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Week in Review: Contaminated Wells, High School Student Arrested

The week's top stories on the Ledyard Patch.

 

Patch reported that the Women’s Center changed their name to Safe Futures and also opened an office in Norwich.

Last year, 26 percent of the people served by the newly renamed Safe Futures were men and boys, said Catherine Zeiner, executive director of the organization. It was less than 9 percent in 1998.

The i5 Teaching Network hosted three Connecticut artists who all have strong ties to another culture. Margarita Hernandez-Maxson, Sikiu Perez and Millie Donovan have their art on exhibit, which include art dolls, mixed media, fine art painting and works on clay.

A Ledyard High School student was arrested for threatening to harm students and himself at school. Ryan Donaldson, 18, was charged with breach of peace Tuesday and remained in custody after a judge heard his case Wednesday.

According to the police report says that “a concerned witness” informed an assistant principal that Donaldson had plans to harm students at school. Evidence was found at his house that corroborated the concerned witnesses’ description. No weapons were found at the residence.

The Ledyard Police Union donated to the Kids Care packaging event that took place this weekend. The money was donated by townspeople during the summer’s fundraiser. The Kids Care packaging event is sponsored by St. Luke Lutheran Church, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, St. David's Episcopal Church and Ledyard Congregational Church.

The effort is supported by Outreach, which is a non-profit corporation with the mission "to provide safe water, food, medical care and education to children and those in need at home or abroad." The Kids Care packages are part of the organization's food program, which offers the ingredients and packaging components for 25 cents.

Water taken from two separate wells that supply water to businesses including Subway and Ming Moon were found to be contaminated with total coliform this week.

 “Total coliform is an indicator bacteria,” said McCammon. “It basically says there's something in the water system that shouldn't be there.”

Ming Moon and Touch of Elegance, which are two businesses located in 756 Colonel Ledyard Highway were closed until that well and water system are clean, which should be in one-and-a-half weeks. The first test results coming from that well reported the presence of E.coli. , The second test results did not.

so Subway and employees at the radio station above were put under a water advisory and were cautioned that the water is contaminated. Subway can’t use the tap water but was allowed to stay open.

The Town Council set a date to hear public comments on a proposed blight ordinance for the Town of Ledyard Wednesday. Town officials believe that blighted properties around town are bringing down property values and pose a threat to the health, safety and general welfare of residents. Drafts of an ordinance have been kicking around for at least two years. Some people say the town should enforce the current zoning regulations and  “leave well enough alone,” others say there is a definite problem of junk piles in Gales Ferry and Ledyard.

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