MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

BOOZE APPROVED AT SMITH-HARRIS HOUSE

Smith-Har­ris House

Saying there’s a need for more fundrais­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, the East Lyme Board of Select­men will al­low al­co­hol to be served a few times a year at func­tions on the prop­erty of the his­tor­i­c Smith-Har­ris House. They say that peo­ple have backed out of hold­ing events on the property be­cause of the no-al­co­hol pol­icy on the town owned land. The board voted in fa­vor of al­low­ing spe­cial per­mits for al­co­hol to be served at the Smith-Har­ris House prop­erty for up to three events per cal­en­dar year. The se­lect­men said they will re­view the pol­icy an­nu­ally, which be­gins May 1st.

ANTI-GRAFFITI PROGRAM LAUNCHED

The New London police department has kicked off a new program aimed at eliminating graffiti in the city. Captain Brian Wright says residents are encouraged to call the PD to let them know about buildings with graffiti. He says a list of vandalized properties will be compiled, and volunteers will paint-over the graffiti on specified dates. He says the presence of graffiti in a neighborhood gives the impression that nobody cares, which may lead to additional criminal activity in those areas.

BOOSTING SUB PRODUCTION

Electric Boat, Groton

The U.S. Navy says it’s attack submarine fleet is expected to shrink by 20 percent over the next ten years. There are 52 attack submarines today and by 2028, that number is expected to dip to 42. The Navy says it needs a fleet of 66 attack submarines. They’ll have to wait till 2048 for that to happen under current plans. The boats had taken 84 months to build. The Navy reduced that timeline to 74 months, and now the goal is to build them in 66 months. It’s putting pressure on Electric Boat and hundreds of submarine suppliers in Connecticut to keep on schedule.

FAIR REDUCES MEAL DEBT

Gro­ton schools food ser­vice work­ers have come up with an innovative way to help school children who can’t afford breakfast or lunch at the schools. Stu­dents who had meal ac­counts that were delin­quent re­sult­ed in thou­sands of dol­lars in lost rev­enue for the school sys­tem. The Food Ser­vice Depart­ment re­cently raised $2,900 through its first-ever ven­dor fair, held at Fitch High School. The money will be dis­trib­uted among delin­quent ac­counts, and the fundrais­ing will con­tinue. They call the new initiative “Feed Their Bodies. Fuel Their Minds.”

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS SOUGHT

The Norwich Redevelopment Agency is seeking input from residents, business owners and owners of potentially contaminated properties, who may be interested in having studies done that could clear the way for future development. Loaded with a $384,000 environmental assessment grant, the Redevelopment Agency will hold a public forum at six tonight. The Environmental Protection Agency grant includes $185,000 to study sites with potential petroleum contamination and $199,000 to study sites with potentially hazardous substances.

ONE-ROOMERS REUNITE

Dozens of res­i­dents, in­clud­ing more than 20 for­mer stu­dents, gath­ered at the Led­yard Se­nior Cen­ter Sunday for a pre­sen­ta­tion and re­union cel­e­brat­ing Led­yard’s one-room school­houses. Res­i­dents re­vis­ited the town’s old schools like Long Cove and Geer Hill. Many of the school­houses have been con­verted for other uses. The event marked the first one-room school­house re­union in more than six years. Alumni of the one-room schools of­fered first­hand ac­counts of their time as stu­dents including wartime bomb drills or ar­riv­ing early to start fires for heat­ing.

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