MAN WANTS TO REVIVE YMCA
The vacant YMCA in downtown Norwich could see new life with the help of a local resident. Tariko Satterfeild, who started Real Life Empire in 2010 as a youth development company, announced he has a new vision on how he can help the city’s youth. The 34-year-old Satterfield is looking to purchase the property and renovate the facility into a new YMCA corporate headquarters. Satterfeild estimates he will need to raise $1.5 million in private capital on top of a negotiated purchase price with Chelsea Groton Bank.
SHOVEL NOT READY
Members of the Pedestrian Advisory Committee, which organized the free shoveling program in New London, is asking for help. As winter weather finally arrives in our area, the committee announced they have received help from the community including Coast Guard Academy cadets. However, as of Monday, they still have more elderly and disabled residents looking for assistance then volunteers available. With phones ringing off the hook, the committee asks anyone who may be interested in offering their time to call 860-333-8750.
GRAND MARSHAL SELECTED
The President of the Saint Edmund’s Retreat at Enders Island has been named the Grand Marshall of next month’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Mystic. Father Tom Hoar will be leading the March 20th procession. The native of South Boston, Massachusetts has lived in Mystic since 1993. He’s been with the Saint Edmund’s Retreat since 1991. The parade steps off from Mystic Seaport, and ends at the Mystic Arts center downtown.
BUS CRASH IN MADISON
Officials say about 30 of the 70 people aboard a bus that crashed on Interstate 95 northbound in Madison during Monday’s snowstorm have been injured. State police say the Dahlia tour bus was carrying passengers from New York City when it crashed just past Exit 61 while on its way to the Mohegan Sun casino. Yale-New Haven Hospital spokesman Mark D’Antonio says eight people on the bus were transported there for treatment. He says one patient had broken bones and the other seven had minor injuries. D’Antonio says passengers with minor injuries were sent to other medical facilities. Mohegan Sun officials say other buses scheduled to arrive there from New York were turned back until road conditions improved.
Storm brings minor coast flooding to Connecticut
UNDATED (AP) — Schools across Connecticut closed in preparation for a winter storm that was predicted to bring as much as a foot of snow to parts of the state. Bradley International Airport reported the cancellations of a handful of flights and numerous delays. The University of Connecticut closed its main campus in Storrs and satellite campuses at Avery Point and West Hartford. Minor flooding also was reported along the shoreline in advance of a late-morning high tide. The storm arrived in southern Connecticut toward at the end of the morning commute.
PERSON KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY TRAIN IN OLD LYME
OLD LYME, CT (WFSB) – A person was killed after being struck by a train in Old Lyme on Monday morning. The crash was reported in the area of Buttonball Road around 8:30 a.m. State police along with local fire departments responded to the emergency call. The identity of the deceased hasn’t been released. No one on board the train was injured.
Indian tribes say they haven’t chosen casino site yet
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized Indian tribes say they haven’t chosen a site yet for a new, jointly run casino but are nearing “more intensive negotiations.” Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Chairman Rodney Butler says today the tribes will work with state leaders during this year’s legislative session to address concerns that a third casino might impact an existing revenue-sharing agreement between the state and tribes. Legislation passed last year required the tribes to return to the General Assembly with a chosen site for the proposed casino. The Mashantuckets and Mohegans want to build a third casino to help blunt competition from a planned casino in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rep. Stephen Dargan says it’s unclear whether lawmakers will vote on any legislation this session that’s related to the proposed casino.