OPENING DAY OF FISHING SEASON
EDUCATION TAKES BIG CUT IN GROTON
The Groton Town Council continues to revisit the proposed $128.6 million budget for the coming fiscal year, has made its biggest cut to education. Councilors cut $1.85 million from the requested $78.3 million for education, bringing the total down to about $76.5 million, the minimum budget requirement. The Representative Town Meeting’s Education Committee will review the education budget at 6 p.m. Monday in the Groton Senior Center. Town councilors will discuss the budgets for public safety, Groton City, ambulance service and other departments at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Town Hall Annex.
CONNECTICUT COLLEGE RECEIVES $20 MILLION FOR ARTS FUNDING
Connecticut College has announced they have received $20 million dollars to support the renovation of the Palmer Auditorium and Castle Court. The Sherman Fairchild Foundation has donated a $10 million dollar grant and a $10 million gift has been received from Nancy Marshall Athey, a 1972 alumna, and her husband, Preston Athey that will fund the renovations to support the college’s arts programs, performances and research.
NEW LONDON ATTORNEY NOMINATED TO BECOME SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE
Matthew Edward Auger a senior partner and trial lawyer at Suisman Shapiro in New London, has been nominated by Gov. Malloy along with 29 other residents to become a judge on the state Superior Court. The Groton resident has specialized in personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, since 1988. Auger now volunteers to provide legal assistance to active duty military members, retired members and their families at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. In addition to his other work, Auger serves as a Superior Court attorney trial referee and is a judge of the Gaming Disputes Court for the Mohegan Tribal Court.
NORWICH MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT ON CHILD
Norwich Police were called to a city elementary school back in December after a young girl reported an alleged sexual abuse. The girl told police she was sexually assaulted when she was 5 or 6 years old and again when she was 7. Following an investigation police arrested Carlo Romilus of 5 Grove St. on Thursday. Police say the child was known to Romilus who was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of risk of injury to a minor. He was held on a $500,000 bond and arraigned Friday in Norwich Superior Court.
GROTON TOWN MANAGER’S CONTRACT EXTENDED
Groton Town Manager John Burt will not receive the raise he requested and then withdrew. Burt presented a new resolution to the council on April 3rd. Councilors approved the resolution that extends his contract one year, provides mileage reimbursement for work-related travel outside town and revises the job of Human Resources Director Robert Zagami by naming him human resources director and assistant town manager. Burt’s contract, which originally ran till July 2022, was extended until 2023.