailers (including liquor/package stores and manufacturer permittees) and restaurants, provided they comply with previous and future executive orders issued during the existing declared public health and civil preparedness emergency;
  • PHARMACIES, gas stations and convenience stores;
  • Essential health care operations including HOSPITALS, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, elder care and home health care workers,
  • Companies and institutions involved in the research and development, manufacture, distribution, warehousing, and supplying of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology therapies, health care data, consumer health products, medical devices, diagnostics, equipment, services and any other healthcare related supplies or services;
  • Essential infrastructure, including utilities, wastewater and drinking water, telecommunications, airports and transportation infrastructure;
  • Manufacturing, including food processing, pharmaceuticals, and industries supporting the essential services required to meet national security commitments to the federal government and U.S. Military;
  • The defense industrial base, including aerospace, mechanical and software engineers, manufacturing/production workers, aircraft and weapon system mechanics and maintainers;
  • Essential services including trash and recycling collection, hauling, and processing, mail and shipping services;
  • News media;
  • Legal and accounting services;
  • Banks, insurance companies, check cashing services, and other financial institutions;
  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations;
  • Construction;
  • Vendors of essential services and goods necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses, including pest control and landscaping services;
  • Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and the provision of goods, services or functions necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the public.

To read this executive order, click here.

To see an update on Connecticut’s coronavirus response efforts, click here.

State launches framework for the donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

At the direction of Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the state has activated a framework for donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – protective clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection that are utilized by people providing healthcare services.

Members of the public, businesses, and philanthropic organizations that wish to donate these vital materials should fill out the online form located at www.211ct.org/DonationsCOVID19.

United Way 2-1-1 of Connecticut will be working with DPH to collect the input of donation requests and will ensure that donated items are appropriate for the needs of hospitals and long-term care facilities.

The specific items being requested by the state at this time include:

  • N95 Respirators
  • Face Masks/Surgical Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Surgical Gowns
  • Gloves (nitrile, or non-latex)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermometer Covers (if applicable to type of thermometer)
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Other Medical Items

This donation framework will remain in place to support additional donation efforts in the future.

Department of Revenue Services extends filing and payment deadlines for personal income tax returns to July 15, 2020

At the direction of Governor Ned Lamont, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) is extending the filing and payment deadline for personal income tax returns 90 days, to July 15, 2020. The extension also applies to Connecticut estimated income tax payments for the first and second quarters of 2020.

This extension for Connecticut personal income tax return filing and payment aligns with the U.S. Treasury’s announcement earlier Friday, where it indicated federal income tax filings and payments would be extended until July 15, 2020.

Connecticut taxpayers who are owed a refund may still file with DRS. The easiest way to file – and the fastest way to receive a refund – is through online filing, including via the DRS online Taxpayer Service Center, which is easy, secure, and free to use. Since Connecticut’s personal income tax return begins with federal Adjusted Gross Income, it is often beneficial to complete one’s federal income tax return first.

Taxpayers are encouraged to visit the DRS website, where additional updates will be posted.

Governor Lamont and DECD speak with 5,000 small business owners and leaders about the impact of COVID-19 on businesses

Yesterday, Governor Lamont and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) David Lehman hosted a conference call with over 5,000 small business owners and leaders from throughout the state to discuss what the state has done and is planning to do to support businesses impacted by COVID-19. During the call, the governor discussed the state’s new bridge-loan program that is being set up to help small and medium-sized businesses. Details continue to be finalized, and more information is anticipated to be released next week.

To listen to the full audio of the hour-long conference call, visit the state’s COVID-19 business resource page.

Earlier this week, DECD launched the COVID-19 Business Emergency Response Unit, which will be dedicated to help businesses in Connecticut navigate the resources available to them during this crisis. Small businesses seeking guidance can reach this unit by calling 860-500-2333.

DMV announces series of additional extensions and waivers for vehicle registrations, emissions testing, and other credentials

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced that it is adding vehicle registrations, emissions testing, and several other items to the extension period for Connecticut residents with expiring credentials. In addition to extending the expiration date of DMV credentials, late fees associated with eligible expired credentials and compliance issues will also be waived during this extension period.

The extensions announced today apply to vehicle and boat registrations, emissions testing, new residents, disabled parking placards, business licenses, suspension-related matters, inspections, school bus proficiency tests, and flashing light permits.

For specific information on today’s announcements and details about each of these extension periods, click here.

Businesses experiencing issues regarding supply chains, delivery of goods, or business continuity should contact FEMA’s emergency operations center

The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is encouraging businesses in the state that are experiencing issues regarding supply chains, delivery of goods, or business continuity to contact the FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center by emailing NBEOC@fema.dhs.gov. This is a 24/7 operation and they can assist in directing the inquiry to the proper contact.”

State Rep. Carney concludes, “As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak with me about a concern, please email me at Devin.Carney@housegop.ct.gov or call 800-842-1423.”

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Important Updates from Old Lyme Board of Selectmen: How to Volunteer, Request Help, Sign up for Text Notifications, & More

Old Lyme First Selectman Timothy Griswold

Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal

OLD LYME — (From an update  to the community from the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen) The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen is providing periodic updates for the Old Lyme community as it navigates and plans for what is and will be a challenging time.

Use the links on the Town of Old Lyme website to:

Find information on the

Old Lyme Selectman Chris Kerr

Recent Updates:

• On March 16, 2020 a Declaration of Local Emergency was signed by First Selectman Timothy Griswold. Additionally, the First Selectman issued an Executive Order to close or modify the availability of town facilities.

• Town Hall is closed to the public but staff is available to respond to resident’s needs via phone. Be patient and calls will be returned as soon as possible.

Communication is being enhanced to quickly share important information with the community. SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 EMERGENCY PHONE SMS/TEXT NOTIFICATIONS HERE.

• A task force to oversee the community response is being led by the First Selectman’s Office, the Town of Old Lyme Social Services Department, and the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau. To sign up as a volunteer, click here.

• The First Selectman’s office has arranged a way to hold virtual Board, Commission, and Committee meetings. Any scheduled meetings will be noticed with the Town Clerk as well as listed on the town events calendar.

To date, there are no known cases of Covid-19 in Old Lyme to report. However, as readers are aware, the availability of testing is expected to change this statistic.

The Selectmen’s update concludes, “The health and safety of our community, First Responders, volunteers, and town staff is of utmost importance. Please practice social distancing and avoid unnecessary errands to keep us all safe. One thing we can all do is to continue to be good neighbors. Please safely reach out to folks in your neighborhood. A kind, human voice reminds us that we can and will help each other through this.”

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Positive COVID-19 Case Confirmed in East Lyme

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EAST LYME — (Press Release from LLHD) Today, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 within the jurisdiction of Ledge Light Health District (LLHD). The individual, an East Lyme resident, is a 44-year-old female.

“Positive cases of COVID-19 within our jurisdiction have been expected, as community transmission of the virus continues to occur in Connecticut. LLHD staff will assure that all appropriate CDC protocols regarding positive cases and potential contacts are followed.” said Stephen Mansfield, Ledge Light Health District’s Director of Health.

Ledge Light Health District’s main objective is to slow the spread of the virus. “The single best way to slow the spread is to practice social distancing. LLHD recommends that all individuals limit any unnecessary person-to-person contact until further notice.” said Mansfield. Social distancing is crucial in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and limit the number of people who are infected.

Ledge Light Health District continues to work with local and state partners to prepare for widespread community transmission of COVID-19. Residents and businesses are urged to access up-to-date information regarding the pandemic from reputable sources including the Ledge Light Health District website (www.llhd.org), Facebook (@LedgeLightHD), Twitter (@LedgeLightHD), and Instagram (@LedgeLightHD).

Editor’s Note: Ledge Light Health District – LLHD – serves as the local health department for East Lyme, Groton, Ledyard, Lyme, New London, North Stonington, Old Lyme, Stonington and Waterford, Connecticut. As a health district, formed under Connecticut General Statutes Section 19a-241, LLHD is a special unit of government, allowing member municipalities to provide comprehensive public health services to residents in a more efficient manner by consolidating the services within one organization.

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New List of Take-Out Options in Lyme, Old Lyme Now Available

LYME-OLD LYME — The staff of Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) have prepared a list of take-out options in Lyme and Old Lyme.  Many of these are new and have been created in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Many thanks to the LYSB staff for their efforts inpreparing this and we hope our readers will support these local establishments during these challenging times.

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Death Announced of Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year, Captain Roderick M. White

This photo was taken Jan. 22, 2018, on the night that the late Captain Roderick M. White was named Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year. From left to right standing are Old Lyme Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal, Selectman Chris Kerr, Judy White, and then First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder, who presented the award. Captain White, whose death was announced yesterday, is seated.

OLD LYME — The death of Captain Roderick M. White on March 11, 2020, has been announced. He was 91. A service for White will be held at the United States Coast Guard Chapel with an inurnment in the Columbarium at the Academy. Services will be scheduled when the Academy re-opens.

Captain White was Old Lyme’s 2017 Citizen of the Year and the proclamation announcing that read, “Over the course of his 50+ years in Old Lyme, Rod White has set a high standard for community service. Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rod graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1950. He spent the next quarter of a century making his mark in the Coast Guard. A faculty member from 1969 to 1974, he served as Dean of Academics from 1974 to 1983. In 1969, he was named the outstanding Naval Engineer of the year, receiving the prestigious Gold Medal from the American Society of Naval Engineers.”

Commenting in more detail on White’s Gold Medal citation, the Proclamation said it, “refers to “his exceptional analytical skills and technical competence… [and] significant contributions in the advancement of icebreaker design …” It was Rod’s “White Bow” design that made it possible for the SS Manhattan to make the first successful transit of the Northwest Passage by a commercial vessel.”

Another photo from the 2017 Citizen of the Year celebrations shows Captain White (seated) being congratulated by previous Old Lyme Citizens of the Year, Jeff Sturges (left) and Lynn Fairfield-Sonn (right.) See more photos of that night at this link.

The Proclamation continued, “Rod White has used his exceptional skills in our community in so many ways. A founding member of the Harbor Management Commission, he served as Chair from 1988 to 1994, and was elected Registrar of Voters from 1993 to 2004. An active member of the Republican Town Committee, serving as both secretary and vice-chair, he was elected for two terms to the Regional District 18 Board of Education, serving from 1997 to 2005.  Rod was our Town’s representative to the Southeastern Tourism District for many years, and currently serves on the Board of Assessment Appeals, a position to which he was first elected in 2007.”

Adding, “Despite his obviously busy schedule, Rod willingly shared his talents with a larger community, as well,”  the Proclamation listed that Captain White served as Executive Director for the Eastern CT Foundation for Public Giving, Executive Director of the Coast Guard Foundation, Chair of the Boy Scouts Long Range Planning Committee and as a member of both the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Board and Connecticut’s Olympic Committee. He was also a loyal and active member of Rotary International since 1975.

Read Captain White’s obituary at this link.

Editor’s Note: We extend our deepest sympathies to Captain White’s family on his passing. We knew him as a kind and gracious gentleman, always ready to help anyone at any time, and a pillar of public service .

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And Here’s Something We All Need … 23 Pieces of Good News Regarding COVID-19

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Christina Ausley from SeattlePI was thinking things were just too depressing so she decided to look for some positive news about the coronavirus.

She found, “there’s a handful of worldwide news doling out glimmers of hope in the midst of frightening times,” so, in her words, “we’ve rounded up all the good news about the virus worth catching up.”

Here’s her article, Stay positive: Here are 23 pieces of good news regarding COVID-19, which was published on NewHavenRegister.com today.

