November 25, 2014

You Have Been Warned! Old Lyme PD Participating in ‘Click It or Ticket’ This Holiday Season

With the 2014 holiday travel period fast approaching, Connecticut’s law enforcement agencies intend to promote safe driving and increase the protection of all motorists.

Law enforcement officials are out on Connecticut’s roads enforcing the State Occupant Protection laws and issuing citations to those who are unbuckled.  The Old Lyme Town Police are participating in this “Click it or Ticket” campaign.


Christ the King Hosts Annual, Ecumenical, Community Thanksgiving Service This Evening

The annual Community Service of Thanksgiving, sponsored by the churches of Lyme and Old Lyme, will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Christ the King Church.
All are welcome to attend this ecumenical service of prayer and song, which will feature music by the choirs of First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, St. Ann Episcopal Church, and Christ the King Church. Clergy from the various faith communities will participate, as will lay members and community leaders.
Fr. Joseph Ashe, pastor of Christ the King Church, said that there are two reasons to hold this service: “At this time of year, as we gather with family and friends to share meals and joyous times together, we should take a moment to reflect and give thanks for all the gifts that have been bestowed on us.” But at the same time, he added, “We also need to keep in mind the many people in our world, and right here in southeastern Connecticut, who have no family, no job, no food on the table, or even a roof over their heads. It’s our reality check.”
An offering will be taken up during the service to benefit the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, and donations of nonperishable foods will be collected for the Shoreline Food Pantry, to help our neighbors in need.
The 2014 Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service takes place at Christ the King Church, 1 McCurdy Road, Old Lyme, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25.  Everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, is welcome to attend.
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Today is Last Day to Donate to Old Lyme PD Holiday Food Drive

food_drive_clipartThe Old Lyme Town Police Officers will still receive non-perishable donations to their annual Holiday Food Drive through Nov. 25 at the Old Lyme Police Department, 294 Shore Rd.  All food donated will be forwarded to the Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, Lymes’ Senior Center and the Town of Old Lyme Social Services.



Tribal Crafts Annual Holiday Sale Continues Next Weekend in Old Lyme

Hide Painting by Travis Harden

Hide Painting by featured artist Travis Harden

Tribal Crafts Inc., will hold its annual holiday sale each weekend through Dec. 14.  Storefront hours are Saturdays 10 am to 6 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 86 Halls Rd. in the Old Lyme Marketplace (next to Rob Rivers Salon).

Assorted Lakota crafts and jewelry

Assorted Lakota crafts and jewelry

The non-profit organization is based out of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme (FCCOL) and the sale of items directly benefits Lakota artists and crafters of the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota.

The Lakota people face immense challenges on the reservation. According to 2010 census data, Ziebach County, which makes up the majority of the Cheyenne River Reservation, is America’s poorest county with unemployment estimates of above 75 percent.

Reservation life is about daily survival.  Being able to help by way of Tribal Crafts is a vital part of the organization’s mission.  Not only does Tribal Crafts affirm and celebrate the beautiful traditional crafts for which the Lakota are known, but it is also an important source of financial assistance.

The featured artist this year is Travis Harden:  among his items are paintings on hide, paper and pottery.  Harden also crafts jewelry from buffalo horn and elk bone and inlays it with turquoise, yellow sandstone and pipestone Harden says it is not always easy to sell artwork on the Reservation.  “When you know Tribal Crafts is coming, you know they’ll be buying from you and that could be your rent for the month,” notes Harden, referring to the annual trip made by representatives of Tribal Crafts and FCCOL.  The church and the people of Cheyenne River will celebrate 30 years of partnership in 2015.

In recent years, Tribal Crafts has also sold the work of Haitian artists affiliated with The Crosby Fund for Haitian Education, a program with strong ties to FCCOL. Other items on sale include hand-made silver and beaded jewelry, vibrant Haitian paintings and sculptures, dream catchers, quilts, purses and more.

Necklaces by featured artist Travis Harden, who will be in the store Nov. 22, 23.

