Spicer Mansion owner says he's resolving foreclosure, zoning disputes

Brian Gates said financial problems that led to a foreclosure action are in the past and that a resolution of the town’s suit alleging zoning violations is imminent.

Chance for snow on Tuesday

Expect to see snow in the air Tuesday, but not much on the ground.

East Lyme removes first selectman from Board of Police Commissioners

The ordinance modification was passed 5 to 1, with one selectman, Rose Ann Hardy, voting against it.

East Lyme honors veterans

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 270 member Jerry Donat holds the stars and stripes during the East Lyme Veterans Council Veterans Day ceremony Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at the Niantic Liberty Green. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Residents gather at the Niantic Liberty Green for a Veterans Day ceremony sponsored by the East Lyme Veterans Council Monday.

DPNC receives $250,000 grant to enhance Coogan Farm property

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center formally announced Monday that its has received a $250,000 grant from The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation of Norwich that will continue the development of the Coogan Farm Nature & Heritage Center.

Construction of regional animal shelter set to begin in New London

With agreements and funding in place, preliminary work has begun on the regional dog pound at Bates Woods.

Norwich schools staff take the stage in fundraiser talent show

The Norwich Public Schools Education Foundation fundraiser, Staff Follies, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Kelly Middle School.

Stonington High hosts veterans feast on Nov. 21

The Stonington High School student government will host its annual “Fall Feast for Veterans” dinner on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m. in the Stonington High School Commons.

Scouts place flags for Veterans Day

Boy Scout Nathan Jankowski, 15, unfurls a flag placed on Water Street in Mystic as he and fellow scouts from BSA Troop 76 and Pack 200 place flags along East and West Main streets in Mystic Monday, November 11, 2019 for Veterans Day. The scouts are chartered through St. Patrick Church on East Main Street and along with family members place the flags between Broadway on the Stonington side of Mystic and Water Street on the Groton side. The scouts, acting for the Mystic Flag Committee, place flags for Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Columbus Day. Flags are placed starting at sunrise, around 7 a.m. and the scouts return at 4 p.m. to remove the flags.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Scouts with BSA Troop 76 and Pack 200 place flags along East and West Main Streets in Mystic for Veterans Day Monday morning.

Subvets hold annual ceremony in Groton

Veterans and community members salute as a bell is tolled during a Veteran's Day Observance on Monday, November 11, 2019, at the Submarine Force Library and Museum.  The event, organized by the United States Submarine Veterans Groton Base, honored veterans and featured guest speaker Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Veterans and community members salute as a bell is tolled during a Veteran's Day observance on Monday at the Submarine Force Library and Museum.

Ledyard Regional VNA recognized by HomeCare Elite

The Ledyard Regional Visiting Nurse Agency has been named to the Top 100 of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, as ranked by ABILITY Network out of nearly 9,000 agencies nationwide.

Making Halloween a little brighter

Lights set up on Chriswood Trace by resident Matt Natale light the way for trick-or-treaters on Oct. 31. (photo by David Luke)

A Ledyard resident came up with a bright idea for kids trick-or-treating on his dark street.

My Pet Pal: Willow

Retired from the show ring, Willow spends her time taking naps in the kitchen.

Waterford group to remove dam to allow alewives to spawn

The dam has been blocking access to spawning waters for alewives since the 1970s.

Salem honors its unsung heroes

Ron LaBonte, left, and presenter Sue Spang, right, look at honoree Janet Griggs during the Salem Unsung Heroes Awards on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at the Gardner Lake Volunteer Fire Company Firehouse. The 10th award ceremony honored 11 recipients for their years of commitment to volunteerism and community service.  The program was established in 1989 by a bipartisan coalition to showcase civic virtue within the community, and to promote future volunteerism efforts. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Residents were honored for their years of commitment to volunteerism and community service during the Salem Unsung Heroes Awards on Sunday.

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.

Crane falls on New London construction site

New London fire department personnel look on as a heavy duty wrecker from Columbus Square Auto works to right a construction lift on Howard Street in New London Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.  A portion of Howard Street was closed for a short time.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

No one was injured Monday morning when a crane working on the construction of an apartment complex at the corner of Bank and Howard streets fell to the road.

Rollover on I-395 in Norwich results in minor injuries, backs up traffic

The accident occurred around 3:20 p.m., and the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital for minor injuries, a fire official said.

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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.

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Former All-State gymnast dies following practice accident

A college gymnast from Connecticut has died following a training accident

38 Rhode Island dams pose safety risk, must be repaired

In this Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, photo the Slack Reservoir Dam holds back water in Smithfield, R.I. Water seeping through the dam has eroded its core so there's now a 10-by-30-foot

Nearly 40 dams high hazard dams in Rhode Island were in dangerous conditions and at risk of failing if they are not repaired

2 soccer players suspended for shoving game official

Two Massachusetts high school soccer players who allegedly shoved a game official have been suspended from playing sports