September 16, 2021

Halls Road Improvement Committee Seeks Letters of Support for Project to Use in Village District Rezoning Application

The view looking up Halls Road today. The HRIC Master Plan Report offers a vision for its future.

OLD LYME — The Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC) is asking local residents and interested parties, who support the Halls Road Master Plan Report compiled by the BSC Group, to indicate their support by submitting a letter to Town Hall.

Edie Twining, HRIC Chair, explains that the committee is hoping that a substantial show of support will be generated in this way. She says, “This will then be used for both the HRIC rezoning application to create a Halls Road Village District as well as in upcoming HRIC grant applications.”
A sample letter is printed below, which can be printed, signed, and mailed to Town Hall at the address shown. Supporters are naturally welcome to compose their own letters and mail them to the same address.
Twining notes, “The HRIC has also met with many local organizations and businesses to walk through the Master Plan findings and answer questions one-on-one. Committee members have enjoyed great support from everyone they have met with.”
She adds, “The committee is ready and willing to continue this presentation process for any groups looking for more information.”

Editor’s Note: Here is the sample letter:

Support for Halls Road Master Plan

Halls Road is our town’s main retail/commercial center. Going forward, it should be developed with the aim of making it look, feel, and function as a pedestrian-friendly town center. It should have safe and attractive pedestrian and bicycle connections with the historic town center and ‘Arts District’ on Lyme Street. Halls Road in the future should more nearly resemble the small-town, mixed-use neighborhood that Lyme Street was before 1960. 

The limited build-able land along Halls Road should be developed in such a way as to serve the particular needs of Old Lyme. Under the current commercial-only zoning, Halls Road’s location along I-95 means new investment is almost entirely limited to either chain stores (viewing Old Lyme as no more than Exit 70), or truck stops serving highway traffic. This is not what we want for Old Lyme’s future. 

The current housing stock in Old Lyme is overwhelmingly (over 92%) of one kind: a single-family home on its own lot. Halls Road is an appropriate location in which to add other, smaller-scale types of market-rate housing, such as an apartment above a shop, or a condominium in a town house. These options are particularly attractive to the younger and older cohorts of current (or prospective) Old Lyme residents. 

Allowing this kind of mixed-use development along Halls Road has other important advantages for the town. First: a living neighborhood with foot traffic is far better for retail trade, and helps retail businesses resist the growing competition of online commerce. A mixed-use neighborhood along Halls Road improves the chances that Old Lyme will continue to have the convenience of in-person retail shops in 2050. Second, because these housing types are currently scarce in Old Lyme, pent-up demand makes such developments highly attractive to investors. We believe developers would be willing to build some new retail and office space if it were a part of a larger mixed-use (residential and commercial) area. New investment along Halls Road will also increase the town’s tax base and revenues. 

The Halls Road Master Plan Report, prepared by BSC, is a road map to these changes. 

It proposes the Town design and build (with aid from available grants) a safe and attractive pedestrian and cyclist route from Lyme Street to the heart of the Halls Road district, and to make other significant improvements for the safety of walkers and bikers in the area along Halls Road.  

It also proposes the creation of a Halls Road Village District that would allow mixed use to achieve the goals mentioned above. It would also allow the town to establish Design Guidelines to help ensure the “look and feel” of new development along Halls Road is more in keeping with that of historic Lyme Street. 

I/We support the Town’s initiative in creating the Master Plan, and look forward to a Halls Road that will become a new, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly Town Center for Old Lyme in the Mid-21st Century. 

Name____________________________________________________________________

 

Signed_________________________________________________      Date_____________
Organization_______________________________________________________________
 
Please return by mail to: HRIC chair Edie Twining c/o Memorial Town Hall, 52 Lyme St. Old Lyme CT 06372

Dadonna Wins Old Lyme Country Club WGA’s 9-Hole Championship, Kurlansky of Lyme is Runner-Up

Old Lyme WGA’s 18- Hole Champion (right) stands with the trophy and her caddy Carol Gordon.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Country Club Women’s Golf Association (WGA) held its 18- and 9-hole Club Championship play-offs, Aug. 26

The 18-hole finalists were Hollis Barry of Essex and Kacey Constable of Old Saybrook. 

The 9-hole finalists were Carolyn Daddona of Westbrook and Patty Kurlansky of Lyme. 

Old Lyme WGA’s 9- Hole Champion Carolyn Daddona (right) stands with her trophy and caddy Cathy Burnett.

Following tradition, the WGA members followed the players around the course in a caravan of golf carts.  Despite the 90+ degree heat, the women all played exceptionally well. 

