September 4, 2015

Old Lyme Assessor Announces 2015 Assessment Filing Deadlines

The Old Lyme Assessor Walter Kent has announced  that the Assessment Date of Taxable Property in the Town of Old Lyme is Oct. 1.  It is no longer necessary for persons liable for taxes of real estate and automobiles registered with Connecticut Motor Vehicles Department to file Tax Lists with the Assessor annually as covered under Section 12-42 of the General Statutes.

Owners of tangible personal property, other than registered automobiles, such as commercial furniture, machinery and equipment, leased equipment, unregistered automobiles, camp trailers, etc., must file personal property list with the Assessor annually during the month of October.  Failure to file prior to Nov. 1, forces the Assessor, by law, to file the list and add a 25% Penalty (Sec. 12-42, PA 87-245).

Totally Disabled Persons, if they meet the requirements of Section 12-81(55) of the General Statutes, are eligible for the $1,000. Exemption is given upon submission of proof of such a disability by Oct. 1, 2015.

Any individual who is blind is entitled to an exemption under Section 12-81(17) shall provide proof to the Assessor and must file by Oct. 1, 2015.

Ex-Servicemen claiming statutory exemption, because of physical disability, in addition to regular exemption must submit exemption certificate from the Veterans Administration annually to prove claim.
Veterans must have filed this discharge (DD214) in the Town Clerk’s office by on or before Oct. 1, 2015 in order to receive exemption.  Section 12-81(g) provides for an increase in the property tax exemption amount granted to a qualified veteran if certain income requirements could be met.

Persons on active duty must present to the Assessor (Sec. 514) of the Soldiers and Sailors Act or a letter from their Commanding Officer stating date of entry and they are on active duty.  Any service person on active claiming Connecticut as their legal residence is entitled to one car exemption if the car is garaged out of State.

An application for property owners claiming land as farm, forest or open space should file an application before Oct. 31, 2015.  The only exception is during a revaluation year, when the deadline is extended to Dec. 30, 2015.  No other extension of the filing period is available, and failure to file within the prescribed time period is a waiver of the right to the classification for the assessment year commencing Oct. 1.

List must be filed at the Assessors Office, 52 Lyme St., Old Lyme, and Connecticut 06371. OFFICE HOURS ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 9 AM TO 4 PM


Old Lyme Registrars Plan Lottery to Determine Order of Candidate’s Names on Election Ballot

The Old Lyme Registrars of Voters have announced they will hold a lottery to determine the horizontal order of candidates’ names for any office with a number of openings in the Nov. 3 municipal election.  The names will then appear in the order drawn within the appropriate row on the election ballot.

Candidates’ names will be drawn at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the second floor Conference Room of Memorial Town Hall on Lyme St.  The public is welcome to attend.


State Awards Old Lyme $2.05 Million to Rehab Rye Field Manor

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, the Department of Housing (DOH) announced that approximately $2.05 million will be awarded to the Town of Old Lyme in the form of a grant, and will be used to rehabilitate Rye Field Manor.

Rye Field Manor, which is located on Boston Post Rd., is a 39-unit development consisting of 13 buildings, plus a community building and is home to affordable elderly housing.

The funds come as part of the state’s efforts to expand access to affordable housing for low-income residents. Rehabilitation includes the replacement of the well water system, windows, insulation in crawl space and attic to minimize air infiltration, and the replacement of existing furnaces with energy-efficient units.


State Representative Devin Carney

These grants focus on the revitalization and expansion of affordable housing across the state said State Representative Devin Carney, who represents Lyme, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. He noted, “I am pleased to see the state’s dedication to providing more housing options for seniors in the 23rd district.”

Carney continued, “As many seniors struggle to make ends meet, and there are fewer opportunities for new developments, rehabilitation efforts are key to ensuring that our senior population is taken care of. All seniors, regardless of income, deserve the opportunity to age-in-place and Rye Field Manor, with assistance from the state, is providing that opportunity.”


