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Pine Point student creates website for small business owners

Thirteen-year-old Yash Naik of Mystic, left, with one of his clients, Art Cost. Naik helped Cost get a Paycheck Protection Program loan from the government. (photo submitted)

Thirteen-year-old Yash Naik of Mystic is currently working with five to 10 business owners to help them secure Payment Protection Loans during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers put together picnic tables for Norwich schools

Community volunteer Zechariah Stover uprights a newly assembled picnic table Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Wequonnoc Magnet Elementary School in Norwich. He joined Family Resource Center coordinator Cindy Beauregard and Norwich Public Utilities employees Tom Gaedreau and Shawn Paradis to assemble the 10 tables delivered to the school.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Volunteers have been assembling picnic tables for students to use for outdoor activities at city schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Norwich police to host community chat at Mohegan Park Saturday

The monthly Community Chat with the NPD will move outdoors to the Spaulding Pond Beach area of Mohegan Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Preston Scarecrow Festival canceled

What would have been the 15th annual Scarecrow Festival on Saturday has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ledyard school community angered at superintendent's executive session comments

The Board of Education thought the livestream was off but it wasn't, and somebody recorded the discussion of COVID-19 concerns and a custodian's sick leave request.

OSHA alleges COVID-19 violations at Natchaug Hospital

Psychiatric facility allegedly broke rules regarding respiratory protections for employees and failed to properly record eight cases of COVID-19 among staff.

Norwich Public Utilities to resume non-hardship service shut-offs in October

Norwich Public Utilities will begin nonpayment utility service shutoffs in October for customers who are not signed up for hardship assistance or payment plans.

Stonington fishing vessel trades nets after storm

Mike Jarvis, left, and fellow crew members remove a scup net from F/V Heritage on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at the Stonington Town Dock.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Crew members removed a scup net from F/V Heritage on Wednesday at the Stonington Town Dock.

Boatyards getting vessels ready for winter storage

Dodson Boatyard Hauling and Launch Department staff member Gabriel Lima power-washes the hull of a Saga 42-foot sailboat Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, after the boat was hauled out of the water to be stored outdoors on site in Stonington.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Staff at Dodson Boatyard have already been pulling boats out of the water and getting them ready for the winter.

Ledyard Town Council appoints members to revived agricultural commission

The commission, which was created in 2017 but never stood up, was revived last month after a controversial draft proposal for changes to the town's agricultural zoning regulations.

Interstate 395 to see lane closures in Montville, Norwich

On Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., low-speed lanes will be closed on I-395 exits 9-18.

Friends and Neighbors

Nancy Bulkeley (photo submitted)

Area residents are recognized for their accomplishments.

Tossing Lines: 1925 sub tragedy didn’t sink this Navy family

courtesy of the Naval Heritage and History Command

The luck of the Irish ran out far too soon for 23-year-old submariner John Joseph “Jack” Sheehan of Groton.

New London argues State Pier project will need local approvals

The city has issued a challenge to the Connecticut Port Authority and crafted a letter formally opposing the proposed $157 million State Pier Redevelopment

State helps keep Mystic Aquarium afloat with $7 million loan

A $31.5 million restructuring will enable the organization to keep operating long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over

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.

COLUMNS

Gov. Ned Lamont is at war with New London

Flash forward to the fall of 2020, with planning underway for Lamont's $157 million rebuild of the...

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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

CDC directs Connecticut to come up with a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine lab tech Sendy Puerto processes blood samples in the specimen processing lab from study participants, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Miami. The volunteers are taking part in testing the National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Miami is one of 89 cities around the U.S. that's testing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield has given states a tight deadline, Oct. 16, and some money to come up with a plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
Connecticut, meanwhile, has just begun to put together a group that will develop that plan.  (Taimy Alvarez/AP Photo)

CDC gives state an Oct. 16 deadline and $2.4 million to come up with the plan. Connecticut, meanwhile, has just begun to put together a group that will develop that plan.

Months into pandemic, just two families have received rental assistance from state program

Five months after state officials established a program to help those struggling to pay rent, there's a backlog of nearly 7,400 applications and growing frustration about the slow pace of the approval process.

2 wounded in workplace shooting, suspect in custody

The scene of a shooting at 105 Edwin Road Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in South Windsor, Conn.  A shooter opened fire and wounded two people at the Connecticut business on Tuesday before being caught trying to flee in Massachusetts. police said. The shooting happened in an industrial section of South Windsor at Independent Truck & Tractor Repair. No details of a motive have been released.  (Kassi Jackson/Hartford Courant via AP)

Police in Connecticut say a shooter is in custody after opening fire and wounding two people at a business in South Windsor

NATION/WORLD

Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

Top officials of two firms developing COVID-19 vaccines say pharmaceutical companies are working together to see how much information they can release to the public about their testing regimes as drugmakers and public health officials try to boost confidence that any vaccine approved by regulators will be safe to use