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The Day to publish The Norwich Times, a free weekly covering eight towns

New London — The Day Publishing Co. will launch The Norwich Times on Oct. 1, a weekly newspaper that will cover eight towns in Greater Norwich.

The paper will be distributed free to more than 28,000 households in Bozrah, Franklin, Griswold, Lisbon, Norwich, Scotland, Sprague and Voluntown, joining the company’s 15 other weeklies, which span the Connecticut shoreline from East Haven to the Rhode Island border.

“We are excited to expand the reach of our Times weekly newspapers into the Norwich area,” said Timothy Dwyer, president and publisher of the company, which includes The Day, its flagship daily paper. “We are also happy to be able to provide a platform that connects local businesses to residents of the Norwich area.”

Added Dan Graziano, The Day’s advertising director, “I am so very excited to be part of the newly created Norwich Times. As a lifelong resident of Norwich, I am thrilled to be able to offer the wonderful local businesses a solution that allows them to speak to every household in and around Norwich with a quality, editorially based publication that’s mailed into homes every week.”

Tim Cotter, The Day’s managing editor, said the new weekly will fill a void in news coverage.

"Our plan is simple,” he said. “Bring our award-winning journalism to the greater Norwich area. Some of these towns are quickly becoming news deserts and this weekly is designed to combat that. The Norwich Times will complement Claire Bessette's outstanding coverage of Norwich for The Day, focusing on community news in the eight-town region.”

Cotter urged residents with ideas about news coverage to contact Community Editor Lee Howard at l.howard@theday.com, or Assistant Community Editor Amanda Hutchinson at a.hutchinson@theday.com. He said calendar listings and library items can be emailed to neighbors@theday.com.

"The best news we publish comes from our readers," Howard said. "We are counting on them to let us know about random acts of kindness and people in need of help. We also encourage readers to engage with us by writing interesting essays and historical pieces, sending us photos of local happenings and telling us about the milestones of their lives."

In addition to The Day and the Times weeklies, The Day Publishing Co. publishes news websites, including www.theday.com; a series of monthly regional lifestyle magazines; and Connecticut Coast and Country magazine, which promotes eastern Connecticut tourism destinations and is distributed throughout southern New England, New York and New Jersey. The company also owns D2 Marketing Solutions, a full-service advertising and marketing agency based in New London.

b.hallenbeck@theday.com

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