STONINGTON — Paving and milling of roads in Mystic begins this week.
The schedule, which is subject to change based on weather and contractor availability, is scheduled to begin milling Cottrell Street Thursday morning. Jackson and Willow streets will follow later that day. Holmes Street will be milled first on Friday morning, followed by Bay and School streets. Any milling that isn’t completed by Friday will be done Tuesday, Oct. 15.
To minimize the impact on Cottrell Street, the town will shim the milled area on Friday and will spend the rest of the day repaving Jackson Street. The rest of the paving should occur the week of Oct. 21.
During paving and milling operations, there will be no on-street parking on these roads. Traffic will be able to get through during milling and paving operations, which are typically Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but drivers should expect some delays.
Anyone with questions should contact the Department of Public Works at 860-535-5055.
Bonfire Night features Misquamicut Players
WESTERLY — The Annual Guy Fawkes Bonfire Night featuring The Misquamicut Players, a group of local actors and King Crimson’s Jesters, an ensemble of local musicians, will be held at The Andrea, Atlantic Ave., on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.
The event will feature a large bonfire, live music by The Beach Band, The Westerly Morris Men, Kentish Guards Fife and Drum as well as a reenactment of Guy Fawke’s trial. This year is a special tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
STONINGTON — The future of the Old Lighthouse on Water Street, one of Connecticut’s most iconic structures and the nation’s first museum-lighthouse, will be the subject of an informational meeting sponsored by the Stonington Historical Society on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Stonington Borough Hall, 26 Church St.
The program is open to all and public input is being sought.
Architects Matthew Oudens and Conrad Ello will show various options to restore the 1840 structure and to make the museum universally accessible. Oudens Ello Architecture of Boston has been working with the historical society for more than a year to come up with alternatives for bringing the museum into the 21st century without compromising its historical integrity.
The project was the recent recipient of a $20,000 technical assistance grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Old Lighthouse was acquired by the historical society in 1925, and it has not undergone a major restoration since that time.
Seaside Shadows, Chamber to celebrate grand opening
MYSTIC — The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the official grand opening of Seaside Shadows, haunting history tours of downtown Mystic, with a ribbon-cutting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Mystic River Park.
Seaside Shadows will “walk you through the downtown Mystic area past favorite local haunts.
It’s not just for residents and visitors, but spirits alike,” according to its website.
MYSTIC — Olde Mistick Village will host a fundraiser for Sofia, a 10-year-old Ledyard girl diagnosed with Leber’s congenital amaurosis, a rare disease that causes blindness.
The event will take place Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., at Olde Mistick Village.
Lisa Carberg, Susette Tibus, and Peter Glankoff invite the public to join Sofia and her friends for an evening that begins with a performance at Mystic Stage in Olde Mistick Village Art Theater. A reception will follow at Semolina Pasta Shop and Extra Virgin Oil Store where Sofia, Mystic Ballet dancers and artists, and a special guest from the Foundation for Retinal Research will meet guests.
There will be live music, live and silent auctions, wine and desserts, an extra virgin oil and vinegar fall flavors tasting.
Event proceeds go to the Foundation for Retinal Research. For more information, visit SofiaSees.org.
State Rep. Urban honored for work with children
HARTFORD — State Representative Diana Urban (D-Stonington) was presented an award by the Lawyers for Children America group, for her work with children. Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families’ Commissioner, Joette Katz, also received an award at the organization’s 20th anniversary dinner.
This past session, Urban and Katz worked together on an animal therapy bill, now law, which puts the DCF in charge of dispersing teams of animals and therapists to crises.
“This law was passed because of the success of the animal therapy dogs in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook. The state’s own teams are now ready to be deployed by the commissioner in cases of trauma to children and families,” Urban said.
Katz said reforming Connecticut’s child welfare system has required a broad partnership and Urban and her leadership at the General Assembly has made a critical contribution toward this effort.
In addition, a children’s mental health law that built on the work of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety law was passed with the help of the commissioner and DCF.