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CVS Land Sale, Budget Approved, Overtime Flap

Egg Hunt, Probate Judge Candidate, Paddock Re-Opens, Dirty Water

It’s been an eventful week. On Wednesday, the Town Council passed a $49 million budget proposal for 2011-12. A public hearing will take place on April 25, and residents will vote on the proposal on May 17.

Also on Wednesday, at a special Town Meeting, voters approved the sale of a portion of the former Gales Ferry School property, preparing the way for a new CVS pharmacy in town. The developer, G.B. New England 2, hopes to break ground this fall.

The Ledyard Police Department responded this week to concerns expressed by Town Council members about the way overtime is distributed. Overtime is included in the calculation that determines the size of police pensions.  Council members noted that it is not unusual for officers to retire at a higher rate of pay than when they were working. (The meeting will be aired today at 5 p.m. on Channel 12.)

Ironically, the week actually started out in a very calm and peaceful way, with a report on members of the Ledyard Congregational Church planting vegetables at Bob Burn’s Aiki Farm. The members hope to donated part of their harvest to local food lockers, and sell the rest at the Ledyard Farmer’s Market, with the proceeds going to support youth programming at the church.

We reported on a breakfast forum that featured Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Kip Bergstrom, the newly appointed executive director of the Commission on Culture and Tourism. And we reported on two bills in Hartford that are intended to help close the educational achievement gap in Connecticut. 

Homeschooling columnist Andrea McKenzie discussed her experience as an organizationally challenged person, and our Moms Chat topic was toilet training.

Attorney Ellin Grenger announced she will run for regional Judge of Probate. Goldy’s restaurant is back in New London.  And the water authority explained why the tap water was discolored in sections of Gales Ferry this week.

On Wednesday, the Board of Education heard a report on a new guidance department program. On Friday, Justin Williams pitched the LHS Colonels to a 1-1 record in the ECC with a 5-4 win over NFA. 

The Paddock had its Grand Re-Opening on Saturday. Also on Saturday the UConn Blue-White football scrimmage was played, and anglers of all ages lined local ponds and rivers for fishing season’s opening day.

We shared photos from an egg hunt that took place last weekend, sponsored by the Ledyard Parks and Recreation Department. Parents who brought their kids said it was the best-organized egg hunt ever. High praise for Parks and Rec.

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