Old Lyme’s Allyson McCarthy Earns Prestigious ‘Silver Wings’ at Univ. of Maryland ROTC

Cadet Allyson McCarthy (right) trains on the University of Maryland campus.

Cadet Allyson McCarthy (right) trains on the University of Maryland campus.

Cadet Allyson McCarthy, an Old Lyme native and Lyme-Old Lyme High School alumnus (Class of 2013), graduated from the US Army’s prestigious Airborne School on Aug. 23.

Currently a Cadet with the University of Maryland Army ROTC Battalion, Cadet McCarthy completed five parachute jumps under demanding conditions to earn the coveted “Silver Wings” parachutist badge.

She is one of only a handful of Cadets nationwide to be selected for the course this year.


Dr. Paul Spitzer to Give Osprey Talk at Essex Library Today

‘Osprey' by Kristopher Rowe.

‘Osprey’ by Kristopher Rowe.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, the Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) will host Dr. Paul Spitzer, a renowned Osprey researcher, for a Fish Hawk Talk. The free event will be held at the Essex Library from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Spitzer will discuss his work in the Connecticut River Estuary and focus on the relationship between Atlantic Menhaden fish populations and Ospreys. Menhaden (commonly known as bunker) are a forage fish in the same family as herring and shad.

Connecticut’s Long Island Sound (LIS) waters and the Connecticut River Estuary (CRE) are Menhaden sanctuaries. For East Coast ecology and the Osprey, Menhaden restoration is the most important paradigm shift since the banning of DDT in 1972.

For more information, contact CRWC River Steward, Alicea Charamut at or 860-704-0057.

The CRWC works to protect the watershed from source to sea. As stewards of this heritage, they celebrate the four-state treasure and collaborate, educate, organize, restore and intervene to preserve its health for generations to come. Their work informs a vision of economic and ecological abundance.

To learn more about CRWC, or to join the effort and help protect our rivers, visit


Madhatters Hosts Auditions in Old Lyme Today for December Comedy in Chester

Madhatters Theatre Company is currently scheduling audition appointments for their December musical comedy production of ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Chester Meeting House. Auditions will be held tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lymes’ Youth Service Bureau, 59 Lyme St. in Old Lyme by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment, call (860) 395-1861 or e-mail

For further information, visit


Collins of Old Lyme Named a ‘Best Lawyer in America’ … Again

Attorney John A. Collins III

Attorney John A. Collins III

John A. Collins, III, of Old Lyme has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2016. Collins is an attorney specializing in the field of Personal Injury Litigation at Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law in New London.

Two of Collins’s fellow attorneys at Suisman Shapiro, Matthew E. Auger and Matthew Shafner, were also named in the Best Lawyers listing — Auger in the practice area of Medical Malpractice Law and Shafner in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  Over 55,000 leading attorneys cast more than 6.7 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.

Best Lawyers first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 65 countries. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

“Best Lawyers is the most effective tool in identifying critical legal expertise,” said CEO Steven Naifeh. “Inclusion on this list shows that an attorney is respected by his or her peers for professional success.”

Collins has successfully obtained verdicts or public settlements up to $10 million on behalf of injured victims over a 29-year law practice.  He currently serves as the Managing Partner of Suisman Shapiro.  The Connecticut Bar Foundation honored Attorney John A. Collins, III, in 2005 with his selection as a Life Fellow.  “Selection as a Fellow requires demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal foundation”.  (Source: Connecticut Bar Foundation)

Auger handles serious personal injury cases, including wrongful death claims, automobile collisions, slip and falls, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence and product liability.  Mr. Auger is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is also a Captain in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the United States Naval Reserve.

Shafner is a nationally recognized lawyer in the fields of asbestos injury, personal injury, maritime injury and workers compensation. He was admitted to practice in Connecticut, the Federal Courts of Appeals in the 1st and 2nd Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.  His reported decisions have been published by the Appellate Court, Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals in the 1st and 2nd Circuits.  Attorney Shafner is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum.

In 2015, Best Lawyers recognized Matthew Shafner as “Lawyer of the Year.” He is only the ninth person ever to receive the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association’s lifetime achievement award since the association formed in 1954.

Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law is located at 2 Union Plaza, P.O. Box 1591, New London CT 06320. For further information, call (860) 442-4416 or visit


Local Authors to Speak Tonight at Old Lyme Library About “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme”

Michaelle Pearson and Fred Lampos will host a book signing for their book, "Remarkable Women of Old Lyme," on Saturday in Old Lyme.

Michaelle Pearson and Jim Lampos will host a book signing for their book, “Remarkable Women of Old Lyme,” on Saturday in Old Lyme. Photo by Angela Chicoski Photography.

Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson have recently released a new book, Remarkable Women of Old Lyme, published by History Press. The book features stories of Old Lyme women including Phoebe Griffin Noyes, Evelyn MacCurdy Salisbury, Florence Griswold and Katharine Ludington.

Book coverThe authors will speak about these and other Remarkable Women of Old Lyme at the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library this evening at 7 p.m.

The husband and wife team previously co-authored Rumrunners, Governors Beachcombers and Socialists —A History of Old Lyme Beaches, which was published by the Old Lyme Historical Society in 2010.

Remarkable Women of Old Lyme will be available for sale at Monday’s event and also is currently for sale at many local shops including the Florence Griswold Museum Shop, the Carousel Shop, the Women’s Exchange, and online at, and

Editor’s Note: ‘Remarkable Women of Old Lyme’ by Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson is published by History Press 2015 with a cover price of $21.99.


‘Power Quintet’ to Play Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2

'Power Quintet' perform at the Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2.

‘Power Quintet’ perform at the Old Lyme Inn, Sept. 2.

Power Quintet will perform at The Side Door Jazz Club at the Old Lyme Inn on Thursday Sept. 3, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show starting at 8:30p.m.

Power Quintet is a new band composed of five of the brightest names in jazz; Steve Nelson on vibraphone, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, pianist, Danny Grissett, Peter Washington on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Together this group plays a mixture of newly arranged standards and daring originals. The interplay within this group is exceptional.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. No audio or video recording allowed (including cell phones) and photos are only permitted during the first set – no flash.

Enjoy a pre-show dinner, or discounted overnight stay with tickets, at The Old Lyme Inn.

For more information including reservations, visit or call 860-434-0886.



”Four Barrel Billy’ Presents Free Concert Tonight at Sound View

Four Barrel Billy

Four Barrel Billy

The next concert  of the 2015 series will be held Thursday, Aug. 20, and features the Four Barrel Billy.  Described as an American Roots Rock n’ Roll band this group offers, “Hot-rod rockabilly, reverb drenched surf, old school 50’s rock ‘n roll, edgy 60’s pop, swing  and honky-tonk”  The sound combines, “fat guitar, thumpin’ upright bass and tight vocal harmonies.”

Stop by Sound View on Thursday evening and enjoying this free outdoor concert.  It will take place from 7 through 8.30 p.m., near the flag pole at the end of Hartford Avenue at Sound View Beach.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and settle in for a great evening of sunset music.

Everyone is welcome to attend these family-friendly events.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Shoreline Community Center on Hartford Ave.


Chamber Meets Tonight for Summer Cocktails at The Bee & Thistle, All Welcome

Summer_Cocktails@feature1The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ‘Summer Cocktails’ social at the Bee and Thistle Inn at 100 Lyme St. in Old Lyme this evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

All members and friends are welcome to stop by for cocktails and conversation. The Chamber especially welcomes anyone considering membership of the organization.

There is no entry fee and hors d’oeuvres will be served by the Inn.  Refreshments will be self paid.

For more information, contact


NL County Residents Receive Free Admission on Second Sundays to Flo Gris Museum, Next Date Sept. 13

During Free Summer Second Sundays, visitors can enjoy the exhibition All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York as well as a variety of outdoor activities and hands-on projects.

During Free Summer Second Sundays, visitors can enjoy the exhibition All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York as well as a variety of outdoor activities and hands-on projects.

