A letter from the editor: The Times is your paper

Changes are happening here at The Times papers. Have you noticed?

There are some staff changes and we're trying to put more of you, the readers, onto our pages.

I've taken over as community editor, replacing Ann Baldelli who headed the eight Times weeklies for two years and is now writing news and features for The Day.

Jessica Hopper, a 2013 graduate of the University of Connecticut, is the new assistant community editor. She's ready to write feature stories from any of our towns and is looking for ideas. You can contact her at j.hopper@theday.com.

We have our own Facebook page at facebook.com/thetimesCT and every Thursday you can find stories from each weekly on the homepage of theday.com., where you can also find an occasional link to a video.

In the April 3 edition of The Lyme Times, Carlos Diaz did a lovely video called "Cafe Blues" that complemented reporter Kimberly Drelich's story about the Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe in Old Lyme. And in The New London Times, that same week, Sean D. Elliot captured on video three friends who play the flute every Thursday evening at Fiddleheads Food Co-op in New London.

We've started a new feature called "My Pet Pal." We want a photograph of you and your pet and a paragraph explaining why your pet is special. Christine and Al Bond of Old Lyme sent us a picture of their two Belgian draft horses, Tony and Albe; and Julie Semola of Stonington sent a selfie of herself with Maestro, her 12-year-old cockapoo.

You can email your photos to times@theday.com.

In the April 10 editions of the Waterford and New London Times, Wendy Wachter wrote about her journey with her mom and Alzheimer's. And in the Montville Times, Town Councilor Tim May offered a guest commentary, arguing the town needs to accept a $5 million state grant to improve its waste water treatment facility.

In this edition, we have stories about students from all of our towns winning recognition in various competitions across the state; changes at the Montville transfer station; an expanded DVD section at the Waterford Public Library; and a story about an original Easter play, put on every year by the Lighthouse Community Baptist Church in Pawcatuck.

We're planning to run more photographs from you, too. Send us recent images and we'll put together a collage of you having fun in the sun, working on a hobby, baking with your kids, working in the garden or celebrating a birthday.

Email us your images and a paragraph explaining what is going on to times@theday.com.

So to paraphrase one of my favorite movie lawyers, "Help us, help you."

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kathleen Edgecomb

Community Editor/writer

The Times Newspapers

k.edgecomb@theday.com

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