September 17, 2021

Sept. 8 COVID-19 Update: 5 New Cases in Lyme Take Cumulative Total to 126; Old Lyme’s Total Rises to 398 With 2 New Cases

Photo by CDC on Unsplash,

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows another significant increase in COVID-19 case numbers in Lyme while Old Lyme had a smaller number.

Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases rose by five over the previous reporting day, Sept. 7, from 121 to 126. 

Old Lyme also recorded an increase of two in its cumulative case total from 396 to 398.

Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 369 on Aug. 20, meaning there have been 29 new cases since that date just over two weeks ago.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Thursday, Sept. 9, around 4 p.m. Reports are not issued on Public Holidays, Saturdays or Sundays.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

This is the latest information that we have — there may have been further updates of which we are unaware.

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed the school community that late on Friday, Aug. 27, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme School had been reported.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Monday, Aug. 30, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme High School had been reported.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1,  a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Mile Creek School was announced.

In all cases, contact tracing was completed and those individuals who needed to quarantine were notified. They will be able to return to school following their quarantine period. All other students and staff will continue to attend school as scheduled.

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There is no change in the number of fatalities reported in either Lyme (0) or Old Lyme (3).

The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male. Details of the third, which was reported in 2021, have not been made available.

Visit this link for our Sept. 2 update, which includes statewide data.

FloGris, PARJE Host Free, Virtual Talk on Political Art Today, All Welcome

The history and practice of public art are the subject of a virtual lecture presented Wednesday, Sept. 8, by the FloGris Museum and PARJE.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum hosts a special, free, online talk titled, Beyond The Mural: Political Art to Empower and Effect Change, tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. The talk will be given by Mary Kordak, Professor of Art History at the University of New Haven and followed by a Q & A facilitated by Jac Lahav, Secretary, PARJE (Public Art for Racial Justice Education) and Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator of the Florence Griswold Museum.

Moving past the common misconception that public art is “all about murals”, Kordak will talk about more experimental public artworks. She will discuss cutting-edge art projects led by cultural leaders like Ai Weiwei, Kehinde Wiley as well as the Chicano Muralist Movement, and public/community art of young Yemeni Artists.

While these disparate artists/movements have racial or ethnic components, they also contain strong elements of social and economic disparity.

This talk will introduce audiences to contemporary public artists and how public art can be a springboard for effecting real change.

This lecture is part of a series “Arts & Advocacy: Methods to Spark Positive Change Through Art” and made possible by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both of which provide significant support to Connecticut Humanities.

All are welcome to this virtual talk.


UPDATED: Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Announce Raucci as Teacher of the Year, Aldrich as Employee of the Year

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser announced at the All-Faculty and -Staff Convocation held Aug. 25, that Andrew Raucci (pictured above), who is the Instructional Technology Specialist at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle and High Schools, had been selected as Teacher of the Year.

Raucci has been with Lyme-Old Lyme Schools for eight years and is universally known as a friend to all. His willingness at all times to help, listen, give advice, and most of all, make others laugh was cited as one of the main reasons for the award.

He was also described as having navigated the numerous technology challenges related to the pandemic with a ‘can-do’ attitude, a calm demeanor, and a positive attitude. 

Although most of Raucci’s work is with teachers, he also works with students at technology boot camps, the WLYM morning news broadcasts, ping-pong club, drone lessons and more.  

Asked his reaction to receiving the award, Raucci told LymeLine exclusively, “Although it is a sincere honor to receive this recognition from my colleagues, to me this award is truly a team award. Anything I have done well in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools is merely a reflection of the talented, thoughtful, and kind people I’m fortunate enough to work with every day.”

He added, “I thank all of you for making this community so special for students and one another.”

At the same event, Patricia Aldrich (pictured above), who serves as Technology Facilitator at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, was named Employee of the Year. She has been with the District for seven years and a key reason behind her award is that she consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Also, Aldrich is described as constantly seeking new challenges and knowledge to help students and staff excel. Her peers noted that she handles a wide range of issues, both small and large, but regardless of the nature of the issue, she never makes anyone feel as though their question is unimportant.  

