September 26, 2022

Community Calendar

Oct
1
Fri
Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Carmen’ at The United Theater, Westerly, R.I.
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oct
2
Sat
Lyme, Old Lyme DTC Hosts ‘Meet The Candidates’ @ Old Lyme DTC HQ
Oct 2 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
3
Sun
Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Carmen’ at The United Theater, Westerly, R.I.
Oct 3 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
8
Fri
Old Lyme Open Space Commission Meeting, In-Person & Call-In Options @ Phone-in
Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

OLD LYME — On Friday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m., the Old Lyme Open Space Commission will offer the public an opportunity during their in-person meeting at Old Lyme Town Hall to call with questions or comments about the Town’s proposed acquisition of 41-1 and 41-4 Whippoorwill Road.

This purchase will add 35 acres to the existing Ames Open Space, with improved access to its trail system.

While the Board of Selectmen and the Board of Finance have approved this transaction, it still needs to go before the Planning Commission and a Town Meeting before the sale can take place.

It should be noted that the land being purchased and the roadway leading to it are still private property and not open to the public.

Readers can call into the Open Space Commission’s meeting by dialing 1-605-472-5727 and entering access code 3819718.

The full agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Hybrid Meeting, Open to the Public

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes from September 10, 2021
  3. Welcome to the Public: Open Discussion on the proposed acquisition of the Ames Open Space 35 acres
  4. Land Steward Report: Peter Norris
  5. Existing Business
    1. Open Space Property Updates
    2. Ames Open Space: Amanda Blair
    3. Bartholomew Open Space: Amanda Blair
    4. Champlain North: Steven Calcagni
    5. McCulloch Family Open Space: Amanda Blair
    6. Eklund Pond Open Space: Anne Welles
  6. Grant Activity
    1. Rockfall Foundation & Hartford Audubon Society Grants: Andrea Fenton
    2. Future Applications
  7. Community Outreach
    Hikers Happy Hour
  8. Inland Wetlands Commission Report: Evan Griswold
  9. Conservation Commission Report: Gary Gregory
  10. New Business
    1. 2022 Schedule of Commission Meetings
    2. Additional New Business?
  11. Public Comment
  12. Executive Session – As Necessary
  13. Adjourn

Editor’s Note: For more on this story, visit this link.

Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Carmen’ at ‘The Kate’
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Oct
10
Sun
Salt Marsh Opera Presents ‘Carmen’ at ‘The Kate’
Oct 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
16
Sat
‘Pirate Day’ at the Flo Gris Museum @ Florence Griswold Museum
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

11am to 4pm
Pirate Day
Free with Museum Admission
Come meet the Free Men of the Seaarrr-fully good re-enactors who bring the myths and history of pirates and privateers to life. Visiting FOLLY WOODS for one special day only. Ask questions, pose for photos, and learn something new!

Fundraising Reception Celebrating Opening of Lyme Academy’s Inaugural Exhibition, ‘Memento Vivere’ @ Chauncey Stillman Gallery – Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Oct
20
Wed
‘Meet the Candidates’ for the Region 18 Board of Education @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
21
Thu
Lyme Art Association Hosts ‘Palate to Palette’ @ Lyme Art Association
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Oct
23
Sat
Unplugged Weekend
Oct 23 all-day
Musical Masterworks Opening Concert of 2021-22 Season @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct
24
Sun
Unplugged Weekend
Oct 24 all-day
Nov
1
Mon
Old Lyme Board of Selectmen’s In-Person Debate @ TBD
Nov 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OLD LYME — After the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce’s efforts to organize an in-person debate between the candidates for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen fell through, the Old Lyme Republican and Democratic Town Committees joined by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau are now working together to try and make it happen.

The tentative date and time for the debate are currently Monday, Nov. 1, at 5 or 5:30 p.m. The location is yet to be confirmed but is likely to be either Old Lyme Town Hall or Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Both LymeLine.com and the CT Examiner have been asked to solicit questions from their readers for possible inclusion in the debate. We therefore invite readers to send us their questions as soon as possible. Please send them via email to editor@lymeline.com with the subject line “Questions for BOS Debate.” Feel free to submit multiple questions if you wish.

We will update details of the debate as they are finalized, but in the meantime, send us your questions!

Nov
2
Tue
Election Day — LOL Schools Closed
Nov 2 all-day
Nov
8
Mon
Old Lyme Zoning Commission Monthly Meeting: Includes Continuation of Public Hearing of Town’s Application for New Halls Road Village District @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
17
Wed
Community Forum on Pre-K- 8 Facilities Study @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

OLD LYME — A meeting for the Pre-K- 8 Facilities study will be held Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the LOLMS auditorium. QA+M Architecture will present recommendations based on their assessment of existing conditions, evaluation of buildings, and future cost estimation for repairs and updates to Center School, Lyme School, Mile Creek School, and Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School.

Nov
28
Sun
CANCELLED: LAA Opening Reception for ‘Deck the Walls’ Show, Gallery Still Open @ Lyme Art Association
Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

OLD LYME — The Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) perennially popular holiday art exhibition and sale, Deck the Walls, is on view Nov. 19, through Jan. 2, 2022. More than 200 original works of art by member artists will be on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.

Concurrently, Hands on the Land, an exhibition reflecting on human impact on the local landscape, will be on view. This show is a collaboration with the Connecticut River Museum and was previously on view there.

