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Local briefs for Monday, Oct. 21, 2013

Order of the Rainbow holding party and membership drive

WESTERLY — The Westerly Assembly No. 7 International Order of the Rainbow for Girls will host a Halloween party for girls, ages 11 to 20, interested in learning more about the organization at the Masonic Center, 20 Elm St., on Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, call Lynn D. Gebler at 401-539-9025. For more information about the Order of the Rainbow for Girls, visit

Fraternal Order of Police holding 5K road race

CHARLESTOWN — The Charlestown Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 40, will hold a Halloween Hot Pursuit 5K road race on Sunday at the Frosty Drew Nature Center, 61 Park Lane.

Check-in and registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 before Friday, Oct. 25, and $25 the day of the race.

There will be prizes for the best costume and cash prizes for the top three male and female finishers. A prize of $100 will be awarded for a new course record. There will also be a 1-mile course for walkers.

For more information or to register, visit

Seminar to discuss long-term care insurance

NORTH STONINGTON — Aldo Pantano, a representative from the Connecticut Partnership, will visit Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., to explain and review long-term care insurance policies on Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

The seminar is sponsored by Rhona Heyl of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Mystic.

Free and open to the public. To register, email

Stonington receives $26,772 from CIRMA

STONINGTON — The Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, known as CIRMA, has sent the town an equity distribution check for $26,772. The funds are the town’s prorated share of CIRMA’s $3 million members’ equity distribution for 2013. A member-owned and governed organization, CIRMA is the state’s largest municipal insurer, providing workers’ compensation, liability, auto and property insurance to its member towns.

First Selectman Edward Haberek Jr. said collaborative efforts from Maryanna Stevens, director of finance and risk management, and town staff are responsible for minimizing losses.

CIRMA has distributed $9 million in equity to its members over the past three years.

Historical society to present nautical folk art discussion

MYSTIC — The Mystic River Historical Society will present a discussion by historian Norman Brouwer on Nautical Folk Art at the Mystic Congregational Church Parish Hall, 43 East Main St., on Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m.

With 50 years of maritime experience, Brouwer’s talk will focus on art created by seamen on commercial sailing vessels from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. Carvings, paintings, drawings and other items were made by sailors during their long voyages at sea. The men’s living and working conditions, theories on the origins of these crafts, and specific folk art elements and symbolism will also be explored. Brouwer will showcase some pieces from his personal collection, as well as photographs of other items.

The program will be followed by a question-and-answer period and refreshments. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860- 536-4779, or email

R.I. man charged in 9-car highway wreck

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been charged with reckless driving for allegedly causing a nine-car pileup on Interstate 95 in Connecticut that snarled traffic for hours and injured three people, including a baby.

Connecticut state police say 28-year-old Marco Nunez, of Providence, was speeding and driving erratically when he caused Saturday morning’s wreck in the southbound lanes in Fairfield.

The Connecticut Post reports that a station wagon struck by Nunez’s rental car rolled over several times. Seven other cars were damaged.

An 18-day-old baby and two adults from West Haven in the station wagon were taken to Bridgeport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Authorities also treated several people at the scene.

It’s not clear if Nunez has a lawyer. A phone number for Nunez couldn’t be found.

Newport considers relationship with Taiwan city

NEWPORT (AP) — An official from Taiwan is asking Newport officials to consider a sister city relationship with the Taiwanese seaport of Tamsui.

John Chu is director of information for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston. The Newport Daily News reports that Chu has asked members of the Newport City Council to consider a relationship with Tamsui.

Chu said the two cities have much in common, including being historic seaports that have become major tourist destinations. He said the cities could establish cultural and student exchange programs.

Newport Mayor Harry Winthrop said it could be an interesting relationship and he plans to meet with Chu at the Taiwanese Film and Cultural Festival in Newport next Saturday.

Benefit being held for fire victims

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — An American Legion post is holding a benefit for the dozens of people who lost their homes when a fire destroyed a building in downtown Manchester last week.

The benefit pasta dinner is being held Sunday afternoon and evening at American Legion Post 102 in Manchester. Raffle prizes are planned, and a DJ will be playing music. The fire on Oct. 12 destroyed a large building on Main Street that housed the Great Harvest Bread Co., other businesses and about two dozen apartments. There were no major injuries, but many families lost all their belongings.

The building was heavily damaged and torn down.

Post 102 also has set up a fire victims’ fund. Information is available at


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