Week in Review: Ledyard Prepares for Hurricane Sandy, Land Purchase and Family Game Night Starts in Gales Ferry

The week’s top stories on the Ledyard Patch


The state is abuzz with Hurricane Sandy predictions and preparations and Ledyard is no exception. Town officials met Friday to make preliminary plans; they’ll meet again Sunday at 1 p.m. to plan some more.

The Town of Ledyard has agreed to purchase 20.9 acres adjacent to the Submarine base. The town will be reimbursed for the purchase by the State of Connecticut and it is hoped that the acquisition will make the sub base more in the next round of BRAC reviews.

The money for the purchase will be reimbursed by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development on the condition that “the property remain as open space and not be developed due to its proximity to the Submarine Base Blast Zone,” according to a state-issued resolution.

If the land remains as open space, it effectively increases the buffer zone between the sub base and residential properties. A larger buffer zone allows the military base to store more weapons and/or larger weapons. And, hopefully makes the base attractive and one that the higher-ups would want to keep open.

Life Star flew Jessica Houde, 21, of 38 Meetinghouse Lane to Rhode Island Hospital after her Jeep 4x4 rolled over on Pumpkin Hill Road. Ledyard Police Lt. Michael Finkelstein said her injuries didn’t appear to be life threatening but due to the prolonged extrication she was flown to a trauma hospital. The cause of this accident remains under investigation by the Ledyard Police Department Accident Reconstruction Team.

Patch ran a profile on one of two consultants in Connecticut for SimplyFun, a board game company that makes educational games for children of all ages.

I basically get paid to play games,” said Kristen Lajoie of Mulberry Drive. “It’s a very easy job, it’s all fun stuff.”

Lajoie runs a home-based business as an independent consultant for SimplyFun, a board game company based in Bellevue, WA. And basically she’s the special guest at parties (similar to jewelry parties and Pampered Chef parties) where she introduces people to the games, teaches them how to play, and if they like them (or know someone who would) they can place an order.

On Friday the high school had a combined music performance, and check out this photo gallery of fall foliage in Ledyard. Take one last look and add your own photos because it may be the final record of fall in Ledyard this year Sandy blows away all the leaves.

If it doesn’t, check out this blog from organic landscaper Robin Franklin about what to do with lingering leaves. There’s also a great blog by Norwich insurance provider Kath Kane about what you need to keep in mind with regard to your homeowners insurance and a hurricane.


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