October 25, 2014

Musical Masterworks Announces 2014-15 Season, Opening Concert Today Features Works by Mozart, Schumann

Jeewon Park

Jeewon Park

Musical Masterworks will present its 24th season of chamber music concerts at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, beginning this weekend,  Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, and continuing through May. Musical Masterworks Artistic Director Edward Arron has designed a season featuring award winning musicians from all over the world, with a diverse selection of music from composers ranging from Bach and Mozart to Igor Stravinsky and Estonian minimalist composer Arvo Part.

The following is a list of the 2014-2015 season dates and highlights. All concerts are held on Saturdays at 5 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Rd., Old Lyme, CT, and repeated on the following Sunday at 3 p.m. at the same location.

October 25 & 26, 2014: Pianist Jeewon Park, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Mozart, Schumann, and Kodaly.

December 6 & &, 2014: Violinist Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords, and cellist Edward Arron will perform an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations and other works.

February 14 & 15, 2015: Pianist Gilles Vonsattel, clarinetist Todd Palmer, violinist Bella Hristova, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Debussy, Weber, Beethoven, and Stravinsky.

Tessa Lark

Tessa Lark

March 14 & 15, 2015: Pianist Adam Neiman, violinist Maria Bachman, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and cellist Edward Arron will perform the great Piano Quartets of Schubert, Saint Saens, and Dvorak. All audience members are invited to a post-concert discussion with the musicians following the Sunday, March 15 concert.

May 2 & 3, 2015: Pianist Reiko Aizawa, violinists Jesse Mills and Hye-Jin Kim; violist/violinist Ara Gregorian, violist Max Mandel, and cellist Edward Arron will perform works of Mendelssohn, Turina, Arvo Part, and Ernest Chausson.

In addition, Musical Masterworks will present a Young People’s Concert on Saturday, March 14 at 11:30 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. The program will feature a musical version of Jean De Brunhoff’s classic children’s tale The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant.

Subscriptions to the 24th season of Musical Masterworks are available for $150 for the five concert series. Individual tickets are $35, with $5 student tickets available at the door. For more information or a season brochure, please call 860-434-2252 or visit www.musicalmasterworks.org.

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Old Lyme Rowers Bring Home Two Silver Medals From ‘Head of the Charles’ Races

Head_of_the_charles_2On Oct. 19, a sunny and windy Sunday, hundreds of crew teams from across the United States and the world competed in the 50th annual Head of the Charles in Boston, the ultimate race that ends the primary rowing season.  The river, which winds its way through the city, shone in the bright sun, but even brighter were the two silver medals earned by the Old Lyme Rowing Association / Blood Street Sculls.

“This is a great accomplishment,” declared Head Coach Steve Baranoski, continuing, “Dedication, hard work, and tremendous support from the board, families, the town, and the school all contributed to this win.”  Baranoski took seven high school students to the contest, five of who are competing in their senior year before heading to college.

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One medal was earned in the Young Men Fours race by Lyme-Old Lyme High School seniors, Liam Corrigan, Harry Godfrey-Fogg, Josh Swanski, and Thomas Crisp and Madison High School junior, Jeremy Newton. The boys placed second with a time of 17:33.69 minutes – only seven seconds off first place – to complete the 4800 meter (2.98 mile) race in the field of 84 crews from all over the world.

In a race of doubles Lyme-Old Lyme High School students Brandon Green, a senior, and Peter Fuchs a junior, rowed a strong double race coming in 15th (28th) among 42 entries in the Men Youths Double. They rowed the 4800 meters in 19:47.17 minutes — just 1.32 minutes less than the winners.

Another silver medal was earned in the Director’s Challenge Women’s Quads by Charlotte Hollings, Candace Fuchs, Peggy Johnston, and Kacey Elfstrom.  These master rowers finished second out of 30 competitors in their 4800 meter race, which they completed in 19:23.23 minutes only 23 second off the lead.

“It’s a great honor for me to coach this team that competes and finishes so well against a stacked international field,” Baranoski said.  He added, “The team has worked incredibly hard and dedicated hours to this goal in all kinds of weather. We practice before school at 5:30 a.m. and then again after school at 3 p.m.”  Noting that the whole team had stayed focused and dedicated to this race, he commented, “They entered the race with a mission to do well and they all did. These team members showed a level of perseverance and focus in addition to remarkable skill and expert rowing.”

