FOOD COURT COMING TO NORWICH
80 Broadway, Norwich
Norwich aldermen last night unanimously agree to sell the former city Human Services building at 80 Broadway to a development group planning to put in the “Rose City Food Hall”. The partnership will install a commercial-grade kitchen and dining area where local food vendors can sell their creations. The Norwich-based LeWitt Group will purchase the property for 131-thousand dollars. The deal does give the group 60 days to opt out of the deal, if necessary, and receive a refund of its 20-thousand dollar deposit. The sale also includes an adjacent parking lot at 68 Broadway. The LeWitt Group operates two restaurants in Chester.
COUNCILORS PEEVED ABOUT TRACK
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New London officials are upset with a 1-point-1 million dollar proposal to repair the track at the high school. City councilor Don Venditto says his colleagues are being strong-armed into approving the measure because it’s directly tied to the 98-million dollar magnet school building project. City councilor Marty Olsen says it’s laughable that the council is being asked to immediately approve track repairs when the magnet school project manager has been dragging its feet for months. Education officials say construction on the north magnet campus at New London High School must begin by July 6th or the city will lose access to state reimbursement for the project.
DEMO OPPONENTS BOLSTER ARGUMENTS
130 Bank St., New London
Three New London historic organizations and a national group are helping to bolster the state’s case for an injunction against a proposed demolition of two historic Bank Street buildings. An argument will be presented over an ongoing court case targeting building owner Bill Cornish. The state is seeking to block Cornish’s proposed demolition of his buildings at 116 and 130 Bank St. The goal is to provide the court with relevant information outside what is being addressed in the hearing.
SUPPLEMENTAL TAX BILL COMING LEDYARD
For Ledyard residents, the possibility of an impending supplemental tax bill became a bit clearer. The Town Council will vote next Wednesday night on issuing a supplemental tax after the town’s Finance Committee unenthusiastically moved the measure forward during their meeting last night. Should the council vote to approve the measure, residents then would be issued a supplemental tax bill of one mill, which would be due April 1st.
PRETTIEST TOWN IN AMERICA
A San Francisco based website calls itself “the world’s #1 site for vacation rentals” and has put Mystic at the top of its list of the “15 Prettiest Small Towns in the U.S.”. Their list of Mystic attributes include Mystic Seaport, the Mystic Art Association’s galleries and studios; and Mystic Pizza, made famous by Julia Roberts in the movie of the same name. The other New England locations were Stowe Vt., Bar Harbor, Maine, and Nantucket, Mass.
BOSTON (AP) – Boston and Worcester have broken record high temperatures set in 1930. The National Weather Service says New England’s first and second largest cities exceeded their respective daily record temperatures for Feb. 20. Boston hit 70 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, besting the prior record of 68 degrees that was set on Feb. 20, 1930. Worcester reached 67 degrees on Tuesday, topping its previous record of 65 degrees. The weather service says record highs are expected throughout southern New England on Wednesday, when temperatures should be in the 70s. The weather service says temperatures in Hartford and Providence were in the low to mid 60s Tuesday and didn’t match their records of 69 degrees for Feb. 20.
DEAD BODIES IN ESSEX
ESSEX, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut State Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a residence in Essex. The agency said state troopers were asked Tuesday to conduct a well-being check at the home. When they entered the residence in the afternoon, they found the bodies. Police declined to provide any other details, other than to say they believe there is no threat to the public. They’re also not releasing the names of the victims until their next of kind are notified. The state medical examiner’s office is conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of death, and state police detectives are investigating. Essex is a town located along the Connecticut River.
SEX HARASSMENT LAW CHANGES
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Requiring more employers to provide sexual harassment training and expanding the time period for when complaints can be filed are among the proposals Connecticut lawmakers are proposing to upgrade the state’s sexual harassment laws. Democratic senators unveiled a package of legislation on Tuesday, inspired by the spate of sexual misconduct allegations that have arisen nationally. The lawmakers want to require sexual harassment training at all employers with three more employees. It’s currently required for employers with 50 or more workers. They also want to give victims up to two years to file a complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities about alleged harassment, instead of within six months. The top Republican in the Senate called it “disappointing” the Democrats didn’t work with the GOP on the issue.
REMEMBERING NIGHTCLUB FIRE
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island is marking the 15th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200 others. The Feb. 20, 2003, fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick started when pyrotechnics for the rock band Great White set fire to flammable foam installed as soundproofing. The site of the fire is now a memorial park. On Tuesday, some survivors, victims’ relatives, fire officials and fire safety advocates gathered there to discuss a new federal tax incentive meant to make it easier for small businesses to install sprinklers. Gina Russo, a fire survivor, is president of the group that built the memorial park. She says that if there had been sprinklers in the club, “life would be completely different” for many of the people gathered there.
PLAINFIELD LANDS MANUFACTURING PLANT
Pennsylvania-based Morgan Truck Body is the latest firm to invest in Plainfield. A four-million dollar loan was approved by the state Bond Commission on Friday. The company plans to construct a $19 million manufacturing plant that is expected to create more than 100 new jobs. Morgan produces a range of truck bodies for parcel delivery, furniture movers and heavy-equipment hauling, as well as bottled gas transport.
FORMICA HAS FOES
Two Democrats, including a former New London city councilor, have emerged as candidates for the 20th District state Senate seat held by two-term Republican Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme. Martha Marx of New London and Kevin Tewksbury of Bozrah have each registered with the state Elections Enforcement Commission as candidates. Marx said her campaign is a response to a “call to action,” from fellow Democrats. Tewksbury is a part-time professional film producer with Out of Shot Films and member of the Bozrah Democratic Town Committee.
COASTAL HEALTH IS FAIR
A new report out by a group of federal and Connecticut scientists have rated the overall health of the Long Island Sound’s coastal habitats in Connecticut as “fair”. The report is the first of its kind compiling several measurements to make a collective judgment about the quality of the health of Connecticut’s shoreline. Knowing that the habitats on the coastline are overall “fair” could prompt people to ask questions about what condition the habitats should be in and how they could be improved or conserved.
COUNCIL CONSIDERS DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL TONIGHT
The Norwich City Council will be asked to approve a purchase agreement with the preferred developer of the former Human Services building, which plans to convert the structure into “Rose City Food Hall,” housing various food vendors with a common dining area for customers. Norwich business partners Asaf Cohen and Sofia LeWitt of the LeWitt Group were selected from two proposals that the city received in October for the building at 80 Broadway. The City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 tonight at City Hall, with public comment prior to the vote.
OFF DUTY COP SAVES WOMAN
Howard Mills (Westerly Sun)
HOPKINTON, R.I. (AP) – An off-duty Westerly police officer is being credited with saving the life of a 91-year-old woman. Officer Howard Mills was on his way to pick up his daughter at school last Tuesday when he saw what he thought was a discarded jacket on a sidewalk along Hillside Avenue. Mills says when he went to investigate he discovered it was actually a woman who had fallen and suffered a head injury. Authorities say Mills called for an ambulance, then provided medical aid with the help of another parent, Martha Bruckner, who responded to his calls for help. Hopkinton police Captain Mark Carrier says that without the quick action from the pair, the woman, who is expected to make a full recovery, likely would have died.