October 31, 2014

Wildcat Boys, Girls Play in Shoreline Championship Finals Tonight in Portland

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School boy’s soccer team coached by Marc Vendetti and the girls coached by Paul Gleason play in double-header Shoreline Conference Championship games tonight at Portland High School.

The Wildcat boys, ranked number one, meet  number two seeds Cromwell at 7 p.m. while the second-seeded girls face fourth-ranked Coginchaug at 5 p.m.

In regular season play, the boys notched one of their only two defeats this season against Cromwell 1-0, while the girls defeated Coginchaug 1-0 back in September.

Go Wildcats!


Happy Halloween! LYSB Hosts Annual Party, Parade Starting at 5pm

Will this 'wicked' witch and 'terrifying' tiger be out on Lyme Street tonight?

Will this ‘wicked’ witch and ‘terrifying’ tiger be out on Lyme Street tonight?

It’s Halloween tonight and the ghouls and ghosts, angels and amphibians, pirates and primadonnas will be out in force on Lyme Street – and everywhere else in Lyme and Old Lyme!

To kick things off, Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau at 59 Lyme St. will host a Halloween Party from 5 to 6 p.m., which is a free, fun, family event featuring games, crafts, storytelling, face-painting and more.  This free event is appropriate for children age 12 months through 2nd grade.

All little “goblins” must be accompanied by an adult.  Come dressed in costume.

The traditional Costume Parade will leave the firehouse at 6:15 p.m. to march down Lyme Street behind a firetruck.

The Fairfield-Sonn family on Lyme Street always generously open their doors  to the hundreds of 'Trick or Treaters' who come their way each year.  This was the view from inside their house on Halloween 2012.

The Fairfield-Sonn family on Lyme Street always generously open their doors to the hundreds of ‘Trick or Treaters’ who come their way each year. This was a view from inside their house on Halloween 2012.


Old Lyme VNA Hosts Health & Wellness Fair Tomorrow

The 2014 Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association Health & Wellness Fair will be occurring at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 12 noon, and screenings for glaucoma, dental cancer and foot health will be available. Laboratory tests, including complete blood counts, metabolic panels, cholesterol and PSA counts will be available for a small fee.

In addition, numerous local organizations and individuals will be available to discuss issues from primary care to pesticides.


Popular Sale by Lyme Artists Takes Place Tomorrow, Sunday 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.


Old Lyme’s Christiano Featured in Essex Art Show Opening Tomorrow

 Catherine Christiano, Cottages White Sands Beach #7, oil on panel, 8 x 11 inches, 2014.

Catherine Christiano, Cottages White Sands Beach #7, oil on panel, 8 x 11 inches, 2014.

Old Lyme artist Catherine Christiano is featured in a three person show at Art Essex Gallery that opens with a public reception Saturday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Catherine Christiano, Imagine Peace, oil on newspaper on panel, 11 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 2013. Photo credit Paul Mutino.

Catherine Christiano, Imagine Peace, oil on newspaper on panel, 11 7/8 x 19 1/2 inches, 2013. Photo credit Paul Mutino.

She is exhibiting postcard sized oil paintings of the beach communities of Old Lyme, small landscapes, and compelling detailed still lifes painted on newspaper.

Paul Schulenbug, “Sunlight Through Trees”, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Paul Schulenbug, “Sunlight Through Trees”, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches.

Also in this exhibition are Cape Cod artist Paul Schulenburg’s meditative oils of everyday scenes that evoke the work of Edward Hopper.

Karen Woods, “Streak”, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2014.

Karen Woods, “Streak”, oil on panel, 8 x 8 inches, 2014.

The third artist exhibiting is Karen Woods from Boise, Idaho, whose provocative streetscapes viewed through the windshield will be on display.

The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 22.  Art Essex Gallery is located at 10 Main Street in Essex.