Her constant striving for improved job skills, a great attitude and remarkable work ethic were also identified  by her peers as reasons for the award.


Lyme Academy Returns to its Roots with New Programs for Serious Art Students; Exhibitions, Classes for Community

The all-new Core Program at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts focuses on foundational artistic skills in drawing, painting and sculpture in the figurative tradition.

OLD LYME — The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts has officially reopened with a renewed dedication to the mission first articulated by its Founder, sculptor Elisabeth Gordon Chandler. The Academy was created in 1976 as an institution dedicated to the traditional, skills-based art education first taught in the Renaissance academies of Europe and later at Paris’s École des Beaux-Arts.

With this return to its roots, the Academy begins the academic year with the launch of a new Core Program of study for full-time students, which will commence in late September. Led by the husband and wife team of Jordan Sokol and Amaya Gurpide, who serve as Co-Artistic Directors, a dynamic new faculty of internationally-acclaimed instructors will teach students the foundational skills on which they can build a career in the fine arts.

Artistic Director and Director of Painting, Jordan Sokol (left) and newly-appointed Painting-Drawing Instructor, Hollis Dunlap — himself an alumnus of Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts — working in the Southwick-Keller Studio at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

The Academy’s Core Program is comprehensive and intense: classes are conducted five days a week, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. with weekly supplementary instruction in anatomy, sculpture, and the history of art. Landscape, still life and portraiture are included in the program, as are dedicated explorations of the properties of light and form.

Students work in custom north-lit studios, honing their technical skills through the direct observation of imported European plaster casts and live models. Intimate class sizes allow for in-studio demonstrations and individualized critiques, as well as guided museum and gallery visits. Faculty and guest lectures are regularly scheduled, many of which are open to the public.

The Core Program will run on a trimester schedule with the first (Fall) trimester beginning on Sept. 27, of this year. The cost per trimester is $3650, with scholarship opportunities available.

“We’re looking for students who want to apply themselves and work hard to grow and develop” said Sokol, himself an accomplished painter, continuing, “You’ve got to be willing to put in the thousands of hours required if you are serious about developing your talent. There are no short-cuts.”

It is anticipated that most students will study for three years, although some will pursue a shorter course of study and others longer, depending on their individual objectives and the progress they make developing their skills.

“As in the original vision for Lyme Academy, the institution will no longer confer Bachelor’s degrees. In the place of seat-time requirements for credit accumulation, students will instead focus on skill-building with an eye towards mastery, fully preparing our students for the 21st century art world,” the Academy’s Executive Director, Mora Rowe, said.

She added, “In addition to our Core Program, we are planning a full spectrum of public programming, which will include gallery openings, exhibitions, part-time classes, workshops, lectures, cultural events, and more. Our partnership with the community along with the accessibility and openness of our campus are of the highest priority.”

Lyme Academy of Fine Arts features 40,000 sq. ft. of studio and teaching space on the sprawling four-acre campus located in the heart of Old Lyme.

Two additional educational programs are currently under development. Firstly, the Academy will offer a Continuing Education program focused on students of all ages and abilities to benefit from a skills-based curriculum, with a choice of year-round study or individual classes. And secondly, a Portfolio Preparation program is also under development, which will be designed to provide a solid, skills-based visual education to develop one’s portfolio and abilities under the leadership of professional artists.

The Lyme Academy of Fine Art will host quarterly Gallery Openings beginning with the first exhibition, Memento Vivere, on Oct. 16. This invitational group exhibition will be curated by Sokol and Gurpide, and will also have the additional role of being an Inaugural Fundraiser for the Academy. The Memento Vivere exhibition, located in the Chauncey Stillman Gallery, will be open to the public from Oct. 17 through Dec. 10.

Lyme Academy is located midway between Boston and New York at 84 Lyme St. in Old Lyme, Conn. The town has been a site of artistic congregation for over a century after evolving as the heart of the Lyme Art Colony, which led to it becoming the Home of American Impressionism.