The 18-hole Club Champion was Kacey Constable and the 9-hole Club Champion was Carolyn Daddona. 

A champagne toast to the victors was held on the Clubhouse deck at the end of the tournament.

Sept. 15 COVID-19 Update: One New Case Takes Old Lyme’s Cumulative Total to 407, Lyme Holds at 129

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows an increase in COVID-19 case numbers in Old Lyme compared with Tuesday’s report. No new cases were reported in Lyme over the same 24-hour period.

Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases increased by one over the previous reporting day, Sept. 14, from 406 to 407.

Lyme held steady, meanwhile, at a cumulative total of 129 cases.

Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 369 on Aug. 20, meaning there have been 38 new cases since that date just over three weeks ago.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Thursday, Sept. 16, 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 with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates of which we are unaware.

On Thursday, Sept. 16, Lyme-Old Lyme Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser informed the school community that a previously reported positive case of COVID-19 is now impacting Mile Creek School and Center School.

On Monday, Sept. 13, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which had been reported the previous day, was announced.

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

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

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. 9 update, which includes statewide data.

Fun, Food and Finds at Christ The King’s Harvest Festival, Saturday; Silent Auction, Rummage Sale Continue Sunday

Christ The King’s Rummage Sale is always a great place to look for bargains.

OLD LYME — Volunteers at Christ the King Church (CTK) in Old Lyme are putting the final touches on this year’s Harvest Festival, which happens on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly Harvest Festival has a little something for everyone: the massive King’s Rummage Sale features a huge selection of quality furniture, toys, bicycles, sporting goods, collectibles, artwork, housewares, holiday decorations, books, CDs, and DVDs, jewelry, and more.

At the Silent Auction you can bid on all kinds of themed baskets, artwork, and more, plus a few unique items, like a vintage fur jacket and a kid’s electric car.

Beautiful fall plants and produce from Smith’s Acres in East Lyme — as well as some perennials from CTK gardeners — highlight the Plant Sale.

Homemade goodies in the Bake Sale will tempt your sweet tooth,  and an assortment of Games and Crafts will keep the kids entertained.

Be sure to come hungry so you can enjoy lunch served up by the Men’s Club — and live entertainment from talented local musicians.

If you cannot get there Saturday, you can still check out the Silent Auction and the Rummage Sale (with prices drastically reduced) on Sunday morning, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

As always, admission to Christ the King’s Harvest Festival is free.

COVID measures: Hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances, and the number of people in small rooms at any one time will be limited. For the safety of all, everyone is strongly encouraged to wear facemasks, regardless of vaccination status.

Christ the King Church is located at 1 McCurdy Road in Old Lyme. Visit www.christthekingchurch.net for directions, and follow us on Facebook (@christthekingchurcholdlyme) for updates.

For more information, visit www.christthekingchurch.net or call 860-434-1669. 

Volunteer for a ‘Coastal Clean-Up’ at Old Lyme’s White Sand Beach, Rocky Neck State Park, Saturday; Sponsored by ‘Reynolds Subaru of Lyme

Coastal Clean-Up volunteers display the bags of trash collected from the beach at Rocky Neck State Park last year. This event was sponsored by Reynolds Subaru of Lyme. Photo submitted.

OLD LYME/EAST LYME — Are you concerned with the state of our environment? Do you want to help do your part to preserve our coastlines? Then join a volunteer coastal clean-up of White Sand Beach in Old Lyme on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is part of Save the Sound’s annual coastal cleanup efforts, which are held every fall, and sponsored by Reynolds’ Subaru and Subaru of New England.

Last year 78 pounds of garbage were collected at White Sand Beach and Marie Ryan of Old Lyme was the Team Captain. She has stepped up again to fulfill that role for this year’s White Sand Beach Clean-up — contact her to volunteer or for further details at mcargr@aol.com or call her at 860-304-3334. Ryan told LymeLine that she is hoping to find around 12-15 volunteers.

The Connecticut Cleanup is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, which takes place each year during September and October. Volunteers remove trash and collect data that will be used to help stop debris at its source. Around 13 billion trash items were collected globally on International Coastal Cleanup Day in 2020.

Kendall Perkins displays a skull she found during a previous ‘Save The Sound’ Coastal Clean-up Day’ held at White Sand Beach. File photo.

Another opportunity to assist this effort is offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, where you can join Reynolds’ Subaru to help keep that Park clean. Trash items such as cigarette butts, candy wrappers, plastic bags, and gloves/masks are just a few examples of what can be found and removed with your help.

Volunteers will team up and not only collect trash, but also track data on the types of items you find. You can use the Clean Swell app, or paper cards that will be provided for you.