For more information, visit http://www.artessexgallery.com/


Deadline for Annual Land Trust Photo Contest Extended to Dec. 31

2013 Land Trust Photo Contest winner by Hank Golet.

2013 Land Trust Photo Contest winner by Hank Golet.

Amateur photographers, no matter where they live, may submit photographs of the scenic countryside, wildlife, plants, and cultural and historic features in the towns of East Haddam, Essex, Lyme, Old Lyme, and Salem.

Submissions are accepted up to the last day of December 2014. Contest rules are available online athttp://www.lymelandtrust.org/news/photo-contest/ . Entry forms for the contest will be available after September 1 by email only at photocontest@lymelandtrust.org.

A panel of three judges will award cash prizes in the following five categories:Landscape/Waterscape ~ Plants ~ Wildlife ~ Cultural/Historic ~ Youth (photographs of any of the above subjects by photographers aged 14 and younger).Additionally, a special John G. Mitchell Memorial Award will go to the photograph determined to best promote and support biodiversity and the environment.

The Contest judges are William Burt, a naturalist and wildlife photographer acclaimed for his beautiful books; and Amy Kurtz Lansing, an accomplished art historian and curator at the Florence Griswold Museum. New to the panel of judges is Skip Broom, a respected, award-winning local photographer and antique house restoration housewright. Broom replaces the much-appreciated retiring judge, Rudy Muller, who volunteered with the Photo Contest for many years.

All entered photographs, plus all winning photos, will be displayed and celebrated in a public reception in March 2015.

Organizers of the contest, East Haddam Land Trust, Essex Land Trust, Lyme Land Conservation Trust, Old Lyme Land Trust, and the Salem Land Trust, and encourage amateur photographers to join the fun and share wonderful photos from these southern Connecticut towns.Previous Land Trusts Photo Contest winning photos, viewable at https://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/, highlight the beauty of these towns and the pressing need to preserve the environments within these towns.

Wyman, Bjornberg, Stone Hold Press Conference Today to Discuss Women’s Rights

Emily Bjornberg (D)

Emily Bjornberg (D)

Later today, Thursday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m., Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Democratic State Senate Candidate Emily Bjornberg will hold a press conference on the front steps of the Town Hall in Clinton, Conn., to discuss the importance of supporting candidates who will stand up for women’s rights in the upcoming Nov. 4 election.  Wyman and Bjornberg will be joined by State House Candidate Mary Stone of Old Lyme, and many other concerned women and local residents.

Bjornberg’s opponent was recently endorsed by a conservative organization that is trying to roll back a wide variety of rights for women in Connecticut.


Substantial State Grants Announced for Lyme, Old Lyme Open Space Properties

State Rep. Marilyn Giuliano (R-23) along with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced state grants of: $351,000 to preserve 2.87 acres of open space in Lyme, $162,500 to preserve 40.76 acres of land on 106 Four Mile River Road in Old Lyme and $650,000 to preserve 186 acres of Horse Hill Woods – Phase II in Westbrook.  The collective grants will help preserve over 405 acres of open space.

Open Space projects are a continuation of the supportive roles that these Towns and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) have had in preserving open space and protecting habitat.

Sheldon Creek River Access in Lyme will receive $351,000 to preserve 2.87 acres of land.  Currently, the property is maintained as a meadow with 157 feet of waterfront access along Sheldon cove on the Connecticut River.  This parcel is recognized as a “Wetlands of International Importance,” with public parking and recreation to the river are easily accessible.

The 106 Four Mile River Road property in Old Lyme boasts over 1,250 feet of frontage and public access which will seek to be added to a open space parcels totaling 147 acres.  The $162,500 grant will protect the property, which is traversed by two wetland tributaries of the Three Mile River and is covered by diverse upland forest and stands of mountain laurel.

Additionally, the state also awarded a $650,000 grant to the town of Westbrook, aimed at protecting Horse Hill Woods – Phase II, which consists of two separately owned – but abutting – parcels of land: the Russo (143 acres) and Miele (43 acres) properties.

Giuliano lobbied to secure the purchase of “The Preserve” – a 1,000 acre coastal-forest area that the state is seeking to purchase along with the Town of Old Saybrook and surrounding towns.  The $471,250 award to the Essex Land Trust supports that organization’s plans to purchase a 70.6-acre section of “The Preserve”.

“An investment in preserving open space in Connecticut is one which will surely pay off.  These grants will help safeguard the natural beauty and habitats our district is known for.  Through these grants, we will ensure that generations to come will continue to enjoy the abundant natural beauty,” said Giuliano.

Aiming to preserve 673, 210 acres of undeveloped Connecticut land by 2023, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) developed the Open Space program.  To date, the state has reached nearly 74 percent of its goal, preserving an impressive 496, 182 acres.


Friends of Lyme Library Donate Custom-made Bench to Celebrate New Building Opening


The Friends of the Lyme Public Library presented a bench to the library in honor of the official opening of the new Lyme Library.

Local woodworker and craftswoman, Seana Bill of Lyme, custom-made the bench out of local black walnut.

Taking a minute to enjoy the new bench are, from left to right,  Adrienne Brennan, President, The Friends of the Lyme Public Library; Seana Bill, Craftswoman; Judith Lightfoot, Chairwoman, Lyme Library Director's Board.

Taking a minute to enjoy the new bench are, from left to right, Adrienne Brennan, President of the Friends of the Lyme Public Library, Seana Bill, bench craftswoman and Judith Lightfoot, Chairwoman, Lyme Library Director’s Board.


A visit to the library is recommended to see this lovely piece of artwork in the foyer!


Bonne Santé Owner Gives Free Talk Today on Breast Cancer Prevention, Nutrition

BS_wellness_logo_4cDr. Rosemary Barclay, a Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist and founder-owner of the Bonne Santé Wellness Center on Huntley Rd., is giving a free talk to the residents of Old Lyme this Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. This informative talk is to assist those in recovery, remission from breast cancer and those interested in preventative nutritional insights and measures to prevent against breast cancer.

The talk is free and open to all residents.  A $20 optional donation may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Space is limited, so reserve a space by contacting rosemary@bonnesantellc.com or 860-434-7429.


Old Lyme Residents to Assist in Appraisal Event at Chester Historical Society, Nov. 8

Norm & Linda Legassie, generalists

Old Lyme residents Norman and Linda Legassie (center and left in photo respectively) assist with an appraisal.

Norman and Linda Legassie, longtime owners of Stepping Stones Antiques LLC in Old Saybrook and Old Lyme residents, are among the eleven professionals who will be appraising antiques and jewelry at the Chester Historical Society’s 11th appraisal event on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, in Chester.

A professional sculptor, Norman’s knowledge of fine art brings a practiced eye to examine treasures. Linda adds many years of experience as a researcher in the fine and decorative arts. Their knowledge encompasses a wide range of subjects from prehistoric to present, including furniture, jewelry, postcards, tools, silver, pottery, and more. Norman is a Senior Professional Appraiser (SPA) with the National Association of Professional Appraisers.

The other generalist appraiser on Nov. 8 will be Tom Perry of One of a Kind Antiques (www.OneOfaKindAntiques.com). The other eight appraisers have specialties. They are: Garry Craig of The Timekeeper (watches and clocks); Orville Haberman of CT River Books (books and ephemera); Paul Indorf of Connecticut Jewelry Appraisers (fine jewelry and gemstones); Steve Lutar and Dave Passamano of Guilford Coin Exchange (coins, currency, and stamps); Tom Medlin of Essex (American furniture of the 18th and 19th centuries, American paintings, and base metals, especially brass candlesticks); John Newman of Deep River (American-made glass and Aladdin oil and electric lamps); and Gay Sherman Weintz (vintage and antique costume jewelry).

Each attendee may bring up to three separate items to be appraised. If the item is too large to carry, bring photographs (if it’s a table or dresser, bring in a drawer too). Verbal appraisals will cost $10 for the first item; $20 for 2 items; or $25 for 3 items. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Chester Historical Society and the Chester Museum at The Mill.

The appraisal program will be at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, at 48 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 154) in Chester. There is ample parking and handicapped access. More information, including directions to the event, is on the website, ChesterHistoricalSociety.org, or email your questions to chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 860-558-4701.


33rd Senate Candidates Face Off at Final Debate in Clinton

CLINTON— The three candidates for the 33rd Senate District seat faced off in a final campaign debate at Morgan High School in Clinton Thursday, with the sharpest exchanges coming during the final minutes of the one hour session.

About 100 voters turned out for the debate that was organized by students in the school’s current issues class, with students posing questions and moderating the session. It is expected to be the final public debate between one-term incumbent Republican Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, Democratic challenger Emily Bjornberg of Lyme, and Green Party nominee Colin Bennett of Westbrook.

The candidates stuck to familiar themes through most of the debate. Linares pledged to work to reduce state taxes on gasoline and phase out taxes on retirement benefits while touting his endorsement by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. Bjornberg said Linares has “voted against the most vulnerable among us,” over the past two years while noting her endorsements from the Connecticut Working Families Party, unions representing teachers and college professors and various women’s and environmental groups.

Bennett, declaring he “will not pander,” occasionally used his time to raise issues that were not part of the initial question, including racial justices, police shootings of minority citizens, and the expense of incarceration for non-violent crimes. He called for a “maximum wage” rather than just increasing the minimum wage and higher tax rates for the wealthy.

Most of the exchanges were cordial in a format that did not discourage applause and cheers from the audience. But the gloves came off in the final minutes after Bjornberg noted that Linares is “the only person on this stage who has proposed a tax increase,” as she pointed to Republican budget proposals backed by Linares that would eliminate the state’s earned income tax credit that provides limited cash rebates to low income workers. Bjornberg also criticized Linares votes on issues related to the environment and women’s rights.

Linares said the earned income tax credit is ” a tax credit for people who don’t pay taxes.” In his closing statement, Linares said Bjornberg “desperate and void of solutions, has begun a smear campaign against me in regards to women and the environment,” before pointing to his support for funding for the Preserve land purchase and labeling of genetically modified foods.

Bennett used his closing statement to claim that some Bjornberg supporters have contacted him and urged him to withdraw from the race to avoid pulling liberal-leaning votes from Bjornberg. While confirming that he would “rather see Emily elected than Art,” Bennett said such efforts are “100 percent antithetical to democracy” and vowed to continue his campaign to the Nov. 4 vote

The 33rd District includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, Westbrook and portions of Old Saybrook.


Lewis Discusses Geology of CT River Valley During Today’s Foliage Cruise


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.


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.


Questions Brew About Hains Park Boathouse Design



boathouse 2

At a Special Town Meeting on Oct. 6, Old Lyme residents approved by a scant 27 votes the expenditure of an additional $405,000 from the town’s surplus account to be used to supplement the $478,000 Small Town’s Economic Assistance Program (STEAP) grant awarded in 2013 to fund the construction of a new boathouse and other improvements at Hains Park.  The current cost estimate of the project for the park, which abuts Rogers Lake, stands at $883,000.  

There are already strong indications, even before the project has gone out to bid, that changes to the design may be necessary to meet prevailing building and fires safety codes, which could lead to an increase in the construction costs.

Draft construction drawings submitted to Old Lyme Fire Marshal, David Roberge, earlier in October have raised a number of questions about compliance with fire safety codes, as well as possible building code deficiencies and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) non-compliance.

Roberge told LymeLine he has concerns regarding the adequacy of the emergency exits from the second floor, which, it was stated at the recent town meeting, would be an area available at times for the general public to use.  Roberge also noted that the plans he has received do not show adequate fire separation between the first and second floor.

The Fire Marshal has not yet been provided with the mechanical or electrical drawings for the proposed building, so has been unable to comment on the adequacy of emergency lighting or exit signage.

Based on his preliminary review of the draft plans, the Town Building Official, John Flower, has also expressed concern about some aspects of the building design and is planning to submit the final construction drawings, once received, to a third party for independent review.  Flower states that he has specific concerns about, “Possible under-sizing of support columns for the second floor,” and adequacy of the construction design for the front of the building.

As currently planned, the second floor will also have no handicap access and would require an elevator or wheelchair lift or other similar device to become ADA compliant, none of which are currently in the budget.  Addition of an elevator or wheelchair lift would also have fire safety and building code implications and would require review and sign-off before a building permit could be issued.

Although final construction drawings have not yet been submitted to the Fire Marshal or Town Building Department for review, the Town of Old Lyme published a Public Notice in ‘The Day’ Wednesday, Oct. 22, requesting bids on the project by Nov. 17 and announcing a mandatory pre-bid site walk, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m.

“If changes are required to meet fire safety codes after the bid has been awarded, it will require a change order,” noted Roberge, “and that usually means an increase in the construction cost.”


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.


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.”


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.


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.


Linares, Bjornberg to Meet in Final 33rd District Debate Tonight

Republican State Senator Art Linares has committed to participating in a final 33rd Senate District debate on Oct. 23 at Morgan High School in Clinton after skipping a session held Tuesday at Haddam-Killingworth High School amid disagreements with the sponsor and moderator for the session.

Linares announced his willingness to participate in the Thursday, Oct. 23 debate, set for 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the Clinton school, after declining to participate in the session Tuesday that was sponsored by the Haddam Bulletin, a monthly newspaper for Haddam. The Oct. 23 debate will be run by students in the Morgan High School current issues class, which had sponsored 33rd Senate debates in previous years.

Democratic challenger Emily Bjornberg and Green Party nominee Colin Bennett faced off Tuesday before about 30 voters in the Haddam-Killingworth High School auditorium, with an empty chair on the stage for the absent Linares. Moderator Edward Schwing, editor of the Haddam Bulletin said Ryan Linares, the senator’s brother and campaign manager, had imposed several conditions on participation in the session that included a demand to review questions in advance. Schwing said such a condition would be “contrary to the spirit and intent of the debate.”

Ryan Linares said Wednesday it was Schwing’s role as moderator that prompted the demand to review questions in advance. He noted that Schwing had helped run the 2012 state senate campaign of Green Party nominee Melissa Schlag in the three candidate contest where Art Linares was elected for his first term. Schlag was elected in 2013 as the Democratic first selectwoman of Haddam, and has endorsed Bjornberg for the Nov. 4 vote. “The senator is not interested in that kind of debate,” he said.

Bennett, who has run as the Green Party nominee in previous 33rd Senate contests, used the session in Haddam to contend the current Democratic majority in the Legislature has failed to address several issues and priorities that Bjornberg has stressed in her campaign. Bennett said he is “100 percent committed to this campaign” despite raising and spending no money on the race. Bjornberg said if elected she would be a voice for the district towns in the majority party caucus.

The three candidates had faced off previously at debates on Sept. 16 at the Lyme-in Old Lyme High School, Sept. 23 at Valley Regional High School in Deep River, and an Oct. 6 session with House candidates that was sponsored by the Westbrook Council of Beaches. But Bjornberg has pushed for a debate in one of the northern towns of the sprawling 12 town district, and suggested the session Tuesday at Haddam-Killingworth could have been the missing northern town debate. The 33rd District includes the towns of Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Lyme, Portland, Westbrook, and parts of Old Saybrook.

Bjornberg said Wednesday she will participate in the Oct. 23 session in Clinton, but contended Linares is “locking out” the northern towns of the district from a public debate. “The district’s two most populous towns in particular, Colchester and East Hampton, deserve to have their residents’ questions asked and their issues addressed” she said.

Bjornberg said she is still working to have the Norwich Bulletin sponsor a debate at the high school in Colchester, but Ryan Linares said Wednesday no one from the newspaper has contacted the campaign about a debate in Colchester.


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


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.