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The Head of the Charles is the equivalent of the World Series of racing and the Old Lyme Racing Association / Blood Street Sculls prepared for this race throughout the season.  This year’s performance winning silver medals was a marked improvement over the last year when the 4+ came in 25th.

Coach Baranoski noted that the performance in this premier race, “Shows how the program is progressing.  This club can compete with the best crews and belongs with the elite rowing groups.”  He attributes the success to the creative, involved board members, supportive parents, and enthusiastic, dedicated team members.

Adding, “I am very fortunate to be a part of this club and to help it achieve success as a competitive program,” Baranoski concluded, “We have great athletes on both the boys and girls team.  I invite others to join.  We need members of all ages and levels.”

Next weekend the team will race again at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga, N.Y.

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High Hopes Hosts Fashion Show in Old Lyme Tonight

fashion_showThe second annual High Hopes Fall Fashion Show will be held at the Lyme Art Association tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Once again, the latest fall looks from The Apparel Shop at Saybrook Country Barn, one of Connecticut’s premiere clothing boutiques for women and men, will be featured.   Enjoy delicious light fare from Coffee’s Country Market while you watch High Hopes participants, volunteers and staff walk the runway at the Lyme Art Association.

Sponsors are Guilford Savings BankCoffee’s Country Market, and contributors ESSENCE Center for Beauty and Wellness and Mionetto USA. Tickets are on sale at $45 per person on the High Hopes website. 

For more information, contact Trudy Burgess at tburgess@highhopestr.org or call 860-434-1974860-434-1974, ext. 123.

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Presentation on Rte. 156 Bikeway, Sound View Improvements at Old Lyme Town Hall Tonight

Another in the series of informational presentations on the Rte. 156 Bikeway and Sound View Improvements Project will be given this evening, Wednesday, Oct. 22,  at Memorial Town Hall starting at 7:30 p.m.  Previous presentations focused on the project grant which covers 80 percent of the improvements.

This meeting will highlight the proposed design for the park, restrooms and pedestrian enhancements for Hartford Ave.

The improvements will connect the Old Lyme community via an on-road bike way from the Baldwin Bridge at Rte. 156, east to Hartford Ave. and south to a scenic park with restrooms. The project committee will be joined by the engineering consultant team to provide a presentation and answer questions. The meeting will be taped for later broadcast on Public Access Channel 14.

Information about the project can also be seen on Public Access Channel 14

For further information, e-mail soundviewimprovements@gmail.com

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LymeLine Writer Recalls Eleanor Roosevelt’s Endorsement of His State Senate Candidacy

Eleanor Roosevelt endorsing the candidacy of Essex resident Jerome Wilson, when he was a candidate for the New York State Senate in 1962

Eleanor Roosevelt endorsing the candidacy of Essex resident Jerome Wilson, when he was a candidate for the New York State Senate in 1962

With much of the country riveted by the PBS documentary on the “Roosevelt’s,” Essex resident and LymeLine contributor Jerome Wilson has released a photograph of his one time meeting with Eleanor Roosevelt. The photograph was taken in the fall of 1962, and pictured Mrs. Roosevelt’s endorsement of Wilson’s candidacy for the New York State Senate in Albany. Wilson won his race in 1962 and went on to serve three terms in the New York State Senate.

Wilson was a member of what was called the Reform Movement in New York City in the 1960’s. The leaders of the Reform Democratic movement were three notable national Democrats: Eleanor Roosevelt, former New York State Governor Herbert Lehman and former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Thomas Finletter. The purpose of this group was to defeat Tammany Hall, Democratic Party officeholders (the so-called “bosses”), and replace them with Reform Democrats.

On the West Side of Manhattan, the Reform Democrats had already beaten Tammany Hall candidates in the 1960 elections, electing a U.S. Congressman and a New York State Senator. Wilson’s election as a State Senator on the Manhattan East Side in 1962 would be yet another victory for the Reform Democrats. In addition to electing public officials, the Reform Democrats had set up Reform Democratic clubs on both on the West Side and the East Side of Manhattan. At the time of his election to the New York State Senate, Wilson was the President of the Yorkville Democratic Club, a Reform Democratic club located on East 79th Street in Manhattan.