If you would like to join, or if you have any questions, reach out to Jared at Reynolds’ Subaru at events@reynolds1859.com or call (860)434-0028.

There are additional opportunities to assist this effort beyond these local ones. Find a complete list of clean-ups throughout the state at this link, choose your beach and then register. Save the Sound will follow up with details about how to connect with your beach’s Cleanup Captain on the day of the event.

For more information about Save the Sound’s Coastal Cleanup program, visit www.savethesound.org/2021Cleanup or call Save the Sound’s Volunteer Coordinator, Annalisa Paltauf, at (203) 787-0646, Ext.116.

Lyme Public Hall, Congregational Church Host Tag Sales, Saturday

Lyme Public Hall. Photo submitted.

LYME — The George House Tag Sale will be held at the Lyme Public Hall on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale will feature housewares, furniture, jewelry, tools, small appliances, linens, toys, sporting goods, gift items and unexpected treasures. 

Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Lyme Public Hall building, the Lyme Local History Archives, and programs for the public. 

Concurrently, the First Congregational Church of Lyme will be holding a sale of children’s items (clothing, toys, etc.) and also serving food. 

The Lyme Public Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Rd. (Rte. 156) in Lyme, Conn. and the church is adjacent.  

Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden Takes Shape, Invites Community to Open House, Saturday

Volunteers tend the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden at Town Woods Park.

OLD LYME — In March 2021, a group of interested residents of Lyme and Old Lyme met on Zoom to plan the Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden (LOLFSG), a garden dedicated to growing and donating all produce to local food pantries. As the end of summer draws near, the group is delighted to share their progress and invite readers to visit the site.

The LOLFSG will be holding two Open House/Work Sessions on two upcoming Saturdays, Sept. 18 and Sept. 25 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the garden, which is located behind the field house and playground at Town Woods Park.  All are welcome.

Jim Ward, who conceived the original idea for the garden and has been the driving force behind its development, explained, “Board members are anxious and excited to share the progress we have made in establishing the garden and look forward to answering any questions concerning our vision.”

In the months following the inaugural meeting, the LOLGSF participated in a crowdsourcing fundraiser sponsored by Sustainable CT in which 82 donors helped raise $8350.  With $7500 of those funds being matched, the LOLFSG was able to purchase fencing materials and broke ground at Town Woods Park in June.

A view of the Community Share Garden showing the three raised beds in the background.

Ward commented enthusiastically, “Through the dedicated efforts of volunteers, an eight-foot deer fence has been erected, the installation of an irrigation system is in progress, three raised beds have been built and additional in-ground beds have been prepared.  We are on track to plant and harvest our first crops in Spring 2022!”

As the number of LOLFSG members increases, volunteers of all ages are invited to join the organization. Ward invites readers to consider volunteering, visiting the garden, or continuing to support the LOLFSG financially.

He notes, “Our next steps are to complete the installation of the irrigation system, install electricity, erect a storage shed and garden (plant, weed, water, harvest).   Updates and additional photos are available through Facebook, Instagram or at the LOLFSG website.”

Sept. 14 COVID-19 Update: Three New Cases Take Old Lyme’s Cumulative Total to 406, Lyme Holds at 129

Photo by CDC on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows a further increase in COVID-19 case numbers in Old Lyme compared with Monday’s report. No new cases were reported in Lyme over the same 24-hour period.

Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases rose by three over the previous reporting day, Sept. 13, from 403 to 406.

Lyme held steady, meanwhile, at a cumulative total of 129 cases.

Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 369 on Aug. 20, meaning there have been 37 new cases since that date just over three weeks ago.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Wednesday, Sept. 15, 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 with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates of which we are unaware.

On Monday, Sept. 13, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which had been reported the previous day, was announced.

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

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 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.

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. 9 update, which includes statewide data.

Old Lyme Residents Approve $42K Related to Police, Ranger Hours at Special Town Meeting; Some Reimbursement of Amount by Federal Government Anticipated

OLD LYME — UPDATED 9/15: More than 100 people attended an Old Lyme Special Town Meeting held last night in the auditorium of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. Those present approved by a voice vote the single item on the agenda regarding whether to appropriate $42,000 in connection with Old Lyme Police overtime and Ranger time incurred during the fiscal year 2020-21.

Some of the $42,000 was incurred in connection with the Town’s response to the COVID-19 virus and the Town expects that amount to be partially reimbursed to the Town by the U.S. Federal Government.

This was the second time this motion had been brought to a vote after failing to pass at an Old Lyme Special Town Meeting held Aug. 16.

Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read a related Letter to the Editor from Kathleen Tracy.