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, all residents of New London County receive free admission to the Florence Griswold Museum on second Sundays this summer – the last remaining dates of the season is Sept. 13.

The Museum’s riverfront landscape is situated on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme. In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where a generation of Impressionist artists lived, the Museum features an exhibition gallery, education and landscape centers, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

Pictured from the 'All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York' exhibition, James Edward Buttersworth’s Yacht Race off Fort Wadsworth, ca. 1870 from the Museum of the City of New York.

Pictured from the ‘All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York’ exhibition, James Edward Buttersworth’s Yacht Race off Fort Wadsworth, ca. 1870 from the Museum of the City of New York.

Visitors to Summer Second Sundays will enjoy, All the Sea Knows: Marine Art from the Museum of the City of New York, an exhibition of that highlights the Museum of the City of New York’s renowned marine art collection. From folk art gems to Hudson River School panoramas to moody Tonalist contemplations of man and sea, these works capture the excitement of the age of sail and steam.

Visitors can also tour the historic Florence Griswold House, restored to its appearance as the boardinghouse for the Lyme Art Colony, stroll through Miss Florence’s historic gardens, and relax along the banks of the Lieutenant River. Can You Find Me cards in the gallery and a scavenger hunt in the historic house make the trip both fun and educational for families.

Visitors of any age can drop in at the Museum’s Education Center for a quick painting lesson before heading down to the river or out in the garden for an afternoon of plein-air painting. All materials included. The new outdoor Art Cart invites exploration of the grounds through interactive, hands-on projects.

“Free Summer Second Sundays is a great way for the Museum to make new friends in New London County,” notes David D.J. Rau, the Museum’s Director of Education and Outreach. He adds, “We are grateful for the support of The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.”

New London County residents can enjoy Free Summer Second Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. with proof of residency. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is located at 96 Lyme St., Old Lyme, exit 70 off I-95.

For additional information, contact the Museum at 860-434-5542 or visit


LYSB Hosts a “Family Movie on the Beach” Tonight

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 8.25.58 AMLymes’ Youth Service Bureau presents Disney’s “Big Hero 6” (rated PG) tonight on White Sand Beach.  The event is free and all families from Lyme and Old Lyme are welcome.

Pizza and snacks will be for sale from 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8 p.m.

Bring your own beach chairs or blankets.

Rain will cancel the event.  Check for weather updates from 5 p.m. on the LYSB website, Facebook page or Twitter.


We Have a Winner … Actually, Two!

Nina Schliessel with her prize of two tickets to "Memphis" at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Nina Schiessl with her prize of two tickets to “Memphis” at the Ivoryton Playhouse.

Congratulations to Nina Schiessl of Niantic and Beth Sullivan of Old Lyme, who were respectively the Grand Prize winner and Runner-Up in our Midsummer Festival Contest held on the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum during the Festival!

Beth Sullivan stands holding her prize of Deep River Snacks with her husband Michael.

Beth Sullivan stands holding her prize of Deep River Snacks with her husband Michael.

Schliessel won two tickets to, “Memphis,” the blockbuster show which opened this past week at the Ivoryton Playhouse, and Sullivan won a case of Deep River Snacks.

We received over 100 entries and send commiserations to all those of you who did not win this year. We’ll run the contest again next year so there will be another chance to win then!

We would like to express our gratitude to the sponsors of the contest who donated the wonderful prizes — Ivoryton Playhouse and Deep River Snacks — and also to the organizers of the Festival (of which itself is a major sponsor), the Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce (we are proud members of the Chamber), at whose table we held the contest, and finally the Florence Griswold Museum, which hosted the Chamber’s table.

And a quick postscript — we saw “Memphis” on Saturday and it’s awesome … and who can ever have enough Deep River Snacks?!  Thanks again to our generous sponsors.


Free Concert Tonight by ‘The Corvettes’ at Lymes’ Senior Center

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The Corvettes will be performing at the Lymes’ Senior Center this evening, Thursday, July 30, in a free concert starting at 7 p.m., which will be held rain or shine — outdoors if the weather cooperates or indoors if not.  All are welcome.

