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Mom takes son-in-law's side in custody battle

DEAR ABBY: I got divorced a year ago. Before it became final, there were many court appearances. My husband told my mother we were divorcing because I was unfaithful, which is true. What he didn't say was I felt neglected,...

SCADD staff members test positive for COVID-19

Members of the staff of the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence have tested positive for COVID-19, though officials declined to specify the number of people involved or the facility or facilities where they work.

NFA to return to hybrid learning Monday

Norwich Free Academy will return to hybrid learning Monday after spending three weeks in fully remote learning after a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Making spirits bright: Mystic family decorates for charity

Diane Shaffer uses her smartphone as she walks around the yard Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, to show friends and family members the holiday decorations during the first lighting of the Shaffers' home in Mystic. In the past, they have had large gatherings for the first lighting but this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lighting was live via Facebook and Zoom meeting.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

With their annual dazzling lights display at 76 Judson Ave., the Shaffer family aims to brighten spirits and raise donations of food for local needy families.

Major development approved for downtown New London

A conceptual rendering of a 173-unit residential complex proposed at 330 and 400 Bank St. Oaktree Development goes before the New London Planning & Zoning Commission next week seeking approval of the project, a companion to Shaw’s Landing. (Courtesy of Oaktree Development)

Cambridge, Mass.-based Oaktree Development has secured local land-use approval for the latest in a string of multi-unit residential developments being built or under design in the city.

Mother and daughter bring Mohegan history to life in radio plays

Madeline Sayet and her mother, Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, not pictured, have written a series of radio plays focusing on Mohegan Tribal history. (Submitted)

“Up and Down the River,” written by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel and daughter Madeline Sayet, is available now through Dec. 31 for free on HartBeat Ensemble’s website.

Holiday decorations bound for Pawcatuck school for fundraiser

Barbara Gileau of Pequot Plant Farm in Stonington carries wreaths Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, while helping load a van with poinsettias and wreaths for St. Michael School in Pawcactuck.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Poinsettias and wreaths were being loaded up Friday to be sent to St. Michael School.

Committee delivering cheer to area nursing home residents

Volunteer Vicki Anderson, left, hands off gifts to Maribeth Scahill, director of social services, on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, at the Harbor Village Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in New London. Members of the Lawrence + Memorial Auxiliary have adopted isolated nursing home residents, delivering them coloring books, personalized cards, chocolates and other items. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The Lawrence + Memorial Auxiliary's Community Outreach Committee forged relationships with social workers at New London and Waterford nursing homes, and for the past several months has been delivering personalized goodies.

COVID-19 case reported in East Lyme High School community

The person was last in the building on Nov. 24, Superintendent Jeffrey Newton said in a notice to community members on Friday.

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Aquarium resumes operation of animal rescue program

Mystic Aquarium has announced that it has resumed operation of its Animal Rescue Program which had been sidelined since March due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Make a Difference: Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

A family is facing both unexpected unemployment and their child’s serious medical condition that is causing mounting medical bills.

Norwich veterans council to hold Pearl Harbor Day ceremony Monday

The Norwich Area Veterans Council will hold a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at 11:48 a.m. Monday in the plaza at Norwich City Hall.

Norwich downtown outdoor vendor market rescheduled to Dec. 12

The Shop Local Holiday Market in downtown Norwich has been rescheduled to next Saturday, Dec. 12, due to expected heavy rain this weekend.

Poetry in a Pandemic: In the absence

The Times is offering local readers a chance to share their poetry written during or related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Fire badly damages multifamily home on Ocean Avenue in New London

The home at 1108 Ocean Ave. was damaged Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, by a fire in New London. (Courtesy of New London Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Waters)

City firefighters extinguished a two-alarm fire that badly damaged a multifamily home at 1108 Ocean Ave. Friday afternoon.

Father and son displaced by kitchen fire in Groton

The Thursday night blaze left the single-family home at 94 George Ave. uninhabitable, city fire Capt. Dan Tompkins said.

Police logs - Dec. 4, 2020

Arrests by state and local police around the region.

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A new political party? Connublicans?

If Connecticut Republicans can neither support nor disavow the president at the head of their...

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Submarine funding restored in final version of defense bill

Guided by the tug Patrice McAllister, a barge carrying sections 1 and 2 of the hull of the Virginia-Class attack submarine Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 795) arrives May 11, 2020, at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton. House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a final version of a defense policy bill that restores funding for the construction of two Virginia-class submarines, built in Groton, and authorizes billions of dollars for Connecticut’s defense industry. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal on a final version of a defense policy bill that restores funding for the Virginia-class submarine program and authorizes billions for Connecticut’s defense industry.

Blumenthal, Courtney push back against Trump's threat to veto defense policy bill

The president said he would veto the bill if it doesn’t include a repeal of Section 230 of a 1996 federal law that protects internet companies from being held liable for material posted by their users.

New aide to Coast Guard Academy superintendent had hand in major drug busts

Coast Guard Lt. Taylor Tennyson on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, outside the Coast Guard Academy's Hamilton Hall in New London. The new aide for the Coast Guard Academy superintendent was delayed getting to his post because COVID-19 prevented the ship he was stationed on from returning to the United States.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

The 2015 academy graduate, who recently began his job as the superintendent's aide, spent much of this year at sea on a Navy destroyer running drug cases in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

STATE/NORTHEAST

Rhode Island new case, positivity averages still on the rise

Rhode Island’s coronavirus numbers continue to head in the wrong direction

Hartford Courant to shut Broad Street newsroom as pandemic, economics weigh on news business

Vacating the site across the street from the William A. O’Neill State Armory and Capitol complex was a difficult call, publisher and editor-in-chief Andrew Julien said.

Massachusetts wants special needs students back in the classroom

The top education official in Massachusetts is urging public school districts in the state’s three largest cities to bring high-needs students back to the classroom for in-person learning

NATION/WORLD

Appeals court rules for Trump taking military money for wall

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was wrong to bar the Trump administration from taking $3.6 billion from military construction projects for a border wall