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At the Library: Laptop use for free at Stonington Free Library

Thanks to the Connecticut State Library and American Rescue Plan funding, Stonington Free Library has several new laptops available for public use.

Incumbent Republican Brian Lanoue endorsed in 45th House District

Republican state Rep. Brian Lanoue was endorsed unanimously in a bid for his third term in the newly reconfigured 45th state House District.

Republican Robert Bell endorsed as 46th House District candidate

Republican candidate Robert Bell was endorsed Tuesday to run for the 46th state House District that covers the southern and urban sections of Norwich.

Be an Angel: BioBlitz is almost here

The 2022 CT BioBlitz wil be held on June 3-4. The event is a 24-hour race to try to identify as many species within an 11-mile diameter, which this year will cover parts of Groton, New London and Waterford.

Everyone's housing story is different. What's yours?

The team at The Day's Housing Solutions Lab recently launched a year-long investigation into the housing market in New London County. But before we can find solutions, we need to hear from YOU about problems finding a place you can afford.

In the Schools: Coping Skills Fair at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School

Twenty teens from NFA held a Coping Skills Fair for all 8th Graders at Kelly STEAM Magnet Middle School.
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The NFA Coping Experts Team was made up of teens from the NFA Prevention Council, Project Outreach and the Teen Leadership Initiative.

The intergenerational poetry project

From left, Chris Morren, Eve Slemp, Noelle Avena, Molly Neal, Sarah Berger and Melanie Greenhouse. 
(Photo by Cate Steel)

At the Mystic Noank Library, this event was squeezed in on the last day of National Poetry Month in April.

ISAAC art class visits New London mural

Naomi Colon, 13, is lifted up in the air by friends as they practice a cheerleading routine Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from the Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visited the new mural at Fulton Park in New London on Wednesday.

Ledyard voters approve fiscal year 2022-23 budget

Residents approved a $63,510,221 budget package for the 2022-23 fiscal year in a referendum Tuesday, by a vote of 202-44.

Republicans endorse Howard to seek relection as 43rd District state House

Republican State Rep. Greg Howard of Stonington was endorsed by his party Tuesday night to seek reelection to the 43rd District seat.

Norwich School Building Committee opts for four new elementary schools

The Norwich committee endorsed a plan to build three new elementary schools on grounds of existing schools and one on the former Greeneville School site.

Protesters gather to get their messages heard during Harris visit to New London

Protesters demonstrate Wednesday, May 18, 2022, along a roadside part of McKinley Park, a swath of city-owned green space at the corner of Williams Street and Mohegan Avenue Parkway, during the Coast Guard Academy commencement ceremony in New London.  (Greg Smith/The Day)

Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday didn’t bring to New London the crowds of protesters expected during a presidential visit. Vice presidents rarely do.

Ceramics artist to make free cups for veterans, families, others

Berkeley, Calif., ceramics artist Ehren Tool, a U.S. Marine combat veteran, will hold free daylong workshops t the Veterans Rally Point at Easter Seals, 24 Stott Ave. in Norwich, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 20-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at Three Rivers Community College, 574 New London Turnpike, Monday and Tuesday, May 23 and 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tool will make custom ceramic cups decorated with recipients’ military insignia, personal memorabilia and colors. All cups are free for recipients. (Courtesy of Argil Tool)

California artist Ehren Tool has made an estimated 25,000 ceramic cups at no charge for veterans, families, supporters, peace activists and others.

Coast Guard Band moves its audience with patriotic tunes

A member of the tuba section and fellow members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band perform Sept. 4, 2017, during their

Band members include graduates of top music schools and former world-class orchestra and symphony musicians. After their service, musicians continue to add to the regional arts community.

Lifetime movie films in Mystic: It’s a thriller

Crew members adjust the set between scenes Wednesday May 18, 2022, while filming “How to Live Your Best Death” at the Inn at Mystic. The movie, by Synthetic Cinema International, will air later this year on Lifetime.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The crew for Rocky Hill-based Synthetic Cinema International is shooting scenes for “How to Live Your Best Death” in Mystic and Norwich.

Lighthouse Inn fire sparked by drilling, ruled accidental

The city’s fire marshal has ruled that the cause of the May 5 fire that damaged the recently-opened Lighthouse Inn is accidental.

Fire extinguished at waste management facility in New London

Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at the Connecticut Waste Processing Materials LLC, or CWPM, transfer station at 45 Fourth St. early Wednesday morning.

Norwich man charged with home invasion, assault with 'hatchet-style' weapon

Norwich police on Wednesday, with the aid of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, arrested the man suspected in a Feb. 8 home invasion.

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Vice President Kamala Harris tells Coast Guard Academy graduates their importance in 'unsettled world'

Ensign Khalfani Hargrow accepts his commission from retired U.S. Army Col. Cynthia Lightner, as Vice President Kamala Harris looks on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during the 141st commencement exercises at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. Harris delivered the keynote address to the Class of 2022.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The vice president delivered the keynote address during the 141st Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, congratulating cadets on completing a "a remarkable journey."

First cyber systems majors to graduate from Coast Guard Academy

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadets first class, from left, Travis Morris, Spencer Kotys, Carolyn Ziegler and Austin Aitken on Thursday, May 12, 2022, in the Cyber Systems Lab at McAllister Hall on the school's campus in New London. The four are among the first class of 22 cadets to graduate with the academy's new cyber systems major.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Class of 2022 includes pioneers in the major, created in 2018.

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.

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'Pharma Bro' Shkreli freed from prison for halfway house

FILE - Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli attends the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 4, 2016. Shkreli has been freed from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Convicted pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli has been freed from prison after serving much of a seven-year prison sentence for lying to hedge fund investors and cheating investors in a drug company

Hochul to strengthen gun laws, target online extremism and white supremacy in response to Buffalo mass shooting

Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a package of executive orders and legislative actions Wednesday strengthening New York’s gun laws and targeting domestic terrorism in response to the deadly race-based mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket.

16-year-old charged in stabbing death of Fairfield Prep student

Shelton police on Wednesday arrested a 16-year-old from Milford in the stabbing death of a Fairfield Prep student, described in his obituary as an accomplished athlete and “a wonderfully happy person with a big heart.”