August 23, 2014

Lyme Ambulance Association Needs You! Train to Become an EMT/EMR

Are you recently retired and looking for a way to 
give back?  Or perhaps interested in a possible Emergency Response career?  Lyme Ambulance, one of Connecticut’s last remaining no-fee, all-volunteer ambulance services needs you, and has funds to reimburse volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training expenses.

“Our policy is to reimburse the training expenses incurred by a new 
member, once that member has been both certified and has demonstrated a commitment by being an active Responder with Lyme Ambulance for six or more months,” explains Carl Clement, Lyme Ambulance Chief of Service. “If the volunteer is serious, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

If you have a sincere interest in the personal satisfaction gained 
from helping others in time of need, learning new skills that could save a life or possibly opening an opportunity for a new career, write
to: Lyme Ambulance Association, PO Box 911, Hadlyme CT 06439-0490.

Or call Carter Courtney at (860) 434-0057.  

You can also email Courtney at  He will arrange an interview with you to ensure you have a full understanding of the training and responsibilities required to be an active operations group member.

Act promptly since classes start in September and Lyme Ambulance needs to get 
you pre-registered in training-sessions as soon as possible.

Lyme Ambulance has served the town of Lyme since it was established 
in 1976. It is a completely volunteer organization and is one of the last ambulance groups in the area that does not charge for its


Big Book Getaway Hosts Authors Green, Greenspan at Bee & Thistle for Saturday Lunch

Jane Green Photo credit: Ian Warburg

Jane Green
Photo credit: Ian Warburg

The Big Book Getaway (BBG) team presents New York Times bestselling author, Jane Green, and award-winning cookbook author, Dorie Greenspan, at the next Big Book Getaway luncheon at The Bee & Thistle Inn this Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Green, who is British but now lives in Connecticut, wrote one of her books, Family Pictures, while staying at the Inn.

Green will be introduced by award-winning cookbook author Dorie Greenspan of Westbrook, whose new book, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere” (Rux Martin Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), $40, will be available for puchase at the event.  

Green will then give the feature talk about her new book, titled, “Tempting Fate,” (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99, hardcover), which has been described as a, “riveting, heartrending, and ultimately hopeful new novel, praised by Kirkus as “a Scarlet Letter for the 21st Century.”

Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan

Both women will also sign copies of their new books at the event.  Book sales will be offered by Bank Square Books of Mystic, CT. 

The Big Book Getaway is a creation of LaFrancois Marketing Consultants and Essex Books.  Tickets to the luncheon and author talks may be purchased via the BBG website at this link.

For further information or questions, contact 914-310-5824.  


Lyme Garden Club Unveils Landscape Plans for Town Building Project

Landscape plan for the Lyme Center Campus designed by Sarah McCracken.

Landscape plan for the Lyme Center Campus designed by Sarah McCracken.

LGC Logo_page_1The residents of Lyme have been eagerly watching the renovation of their town hall and the building of the new library over the last year; however, during the excitement of construction, the Lyme Garden Club has been quietly working on an often overlooked finishing touch for any building project, the landscaping.  They have been coordinating with town groups, businesses, and individuals, but the landscaping plans have only recently been made public.

The landscaping project began a little over a year ago when Steve Mattson, Lyme Selectman and Building Committee member, approached the Lyme Garden Club with a request for help – the project budget only allowed for grading and seeding the site.  The club members quickly agreed to take on the project, and they formed a committee to lead the effort.

One of the first steps the committee took was to hire Lyme resident and landscape architect, Sarah McCracken.  McCracken has broad domestic and international experience.  Locally, she has worked with numerous homeowners and at St. Ann’s Church in Old Lyme and the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  “Sarah has done an amazing job,” said committee chair, Mary Ann Kistner.  “We could never pay her enough for all the work she has put into the project.”

old shovel stuck in the groundThe final design is simple, yet elegant, and fits into the Lyme aesthetic.  It covers the landscaping of both buildings as well as the development of the new town green that will be created when the old library is demolished.  Making use of grasses that don’t have to be mowed and hardy plants, the grounds will be easy to maintain and, by necessity, deer resistant.  The front of the library will be planted in an herb garden in recognition of much loved former club member, Betty Cleghorn, and of the library herb garden that the Lyme Garden Club has maintained for years.

Planting will be done in phases to take advantage of ideal planting seasons and as needed funds are raised.  So far, people have been generous with plant donations, and two local landscape companies have volunteered manpower and machinery.  The Garden Club is currently looking for donors to sponsor the planting of a tree at the donation level of $500 per tree.  “We have ten tree donors so far,” said Kistner, “but we need six more.  And of course there are many other ways people can contribute.”   Interested donors should contact Mary Ann Kistner by email at  or at 860-526-3621.

To view the Lyme Town Campus landscape plans online, go to the project blog at  There will be a link on the right sidebar.   Copies will also be on display at the Lyme Town Hall and the Lyme Public Library.

Editor’s Note: If you would like more information about the Lyme Town Campus project, contact Janis Witkins at 860 304-3318 or at  For information about the Lyme Garden Club, contact Mary Ann Kistner at 860-526-3621 or at


Concert/Vigil for Gaza to be Held Tonight at Old Lyme Church

Michael Dabroski

Michael Dabroski

This eveningAug. 19, at 7 p.m., a concert/vigil for Gaza will be held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme

Michael Dabroski, a concert violinist, will play an original composition in honor of the people of Gaza who have suffered so much tragic loss.  This composition and some classical selections will be interspersed with moments of silence, prayers and readings. 

There is a suggested donation at the door (optional).  Children are free.  There will a collection gathered as well. 

All proceeds will benefit ‘The Middle East Children’s Alliance,’ which is actively working in Gaza.


‘Spark a Reaction’ at the Old Lyme Library This Afternoon

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will host a ‘Spark A Reaction’ science program this afternoon at 2:35 p.m.   Join Miss Alex for a new science experiment for teens every third Monday of the summer.  This week the task will be to make your own motor.

Registration is required.  Ages 12 and up.  This program is free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Aug. 21, the library will host Teen Summer Craft: Water Color Art at 2:35 pm.  Decorate your own tote bag with puffy paint, jewels and paint markers.  All supplies will be provided.  Registration is required. 

The Library is located at 2 Library Lane, off Lyme Street.  Summer 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 2 p.m.

For more information, call 860-434-1684 or visit


Lyme Horse Trials at Lord Creek Farm Today, Offers Opportunity to Join Newly-Formed Lyme Trail Association

Shannon Palumbo rides "Just Chance" at a previous year's Lyme Horse Trials.

Shannon Palumbo rides “Just Chance” at a previous year’s Lyme Horse Trials.

The public is invited to come to beautiful Lord Creek Farm in Lyme, Conn., today, Aug. 17, and watch close to 100 local riders of all ages compete in the equestrian competition known as Eventing. One of the fastest growing equestrian pursuits, it is the ultimate challenge for horse and rider, testing their partnership and athletic prowess in three disciplines: the grace and harmony of dressage; the rigors and thrills of cross-country jumping over natural obstacles; and the power and pageantry of show jumping.

Founded by Lord Creek Farm owner, Janie Davison, 14 years ago, the Lyme Horse Trials offer both an opportunity for beginner and intermediate riders to compete, and to support High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. and the Connecticut Valley Pony Club, and the Lyme Trail Association, three locally based nonprofit organizations, who share the proceeds.

A new component to the horse trials this year is the formation of the Lyme Trail Association, which is a 501(c)3 membership association that allows anyone who joins to hike or ride on Lord Creek Farm.

This is an opportunity for the public to watch an exciting competition 
from key vantage points at a private estate along a course that winds through woods and fields with spectacular views of the Connecticut River. Food will be available from local vendors or bring a picnic. It’s sure to be a fun family day. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the event, visit

Lyme Horse Trials is organized entirely by volunteers and is generously supported by local business partners, including Northstar Wealth Partners, Reynolds Garage & Marine, BA Brooks Associates, SeaSide Wine & Spirits, Drs. McAraw, Cantner, Cantner, Foise and Barasz,and Essex Savings Bank. Proceeds from the Trials will benefit High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Connecticut Valley Pony Club and the Lyme Trail Association.

The mission of High Hopes is to improve the lives of people with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education.

The Connecticut Valley Pony Club is a volunteer organization that fosters the development of thoughtful, responsible and knowledgeable young riders in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. Connecticut Valley Pony Club is a member of the United States Pony Clubs. To learn more, visit

The Lyme Trail Association is a non-profit membership association 
dedicated to the maintenance, stewardship and enjoyment of trails in Lyme and the surrounding area. It supports a community of horseback riders and non-riders who appreciate the rural character of Southeastern Connecticut and understand the importance of preserving the area’s rustic nature.


Essex Winter Series Board of Trustees Elects New Members

Essex Winter Series Vice President Janice Atkeson (left) stands with (from left to right) newly-elected trustees Madeleine Nichols and Paula Anik, and board president Peter Amos at the organization’s June garden party.  Not shown is Henry Resnikoff, who was elected to the board in August.  Photo by Peter Harron.

From left to right, Essex Winter Series Vice President Janice Atkeson stands with newly-elected trustees Madeleine Nichols and Paula Anik, and board president Peter Amos at the organization’s June garden party. Not shown is Henry Resnikoff, who was elected to the board in August.           Photo by Peter Harron.

Peter Amos, president of the Board of Trustees of Essex Winter Series, has announced that Paula Anik of Essex, Madeleine Nichols of Lyme, and Henry Resnikoff of Essex were recently elected to the board of the organizatioin.  In addition, Janice Atkeson, who has served on the board since 2012, was elected vice president.

Anik has strong ties to music and has been a member of Essex Winter Series.  Her father was a classically-trained vocalist who toured with the USO entertaining troops. her eldest daughter is also a classically trained vocalist. She has lived in Boston, Los Angeles and Essex, where she now resides with her husband, Joel.  Anik is a retired residential real estate broker and has served on various charitable committees in a fund-raising role.

Nichols, an interior designer, was born in Budapest, Hungary, and attend Hungarian University of Fine Arts.  She has lived in Cairo, Egypt, and Athens and is fluent in in numerous languages.  She has been professionally involved with antiques and interior design for nearly 30 years in New York and Connecticut, and is currently as Associate with Jonathan Isleib Design of Old Lyme and owner of MWN Interior Design.

Henry Resnikoff is a professional real estate developer and has developed commercial, residential, industrial and assisted living properties throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states.  He was born and raised in New London where his father was also a real estate developer.  With the exception of four years, Henry and his wife Daphne Nielsen have lived in Essex since 1978, currently on Ingham Hill Rd. They have four grown sons.

Bringing world-class classical and jazz music to the shoreline area was the dream of Fenton Brown, who established the Essex Winter Seriesin 1979.  Each year, the Essex Winter Series presents a series of concert performances by top-rated musicians from around the world.

These concerts, held primarily at Valley Regional High School in Deep River, are presented on Sunday afternoons in January, February and March.  A single season may include a mix of such performances as instrumental soloists, opera singers, chamber orchestras, and jazz bands.


Sixth Annual Car Show to be Held at Saybrook Point Inn, Labor Day

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Sept. 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Saybrook Point Inn.

Classic car owners and spectators alike will enjoy the Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Sept. 1 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Saybrook Point Inn.

Calling all classic cars and car enthusiasts …  The Saybrook Point Inn is sponsoring its Sixth Annual Labor Day Car Show on Monday, Sept. 1, from 12 to 4 pm, at the Inn, Two Bridge Street in Old Saybrook.  Owners of classic, antique, rare or muscle cars are invited to bring their cars down to this beautiful setting near the Saybrook Point Inn Marina.

The day’s activities include live music by The Cartells and refreshments, including hot dogs and hamburgers, on the Fresh Salt patio.  A 50/50 raffle will also be held.

Numerous “People’s Choice” trophies will be awarded to the cars in various categories.  Entry fee is $10 per car, with a portion of the proceeds from the fee going to support a local charity to be announced.  The first 100 vehicles at the show will receive complimentary dash plaques for their support.

For more information or to reserve a car space, contact Show Chairperson, Chris Loader at Saybrook Point Inn at (860) 395-2000 or via email at


Final Day of the Hamburg Fair Today; Ox Pull, Powder Puff at 9am


All the fun of the Fair.

The 112th Hamburg Fair, sponsored by the Lyme Grange Association, opens today at 9 a.m. with the Ox Pull and Powder Puff in the ring and the popular band “La La” will play on the stage from 12 to 3 p.m. and the Connecticut Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club will conclude the festivities with a performance from 3 to 6 p.m.

Llamas are to love ...

Llamas are to love …

Sunday brings

Rides are always a major attraction at the Fair.

Rides are always a major attraction at the Fair.

It is a long-awaited event for everyone who lives locally, but many families from all over the state have also made this an annual summer tradition.   That old-fashioned feeling lost with so many of the bigger fairs has been carefully maintained in this annual Lyme event.  The fair may be small but it has a great deal to offer.  When was the last time you saw a watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contest, or a nail-driving competition?  There is a line-up of entertainment that echoes that same theme of old-fashioned, while the big top has new and old favorites alike.

The Hamburg Fair is the only fair in Connecticut this year to offer a discounted ride bracelet each day of the fair — even on (Friday) opening night.  A bracelet allows the purchaser to take as many rides as he/she wants (or can handle!)  It’s the organizer’s way of making it a little easier on families, so they can come out to enjoy this special fair.  In addition, children 11 and younger are admitted to the fair free.  Adults are $5 - Seniors are only $3.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday.  Park at the Lyme Church or Reynolds Garage and you will be supporting Old Lyme Scouts and also the Lyme Church.

Click here to visit the website for the Fair and view the full program of events for all three days.


Bluegrass Band Gives Sound View Concert Tonight

bluegrass_band_instrumentsThe Town of Old Lyme and the Sound View Commission are sponsoring family-friendly concerts at Sound View Beach this summer.

The final concert  of the 2014 series is this Thursday, Aug. 14, featuring the Grass Routes Bluegrass Band. On the scene since 1980, they have been delighting audiences with repertoire ranging from traditional bluegrass standards to folk and contemporary songs, performed in their own unique bluegrass style with skillful instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies.

The free outdoor concerts will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the Flag Pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.  There is no rain location for this concert.  Should a weather cancellation be necessary it will be posted on the Town Web site “News & Announcements”

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a lovely evening of sunset music.  Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

Several local businesses will be offering discounts and special offers on concert nights. Look for “Promotion Sponsor” signs at participating area businesses to take advantage of these special deals.

Concert business promotion participants are:

The Carousel Shop Ice Cream

Buy 1 Soft-Serve Ice Cream, Get 1 Free, valid with coupon and only on day of concert

Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza Palace

10% Discount on Total Order 5:00pm to 9:00 pm concert days

Vecchitto’s Italian Ice

Buy 5 get one small free Italian Ice during concert times

South Lyme Scoop Shop

$1 off any menu item with coupon

The Grille

Buy 2 glasses of wine and 1 appetizer for $15.00 with coupon expires September 7, 2014

Lenny’s on the Beach

20% off your entire food purchase with coupon

The Carousel at Old Lyme

Good for 1 carousel ride, valid with coupon and only on day of concert

Beach Donuts – Sound View Beach Association

Buy 1 Donut, Get 1 Free with coupon

The Carousel Shop Too

$5 off $25.00 or more purchase, valid only with coupon and on day of concert

The Pavilion

Free fries with any sandwich purchase with coupon expires August 31, 2014

Waffle Bar

Choice of 2 free toppings or bottle of water with the purchase of a waffle or 2-scoop sundae cup starting at 3pm till closing on concert days

E.Z. Minimart

1% Gallon Milk $2.99, Red Bull 8.4fl oz 2 for $4.00, 2 Liter Coca-Cola 2 for $3.59 + tax


Carney Cruises to Victory, Even Winning Lanier’s Hometown of Old Lyme

Still smiling --- despite having just heard details of her loss in Old Lyme to Devin Carney, Vicki Lanier receives a comforting hug from her daughter.

Still smiling — despite having just heard details of her loss in Old Lyme to Devin Carney, Vicki Lanier receives a comforting hug from her daughter.  Campaign worker David Kelsey stands in the background.

After the Old Lyme Primary results had been announced in the Cross Lane Firehouse by Moderator Kurt Zemba, one voter muttered, “Blame the Giuliano endorsement.”  She was referring to the fact that Vicki Lanier did not even manage to win the 23rd State Representative primary in her hometown of Old Lyme against her Giuliano-endorsed opponent, Devin Carney.  Lanier netted 279 votes to Carney’s 294, losing by 15 votes;  in fact, the vote was closer in Lyme, where Lanier only lost by nine votes, netting 98 votes to Carney’s 107.

Lanier was gracious in defeat saying, “I offer congratulations to my opponent for a campaign well run.  I wish him all the best for November.  I look forward to endorsing my opponent.”  She added positively, “I ‘m excited to bring my message of experience and smaller government to the voters of the 23rd District.”  Asked her reaction to the result, she replied, “They’ve cast their votes,” noting pragmatically, “I expected to win in Old Lyme.”

Carney also won handily by over 500 votes in his hometown of Old Saybrook, predetermining that, despite the absence of the Westbrook vote numbers when this report was filed, he will face Democrat Mary Stone in the November election,.

The  full results in  Lyme and Old Lyme were as follows:


Old Lyme Result Lyme Result
Governor: GOP Primary
Tom Foley 330 117
John McKinney 238 90
Lt. Governor: GOP Primary
Penny Bacchiochi 170 51
Heather Somers 199 72
David Walker 183 79
Comptroller: GOP Primary
Angel Cadena 102 37
Sharon McLaughlin 397 142
State Senate Representative: 20th District Democratic
Elizabeth Ritter 252 n/a
William Satti 46 n/a
State House Representative:23rd District
Devin Carney 294 107
Vicki Lanier 279



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The Curious Case of the Flags on Lyme Street

The flags are flying again on Lyme Street.

The flags are flying again on Lyme Street.

After vanishing unexpectedly in the days following the Old Lyme Midsummer Festival, the flags have returned to Lyme Street, to the apparent approval of a majority of the town’s residents.  Back up since last Friday, these Old Glories will stay until Veteran’s Day in November, just like last year.

The reappearance of the flags has been lauded by a significant number of the townspeople; likewise, the prior removal of the flags was vocally reviled.  After noticing that the Lyme Street flags had been taken down, numerous Old Lyme residents took action, turning to various news sources, social media, and the town government with their complaints.  A mere week or so after the flags’ removal, their efforts had succeeded.

As John Seckla, local owner of the Old Lyme Barber Shop, told LymeLine, “Just talk to the townspeople. They wanted them [the flags] back, so now, they’re back.”

For many, the flags are a show of respect for our nation’s soldiers and veterans, and a sign of gratitude for their service.  One Old Lyme resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, writes in an email to LymeLine, “…[the flags are] a reminder of all our men and women overseas and all of our veterans.  The flag represents freedom and reminds me of how hard our men and women have fought and are fighting to keep us free.”

The writer also considers the flags a mark of national pride and American patriotism; he adds, “There is nothing gaudy about being a American and showing it.  What the American flag represents is more than enough reason for them to be flying high and proud!”

Some townspeople share these sentiments, evidenced by Barbara Crowley, local owner of The Chocolate Shell, who writes on her business’s Facebook page, “… I am glad and proud to report that the flags are back up! … Long may they fly!!”

Formulated and installed by the Old Lyme Fire Department, the flags flew for the first time last summer, with the intention to hang them from Memorial Day through Veteran’s Day. However, after receiving several worried complaints that the flags were getting tangled up and overshadowing smaller, personal flags, among other things, First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder tells LymeLine that she made a compromise with the Fire Department last fall, so that the flags would only fly during holidays and major events for the summer of 2014.

OLFD signYet, when the flags were removed after the Midsummer Festival two weeks ago, as per the aforementioned compromise, there was a strong backlash among the Old Lyme community. After asking that all flag-related complaints be sent directly to her, Reemsnyder reports, “The response I got was overwhelmingly in favor of having the flags up.”

Reemsnyder further emphasizes that “I don’t like making decisions based on a single opinion,” and that the decision to remove the flags was not the result of a complaint by one lone individual, but rather the compromise with the Fire Department from last fall.  She would also like to remind the townspeople that the flags will be taken down before any major weather events, especially high-speed winds.

But for now, the flags are here to stay – with the obvious blessing of the Old Lyme Fire Department, who are expressing their appreciation publicly for the re-hanging of the flags.

But what do you, dear readers, think?  Are you happy that the flags will now remain up from Memorial Dy to Veteran’s Day every year?  Feel free to comment below …


Primary Elections Being Held Today in Lyme, Old Lyme

Both political parties will be holding Primaries today in Old Lyme, while only the Republicans will be going to the polls in Lyme.

Voting will take place at the Cross Lane and Hamburg Firehouses respectively from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One of the Republican Primaries sees Vicki Lanier of Old Lyme face off against Devin Carney for the right to meet Democratic candidate Mary Stone in the November election for 23rd District State Representative.  Incumbent Marilyn Giuliano is retiring from her seat at the end of this session.

We have  published numerous letters of endorsement for both candidates: click on this link to read them all.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce attempted to organize a debate moderated by LymeLine publisher Olwen Logan between Republicans Lanier and Carney and Democratic State Senate candidates Betsy Ritter and Bill Satti.  We believe that neither Carney nor Ritter accepted the invitation and so the debate was cancelled.  Incumbent Andrea Stillman is also retiring from the 20th District State Senate seat she has held for five terms.

A debate between Ritter and Satti, sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Southeastern Connecticut and the Waterford Public Library, was held Tuesday evening at Waterford Public Library.

Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primaries and registered Democrats in the Democratic Primary.
The candidates in the Lyme Republican Primary are:

Governor (R): Thomas C. Foley or John P. McKinney

Lt. Governor (R): Penny Bacchiochi or Heather Somers or David M. Walker

State Assembly 23rd District (R): Devin R. Carney or Vicki lanier

Comptroller (R): Sharon McLaughlin or Angel Cadena
The candidates in the Old Lyme Republican Primary are:

Governor (R): Thomas C. Foley or John P. McKinney

Lt. Governor (R): Penny Bacchiochi or Heather Somers or David M. Walker

State Assembly 23rd District (R): Devin R. Carney or Vicki lanier

Comptroller (R): Sharon McLaughlin or Angel Cadena
The candidates in the Old Lyme Democratic Primary are:

State Senate 20th District (D): Elizabeth B. Ritter or William L. Satti

The results will be published on LymeLine within minutes of their announcement.


Essex Island Marina Sells for $3,465,000, More Than Some Expected


The welcoming building at the Essex Island Marina.

One of the prospective bidders said before the auction took place that he had decided not to bid, “because of possible environmental problems that a purchaser might have to address.” Also, this naysayer said that there was a rumor that Jack Brewer tried to buy the property before the auction took place, but that his offer had not been not accepted by the owner.

Typical luxury yacht found at Essex Island Marina

One of the many luxury yachts found at Essex Island Marina.

Since there was no mutually agreed upon sale of the property before the auction date of August 5, the formal Absolute Auction of the Essex Island Marina was ready to go. The auction began shortly after eleven o’clock on Tuesday, August 5, and there was an interested crowd of some 100 people in attendance, all seated under a large tent on the grounds of the Essex Island Marina. Most of those in attendance were interested spectators, but at least 20 in the crowd were serious bidders, who came prepared with $75,000 deposit in-hand.

A sizable crowd attended the JJManning’s “Absolute Auction” of the Essex Island Marina

The interest in the property by these serious bidders was understandable, since what was being auctioned off was one of the premium marinas along the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States.

The auction itself was conducted by Justin J. Manning, who is the President and CEO of JJManning Auctioneers, which is headquartered in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts. Manning began the auction with the friendly query, “Did anyone come by boat today?” However, it turned out that no one had, so he got down to the business at hand.

The “Manning” Style of Running an Auction

Manning’s style in conducting the auction of the Essex Island Marina was to engage in a continuous line of chatter. He would only pause to accept a bid of a certain amount. Then, immediately after accepting this bid, he would ask for a higher one. Generally, the higher amount that he called for, was in the $50,000 range.

Justin Manning, who conducted the recent "Absolute Auction" at the Essex Island Marina

Justin Manning, who conducted the recent “Absolute Auction” at the Essex Island Marina.

The only time Manning paused in his continuous line of chatter of accepting and asking for new higher bids, was to permit a bidder to stop the auction for 30 seconds, so that the he or she could speak with an attorney or money source on the telephone. Once the thirty seconds was up, Manning immediately continued his auction patter.

In his introduction before the formal bidding began, Manning noted that his family has been in the auctioning business since 1976. As for the mindset of the present owner of the Essex Island Marina, Manning said, “He’s done, he wants to retire, and get out of the marina business.”

Also, before the auction began Manning read out loud a detailed description of the property being auctioned. He also said that prospective bidders had been given confidential information about the property that was not available to the general public.

Manning explained that the winner of the auction would have to pay a 10% Buyer’s Premium on top of the highest bid, to arrive at the total purchase price, and the final closing of the sale would take place on or before September 18.

In his remarks before the auction began, Manning stressed that the property was being sold “as is,” In addition, he said the boats presently with slips at the marina for the season would not have their leases cancelled. Manning also noted before the auction that there were 35 slip owners, presently at the marina, who wanted to turn the marina into a private yacht club condominium. However, this prospect faded quickly, when the actual bidding began.

The sale at auction included all the real estate of the marina, Manning said, and the equipment listed in the P&S.

The “Absolute Auction” Begins

At the auction itself, Manning first asked for a bid of $5 million for the property. No one responded, so he slipped down to asking for $2.5 million. There was still no response. Finally, the bidding opened at $400,000, then $1.2 million, $2 million, $2.3 million, $2.4 million, $2.5 million, $2.6 million, $2.65 million, and then before you knew it the bidding had climbed to well above $3 million, until it reached the final auction price. Manning exhorted the bidding to continue, but to no avail. After a further pause, he proclaimed the winner of the auction, who was none other than Jack Brewer.

The actual bidding in the auction took no more than forty minutes. Also, worth noting was that the auctioneer Justin Manning wore a stylish, dark blue suit, with a tastefully appropriate shirt and tie. Clearly, this was no “blue collar “country auction, where the auctioneer pauses from time, to time to spit from the tobacco he has been chewing.

When it was all over a number of guests at that auction stayed around to compare notes. It was a general consensus that Jack Brewer could have paid less for the marina, if he had been able to strike a deal with the marina owner before the actual auction took place. JJ Manning proved to be a master in running up the price to over $3 million.

Jack Brewer Now Owns 29 Marinas

Nevertheless, even though Brewer may have paid somewhat more than what was anticipated, in the view of one the visitors at the auction, he has purchased a property that will be the flagship of what is now his 29 Brewer marinas. Also, since he already owns two marinas in Essex Harbor he has a clear monopoly on rental slips there.

The former owner of the Essex Island Marina, Wally Schieferdecker said, when the auction was all over, “I’m not happy, I’m not sad, and I am glad it is over.” The Schieferdecker family had owned and operated the marina for 56 years.


Letter to the Editor: Retiring State Rep. Giuliano Supports Carney to Succeed Her

To the Editor:

I write in support of Devin Carney for State Representative for Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook in the upcoming August 12th Republican primary.

Devin will work for all of us with energy, with integrity, and with an abiding interest not in politics, but in public service.

In the 12 years that I’ve served in the General Assembly, I’ve been an eye witness to what it takes to succeed in that world – the thought and deliberation required to craft good public policy; and the importance of each vote cast on behalf of 24,000 people. We speak of jobs, the economy, and political issues, but the work of the state representative is really about people, families and communities who count on the attention, the concern, and the commitment of their state representative. Devin Carney is known for these attributes and can be counted on to listen and to serve.

Each legislative session brings difficult challenges to confront and, for Connecticut, these challenges loom large. I am confident that Devin Carney will confront these tough issues with fairness, honesty, intelligence, and with an impassioned advocacy on behalf of us all.

Join me in supporting Devin Carney on August 12th.


Marilyn Giuliano,
Old Saybrook.
Editor’s Note: The author is State Representative for the 23rd District.



Republican Primary: Candidate Responses to our Questions

Two candidates, Devin Carney and Vicki Lanier, are running in the Republican Primary on Tuesday for the right to be the party-endorsed candidate for the 23rd District State Representative.  The 23rd District covers Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and the southern portion of Westbrook.  The seat was previously held by Marilyn Giuliano, who is retiring.

We asked each candidate to submit a biography of 100 words or less and to answer each of three questions in a maximum of 250 words.

The questions are:

  1. Why are you running for this position?
  2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?
  3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

We thank both candidates sincerely for responding to our questions by the specified deadline.

Voting will take place Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Old Lyme and Lyme at the Cross Lane and Hamburg Firehouses respectively from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Only registered Republicans may vote in this Republican Primary.



Headshot_247x283I was raised in Old Saybrook, but my family has been in the district since the 1950’s when my grandfather, Art, bought a home in Westbrook. I went to Old Saybrook High and graduated from Brandeis University.

I have worked on statewide and local Republican campaigns. I have experience in public health, real estate, and most recently starting a home-based business in the voiceover profession.

I am a passionate volunteer in the community and lector at Grace Episcopal Church. I live in Saybrook, but am in Old Lyme all the time as my long-time girlfriend her wonderful children live there.

1. Why are you running for this position?

The 23rd District encompasses everything I love in Connecticut, from its beaches to its forests to its wonderful people. But, for all of the reasons that bind me to Connecticut, there’s much work to be done to make our state affordable and prosperous for all.

Connecticut has lost a lot of our 25-34-year-old population. Folks my age have opted to go to other states because our economic climate is so bad. It’s very simple – when the youth can’t work then they can’t stay here. They can’t buy homes and start families. Parents and grandparents lose out because their children and grandchildren are forced to leave the state because it’s unaffordable, and that’s wrong.

I never had it easy and have been working since I was twelve years old, when I decided to take up a paper route to help my mother with expenses.  I understand the value of a hard-earned dollar. It’s simply unfair that so many people are forced to leave their homes because the cost of living is too high here, in the state they chose to live, work, and retire in.I’m running because I believe Connecticut is at a crossroads – we can stay where we are or we can work together to reinvent the way our government works.  I believe it’s time for fresh ideas and innovation up in Hartford, which is what I promise to provide as your next state representative.  I want you, your kids, your business, and your quality of life to thrive.

2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?

The greatest challenge facing the state is improving business confidence so that our economic climate is healthy.  When private industry is successful there are more job opportunities available and more people staying in the district.  In order for business confidence and industry to improve, taxes must be lowered, roadways must be fixed, and Connecticut needs to be affordable.I would look at alternative programs that can provide better results at lower costs, particularly in areas like long-term care and corrections. I would promote improvements to fiscal planning that would work to reduce long-term unfunded liabilities, particularly with pensions. I would seek to avoid any tax increases that would harm our economic recovery thus encouraging employers to invest in Connecticut.

Our roadways must be improved for tourism and business to thrive. The government often takes tax dollars from the transportation fund and puts it in the general fund, which does our businesses no good. Too often I hear of the issues with I-95 in terms of traffic and safety – it’s about time we focus on this instead of kicking the can down the road.

Our state government must ensure state funding commitments to small towns, so as to avoid unfunded municipal mandates that raise property taxes. This requires the state to help with funding of education, particularly special education, and transportation. Another burden on many is the energy costs and, in some areas, flood insurance costs – I would work to help consumers by promoting innovation and competition in these areas.

3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

The Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision is now federal law.  The state government may choose to try to nullify the law, as Minnesota is trying to do, independent of federal mandates. If Connecticut chooses this route, then it may find itself in court, but likely with more liberal conditions since Connecticut courts are more liberal than the US Supreme Court.  It is not likely that many of our businesses, here in the 23rd, will be affected by the ruling at all since the Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare”) exempts businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the ‘employer mandate’.

I do believe strongly in freedom of religion as stated in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Thus, I do not think that anyone’s religious liberty should be abridged so long as it doesn’t take away anyone else’s Constitutional rights. Employment is not a Constitutional right, but I do believe that it may be necessary for companies like Hobby Lobby to at least make it very clear of their beliefs, which is my main concern with the decision. Something like a church or a religious non-profit may be easily recognizable, so one must assume there may be company policies that reflect a particular religious viewpoint. But, Hobby Lobby is a large chain of craft stores, so it may not be reasonable for one to assume they are religious.

It is very clear is that Obamacare has many unanswered questions. We are likely to see issues regarding it for many years.



Headshot_225x279Vicki lives and works in Old Lyme and is the mother of four children aged 7-22.   She owns a general practice law firm focusing on family and child protection law.  An involved member of the community, Vicki has served on the Old Lyme Republican Town Committee since 2007.   She was elected to the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education in 2009, serving as its treasurer from 2011-2013.  A room parent at Mile Creek Elementary School, Vicki is also actively involved with her children, who keep her busy with their participation in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and recreational sports.

1. Why are you running for this position?

I am running for state representative in the 23rd district because I am committed to being part of the solution in Connecticut.  Our bloated and ineffective state government has made Connecticut one of the worst states for businesses, retirees, and working families.  If we have any hope of turning Connecticut around, we must insist on real change in Hartford.  Real change starts by electing qualified candidates who offer relevant experience, with a reputation for delivering real results.

Because I believe in public service, I am running for state representative.  After serving on both the Old Lyme republican town committee and the Lyme-Old Lyme Board of Education, I want to serve the community in another capacity.  Utilizing my experience as an effective attorney, skilled negotiator, and creative problem solver will enable me to tackle the difficult issues facing our state.   I am running because Hartford needs fewer career politicians (seasoned or aspiring) and more practical, results-oriented leaders with the demonstrated fortitude to make difficult decisions.

I believe the people in the 23rd district want a representative that will defend our constitutional rights, reduce and repeal unnecessary legislation and regulation, insist on fiscal responsibility, promote local decision making, and reduce the size of state government.  I am running because I am the candidate with the personal, professional, and political experience necessary to further those goals in Hartford.

2. What do you consider is the greatest challenge currently facing the state? What suggestions can you offer for solving it?

The greatest challenge currently facing our state is our sluggish economy.  Connecticut’s economy is suffering because of our government’s inability or unwillingness to balance the state budget, the state’s onerous tax structure, and excessive regulation and taxation on business.  Our state legislators must stay focused on the role the state government plays in promoting a healthy economy.

The most effective way for state government to stimulate the economy is through prudent fiscal management of the state budget – including addressing the state’s unfunded pension obligations, reducing taxes on businesses and eliminating unnecessary regulations so that private industry can thrive.  Therefore, I am not a proponent of creating “new programs” to stimulate our economy.  Rather, I am a proponent of smaller state government.  I favor repealing the nearly 300 taxes that contribute less than .001% to our annual revenue.  This includes repealing the small business entity tax and other nuisance taxes.  I also support reducing the gas tax and eliminating the tax on retiree pensions.

In order for Connecticut to become a more business friendly state, legislators must examine current legislation, repeal unnecessary regulation and be thoughtful about enacting new legislation.  Before enacting any legislation, we must ask ourselves, “what is the problem this legislation is solving, does it effectively solve the problem without unintended consequences, and can we afford it?”  Our economy will not recover until our state government acknowledges that it must right size government, reduce our revenue requirements, and allow free enterprise to flourish with limited government intervention.

3. What is your opinion on the recent ‘Hobby Lobby’ decision by the Supreme Court?

I support the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States in Burwell, et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al.  This case addressed whether the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could require closely held corporations to provide its employees health insurance coverage for methods of contraception that violated the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies’ owners.

The Supreme Court held that such a requirement would violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA).  The RFRA prohibits the federal government from taking any action that substantially burdens the exercise of religion unless that action constitutes the least restrictive means of serving a compelling government interest.  While the Supreme Court found the regulations of the HHS to serve a compelling government interest (providing health insurance – including coverage for contraceptive methods that are abortifacients), it did not find that the mandate was the least restrictive means of serving that interest.

Instead, the Supreme Court found that there were other ways that either Congress or HHS could ensure women access to the particular contraceptives at issue in this case.  Specifically, employees of any closely held corporation where the religious beliefs of the company owners prohibited offering such coverage for contraception could be offered coverage through the same coverage already available to religious non-profits.  This decision represents the appropriate balance between honoring our constitutionally protected right to freedom of religion with the current federal law (whether you agree with it or not) commonly known as “Obama-care”.


Primary Election Update: LymeLine to Publish Local Candidate Responses Tomorrow

Both political parties will be holding primaries in Old Lyme and only the Republicans in Lyme next Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Voting will take place at the Cross Lane and Hamburg Firehouses respectively from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

One of the Republican Primaries sees Vicki Lanier of Old Lyme face off against Devin Carney for the right to meet Democratic candidate Mary Stone in the November election.  Marilyn Giuliano, who has endorsed Carney, is retiring from her 23rd District State Representative seat at the end of the year.

We have already received numerous letters of endorsement for both candidates and will be publishing a variety of them during the coming week.

The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce attempted to organize a debate moderated by LymeLine publisher Olwen Logan between Republicans Lanier and Carney and Democrats Betsy Ritter and Bill Satti.  We believe that neither Carney nor Ritter accepted the invitation and so the debate was cancelled.  Consequently, LymeLine has invited both Republican candidates to submit a short biography and give written responses to three identical questions.  We plan to publish those responses next Sunday, Aug. 10.

A debate between Ritter and Satti, sponsored by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Southeastern Connecticut and the Waterford Public Library, was held Tuesday evening at Waterford Public Library. The debate was videotaped and will be aired on SEC-TV and other public access stations.

Only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primaries and registered Democrats in the Democratic Primary.  Absentee ballots are available in the Town Clerk’s offices.

The candidates in Lyme are:

Governor (R): Thomas C. Foley or John P. McKinney

Lt. Governor (R): Penny Bacchiochi or Heather Somers or David M. Walker

State Assembly 23rd District (R): Devin R. Carney or Vicki lanier

Comptroller (R): Sharon McLaughlin or Angel Cadena

The candidates in Old Lyme are:

Governor (R): Thomas C. Foley or John P. McKinney

Lt. Governor (R): Penny Bacchiochi or Heather Somers or David M. Walker

State Senate 20th District (D): Elizabeth B. Ritter or William L. Satti

State Assembly 23rd District (R): Devin R. Carney or Vicki lanier

Comptroller (R): Sharon McLaughlin or Angel Cadena

The results will be published on LymeLine within minutes of their announcement.


‘Dinner and a Movie’ Event raises Funds for Childhood Cancer, Sept. 6

ACT flyerAn organization with a mission to raise funds for pediatric research, Achieve Change Together (ACT), is hosting a “Dinner, a Movie, Popcorn and More” event on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Clark Memorial Field in Old Saybrook.  Grass opens at 6 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m.  The costs is $20 per car, which includes the movie and popcorn.  Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Every dollar raised goes directly toward childhood cancer research via The Truth 365′s “Dream Team” of leading oncologists.  These talented doctors represent The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Sloan Kettering, St. Jude’s and Seattle Children’s (visit for details).

The following editorial was submitted by event organizer Kristen Michalski Alexander:

Not so long ago, I learned from a friend about Madison “Maddy” Garrett.

In 2012, Maddy had been diagnosed with Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma.  One of the rarest childhood cancers.  It had spread into limbs, snaked through her spine, and had penetrated into bone marrow; the tumor was wrapped around organs and arteries, through her intestine and into her chest. The tumor in her three-year-old belly was so large that she looked nine months pregnant.

Maddy had a 30 percent chance at survival.

Inspired by her bravery, I researched what I could.  Though average cancer survival rates have grown for the last 40 years, many childhood cancers have survival rates much lower than the average.  The facts are unsettling:

  • Less than 4 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is directed to childhood cancer research (Source: St. Baldrick’s Foundation)
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children and adolescents in the United States. (Source: National Cancer Institute)
  • In the last 20 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved only two pediatric cancer drugs that were initially studied in children. (Source: American Association for Cancer Research)

During her journey to recovery, Maddy’s 5-year-old friend had been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer.

Another child suffering.  Another family struggling.  I couldn’t sit back anymore.  I had to help win this war!

And so I decided to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer through a special event, “Dinner, A Movie, Popcorn and More.”  The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

I reached out to my high school classmate Lou Rolon, a guiding force for our community through Shoreline Neighbors, for advice.  Lou possesses an inspirational compassion, dedication, and strength. He offered to help however he could.

I then reached out to Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation ( AWOCCF helped produce The Truth 365, an Emmy Award-Winning documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to all children fighting cancer.

I asked their co-founder Dena Sherwood if we could work together.  When she graciously agreed, it meant we could host the event with their 501(c)(3) status.

For continuing updates, “Like” the ACT – Achieve Change Together Facebook page and remember to join us on Sept. 6.

For further information, call: 860-339-6310,  via e-mail:

On Facebook:
Website coming soon

To donate: Please make a check payable to Arms Wide Open/The Truth 365 and mail it to P.O. Box 495, Ivoryton, CT 06442.  Or go online at and select “Achieve Change Together Event – CT”.


Two New Exhibitions on Show at LAA

"Bouquet with thistles" by Marilyn Caissy is featured in the Connecticut Pastel Society exhibition opening Friday at the LAA.

“Bouquet with thistles” by Marilyn Caissy is featured in the Connecticut Pastel Society’s exhibition opening Friday at the LAA.

The Lyme Art Association, (LAA) presents an exhibition celebrating landscape, still life, and figurative scenes captured on canvas and in sculpture on view from Aug, 1 through Sept. 20, 2014.  The August Light: Summer Painting and Sculpture Exhibition for Members is on view in the Association’s three front galleries.

A separate juried show, Pastel Brilliance, in the Goodman Gallery highlights the talented artist-members of the Connecticut Pastel Society (CPS).
The Lyme Art Association is pleased once again to host the CPS in Old Lyme. Exhibition Chairwoman and CPS Signature Member, Cindy Mazzaferro explains, “The CPS is happy to once again partner with the LAA to showcase some of our most talented artists during the Pastel Brilliance exhibition.  This year, our donated demo paintings will be available through the CPS silent auction, which will end the last day of the LAA exhibition, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.”  Bids can be placed in person or called in to the LAA at (860) 434-7802.
As part of the sculpture component to the exhibition, the LAA is also delighted to welcome members of the Connecticut Sculpture Society as invited guests.
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 Street, Old Lyme, CT, in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within a national historic district.  Admission is free with contributions appreciated.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 1 to 5pm.

For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call (860) 434-7802.


A Closer Look at the Sound View Bike Path, Revitalization Project

Proposed route of new bike path.

Proposed route of new bike path.

In a recent interview with LymeLine, Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder stated, “The Old Lyme town government has been attempting to pursue renovations of the Sound View beach since May of 2013.”   The desired outcome of the renovations will be a bike path that leads from exit 70 on the Baldwin Bridge following I-95, down Rte. 156 to Hartford Avenue.

This will lead bikers to what will be the new parking lot.  The community lot on Hartford Avenue, across from Sound View beach, will be redeveloped into a picnic area.  The lot will maintain 44 parking spaces, and the rest will be transformed into grassy regions for a more park-like feel.  The town was awarded a grant to revitalize the area, with instructions for the money to be put into specific stages.

The federal grant covers up to 80 percent of the project, and the town is responsible for the remaining 20 percent.  The amount of $148,500 has already been approved by the grant, but the construction costs will be determined after the design phase is complete.

The first stage is for engineers to “complete the ‘picture’ of the final product,” noted Reemsnyder.  They will draw up designs for the park area.  These documents will then go to contractors, who will decide on the cost of the project.  The bike path will need to be mapped and signed off as well.  Once all of the designs for the park and path are finalized and approved, the second stage of the project can begin.

The second stage is construction, which is projected to start in the fall of 2015.  Town meetings will be held at various points throughout the project, such as the one on Wednesday,July 16, which “went well” according to Reemsnyder.  Before construction can begin, the allocation for construction cost funds will need to be approved at one of these town meetings.

The revitalization is hoped to enhance tourism, improve business, and connect the beach to the rest of the town in a more accessible and friendly manner.

On the town website, under current projects, there is a link to more information regarding the proposal.