Necklaces by featured artist Travis Harden, who will be in the store Nov. 22, 23.

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Two Exhibitions ~ Deck the Walls, Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty ~ on View at Lyme Art Association

The signature painting (above) for 'Deck the Walls' this year is ' Symphony of Light in Mountain and Trees' in oil by Faripour Forouhar.

The signature painting (above) for ‘Deck the Walls’ this year is ‘ Symphony of Light in Mountain and Trees’ in oil by Faripour Forouhar.

An opening reception for the Lyme Art Association’s annual Deck the Walls holiday show was held Friday evening.  Over 100 original works of art by member artists are on display and priced to sell as holiday gifts.  Also on view is Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, a special exhibition of paintings showcasing the natural splendor of the Lyme-Old Lyme landscape.  Both exhibitions are on view through Jan. 3, 2015.

Joseph Newman, Executive Director of the Lyme Art Association, notes, “The Deck the Walls exhibition offers patrons and art lovers from throughout Connecticut and New England an opportunity to view and buy exceptional representational art at prices which make meaningful gift-giving easy.” He continues, “And this year, we’re thrilled to add Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, an exceptional showcase of the local landscape created during a two-day ‘paint-out’ hosted by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust earlier this autumn.”

Lyme Art Association Member Artists of all levels (Individual, Associate and Elected) are invited to enter the Deck the Walls juried exhibition.

The Lyme Art Association is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and is located at 90 Lyme Street in Old Lyme, at the corner of Halls Road.

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 in a building designed by Charles Adams Platt and located within Old Lyme’s Historic District.

Admission is free with contributions appreciated. For more information on exhibitions, purchase of art, art classes, or becoming a member, call 860-434-7802 or visit


Courtney Comments on Obama Speech

Tonight, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after President Obama’s speech outlining the planned implementation of the Immigration Accountability Executive Actions.

“It has been 511 days since the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill which would stabilize the broken immigration system, reduce the federal budget deficit, and—according to the Congressional Budget Office—grow the U.S. economy.”

“Despite calls by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Farm Bureau, and faith-based groups of all stripes, Speaker Boehner has refused for more than a year to allow even a debate on this measure, of which I am a cosponsor. The President’s temporary executive order adheres to past precedent regarding immigration, and should act as a spur to Congressional action – not further obstruction.”


Town of Old Lyme Seeks Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Commissions

A number of vacancies for volunteers exist on the Town of Old Lyme’s Boards and Commissions.

If you are interested in serving, complete a Request for Appointment form and return it to the Selectman’s Office ( by the end of this month.

The Town’s Boards and Commissions are established and regulated by State Statute and/or Town Ordinance.  In most cases, members must be electors in the Town of Old Lyme.  Balanced representation from major political parties on each board is also required.

Boards with current vacancies include:

Conservation Commission

Economic Development Commission

Flood & Erosion Control Board

Inland Wetlands Commission

Inland Wetlands Hearing Panel

Open Space Commission

Pension Committee

Planning Commission

Tree Commission


Zoning Commission


High Hopes Hosts Annual Holiday Market Today

Last year's Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

Last year’s Holiday Market at High Hopes drew huge crowds.

High Hopes hosts its annual Holiday Market this Sunday, Nov. 16, from 12 to 4 p.m. at their location at 36 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.  For one afternoon, the High Hopes arena in Old Lyme will be transformed into a marketplace with something for everyone.  Start your holiday shopping at more than 50 vendors selling crafts, jewelry, gourmet foods and more, perfect for starting off your holiday shopping.

Hungry?  Stroll outside and visit the “hottest” area food trucks including the Whey StationRolling TomatoTaco PacificoFour Mile River FarmMunchies Food TruckFlanders Fish MarketFryborg,and Meriano’s Bakery and Cannoli Truck.   Meanwhile, keep the family entertained with games, arts and crafts and face painting.

