CAPTAIN POSITION CREATED
Montville is trying to create a captain’s position in their police force. The person filling the job would be the department’s administrative head and second in command. The position was approved last night in a 5-2 vote by the town’s Public Safety Commission. The person would replace Lieutenant Leonard Bunnell, who has to retire by September.
BOARD GETS PLANETARIUM UPDATE
East Lyme’s school board got an update on the effort to turn the high school’s old planetarium into a state of the art facility. It would become a resource for the region and part of an effort to locate a science, technology, engineering and math academy there. The Planetarium Advisory Committee wants to create a non-profit organization to fund the project without taxpayer dollars. Initial costs are estimated to be about $285,000. The committee wants the school board to continue holding the space for them until they are off and running.
RESIDENTS FED UP
Canterbury residents are fed up. They’ve tired of inaction by town leaders on fixing the roof at Helen Baldwin Middle School, so they are forcing a vote by petition. It was delivered to the town clerk yesterday. Now the board of selectmen will have 20 days to schedule a town meeting so residents can vote on repairs and state financing. The deadline to receive favorable rates from the state ends April 18th.
BREWERY PARTNERS WITH LEVINE
The product of a new brewery in Norwich is headed to area restaurants. Levine Distributing is partnering with Epicure Brewing to deliver its craft beer to about three dozen area restaurants and pubs. Levine will be distributing six of Epicure’s concoctions made at the brewery at the corner of Franklin and Bath streets in Norwich. Epicure had been selling the beers to local establishments on their own.