August 19, 2022

Intake for (Christ The) King’s Rummage Sale Starts Aug. 31, Sale Takes Place Sept. 17 & 18

Furniture donations are welcome for the King’s Rummage Sale.

OLD LYME — The end of summer is fast approaching. Are you cleaning closets, organizing cupboards, or clearing out clutter?  Are you moving or downsizing and don’t know what to do with all the stuff you’ve accumulated? 

Christ the King Church in Old Lyme does not want you to send your gently-used household items to the dump. They suggest you upcycle your goods by donating them to the King’s Rummage Sale at Christ the King Church’s Harvest Festival. 

Donations are being accepted Wednesday, Aug. 31, through Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon (except Labor Day Weekend), at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme (Parish Hall entrance).

Additional evening hours for donations are being offered this year from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 6, and Sept. 8.  

All donated items should be in good condition: working, clean, and saleable. No clothes, shoes, or textbooks can be accepted. (Visit for a complete list of items that cannot be accepted.

Email or call the parish office (860-434-1669) if you have large or upholstered items to donate.

Book donations will be gratefully received.

The annual Harvest Festival takes place at Christ the King Church (1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme) on Saturday, Sept. 17,  from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features the rummage sale, a silent auction, a bake sale, kids’ games and crafts, great food, live music, and an autumn plant sale.

The rummage sale, bake sale, and plant sale will continue Sunday morning, Sept.18, from 9 a.m. to noon (with rummage sale items half price, while supplies last.)

Ceramics are a popular donation item for the Rummage Sale.

Follow the church on Facebook @christthekingchurcholdlyme for updates.

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

Lyme, Old Lyme Democrats Host Annual Summer Picnic Tomorrow; Sen. Blumenthal, Other Local Dignitaries, Candidates to Attend

Senator Richard Blumenthal attends a Democrat fundraiser. Photo submitted by Lyme DTC.

LYME — On Saturday, Aug. 20 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Lyme and Old Lyme Democratic Town Committees (DTCs) host their 2022 Summer Picnic at Lyme Public Hall, a short walk from the Hamburg Fair. All Democrats and Democratic supporters are welcome.

Senator Richard Blumenthal will be attending as the honored guest, along with State Sen. Norm Needleman, democratic candidate for 23rd District State Rep. Colin Heffernan, and incumbent Saybrook District Probate Court Judge Jeannine Lewis.

There will be picnic goodies galore to enjoy, as well as opportunities to mingle with friends, neighbors and local DTC members.

Parking for the event will be available in the parking lot of the Lyme First Congregational Church or the Subaru dealership (the $6 fee benefits the church and the local Boy Scouts.)

A $25.00 donation for the picnic is suggested. Find donation information to the Lyme DTC and Old Lyme DTC at these links.


FRA Announces $65.2 Million Grant for New CT River Bridge Between Old Lyme, Old Saybrook

This photo shows the Amtrak bascule bridge between Old Lyme, Conn. (to the left) and Old Saybrook, Conn. (to the right) in the open position. This image by Denimadept is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.

Second $20M FRA Grant Supports Phase 1 (Two of Seven) of CT DOT’s Plan to Replace Power Substations Along New Haven Line

HARTFORD, CT/OLD LYME – On Aug. 18, Gov. Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation announced that Connecticut has been awarded two grants totaling more than $85.2 million from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for major infrastructure improvement projects on the Northeast Corridor.

The funds will be used for two significant capital projects that improve safety and reliability along the Connecticut-owned New Haven Line and the Amtrak-owned Shore Line East, ensuring no disruptions occur along the Northeast Corridor. They are being awarded under the Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Grant Program.

The first grant, in the amount of $65.2 million, will support the replacement of the existing Amtrak-owned Connecticut River Bridge between Old Saybrook and Old Lyme with a modern and resilient new moveable bridge.

The project will improve safety, reliability, and trip time. Maximum speeds will increase from 45 miles per hour on the current span up to 70 miles per hour. The increase to 70 mph afforded by a more modern miter rail design will be a marked improvement: however, speed restrictions on the curves on either side of the Connecticut River Bridge will still be required but will be optimized to achieve maximum impact.

The existing 115-year-old Connecticut River Bridge poses a significant risk of long-term disruption to the Northeast Corridor due to its age and condition. The bridge was opened in 1907 and is the oldest rolling lift bascule span bridge between New Haven, Conn. and Boston, Mass.

The bridge spans the Connecticut River 3.4 miles north of the mouth of the Long Island Sound. It serves the Northeast Corridor main line and is used by Amtrak’s intercity service, Shore Line East (SLE) commuter rail service, and freight operators. Approximately 38 Amtrak trains, 12 CTDOT (SLE) trains, and six Providence and Worcester Railroad trains travel across the bridge each weekday, a total of 56 trains per day.

The bridge has a movable span that is raised up to allow boats to pass. The Connecticut River Bridge fails to open and close properly, which has led to cascading delays to rail and maritime traffic. Due to its age and deteriorated condition, the operational reliability of the existing bridge is at high risk.

The new bridge will be built along a new southern alignment, with an offset of 52 ft. from the centerline of the existing bridge to the centerline of the new bridge.

The replacement bridge will maintain the two-track configuration and existing channel location and provide a moveable span with additional vertical clearance for maritime traffic. Delays from bridge openings will be significantly reduced, and Amtrak will realize maintenance savings from the new structure.

This grant marks the second Federal-State Partnership program contribution toward the project since an additional $65.2 million was awarded in fiscal year 2020. The Connecticut Department of Transportation and Amtrak will provide a 38 percent match of the grant.

The second grant, in the amount of $20 million, will support phase one of the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s overall plan to replace the seven power substations along the New Haven Line, beginning with the replacement of the first two.

These substations have not been repaired or renovated since the 1980s.

The upgraded substations will be more reliable, more energy efficient, and less costly to maintain. The aging power infrastructure poses a significant risk of rail service disruption, and maintaining the assets is essential to ensuring reliable train service for passengers.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont commented, “We all know how critical the Northeast Corridor is for job creation, economic growth, and environmentally friendly transportation. Our administration has a vision for faster, more reliable, and greener public transportation, and we are doing everything possible to make that vision a reality. Thanks to these grants, that reality is moving one step closer.”

In a joint statement, the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation said, “The Northeast Corridor is one of the busiest rail lines in North America, with more than 144,000 commuters using the New Haven Line and Shore Line East daily to travel to work or visit family.”

The statement continues, ” This critical Federal Railroad Administration funding will provide desperately needed improvements to the New Haven Line and Shore Line East, paving the way for more reliable and faster public transportation. This important investment in Connecticut upgrades the power supply and removes a major chokepoint along Shore Line East by replacing the outmoded, deteriorating Connecticut River Bridge.”

Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joe Giulietti noted, “We appreciate the Federal Railroad Administration’s ongoing support of Connecticut’s rail infrastructure, which will help improve safety and reliability along the Northeast Corridor.”

Dennis Newman, executive vice president of strategy, planning and accessibility for Amtrak, stated, “Amtrak is grateful to the Federal Railroad Administration for awarding two grants totaling more than $85.2 million to fund critical infrastructure projects on the Northeast Corridor in Connecticut – the New Haven Line Power Program and Connecticut River Bridge.”

He added, “The funding from these grants will help modernize the infrastructure in the state and improve the reliability of both commuter and intercity train services to provide a better travel experience for Connecticut residents and visitors.”

Editor’s Note: This article is based on a press release issued Aug. 18, from the Office of CT Gov. Ned Lamont, and information published on the website about the Connecticut River Bridge.

Lyme Art Association Hosts Opening Reception This Evening for Two New Shows: ‘Point of View,’ ‘True Blue’

One of the signature works in ‘Point of View’ is ‘Good Night’ (above) in oil by Elected Artist Christopher Zhang. The show is currently on view at the Lyme Art Association.

