July 7, 2022

Dedication Day June 12, 2022

Dedication Day Flyer_June 12_2022_LOLMS

Old Lyme’s Duck River Garden Club Hosts Floral Design Program, Tonight; All Welcome

Acclaimed floral designer Trish Manfredi will give a presentation at Duck River Garden Club’s April 27 meeting.

OLD LYME — The Duck River Garden Club (DRGC) of Old Lyme will hold its monthly meeting and program on Wednesday, April 27, at Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St in Old Lyme.

A community social begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m., which is open to all.

A business meeting for all active members will commence after the conclusion of the program.

The April program is entitled “Mechanics and New Techniques for Creative Floral Design” presented by Trish Manfredi, who is well-known and respected in her field. Trish is a National Garden Club Accredited Flower Show Judge and has received several awards for her expertise in floral design.  Her designs created during the program will be raffled off to members and community guests.

Guests and potential members are always welcome to our programs, and no registration is needed.
Contact Karen Geisler at (860) 434-5321 if you would like more information about the program or our DRGC.

COVID-19 Cases in Lyme-Old Lyme Schools January Through March 2022

LYME/OLD LYME — Under new state protocols for schools, Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Schools are no longer required to carry out contact tracing.

LOL Schools Superintendent Ian Neviaser explained the latest developments in LOL Schools COVID protocols in an April 1 email to the school community, saying, “As noted in my email of February 17, 2022, beginning April 1, 2022 we will no longer report daily COVID-19 cases in the schools.  For the remainder of this school year, that information will be complied on a weekly basis and will be available on our website at the following link: https://www.region18.org/parents/covid-data.”

He added, “In light of the significant reduction in cases since our return from February vacation, we have slowly discontinued most COVID-19 mitigation strategies excluding required quarantine/isolation for those that test positive and enhanced building ventilation.  We are in the process of removing all remaining plastic shields from schools, students and staff no longer need to practice physical distancing, and large group gatherings are not limited in number.  Mask use still remains optional and handwashing will continue to be encouraged.”

A full listing of all LOL Schools-related cases during 2022 is given below.

View the full listing of cases between 8/26/21 – 12/23/21 at this link.

The listing below is the latest information that we have with the most recent cases first — there may have been further updates, however, which we have not yet received.

The following abbreviations are used in the lists below: LOLHS: Lyme-Old Lyme High School, LOLMS: Lyme-Old Lyme
Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School, MC: Mile Creek School, and CS: Center School Pre-Kindergarten

MARCH 2022
Wednesday, March 30: Total: LOLHS: 2, Lyme: 1
Monday, March 28: Total: LOLHS: 2
Thursday, March 24: Total: LOLMS: 1
Wednesday, March 23: Total: LOLHS: 1, CS: 1
Tuesday, March 22: Total: Lyme: 1
Sunday, March 20: Total: LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, March 16: Total: LOLHS: 1
Monday, March 14: Total: CS: 1
Sunday, March 13: Total: LOLHS: 1
Thursday, March 3:  Total: LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, March 2: Total: LOLHS: 1

FEBRUARY 2022
Friday, Feb. 18: Total: LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Thursday, Feb. 17: Total: 1,  MC: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Total: 6, LOLMS: 3
Monday, Feb. 14: Total: 6, LOLMS: 2, MC: 3, Lyme: 1
Sunday, Feb. 13: Total: 3, LOLMS: 2, MC: 1
Friday, Feb. 11: Total: 2, LOLHS: 1, CS: 1
Thursday, Feb. 10: Total: 2, Lyme: 1, CS: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 9: Total: 2, LOLHS: 1, MC: 1
Tuesday, Feb. 8: Total: 0
Monday, Feb. 7: Total: 3, Lyme: 1, MC: 1, CS: 1
Sunday, Feb. 6:Total: 2, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Friday, Feb. 4: Total: 5, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 1, MC: 2
Thursday, Feb. 3: Total: 1, Lyme: 1
Wednesday, Feb. 2: Total: 3, MC: 3
Tuesday, Feb. 1: Total: 1, MC: 1

