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Our Middlesex and New London Region coverage includes stories about all the towns in Middlesex and New London Counties, ranging from Cromwell and Clinton to Voluntown and Stonington.

Chion Wolf

Eight years ago, Team Connecticut fought to keep New London Sub Base open.

At a base closure hearing in Boston, Connecticut’s delegation defended the value of the base.

The speakers included a who’s who of political leaders in Connecticut: Governor Jodi Rell, DEP commissioner Gina McCarthy, Congressman Rob Simmons, and Senators Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman.

Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London today/Wednesday. As WNPR's Harriet Jones reports he stressed the new dangers of a changing world.

The 227 graduates of the class of 2013 filed onto Cadet Memorial Field under a cloudy New London sky Wednesday, but mood was far from grey. Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz welcomed the cadets and their families.

"Here at the Academy we take great pride in being locally relevant and nationally prominent, and today is the best of both."

Vice President Joe Biden gave the commencement speech at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London on Wednesday. He stressed the new dangers of a changing world.

The 227 graduates of the class of 2013 filed onto Cadet Memorial Field under a cloudy New London sky Wednesday, but mood was far from grey. Superintendent Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz welcomed the cadets and their families.

"Here at the Academy we take great pride in being locally relevant and nationally prominent, and today is the best of both."

This is the third in a series of stories examining vulnerable areas on our shoreline. 

Connecticut's beaches are still struggling to recover after Superstorm Sandy. So in the next storm they may not be so effective at absorbing floodwaters before they reach houses and other critical infrastructure.

J Holt

A significant milestone was reached in the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan- Mystic Seaport's 172 year old wooden whaling ship. 

Mystic Seaport president Steve White addressed over 200 people gathered beside the giant wooden hull of the Charles W. Morgan.

White- "...the last surviving whaling ship on the face of the of the earth, and the oldest commercial ship afloat in the western hemisphere..."

Remixing Middletown

May 10, 2013

Middletown is gearing up for a special celebration Saturday.

The city's north end will will come alive with music, dancers and visual art Saturday. MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More is a festival of Art and Sound that features a flash mob dance, a laptop computer Orchestra, and a host of other events.

Remixing Middletown

May 10, 2013

Middletown is gearing up for a special celebration Saturday.

The city's north end will will come alive with music, dancers and visual art Saturday. MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More is a festival of Art and Sound that features a flash mob dance, a laptop computer Orchestra, and a host of other events.

Harriet Jones

Drug giant Pfizer says it’s going to tear down 750,000 square feet of unused laboratory space on its Groton campus. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the move comes after frantic efforts in recent months to find a reuse for the facility.

 

Harriet Jones

Drug giant Pfizer says it’s going to tear down 750,000 square feet of unused laboratory space on its Groton campus. As WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports, the move comes after frantic efforts in recent months to find a reuse for the facility.

 

Harriet Jones / WNPR

Sequestration is already here, but most of us have yet to notice any effects. That’s not true for hundreds of people in Connecticut who work for the Department of Defense in civilian jobs. Right now they are figuring out ways to manage financially when their paychecks take a dive next month. WNPR’s Harriet Jones spoke to some of them.

Lila Call

It's our yearly trip to our favorite little seaport town. Home to a DIY art and music scene that seems to grow every year.  And today, we're coming to you live from The Telegraph. It’s a record shop, used bookstore and performance space owned by Daphne Lee Martin and her husband, Rich Martin.

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

It's been five months since 16 homeless veterans moved into permanent supportive housing thanks to the American Legion Post in southeastern Connecticut. The Jewett City Post renovated its own building to create the apartments. The project was funding by the federal VA with help from private donations, Second district Congressman Joe Courtney, and the state of Connecticut.

This past summer, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil introduced us to one of the new tenants, an Army veteran. She visited him recently as he prepares for his first Christmas inside his own place.

Harriet Jones

While shoppers gear up for Black Friday – maybe even for the midnight doorbusters on Thanksgiving  – small businesses are hoping they won’t be forgotten in the holiday rush. This weekend marks the third annual Small Business Saturday. WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

If you’re a regular traveler on I-95, the name Clinton might bring to mind the big outlet mall that looms over the highway near that town.

Art Linares, Jr

Connecticut Republicans succeeded in sending a political newcomer to the General Assembly to take over a Senate seat long held by Democrats. As WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil reports Art Linares also will be one of the state's youngest Senators.

"Rave On Vol. 1" cover art

In the mid 1980's, the future looked pretty bright for the New London rockers The Reducers. They were riding a wave of critical acclaim. They were the darlings of college radio along with groups like REM and the Smithereens, and they toured the world with bands like The Ramones and The Replacements.