OLD LYME — On Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., Lyme Art Association (LAA) will host an Opening Reception for two new shows, which opened Aug. 12. All are welcome.

The first is Point of View, the 101st Annual Elected Artists Show, which showcases the ‘best of the best’ in representational art from LAA’s Elected Artists.

These are the Association’s most accomplished artists and also torch-bearers for the American representational tradition. They follow directly in the footsteps of the original Lyme Art Colony artists, who hung their tonalist and impressionist works on the walls of the local library back in 1901.

‘To the Summit’ in oil by Blanche Serban is featured in the ‘True Blue’ show on view at the LAA.

The second exhibition is True Blue. Considered beneficial to the mind and body, the color blue elicits a sense of tranquility and healing. The LAA challenged its Associated Artists to submit work where blue is the predominant or most significant color in their piece.  This ode to blue will be both pleasing and intriguing for visitors.

Both shows are on view through Sept. 22, 2022 and sponsored by Chelsea Groton Bank. Admission is free with donations appreciated.

The gallery is open at 90 Lyme St. in Old Lyme from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and by appointment.  The Lyme Art Association is located in the Old Lyme Historic District in a building designed by Lyme Colony artist and architect, Charles Adams Platt.

The LAA was founded 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

For more information on exhibits, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, visit or call 860-434-7802.

DATE CHANGE: Old Lyme Shopping Center Goes Up For Auction, Now Sept. 6-8

The Old Lyme Marketplace is scheduled to be sold via an online auction. File photo.

OLD LYME — UPDATED 8/15: We note today from the online listing for this property that the date of the auction has been postponed from the previously announced Aug. 23-25 to Sept. 6-8. There is no explanation given on the listing for the delay.

The Old Lyme Shopping Center has been put up for sale via an online auction opening Sept. 6 (previously Aug. 23.)’s NorthEast Private Client Group is handling the sale and the property details are listed as follows:

Primary Property Type: Retail
Gross Area (Sq. Ft.): 50,223
Year Built: 1964
Occupancy: 77%
Occupancy as of Date: 07/06/2022
Lot Size (Acres): 5.22
Parking Count: 154
Bidding opens Aug. 23 and closes Aug. 25, with the starting bid set at $1.5 million.
The property is being marketed per the agent’s description as, “Ideally located immediately off exit 70 on I-95 (59,000 ADT) on US Route 1 (11,000 ADT) in the heart of a primary retail and commercial corridor.” The description also notes, “Annual consumer spending within a 5-mile radius surpasses $435,000,000.”
The potential sale was mentioned at yesterday’s Old Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting by members of the Halls Road Improvement Committee (HRIC), who were presenting their proposal for a Halls Road Overlay District (HROD) to the selectmen.
Asked this morning for her reaction to the planned sale, HRIC Chair Edie Twining responded by email, “If you look at the announcement, they go on about how convenient to the highway it is.  [That could likely mean] More gas stations??

She added, “So until that overlay [the proposed HROD] is in place, this [property] is most appealing to highway service plazas and the like. If we had the overlay, highway-focused developers would have to compete for the space with those interested in pursuing our vision:- retail up front with multi-family residential, with its better ROI.”

Twining concluded optimistically, “We are aiming to submit our application for the Halls Road Overlay District in September. After some productive meetings with the [Old Lyme] Zoning Commission, I am hopeful that this will become a reality this year.”
Editor’s Note: We will have more on the Halls Road Overlay District in a subsequent article.

Join a Conversation Tonight About Old Lyme’s Hiking Trails, Hosted by OL Land Trust at PGN Library

This is a view across one of the many properties managed by the Old Lyme Land Trust. Photo by Edie twining.

OLD LYME — One of Old Lyme’s most treasured assets is the numerous hiking trails in town stewarded by various non-profit groups. The Old Lyme Land Trust (OLLT) manages 1,100 acres of land, which include 800 acres of hiking trails.  

Come learn about these OLLT trails at an event being held in-person this evening, Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme.

