June 24, 2022

Community Calendar

Dec
12
Sun
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.

Musical Masterworks Concert
Dec 12 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dec
15
Wed
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
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
Dec
31
Fri
Lyme & Old Lyme Town Halls Closed
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
1
Sat
Welcome In The New Year 2022! @ Lyme Public Hall
Jan 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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
11
Tue
2nd Distribution of COVID Self-Tests, Masks to Lyme Residents @ Hamburg Fire Station
Jan 11 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Jan
12
Wed
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.
Jan
17
Mon
Unveiling of Mural Created by PARJE in Norwich
Jan 17 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Jan
19
Wed
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85793934144pwd=TktDbGlyeFhhZFpzTH 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.

Jan
20
Thu
Presentation on “Eastern Coyotes in Connecticut” @ Lyme Public Library
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jan
22
Sat
‘Propagating Pollinator Plants from Seed’ Presentation via Zoom @ Virtual via Zoom
Jan 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Jan
23
Sun
Conversation on MLK’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham, Ala. Jail’ @ Saint Ann's Episcopal Church
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Jan
26
Wed
Presentation on CT’s ‘Great’ and ‘Buried’ Rivers @ Old Lyme PGN Library & virtual
Jan 26 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Taking a trip down the Hog River — Connecticut’s only buried river.

OLD LYME — Did you know Connecticut has a ‘Buried River’? It is the Hog River, which was buried under the City of Hartford in the 1940’s.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., enjoy a conversation with Dick Shriver, publisher of the local Estuary magazine, and Elizabeth Normen, publisher of Connecticut Explored, and also the author of “My Ride Down the Hog River,” which is published in Estuary’s winter issue.  

They will discuss stories about the environmental history of the state’s iconic “Great River,” and, in contrast, the little, buried Hog River.

Register here for a link to this virtual program. All are welcome and the program is free.

Stop by the library and pick-up free, complimentary winter issues of Connecticut  Explored and/or Estuary magazine.

Jan
27
Thu
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Groton @ Groton Municipal Building
Jan 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

GROTON/LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics TODAY, Thursday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St. and at the Jennings School, 50 Mercer St., New London,

The Moderna vaccine and a limited supply of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available for anyone who is 18 years or older and needs a first or second dose or is eligible for a booster dose. No appointment, insurance, or ID is needed.

The following vaccination clinics are currently scheduled in the district:

  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 3-5 p.m., Ages 18+: Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, Moderna or limited supply J&J
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Ages 5-11 and 18+: Jennings School, 50 Mercer Street, New London, Pfizer 5-11, Moderna or limited supply J&J 18+
  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 12-4 p.m., Ages 5+: McDonald’s, 406 Colman Street, New London, Pfizer 5+, Moderna or J&J 18+

The current booster recommendations are:

For individuals who received the Moderna vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 18+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

For individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 12+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

For individuals who received the J&J vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Mixing & Matching (heterologous series): Both the FDA and CDC support individuals to receive a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received for their primary series if they choose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

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

Ledge Light Health District 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.

LLHD’s mission statement – to prevent disease, illness and injury; to protect and nurture our environment; and to promote improved health and prosperity for all residents – describes in more detail their slogan of “promoting healthy communities.”

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in New London @ Jennings School
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

GROTON/LYME/OLD LYME — Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) will host COVID-19 vaccine clinics TODAY, Thursday, Jan. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian St. and at the Jennings School, 50 Mercer St., New London,

The Moderna vaccine and a limited supply of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available for anyone who is 18 years or older and needs a first or second dose or is eligible for a booster dose. No appointment, insurance, or ID is needed.

The following vaccination clinics are currently scheduled in the district:

  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 3-5 p.m., Ages 18+: Groton Municipal Building, 295 Meridian Street, Groton, Moderna or limited supply J&J
  • Thursday, Jan. 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Ages 5-11 and 18+: Jennings School, 50 Mercer Street, New London, Pfizer 5-11, Moderna or limited supply J&J 18+
  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 12-4 p.m., Ages 5+: McDonald’s, 406 Colman Street, New London, Pfizer 5+, Moderna or J&J 18+

The current booster recommendations are:

For individuals who received the Moderna vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 18+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

For individuals who received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, the following groups are eligible for a booster shot:

  • Severely immunocompromised at 1 month or more after their initial series.
  • Everyone 12+ at 5 months or more after their initial series.

