DANIELSON BUILDING HEAVILY DAMAGED BY FIRE
DANIELSON, CT (WFSB) – Multiple crews were called to a large fire in Danielson Sunday morning. The fire broke out shortly after 1 a.m. Several roads had to be closed in the area including a section of Route 12. Firefighters said the damage is severe and the fire is not put out yet. According to officials, there is a concern that the building will collapse. The building was vacant and there were no injuries.
FAKE CONCERT TICKETS
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — Police in Groton have arrested a New York City man and charged him in connection with selling counterfeit concert tickets. Police say 23-year-old Fred T. Lyons met with an undercover detective in Groton Friday and attempted to sell him counterfeit concert tickets to an event at an area casino. They say when officers identified themselves to Lyons, he pushed them out of the way and ran. He was captured after a brief chase. One officer was treated for minor injuries. Lyons is charged with assault on a police officer, two counts of interfering with a police officer, conspiracy to commit larceny and forgery. He’s being held on $50,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately known if he’s represented by a lawyer.
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy has christened its newest attack submarine, a $2.7 billion vessel named for the state of Colorado. The 377-foot-long Colorado is the 15th in the Virginia class of attack submarines, which are equipped to carry out warfare against submarines and surface ships as well as conducting surveillance and delivering Special Operations troops. The submarines are built in a partnership between Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia at a cost of $2.7 billion apiece. Construction of the Colorado began in March 2012 and its contract calls for delivery to the Navy by September. The Colorado’s sponsor is Annie Mabus, the daughter of Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. The christening ceremony took place Saturday at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.
GROTON LIGHT PARADE
Groton — A blustery Saturday evening was no deterrent for hundreds of people who staked spots along Route 1 to watch Groton’s 18th annual light parade. Though it was one of the first bone-chilling winds of the season, The Day reports onlookers camped in the back of vehicles or toughed it out in a few heavy layers to watch floats from dozens of area businesses and teams march from South Road to Drozdyk Road to ceremonially light a Christmas tree. Capt. Paul Whitescarver, commanding officer of Naval Submarine Base New London, commanded his own float at the head of the parade. A number of fife-and-drum corps also took the lead, including the Deep River Junior Ancients. To the shock and delight of several kids in the audience, the Colchester Continental Fife and Drum Corps even shot off a musket several times.
GUN VIOLENCE PSA
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A group formed by families who lost children in the Sandy Hook school shooting has started a new public service campaign designed to teach people to recognize the warning signs of someone who may be contemplating gun violence. The Know the Signs campaign from Sandy Hook Promise includes the launch on Friday of a new 2 ½-minute video public service announcement designed to show how easy it is to overlook at-risk behavior. The group’s founders include Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden. Both had 6-year-old sons who were among the 26 people killed by a gunman inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. The PSA can be viewed on YouTube.
DEEP HOLIDAY STORE
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Books, state park passes and fishing licenses are some of the possible holiday gifts shoppers will be able to buy online from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The agency says orders placed at DEEP’s store by Dec. 18 should arrive in time for Christmas. Among the environmental gifts available at www.ct.gov/deep/store is a fishing guide to Connecticut lakes and ponds, a guide and history of Connecticut’s state parks and forests, the Connecticut Butterfly Atlas which details all 117 butterfly species in the state, and a pictorial guide to freshwater fishes in Connecticut. DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee says there are gifts suitable for children and adults, as well as 2017 park passes, hunting and fishing licenses.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is receiving nearly $11.7 million in federal funds to expand high-quality preschool. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the money will allow the state to continue providing preschool education to 439 children while improving the quality of preschool for another 291. That’s a total of 730 four-year-olds who live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The affected children live in 13 high-need communities, including Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Griswold, Groton, Hamden, Killingly, Manchester, Naugatuck, Seymour, Torrington, Vernon and Wolcott. The funding will allow those towns to offer preschool programs with comprehensive services to students and families and teacher compensation equal to K-12 teachers’ salaries. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services through a competitive grant process.
LEAGUE OF CITIES-NEW DIRECTOR
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns has hired a new executive director. Brian Daniels will succeed longtime Executive Director Daniel Beardsley, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after 42 years working for the lobbying group, including 27 years as its director. The organization represents the interests of the state’s 39 municipalities at the State House. Daniels has been working as a deputy budget officer for the state Office of Management and Budget. He previously worked as a policy aide to Gov. Lincoln Chafee and Democratic U.S. Rep. James Langevin and as a research consultant for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.
GIANT GINGERBREAD LIGHTHOUSE
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A team of chefs in Rhode Island is erecting a giant gingerbread lighthouse with a working beacon light. The 16-foot-tall lighthouse decorated with 2,400 pieces of candy is rising inside the city of Newport’s visitor center. It’s scheduled to be finished by Tuesday after more than 100 hours of work. Local tourism bureau Discover Newport says displaying a gingerbread lighthouse has become an annual Christmastime tradition. Newport Marriott Hotel Chef Eric Steinhauer, the lighthouse’s lead architect, is baking his brick-shaped cookies the conventional way this year after trying a gluten-free recipe last year. But they’re still made of organic gingerbread — 350 pounds of it. The lighthouse will be on display until Jan. 1.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — There has been a hiccup at the nation’s first offshore wind farm as it prepares to start delivering power. Deepwater Wind, which owns the five-turbine farm off Block Island, Rhode Island, says one turbine is not turning. But a spokeswoman said Friday that will not delay the start-up and the other turbines will begin delivering power for the grid within days. Meaghan Wims said the testing phase is complete and commercial operations can begin soon. She said the turbine’s generator was damaged by a drill bit left inside. She said it will be repaired and working “in the near term.” The damage was first reported by ecoRI News. Deepwater Wind planned to open the wind farm last month, but said it was still finalizing approvals.