Death of Agnes Quaini O’Connor, 90; Long-time Resident, Community Volunteer of Old Lyme

OMAHA, NEB./OLD LYME — Agnes was born as a United States citizen in Varese, Lombardy, Italy on January 18, 1931, … she married Joseph E. O’Connor in West Haven on July 4, 1953 …

After moving many times with the Navy, Agnes and Joe moved to their beloved Old Lyme in 1979 …

She served on the Lyme-Old Lyme School Board for many years, including a term as Chairwoman. She was a lifelong learner who loved reading and was a generous volunteer and donor at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library and would often say “if you can read, you can learn to do anything.” She loved nature and was an avid gardener and member of the Duck River Garden Club and the Florence Griswold Museum Garden Gang as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Old Lyme Land Trust …

Agnes … was very involved at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme in many capacities over the last 40 years …

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11:00am in Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, CT. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371 …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Agnes Q. O’Connor to …

Visit this link to read the full obituary, published on DignityMemorial.com

A la Carte: Two Columns This Week and a ‘Nibbles’ Too! Enjoy Eggplant Parm Panini, Clam Chowder with Corn & Chorizo

A la Carte-1: Creamy Corn and Clam Chowder with Crispy Chorizo

Lee White

It was a really nice week. My oldest Troy childhood friend in the world visited for two days. (Her name is Rosalie. She is about a year older than me and, no, I was not named after her.) We ate lobster rolls at Captain Scott, I grilled steaks on the grill and we had sweet corn and a big salad, and the last night we ate not-great pizza and Coca-Cola, like we did a gazillion years ago.

I also had a nice coffee chat with David Collins at Mystic Depot and we talked for almost an hour. He suggested I stop at Sea Well on Masons Island and buy a pint of the scallop and bacon soup he thinks is incredible. I did and he is right; see the Nibbles* column below.

Best of all was I got my COVID booster shot. The day before the storm, I stopped at Stop & Shop to pick up a few things (not toilet paper or a gallon of milk). I went to the pharmacy on-site and asked if I could get the booster. I filled two forms and got my shot. Sunday I ran a fever for about 14 hours, during which I took a couple of ibuprofen. Today I am fine.

Oh, yes, Bon Appetit magazine came in the mail. There were nice ideas for autumn meals, but I saw a recipe (below) that required sweet corn. Our local sweet corn will probably be available for at least another month. I love clam chowder and this recipe uses the blended corn as a thickener. But feel free to add a soupcon of heavy cream or a pat of butter when you serve it!

Creamy Corn and Clam Chowder with Crispy Chorizo

Photo by Kevin Lanceplaine on Unsplash.

Adapted from Bon Appetit, September, 2021
Yield: 4 servings

5 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
4 ounces fresh chorizo, preferably Mexican, casings removed (any dry sausage will do)
1 teaspoon hot smoked Spanish paprika or regular smoked paprika
1 medium onion, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
24 littleneck clams (about 2 pounds), scrubbed
4 ears of corn, kernels removed (about 4 cups)
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Kosher salt (I use fine sea salt)
Cilantro leaves with tender stems (for serving, optional)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large pot over medium-heat. Add chorizo and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon and stirring every minute or so, until browned and crisp. About 5 minutes. Sprinkle in paprika and stir to combine, then scrape chorizo and all into a small bowl. Wipe out pot.

Pour remaining 2 tablespoons oil into same pot . Add onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, and adding a splash of water if starting to brown, until softened but not browned, 10-12 minutes. Add clams and toss to combine. Cover pot and cook until clams open, 5 to 7 minutes. Uncovered and transfer opened clams to a medium bowl, leaving liquid behind. If any clams are still closed, cover pot again and cook remaining until opened, about 4 minutes more. Transfer open clams to bowl, discard any that have not opened at this point. Tent bowl with foil.

Pour 3 cups water into pot and bring to a simmer. Add corn kernels and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Remove pot from heat and puree one third of chowder in a blender until very smooth. Return puree to pot and mix well. (Or use an immersion blender, if you have one and blend directly into the pot until you have blended about one-third and chowder is partly thickened.) Stir in lime juice, taste and season with salt if needed.

Divide chowder among shallow bowls and add clams. Spoon chorizo and oil over and scatter some cilantro on top (if you are using cilantro; I know some people hate it!)

A la Carte-2: Eggplant Parm Panini

One of the many vegetables I never tasted growing up was eggplant. As I have mentioned before, the only veggies I grew up with were canned green beans, canned peas and canned corn. We didn’t have a garden, but in the summer we would have fresh sweet corn and local tomatoes. If we had salad, it was iceberg lettuce, anemic tomatoes, maybe a few chunks of cucumber and a choice of bottled dressing. 