This is the first of four workshops co-sponsored by the library and the OLLT. It will take the form of a casual conversation in the Library Community Room. All are welcome and there is no charge for admission. The discussion will touch on the numerous trails, their unique features and degree of difficulty, and what you can expect to see and experience when exploring them. 

The OLLT hikes include ones variously categorized as easy, moderate,  or challenging. There are hikes with water views, and others that take you into the deep woods.

Volunteers from OLLT will highlight which trails connect to Old  Lyme Open Space properties and also provide attendees with a town-wide trail map.  

Registration is appreciated at for planning purposes, but drop-ins are always welcome.

Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Local Authors Tonight to Discuss Latest Edition of Their ‘Rum Runners …’ Book

Historic postcard of Sound View Beach. Submitted by Old Lyme Historical Society Inc.

OLD LYME — On Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., the Old Lyme Historical Society Inc. (OLHSI) presents a talk and book-signing by local authors and historians Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos in the OLHSI building at 55 Lyme St.  All are welcome to this free event.

The husband and wife team, who live in Old Lyme, will speak about their book, Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists: Views of the Beaches in Old Lyme.

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will give an author talk on their book, Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists: Views of the Beaches in Old Lyme, Monday evening at the Old Lyme Historical Society building at 55 Lyme St. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

The event celebrates the newly-released fifth edition of the book, which features recently-scanned and color-corrected historic photos and postcard images that bring the beaches’ colorful history to life. Illustrations include a map of the Old Lyme shoreline, decades-old newspaper clippings and postcards, and original photographs.

Published by the OLHSI, the book details the history of Sound View — America’s Oldest Public Beach — and the other beach colonies of Old Lyme. It is an intricately researched and intriguing exploration of the beach communities from Griswold Point in the west to Point O’ Woods in the east.

Signed 5th edition copies of the book will be available to attendees at a 20 percent discount.

Donations are welcome for the Carol Noyes Winters Scholarship Fund.

Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee Announces Endorsements for November Elections

The Old Lyme DTC has endorsed incumbent CT Governor Ned Lamont (D) for the position in the upcoming November election.

OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee (DTC) has announced its endorsements for the upcoming November election for Democratic candidates for State and Federal offices.

The unanimous endorsements were made at the regular monthly meeting of the Old Lyme DTC held Wednesday, Aug. 10. 

In a press release announcing the endorsements, the Old Lyme DTC states that it, “Applauds all, who have stepped up to lead, and urges the community to go out and vote on Nov. 8 …”

The press release also notes that the Old Lyme DTC believes that, “The endorsed candidates listed below reflect the best interests for the future of Old Lyme.” 

Governor – Ned Lamont 

Lieutenant Governor – Susan Bysiewicz 

Attorney General – William Tong 

Treasurer – Erick Russell 

Secretary Of The State – Stephanie Thomas 

Comptroller – Sean Scanlon 

U.S. Senator – Richard Blumenthal 

U.S. Representative District 2 – Joe Courtney 

State Senator 20th District – Martha Marx 

State Representative 23rd District – J. Colin Heffernan

Exhibition of Art by Lyme Academy Students Opens Today at Niantic Gallery With Reception

The signature work of the 2022 Lyme Academy Student Exhibition is this portrait study titled, ‘Katie’ by AnneMarie Johnson.

NIANTIC/OLD LYME — Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is hosting an exhibit of work by Lyme Academy of Fine Arts students, featuring academic drawings from current students and a painting by instructor Edmond Rochat.

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. All are welcome and there is no fee for admission.

This is a special opportunity to view and purchase the work of students.

The opening reception in downtown Niantic will feature an evening of both fine art and refreshments.

The Niantic Bay Gallery of Fine Art is located behind the Arthur Murray Dance Center at 291 Main St Unit C in Niantic, Conn.

Death Announced of Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme; Graduated 2004 From LOL High School

OLD LYME — Gerald Paul “Gerry” Karpuska Jr., 35, of Old Lyme passed away July 12, 2022, with his loving family by his side.

