Big event brings big fun to New London


Children react to a magic trick performed by Entertainer Jason Pipitone at The Big Event 2015! presented Saturday by Dime Bank and the New London Kiwanis Club at Port 'N Starboard at Ocean Beach Park in New London.

Essay contest aims to inspire young voters

Believing that democracy is not a spectator sport, the League of Women Voters of Southeastern Connecticut is sponsoring an essay contest on “Why Young People Should Vote in Local Elections.”

Hospitals balk at latest tax increase, other Malloy budget moves

Hospital officials testify about proposed budget cuts before the state Appropriations Committee.

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City celebrates Dominicans in New London on special day

The Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti on Feb. 27, 1844. Dominicans in New London joined the city in marking the event Friday with celebration, ceremony and song.

Consultants present options for Groton school construction

The consultants advising Groton on new school construction outlined a new option Thursday: Demolish Carl C. Cutler and West Side middle schools and build new elementary schools on those sites.

North Stonington outlines school project priorities

In an effort to build consensus and community support for a new school building plan, town and school officials on Thursday discussed the priorities that should be included in an eventual plan.

Police say two children found at home of alleged New London drug dealer

Police seized crack cocaine and other drugs from a New London home on Friday and arrested three people as part of a drug trafficking investigation.

State police spokesman Vance to be reassigned

Lt. J. Paul Vance, the longtime spokesman for the Connecticut State Police, is being reassigned as a supervisor in the department's traffic division.

Creutz promoted to police lieutenant in Ledyard

Ledyard — Police Sgt. Kenneth Creutz was promoted to lieutenant during a swearing-in ceremony held Wednesday night at Town Hall.

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Overdoses occurred as Wesleyan boosted efforts

As drug overdoses left two Wesleyan students fighting for their lives, witnesses helped investigators quickly identify the suspects: The drug-dealing was an open secret, according to court documents.

UConn Foundation says open records would hurt fundraising

Hartford (AP) — The University of Connecticut Foundation has told state lawmakers any law forcing records to be opened to the public would make it harder to raise money.

New director of problem-gambling council named

Tamara Petro, a former assistant director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, has been named its executive director.

Malloy doubts lawmakers will increase taxes in response to budget cuts

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has heard the growing complaints about his proposed spending cuts but doubts the General Assembly has the appetite to ultimately increase taxes to cover those reductions.

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