Visit this link for more information about Lyme Academy of Fine Arts or call 860.434.5232.

‘Tour de Lyme’ is Today! Registration Still Possible at Event, Proceeds Benefit Lyme Land Trust

The 2021 ‘Tour de Lyme’ will be held Sunday, Sept. 5.

LYME — The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual charity bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic but this year, it will be held again today, Sunday, Sept. 5, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Online registration is now closed but you can still register in person this morning at Ashlawn Farm to ride today!

The Tour offers five road rides from beginner to expert that travel the scenic side roads in the hills of Lyme and other area towns. There are two mountain bike rides that traverse through preserved land. 

All rides leave from and return to Ashlawn Farm at 78 Bill Hill Rd, Lyme.

Ramblin’ Dan Stevens (center) of Old Lyme will entertain while riders are recovering from their efforts in the ‘Tour de Lyme.’!

After the ride, food trucks will provide a fantastic lunch and Dan Stevens and his band will be there to play the blues, while riders enjoy a cold beer from local breweries.  

Money raised goes to a worthy cause: creating added opportunities for public enjoyment of the Lyme Land Trust’s preserves while protecting and maintaining the lands already conserved for generations to come.

The cost to register for the ride is $75, which includes lunch, beer and music, or $20 ($10 for children 12 and under) for a lunch ticket only. 

For more information, contact Kristina White, Lyme Land Trust Executive Director at 860-434-5051 or visit the Tour de Lyme website.


URGENT — M&J Bus is Hiring in Old Lyme Now!

Ledge Light Offers Free COVID-19 Vaccines with $20 Gift Card at Pop-Up Clinics; Next Date is Sept. 17

Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) is partnering with Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) and Griffin Hospital to hold pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the summer.

The Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme are both members of LLHD.

No appointment, insurance, or ID is needed.

Get vaccinated and get a free $20 gift card as a thank you for doing your part to protect yourself and your community.

The list of currently scheduled clinics is available on the LLHD website; additional clinics will be added. Community members are encouraged to check the website and social media, and to look for the vaccination teams in their neighborhood.

Currently scheduled clinics include:

  • Fri, September 17
    3-7pm, Pride Point Apartments, 80 Ledge Road, New London (Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Sat, September 18
    10am-1pm, Waterford Farmers Market, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford (Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Sun, September 19
    12-4pm, Bates Woods Park, 80 Chester St, New London (Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Tue, September 21
    4-6pm, Central Park, 36 Central Ave, Groton (Moderna or J&J, 18+)
  • Fri, September 24
    3:30-5:30pm, Jennings School, 50 Mercer Street, New London (Pfizer 12+, Moderna or J&J 18+)
  • Sun, September 26
    5-7pm, Eat in the Streets, Bank Street, New London (Moderna or J&J, 18+) Rock the Shot – Earth, Wind & Fire Concert Ticket Drawing!

Visit or follow LLHD on social media for additional clinic announcements.

Sept. 1 COVID-19 Update: Two New Cases in Old Lyme Increases Cumulative Total to 378, Lyme Steady at 115

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows that Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases has risen by two from the previous reporting day, Aug. 31, to 378, while Lyme’s held at 115.

On Aug. 31, Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases increased by one from the previous reporting day, Aug. 30, to 376, while Lyme’s was constant at 115.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Thursday, Sept. 2, around 4 p.m. Reports are not issued Saturdays or Sundays.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

On Saturday, Aug. 28, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed the school community that late on Friday, Aug. 27, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme School had been reported.

On Tuesday, Aug. 31, Neviaser informed the school community that late on Monday, Aug. 30, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme High School had been reported.

In both cases, Neviaser said, “We were able to complete our contact tracing and those individuals who must quarantine have been notified.  They will be able to return to school following their quarantine period.  All other students and staff will continue to attend school as scheduled.”

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There is no change in the number of fatalities reported in either Lyme (0) or Old Lyme (3).

The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male. Details of the third, which was reported in 2021, have not been made available.