For individuals who received the J&J vaccine, booster shots are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

Mixing & Matching (heterologous series): Both the FDA and CDC support individuals to receive a booster dose that is a different vaccine type than they originally received for their primary series if they choose. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.

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

Ledge Light Health District 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.

LLHD’s mission statement – to prevent disease, illness and injury; to protect and nurture our environment; and to promote improved health and prosperity for all residents – describes in more detail their slogan of “promoting healthy communities.”

Feb
2
Wed
Lyme Library Racial Equity Book Club Hosts ‘Meet the Author’ Special Event @ Virtual
Feb 2 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

LYME — Lyme Public Library hosts best-selling author Kate Clifford Larson via Zoom this evening, Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

She will discuss her new book Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer, which explores the life and work of Fannie Lou Hamer, who rose from humble beginnings in the Mississippi Delta to become one of the most powerful voices in the American civil rights movement.

The special event is co-sponsored with the Bigelow Library in Clinton, Mass. Register to receive the Zoom meeting invitation at programreg@lymepl.org

Feb
5
Sat
Fill-a-Bag Book Sale @ Old Lyme PGN Library
Feb 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Feb
7
Mon
Lower CT River Council of Governments (RiverCOG) Zoom Meeting on Affordable Housing @ Virtual
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Feb
9
Wed
Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission Special Meeting @ Virtual
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sweethearts at Sea: A Love Story in the Age of Whaling @ Lyme Public Library
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sweethearts at Sea: A Love Story in the Age of Whaling, Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.

Historian Amanda Goodheart Parks PhD will present the story of whaling captain John Marble and his wife Elizabeth from Fall River, Massachusetts, who defied 19th-century social customs by sailing together aboard whaleships.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Lyme Public Library.

Contact the library at (860) 434-2272 or lymepl.org for details.

Feb
10
Thu
Future Halls Rd. Overlay District: Zoom Presentation @ Virtual
Feb 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Feb
12
Sat
Lyme Library Cookbook Club @ Lyme Public Library
Feb 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Library Cookbook Club, Saturday, Feb. 12, at 1-3 p.m.

Share your culinary creations at the Cookbook Club at the Lyme Public Library.

This month, choose a recipe from the Lyme Public Library’s Dot Orr collection of cookbooks, which will be available at the library’s circulation desk, so you can make and share edible delights with your fellow participants in the Library’s Community Room.

Contact the library at (860) 434-2272 or lymepl.org for details.

Feb
13
Sun
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast Hosted by LOL Lions @ Lyme-Old Lyme High School Cafteria
Feb 13 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Lyme-Old Lyme Lions Club Hosts Annual Pancake Breakfast

On Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 13, the L-OL Lions Club will offer its annual pancake breakfast to the public, which has been interrupted only once, in 2021, in 30 plus years by the pandemic.

Lyme-Old Lyme High School Cafeteria is the place, and all ages are welcome.

The All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Menu includes pancakes (plain, blueberry, chocolate chip), eggs, sausage, hash browns, a fruit cup, juice, coffee and tea.

There will be door prizes on display, and a 50-50 raffle!  The Robotics team “Technoticks” will be entertaining old and young alike.

Please buy tickets at the door.  Age 2 and under eat FREE. Children 3-12 are $8, Adults are $12, and Seniors 60+ are $10.  All funds raised go toward our Lions scholarships for graduating seniors.

Everyone wear a mask, please!
For more information, contact Bev Lewis (860) 460-5908.
Feb
15
Tue
Old Lyme Affordable Housing Plan Online Community Workshop @ Virtual
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Affordable Housing Commission (OL AHC) and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG) will host an on-line community workshop to discuss the work in progress toward preparing a state-mandated Affordable Housing Plan for Old Lyme.

All Old Lyme residents are encouraged to attend.

The state of housing in Old Lyme and the most recent thinking on a housing strategy to meet current and future needs will be presented.

The OL AHC urges all residents to join, and add their voices to the discussion. Pre-registration is not required.

The connection information for this virtual meeting has been updated as follows:

To join the meeting from your computer, visit: https://oldlymect.webex.com/oldlymect/j.php?MTID=m829e255197f825a697f4a1404be6b776

To join the meeting by telephone: dial 408-418-9388 and enter access code 2349 906 5054

If you had already registered for the previously posted Zoom meeting, you are requested to ignore those instructions and use the Webex connection information above instead.

Feb
16
Wed
Blood Drive @ First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
20
Sun
PARJE Event Featuring Morgan Tuck & Jack Madry @ Lyme Art Association
Feb 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm