Turning a leaf in Stonington

Stonington Borough Highway Department employee Gary Farrell, left, and foreman Sue Cordeiro, back, use gas-powered leaf blowers Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, to clear the lawn of Wadawanuck Square. Cordeiro, who has worked for the highway department for 38 years, says this is the third, of likely four, clearings of the lawn this fall.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Borough Highway Department employee Gary Farrell, left, and foreman Sue Cordeiro, back, use gas-powered leaf blowers Thursday to clear the lawn of Wadawanuck Square.

Eversource to inspect transmission lines by helicopter

Weather permitting, the flights will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning this week through Nov. 21, the utility said Thursday in a news release.

Auto show drives in to Mohegan Sun on Friday

Steve Plona of Secor Auto Group gets a Lotus ready to show Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, during preparations for the Connecticut International Auto Show at the Mohegan Sun Expo Center. The annual event runs Friday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, and features 25 different car lines and hundreds of vehicles. Admission is $14 for adults and $6 for children, military are free with ID. For more information, visit www.ctautoshow.com. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Steve Plona of Secor Auto Group gets a Lotus ready to show Thursday during preparations for the Connecticut International Auto Show at the Mohegan Sun Expo Center.

Stonington bans dogs from athletic fields, playgrounds

The ban comes after a series of incidents in which dogs bit people and each other on or along the fields, according to First Selectman Rob Simmons.

Kindness in Real Life: Scrapbooking for a cause

Customers of Scrapbook Cove in Mystic “Make and Take” cards to benefit multiple sclerosis research, support and awareness. (Photo submitted)

Not everyone has the freedom of movement to do scrapbooking; sometimes family and friends with multiple sclerosis cannot participate in the activities.

Lee's Kitchen: Taking the mystery out of meatloaf

Did you ever wonder why anyone would choose meatloaf at a restaurant? Truth be told, most people love meatloaf, but they don’t like their parents’ or spouse’s meatloaf.

Stonington selectmen approve boathouse park compromise

The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday formally endorsed an agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office to preserve a house on the Mystic River Boathouse Park property that is considered to be a contributing factor to the Rossie Velvet Mill...

Low graduation rates and high costs across Connecticut colleges, report says

But representatives of some schools take issue with how the comparisons with other schools across the country were made.

Dog's day at the beach in Groton

Courtney Wilson of Mystic plays with her dog Ezra at Esker Point Beach on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Groton. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Courtney Wilson of Mystic plays with her dog Ezra on Wednesday at Esker Point Beach.

Waterford man's lost $4,200 returned by fellow veteran

Bill Palifka, left, of Marlborough returned $4,200 to Benjamin Donovan, right, of Waterford on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Donovan had lost the money at Angie's Pizza in Mystic on Monday, which was Veterans Day. (Courtesy of Benjamin Donovan)

Benjamin Donovan lost his money at Angie's Pizza in Mystic on Veterans Day.

Man to serve 29 months for assault on Foxwoods security officer

Tribal Police obtained a warrant for Jukumu Reels-Felder's arrest after the victim was punched in the face while responding to a fight at the Fox Tower casino.

Eagle project for ospreys

Kyle Heard, 17, left, of Boy Scout Troop 4 of Norwich, attaches a perch to his osprey nest attached to the top of a 35-foot-tall pole, with the help of Norwich Public Utilities lineman Jeff Burgess, right, while working to install the nest Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, off Route 32 in the area of Norwich Harbor. The osprey nest is Heard's Eagle Scout project that he built with the help of members of his troop with materials donated by Lowe's and Norwich Lumber. NPU's help installing the pole was a free service. To install the osprey nest, Heard had to have approval from the Norwich Harbor Management Commission and state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and permission of the owner of the land where the nest was placed.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Kyle Heard, 17, left, of Boy Scout Troop 4 of Norwich, attaches a perch to his osprey nest attached to the top of a 35-foot-tall pole Wednesday, with the help of Norwich Public Utilities lineman Jeff Burgess, right.

School districts to start contract negotiations with Norwich Free Academy

The five-year contract between NFA and the eight partner districts expires June 30, and three districts have asked to negotiate possible changes in a new deal.

Teen Talk: Cancer diagnosis can change view of future fast

Every child, teen or adult reacts differently to being diagnosed with cancer or finding out someone they know is suffering from this disease.

Out and About: Another success for Sift seems baked in

Pastry Chef Adam Young, who owns and operates Sift, pipes filing onto an almond croissant on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at the bake shop in Mystic. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Ever wonder what’s happening on the second level of Sift Bakery in Mystic now that they took over the building?

Man rescued from Ledyard woods dies

The man was hunting in Ledyard Wednesday night.

Eversource crews investigate potential gas hazard in Montville neighborhood

As of right now, no one has had to evacuate their homes, an Eversource spokesman said.

UPDATED: Gas leak prompts evacuation of several homes, businesses in Norwich

The Norwich Fire Department and Norwich Public Utilities blocked off North Main Street and evacuated several homes and businesses after discovering a “significant” gas leak in a line beneath the street Monday afternoon.

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Stonington vet continues Veterans Day tradition of walking a marathon

Fordan Bonardi sings along to music as he walks along Route 215 from Mystic to Noank on Monday, November 11, 2019.  This was the eighth year in a row Bonardi, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran, walked a full marathon on Veterans Day from his home in Pawcatuck to Carson's Store in Noank and back. He said he does it to honor the sacrifice of fallen soldiers and their families,  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Fordan Bonardi left his house just before 6:30 a.m. Monday, setting out to complete what has become a Veterans Day ritual.

Sprague unveils female combat veteran statue, said to be first in the state

Women veterans gather around the woman combat soldier sculpture unveiled by American Legion Post 85 in Baltic in the War Memorial Park in Baltic Monday, November 11, 2019.  The new sculpture, paid for with $50,000 raised by the post, stands next to a fallen soldier sculpture already on the site. The female combat soldier sculpture was designed and made by Brodin Studios of Kimball, Minnesota.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The statue recognizes women's involvement in the military, said state Sen. Cathy Osten, who served on active duty in the Army for four years.

Service dog helps decorated Vietnam vet cope with PTSD

U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam war veteran Tom Williamson with his service dog

Tom Williamson, who earned five Purple Hearts and was seriously injured several times in combat, recently had to have his injured leg amputated after battling years of infections.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Vineyard Wind CEO sees both New London and Bridgeport as viable wind hubs

The beginnings of five wind turbine towers loom over the assembly area for the Block Island wind farm, the nation's first offshore wind development, at the Port of Providence on March 18, 2016, in Providence, R.I. Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind, which is vying for a contract to supply Connecticut with electricity generated by offshore wind farms, says multiple ports will be needed for turbine assembly and maintenance, including both Bridgeport and New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

"It's a $100 billion of investment that will go into the Atlantic Seaboard and of course we want to be part of that," said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.

Connecticut reports season’s first two flu deaths

Connecticut state health officials are reporting the first two influenza deaths of the season

State Senate Republicans unveil no-tolls transportation plan

Senate Republicans unveil an alternative 10-year, $18 billion transportation plan with no tolls

NATION/WORLD

Poll: Americans struggle to indentify true facts

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of their political beliefs, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true