Hands-on: At this art park, you can touch the sculptures

Sculptures in the cedar grove at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. The private sculpture garden, owned by Gilbert Boro, features over 100 of the owner's works and a new summer showcase opened recently with more than 20 new sculptures.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Gilbert Boro is the owner of Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, a spot that's free and child-friendly.

Child advocate's office to take closer look at New London schools

The state Office of the Child Advocate has begun a review of “child welfare concerns,” in the New London school district, a likely precursor to a full independent review of what is considered by many to be a full-blown scandal.

Raising the flag

Scouts from Mystic Troop 76 unfurl the flag to be raised to celebrate Flag Day Friday, June 14, 2019 at the Mystic Liberty Pole at Holmes and East Main in Mystic.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Scouts help the Mystic Flag Committee raise the stars and stripes to mark Flag Day Friday in Mystic.

Seaport's Latitude 41 restaurant to operate until end of 2020

The Latitude 41 restaurant, 101 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic. Mystic Seaport Museum announced Thursday that it has plans to demolish the restaurant and construct a 27-room boutique hotel and restaurant in its place. (Google Street View

The president and owner of the local firm that operates Latitude 41 at Mystic Seaport Museum assured patrons and those who have scheduled weddings and other events at the restaurant that they will take place as its contract does not expire until...

Celebrating failures that lead to success, Montville seniors get their diplomas

Montville High School graduating senior Michaela McCracken takes a selfie with a group of classmates Friday, June 14, 2019, prior to their commencement. (Peter Huoppi/The Day)

Montville High School graduated 144 students on Friday, June 14.

New London senior says Generation Z will be a force to reckon with

Christopher Bowers, center, and the New London High School Class of 2019 celebrates Friday, June 14, 2019, at the conclusion of commencement exercises on Cannamela Field. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Class valedictorian Aidan Desjardins started high school in New London as a timid kid in an unknown environment. He said he found a community where he could excel. It changed him.

Waterford graduates urged to 'keep being you'

Waterford High School graduate Nevaeh McKinney dances for the camera with her friends and classmates Friday, June 14, 2019, inside the school's Francis X. Sweeney field house before commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2019.   (Tim Cook/The Day)

The graduating Class of 2019 was part of the second-most successful drama production in the school's history, seven state championships and more than 20,000 community service hours.

East Lyme High School graduates lauded for their unity, character

Dave Roberts, left, high-fives Sarah Sylvester, both Class of 2019 academic scholar orators, following her speech Friday, June 14, 2019 during East Lyme High School's 51st commencement ceremony. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The East Lyme High School Class of 2019 graduated on Friday evening.

Norwich Tech grads told 'every day is a day to learn'

Zaine Orr, center, cheers while he and his fellow automotive technology students have a group hug Friday, June 14, 2019, while waiting to begin the processional for the Norwich Technical High School graduation ceremony.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Norwich Technical High School Class of 2019 valedictorian Matt Fells said that no matter where they go next, his classmates will face challenges, and he urged them to meet those challenges “straight on, with high expectations for...

Norwich school board member announces resignation

Board of Education member James Maloney announced Friday that he will resign from the board to devote time to fighting a forgery charge.

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Chicago Bulls point guard, and former New London High School star, Kris Dunn, laughs with members of the Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School

Chicago Bulls point guard, and former New London High School star, Kris Dunn visits Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School Thursday

Remembrance of Things Past: Field trips sometimes go smoothly, sometimes not

I still remember the first field trip I led as a brand new teacher at Cutler Junior High.

East Lyme education board follows through on cuts, eliminates middle school basketball

Superintendent Jeffrey Newton warned that education cuts would be necessary after the finance board reduced the proposed education budget by $250,000 in April.

Taking a victory lap

Graduating seniors from New London High School walk the halls of C.B. Jennings Elementary School on Thursday, June 13, 2019, as part of the traditional senior walk. The 237 members of the Class of 2019 spent their morning busing from the high school to each of the city's elementary schools, Harbor Elementary, Nathan Hale Arts Magnet, C.B. Jennings and Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet, both as inspiration to the younger students, as well as for the recognition of their accomplishment.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Graduating seniors from New London High School walk the halls of C.B. Jennings Elementary School on Thursday as part of the traditional senior walk.

Police search for Norwich man missing since Wednesday

Vincente Velazquez is described as a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is about 5 foot 9 and weighs 124 pounds. He was last seen June 12 wearing blue boxer shorts, a black T-shirt and black socks.

Fire chief: Teamwork prevents major blaze at Salem campground

Ten fire companies worked together late Wednesday to stop a fire in a semi-permanent camper from spreading to the rest of Indianfield Campground in Salem.

No injuries after one car lands atop another in Waterford

No one was injured in this two-car, motor vehicle collision Thursday, June 13, 2019, on Broad Street in front of the People's Bank by the New London town line. Upon arrival Cohanzie firefighters found both occupants out of their vehicles under their own power, uninjured.  (Tim Cook/The Day)

The accident occurred just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, on Broad Street just over the New London line.

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Injured EB worker, recovering at home, hopes to return to work one day

Tanessa Pabon sits in her Waterford home Friday, June 14, 2019. Pabon was critically injured on the job at Electric Boat in May and is recovering at home after several weeks in the hospital.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

"I just remember washing and then I woke up at the hospital," Tanessa Pabon said during an interview at her home, where she's recovering after spending 18 days in the hospital and a long-term rehabilitation facility.

Senators urge sub base to prepare for impacts of climate change

Connecticut's Democratic senators are calling on the new commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base to prioritize readying the base against potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather.

Senate passes bill to extend disability benefits to Blue Water Navy veterans

The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill to extend disability benefits to thousands of veterans who served on Navy ships in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

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Maine's Collins to oppose Trump judicial nominee over record opposing gay rights

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks at the Capitol in Washington in this 2017 photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Susan Collins said Friday she will oppose one of President Donald Trump's federal judicial nominees over his record opposing LGBTQ rights.

NYPD suffers 3rd suspected officer suicide in 9 days

New York City police say a 29-year-old officer has died after shooting himself in the head, the department's third suspected suicide in nine days

Police return to Avon, Hartford as search continues for missing mother

This undated photo released Friday, May 31, 2019, by the New Canaan, Conn., Police Department, shows Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 24 when she was last seen dropping off her children at school. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

As the three-week search for missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos continued Friday, state police returned again to a Hartford trash-to-energy plant and an Avon pond to look for evidence.