2017 In Review: Top Stories


Top Stories of 2017: State budget crisis hits Groton

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed a state budget last February that recommended a $14.17 million cut in municipal aid to Groton, a proposal that had significant economic and political fallout.

Top Stories 2017: Controversial Kentucky Derby trips led to many changes

The 2016 controversy over lavish trips to the Kentucky Derby hosted by the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative continued in 2017, with ethics violation rulings in Norwich and Groton and more state scrutiny over municipal utilities.

Top stories 2017: Mohegans purchase former Norwich Hospital

The deal was signed April 19 by town and Mohegan tribal leaders to turn over the 388-acre former Norwich Hospital property to Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment.

Top Stories 2017: Opioid crisis worsens

The Centers for Disease Control this month said more than 63,600 people died of drug overdoses in the United States in 2016, a 21 percent increase over the previous year.

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2017

A look back at some notable figures who died in 2017

Top Stories of 2017: Change of leadership at NLPD

Leadership at the New London Police Department changed with little fanfare on Jan. 10, the official last day for former New London police Chief Margaret Ackley.

Top stories 2017: Rivera retires, resurfaces as school board member

New London native Manuel “Manny” Rivera surprised the school board this summer with the news he planned to retire.

NFL protests named top sports story of 2017

NFL protests named top sports story of 2017

NFL protests and President Donald Trump's feud with the league over the issue was the biggest sports story of 2017

Top stories 2017: HUD agrees to help relocate Crystal Avenue high-rise residents

News came in November that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development had released $1.28 million to fund housing vouchers that will lead to the relocation of the nearly 350 people residing at the troubled Thames River Apartments.

Top stories 2017: DCF tries to sever parental rights of Groton couple

The department sought to sever the parental rights of Kirsten Fauquet to her five children, ages 6, 5, 3, 2 and 1, and of John Stratzman, the biological father of three of the children. The couple's 3-year-old son suffered near starvation after DCF...

Top stories 2017: Speedbowl owner charged with sex crimes

Three years after semi-professional racing fans cheered Glastonbury businessman Bruce Bemer for his rescue of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl from dire financial straits, the future of the Speedbowl and the moral implications of frequenting the...

Top stories of 2017: 'Angel' helps close Hamlin cold case

After 11 years of waiting, the Hamlin family heard two men admit to a judge in July and August 2017 that they were guilty of fatally beating 40-year-old Anthony "Ant" Hamlin and leaving his body in a Ledyard field on Jan. 28, 2006.

STAFF PICKS 2017


Our favorite CDs of the year

Our favorite CDs of the year

The Day's writers select their favorite CDs of 2017.   Remedies Soup One listen to this band and you'll know immediately they're from Hawaii or some tropical paradise. Just kidding.

Our favorite movies and TV shows of the year

Our favorite movies and TV shows of the year

The Day's writers discuss the movies and TV series they liked most in 2017. MOVIES Get Out In his feature-film directorial debut, Jordan Peele creates a culturally relevant thriller that...

The Day's dining reviewers look back on 2017

The Day's dining critics are gazing back on what they reviewed this past year and detailing some notable dishes and experiences.

The most notable local art exhibitions of the year

The most notable local art exhibitions of the year

The Day's arts writers reflect on the best local art exhibitions of 2017.

Most notable live performances of the year

Most notable live performances of the year

The Day's arts writers reflect on the best local and locally-related live performances they saw in 2017.

Most Read Local Stories in 2017

Transgender athlete takes spotlight in girls' meet
Transgender athlete takes spotlight in girls' meet
Storm knocks down trees across region, kills New London man
Storm knocks down trees across region, kills New London man
Ledyard High School student dead in single-car crash
15-person fight leads to several arrests in New London
Waterford shaken by news of ECSU student's death
Montville police arrest Mel's Diner owner after finding 8 pounds of marijuana inside
Groton City Police recover body, car from Thames River
On trip to Mystic, 'Stranger Things' star talks acting, fame
Details unsealed in Gingerella's fatal Groton shooting
Gold Star Bridge in line for overhaul