Local and state briefs for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013

Local and state briefs for Monday, Nov. 25, 2013


Pictures with Santa at Christmas Bazaar

WESTERLY — The St. Pius X School’s Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held at St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., on Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants are invited to have their photos taken with Santa Claus during his appearance on Saturday, between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to arts, crafts and baked goods for sale, this year’s event will feature the release of the St. Pius X School 50th Anniversary Cookbook, a rainbow loom table, and a chance to win an Android tablet basket and a Harlem Globetrotters basket.

Groton library holding gingerbread house workshop

GROTON — The Groton Public Library will hold a Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. Families are asked to bring in candies to share for decorating the houses.

To register for the workshop, call 860-441-6750 or email ttorres@groton-ct.gov.

2 hospitalized after Coventry accident

COVENTRY (AP) — A 43-year-old man is hospitalized with a serious head injury after being struck by a car in Coventry.

Coventry police say the local man was walking on Washington Street shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday when he was hit by a car. He was taken to Rhode Island Hospital. His name and condition haven’t been released.

Authorities say the driver of the car was a 17-year-old Coventry girl. She was brought to Kent Hospital with undisclosed injuries. Her name and condition also haven’t been released.

Police are trying to determine how the accident happened.

R.I. police to crack down on seat belt violations

PROVIDENCE (AP) — Police around Rhode Island will be cracking down on people who are not wearing seat belts during the Thanksgiving holiday week.

A statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign started today.

Police say Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times on the roadways, and with the added traffic it’s time for a reminder that people need to buckle up every time they get in the car.

State police as well as local departments say they’ll be pulling people over and issuing tickets to people they see driving without using a seat belt.

The campaign lasts through Dec. 1.

Whitehouse talks climate change with MLB, NBA, NFL

PROVIDENCE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is praising the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball and other professional sports organizations for taking steps to address climate change.

The Rhode Island Democrat met with representatives from all the major sports organizations to discuss what teams are doing to limit their carbon emissions and encourage renewable energy. He says professional sports take climate change seriously.

Baseball parks including Fenway Park, for example, have installed solar and wind power generators to reduce their carbon footprint. The National Hockey League has pursued energy efficiency initiatives and the NFL has stepped up recycling while making investments in renewable energy to offset the fuel burned during team travel.

Whitehouse met with the organizations in his role as a co-chairman of the Bicameral Climate Change Task-Force.

Conn. awards $18.3M in housing grants and loans

HARTFORD (AP) — Connecticut has awarded $18.3 million in grants and loans to help fund 13 affordable housing developments.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said studies show affordable housing increases spending and employment opportunities, boosts revenue for local governments and reduces foreclosures.

Most of the money will be distributed for properties in Danbury, Hartford, New London and Westport. About $1.6 million will be awarded in predevelopment grants for costs such as architectural design, environmental studies and other early-stage development costs for proposed projects in Bristol, Enfield, Glastonbury, Hartford, Middlefield, Naugatuck, New Britain and Norwich.

The funding will require State Bond Commission approval, and tax credit awards remain subject to approval by the Connecticut Housing Financing Authority.

Groton-based sub to return from final deployment

GROTON (AP) — The attack submarine USS Dallas is returning to Groton today after completing its last scheduled deployment.

The Los Angeles-class submarine has been in service for more than 30 years.

The submarine, led by Navy Cmdr. Jack Houdeshell, traveled about 34,000 miles on it latest deployment, calling on ports in Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Spain and Portugal. The submarine and its crew of 140 sailors left Connecticut in May. They were due back at Naval Submarine Base New London this afternoon.

The submarine was commissioned in 1981 in Groton, circumnavigated the globe in 1984, and participated in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in the early 1990s.

Public forum planned on Conn. environmental laws

HARTFORD (AP) — The public will have a chance to offer opinions on how Connecticut’s environmental laws can be improved.

The Council on Environmental Quality has scheduled a public forum on Dec. 5 at the Legislative Office Building, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Besides offering their own ideas, members of the public can comment on the council’s draft recommendations to the General Assembly, which convenes in February. They include maintaining the current capital budget for the Clean Water Fund to prevent raw sewage discharges, as well as maintaining the current capital budget for farmland preservation efforts, protecting about 2,000 acres annually.

The Council also is calling for sufficient funding to allow all state parks to open in 2014 with staff, as well as enough money to mount an effective defense against invasive species.


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