Stonington vet continues Veterans Day tradition of walking a marathon

Fordan Bonardi sings along to music as he walks along Route 215 from Mystic to Noank on Monday, November 11, 2019.  This was the eighth year in a row Bonardi, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran, walked a full marathon on Veterans Day from his home in Pawcatuck to Carson's Store in Noank and back. He said he does it to honor the sacrifice of fallen soldiers and their families,  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Fordan Bonardi left his house just before 6:30 a.m. Monday, setting out to complete what has become a Veterans Day ritual.

Sprague unveils female combat veteran statue, said to be first in the state

Women veterans gather around the woman combat soldier sculpture unveiled by American Legion Post 85 in Baltic in the War Memorial Park in Baltic Monday, November 11, 2019.  The new sculpture, paid for with $50,000 raised by the post, stands next to a fallen soldier sculpture already on the site. The female combat soldier sculpture was designed and made by Brodin Studios of Kimball, Minnesota.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The statue recognizes women's involvement in the military, said state Sen. Cathy Osten, who served on active duty in the Army for four years.

Service dog helps decorated Vietnam vet cope with PTSD

U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam war veteran Tom Williamson with his service dog

Tom Williamson, who earned five Purple Hearts and was seriously injured several times in combat, recently had to have his injured leg amputated after battling years of infections.

Subvets to host Veterans Day program Monday

City of Groton Mayor Keith Hedrick and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, will address attendees. Courtney will talk about new resources available to so-called Blue Water Navy vets

Base employee to be honored for longtime work prepping submarines

Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Tuohy stands Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in front of the USS San Juan (SSN 751) on the waterfront at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Tuohy will receive the 2019 Frederick B. Warder Award for Outstanding Achievement from the Naval Submarine League. The annual award recognizes an individual whose contribution most positively influenced the reputation, readiness or future well-being of the submarine force. Tuohy is the assistant repair officer at Naval Submarine Support Facility in New London. Under his leadership, a team of more than 700 employees prepared 17 submarines for deployment.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Mark A. Tuohy, who helps ensure Groton-based submarines are ready to go to sea, is being recognized by the Naval Submarine League for outstanding achievement.

LOCAL NEWS

Kindness in Real Life: Scrapbooking for a cause

Customers of Scrapbook Cove in Mystic “Make and Take” cards to benefit multiple sclerosis research, support and awareness. (Photo submitted)

Not everyone has the freedom of movement to do scrapbooking; sometimes family and friends with multiple sclerosis cannot participate in the activities.

Lee's Kitchen: Taking the mystery out of meatloaf

Did you ever wonder why anyone would choose meatloaf at a restaurant? Truth be told, most people love meatloaf, but they don’t like their parents’ or spouse’s meatloaf.

Stonington selectmen approve boathouse park compromise

The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday formally endorsed an agreement with the State Historic Preservation Office to preserve a house on the Mystic River Boathouse Park property that is considered to be a contributing factor to the Rossie Velvet Mill...

Waterford man's lost $4,200 returned by fellow veteran

Bill Palifka, left, of Marlborough returned $4,200 to Benjamin Donovan, right, of Waterford on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Donovan had lost the money at Angie's Pizza in Mystic on Monday, which was Veterans Day. (Courtesy of Benjamin Donovan)

Benjamin Donovan lost his money at Angie's Pizza in Mystic on Veterans Day.

COLUMNS

Mayor Passero fears gentrification?

The mayor might want to be more realistic about the state of the city, as he starts a new term.

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Eversource crews investigate potential gas hazard in Montville neighborhood

As of right now, no one has had to evacuate their homes, an Eversource spokesman said.

UPDATED: Gas leak prompts evacuation of several homes, businesses in Norwich

The Norwich Fire Department and Norwich Public Utilities blocked off North Main Street and evacuated several homes and businesses after discovering a “significant” gas leak in a line beneath the street Monday afternoon.

Crane falls on New London construction site

New London fire department personnel look on as a heavy duty wrecker from Columbus Square Auto works to right a construction lift on Howard Street in New London Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.  A portion of Howard Street was closed for a short time.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

No one was injured Monday morning when a crane working on the construction of an apartment complex at the corner of Bank and Howard streets fell to the road.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Connecticut defendant in drug slaying gets 40 years in prison

A Connecticut man who shot another man four times in the back during a drug deal has been sentenced to 40 years in prison

Connecticut police officer: I quit Proud Boys over fears of ‘far-left’ attacks

In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, East Hampton, Conn., Police Chief Dennis Woessner addresses the Town Council in East Hampton. East Hampton officer Kevin P. Wilcox, has retired from the force after Committee for Civil Rights Under Law raised concerns about his membership with the Proud Boys, a far-right group known for engaging in violent clashes at political rallies. In September, Woessner told the civil rights organization that Wilcox’s Proud Boys membership didn’t violate department policies. (Jeff Mill/The Middletown Press via AP)

A Connecticut police officer accused a civil rights organization’s leader of trying to “silence conservative voices” by raising concerns about his membership in a far-right group known for violent clashes at political rallies

NATION/WORLD

Poll: Americans struggle to indentify true facts

A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and USA Facts finds that regardless of their political beliefs, many Americans say they have a hard time figuring out if information is true

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

A former top government environmental health official is expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates public health threats