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Lyme-Old Lyme High School announces honor roll

These students have been named to the Lyme-Old Lyme High School honor roll for the third quarter.

Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School announces honor roll

These students have been named to the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School honor roll for the third quarter.

Blessing the bikes in New London

Motorcyclists line up for the drive-thru blessing at the New London Motorcycle Club's annual bike blessing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at New London Waterfront Park. The event re-located from Ocean Beach Park where it was held last year. The event opened at 11 a.m. with vendor booths, food trucks, a bike show, and music by the band American Honey on City Pier Plaza. The drive-thru blessing began at 2 p.m. The $10 admission fee benefits a number of local charities, including Covenant Shelter, Waterford Country School, and MALTA, Inc. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Hundreds of motorcyclists crowded the waterfront park and downtown New London for the annual New London Motorcycle Club blessing of the bikes Sunday.

Music celebrates culture at New London festivals

Steve Marien, center, and the jazz group Latin Essence, from back left, Eric German, Miguel Rios Jr., Ben Velazquez, Rufus

At events throughout the year, the sounds represent the broad spectrum of this culturally, ethnically and racially diverse city.

Former Waterford superintendent David Cattanach dies

An undated photo of former Waterford Superintendent of Schools David Cattanach. Courtesy of Suzanne Cattanach.

Cattanach, 90, the town's former superintenendent of schools and RTM member, died suddenly at his home here on Thursday.

Proposed rowing center named at Mystic River Boathouse Park

A rendering of the proposed Jim Dietz Rowing Center at the planned Mystic River Boathouse Park. Rendering courtesy of Stonington Community Rowing, Inc.

Stonington Community Rowing, Inc. has announced it will name its proposed rowing facility at the still-to-be constructed Mystic River Boathouse Park as the Jim Dietz Rowing Center.

Stonington Historical Society announces its Hero Award winners

The Stonington Historical Society has announced that the Stonington Garden Club and community leader Joyce Pandolfi are the recipients of its 2022 Hero Fellowship Award.

Mitchell College graduates told to be authentic selves and not let failures define them

Graduate Brian Martin of Stamford, second from right, walks in the processional Saturday, May 14, 2022, during the Mitchell College graduation ceremony at the school's campus in New London.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The 78th commencement ceremony was held Saturday, with 104 getting a bachelor's degree and 16 getting an associate degree.

Concerts draw people to New London's restaurants, businesses

The Funktion band plays at The Social Bar + Kitchen at 208 Bank St. in New London on Thursday, March 10, 2022, with Jon Thomas on keyboard, Evan Lattanzi on bass, Jacob Graham on drums and Noah Feldman on guitar. Guest performer Chris Connelly also was on guitar.  (Corina Wallenta/Special to The Day)

Music and food are on the menu in the city's downtown.

Norwich to hold public hearing Monday on Affordable Housing Plan

Estimated Norwich household incomes in 2020, from the city’s draft Affordable Housing Plan. (Source: 2020 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates)

The 17-page plan provides city housing and family income data and lists strategies for increasing and improving affordable housing.

Stalled open space negotiations filled with talk of affordable housing

The approximate footprint of the Hathaway property in East Lyme is outlined in dark green. If the town doesn’t want to buy the 114 acres to preserve as open space, the property owner says the land could be developed for affordable housing. (Map: Scott Ritter/The Day | Sources: East Lyme Land Trust; ESRI; OpenStreetMap Contributors)

If East Lyme doesn't want to buy 114 acres to preserve as open space, the property owner says the land could be used to address a “screaming need” for affordable housing.

Updated: Municipal meetings

Municipal meetings for the week beginning Sunday, May 15, 2022.

Beach weather includes fog in New London

Tracy Hunter of Bridgeport poses for a photo for her husband, Gregory, with their children, Avaughani, 5, and Savannah, 3, at the edge of the water Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Ocean Beach Park in New London.   (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Tracy and Gregory Hunter of Bridgeport brought their children, Avaughani, 5, and Savannah, 3, to Ocean Beach Park on Saturday, despite the fog rolling in and out.

Jobs on the menu for New London high school students

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Marcos Chapa speaks to New London High School students, from left, Emma Montieth, 16, Sophia Trucken, 16, Julien Velazquez, 17, and Helena Damas, 17, during the career expo Friday, May 13, 2022, at the high school's campus.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The career expo is one way to address the needs of students who don't necessarily want to pursue a college degree, said June Dunn, the school district’s career and college pathways coordinator.

UPDATED: Motorcyclist injured in New London crash

A 22-year-old motorcyclist was injured early Sunday night when he was involved in an accident with a minivan on Montauk Avenue

New London police looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Alivyah Wright is described as Black with black hair and brown eyes, five feet, six inches tall, 155 pounds and last seen wearing a white shirt and possible green pants.

Firefighters and police rescue man from water at Ocean Beach Park

The New London Fire Department said an emotionally distressed man was in 48-degree water for about 20 minutes Saturday morning.

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Groton natives seek to help first responders facing mental injuries

Lauren Hoffman posed for a picture in 2014 — then as Lauren Forbes — in front of a photo of Lt. Thomas Forbes, her late father, and holding his police uniform hat. Lt. Forbes was a 31-year police officer who died by suicide at the City of Groton Police Department in 2011. The portrait of Lt. Forbes is from the FBI National Academy and is Hoffman's favorite photo of her father. Hoffman is now supporting Shields & Stripes, a nonprofit co-founded by a fellow Groton native that helps first responders dealing with mental injuries.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Jennifer Byrnes co-founded the nonprofit Shields & Stripes with a fellow Air Force veteran, and at its fundraising gala, Lauren Hoffman talked about the 11 years since her father, City of Groton Police Lt. Thomas Forbes, died by suicide.

Submarine base honors Gold Star Families

Gold Star Families and dignitaries during a moment of silence Tuesday, May 3, 2022, after placing flags in the Flag Garden during the ceremony for Gold Star Awareness Month at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Naval Submarine Base held a flag garden dedication event in honor of Navy Gold Star Awareness Month.

Regimental review at Coast Guard Academy honors longtime former professors

Five retired members of the Coast Guard Academy faculty, from left, Capt. Kurt Colella, Janet McLeavey, Capt. Rich Sanders, Capt. Mindy McGurer and Capt. Brigid Pavilonis, salute as the Corps of Cadets passes in review Friday, April 22, 2022, at the campus in New London. The five reviewed the corps and were presented with certificates granting them professor emeritus status at the conclusion of the review.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The review on Friday honored five recently retired members of the permanent commissioned teaching staff.

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Rhode Island police K-9 featured in Netflix's 'Rescued by Ruby' euthanized

Ruby, a working K-9 for the Rhode Island State Police and former shelter dog, outside the state police barracks in North Kingstown, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. The Australian shepherd and border collie mix was featured in a Netflix movie titled

A Rhode Island dog whose inspiring story of going from shelter dog to life-saving police K-9 became the subject of a recent Netflix movie has been euthanized

Americans bet $125 billion on sports in 4 years since legalization

A sign bearing an advertisement for Caesars Entertainment's sports betting operation sits near a sports betting terminal in the sports betting lounge at the Tropicana casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Thursday, May 12, 2022. Caesars is one of the most frequent advertisers of sports betting in the United States, where gamblers have wagered over $125 billion on sports with legal betting outlets in the four years since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Americans have bet more than $125 billion on sports with legal gambling outlets in the four years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for all 50 states to offer it

7-year-old girl dies after house fire rescue attempt

A 7-year-old girl died has died in a Connecticut house fire after firefighters removed her from the building following unsuccessful rescue efforts by her parents