Green and Growing: Contain your growing enthusiasm for scintillating container gardens

Dwarf tomato varieties grow well in containers, such as the Smart Pot grow bag shown here. (Photo courtesy Naturework.com)

No wonder the horticulture industry has brought its creativity to garden containers. Today, just about all edibles, including berries, are being grown in pots.

Preston residents to consider new elementary school bleachers

A special town meeting will be held Thursday to seek residents’ approval to use up to $35,000 in capital bond funds remaining from the replacement of the gym floor at Preston Veterans’ Memorial School to replace the bleachers in the...

Montville school officials' emails shed light on reaction to classroom fighting

From left: Montville Superintendent Brian C. Levesque, Assistant Principal Tatiana Patten and Principal Jeffrey Theodoss.

Montville school administrators reacted to videos of classroom fighting with dismay in October. But they did not discuss contacting authorities in an email exchange after learning of the incident.

Police, nonprofits partner up for drug take-back day Saturday

Several police departments and nonprofit agencies are partnering up to collect unwanted medications during Saturday’s National Take Back Day.

Death of 17-year-old New London man remains under investigation

New London High School observed a moment of silence on Wednesday morning and has counselors available to students grieving the death of 17-year-old Luis Roman, a former student at the school.

Crash closes part of Old Colchester Road in Montville

A portion of Old Colchester Road is closed as crews work to replace a utility pole, police said early Wednesday.

Mashantucket tribal official facing drunken-driving charges in California

Police in Santa Monica, Calif., have charged the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe’s chief of staff with drunken driving in a crash with a train last week that left his two teenage sons injured, one critically.

Police: Stonington man drove with a suspended license twice in eight hours

Stonington police charged a Pawcatuck man Monday with driving with a suspended license twice within less than eight hours.

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Yale clinic, Maine legal group unveil online tool for veterans seeking to upgrade discharge status

Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic are announcing a new online legal resource for veterans nationwide seeking to upgrade their discharge status from the military.

Legislators announce $1.4 million for updates to Connecticut Veterans Home

"These federal dollars will modernize and update the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill for the veterans living there," the lawmakers said.

Veterans groups urge lawmakers not to slash state VA's budget

The state VA's budget was to be slashed by $1 million for the new fiscal year starting July 1. Over the past decade, the department's budget has been cut by more than 35 percent.

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Report: Many Connecticut home-schooled kids in families accused of abuse

Connecticut's child advocate says many children being home-schooled in the state are in families that have been accused of child abuse or neglect, and there are no state regulations to protect them

Connecticut man's murder conviction vacated

A Connecticut man who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he says he did not commit has been freed based on newly discovered cellphone records

Massachusetts police dog recovering from shooting visits station

A police dog recovering from wounds suffered in a shooting that killed his handler has stopped by his Massachusetts police department for a visit