Visit this link for our Aug. 19 update, which includes statewide data.

Death of Arthur ‘Art’ Sibley Announced; Active Community Member, Father of Skip Sibley of Old Lyme

Art Sibley, 1933-2021

Arthur Emerson Sibley, beloved husband of the late Margaret Warren Sibley, passed away peacefully on August 22, 2021 at home. The Sibley family is so grateful for the numerous caregivers that provided Dad great comfort during these past 4 months of his journey.

Born on January 6, 1933 in Milton, MA, Art was the oldest son of the late Arthur Howard Sibley & Helen Gertrude Sibley. He spent his early childhood growing up in Braintree, MA and graduated from Greenwich, CT High School. He attended Pace University in NYC, where he developed an interest in television production. His first job was working on the Steve Allen show.

In 1954, he met his future wife Peggy on a blind date. They were married in 1956 in Riverside, CT and made their first home in Meriden, CT. In that same year, he started A.E. Sibley, Inc., a Hercules explosives distributor that supplied many blasting projects throughout CT, MA and NY.

Later moving to Middletown, he was active in the Church of the Holy Trinity where he spearheaded the construction of the “new” St. Luke’s Home. He also was a founding member of INFORM (Industry for Middletown) which created a successful municipally managed industrial park.

In 1988, Art and Peggy moved to Old Lyme, where he became an active member of Old Lyme’s Zoning Board of Appeals for many years. In that role, he used his diplomatic talent in helping residents resolve issues in a sensitive and effective way.

Art was a hardworking husband and loving husband and father who possessed a larger-than-life personality. He was a wise counselor not only for his family but also for employees and friends alike. He led by example in always maintaining a high level of integrity. His number one love was being with family especially when delicious food was featured.

He loved working outside with his wife as their horticultural vision created many beautiful landscapes that still exist today. As a great lover of jazz, Art could often be seen at Bill’s Restaurant enjoying music and dancing with friends.

As his days were approaching sunset, he kept repeating over and over again how lucky a guy he was. He will be missed by his children Skip Sibley (and Sheree) of Old Lyme; Katharine Edmonds (and Bryson) of Birmingham, AL; Stephen Sibley of Fort Worth, TX and Anne Groleau (and Michael) of Traverse City, MI. He leaves 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his younger sister Laura Sibley Rhodes (and Fred) of Chatham, MA. He was predeceased by his sister Sara Sibley Lenhart and brother-in-law Mark Lenhart of Lyme, CT.

There will be a memorial service celebrating his life on Thursday, September 23rd. The service will begin at 10:30 AM at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church located in Old Lyme. Donations in his memory can be made to St. Ann’s Church, 82 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, CT. 06371.

Please visit for directions and for the online guestbook.

FloGris, PARJE Co-Host Lecture Today on ‘Murals and Monuments: The Politics of Public Art’

The history and practice of public art are the subject of a virtual lecture presented Wednesday, Sept. 1, by the FloGris Museum and PARJE.

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold Museum is partnering with Public Art for Racial Justice Education to present a free virtual lecture titled Murals and Monuments: The Politics of Public Art at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Mary Kordak, Professor of Art History at the University of New Haven, will talk about the history of murals/monuments and how they affect cultural change. This talk touches on the current debates over monuments, how important it is to remember our history, and how public art can help re-tell narratives that were historically racially unjust.
Audience members will participate in a Question & Answer session. The intent is that attendees leave with a deeper understanding of the history and practice of public art.
This lecture is part of a series “Arts & Advocacy: Methods to Spark Positive Change Through Art” is made possible with support from Connecticut Humanities.

Aug. 30 COVID-19 Update: New Case in Old Lyme Increases Cumulative Total to 375, Lyme Holds at 115

Photo by CDC on Unsplash,

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Monday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows that Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases has risen by one from the previous reporting day, Aug. 26, to 375, while Lyme’s held at 115.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Tuesday, Aug. 31, around 4 p.m. Reports are not issued Saturdays or Sundays.

