Norwich utilities commission appoints Chris LaRose as general manager, approves contract

The 'acting' title was removed from new Norwich Public Utilities General Manager Chris LaRose’s title Tuesday, with an approved three-year contract.

Salvation Army revives Boys & Girls Club in New London

Girls in the new Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of New London, from left, Amani McClellan, 12, Jaivana Monplaisir, 10, Diana Coronado, 13, and Edwina Wallace, 13, joke around after finishing their lunch Tuesday, July 23, 2019, during a local history program at the New London Historical Society's Shaw Mansion. The Salvation Army has revived the Boys and Girls Club that had closed with the shuttering of the Thames River Apartments on Crystal Avenue last year. The program at the Shaw Mansion has the children studying their personal family history and will culminate with the Aug. 8 opening of an exhibit of personal

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of New London County, a partnership between the two nationally affiliated groups, has opened in New London.

As other states require consent for pelvic exams, Connecticut bill stalls

Connecticut was one of more than a dozen states to introduce a prohibitive bill, but it didn't go anywhere this session.

Libertarian, petitioning candidate added to Norwich City Council ballot

Two-time Libertarian mayoral candidate William Russell and petitioning candidate Rebecca Melucci will be on the Norwich Nov. 5 election ballot for City Council.

Rob Simmons and wife to run for Stonington school board

Four days after announcing he will not seek re-election as first selectman, Rob Simmons and his wife, Heidi, and Emma Burnside were endorsed Monday by Republicans to run for the Board of Education.

Casting off in Stonington

Brian Reed, center, of Mystic casts a line for his grandson Judah, 11, visiting from Iowa, on Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at the Stonington Town Dock.

Brian Reed, center, of Mystic casts a line for his grandson Judah, 11, visiting from Iowa, on Tuesday at the Stonington Town Dock.

East Lyme Republicans, Democrats pick candidates for next election

Republican and Democratic Town Committees on Monday night endorsed their slate of candidates for positions across several boards and commissions in this year's upcoming election.

Kindness in Real Life: RSVP program offers personal help

TVCCA client Dwayne poses with Retired and Senior Volunteer Program shopper Jo Carol Wood.

An appreciation for southern cooking, especially grits, is a shared interest between volunteer Jo Carol Wood and Dwayne, the gentleman she shops with each week.

Let's Go: New London County 4-H hosts annual expo

Run almost entirely by youth members, the weekend will include exhibits and activities for all ages.

Puerto Ricans in New London call for resignation of island's governor

Anna Agosto, right, and Daisy Lopez, left, both of New London, join other members of the crowd as they sing along to a song during a rally in support of Puerto Rico on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Whale Tail in New London.  The local event was part of sweeping protests across the country demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico's  Governor Ricardo Rossello. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Waving flags, holding signs and chanting, more than 100 members of the city’s Puerto Rican community rallied on Monday to call for the resignation of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello.

Maritime festival again setting sail with corporate, state support

FILE - The fireboat Fire Fighter is docked at Custom House Pier in New London on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. Fire Fighter, which served as a Fire Department of the City of New York fireboat from 1938 to 2010, sailed from its homeport of Greenport, N.Y., to New London for the 2018 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival, set for Sept. 12-15, gets backing from Orsted, Eversource, partners in the New London offshore wind project and related State Pier improvements.

Preston Republicans endorse candidates for fall election

Preston Republicans on Monday endorsed candidates for first selectman and town clerk/tax collector not named Robert Congdon and Hattie Wucik for the first time in two decades.

Powerful storms cause flooding across region

The strong thunderstorms that swept through the region early Monday night resulted in flash flooding in some areas.

Florence Griswold Museum celebrates opening of Artists’ Trail

Donna Poland, left, and friend Wendy Warburton, visiting from Rhode Island, point out flowers along the Rainwater Garden during the grand opening of The Robert F. Schumann Artists' Trail on Monday, July 22, 2019 at the Florence Griswold Museum. The trail connects parcels of the original Griswold property in a half-mile walk that surrounds the museum featuring natural, artistic, and historic highlights. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

With the opening of the trail, visitors can now experience the landscape that inspired the Lyme Art Colony painters of late 19th and early 20th centuries.

GASP's Youth Peer Advocate recognized with 'Good Neighbor Award'

Groton Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention has announced in a news release that recent Fitch High School graduate Robert McDade Jr., who serves as GASP's Youth Peer Advocate, is the winner of the 2019 Good Neighbor Award.

Norwich woman faces larceny charges in alleged purse theft

A woman was charged in connection with an alleged theft of two Stop & Shop employees’ purses from the store’s employee locker room, police said.

New London Fire Department extinguishes vehicle fire

The New London Fire Department said it extinguished a vehicle fire on Interstate 95 Northbound prior to Exit 85 that was reported at 12:21 p.m. Tuesday.

Police: Pawcatuck man found in girl's bedroom, charged with sexual assault

Police said they charged an a 18-year-old Pawcatuck man with sexual assault Tuesday morning after he was found in the bedroom of a 13-year-old girl.

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After 56 years, retired submariner says undisclosed records could provide other causes for Thresher sinking

The USS Thresher. On April 10, 1963, the submarine sank approximately 220 miles east of Cape Cod. Everyone aboard — 16 officers, 96 sailors and 17 civilians — died. (Courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command)

Family members of those lost are apparently mixed on whether they’d welcome a re-examination of the submarine’s sinking.

Over 450,000 gallons of oil removed from WWII-era shipwreck off Long Island

Crews aboard M/V Shelia Bordelon offload more than 450,000 gallons of oil Thursday, July 11, 2019, from the Coimbra shipwreck 30 miles offshore from Shinnecock, N.Y. U.S. Coast Guard responders discovered a significant amount of oil in cargo and fuel tanks during onsite assessments of the Coimbra in May 2019. The Coimbra sank off the coast of Long Island after a German U-boat torpedoed the ship in January 1942. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Himes/U.S. Coast Guard)

That amounts to 99 percent of recoverable oil aboard British tanker Coimbra, which was sunk by a G7e torpedo from a German U-boat 77 years ago.

Public workshop in Groton to address EB housing, transportation needs

Consultants are wrapping up a study on regional housing, transit and transportation needs related to the continuing influx of Electric Boat employees. They’re calling on the public for input.

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Many leads, little progress 2 months after mom vanished

This undated photo on a missing persons flier provided by the New Canaan Police Department shows Jennifer Dulos, missing since May 2019. Two months after the mother of five vanished in Connecticut, authorities said they're following up on more than 1,200 tips and leads. (New Canaan Police Department via AP)

Two months after a mother of five vanished from a tony Connecticut town, authorities say they're still following up on more than 1,200 tips and leads

Trump proposal would cut food stamps for at least 11K Connecticut residents

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, a champion of the SNAP program, said about 500,000 children would lose access to school meals if the rule were implemented.

Roof torn off Cape Cod hotel, as high winds, tornado strike

Yarmouth Fire crews look through the parts of the roof that blew off the Cape Sands Inn during a morning tornado that touched down on the structure, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, in West Yarmouth, Mass. The National Weather Service said radar showed that a tornado struck Yarmouth just after noon on Tuesday. (Steve Heaslip/The Cape Cod Times via AP)

A hotel roof was torn off, downed trees blocked roads and thousands of customers lost power as a series of powerful winds including a radar-confirmed tornado tore across Cape Cod