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Guardians of the summer sands: Lifeguards prepare for season at Norwich pond

Hannah Maynard, waterfront director for the Norwich Recreation Department beach at Spaulding Pond in Mohegan Park, demonstrates a basic backstroke Thursday, June 17, 2021, for her crew of lifeguards.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Lifeguards at Spaulding Pond in Norwich trained Thursday for their upcoming summer season.

Hospitals considering COVID-19 vaccination mandates for employees

In a Texas case, a federal judge rejected Houston Methodist Hospital employees’ claim that the hospital’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy was unlawful.

Groton's Project Oceanology receives $950,000 from offshore wind partners

Project Oceanology marine science educators Callie Scheetz, far right, and Debbie Sayer lead a lesson on bivalves on May 5, 2020, from a Project O skiff piloted by captain Ian Morrison in the Poquonnock River estuary off Bluff Point State Park. Offshore wind partners Ørsted and Eversource continued on Thursday, June 17, 2021, awarded $950,000 to Groton-based Project Oceaonology for development of educational programs for struggling school districts in southeastern Connecticut.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Offshore wind partners Ørsted and Eversource continued to make good on promises of local partnerships on Thursday with an award of $950,000 to Groton-based Project Oceaonology.

Montville honors fourth grade educator as Teacher of the Year

Fourth grade teacher Patty Miceli talks with students after reading

Miceli, who has taught fourth grade for the past 21 years at Oakdale Elementary School, was recently awarded the title of Montville's Teacher of the Year 2021-2022.

Standout Williams School senior to attend Yale in the fall

Williams School senior Mary Madaus holds a mechanical hand Friday, June 4, 2021, which she created for her senior project. She will attend Yale University, where she hopes to study bio-mechanical engineering.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

To say Mary Madaus is a well-rounded student who has flourished during her time at Williams School would be a vast understatement.

Armed with vaccine, Massachusetts couple checks out sites in southeastern Connecticut

Roberta and Ken Murphy of Rockland, Mass., take photos from the Stonington Lighthouse Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Stonington Borough.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The COVID-19 vaccine has made one couple from Massachusetts feel comfortable and safe enough to take getaways within driving distance for a change of scenery.

The Nut Museum archived: Professor saved artwork from being trashed

Settled on the ground floor of a Victorian homeaton 303 Ferry Road in Old Lyme were the entire masterworks of Elizabeth Tashjian, surrealist artist and owner of the famous Old Lyme Nut Museum.

Friends & Neighbors: Niantic native earns commendation

Lt. Benjamin D. Smith, left, is presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal as an end-of-tour award by Capt. Steven W. Antcliff, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School, at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton last month.

Lt. Benjamin D. Smith, a Niantic native, was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal as an end-of-tour award by Capt. Steven W. Antcliff, commanding officer, Naval Submarine School at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton.

D’Elia's makes up for lost time as Norwich grinder haven

Photo of Marisol Soto photo: Marisol Soto of Norwich has been coming to D’Elia’s Bakery
& Grinder Shop for 2 years, because of their customer service. “The products are always fresh
and it’s very convenient. I always order chicken salad (grinder). My boyfriend always orders the
tuna.” Photo by Jan Tormay
Photo of Armin Harris photo: Armin Harris of Norwich said D’Elia’s grinders are worth
waiting for. He also enjoys the friendly atmosphere. Photo by Jan Tormay
Photo of Wendy and Anthony Heft photo: Married couple Wendy and Anthony Heft work
side by side every day making grinders – something Wendy said she enjoys. “He’s my best
friend. We’ve been together for 23 years.” Photo by Jan Tormay
Photo of Ray Alberts photo: While Ray Alberts of These Guys Brewing Company waits his
turn to order a grinder at D’Elia’s, he said, “We always come here and get grinders. They’ve got
the best sandwiches around by far” and the freshest bread. Photo by Jan Tormay
Richard Heft near bakery photo: Richard Heft, baker and co-owner of D’Elia’s Bakery &
Grinder Shop at 272 Franklin St. in Norwich. Photo by Jan Tormay
Richard Heft across the street from bakery photo: Richard Heft first started to come in to
purchase grinders in 1971 when he was in the Navy and lived on Division St. in Norwich. He
ended up working there and marrying the bakers’ daughter, Roseanna D’Elia. Photo by Jan
D’Elia’s secret is its bread
D’Elia’s Bakery & Grinder Shop’s secret is its bread

Customers are thankful D’Elia’s Bakery & Grinder Shop at 272 Franklin St. in Norwich is open again.

History Revisited: Ships aground on Groton’s Black Rock

This photograph, taken on Dec. 2, 1919, shows the United States submarine R-6 aground on the ledges of Black Rock off of Eastern Point Beach in the City of Groton. The beach’s Tyler House can be seen on the left in the background. 
(Photo courtesy of the Jim Streeter Collection)

Recently I came into possession of a photograph that I am sure will be of interest to many readers.

Developer planning RV park on tribe-owned property in Preston

Blue Water Development Corp., based in Ocean City, Md., has invited residents to an informational session next week.

Comings and goings on Ledyard Town Council

For the second time in two months, the Town Council is filling a vacancy on its panel.

Lunch with friends in Groton, with a side of music

Sydney Nunes, 15, plays the song

The group stopped at The Bridge Pizza & Deli after going to Bluff Point State Park on Wednesday.

Wheeler High senior exemplifies community involvement, overcoming obstacles

Then Wheeler High School senior Hayden Leach poses for a portrait Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the school in North Stonington.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Hayden Leach has been a member of North Stonington’s Volunteer Fire Department since he was 16.

Central Avenue in Greeneville gets a pedestrian-friendly facelift

Volunteers Caitlin Palmer, left, and Shiela Hayes paint one of the new pedestrian bump-outs at the intersection of Central Avenue and Fourth Street on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in the Greeneville section of Norwich. The bump-outs feature international flag colors chosen to reflect the cultural diversity of the neighborhood. The busy intersections at Fourth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh streets will feature the new markings designed to remind drivers not to park close to intersections.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Four intersections are being painted with bright colors representing 16 different national or regional flags to enhance pedestrian safety and beautify street.

Waterford man charged in 2020 fatal vehicle accident

An 80-year-old Waterford man has been charged with negligent homicide with a motor vehicle.

UPDATED: Stonington police say three men used SUV to try to rip ATM out of pharmacy

One man was arrested after he and two others usuccessfully tried to use a stolen Kia SUV to drag an ATM out of the Walgreen's pharmacy in Pawcatuck early Tuesday, police say.

Groton police search for man suspected in assault

Groton police said they are looking for a 34-year-old man who allegedly assaulted a victim with a beer bottle, causing non-life threatening injuries.


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Massachusetts state GOP chair battling party members over anti-gay email

Massachusetts State Rep. Jim Lyons makes a point while he answers questions during an editorial board meeting, Oct. 4, 2018, in Andover, Mass. In a state where Republicans struggle against daunting odds, the Massachusetts GOP Party Chair has found himself in a scorched political battle -- not with Democrats but with members of his own party, including the state’s top Republican -- Gov. Charlie Baker.  (Tim Jean/The Eagle-Tribune via AP)

Massachusetts GOP Party Chair Jim Lyons has found himself in a scorched political battle with members of his own party, including Gov. Charlie Baker

Connecticut lawmakers legalize recreational marijuana

Craig Fishbein, the highest ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, speaks during House debate on a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Hartford, Conn. (Mark Mirko/Hartford Courant via AP)

A monthslong process to legalize marijuana, which some lawmakers noted has actually been decades in the making, at last came to a conclusion Thursday.

Connecticut Senate will vote on recreational cannabis for third time

The state House passed the legislation Wednesday and rejected a change to the social equity applicant definition.