Fatalities Due to COVID-19 in Lyme, Old Lyme

There is no change in the number of fatalities reported in either Lyme (0) or Old Lyme (3).

The first two fatalities from Old Lyme, which were reported in 2020, were a 61-year-old female and an 82-year-old male. Details of the third, which was reported in 2021, have not been made available.

Visit this link for our Aug. 19 update, which includes statewide data.

Death Announced of Richard “Tex” Teixeira of Old Lyme, ‘Decades-long Volunteer With OL Fire Department, Ambulance Association’

OLD LYME — Richard “Tex” Teixeira, of Old Lyme, passed away Aug. 24, 2021 at age 86. He is survived by his wife Helene; and his daughter Donna Szymczyk (Chuck), both of Old Lyme …

Tex, also known as “Skip,” was a U.S. Navy veteran, a Sears Roebuck & Co. retiree and a decades-long volunteer with Old Lyme Fire Department and its Ambulance Association …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme …

Visit this link  to read the full obituary published Aug. 29, in The Day.

Lyme/Old Lyme Democrats Host Gov. Lamont, Sen. Blumenthal at Summer Fundraiser

Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses Lyme-Old Lyme Democrats at their Summer Fundraiser held in Old Lyme yesterday. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

OLD LYME — Update 8/29 at 10:20pm with more photos. Around 80 Democrats from Lyme and Old Lyme attended a Summer Fundraiser Saturday afternoon.

Another photo of Sen. Blumenthal speaking at the event. Photo by Alex Roth Media.

Governor Ned Lamont, Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Senator Richard Blumenthal all attended the fundraiser.


Governor Ned Lamont shares his hopes and concerns at the event. Old Lyme Democratic Town Chairman Christine Gianquinto (in blue) listens attentively to his words. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

Candidates running in the Lyme and Old Lyme municipal elections being held in November also attended.

From left to right, John Kiker, incumbent candidate for Lyme Board of Selectman and Martha Shoemaker, candidate for Old Lyme Lyme First Selectman joined Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz for a photo. Photo by Mary Jo Nosal.

The event was held at a private residence in Old Lyme.

Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz gave a motivating speech. Photo by Alex Roth Media.

All three state dignitaries can be seen in the photo below: (from left to right) Governor Ned Lamont, Senator Richard Blumenthal and Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.

Photo by Alex Roth Media.


Lyme/Old Lyme Democrats Host Summer Fundraiser; Gov. Lamont, Sen. Blumenthal to Attend

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) (File photo)

Governor Ned Lamont (D) (File photo)

LYME/OLD LYME — Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 28, the Democratic Town Committees (DTCs) of Lyme and Old Lyme will hold a Summertime Fundraiser from 4 to 6 p.m. in Old Lyme. The fundraiser is open to all area Democratic voters; the suggested donation is $25. 

Governor Ned Lamont and Senator Richard Blumenthal have now indicated they will both attend.

“Senator Blumenthal has always shown enthusiastic support of our local candidates during municipal elections, and his counsel and assistance will prove instrumental again this November,” said Old Lyme DTC Chair Christine Gianquinto, adding, “This is our way of saying thank  you.” 

Many of the candidates running for local office this November in Lyme and Old Lyme will be on hand at the fundraiser to greet and talk with constituents. 

To receive an official invitation to the fundraiser with all the details, interested residents should send an email to

To make a contribution to the fundraiser via the Lyme DTC, visit this link.

To make a contribution via the Old Lyme DTC, visit this link.

Contributions can also be made at the  event.

Lyme-Old Lyme Students Start School Today … With Masks

The Lyme-Old Lyme Schools’ buses will be rolling again Thursday when the 2021-22 academic year begins.

LYME-OLD LYME– The students of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools will commence the 2021-22 academic year tomorrow, Aug. 26, with masks still mandated by the Governor’s executive orders.

Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser. (File photo)

In almost all other respects, however, and quoting from a recent email sent by Superintendent Ian Neviaser to the school community, the school experience will be, “… far closer to a normal school year than last year as we return to our cafeterias for lunch, our buses for transportation, and participate fully in after school activities and athletics.”