JANUARY 2022
Monday, 1/31: Total: 2, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 1
Sunday, 1/30: Total: 1, Lyme: 1
Friday, 1/28: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1
Thursday, 1/27: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, Lyme: 2
Wednesday, 1/26: Total: 3, LOLHS: 1, MC: 2
Tuesday, 1/25: Total: 4, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Monday, 1/24:Total: 9, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 1, MC: 4, CS: 1
Sunday, 1/23:Total: 3, LOLMS: 1, Lyme: 2
Friday, 1/21:Total: 8, LOLHS: 4, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Thursday, 1/20: Total: 5, LOLMS: 1, MC: 1, Lyme: 3
Wednesday, 1/19: Total: 7, LOLHS: 2, LOLMS: 4, CS: 1
Tuesday, 1/18: Total: 7, LOLHS: 3, LOLMS: 2, MC: 2
Monday, 1/17: Total: 6, Lyme: 4, MC: 2
Friday, 1/14: Total: 3, MC: 2, LOLHS: 1
Wednesday, 1/12: Total: 3, MC: 2, LOLMS: 1
Monday, 1/10: Total: 3, CS: 1, Lyme: 2
Sunday, 1/9: Total: 2, MC: 1, Lyme: 1
Friday, 1/7: Total: 1, MC: 1:
Thursday, 1/6: Total: 7, LOLHS: 5, Lyme: 1, CS: 1
Wednesday, 1/5: Total: 14, LOLHS: 6, MC: 1, Lyme: 3, CS: 4
Tuesday, 1/4: Total: 5, LOLHS: 4, CS: 1

SECWAC Hosts Zoom Presentation on Challenges Facing Asylum Interviewees, Tonight

Professor Karolin Machtans

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m., the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) hosts Professor Karolin Machtans, who will give a presentation titled, “The Representation of Asylum Interviews in Contemporary Literature and Film of Refuge.”

Machtans is Associate Professor of German Studies, Chair of the Department of German at Connecticut College.

Due to concerns about COVID, this program will be available only virtually via Zoom.

The presentation is free to SECWAC members and $20.00 to non-SECWAC members. (Register at this link.)

The asylum interview is the most important part of the asylum procedure and decides the outcome of the asylum application. During the interview, asylum applicants are expected to present their reasons for flight in a coherent and convincing manner, and are “obliged to tell the truth at all times” (USCIS).

Yet what exactly is considered a “true” story?

Analyzing the representation of asylum interviews in contemporary literature and film of refuge, Professor Karolin Machtans argues that the outcome of the asylum process ultimately depends on the applicant’s ability to tell a credible, coherent, and convincing story tailored to the narrative rules of the receiving country – narrative rules with which most asylum seekers are not familiar.

Machtans is an Associate Professor and Chair of German Studies at Connecticut College.  She is the author and co-editor of several books, including “Hitler – Films from Germany: History, Cinema, and Politics since 1945 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

She has published numerous articles in the fields of Holocaust studies, refugee and (forced) migration studies, multilingualism, right-wing extremism, and Muslims and Islam in Germany.

Machtans is currently working on new research projects about language discrimination as well as the representation of transnational families in contemporary literature of refuge.

Editor’s Note: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council is a regional membership organization. Its members include a diverse group of regional citizens with backgrounds in education, medicine, law, business, academia, media, humanitarian, civic organizations, and beyond. Government officials, as well as active ­duty and retired military personnel, are also active members. SECWAC happily accepts those interested in foreign policy and world affairs from any walk of life. For more information on membership of SECWAC, visit this link.

Happy ‘Twosday!’

LYME/OLD LYME — Have you realized what the date is today?

It’s been described as the ‘date of the decade’ … it’s a palindrome … and it’s ubiquitous (in the sense it’s the same regardless of whether you write it in the month/day/year form or the format used by most of the rest of the world of day/month/year.)

It’s 2/2/22 — and it’s a Tuesday — hence its new name of ‘Twosday!’

It’s a noteworthy day to be born (not too much choice about that for natural deliveries) and of course, it’s a memorable day to get married.