I love everything about eggplant—its shiny exterior, its gushiness in a ratatouille, roasted in the oven or the whole eggplant charred on the grill. Eggplants are best when they are young. They do not need to be peeled. They are watery, so you can slice them, salt them a bit and allow the slices to dehydrate between paper towels. 

In my newest issue of Real Simple magazine, I cut out four recipes, one for eggplant on a panini. The next morning I looked at a shelf in my kitchen and saw my panini press. Why had I not used it during the pandemic? Or even before it?

This recipe can be made in a panini press or in a skillet pressed down by another. The recipe calls for roasting the eggplant in the oven, but you could do it on your grill. You don’t need to fry it in a lot of oil. It is particularly delicious while tomatoes are still luscious and local.

Eggplant Parm Panini

Photo by Huzeyfe Turan on Unsplash.

From Real Simple, September, 2021
Yield: makes 4 sandwiches

1 eggplant, cut into 8 1-inch rounds
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 1-pound ciabatta, split horizontally and quartered (8 slices total)
1 big tomato, cut into 8 thick slices
¼ cup fresh basil leaves
1 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about ½ cup)
¼ cup marinara sauce 

Place a large, rimmed baking sheet in oven and preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss eggplant with oil in a large bowl until fully coated. Arrange eggplant evenly on preheated baking sheet; roast, flipping halfway through, until tender and browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a grill pan over high (or heat a panini press).

Season eggplant with ½ teaspoon salt. Place 2 eggplant slices on each of the 4 bread slices. Top eggplant with tomato slices; season with remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Top with basil and mozzarella; sprinkle with Parmesan. Portion each with marinara. Top remaining 4 bread slices with marinara and form 4 sandwiches.

Place two sandwiches on grill pan and top with another heavy pan, pressing down to flatten sandwiches. Cook, flipping once, until cheese has melted and bread is crispy and browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. (Or cook all 4 sandwiches in a panini press.)  

*Nibbles:  Sea Well Seafood Mystic Scallops and Bacon Chowder

David Collins has written for The Day for as long as I have. Now he has a column but when he was a reporter, he did some good restaurant reviews. So he suggested I try Sea Well’s scallop and bacon chowder, I drove the few minutes to Masons Island by 9:45 a.m. but it didn’t open until 10, so I sat in my car, windows open to the sea air and read on my Kindle.

The chowder must be lots of people’s favorite because the nice clerk pointed to plastic containers in the cooler. I took one home. That night I had it with a salad. It was thick with milk or cream or butter, or all three; the scallops were chunky and really tender, and the bacon was a splendid, salty counterpoint to the excellent soup. 

There is another Sea Well in Pawcatuck at 3 Liberty St. (860-599-2082). When we lived in Canterbury, I drove 40 minutes there to buy fish. On my first visit, a chalk board said they had cod pieces. I laughed and laughed, but no one there thought it was funny. I guess you had to read about Shakespeare plays in the 15th and 16th century! 

Sea Well Seafood Mystic
106 Masons Island Road
Mystic, CT 06355
Tel: 860-415-9210

Sept. 13 COVID-19 Update: Two New Cases Apiece Take Old Lyme’s Cumulative Total to 403, Lyme’s Total to 129

Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Daily Data Report issued Monday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. by the Connecticut Department of Health shows further increases in COVID-19 case numbers in both Lyme and Old Lyme over the weekend. Reports are not issued on Public Holidays, Saturdays or Sundays.

Old Lyme’s cumulative total of confirmed cases rose by two over the previous reporting day, Sept. 10, from 401 to 403. Sept. 10 totals were up one to 401 for Old Lyme and steady at 127 for Lyme from the Sept. 9 numbers.

Lyme also recorded an increase of two in its cumulative case total from 127 to 129.

Old Lyme’s cumulative case total stood at 369 on Aug. 20, meaning there have been 34 new cases since that date just over two weeks ago.

The next Connecticut Daily Data Report will be issued Tuesday, Sept. 14, around 4 p.m.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools

This is the latest information that we have with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates of which we are unaware.

On Monday, Sept. 13, a positive case of COVID-19 impacting Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, which had been reported the previous day, was announced.

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

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 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.

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. 9 update, which includes statewide data.

SECWAC Hosts Presentation on ‘Haiti and Democracy’ Tonight; Registration for Zoom Option Still Open

Professor Laurent Dubois will speak Tuesday on ‘Haiti and Democracy.’

OLD LYME — On Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m., Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council hosts Professor Laurent Dubois, Co-Director for Academic Affairs of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia, speaking on,“Haiti & Democracy.