To observe Veteran’s Day, High Hopes will be offering showings of a new short documentary Riding My Way Back, the heartwarming story of a veteran and the relationship with a horse that changed his life.  This half hour documentary chronicles the powerful healing of therapeutic riding for one soldier after he returns from multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  High Hopes is one of 110 screenings that will be held around the country during Veteran’s Week.

Activities for the kids, hay rides by Fox Glove Farm for all ages to enjoy and live music by The Brazen Youth (Nick Lussier and Charles Dahlke) round out this afternoon of fun.  Prior albums by The Brazen Youth (under their former name The Company) titled Elysiumand Something About Broken Records  have ranked in the top 200 Singer/Songwrtier albums on iTunes and have placed the group in the top 100 Rock Artists on Reverbnation.  Their new album, New Life, is due out this Winter.

Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens. At last year’s Holiday Market, over 2,300 pounds of food were collected just in time for Thanksgiving.

And don’t forget to try your luck with great raffle and door prizes including a durable John Deere Gator, a Samsung 60′ HDTV with wifi, two tickets to the hit Broadway play, Kinky Boots with an overnight stay at NYC’s Penn Club, and a pair of Justin cowboy books from Southern Exposure.

For more information and a full listing of vendors, call (860) 434-1974 or visit


Holiday Show & Sale in Old Lyme

A group of local artists and crafters is hosting their popular 9th Annual Holiday Show tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 11 Smith Neck Rd. ( off Rte. 156, opposite the Nearly New Shop )  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Jewelry, felted bags, pottery, cards and more will be for sale at competitive prices.

The artists and crafters involved include Betsey Copp, Ashby Carlisle, Stephanie Kenny, Tracey McMahon, Karen Stevenson and Lina Tuck.

For more information, call 860-434- 2691 or email


See Lyme-Old Lyme High School’s Fall Play, Nazi Labor Camp Survivors to Speak After Performance

Director and history teacher Brett Eckhart gives instruction to cast members during a recent rehearsal for "Letters to Sala."

Lyme-Old Lyme High School fall play director and history teacher Brett Eckhart gives instruction to cast members during a recent rehearsal for “Letters to Sala.”

This year the Lyme-Old Lyme High School fall play will be “Letters to Sala.”  The performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14 and 15, with an admission price of $7, or $5 with a canned good. has received an exciting update to the performance details as follows:

Henny Rosenbaum Simon, an 89-year-old survivor of three camps and Ben Cooper, a liberator of Dachau, will be attending the Saturday performance.

Following the show, they will share some of their stories, and Cooper is going to bring some of the artifacts he has collected over the years.  He is a wonderfully engaging speaker and the items he has to share (e.g., his army jacket to match the one in a photo of himself at age 19, or the 20 foot Nazi flag taken from a building), are both chilling and fascinating.

“Letters to Sala” is a true story about a woman “sharing her past with her family” through letters that she wrote while in a labor camp during World War II, according to Brett Eckhart, the director of the play, who also teaches in the history department at the high school.  Eckhart says he “came across [the play] by accident” while “sifting through some [play options] online.” He chose the play because students had asked for a more dramatic piece, rather than his usual comedic selections.  Being a history teacher, Eckhart says he just, “fell in love with the story,” which is based on real life.

The play details the “trials and tribulations of a young lady in the Holocaust,” comments Eckhart.  Sala is an old woman by the time she divulges the letters to her daughter, Ann, and her two granddaughters, Caroline and Elizabeth, so the play takes place in both the modern day and the 1940s during World War II.  Eckhart wants “Letters to Sala” to “shed light on labor camps,” which were not like the well-known concentration camps.

“Not many know about the labor camps, which were instituted during the war,” says Eckhart. Operation Schmelt, which began at the start of World War II, involved the creation of 177 different labor camps around Nazi Germany and its allies so that those countries were supplied with people to sew uniforms and complete other menial tasks for the soldiers.  In the labor camp, Sala, along with the other workers, was allowed to send and receive mail until 1943.

Cast members rehearse a scene from "Sala's Gift."