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the greatest music ever made – the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their entertaining show and stage antics have entertained many a happy audience.

The concert is sponsored by Suisman Shapiro Attorneys at Law, Northeast Financial, the Town of Old Lyme and Lymes’ seniors.

The Old Lyme Democratic Town Committee is providing and serving complimentary  ice cream after the concert.


Sunshine and Stone Creek Perform at Old Lyme Library Tonight


Braiden Sunshine of Lyme and the band Stone Creek will give a free concert this evening, Wednesday, July 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library.

This is the final concert of the library’s summer music series.

Sunshine and Stone Creek will play covers of classic and modern rock ‘n’ roll songs.

All are welcome. Attendees are invited to bring their own beach chairs, blankets, and refreshments.


Caroline’s Miracle Foundation Event Draws More Than 500 Runners

Ready to run ...

Ready to run …

The weather was perfect Saturday as more than 500 runners and walkers of all ages started to gather in front of Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School from 6:30 a.m. onward to participate in the three races being held that day to support Caroline’s Miracle Foundation (CMF).  It had previously been announced that this would be the final time that the event would be held.

Shortly before 8 a.m. when the 5K race began, a large crowd thronged the starting line.

Shortly before 8 a.m. when the 5K race began, a large crowd thronged the starting line.

The O’Brien family came together for a photo (below.)  It was their eldest daughter Caroline, who passed away in July 2010 from Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) – a rare and inoperable form of brain cancer — at age 11, who formed CMF prior to her death. All proceeds from the event support the Foundation.

The mission of CMF is to bring smiles to the faces of children battling brain tumors and other serious illnesses, as well as supporting safety initiatives in Old Lyme.  To see some of the ways the foundation has brightened the lives of these children, visit

The O'Brien family stand at the starting line.

The O’Brien family stand at the starting line.

After the race, some of the innumerable volunteers posed for a photo in their T-shirts spanning all five years of the event.

Some of the loyal volunteers, many of whom have served through all five years that the event has been held.

Some of the loyal volunteers, many of whom have served through all five years that the event has been held.

A total of 316 runners finished the 5K race.  The other two events were a 5K walk and a Kid’s K.

Twenty-five year-old James Rosenberger was the overall winner of the 5K with a time of 18.08.3.  The fastest woman was 19-year-old Sarah Hammond who completed the 5K course in 20.40.4.  Medals were awarded for the first, second and third placed runners in each age category.

Click here to view a full list of the race results.


Democrats Stick With Reemsnyder, Nosal to Lead November Slate

Incumbents First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (right) and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal have been endorsed by the Old Lyme Democrats to run again in November.

Incumbents First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder (right) and Selectwoman Mary Jo Nosal have been endorsed by the Old Lyme Democrats to run again in November.

Indicating that they are clearly comfortable with their current leadership, the Old Lyme Democratic town Committee (DTC)  last night endorsed incumbents Bonnie Reemsnyder and Mary Jo Nosal for First Selectwoman and Selectwoman respectively in the upcoming November election. The full slate of candidates, in fact, reflected a high level of satisfaction in the performance of those currently serving since the vast majority of endorsed positions were incumbents.

The only newcomers to the slate were Peter Hunt for the Region 18 Board of Education (incumbent Sarah Smalley is not running again) and Marissa Hartmann as an alternate for the zoning board of appeals.  Additionally, Ruth Dillon Roach is challenging Judith Tooker for the position of tax collector.

The remaining slate of incumbents includes David Woolley and Bennett Bernblum for the board of finance with Adam Burrows as an alternate.  Joseph Soucie was endorsed for Treasurer, Paul Fuchs and Michelle Roche for the board of education and Jane Cable for the zoning commission.  Finally, Karen Conniff and Kip Kotzan were endorsed for the zoning board of appeals.

In her endorsement acceptance speech, Nosal commented on the, “outstanding team of candidates,” noting its strength would enable the Democrats to, “continue to assert our message of collaboration, communication and community.”

