The week in The Day
Visitors to the Mystic Aquarium interact with the beluga whales Monday, July 16, 2012. The aquarium is reporting a significant improvement in attendance.
Nick Reed, 13, of Stonington, attempts to catch "Tucker" his poodle, after retrieving a fan his brother left in the middle of East Grand Street in Stonington Borough Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Reed reached over to pick up the fan and Tucker took off.
John and Jenny Gomes, of Modesto, California, review images on the back of their camera as their children, Carli and Jay, both 11, and their niece and nephew; Maddy Borges, 14, and Miles Borges, 8, frolic in the waters off the swim float at Crescent Beach in Niantic Wednesday, July 18, 2012. The kids were back in the water after earlier being chased ashore by passing thunderstorms earlier.
Michelle MacCracken, left, and her sister Carrie Hilbert, right, and their daughters; Michaela MacCracken, 11, top, Kiera MacCracken, 9, bottom center, and Shelby Hilbert, 13, top center, cool-off in the waters of Billings Lake in North Stonington Monday, July 16, 2012.
Matthew Pierce, 7, left, and Katelyn Pierce, 6, center, reach for a sunflower while with their mother, Kristen Pierce, right, and father Michael Pierce, not shown, on a hay ride through the sunflower fields at Buttonwood Farm in Griswold for the Volunteer Appreciation Day Thursday, July 19, 2012 for those who will be contributing to the Sunflowers for Wishes event. The week long event benefits Make-A-Wish Connecticut and will be open to the public July 21 through 29th.
Beachgoers frolic in the surf at Dunes Park Beach in the Weekapaug section of Westerly, RI, Monday, July 16, 2012.
Gena Morin, 10, of Manchester, Conn., right, and Grace Majka, 10, of Simsbury, Conn. laugh as they spin as fast as they can on the 'Tubs of Fun' ride at the St. John's Carnival taking place on the church green just down the street from the Celebrate East Lyme event on Main Street Saturday, July 21, 2012.
Daria Novak of Madison, Conn., a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress second district, in her headquarters in Madison Thursday, July 19, 2012.
Navy veteran Ken Hagan, 85, of Brooksville, FL, shares a laugh with his grandson Sean Coleman, general manager of Grossman's Seafood in Groton, during the 4th annual Operation Lobster Dinner held at the North Lake of the U.S. Submarine Base New London in Groton Sunday, July 15, 2012. Hagan was involved in WW II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was also from the area and worked at the submarine base in Groton.
Ashley Wynne, of Hicksville, N.Y., catches a few rays on City Pier in New London, as she waits for her ferry the "Mary Ellen", in background, to depart, during the Don't Miss the Boats and Sentinels of the Sound Lighthouses event Saturday, July 14, 2012.
Sean Goodrich of Auburn, Mass., a delivery employee of the Polar beverage Company, closes the back door of his truck after delivering an order to Bartleby's at the intersection of West main Street and Pearl Street in downtown Mystic Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
Conor O'Donnell, left, crew, and Carter Scott, skipper, of boat number 5160 of NESS New England Science and Sailing in Stonington compete in the 420 class race of the USA Jr. Olympic Sailing Festival Larry White Junior Regatta in Niantic Bay Thursday, July 19, 2012. The regatta is based out of the Niantic Bay Yacht Club.
Members of the New London fire department wearing yellow t-shits with a number on the front representing the order in which they will be laid off, look on in Council Chambers during a City Council meeting which will decide the fate of 25 New London firefighters Monday, July 16, 2012.
Patti Palardy, right, of Waterford and her nephews, Logan Lampron, 5, center, and Xavier Lampron, 8, both of Bennington, VT stop briefly under a tree while walking in the rain at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford Friday, July 20, 2012. With Palardy and nephews was her husband Donny Palardy and their dog, Jess. Palarday said she comes to the park twice a day to walk their dog rain or shine.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Chris Shays greets Fran Kinsall, front, and Barbara Place at Muddy Waters in New London Thursday, July 19, 2012 as he makes a campaign swing through southeastern Connecticut.
People try to escape the heat along Shore Avenue in Groton Wednesday, July 18, 2012.
Ben Pickowitz, right, of Waterford is tagged out on a squeeze play at home by Shoreline catcher Tyler Popp during the 3rd inning in a State Babe Ruth 13-year-old baseball game at Waterford Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Charlie Lugo, 3, of Norwich takes the helm of the schooner Mystic Whaler while attending Fish Tales, Tugs and Sails festival at Waterfront Park in New London Saturday, July 21, 2012.
New London fire department battalion chief Tom Curcio left, informs firefighter Al Mayo, right, who was arriving to Fire Headquarters to turn his gear in , to told to respond to work after a temporary agreement between the city and the IAFF Local 1522 Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
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