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Sunset review at Coast Guard Academy

Members of the flag detail fold the colors after the American flag is lowered from the main flagpole at the conclusion of the the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Corps of Cadets´ Sunset Review on Sunday, May 16, 2021 on the academy's Washington Parade Field. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy participate in the annual Sunset Review on Sunday

Montville Town Council to question housing authority commissioners over complaints

The decision came after another resident and a town official allege commissioners are unfairly raising rent and charging for repairs while bullying and ridiculing residents.

24 calls in 24 hours: New London Fire Department has busy Saturday

New London Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Rheaume, left, shows department Chief Tim Curcio, center, the damage to a menþÄôs rest room at Caulkins Park after a fire in the structure Saturday, May 15, 2021. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Fires including an arson, a motorcycle crash, and a cardiac arrest all part of a day's work for city firefighters

Stonington to keep elementary school playgrounds closed to the public

The playgrounds at West Vine Street and Deans Mill schools will remain closed to the public due to vandalism and pet owners not cleaning up dog excrement.

Home & Garden Show sees smaller crowd, but vendors say business is booming

Brandon Hyde, right, of Hyde Park LandscapIng  shows friends, from left, Sharon Gabiga, Pat Simkowski, both of Lisbon, and Jeanne Howard, of Sprague, an example of landscaping during the Southeastern Connecticut Home & Garden Show at Mohegan Sun´s Earth Expo & Convention Center on Sunday, May 16, 2021.  After being canceled due to COVID-19 in 2020, the event was one of the first to return to the convention center. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

About 7,000 people attended the show, which was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the casino’s at Earth Expo & Convention Center.

Mystic Garden Club plant sale slated for June 1

The Mystic Garden Club Plant Sale will be held at the Mystic & Noank Library Spring Fair on Saturday, June 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Stonington High School ranked among top 10% in the U.S.

Stonington High School has announced that it has been ranked among the top 10% of high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Area youth line up for first chance at COVID-19 vaccination

Cody Newman, 13, of Uncasville, receives the COVID-19 vaccine from nurse Erin Forst with his father, Trevor, looking on while at the Yale New Haven Health vaccination clinic Saturday at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

For many of the young people lining up Saturday for their first chance at a COVID-19 vaccination, the hesitation was less about the vaccine and more about the needle.

Containing multitudes: Minister, social justice activist, Marx scholar shakes things up in Old Lyme

Rev. Steve Jungkeit, pastor of First Congregational church of Old Lyme (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Rev. Steven R. Jungkeit has made social justice a cornerstone of his ministry.

East Lyme lawyer joins small Essex firm

Attorney Rob Tukey, right, with attorneys Paige Quilliam, center, and Ken McDonnell in Essex. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

A prominent lawyer from East Lyme last month left a large New London law firm to join a boutique firm in Essex.

5 beluga whales flown from Canada make a splash at new home in Mystic

Jetta, a young female beluga, is lifted in a sling from the transport container Friday, May 14, 2021, as staff at Mystic Aquarium welcome five new beluga whales into the Arctic Coast Exhibit. The whales came from Marineland Canada.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

In the glow of the moonlight late Friday night, a flash of bright white wriggled against the dark sky — a young beluga whale named Jetta, being lifted by a crane.

Workers getting Ocean Beach waterslide ready ahead of opening day

Jeff Mullen, owner of Action Amusements, applies paint Friday, May 14, 2021, in the pool at the bottom of the triple waterslide at Ocean Beach Park in New London.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Jeff Mullen, owner of Action Amusements, has been working on his yearly repainting of the base, walls and stairs of the pool at the bottom of the triple waterslide at Ocean Beach Park.

Coast Guard deems two Rhode Island lighthouses surplus

Watch Hill Lighthouse overlooks strong waves rolling toward the shore of East Beach on Nov. 16, 2017, in the Watch Hill section of Westerly during the storm early afternoon. The lighthouse has been declared excess property by the Coast Guard, and new owners are being sought.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

New London Maritime Society, which has three lighthouses of its own, is not in running for more of them.

Old Lyme Town Band members dust off their instruments

Barbara Johnson of Niantic plays the French horn through a face mask during a rehearsal of the Old Lyme Town Band on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Christ the King Church in Old Lyme. After more than a year off from playing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band recently started rehearsals and has a few outdoor, socially distanced concerts planned this summer.  (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

Old Lyme's community band, one of several along the shoreline, is making music again as the region emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

'There's no end to what she does': Groton library volunteer wins state award

Groton Public Library volunteer Pamela Tankard goes through a box of donated books to sort them out by subject matter while helping prepare for the library's outdoor book sale. She has been honored by the Connecticut Library Association.  (Dana Jensen/The Day)

Pamela Tankard, a Groton resident who has volunteered at the Groton Public Library since 2014, recently won a state award from the Connecticut Library Association.

Firefighters battle blaze at commercial building in East Lyme

Firefighters at the scene of a two alarm structure fire at Atlantic Building Products on Boston Post Road Saturday, May 15, 2021, in East Lyme. (Dana Jensen/The Day)

A two-alarm fire engulfed a commercial building at 206 Boston Post Road in East Lyme on Saturday.

Waterford police investigate car versus motorcycle accident

Police are investigating an accident involving a car and a motorcycle that occurred in the area of Great Neck Road and Route 156.

Pedestrian taken to hospital with serious injuries following accident on Gold Star Highway

A pedestrian was taken to the hospital early Friday morning with serious injuries following an accident on Gold Star Highway near the intersection of Toll Gate Road.

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Mystic Aquarium president was paid $563,000 in 2019

The year after aquarium President Stephen Coan was paid more than a half-milion dollars, a state...

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Former Coast Guard Academy official under investigation for 'alleged inappropriate conduct'

Prompted by a report of "alleged inappropriate conduct," the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service on April 12 started an investigation into Master Chief Brett VerHulst, an academy spokesperson said this week.

Eagle leaving New London for summer training

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle heads down the Thames River on March 8, 2021, after departing Pier 7 at Fort Trumbull State Park in New London bound for a training voyage. After only staying in local waters last summer due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Eagle is scheduled to depart Saturday, May 8, 2021, to begin training for more than 130 Coast Guard Academy cadets.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle is leaving New London on Saturday to begin training for more than 130 cadets.

Command master chief resigns from Coast Guard Academy

Command Master Chief Brett VerHulst resigned his duties at the Coast Guard Academy and is being reassigned.

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R.I. expects quahog harvest to bounce back

Maine might extend the ability of its residents to use telehealth services beyond the coronavirus pandemic

2 boys who couldn't swim drown in Massachusetts lake

Authorities say two boys who drowned at a Brockton park were cousins who did not know how to swim

Police: 2 shot, killed at after-hours club in Bridgeport

Police in Bridgeport are investigating a deadly shooting at an after-hours club that claimed the lives of two men