NS RETHINKING SCHOOL PROJECT
The town of North Stonington will hold a town meeting next week for residents to vote on whether to proceed with the school building project, which was expected to break ground next month. The town meeting will be held Feb 1st at 7 p.m. in the Wheeler Gymnatorium. It was scheduled by the Board of Selectmen in response to two petitions submitted by residents last week. The board was advised by the town attorney that it was required to schedule the meeting and vote because of the petitions.
DRIVER GETS SIX MONTHS
A Swansea, Massachusetts truck driver who crashed into a car on I 95 killing three of its occupants has been sentenced to six months in prison. Prosecutor David Smith said the plea deal that was worked out was fair, given the totality of the circumstances. Gerard Dube was also ordered to serve 100 hours of community services, half of it in an athletic/coaching setting and half, at the request of the victim’s family, with an organization that provides animal welfare services.
Killingly Town Council member Matt Cates has submitted his resignation letter. Cates was one of several Republicans swept into office in November. He said his decision to step down from the nine-member council was based on job commitments. Cates was one of four, at-large councilors not tied to one of the town’s five specific districts. He’s been absent from all three of this month’s council meetings. With Cates’ resignation official, the Republican Town Committee will now meet to recommend a replacement. Republicans hold a 5-4 majority on the council.
PERMIT SOUGHT ON STONINGTON DEVELOPMENT
The developer of the former Perkins farm property in Mystic is seeking a wetlands permit for the first phase of construction of a 121-unit apartment building. The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission already has approved a master plan to construct a 71-acre medical, academic and residential campus. If built as envisioned by Developer David Lattizori of Groton, the project would become the town’s largest taxpayer, generating an estimated $1.3 million a year in tax revenue and creating several hundred jobs. The wetlands commission has slated a public hearing on the application for 7 p.m. Feb. 1st at the police station.
Determining how many people are homeless in Connecticut was the objective of last night’s annual “Point in Time’ count . Volunteers in many cities and towns went to areas where homeless are known to reside. Norwich Human Services Director Lee-Ann Gomes says about 30 volunteers, including herself, conducted the count in such areas of the city as behind the former Y-M-C-A building, the traintracks, and near Wal-Mart. Gomes says anyone with urgent medical needs was taken care of, while information about available services was also offered. Gomes says homelessness in the area has gone down dramatically in recent years for families and adults. Single youth between ages 18 and 25 has seen an increase, although Gomes says that may be because that age group wasn’t being accounted-for accurately until the past couple of years or so.
FOUNDRY 66 CELEBRATING
One year later, Foundry 66 in the former Norwich Bulletin building, boasts all nine offices and six desk spaces occupied, including a mixture of start-up businesses, an attorney and real estate agents. Outside organizations and businesses also use Foundry 66 facilities regularly, including home health care training conferences, NAACP and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition. The Norwich Community Development Corporation will celebrate the successful first year of Foundry 66 today with a reception for some 50 to 60 people who helped get the project off the ground, recover from a fire and thrive in the months that followed.