Cast members rehearse a scene from “Letters from Sala.”

Eckhart wants the performance to be “educational as well as entertaining” and has reached out to local survivors of the war and also children of survivors to attend the performances and speak to the cast, so that they might gain insight in to what life was like at that time.  At the end of each performance, a screen will come down in front of the stage, and Eckhart will show pictures of the real Sala and her family, as well as other labor camp workers whom Sala knew.

“Letters to Sala” is based on a book titled, “Sala’s Gift,” written by Ann Kirschner, Sala’s daughter, as well as the true accounts that Sala gave her daughter and grandchildren when she showed them the letters.  Anne donated the letters to the New York Public Library, which currently has the letters on show in an exhibition in their building. The Library also has a permanent online exhibition on their website, so that people can view the historical documents from any online location worldwide.

Eckhart concludes, “If the play is done right, the audience will be emotionally drained — in a good way.”


Sunshine, Spineti Sing at ‘Nightingale’ Tonight, Benefits NL Homeless Hospitality Center

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. Friday night.

Braiden Sunshine will performing with Lauren Spineti at the Nightingale Cafe on Lyme St. on Friday night.

Last Saturday, Braiden Sunshine of Lyme was one of 16 high school students to sleep outside in cardboard boxes on the lawn of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme to try and gain an understanding of what it might be like to be homeless. He said that just one night — knowing he had a warm home and comfortable bed at home — could never give him a real understanding of homelessness.

But nevertheless, it was cold and lonely, and Braiden is now turning that experience into action to help the homeless.  As the nights turn colder, he hopes to raise money to keep the homeless of New London warmer.

Braiden and his friend Laura Spineti are performing at The Nightingale Cafe on Lyme Street this Friday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. to raise money for the Homeless Hospitality Center in New London.

Any donations for the Homeless Hospitality Center will be graciously accepted.

Come out and enjoy some great acoustic music with terrific harmonies and help support a worthy cause.


 Old Lyme Historical Society Hosts Launch Party for 2015 ‘Now and Then’ Calendar Tonight

Cover of 2014 'Now & Then' calendar

Cover of 2014 ‘Now & Then’ calendar

The Old Lyme Historical Society (OLHS) will be celebrating the release of the new 2015 ‘Now & Then’ Old Lyme Community Calendar at a free public reception Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme.  The calendar  priced at $12, along with other publications, will be for sale at the event. All are welcome to attend, but a RSVP to 860-434-0684 would be appreciated.

This is the third year that the Old Lyme Historical Society has published this popular calendar that incorporates a different set of photographs from the organization’s archives, again juxtaposing the historical images with contemporary ones of the same scene.  The images included in the calendar are a small sampling of the many interesting archived photographs of Old Lyme establishments,  landscapes, and scenes dating back to the beginning of the twentieth century.

Each calendar month is generously sponsored by a different community organization and includes the dates of their events throughout the year.  The intent is to highlight and assist in marketing activities occurring in Old Lyme in 2015 as well as remembering the past.

The Sponsors of the 2015 Now & Then Community Calendar are: the Town of Old Lyme, Speirs Plumbing, PGN Library, Lyme Art Association, Carousel Shop, Black Hall Grille, First Congregational Church, Bee & Thistle Inn, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Florence Griswold Museum, Cooley Gallery and the Old Lyme Historical Society.

The 2015 ‘Now & Then’ Old Lyme Community Calendar was designed by James Meehan and edited by Alison Mitchell.  Michaelle Pearson was the copy-editor.

The mission of the OLHS is to “collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history” of Old Lyme.  To find out more about the OLHS and its interesting activities, explore the web site at or stop by its office in the Genealogy Room at the Old Lyme–Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.