Gerry was born Aug. 16, 1986, to Gerald and Joanne Karpuska in New London. After Gerry graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2004, he went on to excel at carpentry being a craftsman, not just a carpenter …

Gerry was a man of many talents, being very mechanically inclined and having the desire to labor outdoors. His meticulous labor was that of a perfectionist …

Gerry was a conversation starter with memorable Vermont vacations, eventful Florida trips, Fourth of July escapades, fishing, motocross, and skiing experiences …

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Joanne Karpuska of Old Lyme; his brother and wife, Kyle and Alyssa Karpuska of Waterford; his sister and husband, Dana and Matthew Stark and nephew Rusty of Old Lyme; paternal grandparents, Raymond and Joan Karpuska of Old Lyme; and many caring cousins, aunts and uncles …

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gerry’s name to Bikes For Kids at P.O. Box 94, Centerbrook, CT 06409.

Give Blood in Old Lyme Today; Donors Urgently Needed to Prevent Seasonal Shortage

Give blood or platelets before Aug. 31 for chance to win year’s supply of gas

OLD LYME — Did you know about 62 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to give blood?

But, only about 3 percent does.

By making an appointment to help save lives with the American Red Cross in August, donors can pump up the blood supply and keep it from falling to shortage levels. Platelet donors are especially needed now.

On Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a Blood Drive is being held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd. Register for an appointment at this link. Donors can also schedule an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, everyone who comes to give blood or platelets between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, a $6,000 value. There will be three lucky winners.

Everyone who comes to give blood or platelets in August will also receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant of choice.*

*Terms apply. Visit for details.  

Lyme, OL Republicans Choose Klarides as Candidate for US Senate, But Levy Wins Statewide in Tuesday’s Primary

LYME/OLD LYME — The unofficial results of the Primary elections in Lyme and Old Lyme were as detailed below.

A majority of Republican voters in both Lyme and Old Lyme chose Themis Klarides over Leora Levy as their candidate for US Senate to face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in November.

Statewide, however, Levy — who received a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump — won 50.54 percent of the vote while Klarides took 40.09 percent. Peter Lumaj was a distant third with 9.36 percent of the vote.


Themis Klarides: 54
Leora R. Levy: 52
Peter Lumaj: 7

Dominic Rapini: 51
Terrie E. Wood: 57


Stephanie Thomas: 125
Maritza Bond: 20

Erick Russell: 85
Dita Bhargava: 39
Karen DuBois-Walton: 22



Themis Klarides: 186
Leora R. Levy: 165
Peter Lumaj: 37

Dominic Rapini: 229
Terrie E. Wood: 149


Stephanie Thomas: 277
Maritza Bond: 61

Erick Russell: 172
Dita Bhargava:92
Karen DuBois-Walton: 74

A la Carte: Savor Intense Flavors From This Summer Vegetable Gratin

Lee White

It is difficult to believe it is already August.

On the last day of July, there was a boules party. You probably remember how I love playing this lawn game (like bocce, but with little wooden balls at which we throw larger stainless steel balls) with great friends, wine and incredible food.

There are rarely themes, but yesterday it was Italy.

In addition to chef Michel Nischan and his sprightly wife, Lori, there were about six other chefs from New York City, including restaurant chef Rocco DiSpirito, who has written lots of cookbooks and starred in The Restaurant reality show some years ago.

After hors d’oeuvre, dinner began with the most delicious meatball in red sauce (created by our own member John Murphy, who, it turns out is about four percent Irish and 96 percent Italian), followed by a yummy risotto. Those two could be almost anyone’s full dinner, but instead there were two kinds of bread, grass-fed meat and many vegetables, perfectly roasted. Finally, ices and Italian cookies.

Ah, but my, oh my, the vegetables.

On my way home, friends gave me lots and lots of veggies from other neighbors’ garden. And I thought about the very best gratin I ever made.

If you can Google this article (it is available), it is much longer than this recipe (and beautifully written), but this recipe alone can be your go-to side. I have served it at room temperature. There is rarely anything left over to reheat the next day.

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash.

Summer Vegetable Gratins with Intense Flavor
By Susie Middleton, Fine Cooking, Issue 33
Yield: 8 to 10 as a side dish

Use a gratin pan that is at least 8-inches by 11-inches  Pyrex pan or something pretty that is at least two inches high. Use the very best fresh vegetables, the best cheese and the best olive oil.

To customize your gratin, choose all sizes and colors of tomatoes, zucchini, small eggplant, sliced potatoes.

Choose parmigiana Reggiano, feta, goat cheese, gruyere, mozzarella (my least favorite, though) and fontina.

Use whatever herbs you like: thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, mint, savory or parsley. 

Use a sharp knife to prep the veggies. Susie starts the pan with caramelized onions. She suggests par-boiling the eggplant and potatoes. Let some of the tomatoes drain a bit. Toss squash with olive oil. Cut the vegetables evenly, on the bias. 

Now layer the gratin. Spread onions in one tin layer in the dish. Then, starting at narrow end, if you have one, arrange a row of vegetables, slightly overlapping. Prop up the row at a 60-inch angle. Sprinkle with cheese. Do the same with each layer. Top the finished gratin with a drizzle of olive oil, a good covering of breadcrumbs and more cheese. 

Cook until gratin is well browned and greatly reduced in volume. Most gratins cook in about an hour and 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven.

A rule of thumb: after a few minutes in the oven, gratins begin to bubble as the veggies release moisture. Bubbling becomes quite vigorous and, as the vegetables juices reduce, the bubbling lessens. At the end, much of the vegetables will have shrunk and pulled away from the sides of the pan. 

Let the whole dish rest for at least 15 minutes before serving. If there is extra, refrigerate. The caramelized flavor will be even better.

I have served this dish at room temperature.

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

Play ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ This Evening at White Sand Beach in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Play Beach Blanket Bingo Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at White Sand Beach.

This event is hosted by Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB).

Bring your beach blanket, chairs and bug spray. No food will be served.

This event is open to all Lyme and Old Lyme families.

Check the LYSB website by 4 p.m. today for possible weather cancellation.

Monkeypox Cases Rise to 48 in CT

Wyoming Now the Only US State Without a Single Case, Highest Number of Cases in NY State

LYME/OLD LYME — The number of cases in the state has risen to 48 as of this morning, Aug. 9, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.

On July 26, Ledge Light Health District (LLHD) Director of Health Stephen Mansfield confirmed to by email that there are still no cases of monkeypox in the nine towns, which comprise the LLHD. These towns include both Lyme and Old Lyme. We are currently seeking an update on the situation.

Wyoming is now the sole state, which has reported no cases.

On Aug. 4, the White House declared monkeypox a public health emergency.

On Saturday, July 23, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

The CDC’s 2022 US Map & Case Count includes an ongoing, updated count of monkeypox cases throughout the country. There are 8,934 cases in the US at time of publication of this article.

The states with the highest number of cases at time of publication (Aug. 9) are New York (1,960), California (1,310), Florida (936), Texas (702), Illinois (672), Georgia (625), and the District of Columbia (303).

Connecticut’s first case was announced on July 5.

“Monkeypox spreads through close prolonged contact with an infected person. This might include coming into contact with skin lesions, or body fluids, sharing clothes or other materials that have been used by an infected person, or inhaling respiratory droplets during prolonged face-to-face contact,” said Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH)  Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD.

She added, “Residents who are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, should contact their health care provider.

Diagnostic testing for monkeypox is now available from commercial laboratories, including LabCorpMayo Clinic, and Quest, and providers can order testing from these laboratories as they would order other diagnostic tests. Testing is available through the State Public Health Laboratory, Monday-Friday.

Although anyone can get and spread monkeypox, the current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. For those who have multiple or anonymous sex partners, their likelihood of monkeypox exposure is high.

Due to the state’s current low case count, Connecticut has not received a substantial allotment of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal government at this time. More doses are expected in the coming weeks.  