She also noted that Reemsnyder, “is the right person, at the right time to continue as the CEO of our town … She has brought fair and balanced leadership to the office … She is respected in Hartford and the [Lower Connecticut] River Council of Governments.” Mentioning Reemsnyder’s ability to “get things done,” Nosal cited examples of Reemsnyder mending the “broken relationships” she inherited with the Town of Lyme and Region 18, and also Reemsnyder’s focus on customer service, which has been felt throughout Town Hall.

Nosal ended with a promise “to try and keep up with her as Selectwoman,” which sparked enthusiastic applause.

After the unanimous vote to endorse the full slate of candidates had been taken, Reemsnyder thanked the DTC for placing their confidence in her and said she found the endorsement, “humbling,” adding to rippled laughter, “Since taking office in 2011, we’ve been through a lot together.”  She mentioned Superstorm Sandy, the Sandy Hook tragedy, the Blizzard of 2013 and Winter Storm of 2015, but stressed that she does not spend much time looking back at her accomplishments because “I’m so embedded in what I’m doing.”

On her current “To Do” are completion of the boathouse/Hains Park project, implementing the Rte. 156/Hartford Ave. bikeway and improvements, and sorting out the Water Pollution Control Authority/sewer situation.  Reemsnyder commented that others may talk about fiscal conservatism but she prefers, “fiscal responsibility,” which requires planning ahead  for future needs and maintenance of current assets. She noted, “That’s what we’ve spent a lot of time doing.”

Finally Reemsnyder committed to “maintain my style,” of an open door policy, responsiveness, collaboration, and a willingness, “to continue to learn and listen.”


Carney, Formica Hold Legislative Wrap-up in Old Lyme Tonight

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representative Devin Carney

State Representatives Devin Carney (R-23) and Jesse MacLachlan (R-35) along with State Senators Art Linares (R-33) and Paul Formica (R-20) invite residents to attend  legislative wrap-ups on Tuesday, July 21, and Monday, July 27.

Legislators will be available to discuss the laws that passed during the legislative session and how these measures will affect area businesses and residents.

Everyone is welcome and the event is free of charge.

The Westbrook Legislative Update will feature Senator Linares and Representatives Devin Carney and Jesse MacLachlan on Tuesday, July 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Westbrook Town Hall, Teresa Mulvey Municipal Building, Multimedia Room, 866 Boston Post Road, Westbrook.

The Old Lyme Legislative Update will feature Senator Formica and Representative Devin Carney on Monday, July 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Ln, Old Lyme.

Visit  for more information and updates.

Editor’s Note: The 33rd District includes the Town of Lyme.  The 20th District includes the Town of Old Lyme.  The 23rd General Assembly District includes the Towns of Lyme and Old Lyme.


Lyme-Old Lyme HS Alum, Former Teacher Breault Skippers US Team to Victory in ISAF Nations Cup

Nicole Breault at the helm of her winning sailboat at Vladivostock.

Nicole Breault (right) at the helm of the winning US Women’s Match Racing sailboat in Vladivostek.

Nicole Breault, a graduate of Lyne-Old Lyme schools and former head of the History Department at Lyme-Old Lyme High School (LOLHS), was the skipper of the US Women’s Match Racing team, which was victorious in the Women’s Grand Final at the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Nations Cup held in Vladivostek, Russia over July 15-19.

The ISAF Nations Cup was first introduced to the world in 1991, with Open and Women’s contests based on a series of Regional Finals with the top crews meeting at the Grand Final.

Nicole Breault

Nicole Breault

Breault now lives in San Francisco but still has many friends in Old Lyme.  She graduated as Valedictorian, an All-State soccer player, point guard on the basketball team and captain of the LOLHS team that won the 1990 Connecticut High School Sailing Championship.

Breault was a two-time International 420 champion (the first woman to achieve this in a high performance dinghy class.)

She went to Yale University and was an All-American collegiate sailor there and captain of their co-ed sailing team.

Click here to read an article with photos published on Scuttlebutt Sailing News about Breault’s victory.