MONDAY MORNING UPDATE

NO BOOZE AT GARDNER LAKE

Gardner Lake Beach

A 90-day ban on alcohol at Gardner Lake in Salem goes into effect by Memorial Day. The ban was put in place in early August a year ago, due to problems with drunken behavior, and piles of trash left behind, including used diapers and alcohol bottle caps. Local leaders urged officials to implement the ban when everything came to a head last 4th of July after police responded to an assault that sent one man to the hospital with a head injury.

UNTIMELY DEATH IN NL

New London police were called to a home in the area of Plant Street and Montauk Avenue around 11:00 o’clock Sunday morning after receiving a report of a deceased man in the yard. Police are investigating an untimely death but say it does not appear to be suspicious. The man’s name has not been released and the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the New London Police Department’s Detective Division.

LEGENDARY COACH DIES

Carl Snitkin

The man considered to be the father of Norwich Free Academy wrestling has died. Carl Snitkin coached 63 wrestlers who won either a Class LL, State Open or New England championship. He had a 471-80-7 record in dual meets, the most wins in the state when he retired. Snitkin was a four-time national collegiate powerlifting champion at Springfield College and won gold in the super heavyweight division at the 1976 Pan American Games. Carl Snitkin was 72.

HEARING ON NEW CUMBERLAND FARMS TOMORROW

Despite three pending lawsuits challenging zoning permits, Cumberland Farms is ready to go ahead with a proposed gasoline station and 5,814-square-foot convenience store at the corner of West Main Street and New London Turnpike in Norwich. The project has faced controversy over the past two years. A provision in the zoning regulations prohibited one gasoline station from locating within 1,000 feet of another. The Mobil station across West Main Street is about 100 feet away. A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall on a special permit application by Cumberland Farms and the owners of the property.

SECOND TROOPER IN PRESTON BUDGET

Preston residents will get a chance to weigh in on issues when the proposed 2018-19 Preston town and school budgets are presented at a public hearing Thursday. While the school budget reflects an increase of three percent, the town government budget will increase 6.28 percent. Some of that will go toward keeping the second resident state trooper, boosting per diem weekend ambulance staff and hiring a supervisor to oversee the final year of cleanup at the former Norwich Hospital property. The hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Preston Veterans’ Memorial School.

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