Vaccination may be recommended for those who:

• Are close personal contacts of people with monkeypox (post-exposure prophylaxis)
• May have been exposed to the virus
• May have increased risk of being exposed to the virus, such as people who perform laboratory testing to diagnose monkeypox

“At the present time, our top priority is ensuring access to post-exposure prophylaxis and then expanding to a larger pool of atrisk persons when our vaccine supply allows us to do so,” explained Commissioner Juthani.

For those seeking treatment or additional information on the vaccine and antivirals, contact your health care provider or call the DPH Epidemiology Program at (860) 509-7994 or (860509-8000 after hours.

For more information about monkeypox, visit the CDC monkeypox webpage and/or the CT DPH monkeypox webpage.

Editor’s Note: Parts of this article are based on a press release issued July 14 by CT DPH and sent to by Ledge Light Health District.

Vendor, Partner, Food Truck Applications Now Open for High Hopes Holiday Market, Event to be Held Nov. 13 in Old Lyme

The High Hopes Holiday Market will be held this year on Sunday, Nov. 13.

OLD LYME — The High Hopes Holiday Market will be back again in-person on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, at the organization’s location at 36 Town Woods Rd. in Old Lyme.

For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.

Vendor applications are now open at this link. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 26, and vendors will be notified of their status by Friday, Sept. 2.

For further information, e-mail Trudy Burgess or call her at 860.434.1974 x 123.

CT Primary is Today, Polls Open in Lyme, Old Lyme 6am-8pm

LYME/OLD LYME — Connecticut’s Primary is being held tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 9. Only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary and registered Republicans in the Republican Primary. Unaffiliated and minor party voters may not vote in either Primary.

View a sample Democratic ballot for Lyme residents here.

View a sample Republican ballot for Lyme residents here.

View sample Democratic and Republican ballots for Old Lyme residents here.

For LYME Residents

For voters who prefer to vote in person, the polls at Lyme Town Hall will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For OLD LYME Residents

For voters who prefer to vote in person, the polls at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School gymnasium, 53 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, will be open on Tuesday, Aug. 9, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Themis Klarides, Madison, CT
Leora R. Levy, Greenwich, CT
Peter Lumaj, Fairfield, CT

Dominic Rapini, Branford, CT
Brock Weber, Wolcott, CT — NOW WITHDRAWN
Terrie E. Wood, Darien, CT


Stephanie Thomas, Norwalk, CT
Maritza Bond, New Haven, CT

Erick Russell, New Haven, CT
Dita Bhargava, Greenwich, CT
Karen DuBois-Walton, New Haven, CT


To return your absentee ballot:

The official Ballot Box outside Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Town of Lyme website.

For LYME Residents — three options

  • Walk into Lyme Town Hall and hand it to the Town Clerk before close of business on Aug. 8.
  • Mail it using the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots returned by mail must be received by the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.
  • Insert it in the Official Ballot Drop Box located on the edge of the sidewalk at Lyme Town Hall by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. (See photo at left.)

Do not return your ballot via the mail slot in the door of Lyme Town Hall.

Note that the Official Ballot Drop Box is for completed ballots only.  No other material should be deposited in the drop box.  You should only deposit your ballot in the Town of Lyme drop box if you are a resident of Lyme.  Do not drop your ballot in the drop box of any other town.

Voters who have questions on absentee voting are welcome to contact the Lyme Town Clerk at 860-434-7733 during regular business hours.

The official Ballot Box outside Old Lyme Town Hall. Photo courtesy of the Old Lyme Selectman’s Office.

For OLD LYME Residents – three options

To return your absentee ballot:

  • Walk into Old Lyme Town Hall and hand it to the clerk at the front desk.
  • Mail it using the U.S. Postal Service. Ballots returned by mail must be received by the Town Clerk by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.
  • Insert it in the Official Ballot Drop Box located in front of the Old Lyme Town Hall (see photo at right) by 8 p.m. on Aug. 9.

Do not return your ballot via the mail slot in the door of Old Lyme Town Hall.