LOLJWC Expresses Appreciation to Old Lyme Inn for New Member Social

To the Editor:

On behalf of everyone at LOLJWC, we thank the Old Lyme Inn and its fabulous staff for hosting our New Member Social on October 29, 2014.  Because of them, we were able to highlight and share our club’s goals and missions, from social events and camaraderie to community support and the much anticipated spring fundraiser.  These fantastic women were treated to the Inn’s generous offering of appetizing bites and divine libations.  And from the sounds of laughter echoing through the restaurant, a great time was surely accomplished.
It is the support and contributions of local businesses such as the Old Lyme Inn that lead to our club’s success, thereby benefiting our community.  We thank you.
Stacy Winchell,
Old Lyme.

Tunisian Election Outcome Offers Remarkable Example to Countries Dealing With Terrorism, Violence

Nicole Prévost Logan

Nicole Prévost Logan

Map_of_tunisiaTunisia did it again!  This small country in North Africa was the one to start the Arab Spring in December 2010.  On Oct. 26 of this year, the parliamentary elections marked the return to some degree of normalcy after a difficult period of assassinations and violence.

The latest elections revealed a “collective intelligence,” to use the words of a French political scientist – the result of a well established civil society.  Instead of a single party hijacking the political scene, the people voted for several parties.  The liberal party Nidaa Taures won with 38 percent of the votes.  In order to reach a majority of 109 seats in the parliament, it is willing to form a coalition – quite unusual in this part of the world.

The Islamist party Ennahda secured second place with only 28 percent of the votes and 69 seats — or 16 seats less than in the previous election.  Wisely it  conceded defeat.  How to explain the resistance of the population to the Ennahda program?

The answer lies for a large part in the key role played by women.  They spearheaded the resistance against the strict enforcement of the Sharia or moral code, which limits their rights in many areas: inheritance, divorce, veil and regulations on clothing, custody of children, adultery sanctioned by stoning or “honor killing,” right to travel, right to open a bank account, and access to higher education, etc.

In the text of the constitution approved in January 2014,  Ennahda had reluctantly agreed to replace the expression “complementarity of men and women” by “equality for all.”  A journalist had the nerve to make the following extraordinary comment, “This was a small victory for a few Tunisian feminists”.

Tunisian_flagThe “Personal Status Code,” which was installed by president Habib Bourguiba in 1956,  had given empowerment to Tunisian women, thus making them the most emancipated in the Arab world.  This revolution was at the center of his program in order to model his country on Kemal Ataturk’s vision of a secular  and modern country.  Incidentally, it is interesting to note that both Turkey and Tunisia have almost identical flags.  Bourguiba is said to have remarked at one time, “… the veil – that odious rag.”

Tunisia can be considered to-day as a bulwark between a dangerously chaotic Libya and an Algeria unable to control terrorism (on Oct.14, a  Frenchman visiting the rugged mountainous area south of Algiers, in order to train young Algerians to become mountain guides, was taken hostage and  beheaded two days later.)   In other words, Tunis is of great importance not only as a model of democratic process coexisting with a moderate Islam but also, one hopes, as an oasis of stability for the whole area.

Nicole Logan

Nicole Prévost Logan

About the author: Nicole Prévost Logan divides her time between Essex and Paris, spending summers in the former and winters in the latter.  She writes a regular column for us from her Paris home where her topics will include politics, economy, social unrest — mostly in France — but also in other European countries.  She also covers a variety of art exhibits and the performing arts in Europe.  Logan is the author of ‘Forever on the Road: A Franco-American Family’s Thirty Years in the Foreign Service,’ an autobiography of her life as the wife of an overseas diplomat, who lived in 10 foreign countries on three continents.  Her experiences during her foreign service life included being in Lebanon when civil war erupted, excavating a medieval city in Moscow and spending a week under house arrest in Guinea.


Reading Uncertainly? The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Narrow Road to the Deep NorthRichard Flanagan, an Australian writer born in Tasmania, whose father survived labor for the Japanese in the Second World War, has written a compelling, mesmerizing and thoroughly memorable novel of that period.  And it is the 2014 Man Booker Prize winner!

