MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

TOWN HALL ON SCHOOL VIOLENCE TODAY AT FITCH

Sen. Richard Blumenthal

GROTON, Conn. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has scheduled a town hall discussion with high school students in Groton to discuss school safety, gun violence and other youth concerns. The Connecticut Democrat’s event is set for Monday afternoon at Fitch High School. Blumenthal says he also plans to discuss college affordability, climate change, opioids, immigration reform and other issues important to students. The senator held a similar town hall at Branford High School earlier this month in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and nationwide student walkouts over gun reform. He said then that young people have been the driving force behind key social change movements.

OPINIONS SOUGHT ON PQ BRIDGE

Groton town planners will ask residents Monday how to reinforce the village concept at Poquonnock Bridge. The town budgeted $30,000 last year for studying potential future development in the historic center of Groton. Consultant Union Studio Architecture and Community Design of Providence will present its initial ideas at 6 p.m. in the Groton Public Library. The consultant then will ask residents what they’d like to see in the area.

CANDIDATES FORUM TONIGHT

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School

A candidates forum will be presented by the Tri Town Democratic Town Committees, representing Democrats of Lyme, Old Lyme and Old Saybrook, at 6:30 tonight at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. Candidates will present brief statements and then answer questions from delegates of the committees. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

LAWSUIT FILED OVER RETREAT CENTER

A group of Ma­sons Is­land home­own­ers have filed a law­suit to re­strict the cur­rent use of the St. Ed­mund’s Re­treat Cen­ter. The suit charges that St. Ed­mund’s has turned En­ders Is­land into a site of bustling com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity in a res­i­den­tial zone. The suit points out that over the years the need for a re­treat for priests, the use it was intended for, has de­clined and that St. Ed­mund’s has been of­fer­ing many com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. The suit asks that a per­ma­nent in­junc­tion be is­sued re­strain­ing St. Ed­mund’s from con­tin­u­ing to con­duct ac­tiv­i­ties on En­ders Is­land that vi­o­late lo­cal zon­ing reg­u­la­tions and that do not con­form with the wishes of Alys En­ders who donated the facility.

AGENT ORANGE MEMORIAL PLANNED

(military.com)

The widows of two former Waterford Veterans of Foreign Wars have raised more than $8,000 for a memorial, which will be unveiled next month. The memorial in Waterford will honor all those who were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange during their military service in the Vietnam War. The two women have spent countless hours on the internet researching Agent Orange, which was the most common herbicide used by the U.S. military during the war to reduce foliage for tactical purposes. The memorial will be unveiled on May 26th at Waterford Town Hall.

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