A taste of the tropics

Tiare, left, and Kai'Ulani, right, dancers with Kaiholunuie, a Polynesian dance group from Wallingford, lead a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Kai'Ulani is wearing a Tahitian regalia. The group taught dances from Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand Maori traditions. The event, which ran over the long Presidents' Day weekend, also featured Live steel drum music, diving mermaids in the Coral Reef exhibit, and a tropical fish craft for kids of all ages. Tropical Sunsation activities were free to all with paid admission to the aquarium. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Dancers with Kaiholunuie, a polynesian dance group from Wallingford, lead a lesson for children attending Tropical Sunsation at Mystic Aquarium.

Bills introduced to change state law regarding mileage payments to legislators

Two state senators from the region have proposed a bill that would prohibit mileage payments from counting toward legislators' pension calculations and from collecting mileage when they are carpool passengers.

Feeding the seagulls

Cindy Shea, of East Lyme, throws donuts and pizza rolls to the seagulls at McCook Point Beach on Monday, February 18, 2019 in Niantic.  Shea said she stops to feed the birds most days and usually brings donated food from Flanders Bake Shop that the store was going to throw away.

Cindy Shea, of East Lyme, throws donuts and pizza rolls to the seagulls at McCook Point Beach on Monday in Niantic.

Bill would allow police to get mental help without repercussions

State Sen. Heather Somers, R-Groton, has introduced a bill that she said would enable police officers to get the mental help they need without negative consequences.

Police logs – Feb. 17, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

Police logs - Feb. 16, 2019

Arrests by state police and local departments around the region.

New London firefighter charged with DUI in Groton

City police have arrested a New London firefighter on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving an unregistered motor vehicle, according to the police report.

Waterford police seek missing 16-year-old boy

Police are seeking a 16-year-old boy who went missing Friday.

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Local Fleet Reserve Association to meet Feb. 21

Branch and Unit 20 of the local Fleet Reserve Association, located at 242 Thames St., will hold their regular monthly meetings on Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

As military suicides climb, silence could be fatal

With the suicide rate among active-duty military personnel at a record high, a suicide prevention coordinator with the VA in Connecticut is calling attention to the fact that asking about thoughts of suicide doesn't increase risk.

Family wants state to change how it handles veterans’ pension benefits

Herbert Schacht, left, and his wife, Emily, ran the Waterford Country School for more than 40 years and raised seven children on the school grounds. Before Schacht died Aug. 10, 2017, his family found out that Connecticut counts pension money as part of a veteran's income. That increased his income threshold and made him ineligible for other benefits like the Medicaid waiver program. (Courtesy of the Schacht family)

A World War II vet risked losing state aid because of a VA benefit, and his family wants to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone else.

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