The Aussies in the story are led by Dorrigo Evans while his physician officer tries to save his troops from starvation, disease and beatings as they attempt to build a rail line for the Japanese through the jungle from Siam to Burma.  They are controlled by a few Japanese, consumed with love for their country, their emperor and for the poet Matsuo Basho, whose most famous work is the title for the book.

You will remember the names: Darky Gardner, Rabbitt Hendricks, Rooster MacNeice, Wat Cooney, Gallipoli von Kessler, Jimmy Bigelow and their captors,  Colonel Shira Kota, Major Tenji Nakamura, Lieutenant Fukihara and The Goanna, Corporal Aki Tomokawa.  Flanagan follows many of them, plus Evans, in shifts of perspectives and time, from present to past, with uncanny ability to maintain our interest and understanding.  But did any of them really understand what they experienced?

It is a story of obedience and disobedience. The Aussies (and many of us from the West) are intuitively and culturally critical of authority: when an order is issued, their (our) first instinct is to ask “Why?”  The Japanese, and many Eastern cultures, in contrast, are taught to revere “authority.”  Their reply to an order is an immediate “Yes!”  Flanagan explores this natural friction, one that seems to continue even after the war.

Dorrigo Evans’ inability to connect with family and friends after the war is explained with these words:

“It did not fit within the new age of conformity that was coming in all things, even emotions, and it baffled him how some people now touched each other excessively and talked about their problems as though naming life in some ways described its mysteries or denied its chaos. He felt the withering of something, the way risk was increasingly evaluated and, as much as possible, eliminated, replaced with a bland new world where the viewing of food preparation would be felt more moving than the reading of poetry; more excitement would come from paying for a soup made out of foraged grass.”

Evans goes on: “Adversity brings out the best in us  . . .  It’s everyday living that does us in.”  And he gives us the perfect conclusion to this novel: “A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book.  A great book compels you to reread your soul.”  The Narrow Road to the Deep North comes close to “the elegant mystery of poetry.”

And it is the poetry, the haiku, of Matsuo Basho that intrigues both Evans and his Japanese captors.  So that inevitably led me to his The Narrow Road to the Deep North (in Japanese: oku no hoso-michi) his story of a 1689 walk from Edo (now Tokyo) north along the east coast of Japan, then northwest through the mountains, and finally southwest by the Japan Sea.  In it are some of the poet’s most memorable haiku. Consider these:

Furuike ya  Old pond

Kawisu tobikomu  Frog jumps in

Mizu no oto  Sound of water

Flanagan incorporates Basho with a line late in his novel: “ . . .  the fish fell into the sound of water.”

Natsugusa ya  Summer grasses

Tsuwamono  domo ga  All  that remains

Yume no ito  Of mighty warriors’ dreams

And Flanagan’s final sentence: “Of imperial dreams and dead men , all that remained was long grass.”  I suspect I may well have missed other allusions to the poet’s famous haiku.

And for a more recent view of Basho’s walk, try Lesley Downer’s story of retracing his steps in the early 1980s.

A novel to read, reread and think on.  Rightio, mates!

Editor’s Notes: Book details are as follows:
Richard Flanagan, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Alfred A. Knopf, New York 2014
Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa, Penguin Classics, Baltimore 1966
Lesley Downer, On the Narrow Road, Summit Books, New York 1989


SECWAC Hosts Hybel on ‘Who Got it Right and Who Got it Wrong … From Kennedy to Obama’ at Conn. College, Wednesday

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is hosting a presentation by Dr. Alex Hybel, Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College, New London, titled, “Who Got it Right and Who Got it Wrong … From Kennedy to Obama.”  The discussion will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, at
 Connecticut College, New London, in the Crozier-William Student Center.  The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and the talk at 6 p.m.

Hybel’s course work spans a variety of subjects including International Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Alternative Approaches to U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making, and Democracy in Latin American & Europe’s Mediterranean Region.

He is widely published in this field of policy/decision making, including “U.S. Foreign Policy Decision-Making – From Truman to Kennedy”, “The Power of Ideology – From the Roman Empire to al-Qaeda”, and “The Bush Administrations and Saddam Hussein: Deciding on Conflict”, and is currently working on a book entitled “The Making of Democracies – From the 17th Century to the Present”.