This event is presented in collaboration with the local organization Sister Cities Essex Haiti (SCEH) and is a hybrid online/in-person presentation.

The SECWAC Annual Meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. and Professor Dubois will be introduced at 6 p.m.

With comfort and safety in mind, this program and many following will be offered as a hybrid event – both in-person and available by Zoom.

Limited in-person attendance at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is offered but registration for it is now closed. Masks will be required during the in-person event, and there will be no pre-meeting hors d’oeuvres.

Zoom registration is still open. If you plan to attend via Zoom, click here to register as a virtual attendee.

The topic of “Haiti & Democracy” is based on his 2013 book Haiti: The Aftershocks of History and current events in Haiti. Dubois’ book will be available from Bank Square Books at the meeting or is sold online (free shipping).

How can an understanding of the broader history of Haiti help us understand the current political impasse in the country?

In this talk, Dubois will offer some guideposts for understanding the long-term history of the country, focusing on the complex political and cultural dynamics that have shaped the present. He will discuss how and why the relationship between Haiti and the U.S. has developed as it has, the impact that relationship has had on the way North Americans often see Haiti, and how to move beyond certain kinds of limited and damaging interpretations towards a fuller, more capacious understanding.

The goal of the presentation, and the discussion to follow, will be to map out productive ways of engaging with Haiti’s history and culture, and thinking collectively about the future of the U.S.-Haiti relationship.

REGISTER TO ATTEND VIA ZOOM

Laurent Dubois’ compelling book, Haiti the Aftershocks of History, traces the history of Haiti from pre-slavery days through the revolution, and the following eras up to this century. He is a specialist in the history and culture of France and the Caribbean, focusing mainly on Haiti.

He has received  The Frederick Douglas prize as well as Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships for his writing.

At Duke University for the past decade, he was professor of history and also co-chair for the Franklin Humanities Center’s Haiti Laboratory for three years.

He is now at the University of Virginia as a co-director of the Democracy Institute. Learn more about his recent appointment as co-director here.

 

Alberio, Andromeda, Milky Way & More: Super Sights on Most Recent ‘Dark Skies’ Night in Lyme

The Milky Way rising like steam from the teapot of Sagittarius. Photo by Roger Charbonneau Jr.

LYME — As the setting sun dipped below the horizon on the evening of Sept. 3, the quick cooling gave a hint of the damp night to come. Indeed, our equipment was already showing bits of moisture as the wet air let go of its precious cargo.

Unlike previous sessions, the moisture-laden air belied the towns and cities nearby as their unshielded light fixtures reflected against the water vapor in the atmosphere. With this unmistakable glow, we all became aware first-hand of the insidious effects of light pollution.

Despite that, we were ready to observe whatever this evening’s skies were ready to reveal.

Early in the evening, we had reviewed what a Dobsonian telescope is all about, and how it differs in form and function from the other telescopes on hand, namely, Schmidt Cassegrain reflectors.

We also did a quick review of how to locate the Summer Triangle, Polaris, the Little Dipper, and the handle of the Big Dipper. The bowl of the Big Dipper was below the tree line all night, as it will be for several months to come. 

Most striking of the early ‘stars’ to shine in the night sky was the great planet Jupiter and its four brightest moons. Throughout the night we checked back in on Jupiter, and by night’s end it was readily apparent that those little dots of light had actually moved in their orbits around Jupiter.

Up and to the right of Jupiter, we also trained our telescopes on Saturn and its glorious rings. The next few months will afford ongoing opportunities to see both of these gas giants all night long.

With the sky darkening more slowly than usual because of the high humidity and resultant glare of city lights, we challenged ourselves to observe the Milky Way. Lyme skies are pretty dark, and it became easier and easier to discern the Milky Way as the dusk turned to night. Even in the poor seeing conditions that night, everyone was able to see the obvious ‘steam rising from the teapot’ of Sagittarius. At the zenith, the Great Rift of the Milky Way was visible to all. 

From there, we checked in on the globular cluster M13 in Hercules and the open cluster M25 in Sagittarius. Later in the night, we brought M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, into view in Scott Mallory’s 12” Dobsonian.

Despite being almost 3 million light-years away, Andromeda is our home galaxy’s nearest neighbor. It can be observed in binoculars, and on a dark night, it can even be discerned with the naked eye.

To learn how to spot Andromeda, we traced out the Great Square of Pegasus, and then learned how the right-hand triangle of the “W” of Cassiopeia points to Andromeda, and how to star-hop along the lower left corner of Pegasus’ Great Square to the precise location of that great galaxy.

The binary star Alberio. Photo by Alan Sheiness.

