HUNDREDS BRAVE COLD FOR NIANTIC LIGHT PARADE
Hundreds braved the cold to enjoy the fireworks and the parade at the Niantic Light Parade on Saturday night. In its 30th year, the Niantic Light Parade is regarded as one of the largest and longest running light parade in Connecticut. Complete with floats decorated and illuminated with thousands of lights, appearances by Santa and Mr. Claus, and singing and dancing, the holidays are made a lot brighter along the shoreline. Throughout the year, the floats are crafted by teams of builders that spent hours and hours of hard work. East Lyme First Selectman Mark Nickerson said the community atmosphere is what makes the event most special. For many along the shoreline, they said it’s a tradition they made for the holidays.
48 ARRESTED AT YALE PROTEST OVER FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University police have arrested 48 people who were protesting the Ivy League school’s investments in fossil fuel companies and its Puerto Rico debt holdings.The arrests came during a sit-in demonstration Friday inside Yale’s investment office as more than 300 students and community members rallied outside the building. Protesters demanded Yale divest endowment funds from fossil fuel companies because of concerns about climate change. They also said they wanted Yale to cancel its holdings in a fund that holds some of Puerto Rico’s massive debt and is suing the U.S. territory to be paid while the island still struggles to recover from hurricane damage. Yale officials say a school committee has previously addressed concerns about fossil fuel investments and Puerto Rican debt, but that they support student freedom of expression.
NEWTOWN SHOOTING PSA
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — An organization formed by the parents of children killed in the massacre at 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School is coming out with a public service announcement designed to help identify individuals planning mass shootings. Officials with Sandy Hook Promise say many such shootings followed warning signs that were either ignored or misunderstood. The PSA was shot by some big-name Hollywood filmmakers, including director Rupert Sanders and Academy Award-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lupbezki. The group says the short piece will “bring to life the mind of a school shooter as he plans an attack.” Its release is scheduled to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators.
BUSINESSES WARNED ABOUT HOLIDAY SCAMMERS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Protection is urging businesses to verify whether charities are legitimate before allowing them to solicit donations on their property. Commissioner Michelle Seagull says her agency often sees people outside stores impersonating charities. She says consumers often have little to no idea if an organization asking for donations outside a mall, department store or grocery store is legitimate. Retailers can verify if a charity is registered with the state by visiting www.elicense.ct.gov and clicking on “Lookup a License” at the bottom of the page. All charities soliciting in Connecticut must be registered with the Department of Consumer Protection. The agency also suggests retailers ask for a copy of the charity’s registration to keep on file and ask questions about the charity’s upcoming and past projects.
OFFICER ON PATROL SAVES RESIDENTS OF BURNING HOME
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island police officer is being credited with saving nearly a dozen people from a burning house after he discovered the early morning fire on routine patrol. Authorities say West Warwick rookie officer Brian Goetz spotted the blaze at the multifamily home shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He notified dispatch and ran into the home to help get the 11 residents out. Two residents were seriously injured and are in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital. Firefighters were ordered out of the building at one point as the flames became too intense. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross is helping several residents with housing and other needs.
RENUMBERING HIGHWAY EXITS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation will soon begin renumbering more highway exits.The DOT renumbered exits on Interstate 295 in Rhode Island last year. This month, it plans to renumber Route 4 in Warwick, East Greenwich and North Kingstown and Route 78 in Westerly. As part of the project, exit numbers will be assigned for the first time to Route 403 in East Greenwich and North Kingstown and the airport connector in Warwick. The new exit numbers correspond to mile markers. Temporary signs will be added to show the old exit number. Rhode Island is among the last states to change to this method of numbering highways, which is required by the federal government. The numbers currently in use were assigned sequentially. More information about the project is online .