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Groton RTM member apologizes for comments about Black Lives Matter protest

A Groton Representative Town Meeting member has apologized for an email in which she asked if "the town can just tell black lives matter they cannot come to Groton because we cannot accommodate them financially."

Through illness, Marine Science senior sailing ahead with grit

Marine Science Magnet High School senior Lily Flack with a sailboat in the backyard of her home in Stonington on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Flack will be attending  St. Mary's College of Maryland next fall, studying biology and being a member of the sailing team. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Lily Flack struggled with a Lyme disease diagnosis for a year and a half but is feeling like herself again, and was recruited for sailing by St. Mary's College of Maryland.

New safety protocols will be in place as town, city halls start to reopen

Several town and city halls in the region will reopen soon with safety protocols in place.

Groton fiscal year 2021 tax rate set at 25.11 mills

The Groton Town Council set the fiscal year 2021 tax rate at 25.11 mills.

Stonington senior surprised with $20,000 scholarship from Cove Ledge

Cove Ledge Beer, Wine and Spirits owners Annette and Keith Bienkowski present Stonington High School senior Eva Dale, who will be studying illustration at Ringling College of Art & Design, with a $20,000 scholarship Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Velvet Mill in Stonington. (Erica Moser/The Day)

Eva Dale, who recently illustrated a children's book about a local therapy dog, is going to Ringling College of Art & Design for illustration.

Lyme-Old Lyme schools looks to phase out fossil fuel use by 2030

The Region 18 Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution this week seeking to phase out all fossil-fuel use at its schools in Lyme and Old Lyme by 2030.

East Lyme Democrats to host peaceful rally and vigil Saturday

The event seeks to honor the lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Old Lyme to hold peaceful protest Saturday

The event will begin at Town Hall and will proceed down Lyme Street, ending on the lawn at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

Finding Middle Ground: Budget season is over as taxes see small cut

This was one of the most unusual budget seasons in modern Waterford history.

Coming this weekend

Coming this weekend

Tossing Lines: Poetic ambling with Willard Spiegelman

Shunning cars for a change, new walkers are no doubt noticing that moving on foot for any distance feels like the world has stopped around them.

Capturing the scene at the beach in Waterford

Blanche Serban, an artist based out of Mansfield, looks to the sky to check the light as she works on an oil painting of a beach scene Thursday, June 4, 2020, at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Residents head to the water to enjoy warm temperatures.

Whooo wants to learn? Mystic nature center offers online education sessions

Kim Hargrave, director of education at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, shows Willow the screech owl to visitors Ian McNeil and Olivia Burton on Thursday, June 4, 2020, as she takes Willow inside for an online education session.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Since shutting down due to coronavirus restrictions in March, the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center has been offering online programs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on its Facebook page.

Lamont announces $75 million to reimburse cities and towns for COVID-19 expenses

The Lamont administration had asked all 169 municipalities for actual and projected COVID-19 expenses from March 1 to June 30.

Norwich police investigate alleged racial slurs by Starbucks customer

Marcela Lee embraces Isabella Persons on Thursday, June 4, 2020, as fellow baristas at the Starbucks in Norwich, Luke LePage, left, and Gavin Schriever, look on. Lee returned to the store Thursday to thank the staff for backing her up in a racially charged incident Tuesday in the drive-thru. Lee brought money to give to the three employees as a tip for their exceptional customer service.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Officers are investigating racial slurs and profanity a driver allegedly aimed at a customer in front of her in the Starbucks drive-thru.

Two displaced by Thursday night fire in Niantic

Niantic Fire Chief John Dwire said it extended from one apartment to another in a duplex, but there were no injuries.

New London police arrest man on warrant on gun charges, add drug charges

Shaquan Saunders, 25, has been charged with criminal possession of a firearm, unlawful discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.

Man removed from train, taken into custody in New London

Police take a man into custody after removing him from a Shore Line East train Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in New London. (Taylor Hartz/The Day)

A man wanted out of Hopkinton, R.I., was removed from a Shore Line East train and taken into custody Wednesday afternoon in New London, police said.

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Report: Coast Guard Academy fell short in response to racial harassment

The United States Coast Guard Academy on April 25, 2014.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The review by the homeland security inspector general “continues to highlight the important work that we have to do and the important journey that we’re on,” academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Bill Kelly said.

Veterans released from prison amid pandemic get a helping hand

The mission of three Connecticut-based groups is two-fold: Help incarcerated veterans with their reentry into society and provide an incentive to release them from prison given the coronavirus pandemic.

Sub base to commemorate Memorial Day with 21-gun salute

The salute will honor those who've died serving the U.S. military.

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Lamont makes a Father’s Day gesture to restaurants

“Here we are in June. Summer is coming. It’s time to get our holiday season going, and we’re going to be able to slowly open up our hotels, as well,” the governor said.

Reward offered in shooting death of dog found in river

An animal welfare organization is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and  conviction of the person who shot a dog in the head and left the body in a Narragansett river

Judge rejects Ponzi king Madoff's bid for early release

In this Tuesday, March 10, 2009, file photo, former financier Bernie Madoff exits federal court in Manhattan, in New York. Madoff asked a federal judge to grant him a “compassionate release” from his 150-year prison sentence, saying he has terminal kidney failure and less than 18 months to live. (AP Photo/David Karp, File)

A judge has rejected Ponzi king Bernard Madoff's bid for early release from his 150-year prison sentence