Middlesex and New London Region

Our Middlesex and New London Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in Middlesex and New London Counties, ranging from Cromwell and Clinton to Voluntown and Stonington.

Pages

Reconstruction of Iraq
8:18 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Iraqi Ambassador to the U.N. to Speak in Stonington

The La Grua Center was founded in Stonington to promote arts and culture programming in the town.
Credit La Grua Center

The Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations will speak in Stonington Thursday evening. Mohammed Alhakim is expected to talk about the challenges to Iraq's reconstruction.

Read more
Submarine History
12:06 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Nautilus Turns Sixty

Jan. 21, 1954, spectators gather around the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus
US Navy Creative Commons

The world's first nuclear-powered submarine is 60 years old. The Nautilus was christened on January 21, 1954, by first lady Mamie Eisenhower before a crowd of 20,000 people in Groton.

Read more
Wesleyan Poetry
3:10 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Young Poet's 'Shrinking Women' Goes Viral

Lily Meyer performs at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitation in 2013. Her poem, "Shrinking Women" went viral. (Screenshot from CUPSI)

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 5:13 pm

[Youtube]

Lily Myers intended her poem “Shrinking Women” to be a personal one.

But a video of her recital at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational was posted to the poetry website Button Poetry and to The Huffington Post, where it went viral.

With more than 3 million views, it continues to circulate across social media websites.

Read more
Aye, Matey
9:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Mystic Seaport Hosts Sea Chanty Blast This Saturday

Sea Chanties were work songs sung by sailors.
Alan Villers

Mystic Seaport hosts its annual Sea Chanty Blast and Pub Sing this Saturday. The event brings together some of the best chanty singers and groups from the northeast.

Read more
More Than Song And Dance
5:08 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Fifty Years of Musical Theater: Good Times at the Goodspeed in East Haddam

Michael Price, Goodspeed's executive director, made business changes in 2006 that helped the theater through the economic downturn.
Sujata Srinivasan

As I drove across the East Haddam swing bridge, car tires rumbling over the open grate, it was hard to imagine that the 19th-century Goodspeed Opera House – looking like a wedding cake on the Connecticut River – was anything but a place for musical theater. Yet in addition to being a performance space, it served as a passenger terminal for a steamboat line. It was the town’s general store, post office, dentist’s office, and even a parking garage.

Thanks to a series of very fortunate events, Goodspeed's restoration in 1963, after a period of neglect, was followed by 19 productions that went on to Broadway, receiving more than a dozen Tony awards. In 2006, another fortunate event – a set of strategic business decisions – saved the Goodspeed yet again. 

Read more
New Industry
8:12 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Medical Marijuana: How Two Connecticut Towns Are Preparing for Licenses

The space in the Remington Rand Building in Middletown, where Greenbelt Management hopes to develop a medical marijuana production facility.
Credit Greenbelt Management

In January, the state's Department of Consumer Protection will begin awarding the first ever licenses to medical marijuana producers and dispensers in Connecticut. While the licenses are awarded by the state, it's been left up to individual towns to decide if they want to host one of these facilities. Two communities in Connecticut have taken very different approaches to this new industry.

Read more
Federal Budget Deal
11:05 am
Thu December 19, 2013

DeLauro Highlights Plight of Unemployed Facing End of Benefits

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro listens at a round table discussion of long-term unemployment benefits.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro warned that the state's economy will suffer because of the decision not to extend unemployment benefits in the federal budget deal reached last week.

DeLauro voted, she said, reluctantly, against the Murray-Ryan budget compromise precisely because it does nothing to help the long term unemployed. On Wednesday, she brought together some of the people who will be affected for a discussion in Middletown.

Read more
Hospital Labor Dispute
5:24 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Lockout Ends at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital

There's been a continuous picket outside the hospital's New London campus during the strike and the subsequent lockout.
Credit Harriet Jones

Nurses and technicians go back to work Thursday at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, after the hospital lifted its lockout order.

The move comes after a stand off of more than two weeks. Staff were locked out over the Thanksgiving weekend following a four-day strike.

Read more
Spotlight on the Arts
6:49 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Perils of the Sea: Giant Pastels Capture the Adventure of Moby Dick

"Queequeg's Long Last Dive," a pastel drawing by Mark Milloff.
Credit Mark Milloff

When he’s not playing professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, artist Mark Milloff sculpts, paints, and envisions gigantic pastel drawings. He also moonlights as a musician. But all things being equal, he’d rather be fishing.

Labor
4:51 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Talks Canceled in Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Dispute

Union negotiators wait at the Olympic Best Western Hotel in Groton.
Credit Harriet Jones

There's been no progress yet towards ending the labor dispute at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. Talks between unions and management scheduled for today were canceled.

Read more
Hospital Strike
8:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Makes "Final Offer" to Striking Workers

State Senate President Donald Williams joined striking workers at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital last week.
Credit Senate Democrats

Lawrence and Memorial Hospital has written to its workers detailing what it's called its last, best and final offer.

It's the latest move in a labor dispute that has seen a four-day strike by about 800 nurses and technicians, followed by a still-ongoing lockout.

Read more
Spotlight on the Arts
5:37 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Sara Mearns Dances "The Nutcracker"

Sara Mearns in George Balanchine's "Cortege Hongrois."
Credit Paul Kolnik

Like so many holiday traditions, "The Nutcracker" is upon us once again. With numerous Connecticut productions of the classic fairy tale ballet, the 12th annual production by the Eastern Connecticut Ballet is a stand-out for a number of worthy reasons.

Read more
Hospital Strike
7:19 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Lawrence and Memorial Workers Locked Out; More Talks Due This Week

Picketing workers outside Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London.
Credit Harriet Jones / WNPR

Unions and management at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital are scheduled to meet at the negotiating table again this week, as nurses and technicians remain locked out of their jobs at the New London facility.

Read more
Labor
8:26 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Nurses and Technicians Strike at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London

State Senate President Donald E. Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) joined striking workers from the hospital at the picket line on Wednesday.
Credit Sen. Donald E. Williams, Jr.

Nurses and technicians at New London's Lawrence and Memorial Hospital were on strike Wednesday morning, after contract talks broke down Tuesday.

The unions, representing some 800 workers, called the walk-out after five hours of talks ended in a stalemate. It's the first major strike at a hospital in the state in almost 30 years. The unions said the biggest issues are job security and patient care.

Read more
Moxie
12:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Daytrotter Session From New London's Daphne Lee Martin

Listen to Daphne Lee Martin's Daytrotter session over at Daytrotter.com.
Credit Illustration by Johnnie Cluney / Daytrotter

New London's Daphne Lee Martin is making a national name for herself. Earlier this year, she released a new album called Moxie and went on to tour throughout the country. 

Most recently, she stopped off in Chicago during a tour in the Midwest, which is where Daytrotter is located. Daytrotter records sessions with a range of musicians like The Civil Wars, Iron & Wine, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals and Deer Tick.

Read more
Spotlight on the Arts
11:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Direct From London: Mesmerizing A Cappella

Juice Vocal Ensemble: Kerrie Andrew, Anna Snow, Sarah Dacey
Credit Dannie Price

There’s a hypnotic vocal harmony that is both soothing and mysterious in "Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby," sung a cappella by the Juice Vocal Ensemble on their album Songspin. It’s as if I’m standing over a child’s crib and hear warm breathing and shushing and sighing. It’s sense-o-round that wraps around me. Then, suddenly, I wonder: who are these voices? Where’s the baby? Everything, okay?! The music has moved me. And Juice has done its job.

Read more
New London
12:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Wagner Opera Makes Its Connecticut Debut

The Connecticut Lyric Opera's production of Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman"
Connecticut Lyric Opera

Wagner's opera, "The Flying Dutchman," will get its Connecticut premiere this weekend, 170 years after the opera made its debut in Dresden, Germany. The Connecticut Lyric Opera will present Wagner's early masterpiece Friday night at Trinity-on-Main in New Britain, and Saturday night at the Middletown High School Arts Center.

Read more
Coming Home Project
3:54 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Afghanistan War Veteran Takes Own Life

Joanna Gallup Eldridge and Justin Eldridge.

Early Wednesday morning, WNPR learned of the tragic death of 31-year-old Justin Eldridge of Waterford. He was a Marine who served 8.5 years in the military including a deployment to Afghanistan. 

Read more
Sandy Recovery
10:10 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Popular Connecticut Eatery, Damaged in Sandy, to Be Demolished -- and Rebuilt

Umbrellas over Dock & Dine's patio over the Connecticut River. Prior to Sandy, the space was an enclosed dining room.
J Holt

As they contemplate the first anniversary of super storm Sandy, some shore dwellers have given up and moved inland. Others are still determined to rebuild and continue. One shoreline restaurant is about to embark on its second major comeback.

Read more
Middletown's Realistic Balance Party
10:34 pm
Sat October 26, 2013

Back on the Ballot... Just in Time

Stephen Devoto, Realistic Balance Party candidate for Planning and Zoning
Chion Wolf

Superior Court Judge Julia Auriemma ruled to reinstate Middletown Realistic Balance Party candidates Stephen Devoto and Steven Smith to the ballot on Monday, October 21, two weeks before Election Day. Devoto and Smith, candidates for Middletown's Planning and Zoning Commission, had been removed from the ballot by Middletown Town Clerk Linda Bettencourt in September for failing to comply with an election law unfamiliar to several municipalities around Connecticut.

Read more
The Wheelhouse Digest
10:49 am
Fri October 11, 2013

GOP Candidates Raising Cash; Norwich Bell Rings; Unusual Busway Ideas

Republican candidate for governor John McKinney.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

While preparation for Saturday's ING Hartford Marathon has understandably gotten the media focused on public safety, there's apparently significant road construction coordination going on behind the scenes. Officials are getting Broad Street in working order (again) in time for the runners to pound the pavement, and there's somewhat off-the-wall talk of using the new Hartford-New Britain busway as a possible marathon route. That and more in today's fall foliage edition of The Wheelhouse Digest.

Read more
The Wheelhouse Digest
11:58 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Opiate Addiction; Climate Departure; Mystery at Sea

Credit Doug Wheller / Flickr Creative Commons

There was an internal debate about including a link about a local meteorologist and cat vomit. We passed. If you'd like to see that, you can search it out on your own because we've already said too much. Speaking of cat vomit, CNN informs us that we are in Day Ten of the federal government shutdown, and the debt ceiling deadline is 156 hours away as this is written. That means you have time to watch all of "Battlestar Galactica," "Breaking Bad," and the first seven seasons of "Seinfeld" before the deadline. Hop to it.

Read more
The Wheelhouse Digest
10:12 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Prison Transfer; SNL Spoofs the Land of Steady Habits; New London has "Hope Bubbles"

Credit Kudumomo / Creative Commons

The plan to transfer all female prisoners out of the Danbury federal facility is back in effect today, although it remains to be seen whether the government shutdown will slow transfers. While we wait to see what happens next, The Wheelhouse Digest is making a pit stop in New London, where a German website has taken an interest in development news. Also a must-see: the "Saturday Night Live" send-up of a square white Connecticut mom who checks out Grand Theft Auto 5, and ended up playing it all week.

Read more
Rose City Recognition
2:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

One of America's Great Neighborhoods -- in Norwich?

Main Street in historic downtown Norwich, Connecticut.
Credit Marc N. Belanger / Wikimedia Commons

The Rose City is in good company.

The downtown neighborhood of Norwich, Connecticut was designated as one of the Top 10 Great Neighborhoods in the country by the American Planning Association.

Read more
Government Shutdown
8:36 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney: Pressure is Mounting to End Government Shutdown

Rep. Joe Courtney

The government shutdown has caused the furlough of 750 civilian workers from the Naval Submarine Base New London. Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney, whose district includes the sub base, said these workers don't deserve to be caught in the crossfire of national politics.

Read more
Foxwoods
2:43 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Pequot Tribal Treasurer Resigns

The treasurer of the tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino has resigned from the tribal council as he awaits trial on federal theft charges, the Associated Press reports.

Read more
Local Trade with Australia
4:18 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

State Trade Mission Charms Aussies With 'Made in Connecticut' Products

Officials at a trade mission in Sydney included one dressed as Nathan Hale.
U.S. Department of Commerce

Executives from several Connecticut companies, along with U.S. Department of Commerce officials from Middletown, are on a trade mission in Australia this week to promote exports, inbound investments and tourism. It’s all hands on deck. Officials dressed up as Mark Twain and Nathan Hale at “The Tastes and Sights of Connecticut” event, which kicked off the week-long visit.

Read more
Energy
8:13 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Two Clean Energy Projects Selected for Connecticut

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

The state of Connecticut is choosing two clean energy projects to help diversify its energy portfolio. Governor Dannel Malloy announced Friday that a solar installation planned in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine, have signed long-term contracts with electricity distributors Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating. The contracts require regulatory approval, and together will provide 3.5 percent of Connecticut’s total energy load.

Read more
Submarines
11:47 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Changes at Electric Boat in Groton

Electric Boat in Groton.
Electric Boat

The president of Electric Boat, Kevin Poitras, has announced his retirement, just over a year after taking the reins at the Groton submarine yard. He'll be succeeded in the top job by Jeffrey Geiger, who's currently president of the Bath Iron Works in Maine. The two yards are both owned by General Dynamics.

Poitras garnered praise for his tenure at Electric Boat, where he's worked since the early 1970s. Second district Congressman Joe Courtney noted particularly his relationships with local colleges to develop training and mentoring opportunities.

Read more
The Wheelhouse Digest
11:06 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Malloy Rebuts; Six Eyes at Mohegan; New Rooftop Turf

Malloy talks with reporters on Monday.
Credit Mark Pazniokas / The Connecticut Mirror

The week started off pretty rough with yesterday's news of a horrific shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Here's a dose of daily news you need to know now that does not involve violence... maybe just a little mud in the eye. 

Read more

Pages