Neviaser emphasized though, “All students, staff, and visitors, no matter their vaccination status, will be required to wear masks inside school buildings and on school buses.  Masks are not required outdoors.”

He noted, however, “If there is no change to the aforementioned executive orders, on September 30, 2021, we will revisit our indoor mask requirement and make any adjustments based on public health measures at that time.”

Adding, “Some of our more effective mitigation strategies will remain in place including, but not limited to, encouraging students and staff to remain home when they are sick, physical distancing where feasible, quarantining of confirmed cases, mask breaks, and increased ventilation,”  Neviaser noted, “This school year remote learning will no longer be an option for students.”  

Regarding quarantine, Neviaser said, “Fully vaccinated students and staff who remain asymptomatic are no longer required to quarantine.  For those who are not vaccinated, or are unable to receive a vaccine, we will continue to follow contact tracing protocols and quarantine guidelines from the Connecticut State Department of Education.”

On the topic of sports, Neviaser reported that, “The CIAC plans to offer all sports with the possibility of required masking in both indoor sports and those that are considered “high-intensity” (enhanced respiration) activities (e.g., football, ice hockey, etc.), adding, “We expect to get more clarity on these possible requirements in the near future.”

The Superintendent stressed that flexibility continues to be the key to success, commenting that Lyme-Old Lyme Schools, “will continue, as we have for the last eighteen months, to adapt to new information and adjust accordingly.”

He concluded on a positive note saying, “We appreciate your support in working toward the goal of providing our students the best in-person learning opportunity possible.”

Organization Confronting Racial Injustice with Public Art Announces Partnership to Install Murals in Four Towns, Including Old Lyme

NEW LONDON, CT —Public Art for Racial Justice Education (PARJE) and CT Murals have today announced a partnership to enable the installation of four murals in each of four towns:- New London, Old Lyme, Norwich, and East Lyme.

This will be part of the Sister Murals Project whereby skilled and unskilled artists from different communities, races, ethnicities, and generations will work together under master Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) artists. The murals they create will bring lesser told stories to life while remembering cherished values in their respective communities.

Since its official launch in March of this year, PARJE has gained support from all around southeastern Connecticut. This includes colleges and museums, municipalities, art galleries, civic organizations, churches, and various businesses throughout the region.

Public Art for Racial Justice Education is a broad-based, interracial, non-partisan, non-sectarian group consisting of volunteers from various communities around the shoreline region. These communities include Old Lyme, Lyme, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, Essex, Deep River, Norwich and New  London. Building partnerships with surrounding communities is an additional focus of the group’s stated mission.

CT Murals has been dedicated to creating inclusive public art since 2015. The group utilizes grants as well as community support and donations to create all of its public art. Currently, CT Murals is working to install its 39 MLK Murals across the state, one for every year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.

The Sister Murals will be the second official public art project of PARJE. Their first public art project is a diptych that travels between schools, museums, libraries, and faith communities to teach about the history of the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

The diptych, a two-panel painting, was created by artists Nancy Gladwell and Jasmine Oyola. The first host of the diptych was Norwich Free Academy in early July. Since then, it has been to Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Waterford, New London and Hartford.

Public Art for Racial Justice Education has also been working with one of its earliest partners, Sustainable CT, on a series of videos to document their conversations with everyone from students to elected officials regarding the role public art can play in society.

In addition to these videos PARJE has partnered with the Florence Griswold Museum of Old Lyme and the Lyman Allyn Museum of New London to produce lectures discussing race, society, and art. Jason Deeble, project manager for the East Lyme Sister Mural, hopes to keep the spirit of those lectures going and sees public art as the best chance to do it.

When discussing the Sister Murals Project, Deeble commented “Art and learning, and civic responsibility, are all kinds of major fixtures in my life and a mural project like this makes a beautiful little Venn diagram with me right in the center.”

