WILLIMANTIC — Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc. and SI Financial Group Inc. announced Tuesday that they have signed a merger agreement in which Berkshire will acquire SIFI and its subsidiary, Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company, in an all-stock transaction valued at $180 million. The Willima…

MYSTIC — Because the Mystic Seaport Museum and two other stakeholders named in a 1954 will have yet to relinquish their claims to Enders Island, St. Edmund’s Retreat Center has proceeded with a quiet title action to establish its sole ownership.

    After 22 years in business, the Bean Counter Coffee Shop in Westerly near the Pawcatuck River Bridge recently closed. The sign was on its door on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Harold Hanka, The Westerly Sun

    STONINGTON — Next spring, two new playscapes will replace the single one that was removed from the Town Dock playground in September because its footings had deteriorated.

    STONINGTON — Citing the need to clarify details, the Planning and Zoning Commission voted Tuesday to delay a decision on a zoning amendment that would broaden the allowable types of accessory dwelling units in town.

    STONINGTON — The Mystic River Boathouse Park Implementation Committee voted unanimously Monday to send the park’s master plan to the Planning and Zoning Commission for a public hearing that would likely take place in February.

    STONINGTON — Residents had an overwhelmingly positive response to plans to beautify the Velvet Mill district of Mystic at a meeting held by the Mystic River Boathouse Park Implementation Committee and the Board of Selectmen Saturday morning at Stonington High School.

    MYSTIC — Dignitaries from several First Nations, Canada, Great Britain and the United States will gather at the Mystic Seaport Museum Saturday morning for the opening of an extraordinary arctic exhibit that will be on display in only two American museums.

    PAWCATUCK — Davis-Standard LLC announced Wednesday that it has acquired Thermoforming Systems LLC of Yakima, Washington. TSL designs, manufacturers and markets thermoforming equipment for the North American food packaging industry. Terms were not disclosed. 

    STONINGTON — After an overwhelmingly positive response to the Nov. 13 public hearing on a potential plastic carry-out bag and plastic straw ordinance, members of the Plastic Bags and Straws Ad Hoc Committee hammered out details concerning education and enforcement Tuesday night.

      WESTERLY— The American Red Cross said it is facing a blood shortage after a significant shortfall in donations in September and October. With the holidays approaching — typically a period of lower blood donations — blood and platelet donors and volunteer blood drive hosts are needed to avoid…