Hybel has a PhD in political science from Stanford University, and has served as Director of Connecticut College’s Study Away/Teach Away Program, in Italy, China, Spain, and South Africa, as well as being a Visiting Fulbright Professor for the Sophia University and The University of Tokyo.  He is a recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Pew Initiative in Diplomatic Training, amongst others.

Hybel is a Vietnam Veteran.

Guests are welcome to this member supported organization.  To register as a guest call 860-912-5718 or email

A limited number of members and guests may dine with Prof. Hybel following the talk at Conn College Student Center.  To reserve a space, email or phone 216-554-1009.  Once confirmed, mail a check for $35 payable to SECWAC to Sandra Rueb, 5 Lieutenant River Lane, Old Lyme, CT 06371.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council will host another program on Dec. 9, when Charles King, Professor of Government & Government Georgetown University, will speak on, “A Year of Crisis in the Near East.”  King is the author of Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul.  A book signing will be held and copies will be available for purchase at this event to be held at the Old Lyme Country Club.

The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is a regional membership organization that aims to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.  Their principal activity is to provide a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and U.S. policy makers and other experts on foreign relations.

For further information, visit or contact Milton J. Walters
, Chairman, at (p) 203-485-6070
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Both Wildcat Soccer Teams Fall in State Tournament

Nate Peduzzi challenges H-K goalie

The Haddam-Killingworth keeper foils Nate Peduzzi’s header attempt on goal.

It was a disappointing day for the Wildcats as first the boys and then the girls failed to clinch places in a further round of the state tournament.  For the boys, this meant missing a spot in the semi-finals and the girls similarly missed out on the quarter finals.

The boys, ranked third, played first in Friday’s double-header against sixth-ranked Haddam-Killingworth, who they had beaten twice respectively in the regular season with 2-0 and 3-0 victories.

After a disappointing first half in which the ‘Cats fell behind by a penalty kick and then another goal, Old Lyme snapped back into shape and piled on the pressure in the second half.  They dominated the field, controlling possession throughout the half, but failing to put away any of the numerous chances they created until 10 minutes before the final whistle.


Old Lyme players collapse on the field in exhaustion after their valiant attempts to score in the final 10 minutes ended when the whistle was blown

But one goal was not enough and H-K now advances to the semi-final where they will meet East Hampton.

The fifth-ranked girls played a scoreless 80 minutes of regular time and then 20 more minutes of overtime against 12th-seeded East Hampton before the game moved to a penalty shoot-out.

Almost all of the 22 players on the field in final goal-mouth scramble...

Almost all of the 22 players on the field were involved in this desperate goal-mouth scramble in the final minutes of overtime.

The Wildcats experienced a devastating start when their first two players missed their shots, while the Bellringers scored on their first three attempts.  Old Lyme then scored their third shot, but when East Hampton put away their fourth penalty, the game was over.

It was a disappointing end to an outstanding season for both teams, in which the girls won the Shoreline Championship and the boys were runners-up in the same conference.

East Hampton girls now meets Portland in the quarter final.


Connecticut River Gateway Commission Donates $5,000 To “The Preserve” Fund

Connecticut River Gateway Commission Chairman Melvin Woody presents a $5,000 contribution to The Preserve Fund to Kate Brown (center), Trust for Public Land Project Manager for “The Preserve” acquisition. On the far left is Commission Vice Chair Nancy Fischbach, and on the right are Commission Secretary Madge Fish & Treasurer Margaret (“Peggy”) Wilson.

Connecticut River Gateway Commission Chairman Melvin Woody presents a $5,000 contribution to The Preserve Fund to Kate Brown (center), Trust for Public Land Project Manager for “The Preserve” acquisition. On the far left is Commission Vice Chair Nancy Fischbach, and on the right are Commission Secretary Madge Fish & Treasurer Margaret (“Peggy”) Wilson.