Wilson’s most significant accomplishment during his service in the New York State legislature was to lead the fight to reform the state’s 179-year-old divorce law. New York’s divorce law up until 1966 had only one ground for divorce, which was for adultery. There was not even a ground for extreme physical cruelty. Through his efforts, as Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee and Family Law, Wilson exposed the inadequacy of the one-ground divorce law, and, as a result, the New York State legislature adopted new grounds for physical and mental cruelty, among other humane grounds for divorce.

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Deadline for In-Person Voter Registration is Oct. 28

The Old Lyme Registrars of Voters, Sylvia Peterson and Donald Tapper, have made the following announcement regarding the upcoming Nov. 4 election:

  • The deadline for mail-in voter registration was Oct. 21.  Oct. 28 is the deadline for in-person voter registration. Voters are encouraged to check their status with the Registrars’ office if they have moved, changed their name or not voted in several years.
  • The Registrars’ office will be open: Tuesday, Oct. 28  from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  This is the last session for admission of electors for those who become 18 years of age, U.S. citizens, or residents of the town before Oct. 28, 2014.
  • Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for members of the armed forces or persons whose qualification as to age, citizenship or residence was attained after Oct. 28.

The Registrar’s office is located on Mezzanine Level of Town Hall.  For more information, call 860-434-1605 Ext. 226.  Regular office hours are Monday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Voter Registration applications are available at the Town Clerk’s office during regular Town Hall hours.

 

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See a “Ballet Spooktacular” at The Kate Today

Halloween_Spooktacular__Anna_with_veilTreat children of all ages to family-friendly Halloween fun with Eastern CT Ballet’s “Ballet Spooktacular,” at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “The Kate,” in Old Saybrook. Special effects and bewitching costumes set the stage for spirited performances of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Dancing Bones, and Halloween Waltz.

Children are invited to wear their costumes to parade on stage, trick-or-treat throughout the decorated theater and pose for spellbinding photos with the dancers.

Performances will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19 at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Tickets to the Ballet Spooktacular are $16 for adults and $10 for children (age 12 and under) and are available through The Kate box office at 860-510-0453.

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LAA Hosts ‘Incredible India’ Cultural Expo & Marketplace, Gala Tonight

PosterIn honor of the Lyme Art Association’s (LAA) 100th anniversary, the Lyme Art Association presents Incredible India!, an expo and gala celebrating the culture of India. This exceptional event to benefit the LAA has two components: A Cultural Expo and Marketplace in the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 18, followed by a Benefit Gala in the evening.

“For anyone looking for an interesting, exotic, and genuinely authentic experience, I can assure you that our ‘Incredible India’ event is exactly that!” says LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington, adding, “The Association has a long tradition of lavish themed galas dating back to the Association’s founding a hundred years ago.”

The Cultural Expo and Marketplace will be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family to discover and experience the culture and charm of India. Vendors will display art, photographs, shawls, brassware, and other fine marketplace items from India. There will also be Indian food vendors, and musicians to entertain visitors. The Cultural Expo and Marketplace runs from noon until 3 p.m. and is open to the public, free of charge.

The Benefit Gala, which takes place from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., will be an extraordinary experience including select items from the Expo, a palm reader, Henna hand painter, a unique India gift for every guest, and the opportunity to bid in an auction for travel packages to India.

The Presenting Sponsor for ‘Incredible India’ is Air India in collaboration with the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. The Premier Media Sponsor for the expo and gala is ‘The Day.’

For additional information on ‘Incredible India’ and to make a reservation for the Benefit Gala, visit www.LymeArtAssociation.org or contact LAA’s Director of Development Gary Parrington at gary@lymeartassociation.org.

The Lyme Art Association was founded in 1914 by the American Impressionists and continues the tradition of exhibiting and selling representational artwork by its members and invited artists, as well as offering art instruction and lectures to the community.

The Lyme Art Association is located at 90 Lyme St., Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within an historic district. Admission is free with contributions appreciated.

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit www.lymeartassociation.org

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Conference on Israel, Palestine Kicks Off in Old Lyme Today with Concert, Bazaar

TOL14 OL Poster 09-04_750The tenth annual Tree of Life Conference on Israel and Palestine will take place on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, in Old Lyme, CT, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL). Special emphasis this year will be on the children of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as children of warriors, and as tomorrow’s leaders and shapers.

