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    CuriousCT - Ask The Day

    At The Day, we strive to cover stories our readers care about. Now, through our new project Curious CT, we're making it easier for you to tell us what you want to know about people, places and issues in southeastern Connecticut. All you have to do is submit your question in the form below.

    Not sure what to ask? You can ask questions big or small, such as: "Who's the biggest taxpayer in Groton?" or "How often do legislators travel outside of Connecticut for work?" or "What's the average wait time at the local DMV?"

    After each submission period, we'll select a few questions and kick it back to you, the readers, to vote on your favorite. Once a winner is selected by reader votes, we'll contact the person who submitted the winning question to be part of the reporting process, if they so desire. Then we'll report back what we learn. This could be in a story, a podcast, a video or a combination.

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    Here's how it works:

    Past CuriousCT stories

    Making sense of Fort Nonsense

    A reader asked through CuriousCT where a forgotten Revolutionary War fort stood in New London. We went looking for the location.

    CuriousCT: Here’s why so many trees are being cut on the highway

    A reader wanted to know why the state is cutting down all the trees along interstates and state routes. Here’s what we learned.

    In search of a lost golf course

    Grounds at Harkness Memorial State Park were once a millionaire’s nine-hole links

    The submarine that got away

    Groton once had a World War II boat on display but couldn’t keep it

    Pandemic's toll on restaurants, entertainment venues tough to pin down

    It was inevitable that state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic would wreak havoc on the leisure and hospitality industry, a “supersector” of the Connecticut ...

    Lighthouse Inn owner struggles through delays, plans 2021 restaurant opening

    New London — A visitor to the Lighthouse Inn would have to look past the layer of sawdust and stacks of wood flooring waiting to be installed to envision a sun-drenched m...

    Good times and bad at Lighthouse Inn

    Beloved New London hotel has both prospered and struggled

    Are there active hate groups in Connecticut?

    From 2019 to 2020, the Anti-Defamation League tracked 193 incidents of hate, extremism and anti-Semitism in Connecticut, ranging from a July 2020 murder in Hartford in wh...

    COVID-19 cases projected to peak April 25 in Connecticut

    The Day continues to get many coronavirus-related questions from readers, and we're trying to answer several at a time on a weekly basis. You can submit questions at thed...

    Should we wear masks and gloves to the grocery store?

    The Day has received dozens of reader-submitted questions about the coronavirus, ranging from general questions to ones specific to certain conditions or situations. We'v...

    Curious CT: Norwich, Old Saybrook among DMV locations with the longest wait times in the state

    Norwich — At the Norwich Department of Motor Vehicles branch last week, Putnam resident Trevor J. Clark-Zamoider sat and waited with forms that he had printed at home so ...

    Former Groton golf course reverts to farmland

    Groton — The land that once was home to the Birch Plain Golf Course and most recently The Pines Golf Course & Driving Range is now officially farmland. Through The Day's ...

    What's the deal with that vacant mill complex in New London?

    New London — A developer with experience in transforming brownfields into residences has purchased a long-vacant mill complex on Garfield Avenue with plans for up to 90 a...

    Go fish: Niantic school decorations gone for good

    East Lyme — As part of The Day's CuriousCT initiative, a reader asked: "What happened to the fish mural on the Niantic Center grammar school? It was removed at the start ...

    CuriousCT: Tribes' slot payments end up in state's General Fund, municipal coffers

    A CuriousCT respondent who wished to remain anonymous suggested The Day provide a “thorough accounting” of the slot-machine revenue the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tr...

    Readers curious about taxes, union membership, slot revenue

    Readers seem to have government on their minds, so we've culled these four questions for you to consider in our next round of CuriousCT voting: [naviga:ul] [naviga:li]How...

    Where the heck is Mystic? And other pressing questions

    Since The Day started CuriousCT in February, readers have submitted more than 350 questions. Reporters have answered many of them, some about how government spends our mo...

    Connecticut tops continental U.S. in electricity prices: what gives?

    When David Watson looked down at his utility bill in 2003, the last year he lived in Boise, Idaho, electricity cost about 8 cents per kilowatt hour. Now Watson, a 67-year...

    Bill libraries in Groton, Ledyard united by family history

    Why do Bill Memorial Library in Groton and Bill Library in Ledyard share a name? How are they related? That was the question voters in the latest CuriousCT round selected...

    Restaurants stand long vacant in Old Lyme, North Stonington

    As part of The Day's CuriousCT initiative, we've received quite a few questions about specific buildings in the area. Today, we're answering questions about two. If you'r...

    Two boats: one grounded, one sank

    CuriousCT readers turned their interests to boats in this round of questions. Q. What’s the history behind the small boat named “Blue Peter” in the Olde Mistick Villa...

    Bins to bales: Recycling 'still working' despite fiscal stress

    Newspaper and cardboard were flattened and bundled and left on the curb alongside a container of cans and bottles. Loose paper went up in flames in a backyard barrel. The...

    Examining 27 years of taxes and spending

    In the 30 or 40 years following his move to Connecticut with his wife in 1970, Ledyard resident Bill Hakkinen found that "everything was kind of steady" and the economy w...

    What's the deal with that place? (Part 2)

    This month, CuriousCT readers are wondering about blighted properties in Groton and Quaker Hill, an abandoned restaurant in Noank and a proposed restaurant on a pier in N...

    More aggressive approach to blight needed in New London

    Our CuriousCT initiative gives readers the chance to ask the questions they want answered. Recently New Londoner Clifford Marlow, who lives on Ocean Avenue, wanted to kno...

    How does school spending break down?

    In talk of school regionalization proposals, Jim Miller heard a lot about saving costs on superintendents, but it seemed to him "that was a very, very small piece of the ...

    What’s the Deal with That Place?

    As part of The Day's CuriousCT initiative, we've received quite a few questions about specific buildings in the area. Today, we're answering four readers' questions and p...

    City tackles blight but holds off on fines

    New London — The city has not handed out a single blight-related fine in at least a year, a fact that city officials claim has not hindered the success of an initiative d...

    Shedding light on New London's blight enforcement

    New London — Clifford Marlow doesn’t make a habit of driving around the city with a clipboard and camera to document properties not adhering to the city’s property mainte...

    The rise and fall of the Capitol Theater

    It's been a movie palace and a derelict; New London continues to hope for a third act