According to CNN, in Sacramento, Calif., 222 couples will participate in a wedding at the State Capitol. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. PT and will conclude at precisely 2:22 p.m PT.

So how are  you celebrating ‘Twosday?’

Here is an idea for one way to celebrate this special day locally. The Old Lyme Inn is offering a variety of ‘Two-fers’, for example, $22 for a two-course dinner and $2 for a draft beer. There will also be live music and fun galore.

Reservations are suggested. Call (860) 434-2600 or find your table at this link.

Whatever you do, we hope you have a Happy ‘Twosday!’

Jim Lampos (D): Candidate for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen

Biography:

Jim Lampos serves on the Town of Old Lyme Community Connectivity Grant Committee, and is an alternate on the Planning Commission.   He previously served on the Sound View Improvements Committee.  He has been a year-round resident in Old Lyme with his wife Michaelle and his children Phoebe and Van for the past 16 years, and prior to that was a seasonal resident for 25 years.   He has written four books on the history of Old Lyme with his wife Michaelle, published by the History Press and the Old Lyme Historical Society.  He is also the owner/operator of Groton Pizza Palace.

Q1: Why are you running for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen?

One thing nearly everyone in Old Lyme can agree on: we love our town. We cherish the beauty of our natural environment, honor our history, and treasure our cultural institutions. We want to preserve and protect everything that makes us unique: we don’t want to become “Anywhere, USA”, but rather, remain Old Lyme.  The Nature Conservancy called our salt marshes and islands along the Connecticut River one of “the world’s last great places”.   The same can be said for our entire town—our beaches, lakes, open spaces, farms, and charming villages—we don’t want to lose this to suburban sprawl, unchecked development, or schemes hatched in Hartford and Washington. Our strength is our democratic form of government—the town meeting—where everyone’s voice counts.  We have been meeting as a town to chart our own course since before the founding of the United States.  We showed the way then, and we must show the way again, preserving all that is great about our town while embracing the opportunities to improve our quality of life, our sustainability, and our prosperity.   I am running for Board of Selectmen to help in that process.

The challenges that we will face in the coming years come from many angles, some foreseen and others not.  There are resiliency issues due to climate change, a declining population of young families, an aging and at times inadequate infrastructure, a car-based streetscape that discourages biking and walking, and a lack of vision and direction when it comes to economic development. We can’t just stand in the road with a stop sign and expect the world to halt at our borders, or we’re going to get run over.  We need a forward-thinking strategy to preserve all that we love about our town while embracing positive solutions for the future.

Q2: What is your opinion of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, which was originally proposed by Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal in August 2020 as a document that the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen should approve? It remains unsigned — please indicate whether you would be willing to sign it, if elected.

The way forward on this question has been shown by our neighboring town of Lyme that discussed the matter and adopted a resolution on racism in their own words; and by our own Resident State Trooper Matt Weber who embraced Rev. Steven Jungkeit’s introduction of the ABLE police training program to help mitigate confrontations by affirming that he is “open to discussion for anything”. That’s the spirit.   

I have been dismayed that First Selectman Griswold has repeatedly refused to even discuss the resolution. This is not the Tim Griswold I’ve known for all these years, and he is perhaps inadvertently sending the wrong message about who we are as a town.  Old Lyme has a very intelligent, informed citizenry accustomed to vigorous civic discussion: our town famously debated the separation of church and state in 1727.  Tim’s reluctance to discuss the matter is not in keeping with our character.

In an apparent attempt to avoid controversy, the First Selectman’s obstructionism sends the message that Old Lyme doesn’t care, which I know is not true. Contrary to the assertions of some critics, the resolution in no way states that our townspeople are racist. Rather, it affirms that we are not and pledges that we will be ever mindful and vigilant on this question. To refuse to even entertain a resolution denouncing racism, one of the central political issues of our day, sends the wrong message at a time when extremist ideologies are being normalized.  I would like to see the resolution discussed, and as Selectwoman Nosal has repeatedly said—we can craft our own resolution upon which the entire Board of Selectman can agree, and which reflects our Old Lyme values. We cannot afford to be silent in this historic moment.

To answer the question directly:  Yes, I would have signed it.

