September 25, 2022

Community Calendar

OL Fire Dept. Holds Holiday Toy & Giving Drive @ Halls Rd. & Lyme Street
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Fire Department will holding a Holiday Toy & Giving Drive on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Lyme Street Fire Department and on Halls Rd. near Big Y.  Donations are welcome as well as new unopened toys.

All donations will be distributed with the assistance of Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau to Lyme and Old Lyme families in need.

Con Brio Presents 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert @ Christ The King Church
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Musical Masterworks Concert
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
SECWAC Presents Gery Barry on ‘Healthcare Policy Insights from Around the Globe’ @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme & Virtual
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Essex Winter Series Presents ‘BeethovenFest’ @ Valley Regional High School,
Dec 19 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lyme & Old Lyme Town Halls Closed
Dec 24 all-day
Christmas Day
Dec 25 all-day
Lyme & Old Lyme Town Halls Closed
Dec 31 all-day
New Year’s Day Hikes with Lyme Land Trust (Choice of Six) @ Various Preserves in Lyme
Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Welcome In The New Year 2022! @ Lyme Public Hall
Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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
Region 18 Board of Education Meeting @ Center School BOE Conference Room & virtual
Jan 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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 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

POSTPONED: Basketball Double-Header: LOLHS Boys & Girls v OS @ Old Saybrook HS
Jan 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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

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

POSTPONED: Essex Winter Series Presents Brentano String Quartet with Mihae Lee, Piano @ Valley Regional HS
Jan 9 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2nd Distribution of COVID Self-Tests, Masks to Lyme Residents @ Hamburg Fire Station
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
History of Jazz Virtual Program, Includes Live Performance @ Virtual
Jan 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

LYME/OLD LYME — On Wednesday, Jan. 12, the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and the Lyme Public Library are co-sponsoring a virtual event that includes a live performance, a lecture and music trivia. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Learn how Jazz was an advocate for the Civil Rights Movement, with proceeds from concerts helping to finance major events such as the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington in 1963.
Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a Master Flutist, a jazz historian, and an educator, will chronicle music from the turn of the century to present day and highlight various artists, their music, their struggles, and their influence on the evolution of jazz.
‘First Impressions’ Associate Artist and ‘Congratulations’ Exhibitions Open at LAA @ Lyme Art Association
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
‘Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective’ Opens at Lyme Academy @ Lyme Academy of Fine Arts
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Martin Luther King Day: Lyme & OL Town Halls Closed
Jan 17 all-day
Unveiling of Mural Created by PARJE in Norwich
Jan 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Registration/Rehearsal for Cappella Cantorum MasterWorks Chorus Spring Program @ Trinity Lutheran Church, Centerbrook
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Lyme Board of Selectmen Regular Meeting @ Lyme Town Hall
Jan 18 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
OL Board of Selectmen’s Special Meeting @ Old Lyme Town Hall
Jan 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
LWVSECT Hosts Virtual Climate Presentation @ Virtual
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

NIANTIC — 1/17 UPDATE — We have been advised that this event will now be held by Zoom only.

On Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 at 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut (LWVSECT) will host a presentation on the subject of climate. The event will be held at Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Ave, Niantic (use the upper level parking lot) and all are welcome

The Program will also be accessible via Zoom at: F2b05PbkNFZz09

The presenter will be LWVSECT member Emily Polakowski, who was a League delegate to the United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) held in November 2021 in  Glasgow, Scotland, and a member of the LWVSECT.

Vaccination and masks are  required for entry.

Polakowski will talk about her attendance at the U.N. Climate Summit (COP 26)  in Glasgow where she represented the League of Women Voters – U.S. as an  observer delegate to the event.

Her talk will cover the set-up of the conference and she will:

  • offer a brief history of  climate negotiations
  • provide background climate information and terms
  • share what she learned from events that she attended at the conference
  • discuss what actions  one can take today to help limit climate change on a local and national level.

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the event.

The League of Women Voters has been celebrating its 100th anniversary in  2021 and looks forward to continuing its non-partisan, political, educational mission  on subjects of import to all.

The League welcomes men and women as members of its organization.

Visit this link for further information about the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut.

Presentation on “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” @ Lyme Public Library
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
‘Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed’ Presentation via Zoom @ Virtual via Zoom
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Conversation on MLK’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham, Ala. Jail’ @ Saint Ann's Episcopal Church
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm