April 19, 2014

Shoreline Medical Center Hosts Open House Today


The brand new Middlesex Hospital Shoreline Medical Center, pictured above, which held its official ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday, is hosting a community Open House on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 Bring the whole family to enjoy:

    • Medical Center tours hosted by the staff
    • Free health fair with blood pressure screenings, child fingerprint IDs and more
    • “Touch-a-Truck” featuring paramedic and other vehicles
    • A roving magician and balloon sculptor to entertain the kids
    • Local food trucks offering barbecue, seafood, desserts & more for purchase

The Medical Center is located at 250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, CT 06498 .

For further information, contact Kathleen Russo at 860-358-6200 or Kathleen.Russo@midhosp.org


Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk to be Held Today


Hoping to make a difference in these trying times, the Lyme-Old Lyme CROP Hunger Walk is an ecumenical and interfaith effort to raise money to help stop hunger and poverty here in our community and around the world, through self-help initiatives.  A portion of the funds raised in Lyme-Old Lyme will go to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and national hunger relief agencies.

All are welcome to join this reflective walk co-organized by Christ the King Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, Lyme Congregational Church and the South Lyme Union Chapel.

The Crop Walk will begin at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 85 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, at 10 a.m., and will continue on Johnnycake Hill to Lyme Street past Christ the King Church to the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and then follow the same route to return gain to St. Ann’s.

Donations of non-perishable foods are being accepted, and envelopes for monetary donations are available at each of the participating churches.

Donations can also be made at the Crop Walk on the day of the event.


MOMS Club of East Lyme Hosts Open House, April 25

The MOMS Club of East Lyme Open House is having a free Open House on Friday, April 25, from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

 Email momsclubofeastlyme@gmail.com for further information and/or details of the event location.



OL Historical Society Hosts Annual Dinner, Lecture on Old Lyme Farms, April 25

The Old Lyme Historical Society will host its seventh annual dinner and lecture featuring Dr. John Pfeiffer on Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme.

In this continuing series, Old Lyme Town Historian, Dr. John Pfeiffer will present a lecture titled “The Grange Hall: The Farms of Old Lyme”.  The recent acquisition by the Old Lyme Historical Society of the Grange Hall on Main Street marks the beginning of a new era for the Society.  Simultaneously, this purchase symbolized a complete change of a 350 year local way of life.

A long-time researcher, Pfeiffer will focus on the agrarian history of Old Lyme.  The evening will begin with libations and a chicken marsala and flank steak dinner catered by Coffee’s Country Market;  Pfeiffer’s talk will follow.

Tickets purchased in advance are $30 per person for members and $35 for non-members, and if there is availability, $40 at the door.  Tickets will be available at the Society’s office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, during the Society’s office hours, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 860-434-0684, but will not be held unless paid in advance.  They are also available through the Society’s website www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org using PayPal for $35 each, or they may be purchased in person only at Webster Bank.


CBSRZ Hosts Family-Style Seder on Second Night of Passover, Tuesday

Do you remember the smell of Grandma’s Matzah Ball soup simmering on the stove as she prepared for Passover seder? If you are looking for an opportunity to reconnect with your Jewish heritage, call Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek (CBSRZ) to learn about their Passover Across America seder in Chester, CT.

The seder will be on the second night of Passover, Tuesday, April 15, starting at 6 p.m.  The family-style seder, led by Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg and Cantorial Soloist Belinda Brennan, will stimulate much discussion, participation, and singing.

The meal, prepared by Bob and Linda Zemmel, owners of Alforno Restaurant, will include kosher brisket, kosher chicken, homemade matzah ball soup and many side dishes.  There will also be child-friendly options.

The price is $36 for adults and children 13 and older.  Children under 13 are free.  CBSRZ is able to offer these reduced prices due to a grant from NJOP (National Jewish Outreach Program).  Reservations are required.

Call the CBSRZ office at 860-526-8920 for more information and to make a reservation.


Missing Dog FOUND in Old Lyme!

image04/13: We’ve just heard that Ruby has been found — great news!

This adorable cock-a-poo puppy ran away from his home on Mile Creek Rd. this morning.  Ruby is a light tan color and weighs about 10 lbs.

If you see her, please contact Melyssa Hancock at 860-331-9339 or the Hancock family.  Poor Ruby is likely very scared since she is very young.


Large Crowd Turns Out to Commemorate British Raid on Essex Ships 200 Years Ago

Mark Lander dressed inhistorical costume reads during the 'Light Up the Night' celebrations Tuesday evening.  Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander, dressed in period costume, reads during the ‘Light Up the Night’ celebrations Tuesday evening. Photos by Michaelle Pearson.

REVISED 4/9/14: At 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday April 8, a goodly crowd gathered at the edge of the Connecticut River in Old Lyme to commemorate the bicentennial of the  1814 British raid on Essex.

Cannon on the boardwalk.

A cannon on the boardwalk serves as a reminder of the times of yesteryear.

“Light Up the Night” began with a drummer, who called the crowd to attention. Then the bonfire was lit and cannons fired as Mark Lander of the Old Lyme Historical Society read a narrative of the historic events.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Members of the Old Lyme Fire Department help keep the bonfire under control.

Two hundred years ago to the day, the British Navy quietly slipped into the town of Essex (then called Pettipaug), looted it of arms and supplies and set fire to 27 American vessels before taking advantage of the swiftly running current to escape downriver to the Long Island Sound.  Along the shore, the citizens lit bonfires in an attempt to illuminate the river so cannons could be aimed at the departing British.

The event was one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.  Bonfires also took place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Mark Lander continues his reading.

Old Lyme Historical Society Co-President Mark Lander related how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

This evocative event was intended to inspire area residents to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

“Light Up the Night” was sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum, and the Historical Societies of Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Essex.

For more information about this and other historic events, visit www.battlesiteessex.orgctrivermuseum.org or oldlymehistoricalsociety.org


Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts “Light Up the Night” Tonight, Commemorates 1812 British Raid on CT River

Light Up the Night Event Logo

The Old Lyme Historical Society invites the public to “Light Up the Night”, a bi-centennial commemoration of the British raid on Connecticut River shipping during the War of 1812.  This free event takes place on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme dinghy dock along the Connecticut River, near the DEEP Marine Headquarters on Ferry Road. There will be a bonfire and on-site storytellers.

“Light Up the Night” takes place 200 years to the day after the evening in April 8, 1814 when the British forces made their escape downriver from Essex harbor where they had burned 27 vessels earlier that day.  In 1814, as darkness fell, local militia and citizens set bonfires on both sides of the river in an effort to locate the boats carrying the retreating sailors and marines.

“Light Up the Night” is sponsored by the Connecticut River Museum and co-sponsored by the historical societies of Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, and Essex.  The event is one of a series of activities coordinated by the 1814 Bicentennial Committee.

Bonfires are planned to take place at Gardiner’s Landing in Old Saybrook, at the dinghy dock in Old Lyme, and on the water-side green at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.  On-site storytellers will relate how the British Squadron blockading the Sound targeted River privateers and merchant shipping for destruction in a daring nighttime raid on an undefended and unprepared citizenry.

These evocative events will inspire area resident to imagine the emotions of fear, frustration, and desperation experienced by the people who lived here in 1814.

For more information, visit www.ctrivermuseum.org or www.battlesiteessex.org.  “Light Up the Night” has a theme song!  To help you get into the spirit of the event, view the music video “The Privateers of Pettipaug” at www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9UCGK6Ww4c.

If you enjoy these types of events, consider becoming a member of the Old Lyme Historical Society.  For more information about membership and the Society’s activities and publications, explore the web site www.oldlymehistoricalsociety.org or stop by the office in the Genealogy Room at The Old Lyme–Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library. Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

To volunteer with the Old Lyme Historical Society, look for opportunities on the Old Lyme-Lyme Volunteer Connection website http://volunteer.truist.com/ollvolunteer/volunteer/.



Information Meeting Tonight on Proposed Bus Route From Clinton to Middletown

Map of the proposed new bus route from Clinton to Middletown.

Map of the proposed new bus route from Clinton to Middletown.

A public information meeting will be held this evening at 7 p.m. at Clinton Town Hall auditorium regarding the proposed new 9 Town Transit bus service connecting Madison, Killingworth and Haddam to Middletown.

The purpose of the meeting is in part for the public to demonstrate the need for this service by telling the story of how this service could benefit you or someone you know.

Beach Donuts will provide refreshments.

Clinton Town Hall is located at 54E. Main Street, Clinton.


Old Lyme’s O’Connor Scores His First Hole in One!

Arthur O'Connor

Arthur O’Connor

We love opening our Inbox each day because it’s a little like Tom Hank’s famous box of chocolates … you never know what you’re going to get.

Well, one day last week, we received a really special piece of news that we are now thrilled to share with our readers.

Old Lyme resident Arthur O’Connor scored his first hole in one on the 186 yard 12th hole at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC on Sunday, March 30, 2014, using a club loaned to him by Old Lyme resident Maitland McNamara.

Witnesses included Od Lyme residents Alex Romeo and Greg Carnese.

Congratulations, Arthur!


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Church

A long-time resident of Old Lyme set off early on Sunday morning from her home on Nottingham for Christ The King Church, but decided as she was traveling along Mile Creek Rd. to turn left down Cross Ln. to join Rte. 156 rather than take her more usual route along Mile Creek itself.

Although Phyllis Shepherd-Tambini saw the water in front of her under the Cross Ln. railroad bridge, there were no barriers or cones present at the edge of the water.  She continued driving under the bridge, but the water was much deeper than she anticipated and almost immediately her PT cruiser stalled.

Shepherd-Tambini watched helplessly as the water began to rise within her car, but she remained composed and called 911 on her cell phone.  When the water was roughly up to her waist, she was rescued by members of the Old Lyme Fire and Police Departments, who used a canoe to transport Shepherd-Tambini to safety.

Shepherd-Tambini told LymeLine, “I’m just glad I’ve lived through this story … I never thought I was going to die,” adding, “I knew where the air bubble would be in the car.”  She expressed her deep appreciation to everyone involved in her rescue.

Click here to view a  story and video about Shepherd-Tambini’s unfortunate incident broadcast March 31 on News Channel 3 Eye Witness News.




LYSB Hosts Community Forum Tonight to Present Youth Survey Results

Drugs&alcoholLymes’ Youth Service Bureau (LYSB) hosts ‘A Community Forum’ this coming Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Lyme-Old Lyme High School to present results from the most recent Lyme-Old Lyme Youth Survey.

Results from the recent survey of all youth in grades 7-12 about their attitudes and behavior regarding alcohol, tobacco, and drugs will be analysed and discussed.

Learn what the youth of Lyme and Old Lyme have to say.  What are they really doing and why?  How does this impact you?  How will our community respond?

This is LYSB’s fourth survey over nine years, which helps the organization plan strategies and programs to reduce alcohol and other drug use by local youth.

At this program you will learn about current use levels and trends, as well as information regarding youth perceptions of harm of drugs.  Also the roles of parents, school, and community in the choices made by youth will be explored.

This is important information for parents of all ages, as well as the entire community.  Youth are invited to attend.

Community Action for Substance Free Youth (CASFY) is the local prevention coalition for Lyme and Old Lyme.  Its mission is to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug use among youth by collaborating with the community to raise awareness, modify social norms, educate youth and adults, initiate policy change and promote healthy activities.  The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at LYSB.

All are welcome to any meeting or contact Prevention Coordinator Karen Fischer at 860-434-7208 x 308 for more information about CASFY.  Click here to learn more about CASFY programs, Lyme-Old Lyme  youth survey reports, and resources.

For more information, contact LYSB at 860-434-7208  or www.lysb.org


You Wrote a Book, Now What? Glean Insiders’ Info on Book Publishing at Lyme Library Tonight

Jan Kardys

Jan Kardys

Jan L. Kardys and Jeanne E. Rogers will present a program for new writers, published authors, and anyone interested in the publishing industry on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at the Lyme Public Library.

They will share their years of experience on such topics as developing a concept, writing a manuscript, editing, finding a literary agent, negotiating a publishing agreement, permissions, royalties, special sales, subsidiary rights and marketing, and utilizing the most cutting-edge technologies and social media services to increase visibility to literary agents, publishers and readers alike.

Jan L. Kardys’ diverse book publishing career includes executive positions at ten of the major book publishers – Doubleday, St. Martin’s Press, Scholastic, Macmillan, Scribner’s, Little, Brown & Company, Warner Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Lippincott & Crowell, Publishers, Simon & Schuster/Prentice Hall and Condé Nast Publications.  Her experience and know-how are in editorial, art/production, subsidiary rights, contracts, copyrights, permissions, book agenting, editing, writer’s conferences, publishing consulting, and freelance editing.  Jan worked for Google for three years where she added Internet sales and marketing to her already extensive expertise.

Jeanne Rogers

Jeanne Rogers

Jeanne E. Rogers is the Author of The Sword of Demelza, a Writer’s Digest award-winning self-published middle grade fantasy.  She enjoys sharing her invaluable experience with self-publishing via CreateSpace, both in book and eBook format. She has successfully navigated a course through the difficult and sometimes frustrating world of writing and self-publishing and is more than happy to share her experience with fellow authors.

Rogers is familiar with all aspects of social media necessary to successfully self-publish and market a book, and is active on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, among other sites.  Jeanne is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the ALA, AIA, CAPA, IBPA, IWC, and SCBWI.

The program is free.

Call the Library at 860-434-2272 to register or email programreg@lymepl.org.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Environmental Club Honored by Old Lyme Land Trust

LOLHS members (from left to right) Isabel Ritrovato, Hugh Cipparone, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Philip Hallwood and club adviser Heather Fried were honored as 2013 Volunteers of the Year at  the Old Lyme Land Trust's Annual Meeting last Sunday.

LOLHS Environmental Club members (from left to right) Isabel Ritrovato, Hugh Cipparone, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Philip Hallwood and club adviser Heather Fried were honored as 2013 Volunteers of the Year at the Old Lyme Land Trust’s Annual Meeting last Sunday.

At its 48th Annual Meeting, the Old Lyme Land Trust (OLTT) presented its “Volunteer of the Year” award to members of the Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS) Environmental Club.  On hand to receive the award were Isabel Ritrovato, club president, Madalyn Gibson-Williams, Hugh Cipparone and Philip Hallwood, as well as club adviser and LOLHS teacher, Heather Fried.

The Club has provided OLLT with critical stewardship assistance, clearing trails on the OLLT Goberis-Chadwick Preserve and blazing a new trail on the Esther and Bob Heller Preserve.

“There is discussion among environmental groups that today’s youth is not connected to nature and the outdoors, and concern about where the next generation of conservationists will come from,” said OLLT President Christina Clayton. She noted Ritrovato and Fried had participated on a panel devoted to this subject co-sponsored by OLLT, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Connecticut Audubon Society in the autumn of 2012.

Clayton continued, “But it was a pleasure to behold how efficient these high school students were; how comfortable they were in the woods; and how they were enjoying themselves.  You would have no concern about the future of conservation if you watched them.”


Dinner Benefits Crosby Fund for Haitian Education, Sunday

A group of Haitian students, who are supported by the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education

A group of Haitian students, who are supported by the Crosby Fund for Haitian Education

A dinner to benefit The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education will be hosted by the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, March 23, at 5 p.m.

The premier of a documentary film created by Rob Shook on education in the Artibonite Valley will be shown.  Shook’s photos of his recent trip to Haiti will also be on display.

The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education was founded in 2004, by the Rev. Rebecca Crosby and her husband Ted. The Fund provides scholarships for primary students in Haiti and more recently includes secondary, and post students to prepare them for professional careers.

Dinner donations start at $10 per person.  Checks should be made payable to The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education. Seating is limited. Reservations required.  Call the church office at 860.434.8686 to make reservations or for more information.


Feta or Not? Murphy Hosts ‘Connecticut Cheese Challenge’ in Battle Against Cheese Renaming Proposal by Europeans

Feta cheese -- or so we thought ...

Feta cheese — or so we thought …

This afternoon at 2:45 p.m., U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will visit Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm to host the Connecticut Cheese Challenge.  This is an event that will illustrate the need to protect Connecticut dairy farmers and producers from a European initiative that would change the common names for cheeses that Americans enjoy every day.

Murphy, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, recently joined his Senate colleagues to urge the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to fight European Union (EU) efforts to prohibit American dairy producers from using dozens of common cheese names.  The EU claims that dairy products baring names such as asiago, feta, parmesan, and muenster are “geographical indicators” and can only be appropriately displayed on products made in certain areas of Europe.

During the Connecticut Cheese Challenge, participants will taste two cheeses with the same name and try to identify which cheese is from Connecticut and which is not.  Murphy will be joined at the event by local farmers and cheese consumers in the area.

This event is open to the public.

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm is at 139 BeaverBrook Rd. in Lyme.


Four Boys From Same Troop Achieve Eagle Scout Rank, Ceremony to be Held in Old Lyme March 29

From left to right, Eagle Scouts Kyle O'Neil, David Muckle, Christian Valle and TJ Lynch gather for a celebratory photo.

From left to right, Eagle Scouts Kyle O’Neil, Christian Valli, David Muckle and TJ Lynch gather for a celebratory photo.

Boy Scout Troop 26, sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, will be hosting a very special event this month, as they honor four young men who have achieved Scouting’s Highest Rank, Eagle Scout.  TJ Lynch, David Muckle, Kyle O’Neil, and Christian Valli, all have completed the rigorous requirements and will be presented with their awards at an unprecedented quadruple Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, March 29, in Old Lyme.

The fact that a young man is an Eagle Scout has always carried with it a special significance, not only in Scouting, but also as he enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.  Achieving the rank requires perseverance to complete the extensive requirements list over a scouting career, culminating in a significant Service Project that the Scout must design and lead and requires a substantial amount of planning and coordination.  Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout.  To have four young men achieve this high honor at the same time is a special event for this community.

Lynch’s service project was to build a wooden wilderness ladder on a trail off 4 Mile River Road, which gives the Old Lyme Land Trust its first access to what could potentially become the largest preserve in the town of Old Lyme. His two teams not only built and installed the wilderness ladder, but also blazed a trail and dug out switchbacks leading down to the ladder. The project required over six months of planning.  Lynch is a senior at Xavier High School in Middletown who will be attending Carleton College in the Fall where he plans on studying some combination of Biology, English and Psychology.

Muckle’s project focused on creating public access to the Heller Preserve, another Old Lyme Land Trust property. The project requirements included building a driveway, parking lot and a trail to an ancient Native American amphitheater located on the preserve.  Access to the property was off of a blind turn on Town Woods road with very little parking. This required extra attention to safety.  Muckle broke the project into three phases: asphalt driveway, parking lot and trail. He created detailed maps and prepared all information for the permit process.  He is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and plans on majoring in History when he begins college in the Fall.

O’Neil’s project was to add another new trail to the Heller Preserve.  This new trail extends .36 miles with an elevation change of more than 70 feet. It provides access to the elevated terrain on the property and allows hikers to walk among the exposed ledges and to hike by a previously hidden cave.  Today, the Heller Preserve is open to the public and being used on a regular basis thanks to the efforts of David and Kyle.  O’Neil is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School, who is planning on majoring in Engineering or Computer Science at college in the Fall.

Valli’s project was to connect two nature preserves with a new trail and erect a stone bench at the Scudder and Carini nature preserves in Chester.  To complete his project, his crew had to go into the woods to obtain stone for the bench as well as blaze the trail between the two preserves so they could cover it with wood chips.  Valli’s project helped make these preserves more accessible to people wishing to explore their natural beauty.  He is a senior at Lyme-Old Lyme High School and plans on majoring in Biomolecular Engineering in College in the Fall.

All four boys will be honored at a Court of Honor to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, in the Lyme-Old Lyme High School auditorium.  All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations TJ, David, Christian, Kyle, their parents and families, and all their troop leaders and volunteers!


CT Bar Association Honors Old Lyme Resident, Judge Susan B. Handy, With Prestigious Award

Judge Susan B. Handy of Old Lyme  is the recipient of this year’s Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award.

Judge Susan B. Handy of Old Lyme is the recipient of this year’s Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award.

The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) has announced The Honorable Susan B. Handy of Old Lyme as the recipient of this year’s Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award.

Judge Handy is a senior judge assigned to the New London Judicial District.  She serves as a member of the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee and co-chairs the Events Subcommittee of the Judicial-Media Committee. She is a former chair of the External Affairs Advisory Board, serves on the faculty for the education of newly appointed judges, and often is part of the Connecticut Judges Institute teaching faculty.

She has served as the Chief Administrative Judge of Criminal Matters, the Administrative Judge of the New London Judicial District, the presiding judge of criminal matters in New London, and is a past member of both the Rules Committee and the Executive Committee.

An outstanding contributor to the bar and the bench throughout her career, Judge Handy maintains a commitment to the civics education of students on behalf of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Judicial Branch. As the judge member of the CBA Civics Education Committee, she helped coordinate a video reenactment depiction of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and the Connecticut Compromise. The reenactment video was unveiled at the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference held on October 25 at Central Connecticut State University.

Additionally, she has been actively involved with the CBA’s Law Day activities. In 2013, she organized and wrote the script for the Law Day program at the Connecticut Appellate Court and is currently working with the committee on organizing the 2014 Law Day program.

The Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award will be presented to Handy at the CBA’s first annual awards celebration, “Celebrate with the Stars,” on April 3 at Cascade in Hamden sponsored by Geraghty & Bonnano LLC, Attorneys at Law and Kronholm Insurance Services.

For decades, the association has honored leaders in the legal profession for their professional accomplishments and community service as part of the CBA Annual Meeting. This year, a special evening is being dedicated to recognizing Connecticut’s top judges and lawyers who make a difference through their work by demonstrating allegiance, dedication, conscientious service, commitment, and mentorship.

“Celebrate with the Stars” is an exciting occasion where professionals and supporters of the legal industry can mix and mingle with their peers in a lively, celebratory evening out. Other awards to be presented at “Celebrate with the Stars” include: the John Eldred Shields Distinguished Professional Service Award, the Charles J. Parker Legal Services Award, the Tapping Reeve Legal Educator Award, the Citizen of the Law Award and The Anthony V. DeMayo Pro Bono Award.

The recipient of the Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award must meet the following criteria: he or she be a member of the Connecticut Judiciary, federal or state court, who has integrity and epitomizes long-term, dedicated, and conscientious service to the community in his or her judicial role; must be a hard-working judge who labors long in his or her duties; and who is selfless in his or her approach to the demands of the judge position.

Judge Handy was selected based on nominations submitted to the CBA Awards Committee.

Henry J. Naruk (1928-1991) of Middletown was the 60th president of the CBA. Under his presidency, the CBA successfully ran a then-record-number of continuing legal education seminars that had been attended by approximately 5,300 Connecticut attorneys. Also under his astute leadership, the CBA created the Women and the Law Section in 1983.

The Connecticut Bar Association is a professional association committed to the advancement of justice, the practice of law, the image of the profession, and public understanding of the law. For more information, visit www.ctbar.org.


Old Lyme Police Host Fun Evening with a Purpose for Youth Advisory Council Members

LYSB Youth Advisory Council members enjoy a night a bowling with Old Lyme Police.

LYSB Youth Advisory Council members enjoy a night a bowling with Old Lyme Police.

Yesterday evening, March 12, the Old Lyme Police Union hosted the Lyme’s Youth Service Bureau  - Youth Advisory Council to an evening of bowling at Saybrook Lanes.  The Old Lyme Police Union had applied for and received a Mini-Grant from the Community Action For Substance Free Youth, which enabled the youth group and police officers to enjoy a fun, substance-free activity.  

Several Old Lyme police officers have received specialized training in how to effectively interact with youth.  These police officers continue to promote positive relationships with students at Lyme-Old Lyme High School.  

The Old Lyme Police Union recognizes the importance of positive interaction with youth and looks to continue building these relationships through fun, safe, activities where police officers and youth can interact.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a ‘Passive House’ … But Nothing to Do with the Kids!

Doug McDonald is a proponent of a 'Passive House.'

Doug McDonald is a proponent of a ‘Passive House.’

Can you heat a home with a hair dryer? You will find the answer at a free-to-the-public program hosted by the Shoreline League of Democratic Women (SLDW) on Sunday, March 30. Their special guest speaker Douglas Mcdonald of MyCodePlus.com is a Passive House expert and developer, and builds Code Plus homes.

The event will be held at 1:30 p.m., at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, on the green in Guilford, CT.  Mcdonald’s presentation, “What’s So Special about a Passive House?” will cover the core concepts of a passive house, which is extremely insulated and virtually airtight.  The design of these homes results in a 90 percent reduction of energy use and minimal bills.

Mcdonald created and lives in one of the first retrofitted passive house in the country, but there are many newly built passive houses in the United States and overseas.  There will be a Q & A session at the end of the program.

Developed by Germany’s Passivhaus Institute, the Passive House standard has the most rigorous requirements for green building construction.  Mcdonald will share his unique perspective of someone who actually lives in a 3,800-square-foot Passive House.  His home was originally built in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wright protege Barry Bryne, then transformed by Mcdonald into a super energy-efficient dwelling in 2010.

His projects have appeared on the cover of the New York Times Real Estate and selected for the Fine Homebuilding Reader Choice Award.  Mcdonald has made guest appearances on The History Channel, where many of his innovative renovation ideas have been featured.  With his team of LEED architects and engineers, he applies his unique and world class approach to creating iconic country homes utilizing the best building standards from around the world, including the Passive House standard, at a price comparable to conventional construction.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women (http://www.sldw.org) is a chapter of the Connecticut Federation of Democratic Women (CFDW), which is a chapter of the National Federation of Democratic Women.  The Shoreline League of Democratic Women continues to seek membership from women who live in Clinton, Madison, Guilford, Branford, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, Essex, Westbrook, Chester, Deep River, Old Lyme, and Lyme. SLDW Meetings are held monthly from September through May.

The Shoreline League of Democratic Women is dedicated to educating its members about political and social issues important to women of all ages in Connecticut’s Second District.  Women in the local district are encouraged to join the SLDW and participate in the organization’s valuable work in the community.  Members can be involved in any capacity, whether it is 30 minutes a month, or 30 minutes a year.

As a part of the SLDW educational charter, members will be notified of important pending state and national legislation. For more information on the Shoreline League of Democratic Women, send email to sldworg@gmail.com or contact Kathleen Skoczen at 860-669-7034 or Belinda Jones at 860-399-1147.  Visit their web site at http://www.sldw.org.