Open to the public, the interfaith forum is organized by the Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) and supported by organizations and individuals committed to peace and justice.

In announcing the Conference, the Rev. David W. Good, Chairperson, TOLEF, and Minister Emeritus of the FCCOL, commented, “Both Palestinian and Israeli children are growing up assuming that the world is not safe, that violence is a way of life, that some lives are more valuable than others. As we are citizens of the world, they are children of the world, our children, whose safety, well-being and journeys into adulthood must concern us. This year’s Conference speakers will address those deep concerns.”

Opening concert, bazaar, exhibition and reception – Saturday, Oct. 18 – 6:30 p.m.

The Conference opens on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., with a bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, along with books and publications dealing with issues that will be addressed in the Sunday speaker program. A concert featuring Palestinian musicians Tamer Al-Sahouri on the oud, singer Nadine Shomali, and percussionist Alber Basil – along with members of the Lyme-based Silver Hammer Band – will be the evening’s main event. Following the concert, attendees will be welcomed at a reception featuring an exhibition of Palestinian children’s drawings from Gaza, and photographs by Robert Shook taken on his recent travels in the West Bank.

Speaker program – Sunday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

The pressing question, “What will become of our children?” will be addressed on Sunday, Oct. 19, by speakers whose tireless efforts reflect their championship of a world free of prejudice and hatred.

Uri Gopher, an Israeli working to promote Arab-Palestinian-Jewish relations, will describe his work as executive director of Hagar, a non-profit organization in Be’er Sheva that runs a bi-lingual Arab-Jewish school there – recognizing that education is a springboard for social change and peaceful coexistence.

Ivan Karakashian, Advocacy Unit Coordinator at Defense for Children International-Palestine, will detail his efforts to defend and promote the rights of children living under Israeli military occupation.

Barbara Lubin, lifelong peace activist and Founder and Executive Director of the Middle East Children’s Alliance, will talk about the impact of Middle East politics on children in the region, with special emphasis on the plight of children in war-torn Gaza.

Sahar Vardi, coordinator of the Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee, and peace advocate since childhood, will describe her opposition to the militarization of Israeli society, her refusal to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces and resultant imprisonment.

Danielle Yaor, an active member of Shministim, an organization of young Israelis who refuse compulsory service in the Israeli military, will present the open letter the group sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this year.

Following the speaker program, a Middle Eastern dinner sponsored by the Islamic Center of New London and the Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations will be served.

The art/photography exhibit and the bazaar featuring Palestinian crafts and olive oil, books and information that opened on Saturday evening will be open on Sunday as well, and musical interludes on Sunday will be provided by the Palestinian performers featured in the Saturday program.

Admission, reservations, information

Both Saturday and Sunday programs are open to the public. Admission:  $10 per person on Saturday; $35 per person on Sunday. Students and attendees under age 21 admitted free to the Sunday program.  Advance registration and sponsorship commitments may be made online at www.tolef.org, or through the FCCOL office at 860-434-8686. The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme is located at the intersection of Ferry Road and Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT.

Editor’s Note: The Tree of Life Educational Fund (TOLEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities, helping participants to become more enlightened and engaged in make this a more just and peaceful world. Established by the FCCOL in 2002, TOLEF today operates independently.  TOLEF is joined in partnership with Friends of Sabeel-North America (www.fosna.org) and Kairos USA (www.kairosusa.org) in support of the Conference.  This year’s Conference speakers and musicians will also be appearing in TOLEF programs at several other locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York.

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Potapaug Hosts Fall Foliage Boat Cruise Tomorrow Afternoon

CT_River_fall_colors_580Potapaug Audubon is hosting a Fall Foliage Boat Cruise on the Connecticut River aboard RiverQuest on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1:30 p.m..

The cost is $20 per person.

The cruise will depart from Connecticut River Expeditions, Eagle Landing State Park, 1 Marine Park, Route 82, Haddam, CT.

Call to register at 860-767-9763.

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Opening Reception for William Burt Photo Exhibit at Old Lyme Library Tonight

Signature photo by William Burt for his exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme Library of a Purple Gallinule feasting in Palm Beach County, Fla.,

Signature photo by William Burt for his exhibition opening Friday at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library of a Purple Gallinule feasting in Palm Beach County, Fla.,

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library presents an opening reception for ‘William Burt: New Photographs & Old’ on Friday, Oct. 17,  from 5 to 7 p.m. A Gallery Talk will take place at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show samples Burt’s photography of the familiar wetland scenes as well as the rare and elusive birds and their downy young. Most photographs selected were made locally within the Connecticut River estuary, but included also are one each respectively from Florida, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan.

William Burt is a naturalist, photographer and writer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within.  His photographs and stories are seen in major U.S. publications and he is the author of three books: Shadowbirds (1994); Rare & Elusive Birds of North America (2001); and Marshes: The Disappearing Edens (2007).

He lectures often, and his traveling exhibitions have shown at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. Museum quality archival pigment prints will be for sale by the artist at www.williamburt.com. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the Library.

The Library is located at 2 Library Ln., off Lyme St. in Old Lyme. Winter hours are Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 860-434-1684 or visit www.oldlyme.lioninc.org to register on the Events calendar.

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Author Benn Makes Inaugural Presentation in Newly Opened Lyme Library Building Tonight

The_Rest_Is_Silence_cvr-330-expLocal author and Lyme resident James Benn will speak about The Rest is Silence, his ninth novel in the Billy Boyle WWII mystery series on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Public Library.  A book signing and reception will follow the program. Copies of the The Rest is Silence will be available for purchase.

The popularity and praise for the Billy Boyle series have grown with each new title. The Rest is Silence has received rave reviews from publications such as Suspense Magazine, Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. The titles are popular not only for their plots, but for bringing to light lesser-known historical events and issues that occurred during WWII.

The program is free and open to the public. The Library is located at 482 Hamburg Road in Lyme.

For more information, call 860-434-2272.

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Business Breakfast This Morning Features Political Candidates

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business Breakfast this morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave., featuring local candidates for State Senator and State Representative.

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Lewis Discusses Geology of CT River Valley during Foliage Cruise, Oct. 26

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Join retired State Geologist Ralph Lewis, on a sunset cruise from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26, on the RiverQuest, a stable, 54-foot excursion boat with excellent viewing, enclosed cabin, and restroom. The cruise departs from Eagle Landing State Park, Rte. 82, Haddam at 3:30 p.m. The tour will examine the geological features and processes that created this beautiful river valley.

Wine and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The price is $40 for members of the Lyme Public Hall Association, $45 for non-members. Reservations and prepayment are required.

Proceeds support the Hall’s programs.

Contact Leslie at llewis81051@gmail.com or at 860 526-8886 to reserve a place on this trip.

For more information go to the Lyme Public Hall website at www.lymepublichall.org

The Lyme Public Hall Association is dedicated to the appreciation of Lyme’s history, culture, and community through the preservation and use of the historic hall, its archives and historical programs.

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New London’s Main Street Stroll is Tonight, Enjoy Food, Fun Downtown

fallfoodstroll2014New London Main Street continues its most popular tradition of celebrating New London’s Historic Waterfront District at its Annual Fall Food Stroll on Wednesday, Oct. 15,  from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Participants experience a vibrant and safe downtown New London filled with people, good cheer and welcoming businesses.  The Stroll is supported by Presenting Sponsor Citizen’s Bank and the City of New London, The Day, Dime Bank and Garde Arts Center.  Premier local talent will perform along the stroll route.

Stroll through over 40 different restaurants, shops and arts and cultural institutions in downtown New London, tasting bite-size samples of dishes or drinks that range from seafood to sweets, organic to ethnic and everything in between.

Participating  venues are expected to include: 2 Wives Brick Oven Pizza, Bankok City, Bean & Leaf, Blissworks Yoga, Bravado Barbershop, Bulkeley House Saloon, Chaplin’s, Copperwood Grill, Daddy Jack’s (*NEW!), Dev’s on Bank, The Drunken Palette, Edible Arrangements, Ernie’s Café, Fiddleheads Food Co-op, Flavours of Life – The Fair Trade Store, The Firehouse Gallery, Franks Place, Garde Arts Center, Hanafin’s Public House, Hive Skate Shop, Hot Rod’s Cafe, In ‘N’ Out Caribbean Cuisine, Jasmine Thai, Lazy Leopard Thai Café (*NEW!), Mambo Bar & Restaurant, Muddy Waters Café, Nathan Hale School House, New London Fire Department, New London Maritime Society’s Custom House Museum, Northern Indian Restaurant, Northern Light Gems, The Oasis Pub,  The Old Roadhouse (*NEW!), Provinance Center, Sarge’s Comics, Seehund German Restaurant and Bar, Shaw Mansion, Spoiled Salon, Studio 33 Art & Frame Gallery, Thames Club, The New Roadhouse, State Street Saloon, The Steaming Kettle, Subway, Tony D’s, Washington Street Coffee House, Wings ‘N Pies, and more.

Food served will be judged in a competition, and judges include Jack Chiara of the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts; Thomas Johnson, Executive Chef for New London Public Schools and the Interactive Cooking School, Culinary Secrets with Chef Tomm, Citizens Bank AVP Stacey Taylor, and more to be announced.

Entertainers performing during the Stroll include Paul Brockett Roadshow, Frankenphil at the Seehund, Writer’s Block Street Team, Jeff Marttson, Tom Burgess, Teddy Gudias, Roxy 100.9, Q105, WCNI, and many more.

On the day of the event, the Stroll’s headquarters are at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London from 10:00am.  A map containing stroll and entertainment locations will be available there and at www.newlondonmainstreet.org.

Tickets are $30 in advance ($25 for military, students and groups) in advance and $35 on the day or (if available) and are on sale at the following locations:

  • www.newlondonmainstreet.org, all day every day.
  • The Garde Arts Center box office, 325 State Street, M-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • New London Main Street, 147 State Street, Suite B, M-F 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

**Tickets purchased online can be picked up on the day of the stroll from 10 a.m. on at Harris Place, 165 State Street, New London.

Tickets are available on the day of beginning at 10 a.m. until they sell out at Harris Place, 165 State Street or at the Garde Arts Center, 325 State Street.

Winners of the food judging contest will be announced at 9:15 p.m. at Harris Place, 165 State Street, and judges will travel to each winning venue to announce their award immediately following the announcement.

Contest winners will be announced at 9:15 p.m.

The Food Stroll celebrates one of New London’s best features – abundant and delicious eateries – and attracts visitors from around the region to explore the downtown and experience its vibrancy, beauty and safety.

New London Main Street is committed to revitalizing New London’s historic downtown. The goal of Main Street is to build community through activities and programs that enrich the cultural fabric, preserve and enhance historic streetscapes and support and expand the economic base of the city center.

For more information about the Stroll, visit www.newlondonmainstreet.org/stroll.

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Formica Wins CBIA Business Support

Paul Formica

Paul Formica

Paul Formica, the Republican candidate for the 20th State Senate seat, has won the endorsement of the state’s largest business organization.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) this week endorsed Formica, the owner of Flanders Fish Market, for the last 31 years. Formica is the First Selectman of East Lyme who has been active in local business and government leadership initiatives.

“We need to elect more candidates like Paul Formica, who understands the importance of economic development and has a commonsense approach to dealing with issues of importance,” said Joe Brennan, CBIA executive vice president.

Formica, who lives in Niantic, believes tax reform, real discipline in state budgeting and more private sector solutions are needed to grow Connecticut’s economy.

CBIA is Connecticut’s largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.

Formica has also earned the support of the National Federation of Businesses, the nation’s largest association for small business, as well as the endorsement from the CT Realtors Association, the state’s largest trade association.

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Linares Explains Absence at Haddam Debate, Contends Bias Apparent

Senator Art Linares, R-33rd, has announced he will participate in one final pre-election debate on Thursday, Oct. 23, in Clinton.

By Election Day, Nov. 4, Linares will have participated in five debates and six forums with his two opponents. Linares said he is proud to have attended more debates and forums than any other sitting Senator this election season, adding that he wanted to make sure his opponents and the public had the opportunity to have an honest and open exchange of ideas.

Asked about the debate on Oct. 14 being sponsored by the Haddam Bulletin, Linares’s Campaign Manager Ryan Linares said, “The moderator and editor of the Haddam Bulletin, Ed Schwing, helped manage Melissa Shlag’s Senate campaign.  Ms. Schlag was Senator Linares’ opponent two years ago.  Ms. Schlag works at the Haddam Bulletin, is Democratic First Selectman for Haddam and has endorsed Senator Linares’ opponent this election.  This will not be an unbiased debate.  The Senator is not interested in that kind of debate.”

Ryan Linares pointed out that former Democratic Senator Eileen Daily saw fit to hold only one debate during her last re-election.

“Senator Art Linares has personally knocked on more than 7,500 doors this election season,” Ryan Linares said. “He has visited all 12 towns in the 33rd district on numerous occasions and has had hundreds of encounters with individuals at fairs, festivals and town events. In addition, he has called and spoken to hundreds of voters over the last few months.”

Senator Linares voted against increasing the budget and the tax increase during the last two legislative sessions.

Ryan Linares said, “Senator Linares has a solid record – from protecting people’s rights as stated in the state constitution to understanding that jobs and business growth are the way to balance budgets, not tax increases.”

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Linares Not Participating in Haddam Debate, Bjornberg to Appear Regardless

Challenger Emily Bjornberg (D)

Challenger Emily Bjornberg (D)

State Senator Art Linares

State Senator Art Linares

Yesterday Democratic State Senate candidate Emily Bjornberg of Lyme announced that she will appear at the Haddam Killingworth High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. this evening for a public debate hosted by the Haddam Bulletin.  The school is located at 95 Little City Road, Higganum, CT.

As of yesterday morning, Bjornberg’s Republican opponent, incumbent Senator Art Linares, would not commit to participate in tonight’sdebate, as moderators would not agree to provide him with questions in advance. The newspaper continues to solicit questions for the event from members of the public, which may be submitted by email to: haddambulletin@comcast.net.

Bjornberg stated, “Because the 33rd District is comprised of 12 towns in a large geographic area, local debates provide an invaluable opportunity for voters to get first-hand information from the candidates. A debate in which questions are provided in advance to the participants is not a debate so much as a scripted recital. Voters deserve more than just memorized soundbytes from their candidates. They deserve an authentic discussion of the issues with spontaneity and answers to tough questions.”

She continued, “The central and Northern regions of the 33rd Senate District have yet to see a Senate debate in this election that is open to all members of the public. I believe strongly that every community in this district deserves to hear a debate focused on the unique issues which affect their own town. I encourage Art Linares to participate in Haddam on Tuesday.”

The 33rd State Senate District includes the Town of Lyme along with an additional 11 towns as follows: Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

Late last week Linares’ campaign manager and brother, Ryan Linares, emailed the following list of demands to the debate moderators at the Haddam Bulletin (follow this link for full email exchange):

Thank you for your time today and hope you understand why we have to stand our ground on certain issues. With that said, unless the below criteria is not met (sic) we will not be able to participate…

3 Podiums

Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning

1 hour 15 minutes

5 questions in advance (Sunday morning)

1 rebuttal if necessary at the closer

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Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association Welcomes Karen Veselka, RN, as New Town Nurse

Karen Veselka

Karen Veselka

The Board of Directors of the Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association recently appointed Karen Veselka as the new Town Nurse. She graduated from Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in 1973.

Veselka’s work experience includes emergency room, Medical / surgical, pediatrics, post-partum, Oncology, respiratory and long term care.

Prior to accepting the positon as the town nurse for the Old Lyme VNA, Veselka spent the past 10 years working in long term care at Bridebrook Health and Rehabilitation.  She joined the staff of Interim HealthCare of Eastern CT, Inc. in August 2014.

She is a resident of Old Lyme.

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Popular Sale by Lyme Artists Takes Place Nov. 1, 2, at Lyme Public Hall

The signature piece of artwork, titled, 'Boathouse,' for the sale.

The signature piece of artwork for the sale by Angie Falstrom, titled, ‘Boathouse.’

The Lyme Artists Sale will be held this year at the Lyme Public Hall on Saturday, Nov. 1 (note the change in opening day this year to Saturday this year) and Sunday, Nov. 2.  Saturday hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a reception at 4 p.m., to which all are welcome.  Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eight Lyme artists are featured:  Steven Evankow, stone bird baths; Angie Falstrom, watercolors; Judy Friday, paintings, weaving; Don Gerber, woodturning; Ann Lightfoot, jewelry; Diana Lord, paintings, pressed botanicals; Lina Tuck, felted bags; Tina West, handknitting; plus yarn, cards, calendars and more.

This annual event is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall and is open to the public. The Hall is located at 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156) in Lyme.

For more information, contact Angie Falstrom at 860-434-3194.

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