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All Old Lyme Municipal Buildings to be Closed from Wednesday Onwards

File photo of a Flagpole Ceremony at Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall. The Town Hall will be closed to the public from Wednesday, March 18.

OLD LYME — The Town of Old Lyme issued the following announcement this evening:

Due to the threat of the global COVID-19 pandemic, several measures are taking place to protect public safety and limit the spread of the virus within the town.

Town Buildings Closing to the Public

The Town will be closing all municipal buildings to the public on Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. Municipal Town Hall will be staffed and offices will be reachable by phone and email.  A list of phone and email contacts will be available on the Town of Old Lyme COVID-19 home page shortly. People who need to conduct face-to-face business with a department must call that department to discuss whether they can schedule an appointment.

Lymes’ Senior Center Closed, Lunches Offered “To-Go”

The Lymes’ Senior Center will be closed until further notice as of Tuesday 3/17/20.  The town nurse will still be available M-F 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Those who normally eat lunch at the center will be able to order a lunch “to go” through the Estuary Senior Center in Old Saybrook by calling (860) 388-1611 x216 before 11 a.m. on the Monday before the week. Those wishing to use this service can pick it up curbside at the Lymes’ Senior Center on Tuesday’s between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. One reservation will provide five frozen meals. For more information, visit this link.

Public Safety Operations

Old Lyme public safety services including Fire, EMS, and Police are fully functional. If the needs arise to call 911 to report an emergency, advise the dispatcher of any COVID-19 related symptoms or issues that may exist for that call. This will give first responders the ability to better prepare themselves for any type of response. 

Remain Vigilant

During this time it is imperative that all persons practice recommendations provided by public health officials. Those include practicing social distancing, refraining from touching your face, avoiding crowds, using appropriate methods to clean surfaces, and practicing personal hygiene including washing your hands.  

Additional Updates from the Town of Old Lyme

More information will be available shortly on the Town of Old Lyme website and Facebook page, as well at the Town of Old Lyme Emergency Management Facebook page.

As a reminder, here at LymeLine.com, we are updating our list of local Closures & Cancellations daily.

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Mattson Issues Update on Town of Lyme’s Public Health Responses

Lyme First Selectman Steven Mattson.

LYME — Earlier this evening, Lyme First Selectman Steve Mattson issued the following update on the Town of Lyme’s Public Health responses to the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency. He stated that the Town has taken the following actions:

  • Meetings and conference calls with Ledge Light Health District, the State Department of Public Health and the Governor’s office have been held and the Town is receiving multiple updates each day.
  • All Town Boards and Commissions and most private organizations have been advised to limit the size of events and give special protection to the at-risk population above 60 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions. Most events are being cancelled.
  • The Town website has been reorganized around the public health response. The emergency-notification ability has been activated and it is hoped everyone is checking for updates and has signed up for emergency notifications. The website will not be used for the moment-by-moment news available through many other outlets, but will communicate the Lyme-specific information as it changes.
  • A new email address is provided for contacting the Board of Selectmen for answers to resident’s questions: AsktheLymeBOS@gmail.com
  • The CEO issued an Executive Order closing all town buildings to the public while maintaining our staff on-site to assist residents by phone or email (see website for contact information of the departments). Meetings of Town Boards and Commissions have been cancelled.
  • The First Selectman formed a COVID-19 Response Team based on the Emergency Operations Plan previously adopted and updated. Individual assignments are being made and all included organizations and departments have their planning activities underway.
  • First responder organizations (Fire, Ambulance and Emergency Management) have been mobilized and entered their planning phases. Inventories of available materials and equipment have been made and efforts to acquire additional supplies are being sought. Volunteers to assist these groups will be needed.
  • The Response Team is forming a “high-risk resident outreach” and a “volunteer coordination” effort led by the Lyme Social Services Director and Lyme Town Clerk, supported by the Emergency Management Department and the Lyme Second Selectman. Email the townclerk@townlyme.org if you are willing to help. The need to phone and check on residents and to transport or distribute food and supplies if things get really bad is anticipated. Any other expertise should be mentioned should other needs arise.
  • A list of isolated residents will hopefully become available and should residents want to be included on that list for follow-up, they can also contact the board of selectmen for inclusion.