Note that the Official Ballot Drop Box is for completed ballots only. No other material should be deposited in the drop box. You should only deposit your ballot in the Town of Old Lyme drop box if you are a voter of Old Lyme.  Do not drop your ballot in the drop box of any other town.

Voters who have questions on absentee voting are welcome to contact the Old Lyme Town Clerk at 860-434-1605 x 220 and x 221 during regular business hours.

Editor’s Note: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization in existence for over 100 years.  All genders are welcome to join. For more information, visit:

A la Carte: Everyone Loves Gluten-free Cappuccino Rice Crispy Treats

Lee White

I think I have mentioned that there are certain things I have never baked or cooked.

I have never made a soufflé, even though I do understand how to gently incorporate the whipped egg whites into the mixture. Could it be because I am afraid of failing? Doubt it. I have not just screwed up recipes once, but sometimes more than once. One of these days I will make a soufflé.

As I child, I was asked to at least try everything at least once; who knows, maybe you will love those garlicky, buttery snails. I did and I do adore then.

But I do not like grapefruit.

My parents loved grapefruit and, every day, my mother would cut one in half, horizontally, and, using a special serrated knife that was bent at an angle, cut each into its wedges. I don’t remember them adding any sugar. I tasted it once, when I was very young, and made a face.

This was the same “face” I made when my husband would say, “Try this beer, baby, I think you will like this one.” He knew I would not and did this only so I could make that “face” and laugh.

Maybe this week I will buy a grapefruit (friends says it should be the pink one), cut it into wedges, top with brown sugar and broil the fruit.

Maybe I will love it.

Or maybe I will forget this for another decade.

In the meantime, I had never tasted a rice crispy treat. But a friend, Dede Wilson, a cookbook author and magazine writer, recipe creator and, interestingly, a breeder and handler of champion bull terriers, included this recipe for her followers on Facebook.

And, for those have tricky tummies, she is the founder of FODMAP, a clinically-proven diet to help many who have IB (

In the recipe below (which is also lactose- and gluten-free), I have added both the melted milk and white chocolates.

No wonder everyone loves this quick dessert.

Low Fodmap Gluten-free Cappuccino Rice Crispy Treats
From Dede Wilson

Photo by Jade Wulfraat on Unsplash.

4 tablespoons butter pieces
6 cups mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
6 cups rice cereal
2 or 3 ounces milk chocolate melted (optional)
1 ounce white chocolate, melted (optional)

In a 8- by 8-inch square pan, cover bottom and sides with plastic wrap. 

Melt butter in a large pot on low heat. Add marshmallows on low heat, stirring frequently.

When three-quarters done, add powders and cinnamon and stir vigorously, until powders dissolve.

Remove from heat and using a spatula add the rice cereal.

Pour into prepared pan (allow to cool a little if too hot). You can use your fingers and palms to press the layer down so it is even.

Allow to set for about half an hour or hasten it by refrigerating.

Cut into layers.

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 Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme; Services Thursday in OL

OLD LYME — Patricia “Pat, Patty” Ann Moody, 69, of Old Lyme, passed away July 22, 2022, peacefully at home after a six-month fight against cancer …

Pat owned and operated “A Yellow Butterfly” salon in Clinton, for 36 years, and was a poker dealer at Mohegan Sun for the last 20 years.

There will be a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at Duck River Cemetery, McCurdy Road, Old Lyme.

Visit this link to view the full obituary published Aug. 8, 2022 by The Day.

Death Announced of Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., Father of Glenn of Old Lyme

Warren J. Sulmasy, Sr., born in the Throgs Neck section of The Bronx and resident of Smithtown, NY for over 54 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 25th with his wife of 68 years, Margaret “Peggy” by his side. He was 89 years old …

He is survived by his wife Peggy, his children and their (spouses); Daniel (Lois) of Washington, DC, Cathy Thomas (Pete) of Darien, CT, Glenn (Marla) of Old Lyme, CT and daughter-in-law Dawn of Naples, FL.  …

Warren leaves his 11 grandchildren whom he adored and spoiled on every occasion.

Visit this link to read the full obituary published Aug. 7, in Newsday.