At the end of the evening, we observed Alberio, the nose of Cygnus the Swan, and we could all see that it is actually a beautiful binary pair of stars of contrasting colors.

The Lyme Land Trust will continue to hold monthly dark sky observing sessions, usually on the Friday night closest to new moon. As always, first-timers without any equipment are welcome to share the evening with us.

We also highly encourage those with telescopes to bring them out, even if it has been a while since they were taken through their paces. This way, our debutantes will be able to spread out and share the views from more telescopes. Scott and I will be happy to help with setup if your skills have become rusty.

Our observing site is likely just what you have been hoping for. We have acres of open field, with the east and south tree lines well off in the distance, and Polaris visible above the tree line to the north. And we have two other prepped sites in the same large field to allow a setup that better favors the west or the north, if need be.

Learn more about our upcoming astronomy sessions at lymelandtrust.org.

And most of all, come on out!

About the author: Alan Sheiness is a 10-year resident of Lyme, CT, and treasurer of the Lyme Land Trust (LLT). A life-long astronomy enthusiast and astrophotographer, Sheiness is a promoter of dark skies and along with Lyme resident Scott Mallory has established a new astronomy program as part of LLT’s public offerings. Contact them at alan.sheiness@icloud.com and scott.mallory@gmail.com .

Old Lyme to Hold Special Town Meeting Tonight; New Location, In-Person Only Attendance to be Permitted

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Board of Selectmen will hold a Special Town Meeting this evening — Monday, Sept. 13 — at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. This meeting was originally scheduled to be held in the Meeting Hall at Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall but has had to be moved due to a conflict with the Zoning Commission

This Special Town Meeting will be conducted in-person only. There will be no online option for attendance.

The Meeting will consider and act upon the following business item:

1.         Whether to appropriate forty-two thousand dollars ($42,000) in connection with the Police overtime and Ranger time incurred during the fiscal year 2020-21, some of which was incurred in connection with the Town’s response to the COVID-19 virus and which the Town reasonably expects will be partially reimbursed to the Town by the U.S. Federal Government.

The business item related to calling the meeting was approved by the board of selectmen at its meeting on Aug. 31.

Editor’s Note: Visit this link to read a related Letter to the Editor from Kathleen Tracy.

Op-Ed: Lampos Makes His Case, ‘I’m Not Running “Against” Anyone, But Rather “For” Old Lyme’

Jim Lampos

Editor’s Note: This op-ed was submitted by Jim Lampos, who is the Democratic-endorsed candidate for Old Lyme Selectman and also for one of the two seats on the Old Lyme Planning Commission.

I am honored to be on the ballot for Old Lyme’s Board of Selectmen this November 2nd.  The Board of Selectmen has been meeting since our town’s founding over three hundred years ago, and our democratic institutions predate the founding of our nation by over a century.   Indeed, Old Lyme has one of the oldest continuous forms of democratic government in the world.  As a historian, when I read meeting records in our town hall archives I am struck by the degree to which decisions made long ago continue to resonate and influence our daily lives. From mundane tasks such as building roads and bridges to the pressing issues of the day, addressed in the Lyme Resolves of 1766 which outlined principles that still guide us, one thing is clear: Things we do and say in our civic life matter. And sometimes, it’s the things we don’t do or say that matter even more.  

Our times call for a broad perspective, and a willingness to listen, learn, and adapt.  As a small businessman who has successfully navigated the challenges of the Great Recession, the early days of the pandemic, and now the disruptions of the re-opening—I know that each day will present a new set of challenges that will call upon all of my skills and life experience. 

The education and training that has served me well as a businessman is even more applicable to the job of selectman. I received my B.A. in political sociology from Brandeis University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. I was awarded a Kaplan Fellowship to attend the New School where I received my M.A. in policy analysis and was inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration. I worked on various urban renewal and planning projects in New York City, such as the successful redesign of Union Square Park, and served as Director of Development for Community Access, a nonprofit agency building housing for the homeless and mentally disabled. I am currently serving as an alternate on Old Lyme’s Planning Commission, and along with running for selectman I am also running for a full term on the Planning Commission.

I was born and raised here in Southeastern Connecticut, and have been living in Old Lyme for over 40 years—first as a summer resident, and since 2005 as a full-time resident with my wife Michaelle and our children Phoebe and Van. We chose to live in Old Lyme for the same reason so many others do: the transcendent beauty of our natural environment, our excellent school system, great institutions such as the Florence Griswold Museum and cultural events such as the Musical Masterworks concerts, and most of all, the proud tradition of our civic life. I’m not embarrassed to say that I love our town, and I’m not speaking rhetorically when I say that I’m not running “against” anyone, but rather “for” Old Lyme. In that spirit, I am reaching out to all residents regardless of party affiliation and asking for your vote.  