Mattson added, “At present, there has not been a positive case of COVID-19 in New London County, but it will happen, including here in Lyme. Lyme faces an unimaginable period that has never happened before.”

He stressed, “We will survive it. If all of us employ social distancing and look out for each other – which is one of the values that makes Lyme special – we can minimize the damage to our residents and our way of life,” concluding, “Please protect yourselves and your families and volunteer where you can and don’t panic.”

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Start Time of Special BOE Meeting Tonight Changed to 6pm

LYME/OLD LYME — Tonight’s Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Special Board of Education Meeting, originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m., has been changed to a 6 p.m. start time.

The meeting will be held in the Board of Education Conference Room at Center School and live-streamed. For information on how to obtain the live-stream, visit this link on the Region 18 website.

The agenda for the meeting has two items as follows:

  1. School Calendar
  2. Distance Learning Waiver
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Estuary Regional Senior Center Closed, But Still Providing Critical Meals on Wheels Service

estuary councilOLD SAYBROOK/LYME/OLD LYME — Following the State of Connecticut guidelines, the Estuary Council’s Senior Center building will be closed until March 31, but will continue providing Meals on Wheels uninterrupted. Staff will also be available, by phone only, to help answer questions. The Estuary Council’s phone message, website, and Facebook page will be updated as they continue to monitor this unprecedented situation.

Stan Mingione, Executive Director, says “We find ourselves in an unprecedented time in regards to the changing landscape of the COVID-19 virus. We respect the seriousness of the situation and have decided to close our Senior Center beginning March 17, until the end of the month. Our concern is for those in our organization, our staff, volunteers, clients and the communities in which they live. Our vital Meals on Wheels service will continue uninterrupted.”

He stresses, “Our phones will be open for anyone seeking information or a friendly voice. We appreciate your patience and we will keep you updated as to when we will be resuming operations. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. I will be available by phone or email during this time so do not hesitate to reach out. Keep yourselves healthy and continue to be positive. We will get through this.”

The following changes in services have been announced:

Meals on Wheels
Meals are still being delivered to homebound clients. Be patient as the usual time of your delivery may change.

Café Lunches
A take-out option is being tried for café lunches. All lunch reservations made for dates after March 16 have been cancelled. Call 860-388-1611 and dial 216 to listen to take-out options and make new reservations.

Medical Transportation
Medical transportation service has been suspended at this time. No new medical reservations will be taken until it has been determined when this service will resume.

Thrift Shop
The Estuary Thrift Shop is closed at this time and donations are NOT being accepted until further notice. Please do not leave items outside the building.

Programs/Activities
All Estuary programs, activities, and clubs – including the gym and AARP Tax services, are suspended at this time. No appointments are being taken until it has been determined when these services will resume.

Call 860-388-1611 and listen closely to the message for updates as these services may continue to change daily.

Check the Estuary website and Facebook Page @ Estuary Council of Seniors, Inc. for posted updates.

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Lyme-Old Lyme Girls Club Basketball Team Win Prestigious Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament

Champions! These girls emerged victorious in the recent Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament held at Waterford High School. From left to right are (back row) Coach Mike O’Brien, Kelly Sheehan, Grace Ferman, Olivia Kelly, Abby O’Brien, Kate Walsh, Samantha Fiske, Coach Sarah Walsh, and Coach Geoff Ferman, (front row) Bronwyn Kyle, Kanon O’Haru, and Natalie Barndt. Not pictured is Morgan Standish. (Photos submitted.)

LYME/OLD LYME — As we currently ride this choppy sea of challenging and frustrating news, here’s a little piece of thoroughly good news to brighten your day!

Over the weekend of March 7 and 8, the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Girls Club Basketball team swept the 7th Grade Division in the 41st Annual Neil Hoelck Basketball Tournament at Waterford High School. The girls defeated Waterford, and New London (twice) in the opening rounds. and then faced Madison in the championship game.

