Mowing on high

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP employee uses a gas powered string trimmer to mow the tall grass atop the ramparts at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London Thursday, May 23, 2019.  Two other DEEP employees, not visible, tend the mower's safety line. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employee mows the grass atop the ramparts at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London Thursday.

Friends and Neighbors: Local student playwrights featured in festival

From left, young playwrights Cori Diaz of Rockville High School, Faye Thompson of the Lincoln School in Rhode Island, Kayla Roy of Clark Lane Middle School, Holly Richmond of Montville High School and Dominic Brunaccioni of Waterford High School take their bows May 12. (Photo by Libby Friedman)

Montville High School’s Holly Richmond, Waterford High School’s Dominic Brunaccioni and Kayla Roy of Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford wrote plays for the festival.

Williams School senior finds her voice in music

Williams School senior Quella Gu, left, sings

For the first few years of her life, Quella Gu spoke so infrequently her parents thought she might be deaf.

Montville council overrides mayor’s veto, keeps school budget cuts

The Town Council on Tuesday night held fast to the $38.6 million spending plan it approved May 13, leaving school officials saying they’ll be forced to choose what positions or services may face elimination.

State task force would study statute of limitations on sexual assault lawsuits

For people who allege they were sexually assaulted by priests in the state’s Catholic dioceses as children but are not able to file lawsuits, there was some bad news and a glimmer of hope in a bill passed unanimously in the state Senate last...

Stonington hopes to begin removing contaminated mill debris next week

First Selectman Rob Simmons said that after what he described as “heated” discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency, he had instructed town officials to begin finalizing a contract with a firm to remove the debris.

East Lyme voters approve $74.1 million town budget

With both town and education budgets approved, the Board of Education now must determine where it will make cuts from its $49.2 million budget.

Police announce road closures for Mystic, Noank Memorial Day parades

The Groton Town Police Department announced road closures and traffic congestion alerts associated with the Mystic and Noank Memorial Day parades on Monday.

Scrimmaging in the Thames

Collegiate sailors from Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a number of other schools jockey for position Thursday, May 23, 2019, for a scrimmage race in the Thames River just off Fort Trumbull State Park in New London. Conn College and Coast Guard teams have qualified for the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association national championship regatta that opens this weekend in Newport, R.I., and invited other teams competing to a series of practice races in the Thames.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Collegiate sailors from Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a number of other schools scrimmaged Thursday in the Thames River just off Fort Trumbull State Park in New London.

Birthday at the beach in East Lyme

From left, brothers Carl Roy, 5, and Luke, 3, run out of the cold water after washing their feet off Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme.

Brothers Carl Roy, 5, and Luke, 3, run out of the cold water after washing their feet off Thursday at Rocky Neck State Park.

Teen Talk: A time to explore many different facets

Last summer, I heard about the opportunity to take a ski patrol course. Although an avid skier, I knew little aside from the fact that becoming a ski patroller would get me a free skiing pass for the coming winter.

New London officials address concerns over proposed city offices move

About 50 residents turned up for a public forum held at 6 Shaw’s Cove to discuss the city's proposal to consolidate and relocate much of its municipal offices into that building as part of a long-term lease that is being negotiated.

UPDATED: Somers clarifies proposed state assistance efforts for Smiler's Wharf

A pending bill that would provide up to $10 million in grant money to the Town of Stonington for infrastructure and other improvements would be solely used for the proposed Smiler’s Wharf project in downtown Mystic and not for other town...

Artist's descendants attend whale-painting unveiling

Hugh Peltz, left, head of corporate services, procurement and property services for Citizens Bank, stands with Susan Tamulevich, executive director of the Custom House Maritime Museum, just after the unveiling of a 1929 Lars Thorsen painting Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the museum. The painting was donated by Citizens Bank to the museum after an outcry about its possible removal from New London following a corporate consolidation. (Amanda Hutchinson/The Day)

The granddaughter and great-grandson of maritime painter Lars Thorsen said Wednesday they were delighted to hear that the artist's whaling scene, having hung for years in the Citizens Bank building on Eugene O'Neill Drive, would not be leaving the...

Three Rivers graduates 'reach their goal'

Frederick-Douglas Knowles II kisses his granddaughter Emerie Saige Thompson, 1, being held by his daughter Lanaisha Rodriguez after delivering his commencement address during Three Rivers Community College's Commencement on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the school in Norwich. Over 550 students were awarded various degrees and certificates during the ceremony.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The 563 graduates in the Three Rivers Community College Class of 2019 received their degrees and certificates on Wednesday.

New London police seek missing 16-year-old girl

Police said Legacy Ayala is white with brown eyes and black hair, and was last seen in a black jacket, navy blue shirt, black skirt and pink sneakers.

Police to increase DUI, seatbelt, speeding enforcement for Memorial Day weekend

Connecticut state police and Norwich police announced sobriety checkpoints.

Police: Norwich resident had 400 bags of fentanyl in his home

Police have charged a city resident with having 400 bags of fentanyl and $3,000 in cash in his home at 12½ Terrace Ave. in Taftville.

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Murphy leads call for VA to comply with law requiring care for bad-paper vets

"Thousands of veterans who are legally owed mental health care are unaware of their eligibility or have been denied care at VA facilities," the group of senators said in a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Senate bill would authorize tens of billions for Connecticut's defense sector

The Virginia-class attack submarine South Dakota under construction Jan. 27, 2017, on the waterfront at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. A bill that would authorize tens of billions of dollars for Connecticut's defense sector passed out of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, May 23, 2019,  by a vote of 25 to 2. The measure would authorize about $11 billion in funding for submarine programs, including $1.5 billion to support construction of a third attack submarine per year.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

"The bill makes major, unprecedented investments in the submarines, helicopters, and aircraft built in Connecticut — keeping our country safe and our state's economy strong," Sen. Richard Blumenthal said.

Coast Guard graduates 'worthy heirs' to a 'noble legacy'

United States Coast Guard Academy graduates William Nelson, left, and Robert Daniels, right, exchange a fist bump as the Class of 2019 processes in for the academy's 138th commencement exercises Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on Cadet Memorial Field. It is the largest class to graduate from the academy since 1976 and features the largest number of Asian American graduates in the history of the academy. National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered the commencement address.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

As threats against the U.S. grow more complex, "demand for the unique expertise and unmatched breadth of Coast Guard has never been greater," U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said to the Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2019.

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‘Ethan’s Law’ wins final passage in state Senate

The state Senate voted 34-2 on Thursday for final passage of a bipartisan gun safety bill, a relative modest change in Connecticut gun laws sought by two Guilford parents in memory of a 15-year-old son accidentally killed with a neighbor’s...

Speaker unsure yet if House will vote on medical leave bill

Connecticut House Speaker is unsure whether House of Representatives will vote on family medical leave bill that cleared the Senate

Chief: No evidence yet of hate crime in New Haven mosque fire

New Haven, Connecticut's police chief says investigators have not found any evidence yet that would suggest a fire at a city mosque was an act of terrorism or a hate crime