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Not too often does a small town have the chance to welcome a United States senator three times in little over a month.Thank you, Senator Blumenthal -- this time last night at the Florence Griswold in Old Lyme. Take a look!
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Senator Blumenthal welcomes tonight's revelries.

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SECoasta win for Old Lyme. A win for every community in southeastern Connecticut.

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SECoastDan Stevens will be playing the event in support of our efforts (thanks, Dan!), noted-photographer Kris Rowe will donating signed photographs to donors at the sponsor level (thanks Kristofer!), and David Rufo and the Bee and Thistle Inn will be hosting with food and drink (thanks, David!). It should be a beautiful night out under the tent in Old Lyme... and we're just the start.

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Edie TwiningWow this is great!

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Constance AyarsAre Flo Gris and LAA on board?

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Daniel MackaySECoast has worked so hard and so effectively for Old Lyme and southeastern seacoast communities. Please support them. Donations are tax deductible via donation to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

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SECoastWe had the pleasure of speaking with town leaders in Westerly, RI this evening. For those seeking more information, here is a map that we shared at the meeting. The purple line marks the new bypass proposal. The grey line marks the existing service.

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Phillip Kenyon@elmridgegolf right through your property? #elmridgegolfcourse rail station?

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Thank you, Joe Cugini and WBLQ out of Westerly, RI, for having us on your drive-time morning radio program. It's great to see Rhode Island and Connecticut coming out so strongly and on the same page against this plan. If this is NIMBY, well it is a heck of big backyard! ... See MoreSee Less

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A very productive meeting and talk with the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in Mystic today. The meeting was well-attended by local and state representatives, and candidates, of Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut, Joyce Reznikoff one of the leading figures in the region, Rob Simmons, business owners and others. Reporters for the Westerly Sun and New London Day were also present.

What Lisa Konicki has put together there is quite impressive, and frankly, speaks loudly to the potential economic impacts for the entire state and region if this bypass goes through as planned. There is no doubt they are taking this issue very seriously, and their message of unity is one for every town and community in the region. A great showing. I appreciate the invitation and opportunity to speak.
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Lori RobishawThanks for coming to the meeting. While Old Lyme has done most of the heavy lifting thus far, it's become clear to me that this is very much a regional issue and the last thing we need is for the FRA to get so far with this that they end up pitting towns against one another.

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SECoastI'm not exactly a fiery speaker, discussing "same as NEC," tier 1 and tier 2, but perhaps The Day rightly channeled our spirited defense of the region... www.theday.com/local/20160913/rail-bypass-opponents-gather-in-mystic

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So... ACHP has taken down the completed public documents posted a little over a week ago to a government website and linked in our Press Release. What does that even mean? 
Not to worry you can find them up on our server here:
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So... ACHP has taken down the completed public documents posted a little over a week ago to a government website and linked in our Press Release. What does that even mean?
Not to worry you can find them up on our server here:
secoast.org/…/upl…/2016/09/nec-future-investment-program.pdf
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Daniel MackayNote the Google Tab Headers

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SECoastRather than hiding a government document, perhaps the FRA should try to explain it.

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FRA ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OLD LYME CT 08-31-16.mpg

FRA ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION OLD LYME CT 08-31-16.mpg
Couldn't make the FRA meeting on August 31 in Old Lyme. We have an amateur video up, until we get our official copy on Thursday. If you want to download it, just be aware it's 4.3 gb

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3 weeks ago

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Constance AyarsSurreal!

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Jenn MillerRedeker did not say one word that I recall... After being 30 mins late. Awesome CT taxpayer dollars at work.

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After 8 months of working on this issue, these 7 questions sum up many of our concerns. We have submitted them to the office of the First Selectwoman, and hope that they will be discussed. Many of these questions have been asked (without answer) in meetings and emails with James Redeker, David Carol and Rebecca Reyes-Alicea. Hopefully tomorrow in a public forum we will have better luck.

1. If the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass is selected as part of the preferred alternative, and subsequent study concludes that a tunnel is infeasible, will the FRA and Connecticut DOT rule out any possible reversion to an additional bridge or aerial structure at or near Old Lyme?

2. Does the Federal Railroad Administration have more detailed or higher-resolution maps used in the planning of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass than are available on the NEC Future Website? And if so, why hasn’t the Federal Railroad Administration completed a narrowly-focused Freedom of Information request for these maps, dating to April 4, 2016?

3. Given that the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass was a relatively late addition to the NEC Planning process, do you feel comfortable that the bypass has received sufficient public and professional scrutiny to be included as part of a preferred alternative? To be clear, the bypass was included after the original 98 plans had been narrowed down to 3 action alternatives. Is that correct?