The final was a real nail-biter, but the LOL girls ultimately defeated Madison by 30-28 to win the tournament.

The winning tean proudly display their medals.

Pictured celebrating their victory in the photo above are from left to right, (back row) Abby O’Brien, Kanon O’Haru, Kate Walsh, Olivia Kelly, Grace Ferman, Sam Fiske, Kelly Sheehan, Natalie Barndt, and (front row) Bronwyn Kyle.  Not pictured is Morgan Standish.

All of the girls attend Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Many congratulations to the team and their coaches!

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Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Closed Immediately for Minimum of Two Weeks

Lyme-Old Lyme High School will be closed effective immediately along with all other Region 18 Schools and offices.

LYME/OLD LYME — Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser announced the closure of all Lyme-Old Lyme Schools in an email that went out to all parents, faculty and staff at 12:30 p.m. today. The closure is effective immediately and will continue for a minimum of two weeks, but warns, “Please be aware that as guidance is updated, this may need to be extended.”

He explains the background to the decision to close the schools as follows, emphasizing how this is a collective decision made by all southeastern Connecticut school superintendents, “On the advice of our local health departments, the school superintendents in southeastern Connecticut have come together to make a decision to put the health of our community (both our school community and the community at large) at the center of our decision to close schools.  We have been advised by local health authorities that the implementation of social distancing measures is a proven science-based intervention that has been shown to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with communicable disease outbreaks. In the past, communities in which schools closed were able to positively impact and reduce the spread of disease. We felt compelled to make this decision to prevent the spread of illness among our students, staff, and our communities.” 

Neviaser then notes, “We have also been advised that we cannot confirm that this illness will run its course in two weeks, in fact, it is not likely that it will.  We made the determination to make this closure “indefinite” based on that information. This decision was made in consultation with and with the support of the health departments, elected officials, and emergency management professionals.”

Regarding the possibility of distance learning during the closure, the Superintendent states, “There has been much discussion about the concept of distance learning during prolonged absences.  At this time the Connecticut State Department of Education has discouraged school districts from utilizing this approach due to concerns over instructional consistency (especially in the early grades), equity of access both intra-district and inter-district, disruption of special education services, and multiple employee contractual issues.  We will continue, during this school closing, to seek ways to provide supplemental education to our students. Should we need to utilize a distance learning model in the future, we will notify parents, students, and staff members of how this will be implemented.”

He concludes, “While I have no other information to share at this time, I will continue to communicate as we receive updated guidance from our public health officials, the CDC, and state officials.  Please continue to monitor your email to ensure receipt of the most current information. It is my intention to send, at a minimum, a weekly communication as this situation evolves.”

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Closures & Cancellations: Latest News

We are being inundated with closures and cancellations, and so will run all the new ones together in this post and then prepare a summary at the end of the day.

Ivoryton Playhouse: Opening of Forbidden Broadway Comes to Ivoryton scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, has been postponed.

Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate”: All performances through April 30 are postponed.

South Lyme Union Chapel: Lenten Soup Night, scheduled for Monday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. is cancelled

SECWAC (Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council): March 20 and 26 programs cancelled.

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Old Lyme’s Phoebe Griffin Noyes Libary Closed Until Further Notice

The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library is at 2 Library Lane in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME —  Katie Huffman, Director of the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library has just announced via an e-communication that “Due to COVID-19 and our concern for the well-being of our patrons and staff, the Library will be closing until further notice as of 5pm on Friday, March 13th.”

She advises, “Staff will continue to answer phone and email inquiries as we are able.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can do to assist you.  Complete contact information can be found here.”
Huffman adds, “In the meantime, we encourage you to make use of the online collections (e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and more) found on our website.”
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Florence Griswold Museum Closed to Public Until, at Least, March 31

The Florence Griswold Museum will close to the public from Saturday, March 14.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum has issued a communication this afternoon stating, “As part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to close the Florence Griswold Museum to the public beginning Saturday, March 14 and through at least March 31, 2020, and to cancel all programs during this time.”

The message continues, “We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon … but until then, encourage you to visit the Museum’s Artists’ Trail, a half-mile walk around the Museum’s river-front landscape and gardens.

Check the Museum’s website and social media (FacebookInstagram, and Twitter) to stay up-to-date about the Museum’s status and enjoy beautiful images, on-line exhibitions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes videos.”
The Museum advises that if you should you need a staff member, then call or email them in the normal manner.
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Lymes’ Senior Center Cancels All Groups, Programs from Monday

LYME/OLD LYME — All groups, programs, and activities at the Lymes’ Senior Center are canceled starting Monday, March 16, until further notice.

At this time Meals on Wheels and Congregate meals will be served at the Center unless The Estuary (who provides the meals) cancels their services. In addition, the nurse will hold her regular 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday to Friday schedule to address senior needs.

During this time, the Center will continue to coordinate with Lyme and Old Lyme Emergency Management, town officials, Health Departments, etc., and will be in contact with other Senior Centers to determine the best time to go back to “business as usual.”

If you have any questions, call the Senior Center at (860) 434-1605 ext. 240.

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Coffee’s, Hadlyme Country Markets Implement Changes in Response to COVID-19, Coffee’s Offers Free Delivery Service to LOL Area

LYME/OLD LYME — In light of the current Coronavirus situation, two local stores have changed their practices to help our community. Both emphasize that their overriding concern is to keep everyone safe by minimizing risks during these uncertain times while continuing to value all their customers.

Coffee’s Country Market in Old Lyme will be offering delivery service to anyone in the Old Lyme/Lyme area for no extra charge.

Coffees is also respectfully asking anyone who is not feeling well to send a friend or family member into the store for any of the unwell person’s needs. If you do not have anyone to fill that role, call the store and they may be able to help.

Hadlyme Country Market is at 1 Ferry Rd., Hadlyme.

Hadlyme Country Market in Hadlyme is taking the following measures:

  • Customers will no longer require you to sign our screens with your hand, but will do so for you with your permission.
  • The owners commit to inform customers if they are feeling even the slightest bit under the weather and will expect the same from you in return.
  • If customers feel unwell, call ahead and the Market will be happy to put your order in a box on the porch for you to pick up. The store is there for you and the owners will work with you for all your Market needs.

 

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RESCHEDULED — Lyme-Old Lyme Friends of Music Host ‘Great Gatsby Gala’ at LAA Tonight; Benefits Music Scholarships, Programs

The ‘String of Pearls’ Big Band will provide the musical entertainment at the ‘Great Gatsby Gala,’ Friday.

OLD LYME — March 13, 11;20am: We have just heard that this event has been rescheduled, but we do not have any further details yet.  We will update this post as soon as we receive them.

The Friends Of Music of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools invites LymeLine.com readers to join them for an elegant cocktail party in the Roaring 20’s style.

The “Great Gatsby Gala” will take place Friday, March 13, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association and is sure to be an enjoyable evening, with great food and drinks, plus wonderful entertainment by the perennially popular locally-based ‘Big Band,’ String of Pearls.

20’s style attire is encouraged for the Gala. Photo by URI MERON on Unsplash.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served and 20’s style attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be reserved at this link. All are welcome.

If you can’t make it to the event, feel free to make a donation to Friends of Music via the link given above.

The Gala is a fundraising event for Friends of Music – Lyme/Old Lyme. Among other things, funds raised at this event will allow the organization to award scholarships to deserving students as they begin their college careers.

LymeLine.com is proud to be a sponsor of this event.

Friends of Music is a 501(c)(3) organization, with the mission of supporting the music programs in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, grades K-12. The work we done directly impacts the Region 18 community. Music enriches lives and is a powerful personal and educational tool for young people.  It helps them discover their hidden talents as it strengthens and builds their confidence.  Avenues that many did not even know existed open up when the love of music is discovered.

Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme.

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