Public Art for Racial Justice Education, along with their financial sponsor, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, will work with CT Murals to involve the community in a variety of ways.

Public Art for Racial Justice Education believes there is an opportunity to involve the community in all aspects of mural installation. Whether it be discussing the mural themes in person or on a virtual call, or students assisting the artist with installation, there are several ways to involve the community.

More important than the installation of the murals themselves, however, are the plans PARJE has made for the time after these four pieces have been completed. The group is planning to host both presentations and performances at the site of the Sister Murals.

Fulton Park, the site of the New London Sister Mural wall, is configured in such a way that the area directly in front of the wall creates a natural stage. PARJE is committed to using the broad appeal of art and education to facilitate easy opportunities for conversation in the community about the difficult subject of racial injustice.

With three full basketball courts and a skate park, Eddie Long, PARJE Co-chair and member of the New London Arts Council, believes Fulton Park could easily accommodate a large crowd or audience. In discussing the need for neglected spaces to be utilized, Long stated, “We don’t like blank spaces in New London. We like spaces to be filled with people, with art, and ideas.”

CT Murals will have a chance to help install an indoor piece as well with Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School agreeing to become the future home of the Old Lyme Sister Mural. Located beside the school’s auditorium there is potential for educational programs or events that tie into the mural’s theme of “Welcoming All.”

There will be a Call for Artists coming from PARJE in the beginning of September.

For the Sister Murals Project, an official fundraising campaign has begun this month with a page on the crowdfunding site, Patronicity. If you would like to learn more about PARJE, or donate to one of the four Sister Murals, visit

To become involved with PARJE, email

Follow Public Art for Racial Justice Education on social media at these links:

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release from PARJE.

A la Carte: Too Many Tomatoes? Lee Has All Sorts of Solutions for You

Lee White

A couple of weeks ago I went to a small party at Washington Park in Groton. It was held outside in one of a half dozen “cabins,” each of which have concrete floors, a few dark-stained columns, good sturdy roofs and wooden picnic tables with attached  “chairs.”

It was a very casual party, with pizza, already-barbecued chicken wings and coolers of beer, wine, soft drinks and water. Good thing for all of those things, because the humidity was high and the temperature, at 4 p.m. on a Saturday, was spiking in the 90s. 

I had a lovely conversation with Joyce Hedrick, wife of the mayor of Groton City. Even though Groton has fewer than 45,000  inhabitants, unlike Gaul (which, as we learned in Latin II, is in three parts), Groton has five parts: City of Groton, Town of Groton, Noank, Groton Long Point and half of Mystic.

Anyway, Joyce and Keith have a vegetable garden. Keith just canned pouches of green beans that week, but Joyce was going to begin making marinara sauce.

She wondered if it could be frozen, avoiding the steamy job of canning. I said I roast, then freeze tomatoes in late summer, which I thaw for stews, braises and sauces.

As for worry about botulism, tomatoes are so acidic that they can be frozen raw or cooked, whether sliced, chopped or pureed. Of course, the tomatoes can be made into a marinara (chopped and cooked with garlic, onions and seasoning), although I would wait to add fresh basil before serving. 

I often buy half a bushel of Roma tomatoes. In a couple of large sheet pans covered with parchment paper, I cut the tomatoes end to end and place them cut side up on the pans, sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle them  with extra-virgin olive oil. If you roast them in a 250 degree oven for two or three hours, then you can pack them in plastic bags and freeze them.

But I found this recipe that might be even better. I might double or triple the recipe and freeze it.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Photo by Kiriakos Verros on Unsplash.

From The Four Season of Pasta, by Nancy Harmon Jenkins and Sara Jenkins (Penguin, New York, 2015)

Yield: 2 to 3 cups sauce, enough for 4 to 6 servings

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onions, sliced not too thin
2 garlic cloves, crushed and coarsely chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon Greek or Sicilian oregano (optional)
About 2 pounds ripe-as-you-can-get tomatoes

Set oven at 400 degrees.

Spread 2 tablespoons oil over bottom of roasting dish into which tomatoes will fit.

