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During pandemic, families take to exploring their own neighborhood

Tanya and Lloyd Wessam of Groton enter Fort Griswold through the sally-port Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, during their first visit to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

With travel discouraged to help stem the spread of COVID-19, some families continue to look close to home for entertainment.

MLK Jr. services go virtual in New London

Several annual events in the city to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are going virtual this year.

Three COVID-19 cases reported Friday by Groton Schools

Groton school officials learned Friday that "a member at each of the following schools, Groton Middle School, S.B. Butler Elementary School, and Catherine Kolnaski Magnet School" tested positive for COVID-19.

A trip to Stonington playground offers a break from school

Brothers Emmett Boyle, front, 11, and Elliott, 8, of Stonington try to see who can go higher on the swings Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at the Stonington Borough Playground.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Brothers Emmett Boyle, front, 11, and Elliott, 8, of Stonington were trying to see who can go higher on the swings Thursday at the borough playground.

State police dog helps find alleged car thief, then woman with dementia

State police at Troop E said K-9 Yorik and his handler found a man who allegedly tried to break into a woman's car Wednesday night, and a woman with dementia who wandered off Thursday morning.

State seeking permanent custody of horses from Montville farm

Laurel Ledge Farm owner Michelle Wilson is facing nine charges of animal cruelty after eight “malnourished and severely neglected” horses were seized from her Oakdale farm.

Preston woman facing charges in incident involving firearm

Police said a Preston woman is facing charges after she reportedly displayed a firearm.

UPDATED: Rhode Island man killed in North Stonington head-on crash

North Stonington Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Lt. Ryan Burdick, left, and firefighter Thomas Marsh operate the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver of a minivan involved in a head-on crash Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, on Pendleton Hill Road just south of Interstate 95.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A Rhode Island man was killed and another person injured in a head-on crash Monday on Pendleton Hill Road.

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Mass drive-thru vaccination site opens in East Hartford

Irene Bedard, 93, of Ellington, Conn., left, receives a shot from APRN Lynn Taylor on opening day of the Connecticut's largest COVID-19 Vaccination Drive-Through Clinic Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in East Hartford, Conn. The former Pratt & Whitney Runway has been converted into a 10-lane, drive-thru COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinic, with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine being administered by Community Health Center Inc. (CHC). Vaccinations are by appointment only to eligible individuals in Phase 1a and 1b through Connecticut's 211 system or the CDC's Vaccine Administration Management System. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Connecticut’s largest mass coronavirus vaccination drive-thru clinic opened on Monday at the former Pratt & Whitney Runway at 12 Runway Road in East Hartford.

Despite far less traffic, more pedestrians died on Connecticut roads in 2020 than a year before

Despite a pandemic-driven reduction in overall traffic last year, pedestrian deaths in Connecticut have continued their deadly climb.

Vaccine mix-up leads some Conn. teachers to sign up early, get shots

Hundreds of Connecticut schoolteachers were able to sign up for coronavirus vaccine appointments before they were actually eligible, due to confusion over the rollout rules

Cuomo explores buying vaccine for N.Y. directly from Pfizer

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State address virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool)

Frustrated by the flow of coronavirus vaccine from the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday floated the idea of buying shots for New Yorkers directly from one of the vaccine makers, Pfizer

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