Forum on affordable housing focuses on state, local issues

The former Cohanzie School on May 28, 2019, on Dayton Road in Waterford. Residents overwhelmingly opposed a multifamily housing development at the site.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Led by the Connecticut Mirror and hosted by Mitchell College, the event was an extension of reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas's series on affordable housing in the state.

Stonington school board picks firm to conduct Chokas investigation

The board on Wednesday tentatively selected an Avon attorney to probe how school officials handled years of sexual harassment allegations against teacher and coach Timothy Chokas.

Weather for the birds in East Lyme

Linda Olsen of Waterford feeds gulls from a bag of stale cookies before taking a walk Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at McCook Point Beach in Niantic.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Linda Olsen of Waterford was feeding gulls from a bag of stale cookies before taking a walk Thursday at McCook Point Beach in Niantic.

'Hate has no home here' signs run over, stolen in Ledyard

Lawn signs with the message

The signs were repeatedly run over this week before being stolen Thursday in Ledyard. The vandalism came after a swastika was spray-painted over a homemade pro-Trump sign in the town earlier this month.

New London risk manager resigns over internal dispute

City Risk Manager Paul Gills resigned abruptly on Thursday following a disagreement with Chief Administrative Officer Steve Fields. The city's Economic Development Coordinator Peter Lent also resigned recently.

Riding the waves

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle, training tall ship for the Coast Guard, navigates choppy waters Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, as it passes Ledge Light at the mouth of New London Harbor.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Coast Guard barque Eagle returns to New London from maintanance Thursday.

New London grand list sees modest growth

The city’s grand list of taxable properties grew by 2.95% in 2019, buoyed by a $23 million jump in personal property value.

Out and About: Big sound, intimate space at Side Door

It is small and intimate in there, and that’s what makes it so great.

Creativity Heals: Finding peace through painting

“When you are busy creating, you forget about your ailments; you focus on what you are doing instead,” Laite said.

Resolution supporting minor league baseball teams submitted in U.S. Senate

Blumenthal and 16 other senators co-sponsored a resolution calling for Major League Baseball to scrap plans to cut ties with 42 teams, including Norwich's.

Churches offer Ash Wednesday blessings to go in New London

Lay Eucharistic ministers Chuck Sharp, left, and Hildy Zeigler of St. James Episcopal Church offer ashes and a blessing to Aridia Dorwart of Quaker Hill while she waits for a train outside Union Station on Feb. 26, 2020, Ash Wednesday.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

The Rev. Sara Ofner Seals of First Congregational Church offers Ash Wednesday blessings to passers-by Wednesday.

Protest opposing demolition of East Lyme property canceled

These historical houses on Boston Post Road in East Lyme are proposed for demolition to make way for a Dollar General store. (Mary Biekert/The Day)

A protest scheduled Saturday to oppose the demolition of the historic Flowers House on Boston Post Road has been canceled after its organizer cited a threatening comment made about the protest on a Facebook forum.

Lamont, state and local officials respond to coronavirus threat

Local health departments, hospitals and schools in Connecticut are ready to cope with a rapidly changing situation.

Norwich school budget increase projected at 11% next year; $1.1 million deficit this year

Norwich school administrators hope tuition cost projections will come in much lower to reduce the projected increase next year.

Mystic class brings birds of a feather so students can draw them together

Rob Reas shows students how to get started drawing a broad-winged hawk during his Drawing Raptors class Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in the JX Barn at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center's Coogan Farm in Mystic.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Rob Reas has been showing students in Mystic how to draw birds of prey — from life.

Woman wanted in wallet theft at Norwich Walmart

Police released this surveillance photo of a woman who allegedly stole a wallet Feb. 15, 2020, from Walmart in Norwich. (Courtesy of Norwich Police Department)

A woman is wanted for stealing another person's wallet from Walmart in Norwich, police said.

Bronx, N.Y., truck driver charged with leaving scene of Norwich crash

The Bronx, N.Y., driver of a tractor-trailer car carrier faces charges after he allegedly fled back to New York after crashing into a utility pole on Feb. 18.

Police arrest three, seize drugs in Lisbon and Griswold

State troopers assisted Norwich Adult Probation at two homes, where they seized heroin, cocaine, mushrooms and marijuana.

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State Veterans Affairs Committee hears testimony on alert, benefits bills

One proposal would create a Green Alert system in Connecticut for at-risk veterans who go missing. Another would change how the state handles veterans' pension benefits.

At hearing, Courtney presses defense secretary to release Navy shipbuilding plan to justify cuts to service's budget

After questioning from Courtney, Esper said that he hasn't seen the Navy's shipbuilding plan, contradicting recent news reports that say he is holding up its release.

Congressmen stress impact of submarine cut with Navy officials

Courtney, Blumenthal and Murphy took advantage of a visit by top Navy officials to EB Monday to call for restoring the attack submarine cut in the president's proposed budget.

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Lamont's chief of staff, architect of toll plan, resigns

Gov. Ned Lamont's chief of staff, who helped develop the governor's ill-fated trucks-only toll plan, has resigned

Court dismisses appeal of gag order in missing mom case

The Connecticut Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal of a gag order that a judge imposed in the case of a man accused of killing his estranged wife

Prosecutor: Stamford man in police custody died from heart disease

Connecticut's top prosecutor says a man who lost consciousness after being taken into police custody on his 23rd birthday died from coronary artery disease and his death was natural