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Boardwalk propulsion

Melanie Meador helps her son Ford, 4, push his sister Sabine, 1, from North Carolina, as they walk along the Niantic Bay Boardwalk on Monday, September 21, 2020. The family is in town for a few months for work and decided to spend the day walking around downtown Melanie said.(Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Melanie Meador helps her son Ford push his sister Sabine as they walk along the Niantic Bay Boardwalk on Monday

Summer finale

The last sunset of summer glows over the New London skyline Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, is at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The last sunset of summer glows over the New London skyline Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The autumnal equinox, the beginning of fall, is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Norwich officials make case to help customers pay NPU bills

City officials have been told they cannot use federal community development grants to help hardship customers pay utility bills to the city-owned utility.

East Lyme, Colchester schools report COVID-19 cases

One member of the East Lyme high school community and three Colchester Elementary School staff members tested positive.

Norwich approves increase in tax breaks for volunteer firefighters

City Council votes to increase property tax breaks for volunteer firefighters from $1,000 to $1,500 this year and to $2,000 starting next July

Remote fun

09/21/2020 :: REGION  :: STANDALONE :: Lorenzo Cruz, 12, looks on as his dad Eudocio, of New London, fixes a nitro powered remote controlled cars along the rocks at Ocean Beach Park on Monday, September 21, 2020 in New London. Eudocio says he prefers using nitro over battery because of the troubleshooting you have to do. “Stuff breaks, you have to fix it, sometimes that´s the most fun part,Ó he said. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

Eudocio Cruz and his son Lorenzo use nitro powered remote controlled cars along the rocks at Ocean Beach Park on Monday

UPDATED: East Lyme to hold public safety building referendum Oct. 1

There will be one question to increase the bond authorization by $985,000 and one to appropriate $1.2 million in FEMA dollars.

Bill aimed at averting government shutdown would fund two Columbia-class subs

Congress has been deadlocked over legislation that would fund most of the agencies of the federal government through Dec. 11.

Drought conditions now a concern in New London County

State agencies say water supplies, agriculture, natural ecosystems could suffer if conditions persist

Salem registrars revising voter registry list

Registrars of voters will be holding a special registry revision session from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut renamed Niantic Children's Museum

The museum announced its new name and logo at its virtual gala earlier this month.

Lee's Kitchen: A trio of icy treats that are good anytime

Even though it is late September, I guess I am not ready for fall.

My Pet Pal: Nemo

Nemo is a kitten in a big kitty body.

Tony D's expands into new space, plans opening of homemade pasta shop

Anthony D´Angelo talks about the Tony D´s Homemade Pasta Shop while standing outside the shop, which will be a new addition to Tony D´s restaurant located next door in New London. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Anthony D'Angelo said finishing touches are underway for an October opening.

On Sunday in New London, everyone was Irish

Members of outCT wave as the Halfway to St. Patrick´s Day car parade moves down Bank Street on Sunday in New London. (Sarah Gordon / The Day)

The Downtown New London Association got creative in coming up with a replacement for this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade, which had to be canceled.

Norwich man charged with possession of child pornography

A police investigation of a man's death led police to charge a second man with possession of child pornography

Conn College student charged with voyeurism

Police arrest a Connecticut College student in connection with an alleged case of voyeurism in a dormitory bathroom.

Police logs - Sept. 20, 2020

Arrests by state and local police across the region.

COLUMNS

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MILITARY/DEFENSE

Blumenthal: National Guard's role in helping Connecticut combat election hacks should be model for country

“They’re making use of their private civilian expertise to safeguard our election and do a tremendous public service and that’s a model for the whole country,” the Connecticut senator said Friday at a news conference.

When coronavirus sidelined 18 members of a Coast Guard cutter crew, cadets stepped in

Coast Guard Academy Cadets, from left, Joram Stith, Jordan Park, Malia Haskovec, Branyelle Carillo and Henry Smith pose for a portrait Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at the academy's docks in New London. They filled in on the Coast Guard cutter Munro this summer, when the coronavirus sidelined 18 crew members a week before deployment. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

A week before the Munro was to deploy, a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. Through contact tracing, it was determined that 18 of the crew would have to quarantine. So the ship's commanding officer turned to the Coast Guard Academy.

No yelling, fewer dropouts during swab summer at Coast Guard Academy

7/8/20 :: NEWS :: BERGMAN :: Second class Cadet Greg Hill, center, checks on Charlie Platoon as members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's Class of 2024 report in Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for the start of Swab Summer. The 275 prospective cadets arrived by platoon over the course of the day and, after a check-in routine and swearing-in, started a 14-day restriction of movement, or quarantine, period consisting mostly of online and some classroom training. The traditional physical training, haircuts and uniform issue will take place after the quarantine period.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The retention rate for Swab Summer was the highest it's been in recent years. Nine out of 265 cadets did not finish the training compared to the 15 to 20 who have dropped out each of the past few summers.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Florida decision likely clears Pats owner Kraft of soliciting sex

In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft points to fans as his team warms up before an NFL football game against the New York Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.  Florida prosecutors said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they will not appeal a court's decision to block video allegedly showing Kraft paying for massage parlor sex, making it likely the charges against him will be dropped. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced that it won’t appeal a court decision blocking video that allegedly shows Patriots owner Robert Kraft paying for sex at a massage parlor

Providence College coronavirus outbreak continues to grow

The number of Providence College students who have tested positive for the coronavirus has grown to nearly 160

Black Lives Matter mural vandalized for second time

A Black Lives Matter mural painted on a street near Springfield City Hall has been vandalized for the second time in a week, and the city’s mayor is promising to bring those responsible to justice