Q3: What do you consider are currently the three most important issues in Old Lyme that require the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, (with the exception of the Resolution on Racism discussed in Question 2)? Describe how you would move forward on each issue, if elected.

Low Taxes, Local Control and Great Schools: I will work to maintain and improve the greatest aspects of our small town:  holding the line on taxes and working to lower them, keeping decision-making local, supporting our schools and helping our seniors.  I will look for additional efficiencies in our budget process and aggressively pursue state and federal funds for projects that can improve our neighborhoods and quality of life.  We should also promote Old Lyme’s local farms and small businesses, finding ways to help them succeed.  

Conservation and Resiliency: Nature is at the heart of who we are as a town.  Numerous volunteers and benefactors have done the great work of protecting and maintaining Old Lyme’s open spaces, and as selectman I would support having the town double down its commitment.  Protecting our lands gives us the additional benefit of conserving our most vital resource:  our aquifers.  Climate change will be impacting many of our communities along the shore and inland, and testing our infrastructure.  Preservation of our wetlands and creation of nature-based solutions will be key to our success in dealing with rising sea levels.  

Strategic Vision.  Strategies of inaction and resistance are not effective, and indeed, often counter-productive. Proposals for a 24-hour convenience store/gas station on Halls Road and 30,000 square foot commercial units of unspecified use on Shore Road have aroused strong opposition, but are the result of the town’s lack of planning and foresight.  Without a substantive plan, we will have unwanted outcomes. The Old Lyme Economic Development Study (2020) is a representative survey of our residents and business community and should not sit on the shelf gathering dust.  After public discussion of the recommendations, we should draft policy and implement solutions that have broad consensus among our residents and business owners.

Martha Shoemaker (D): Candidate for Old Lyme First Selectman

Martha Shoemaker

Biography:

Martha Shoemaker currently serves as co-chair on the Region 18 Board of Education, the LOL Prevention Coalition and as President of The Friends of the OLPGN Library.  Martha is a retired teacher (35 years) and served as her union president for twelve years.  She has been employed at FiberQA for four years as their purchasing and production lead.  She has been a resident of Old Lyme with her husband Scott for 25 years. They have three adult sons, David, Tim, and Peter.  In her spare time, Martha enjoys a walk on the beach or revitalizing antique furniture. 

Q1: Why are you running for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen?

I am running for First Selectman in Old Lyme for three reasons: 

Keep taxes low and support small businesses. 

Protect our natural resources to preserve the beauty and character of our small town.

Restore transparency, responsiveness, and accountability to town hall.

I will take the time to listen to all residents regardless of their political affiliation. We may not always agree, but we should always listen to each other.  Our current first selectman seems to have forgotten this.  I will also use every tool at my disposal to communicate with the public.  We are decades behind similarly situated towns because our current administration does not value modern technology.  

Old Lyme has abundant open space and natural beauty. Historically we have enjoyed low taxes, low crime, and a first-class school system. Now we must find ways to attract young families to our town to avoid declining enrollment and we need to keep Old Lyme attractive, accessible, and affordable for our seniors. I will work with the Affordable Housing Commission to craft solutions.   Similarly, revitalization of Halls Road and the 156 Gateway will positively impact economic and housing options for young professionals and seniors. 

My background as a union leader proves that I can effectively use mediation and negotiation skills. These will be important as I bring groups from both sides of the table together to look at the issues, strategize for the future and find solutions that are mutually agreeable.  

As a town leader I will cultivate the qualities of collaboration, teamwork, and civility. When elected officials demonstrate how to differ with one another respectfully, find compromise, and focus on the common good, community members benefit. I am able to acknowledge differences with mutual respect to move an agenda forward and I will make collaborative progress possible.

Q2: What is your opinion of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, which was originally proposed by Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal in August 2020 as a document that the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen should approve? It remains unsigned — please indicate whether you would be willing to sign it, if elected.

