TENANT RELOCATION APPROVED
The New London Housing has been granted federal approval of its application to dispose of the troubled Thames River Apartments in its effort to relocate its residents. The approval opens the door for an application to HUD for tenant protection vouchers, or Section 8 vouchers, to allow for relocation of the more than 300 residents there. HUD agreed with what city officials and residents have recognized for years, that the property “is not suited for multifamily use.”
Derell Wilson was employed by the Norwich Public Schools but the Democratic mayoral candidate left with only two days notice last May. Two months earlier, school administrators cited examples of a “lack of follow through” in his position as an after-school program site coordinator at Kelly Middle School. Wilson said Wednesday he resigned in order to devote all his time to running for mayor. Wilson said he has been employed since early September at the Integrated Day Charter School in Norwich, but that if elected he would be a “full-time mayor.”
EL SEEKS MICROGRID GRANT
The town of East Lyme is seeking a state grant for a potential microgrid that would provide power to critical infrastructure. The microgrid, with a fuel cell that potentially would be located in the vicinity of the Lillie B. Haynes School, would serve the school and nearby facilities, including a sewer pump station, the community center and the middle school, which is a seven-town emergency shelter during storms. The program is designed to help create ways to ensure that critical buildings remain powered during electrical grid outages.
A vigil will be held tonight at the David Ruggles Courtyard at Norwich City Hall, to honor the victims of the Las Vegas concert shooting and the Sept. 24 shooting at a church in Antioch, Tennessee. The vigil, “Stand in Unity, Peace, and Love,” will be held at 6 p.m., and is open to the public. It’s sponsored by the Norwich Area Clergy Association, and others. The community is asked to participate. For more information, contact the Rev. Gregory A. Perry, president of the Norwich Area Clergy Association.
BOAT SINKS, TWO RESCUED
East Lyme Police responded to reports of a boat sinking near Hatchetts Reef just after 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Two officers using a rescue boat were able to save the two unidentified boaters who were cold but uninjured. Rescuers described the water conditions as choppy.
GROTON GETS MATH GRANT
The Department of Defense Education Activity has awarded Groton Public Schools a five-year, $1.25 million grant to support mathematics instruction across the district. Through the math grant, teachers will participate in a professional development program with the New London-based organization New Perspectives on Learning. It’s the third DoDEA grant it has received, the most recent being $1 million in 2015 to support reading and writing professional development for teachers.