The Connecticut River Gateway Commission has contributed $5,000 to the Trust for Public Land Campaign to Preserve the 1,000 Acre Forest

The donation will help ensure that the parcel known as The Preserve in Old Saybrook, Westbrook, and Essex will be permanently protected as forestland and wildlife habitat.

The Gateway Commission was established in 1973 to administer the Connecticut River Gateway Conservation Zone.  Eight towns in the lower Connecticut Valley including Lyme and Old Lyme along with Chester, Deep River, East Haddam, Essex, Haddam and Old Saybrook joined together in a compact to create the Conservation Zone in order to protect the scenic, historic and environmental resources of the lower Connecticut River.

Although not within the Conservation Zone, The Preserve lies within the lower Connecticut River watershed.  It is the last thousand-acre coastal forest between New York and Boston and includes the headwaters of streams that flow into the Connecticut.

The Commission believes that its protection is important to the ecological health of the watershed and the river.

According to Gateway Commission Chairman Melvin Woody “The Gateway Commission is gratified to join in this vital preservation project.”

For more information about the Connecticut River Gateway Commission, visit or contact J. H. Torrance Downes at (860) 581-8554, or email him at


Wildcat Boys, Girls Play in State Soccer Tourney Today

Shoreline champions 2014!

Shoreline champions 2014!

The Wildcats third-ranked boys’ soccer team, who were runners-up last week in the Shoreline Championship, faces sixth seeds Haddam-Killingworth this morning at 11 a.m. in a CIAC state quarter-final at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS.)

Then this afternoon, kicking off at 2 p.m., and coming on the heels of their Shoreline Championship victory, the fifth-ranked Wildcat girls play 12th seeds East Hampton in a second round game on the LOLHS varsity field.

The boys and girls are coached respectively by Marc Vendetti and Paul Gleason.

Go Wildcats!


Courtney, Carney, Formica, Linares All Win – Malloy, Foley Too Close to Call


Devin Carney

There were “tons and tons and tons” of voters at the Cross Ln. Polling Station in Old Lyme today according to one election worker, who said voting was brisk all day.  Quite a number of politicians, journalists, campaign workers, and supporters then gathered at 8 p.m. to hear the results, but they were not announced until significantly after the polls closed due to some procedural challenges.

Voting for the Governor reflects the state result in that it is still too close to call, but, Joe Courtney netted a convincing win in the US Second Congressional District. In the House 23rd District, Democrat Mary Stone conceded to Republican Devin Carney saying, ” The voters have spoken and now it’s up to all of us to help Devin do the best job he can.”  Art Linares (R) held onto his 33rd State Senate seat defeating a strong challenge from rookie Emily Bjornberg (D), while Paul Formica (R) cruised past Betsy Ritter (D) to take the 20th State Senate seat vacated by Andrea Stillman.

Old Lyme’s unconfirmed results are given below:

Dannel Malloy (D) 1,746
Thomas C. Foley (R) 1,752

Kevin Lembo (D) 1,712
Sharon McLaughlin (R) 1,624

Attorney General:
George Jepsen (D) 2,719
Kie Westby (D) 1,444

Secretary of State:
Denise Merrill (D) 1,715
Peter Lumaj (R) 1,643
Michael DeRosa (Grn) 57

Denise Nappier (D) 1,665
Tim Herbst (R) 1,767

US House District 2:
Joe Courtney (D) 2,153
Lori Hopkins-Cavanagh (R) 1,337
William Clyde (Grn) 24
Daniel Reale (Lib) 20

State Assembly 23rd District: 
Devin R. Carney (R) 1,874
Mary Stone (D) 1,593

Additional candidates on the Old Lyme ballot are:

State Senate 20th District:
Elizabeth B. Ritter (D) 1,453
Paul Formica (R) 2,139

Additional candidates on the  Lyme ballot are:

State Senate 33rd District:
Art Linares (R)
Emily Bjornberg (D)