To me, there are two main issues with the way the Resolution has been handled.  This first is imbedded in your question: it was introduced in August 2020.  For fifteen months the Republicans on the Board of Selectmen (BoS) have routinely refused to allow discussion of the Resolution to be added to the BoS meeting agenda, and they are adamant that it will not be put up for a vote.  In my opinion, that is poor leadership.  In my various leadership positions, I have fully understood that it is difficult to make decisions that satisfy everyone.  But that’s precisely why it’s important to talk about the issues. Even if proponents and opponents of this Resolution don’t agree on all of it, there may be areas of commonality that create a way forward that is acceptable to all.  To date, we don’t know that because the Republican selectmen won’t hear debate on the matter.

The second issue relates to the Resolution’s merits.  There is empirical evidence that structural racism affects public health outcomes.  The AMA, the CDC, the APHA and virtually every other public health body has confirmed this.  So, the only real question is: how do we as the town of Old Lyme respond?  The path Republican leadership has chosen is to bury their heads in the sand arguing, “maybe that’s so elsewhere, but not here.”  I think that approach is shortsighted and bad for the town. Declaring that we stand with those who suffer from structural racism is not some sort of tacit admission that we are a racist town.  On the contrary, it is affirmation that we are not.  If elected, I would welcome discussion on this and would sign a Resolution that reflects the truth: that Old Lyme is a welcoming and open-minded community.

Q3: What do you consider are currently the three most important issues in Old Lyme that require the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, (with the exception of the Resolution on Racism discussed in Question 2)? Describe how you would move forward on each issue, if elected.

The three most important issues are as follows:

Infrastructure/Development – The management of the sewer project for the shoreline area will be critical during the next two years and our focus should be on finding grants and other innovative ways to pay for the solution.   I will also be supporting the Affordable Housing Commission recommendations for compliance with state mandates.  During my time campaigning I have heard from many residents who would enjoy small investments such as a dog park, splash pad or skate park.  The enhancement of Hains Park is also to be considered. 

Economic Development – Promoting the Halls Road master plan, improve the 156 gateway into Soundview and supporting small businesses are of utmost importance at this time.  The Plan of Conservation and Development that was adopted in February 2021 will provide guidance as we move forward. We must work together to see that Old Lyme continues to develop in the manner which our residents see as its future.

Fiscal and Personnel Management – I will create transparency to the budget process, while making sure our residents are getting the value for their tax dollars.  We must put into place Public Health and Safety policies.   The recent discovery that our cyber insurance has lapsed will have to be addressed immediately.  Town hall personnel deserve to have a Human Resource director (part-time) to complete job descriptions, provide evaluations and goal setting for departments and to update our policies under state guidelines. Town employees have the right to be treated equitably with established guidelines.

Matthew Ward (R): Candidate for Old Lyme Board of Selectmen

Matthew Ward

Biography:

I have lived in Old Lyme for 15 years with my beautiful wife of 20 years, Tara, and our five amazing kids Aidan (Sr), Kaitlyn (Jr), Keara (Soph), Ashlynn (6th) and Liam (4th). I basically have all the Old Lyme Schools covered.  I proudly served the public as a CT State Trooper for 20 years – stationed at Troop F Westbrook barracks during my entire career, retiring in April 2020.  During this time, I served as the Resident State Trooper in Killingworth for 12 years, and Chester for 2 years.  It is an honor to run for Board of Selectmen.

Q1: Why are you running for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen?

I am running for the Board of Selectmen to offer my unique skills to improve the quality of life in Old Lyme.  My time as a Resident State Trooper was the most rewarding time in my career.  As an integral part of those towns, I was involved in the everyday operations of the community – preparing budgets, running school programs, and helping plan/work various events in the community. This work fostered many relationships, friendships, and partnerships in the community with various groups and organizations – relationships that still exist today.  I became a part of the community:  they knew me, they knew my family and we were able to work together to effect change and reach goals.

While pondering life after retirement, I knew I wanted to get more involved in our community.  On a national, and state level the animosity in politics has been incredibly negative and the true meaning of democracy I feel has been lost.  It bothered me so much, that I started attending BOF and BOS meetings to understand our community better.  I care deeply that the people of Old Lyme are heard, and their ideas/concerns are discussed.  We can agree to disagree on certain things but must have a civilized, educated discussion.  Our ultimate goal as selectmen should be what is best for the community as a whole, what is best for our children, and what will continue to make Old Lyme a great place to live, work and visit.  