4. In a meeting in Old Lyme on July 7, Commissioner Redeker suggested that the Federal Railroad Adminstration has contemplated removing a mapped route of the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass from the preferred alternative, but including instead an unmapped bypass concept. Can you confirm or rule out this idea of an unmapped concept? And if you cannot rule it out, could you explain how towns in southeastern could judge the relative benefits and impacts of an unmapped route? Could an unmapped route open the way for other routings and greater impacts to New London or East Lyme or Old Saybrook, for example?

5. On August 2, the Federal Railroad Administration notified our two regional planning organizations: RiverCog and SCCOG, that they would be expected to submit “letters of consistency.” Could you explain why the FRA wants letters of consistency, and how submitting or witholding such letters would impact future state and federal funding for southeastern Connecticut? Will the Federal Railroad Administration and the Connecticut DOT commit to not using such letters as a lever to force acceptance of NEC Future planning by towns in southeastern Connecticut?

6. I would like to read briefly from a January 4 article on NEC Future published in the Connecticut Mirror, which I think sums up many of our concerns in southeastern Connecticut. To quote,

“[E]ven James Redeker, Connecticut’s transportation commissioner and the chair of the Northeast Corridor Commission that oversaw development of the study, was not sure it provided those affected by it with enough to judge it.
The problem, he said, was the process. This environmental impact statement was not a traditional one that would have provided plans to solve specific problems along with all the relevant environmental, economic and other data, such as, in the case of rail, ridership information. Instead, NEC Future offered rail corridor options consisting of general locations, little detail about what it would take to put the rails there, no service development plan, and a broad price tag - but no funding strategy. That's not enough for people to make even a conceptual choice, Redeker said, though that is what people are being asked to do.” “How are we supposed to make choices if we don’t know what service we’re going to get and if we don’t know yet if you’re going to turn to us to pay for that, and to what degree?” Redeker said. “I think this is going to be difficult for the public to provide meaningful input on.” .... He said he doesn’t yet know how he’ll respond. "If I can’t demonstrate to Connecticut folks that there’s a substantial and documentable and believable return on investment for transportation dollars, you might as well put them somewhere else,” he said.

Ms. Reyes-Alicea, can you explain to me what has happened over last 8 months to address Commissioner Redeker’s concerns with the planning process?

7. If NEC Future is a new blueprint for planning and funding the NEC Corridor, replacing an expiring plan dating back to 1978, what happens in terms of funding if the Federal Railroad Administration simply goes back to the drawing board? Can transportation projects be handled piecemeal without locking ourselves into an obviously flawed plan for the next 25 years?
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Jennifer MorganYour work is thorough and appreciated with questions and issues raised that will continue the momentum to derail this project and preserve the tranquility and natural beauty of old lyme.

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Jenn Miller#8. Who is in Redeker's pocket, or vice versa?

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Rebecca GriffinThank you for your hard work. I just left the meeting and feel that the representative from the FRA did not answer questions. "Further analysis" were her favorite words. Loved the support from our elected officials.

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Stephanie LombardoThank you for bringing our love for our quiet town to bear.

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SECoastThank you guys for showing up and making everyone proud, You are right to have very serious concerns, but the support from across New London County was huge and important and should not be discounted. I might take a day before breaking it apart. I am most curious about the coverage in CT Mirror by their cub reporter.... I am expecting a blockbuster interview with Reyes-Alecia. Passero's strong stand was huge and greatly appreciated.

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Jennifer MorganHard to believe an organization that plans builds and runs railroad systems has such a vision and yet didn't "envision" the outcry from little Ole lyme and the surrounding "outposts" on the shoreline corridor focusing on what New Haven and Hartford had to say. Hard to believe their big picture vision has had so little of a real engine to get to the next station. Yes they listened..care..will engage and co opt the communities and stakeholders at the level 2 tier .but my sense is after they choose their preferred alternative at tier 1. Bit of a double message or did I misunderstand? Also why no comment or input..aka communication by her colleague who was,said to have spent more time than anyone else out in the communities at the historical commission level.

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Jennifer MorganLess contentious then I thought which is pisitive in some,ways but some glad handling and white washing in others. Good for Rep. Carney to call a spade is a spade and for New London 's mayors ardent stance and reminder of past experiences dealing with the "rail administration." Also Sen Blumenthal and Rob Simmons for driving home the economic reality of holding some purse strings and for sharing promises made that weren't kept in the past. Good to see and feel part of "standing up and voicing concerns with incisive questions and concerns (many unanswered) and may answered agreeing to follow up...neither responding to the yes or no questions asked. Time will tell and the proof is in the pudding. Why not spend the money on the front end properly communicating and leading a vision for change with proper staffing out on a community level ..the real stakeholders.

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SECoastVery on-point reads, Jennifer. Thank you. Keep your observations coming.