In the coming years, we will be facing challenges that we’ve never faced before. The “disruptive” technologies that have upended so much of our economy and daily lives will soon be transforming real estate and development. Climate change will be placing much of our low-lying coast in peril and testing our infrastructure. These challenges will require creative, forward-thinking solutions, backed by the support of informed and unified residents if we are to maintain our treasured small-town ambience and sense of place. We must look to the future, respect the past, and work to preserve our natural environment and natural resources. We must support our arts community and all of our businesses, including the farms which were so invaluable to us during the pandemic. We must continue to invest in our schools and find ways to develop new housing opportunities in neighborhood-appropriate ways so that our young families can stay here and our older residents can retire here in comfort and security, and we must do all of these things while being mindful of social equity and justice, because that is who we are as a community. I believe that my running mate, first selectwoman candidate Martha Shoemaker, and myself, along with the entire Democratic ticket, are uniquely qualified to guide us through the coming decade and make our town an even greater place to live. 

I look forward to seeing everyone on the campaign trail, and to serving our town on the Board of Selectmen and Planning Commission. 

FloGris Hosts Spectacular ‘Hollywood on Lyme’ Gala, Sept. 25; Bidding Now Open on Amazing Auction Items

OLD LYME — The Florence Griswold museum hosts its annual gala again this year.

As our corner of the world emerges from a year of unforeseen challenges and seclusion, the Florence Griswold Museum is ready to throw a very special event, Hollywood on Lyme.

With all the glitz and glamour of an old Hollywood premiere, the Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance will offer the full red carpet treatment.

Adaptations will be made for your safety, but Hollywood on Lyme still promises to be an elegant evening filled with the joys of being reunited with friends, dancing under the stars, and raising a glass to the Museum.

Bidding on the online auction opens Sept. 12. All the auction information is at this link.

To purchase tickets via phone, please contact DeeDee at 860-434-5542 x 122. Questions? DeeDee@FloGris.org.

To download your invitation CLICK HERE.

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 …

Photo by Ellen Cole.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 9/13 with additional photos. The Old Lyme Fire Department commemorated the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the United States of America that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, by flying the Stars and Stripes prominently on a fire truck parked in front of  their building on Lyme Street.

Photo by Ellen Cole.

Meanwhile, down at the Old Lyme Police Department building on Shore Rd., the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen held a ceremony at 9 a.m. recognizing the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/Town of Old Lyme.

 

Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/the Town of Old Lyme.

 

Photo by Old Lyme Fire Department/the Town of Old Lyme.

 

Photo by Ellen Cole.

Thank you to the OLFD for this poignant and so important reminder of such a tragic day and thank you to the OLPD for hosting the commemorative ceremony.

Many thanks also to Ellen Cole for sending us the OLFD photos and also to the Old Lyme Fire Department/Town of Old Lyme for those taken at the ceremony at the OLPD.

Death of Beverly Burgess Stadnick Announced, Mother of Glenn Stadnick of Old Lyme

NIANTIC — Beverly (Burgess) Stadnick died peacefully at Crescent Point in Niantic, Sept. 3, 2021, at the age of 84 …

Beverly is survived by her son Glenn Stadnick and daughter-in-law Theresa Stadnick of Old Lyme; and daughter Tamie Smith of Niantic. She also leaves behind grandsons, Samuel Stadnick of Old Lyme, and Patrick Smith of Fort Collins, Colo.; granddaughters, Carey Stadnick Greggila (Christopher) of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Rebecca Smith of Golden, Colo., each of whom was her favorite.

A memorial service is scheduled for Beverly at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Main Street, Niantic, with a reception to follow at McCook’s Point Park. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Beverly’s life …

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in The Day.

Death Announced of Barbara Marsh Gustafson, Resident of Lyme for 50 Years

CLARENCE, N.Y. — Barbara Marsh Gustafson, age 94, died on August 12, 2021, in Clarence, NY after a brief illness …

In 1948, she graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in education and married her beloved husband, Richard L. Gustafson, a fellow graduate of the University of Connecticut. In 1965, she and her family moved to Lyme, CT, where she resided for 50 years. She was very active in that community, serving in civic, community, and church organizations. Her interests included gardening, sewing, knitting, and swimming. In 2015, she moved to Clarence, NY to live with her daughter, Sarah. …

An Interment Service was held at Eight Mile River Cemetery in Lyme on September 4, 2021. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Buffalo (www.hospicebuffalo.com)

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Sept. 12 in the Buffalo News.