In summary, I have always enjoyed working with people and have been under public scrutiny my entire career.  I know how to listen and talk to people.  I know how to work with people to resolve conflict and attain resolutions.  I also know how to be an effective leader while managing people, budgets, and schedules.

Q2: What is your opinion of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, which was originally proposed by Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal in August 2020 as a document that the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen should approve? It remains unsigned — please indicate whether you would be willing to sign it, if elected.

I believe the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis is not an accurate portrayal of the Town of Old Lyme.  I believe other people are trying to take a controversial national issue and bring it locally to divide our community.   We do not need a symbolic, resolution signed to show we are against racism in our community.  As a state trooper and now an Old Lyme police officer, I see the data.  While isolated incidents of racism do occur – there is no data to support hate crimes or racism within our town.  Also, CT has very strong laws concerning racism and hate crimes.  There are 169 towns in CT and only 20 or so towns have signed similar resolutions.  I think it would be much more effective to have open, civilized discussions about racism, review policies/procedures to combat racism and to implement and strengthen programs to educate people about racism. 

Additionally, I believe that this resolution will do harm to our community by discouraging out of town families from relocating to Old Lyme.  The Town of Old Lyme is one of the most welcoming, inclusive, and open communities on the Shoreline.  We need to focus on that story, which will encourage all to consider Old Lyme as a great place to live and raise their family. 

Q3: What do you consider are currently the three most important issues in Old Lyme that require the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, (with the exception of the Resolution on Racism discussed in Question 2)? Describe how you would move forward on each issue, if elected.

1)  Economic development on Halls Road and the beach area by Route 156 is a critically important issue.  I would like to work to attract appropriate businesses to these areas.  I would also like to meet with owners of the various abandoned buildings around town and see if we can get them back in working order or developed.  I would review our blight ordinances and reach out to businesses and residents to see how we can work together to improve these areas.  Our local government can and should work hand in hand with our townsfolk to improve our community. 

2)   The sewer project is also an important project that needs to continue to move forward and get completed.  Working together with the beach communities and gaining their trust is critical to the successful outcome of this project.  This is a transformative project for these areas and will have long lasting impacts.  It is also important that we make sure we are doing everything we can to get it completed in a timely manner and as cost effective as possible. 

3)  I also believe sensible Affordable Housing is an important issue in our community.  I would work alongside the Affordable Housing Commission to identify options and potential areas where development may be feasible, safe, and that maintain the character of our community.

Timothy C. Griswold (R): Candidate (Incumbent) for Old Lyme First Selectman

Timothy Griswold

Biography:
Town of Old Lyme:
First Selectman: 16 years
Treasurer: 4 years
Board of Finance: 15 years Chairman: 6 years
Board of Assessment Appeals: 8 years
Business:
Various banking positions in Connecticut –
Commercial Lending and Commercial Real Estate
Civic:
Florence Griswold Museum – Board
Lyme Academy of Fine Arts – Board
LOL Chamber of Commerce – Past President
LOL Lions Club
MacCurdy Salisbury Educational Foundation
OL Historical Society – Past President
Military:
U.S. Navy – Viet Nam
VFW – Past Commander
Personal:
Resident of Old Lyme since 1976.  Live with Kate Peale, Buttons & Ziggy.
Two daughters & four grandchildren in Old Lyme

Q1: Why are you running for the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen?

Having served as First Selectman for nearly 16 years and on the Board of Finance for 15 years prior to that, I believe I have a solid knowledge of how town government works.  Because of my years of service on boards of numerous local organizations (Flo Gris, Lyme Academy, Historical Society, VFW, Lions & Chamber, to name a few), I have come to know many wonderful people throughout town.  I think we all should be proud that so many people volunteer their time to town causes and this commitment makes Old Lyme great.