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Jennifer MorganCan't help but sense there was and still could be more " railroading "going on. What is clear is that while many seemed pleased with the show and tell presentation... on the idea ..big picture philosophy many still look to the logic (or lack there of) on the reality and practicality of implementation.

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Jennifer MorganFinal concern for the night is...what if they don't need the state funding. They got the loan to finance the "trainsets" maybe they have a line on funding the tracks too ..idk.

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Erica RobbI found it interesting (and dismaying) to watch the various news channels afterwards. I didn't see channel 3's report, but the ones I watched absolutely did not explain the issue, nor did they talk about the extraordinary show of unity on the stage. Just seemed interested in saying it was a large crowd. Is there a simple one-page bullet list that can be sent out of what the FRA has proposed and why we don't like it? Reporters don't read dense text and need to be fed the story. (PS: Thanks for your hard work - I had a list of your questions in hand and know that some of them were asked, but not answered.)

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Linda PlylerVery well written and thorough....

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Ibby and David on iCRV radio had us on to discuss the latest news on high speed rail in Connecticut, and on the upcoming public meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration, Senator Blumenthal, Rep. Courtney, State Senator Formica, State Rep. Carney, among many others: tomorrow, Wednesday August 31, at 4:30 (come early!) at the Old Lyme High School Auditorium on Lyme Street, in Old Lyme. 

Listen to the broadcast at 3:30 and 9 pm today (Tuesday) and again at noon tomorrow.  Stay-tuned also for news on iCRV as it happens.

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Ibby and David Williams on iCRV radio had us on to discuss the latest news on high speed rail in Connecticut, and on the upcoming public meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration, Senator Blumenthal, Rep. Courtney, State Senator Formica, State Rep. Carney, among many others: tomorrow, Wednesday August 31, at 4:30 (come early!) at the Old Lyme High School Auditorium on Lyme Street, in Old Lyme.

Listen to the broadcast at 3:30 and 9 pm today (Tuesday) and again at noon tomorrow. Stay-tuned also for news on iCRV as it happens.

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Dini MalloryWill hope to catch it at 9 tonight.

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SECoastI'm not sure how exact the timing is, but the music is normally great...

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SECoastNice people... spending their time on things that matter, and helping others. The best part of setting up SECoast has been working every day with people like Ibby, David, Jeffrey, Dan, Dini, Daniel, Olwen, Robin, Russ and a lot of others...

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4:30, on a Wednesday, the first day of school (in Old Lyme at least). 

Weve all heard that 80% of success is just showing up... well, this meeting wasnt scheduled for us to succeed. 

I cant tell you the number of people over the last few days - press, public, elected officials - whove told me they cant come. And these are the people who have otherwise always shown up, who have taken the time to meet with us, who stood out in the cold and the rain on May 1...

We didnt schedule the public meeting, and dont assume that someone else will show up for you...  if you care about Old Lyme, about Mystic, Stonington, Old Saybrook, New London, find some way to be in that room at this meeting. When the FRA comes again, it wont be to listen...
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August 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the Lyme Old Lyme High School Auditorium, 69 Lyme St. Old Lyme 

You can send questions in advance to selectmansoffice@oldlyme-ct.gov

4:30, on a Wednesday, the first day of school (in Old Lyme at least).

We've all heard that 80% of success is just showing up... well, this meeting wasn't scheduled for us to succeed.

I can't tell you the number of people over the last few days - press, public, elected officials - who've told me they can't come. And these are the people who have otherwise always shown up, who have taken the time to meet with us, who stood out in the cold and the rain on May 1...

We didn't schedule the public meeting, and don't assume that someone else will show up for you... if you care about Old Lyme, about Mystic, Stonington, Old Saybrook, New London, find some way to be in that room at this meeting. When the FRA comes again, it won't be to listen...
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August 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the Lyme Old Lyme High School Auditorium, 69 Lyme St. Old Lyme

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SECoastPlease report back if you have heard about this meeting from sources other than our posters and online presence. We're trying to track media coverage.

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Ann RichI'm coming and know of at least 6 other people that are coming too. Found out about this meeting through you all on FB and the volunteers in front of the Big Y and Coffee's

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Judy Willson DaviesI know this is the railroad meeting, but you don't say that in this post, just FRA - not everyone knows what that is.

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Linda MarshHeard from my manager at Coldwell Banker. Unfortunately I am in Florida or I would be there for sure. Once again not much notice for this meeting.

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Mary RemillardThat's a good sized auditorium!

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Christian Peltenburg-BrechneffI am in new York....

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Liz Negrelli LewisWhat is this for?

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Stephen MooreJust follows the pattern of their prior 'communication' and 'reaching out' Make things as difficult, and as little notice as possible. Halls and parking lots will be full of kids, athletic practices have already started. Hope Blumenthal and Courtney put the screws to these guys.

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Eleanor RobinsonI am coming.

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