GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFULS DEBATE TONIGHT IN NL
The two major party candidates for Connecticut governor are squaring off in a debate for the first time Wednesday night.Â The event featuring Democrat Ned Lamont and Republican Bob Stefanowski is taking place at the Garde Arts Center in New London at 7 p.m.Â Stefanowski, of Madison, has worked as an executive at major firms, including General Electric and UBS Investment Bank. Lamont, of Greenwich, founded a company that built telecommunications systems for college campuses.Â The debate is sponsored by The Day and WTNH-TV.
A New London judge has ordered Tuesday a 28-year-old Mashantucket Pequot Tribal member to stay away from Connecticut casinos. Jukum Reels was also ordered not to go within 100 yards of a Foxwoods Resort Casino security officer he is accused of punching in the face during a melee on Aug. 28th. Reels told the judge at his court appearance he intends to hire a private attorney. Judge Karyl L. Carrasquilla entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and continued his case, along with a motor vehicle case from Aug. 11, to Oct. 2nd. The victim, Security Supervisor Brooke Wyngaard of Preston, suffered multiple facial fractures and a broken nose in the incident. Reels was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
COTTAGE OPTIONS STUDIED
WaterÂford leadÂers are re-exÂamÂining the poÂtenÂtial costs to reÂstore and reÂuse the hisÂtoric Nevins TenÂant CotÂtage located near the WaterÂford PubÂlic LiÂbrary. MemÂbers of the WaterÂford HisÂtorÂiÂcal SoÂciÂety and HisÂtoric PropÂerÂties ComÂmisÂsion say the cotÂtage’s hisÂtoric naÂture and proxÂimÂity to the liÂbrary make it poÂtenÂtially ideal for an archival storÂage loÂcaÂtion or readÂing room. The cotÂtage, built about 1890, was once part of the 350-acre Shaw Farm and beÂlonged to deÂscenÂdants of 18th cenÂtury New LonÂdon merÂchant NathaÂnial Shaw II. Nearly $50-thousand is slotÂted for the cotÂtage within the town’s capÂiÂtal plan for strucÂtural reÂpairs and upÂgrades.
HELPING FLORENCE VICTIMS
A Norwich man who helped Florida resÂiÂdents clean up afÂter HurÂriÂcane Irma last year is one of 20 ConÂnectiÂcut AmerÂiÂcan Red Cross volÂunÂteers goÂing to the CaroliÂnas as HurÂriÂcane Florence nears. Matt Stevens said he beÂgan volÂunÂteerÂing afÂter he saw the call for help with HurÂriÂcane HarÂvey last sumÂmer in the Houston area. Stevens will help run a shelÂter for those who are evacÂuÂatÂing the coast but may not have the means to leave the state. The Red Cross said about 3,000 peoÂple volÂunÂteer in its ConÂnectiÂcut and Rhode IsÂland ReÂgion. It exÂpects more will be sent to the mid-Atlantic in the comÂing days.
BEAR STEALS FEEDER
Backyard birdÂseed is blamed for atÂtracting a black bear to a home in Waterford around 11:00 Monday morning. The bear had grabbed the bird feeder, then ran into the woods. DepartÂment of EnÂergy and EnÂviÂronÂmenÂtal ProÂtecÂtion spokesman Chris ColÂlibee said people need to be proacÂtive and take steps to reÂduce food sources for bears. Bear sightÂings like this have beÂcome more comÂmon as the bear population grows. Bears were seen in 134 of ConÂnectiÂcut’s 169 towns in 2016, acÂcordÂing to DEEP records. So far this year there have been 7,650 bear sightÂings reÂported to DEEP. The highÂest numÂbers, around 400, have been seen in the cenÂtral part of the state. PeoÂple have reÂported fewer bear sightÂings in southÂeastÂern ConÂnectiÂcut, three in Waterford, but officials say residents still can benÂeÂfit from takÂing meaÂsures to preÂvent bear visÂits.
SCULPTURE IS TRASH
A sculpture at the Mystic Museum of Art is using plastic debris removed from the ocean to raise awareness of the problem of pollution in the world’s oceans. State Sen. Heather Somers has joined forces with the museum to give the problem some traction that “single use plastic products, such as bottles, bags, caps, wrappers and straws, are making their way into Long Island Sound and are being ingested by marine life and affecting the delicate ecosystems in our oceans. Somers’ comments come as Stonington has formed a task force to look into banning single-use plastic bags and straws in town.