Combine onion and garlic on the dish. Add salt and pepper to taste and oregano if using. Stir vigorously to mix everything together; spread ingredients out to make a layer across the bottom of the dish.

Cut tomatoes in half. Core the stem ends. Sat halves cut side down, on top of the onion garlic layer. Dribble remaining 6 tablespoons oil over the tops (you may not need all the oil).

Bake 45 minutes to an hour. At the end of that time, remove pan and let tomatoes cool down. Pull off the skins and discard. Combine all roasted ingredients and, if you wish, chop or puree with an immersion blender. Or leave as is—the rustic look can also be lovely.

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 and the Shore Publishing and the Times newspapers, both of which are owned by The Day. She was a resident of Old Lyme for many years but now lives in Groton, Conn. Contact Lee at

Death Announced of Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Her Ancestors Among Original Founders of Point O’Woods

OLD LYME — Marilyn (Gibson) Stitham of South Lyme, Conn., departed this world to the Great Grange in the sky on Aug. 20, 2021, after a courageous battle with her illness …

She moved to her ancestral home at Point O’Woods Beach, South Lyme in 2006. Her ancestors were among the original founders of the Point O’Woods community in 1919 that now includes seven generations.

She was a member of the POW Women’s Club, and volunteered on many POW activities. An avid reader of over 100 books a year, that she shared with friends and neighbors, she was the motivation to establish the Point O’Woods Library by her family 18 years ago.

She was a member of Lyme Grange 146 where she was serving as a trustee and is the former secretary of the Lyme Grange. She was also very active with The Hamburg Fair that is sponsored by the Grange.

In Old Lyme, she was a member of the former Old Lyme Grange 162 where she served as Secretary and volunteered for many charitable programs. She was also a member of The Old Lyme Historical Society …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 20 in The New Britain Herald.

Although Henri Now a Tropical Storm, Similar Impacts Anticipated as if Still a Hurricane

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LYME/OLD LYME — Tropical Storm Henri is nearing a landfall in southern New England and has already produced flooding rain in parts of the Northeast.

Henri center is located about 30 miles east-southeast of Montauk, New York. Despite weakening from a Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm Sunday morning, its impacts including flooding rain, strong winds and storm surge flooding are expected to be the same, regardless ..

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Latest Update on Henri From CT Dept. of Emergency Management



At 8:00 AM Tropical Storm Henri was located at Lat. 40.7 North Long. 71.3 West or approximately 40 miles south southeast of Montauk Point, Long Island.  Henri is moving to the north northwest at 16 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 70 MPH.

At 8:00 AM radar showed rain bands from Tropical Storm Henri moving across the state from  southeast to northwest.  North winds are currently gusting to around 35 MPH along the southeast coast.  During the next few hours bands of rain and wind will continue moving into Connecticut from southeast to northwest.  Winds will increase across the state with the strongest winds in the southeast corner of the state.  Henri is now forecast to make landfall near the Connecticut/Rhode Island border between 1:00 – 2:00 PM as a strong tropical storm with sustained winds of 65 MPH and gusts to 80 MPH.

Moderate Coastal Flooding Expected: High tide this morning occurs in New London at 9:49 AM and in Bridgeport at 11:52 AM.  A storm surge of 3 feet is expected to cause high end moderate flooding along the coast (west of the storm track) during the times of high tide.

Moderate River and Major Urban Flooding Expected: Henri is forecast to bring 4” – 6” of rainfall to most of the state.  This rainfall will likely cause moderate to major urban flooding and moderate river and stream flooding starting this morning and lasting into late this evening.

Moderate to Major Tree and Powerline Damage Possible: Winds may gust to 60 – 75 MPH at times in southeastern CT late this morning and early this afternoon.  Wind gusts of 40 – 60 MPH are expected across the rest of the state.  These strong wind gusts could cause major tree and powerline damage in southeastern CT and moderate tree and powerline damage across the rest of the state.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security will continue to closely monitor the track of T.S. Henri.

Another update will be sent out at 10:15 a.m.