Old Lyme has coped with several unusual events of late (COVID and severe weather conditions) and we have completed or are working on several complicated projects (sewers in the beach area, sidewalks in Sound View and on Ferry Rd., Mile Creek Rd. bridge replacement, Halls Rd. improvement plan, and replacing the Hains Park restroom building and the Transfer Station Scale House, among others).  Overseeing all these projects are in addition to the responsibilities of managing the town.  The benefit of my prior experience has certainly been invaluable to me and has made my job easier and more efficient.  

I am running for First Selectman because I am committed to the people of Old Lyme to see these projects through and to continue to manage Old Lyme efficiently and in a fiscally prudent manner.  I take pride in having an “open door” policy and I enjoy interacting with residents to hear their concerns and viewpoints.  

I respectfully ask for your vote on November 2nd because I believed I am well positioned to handle the responsibilities of First Selectman and I have a solid record of accomplishments to retain the charming character of our town.

Q2: What is your opinion of the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis, which was originally proposed by Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal in August 2020 as a document that the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen should approve? It remains unsigned — please indicate whether you would be willing to sign it, if elected.

I have consistently stated I am unwilling to sign the Resolution Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis.  I believe it is hyperbolic and, if passed by the Board of Selectmen, would officially and incorrectly characterize Old Lyme as being a racist community.  It would also require the Board of Selectmen to establish unnecessary policies and procedures that, if not followed, could expose the Town to undesirable consequences.

The proponents of the Resolution claim that our citizens are not racists.  If that is true, why do we need the Resolution?  Obviously, there are likely a few people who may be racists but why adopt all this process when most all of our citizens are not racist and are very welcoming people.

Ms. Nosal states that about 22 towns have passed racism resolutions.  There are 169 towns and cities in Connecticut, so 147 of them, or 87%, have not adopted a resolution.  Thus, a large majority of Connecticut towns and cities have decided against adopting a racism resolution.

I believe the people of Old Lyme should continue to be welcoming to people of various backgrounds, religions and races.  The Town’s new Affordable Housing Commission is working on providing more housing stock that will be affordable and our churches are working to assist resettling refugee families within our community.  By working together, we are making progress.  We do not need to adopt a resolution that plainly states Old Lyme is a racist community.  This issue has divided us.  Give us credit for the good things we do – don’t blame us for what we don’t do.

Q3: What do you consider are currently the three most important issues in Old Lyme that require the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen, (with the exception of the Resolution on Racism discussed in Question 2)? Describe how you would move forward on each issue, if elected.

Sound View Sewers:  The Town of Old Lyme and the three private beach associations have been planning for sewers in the beach area for years and we are nearing the start of the project to install the shared infrastructure (collection pipe, pump station and force main to East Lyme).  The Town’s WPCA and Board of Selectmen have worked hard with project engineers to obtain easements and inter-municipal agreements, to line up the funding and to plan for the installation of the gravity sewer in Sound View.  The Board of Selectmen must continue to see this project to conclusion.

Economic Development:   We know the Town has a limited commercial base and the Halls Rd. and the beach areas (including Sound View) have greater potential.  The EDC Commission has done good work on plans to revitalize these areas to attract new commercial enterprises.  The Selectmen can work with the EDC and others to champion sensible commercial upgrades that will improve our Grand List and boost employment.  With the right vision and master plan, Hartford Ave. itself could become a fun and wholesome destination.  The Selectmen should help to shape the vision and facilitate the change.

Affordable Housing:  The Affordable Housing Commission is doing a terrific job to set the Town on the right course to address this important need.  The Commission and the Board of Selectmen were successful at obtaining Town meeting approval for the Town’s Affordable Housing Ordinance and the Commission is working on the five-year update of our Affordable Housing Plan that is due next July.  Two more affordable housings lots will soon be situated on the McCulloch Open Space property the Town recently acquired and a developer will be selected to construct a single family home on each.  The Board of Selectmen will encourage the development of additional affordable housing units in sensible locations. 

 

Old Lyme Boy’s Soccer Team Continues to Bounce Back with Win over Coginchaug

OLD LYME — On Monday, Old Lyme continued their recovery from a slow start to the season with a 2-1 win over Coginchaug.

Old Lyme’s goals were scored by Liam Celic and Anders Silberberg, who also assisted Celic’s goal.

Sam Whittle scored Coginchaug’s lone goal.

Jonah Lathrop  was in goal for the Wildcats and made four saves. Coginchaug’s goalie Logan Bender notched seven saves

Old Lyme is now 2-4-0 overall and 2-3-0 in the Shoreline Conference.

M&J Bus, Inc. Urgently Seeks New Drivers

M&J Bus, Inc.

URGENT — M&J Bus is Hiring in Old Lyme Now!

Tonight SECWAC Hosts Zoom Presentation on ‘Crisis in the Uyghur Region’

Joshua Freeman

LYME/OLD LYME/AREAWIDE — On Tuesday, May 25, at 6 p.m., the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Joshua Freeman of Princeton University speaking on Crisis in the Uyghur Region: Xinjiang, 2017 to the Present.

The presentation will be online via Zoom.

Registration required.

The event is free for members, the fee for guests is $20.

The link to join us will be emailed with your registration confirmation. Zoom meetings will be used:
https://scwac.wildapricot.org/event-4232340

Freeman is a historian of 20th-century China and Inner Asia. His research centers around official culture and nation formation in China’s northwestern borderlands, and in particular the cultural history of the transborder Uyghur nation.

He received his Ph.D. in Inner Asian and Altaic Studies at Harvard University in 2019, where his research received support from the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-IIE, and multiple centers at Harvard.

On the basis of his dissertation, he is currently at work on a book manuscript titled “Print Communism: Uyghur National Culture in Twentieth-Century China.”

Drawing on cultural, literary, and political history, this study demonstrates that socialist policies, implemented in northwest China’s Xinjiang region from the 1930s through the late 20th century, enabled the small Sino-Soviet frontier community of Ili to transform its local culture into the new Uyghur national culture.

Examining this process offers insight into the nexus between socialism and nation formation at the intersection of the Chinese, Soviet, and Islamic worlds.

Freeman’s work as a cultural historian is informed and inspired by the seven years he spent living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

In addition to working extensively there as a translator, he completed a master’s degree in Uyghur literature at Xinjiang Normal University with a thesis on Uyghur modernist poetry, which he composed and defended in Uyghur.

He has translated (link is external) the work of a number of Uyghur poets into English and has published widely in American literary journals.

At Princeton, Freeman lectures on Chinese and Inner Asian history in the Department of East Asian Studies.

If you are new to Zoom virtual meetings and would like to learn more about how to join the event, visit zoom.us for more information. Also, feel free to call 860-912-5718 for technical advice prior to the event. It will not be possible to resolve issues during the meeting.

A link to the recording will be shared via email following the meeting.

 

Death Announced of John Sholtis of Old Lyme

OLD LYME – John Sholtis, 77, of Old Lyme passed away May 9, 2021.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Judy; daughter Adrienne and her husband Jim Lair; daughter Michelle Sholtis, her husband Michel Leroy; and the light of his life granddaughter Vivian Leroy; along with daughter of the heart Natalie Wellmaker and family…

Visit this link to read the full obituary published May 13, in The Day.

Youth, Gaming & Gambling: Learn About Trends, Warning Signs, Prevention in Free Webinar Tonight


LYME/OLD LYME —
Can video gaming be dangerous for kids?

On Tuesday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m., Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau and the Lyme-Old Lyme (LOL) Community Coalition are sponsoring a Zoom presentation  on youth gaming and gambling. The Parent Teacher Organizations of Lyme, Mile Creek and LOL Middle School are co-sponsoring the event.

This free, interactive workshop will discuss an overview of youth gaming and gambling. Learn from experts about risk factors, and protective factors for prevention, treatment, and recovery. All are welcome.

The presenters are Kaitlin Brown and Kelly Leppard, who both have extensive experience in this field.

Brown is Director of Programs & Services with CT Council on Problem Gambling. Kaitlin is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, and holds and International Gaming Disorder Certificate.

Leppard serves as the Primary Prevention Services Coordinator for Problem Gambling Services with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Certified Prevention Specialist.

Register for the presentation at this link.

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A Century on Broadway Song List

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