But that major record label deal and breakthrough into the mainstream never materialized, and after years on the road, The Reducers came back to New London to play shows closer to home and they never stopped making music.

Jason D. Neely

We're surrounded by cool technology. Skype allows us to talk to people on the other side of the world. We have iPods that let us carry thousands of songs in our pocket.

But how about an iPhone app that lets you record the sounds of your hometown, then remix them into a unique audio portrait? That’s the idea behind Middletown Remix a project that running from now until May at Wesleyan University and the town it calls home.

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

To date, 63 men and women from Connecticut have died while serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. A small group of Connecticut residents are working to create a living memorial to these service members. It will be called the Connecticut Trees of Honor, and the planned site is in Middletown's Veterans Memorial Park.

Bevin Bells On The Road To Recovery

Jul 17, 2012
Tucker Ives

It's been six weeks since the Bevin Brothers factory burned to the ground and the East Hampton company is moving forward with plans to rebuild. 

Dancing In The Big City

Jul 12, 2012
Christopher Duggan

The dance ensemble, the Brian Brooks Moving Company returns to Wesleyan University for a pair of performances tonight and tomorrow night at Wesleyan's Center for the Arts Theater in Middletown. On the program is the New England premier of his new work Big City. The dance company has performed all of the world. Joining us by phone this morning is dancer and choreographer Brian Brooks. 

Lucy Nalpathanchil / WNPR

Originally aired on NPR's "All Things Considered"

This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own thanks to the American Legion. A local Post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transitional, but permanent supportive housing in their rural community. 

Harriet Jones

The tall ships sail into New London this weekend for OpSail – the first time in 12 years that Connecticut has hosted the event. WNPR’s Harriet Jones visited the city to see how it’s getting ready.

Coming into New London on Eugene O’Neill Drive, you might glance across one of the city’s car parks and notice two painters hard at work on an enormous mural. Ten feet up in the air on a hydraulic platform. 

Photo by Lucy Nalpathanchil

An American Legion post in Jewett City has dedicated the last decade to raising money so it could help homeless veterans. On Monday, hundreds of Griswold residents turned out to celebrate the project's completion. Post 15 renovated its building so to provide 18 apartments to veterans who need housing.

Live in Norwich

Feb 13, 2012
Aaron Flaum (Norwich Bulletin)

For the first time in 2012, we’re on the road in Norwich... "the Rose of New England."

On Groundhog Day...we took a trip to the Norwich Arts Center. A large crowd of committed community members came to join us and talk about their town...the local press was there. But sadly, some technical troubles kept us from broadcasting the show live.

Now - like the movie Groundhog Day - we’ll re-live our show all over again.

Diane Orson

Parents packed into an elementary school gymnasium in Middletown last night to hear from local education officials, and to voice their concerns over so-called “scream rooms.” Teachers at the school use a time-out room to discipline disruptive students.

One year ago - a senseless murder shocked New London - a city that’s been undergoing a renaissance as a walkable, artsy, vibrant downtown. The young man who was killed, Matthew Chew, embodied that new vibrancy - and he’s being remembered in a vigil this Sunday, October 30 at 6:30pm at the Bean & Leaf in downtown New London.  Jade Huguenot, organizer of the event joins us.

Courtesy of Shedd Aquarium By Keith Pamper

Partnerships are common at zoos and aquariums for breeding programs but what does it take to transfer animals across the country safely?  Especially if the animal you're talking about is a 2100 pound beluga whale?

Kristine Magao, Supervisor of Belugas, at Mystic Aquarium spoke with WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil about the recent journey of Naluark, a male beluga whale who came to Mystic from Chicago's John G Shedd Aquarium.

S.T.O.R.M. Irene Panel

Sep 18, 2011

Governor Malloy has appointed a panel to review how the state, municipalities and utilities responded to Tropical Storm Irene.  The group will also take a broader look at Connecticut’s disaster preparedness.

Members of the S.T.O.R.M. Irene Panel include leaders from the military, disaster relief, non-profit agencies and municipal governments.  They’ll examine response to the storm - what worked and what didn’t.

Photo by Michael E. Anderson

What happens when four friends, all veteran musicians with a love of rock and roll and baseball get together? Well, they call themselves the Baseball Project, and they head out on the road. The Baseball Project rolls into New London for a show tonight. Joining us by phone is singer and guitarist for the Baseball Project Scott McCaughey, he's also front man for Minus 5.

Governor Malloy visited Wesleyan University in Middletown on Monday.  He met with leaders of Connecticut’s private colleges and universities to talk jobs.

The Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges represents 16 schools that employ over 22,000 people.  

The National School Boards Association represents state boards of education across the country, and their 90 thousand members.  The Association’s new president is a school board member from Connecticut.

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