The opening reception for both shows is on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. All painting purchases from 4 p.m. on Nov. 27 through 4 p.m. Nov. 28 will be tax-free.

“For Deck the Walls, the Lyme Art Association features a wide variety of appealing subjects at affordable prices that are great for holiday shopping. We hope to help solve those gift giving dilemmas – a beautiful piece of artwork is always appreciated!” says Jocelyn Zallinger, Gallery Manager.

“During the holiday season, the Lyme Art Association is a great place to come for a gentle activity for children on school vacation or for visiting guests. Whether you have a few minutes or more than an hour, the gallery is a wonderful way to decompress, stimulate conversation, or simply enjoy yourself,” says Laurie Pavlos, Executive Director.

The LAA is free and open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

The LAA is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road. Call 860-434-7802 for more information, or visit www.lymeartassociation.org.

Dec
4
Sat
‘Holiday Enchantment and Tree Lighting’ at Lyme Academy @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Dec 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
8
Wed
LOL Schools Host Community Forum on Strategic Plan @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dec
10
Fri
Con Brio Presents 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert @ Christ The King Church
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Dec
12
Sun
Con Brio Presents 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert @ Christ The King Church
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Dec
19
Sun
Essex Winter Series Presents ‘BeethovenFest’ @ Valley Regional High School,
Dec 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
24
Fri
Lyme & Old Lyme Town Halls Closed
Dec 24 all-day
Jan
3
Mon
Lyme Board of Selectmen Meeting @ Lyme Town Hall
Jan 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
CANCELLED! Old Lyme Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jan 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
5
Wed
Region 18 Board of Education Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
7
Fri
Last Day for OL Residents to Complete Old Lyme’s ARPA Survey
Jan 7 all-day

Town Hall illustration by Old Lyme resident Edie Twining.

Survey Results Will be Used to Help Determine Allocation of $2.162M in Federal Funds by the Town

OLD LYME — Old Lyme residents, business owners, and organization leaders are encouraged to take the Old Lyme Pandemic Recovery Survey to share how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their family or organization. The survey closes Jan. 7, 2022.

Conducted by the Town’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Committee, the survey is expected to give the ARPA Committee valuable insight into what households, businesses, and nonprofits experienced during the pandemic and how they are coping 22 months later.
The survey results will inform the Committee’s recommendations to the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen in 2022. The Town was allocated $2.162 million by the Federal Government to be allocated in pandemic recovery. Strict adherence to Federal spending guidelines will be followed.

The survey is not an application for funds, but rather data gathering on the pandemic’s effects on Old Lyme. Town projects or programs will be determined after the survey, and applications for assistance will be sought following the set guidelines.

The survey can be found at OldLymeSurvey.com and print copies will be available at the Town Hall reception desk beginning Tuesday, Dec. 14. The committee asks that one survey is filled out per household or organization. Responses are anonymous unless the survey taker chooses to share their contact information at the end.

The Federal guidelines relating to how Old Lyme and other municipalities may use the Federal funds are as follows:

  • Support public health expenditures, e.g., funding COVID-19 mitigation efforts, medical expenses, behavioral healthcare, and certain public health and safety staff
  • Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency, including economic harms to workers, households, small businesses, impacted industries, and the public sector
  • Replace lost public sector revenue, using this funding to provide government services to the extent of the reduction in revenue experienced due to the pandemic
  • Provide premium pay for essential workers, offering additional support to those who have and will bear the greatest health risks because of their service in critical infrastructure sectors
  • Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure, making necessary investments to improve access to clean drinking water, support vital wastewater and stormwater infrastructure, and to expand access to broadband internet.

To learn more about the ARPA Committee, visit https://www.oldlyme-ct.gov/american-rescue-plan-committee

Jan
8
Sat
Drive-Thru Pick-up of COVID-19 Self-Tests, N95 Masks for OL Residents @ Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

COVID-19 self-tests will be distributed at Saturday morning’s drive-thru event in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Town of Old Lyme received an additional, but limited, quantity of COVID-19 test kits and N95 masks from the state.

Four hundred (400) test kits and N95 masks are available to distribute, and these test kits are again being prioritized for residents, “who currently need to make wise decisions about quarantining or isolating because they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.”

A ‘Drive-Thru Pickup’ is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. or until supplies are exhausted on the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School driveway behind Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau for Old Lyme residents, who meet the criteria stated above.

Enter from the Center School driveway entrance. Residents will need to show ID.

The quantity of test kits and masks being distributed will be one test kit containing two tests and four N95 masks per household.

At this time, the state is expected to receive additional shipments. When the Town of Old Lyme receives additional deliveries, future drive-thru events will be scheduled and then announced.

To stay in touch regarding when additional test-kits and masks become available for distribution, simply text OLCOVID19 to 888777 on your phone.  The most recent information about COVID-19 test kit and mask distribution events will be shared there as well as on the Town of Old Lyme website, the Town’s social media platforms and with the Town’s media partners, which include LymeLine.com.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued Jan. 6 by Old Lyme Emergency Services Director David Roberge.

Jan
9
Sun
POSTPONED: Essex Winter Series Presents Brentano String Quartet with Mihae Lee, Piano @ Valley Regional HS
Jan 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm