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Update: I spoke with the Old Lyme Historic District Commission this morning. We had a friendly, productive discussion, and the board voted unanimously to recommend that the Board of Selectmen, at their next meeting in two weeks, initiate a new historic survey. An important step, and we very much appreciate the support of the HDC on this critical issue! ... See MoreSee Less

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On Thursday, members of SECoast met in New Haven with two top staffers from the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. The meeting was organized through Daniel Mackay, our partner at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Later in the evening, members of SECoast were invited to an informal gathering of board members of the Connecticut Trust. I have to say, speaking to a large roomful of caring and supportive people, from all across the state, was unexpectedly affecting. We have great partners.

On Saturday, I was invited speak on the train issue at a conference in New Haven marking the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. It was a great opportunity to raise a variety of regional concerns with the State Historic Preservation Office (the panel was moderated by SHPOs Mary Dunne), as well as with the National Trust and other preservation organizations. 

It was my luck to share a panel with David Westmoreland, the vice chair of the Norwalk Historical Commission, who recounted, at length, his frustrations with his work on the Norwalk Bridge Replacement with the Connecticut Department of Transportation. We will have more to say about this soon, but no doubt the key takeaway was this: after months of seeming collaboration with the CT DOT, leading to an agreement on a new lift bridge design, months later Norwalk was presented instead with an entirely different, and unsightly, design, too late in the process to really respond. At that point, they found themselves trapped, wishing they had sought legal advice, and regretting their trust in the CT DOT.  

How should we approach a wave of infrastructure projects, managed for the most part, by an agency with little regard for communities, open or honest government?  David Westmoreland made my job as a speaker very very easy...  one thing you dont do is wait around for Tier 2. The other thing, is never gamble the future of your community on the good faith or assurances of CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker, FRA project head Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, or Parsons Brinckerhoff project head David Carol. The panel was, I think, a postive step in the right direction with SHPO, who will be a key partner and ally as we move forward on this. 

One last bit  of news to leave you with... take a look at the graphs Ive included here. Basically, what you are seeing is a 5-year overview of news coverage of NEC Future, followed by a 1-year detail of the last year. 

When we first started to our press operation, the FRA had enjoyed a nearly 4 1/2 year run of positive coverage. Over this time period NEC Future was understood in the press and by the public almost purely in terms of transportation and economics. Not a mention of preservation or the environment or small towns or Old Lyme, Mystic, Westerly or New London.

One of our key goals was to change that press dynamic early on. To keep the issue from going silent. And for about 3 months, we talked and talked and talked to the press without much visible result. Now take a look at the graphs. That last uptick (which does not yet include the latest coverage by the Associated Press, shows what we have accomplished since our late June release of CT DOT internal email obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.  

Since late June we have instead been driving and shaping this story in the local state and national press at a volume sometimes exceeding even the initial federal announcement in 2012. We havent gone silent. The conversation is no longer so much about transportation and cost, but about preservation, culture, small towns, and the very real impacts otherwise glossed over by the FRA and CT DOT. Weve made southeastern Connecticut, now Westerly, an unavoidable part of the story. And by playing straight with reporters, by sticking to the facts, it makes the obfuscation by Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, and others, all the more apparent, and our job all the easier. 

If the FRA wants to fight this for another 6 months, well give them another 6 months of bad press. Just wait until we get our hands on those maps... the Federal Railroad Administration cant hide them forever.

By the way... if any of this work sounds worthwhile, please consider a tax-deductible donation to SECoast through the Connecticut Trust. We have an easy paypal link right here, and at the top of the page. We appreciate your support.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GGU2LSVC2CCLL

On Thursday, members of SECoast met in New Haven with two top staffers from the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. The meeting was organized through Daniel Mackay, our partner at the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

Later in the evening, members of SECoast were invited to an informal gathering of board members of the Connecticut Trust. I have to say, speaking to a large roomful of caring and supportive people, from all across the state, was unexpectedly affecting. We have great partners.

On Saturday, I was invited speak on the train issue at a conference in New Haven marking the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. It was a great opportunity to raise a variety of regional concerns with the State Historic Preservation Office (the panel was moderated by SHPO's Mary Dunne), as well as with the National Trust and other preservation organizations.

It was my luck to share a panel with David Westmoreland, the vice chair of the Norwalk Historical Commission, who recounted, at length, his frustrations with his work on the Norwalk Bridge Replacement with the Connecticut Department of Transportation. We will have more to say about this soon, but no doubt the key takeaway was this: after months of seeming collaboration with the CT DOT, leading to an agreement on a new lift bridge design, months later Norwalk was presented instead with an entirely different, and unsightly, design, too late in the process to really respond. At that point, they found themselves trapped, wishing they had sought legal advice, and regretting their trust in the CT DOT.

How should we approach a wave of infrastructure projects, managed for the most part, by an agency with little regard for communities, open or honest government? David Westmoreland made my job as a speaker very very easy... one thing you don't do is wait around for Tier 2. The other thing, is never gamble the future of your community on the good faith or assurances of CT DOT Commissioner James Redeker, FRA project head Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, or Parsons Brinckerhoff project head David Carol. The panel was, I think, a postive step in the right direction with SHPO, who will be a key partner and ally as we move forward on this.

One last bit of news to leave you with... take a look at the graphs I've included here. Basically, what you are seeing is a 5-year overview of news coverage of NEC Future, followed by a 1-year detail of the last year.

When we first started to our press operation, the FRA had enjoyed a nearly 4 1/2 year run of positive coverage. Over this time period NEC Future was understood in the press and by the public almost purely in terms of transportation and economics. Not a mention of preservation or the environment or small towns or Old Lyme, Mystic, Westerly or New London.

One of our key goals was to change that press dynamic early on. To keep the issue from going silent. And for about 3 months, we talked and talked and talked to the press without much visible result. Now take a look at the graphs. That last uptick (which does not yet include the latest coverage by the Associated Press, shows what we have accomplished since our late June release of CT DOT internal email obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Since late June we have instead been driving and shaping this story in the local state and national press at a volume sometimes exceeding even the initial federal announcement in 2012. We haven't gone silent. The conversation is no longer so much about transportation and cost, but about preservation, culture, small towns, and the very real impacts otherwise glossed over by the FRA and CT DOT. We've made southeastern Connecticut, now Westerly, an unavoidable part of the story. And by playing straight with reporters, by sticking to the facts, it makes the obfuscation by Rebecca Reyes-Alicea, and others, all the more apparent, and our job all the easier.

If the FRA wants to fight this for another 6 months, we'll give them another 6 months of bad press. Just wait until we get our hands on those maps... the Federal Railroad Administration can't hide them forever.

By the way... if any of this work sounds worthwhile, please consider a tax-deductible donation to SECoast through the Connecticut Trust. We have an easy paypal link right here, and at the top of the page. We appreciate your support.

www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GGU2LSVC2CCLL
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1 month ago

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Jeri DuefreneThank you for sharing this information!

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Greg Stroud is on For The Record with Shawn Murphy on WPXQ airing in in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

A helpful 20 minute interview and overview of the high speed rail issue in CT and RI
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1 month ago

Early Actions for High Speed Rail

Early Actions for High Speed Rail
Over the coming weeks, we will be answering questions from our readers online... here's our first on financing and Senator Blumenthal. Please send in your questions, and we'll do our best to answer them.

Q: "On the funding front, which in life is the key to almost everything, Senator Blumenthal made it clear at [the August 31 public forum in Old Lyme] that he would take action to block funding for the project. Have you able to determine what, if anything the Senator has [done] to honor that commitment?"

A: Good question. You are right that funding is key, and NEC Future will require a mix of state, federal, and private funding -- over the next 25 years -- as it moves forward. Probably the best general overview of the topic was a design project completed by PennDesign in 2011. You can find it here (financing starts on page 105)

issuu.com/penndesign/docs/highspeedrail2012

Blumenthal has been generally supportive of Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) and financing strategies necessary to fund NEC Future, but as of yet he hasn’t been presented with a clear opportunity or spending bill -- other than the bully pulpit -- to influence NEC Future planning on the bypass. In 2015, he successfully ‘encouraged’ the FRA to include New Haven in NEC Future planning. And I suspect, for the time being, that this will be his tack in terms of the bypass. We’ll know over the next few months whether this initial opposition bears fruit.

Based our work on issue over the last nine months, I believe that Blumenthal is genuinely and strongly opposed to the bypass as planned, but I don’t expect anyone to block financing for the entire Northeast Corridor project as a strategy to protect southeastern Connecticut or Old Lyme. Nor would we want to ask any of our delegation to favor one region in the state over another. Based on a recent Q&A with WNPR, and on comments back in late June, it appears that Blumenthal is unhappy with how planning dollars have been spent so far... so we will see as this moves forward...

Stepping back, our strategy all along has been to try to block the bypass before we hit the key funding stages.

On a related note, $24 billion dollars were just approved in joint state and federal funding for the Hudson River tunnel, and related bridgework, that are technically part of NEC Planning. Folks, $10 to $15 billion for a bypass is a lot of money, but it is hardly implausible, stretched over a number years. For more on the tunnel project and funding see:

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1 month ago

Everyone from local elected leaders to the national press is asking us, when will the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announce the maps of their “Preferred Alternative”? 

From recent conversations with congressional staff, we’ve twice heard the phrase “indefinite” delay used to describe the plan’s status. We’ve also heard a more general but higher-placed indication that the process remains pretty much on-track. Yet another source was more specific in terms of detailing the FRA’s calendar and process ahead for completing the Tier 1 EIS, and reaching a Record of Decision. Heres what we think...

At this point, we believe that the FRA is delaying their announcement for several weeks or maybe another month or so.  This delay would push a final comment period and Record of Decision into 2017. Our sense from conversations with the FRA and others, is that the FRA still intends to push through regional resistance to cement the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass into the final blueprint (the “Preferred Alternative”) for the Northeast Corridor.

The delay is not good news for property owners across southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island already hit hard by just the possibility of a bypass. And given that the FRA actually finalized maps of the preferred route in late August -- before taking them offline -- we can’t say we know exactly how they are spending this extra time. 

Way back at that closed-door meeting on July 7 in Old Lyme, CT DOT head James Redeker claimed that the FRA and Parsons Brinckerhoff had burned through their budget, some $40 million, and were out of money. Our understanding is that there is no new funding for additional planning or studies until the Tier 2 process to follow, so it’s a bit of a mystery how they are paying for this delay.

SECoast and the Connecticut Trust are now preparing for the final comment period ahead -- the “30 days” we’ve told you about -- which may be more contentious and lengthier than previously expected. We are preparing for a scenario similar to what’s happening down in Florida with high-speed rail, where the FRA has drawn out the process, and significantly delayed a Record of Decision, while continuing to push that project forward. Don’t be surprised if we are still fighting Tier 1 through most of the winter.  To be sure, all eyes are on Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.

But as we look forward, let’s not forget the Federal Railroad Administration promises made in the recent past. We intend to hold NEC Future Project Director Rebecca Reyes-Alicea to her verbal commitments to release Freedom of Information materials, including detailed maps, and to respond to questions posed by the public, by SECoast, and the Connecticut Trust at the August 31 public forum in Old Lyme. With our statewide-partner CT Trust, we have sent another query letter to Reyes-Alicea. That letter was posted earlier this morning, and we have appended it below.  We’ll tell you if we hear back. 

Thanks again, for your support.

Everyone from local elected leaders to the national press is asking us, when will the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announce the maps of their “Preferred Alternative”?

From recent conversations with congressional staff, we’ve twice heard the phrase “indefinite” delay used to describe the plan’s status. We’ve also heard a more general but higher-placed indication that the process remains pretty much on-track. Yet another source was more specific in terms of detailing the FRA’s calendar and process ahead for completing the Tier 1 EIS, and reaching a Record of Decision. Here's what we think...

At this point, we believe that the FRA is delaying their announcement for several weeks or maybe another month or so. This delay would push a final comment period and Record of Decision into 2017. Our sense from conversations with the FRA and others, is that the FRA still intends to push through regional resistance to cement the Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass into the final blueprint (the “Preferred Alternative”) for the Northeast Corridor.

The delay is not good news for property owners across southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island already hit hard by just the possibility of a bypass. And given that the FRA actually finalized maps of the preferred route in late August -- before taking them offline -- we can’t say we know exactly how they are spending this extra time.

Way back at that closed-door meeting on July 7 in Old Lyme, CT DOT head James Redeker claimed that the FRA and Parsons Brinckerhoff had burned through their budget, some $40 million, and were out of money. Our understanding is that there is no new funding for additional planning or studies until the Tier 2 process to follow, so it’s a bit of a mystery how they are paying for this delay.

SECoast and the Connecticut Trust are now preparing for the final comment period ahead -- the “30 days” we’ve told you about -- which may be more contentious and lengthier than previously expected. We are preparing for a scenario similar to what’s happening down in Florida with high-speed rail, where the FRA has drawn out the process, and significantly delayed a Record of Decision, while continuing to push that project forward. Don’t be surprised if we are still fighting Tier 1 through most of the winter. To be sure, all eyes are on Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island.

But as we look forward, let’s not forget the Federal Railroad Administration promises made in the recent past. We intend to hold NEC Future Project Director Rebecca Reyes-Alicea to her verbal commitments to release Freedom of Information materials, including detailed maps, and to respond to questions posed by the public, by SECoast, and the Connecticut Trust at the August 31 public forum in Old Lyme. With our statewide-partner CT Trust, we have sent another query letter to Reyes-Alicea. That letter was posted earlier this morning, and we have appended it below. We’ll tell you if we hear back.

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We will have quite a bit of news for you later this morning, but I'd like to start you out with a joint letter following up on the August 31 meeting in Old Lyme.

Basically, this comes down to open, honest government. We'd like a partner in Washington, D.C. that we can trust.

Take a look.

October 20, 2016

Rebecca Reyes-Alicea
Northeast Corridor Joint Program Advisor
Federal Railroad Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Dear Ms. Reyes-Alicea:

We are writing to request an updated schedule on the announcement of a “preferred alternative” as part of NEC Future planning, as well as the schedule for finalizing the Tier 1 EIS, and issuing a Record of Decision (ROD). Additionally, you verbally committed to follow-up on two items at the August 31, 2016 public forum in Old Lyme, in both cases we still await your response.

In particular, please fulfill your commitment to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA 16-207 and FOIA 16-208) which date to April 4, 2016. If you are unable to do so, please explain the delay. Given that such requests are handled on a ‘first-come, first-served” basis, could you confirm that the FRA has not completed other requests made subsequent to FOIA 16-208?

In addition, it would be helpful if the Federal Railroad Administration would fulfill its commitment to respond to questions submitted prior to, and following, the August 31 public forum in Old Lyme, by the public, SECoast and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

We believe that an open honest NEC Future planning process is not only in the interest of southeastern Connecticut, it is also the best hope for modernizing rail travel along the Northeast Corridor. Fulfilling these commitments will, we believe, do much to further these two goals. Thank you for your attention, and we look forward to your response.

Sincerely,
Gregory Stroud
Executive Director, SECoast

Daniel Mackay
Executive Director, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

cc: Administrator Sarah Feinberg, Federal Railroad Administration
cc: Senator Richard Blumenthal
cc: Senator Chris Murphy
cc: Congressman Joe Courtney
cc: State Senator Paul Formica
cc: State Representative Devin Carney
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2 months ago

Sometimes the big news is no news.

First, I wanted to thank everyone for the great turnout and for your generous support at the Bee and Thistle fundraiser this past Sunday. We can't do it without you! And special thanks to our host, David Rufo, thanks to Kris Rowe, Dan Stevens and Clayton Allen. A nice time for a good cause.

That said, this fight is not over, and we are still accepting tax-deductible donations through the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. You can donate, here:

www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GGU2LSVC2CCLL

Meanwhile, we are busily preparing a legal defense for the expected comment period following the announcement. I can't say that I mind a little breathing room!

I will leave you with an a radio interview this morning with Senator Blumenthal on WNPR...

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2 months ago

To quote David Rufo, Folks, we have a tent set up with sidewalls, heating, lighting, comfortable conditions--so dont let the weather discourage you from attending this essential event...THE PARTY IS ON!!!

SECoast shared their photo.

To quote David Rufo, "Folks, we have a tent set up with sidewalls, heating, lighting, comfortable conditions--so don't let the weather discourage you from attending this essential event...THE PARTY IS ON!!!"
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In the next two weeks, we expect the Federal Railroad Administration to release a blueprint for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, D.C. to Boston. If that blueprint includes plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, we have just 30 days to respond and lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the NEPA process. With stakes this high, an outcome this uncertain, and time ...

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Cant attend our fundraiser this Sunday? You can still support us with a donation via the paypal link below. Five dollars or five hundred dollars, its tax-deductible. 

TAKE NOTE: After the Federal Railroad Administration announces its plan -- and we think that will come by October 14 -- we have JUST 30 DAYS to lay the groundwork for a legal fight. We arent waiting around. And just so you know, 100% of you donation will be directed to SECoast to mount that defense.

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SECoast shared their photo.

Can't attend our fundraiser this Sunday? You can still support us with a donation via the paypal link below. Five dollars or five hundred dollars, it's tax-deductible.

TAKE NOTE: After the Federal Railroad Administration announces it's plan -- and we think that will come by October 14 -- we have JUST 30 DAYS to lay the groundwork for a legal fight. We aren't waiting around. And just so you know, 100% of you donation will be directed to SECoast to mount that defense.

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In the next two weeks, we expect the Federal Railroad Administration to release a blueprint for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, D.C. to Boston. If that blueprint includes plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, we have just 30 days to respond and lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the NEPA process. With stakes this high, an outcome this uncertain, and time ...

2 months ago

The candle is now burning at both ends!

Today, a very strong letter from the Westerly, Rhode Island Town Council and Town Council President James Silvestri, in opposition to the bypass. A big thanks to the people of Westerly, Rhode Island, as well as to Lisa Konicki and Rob Simmons, for taking the lead on this for all the communities and businesses in the region.

The candle is now burning at both ends!

Today, a very strong letter from the Westerly, Rhode Island Town Council and Town Council President James Silvestri, in opposition to the bypass. A big thanks to the people of Westerly, Rhode Island, as well as to Lisa Konicki and Rob Simmons, for taking the lead on this for all the communities and businesses in the region.
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In the next two weeks, we expect the Federal Railroad Administration to release a blueprint for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

If that blueprint includes plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, we have just 30 days to respond and lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the NEPA process.

With stakes this high, an outcome this uncertain, and time this short, we can’t afford to wait around.

We need your help.

On Sunday, October 9, we are holding a fundraiser under the tent at the Bee and Thistle from 4 to 6 pm to help fund our ongoing efforts on high-speed rail. There will be live music with Dan Stevens, a couple of speakers, drinks and light refreshments.

Your donations are tax-deductible through the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and will help pay for staffing, digital media and administrative costs. 100% of donations will be designated for SECoast and the issue of high-speed rail in the region. Tickets are $50 and $250. And we promise you, every dollar will be well-spent.

You can find out more here: Secoast.org/fundraiser/

In the next two weeks, we expect the Federal Railroad Administration to release a blueprint for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor, from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

If that blueprint includes plans for a Kenyon to Old Saybrook bypass, we have just 30 days to respond and lay the groundwork for a legal challenge to the NEPA process.

With stakes this high, an outcome this uncertain, and time this short, we can’t afford to wait around.

We need your help.

On Sunday, October 9, we are holding a fundraiser under the tent at the Bee and Thistle from 4 to 6 pm to help fund our ongoing efforts on high-speed rail. There will be live music with Dan Stevens, a couple of speakers, drinks and light refreshments.

Your donations are tax-deductible through the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and will help pay for staffing, digital media and administrative costs. 100% of donations will be designated for SECoast and the issue of high-speed rail in the region. Tickets are $50 and $250. And we promise you, every dollar will be well-spent.

You can find out more here: Secoast.org/fundraiser/
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David Mesham Sr.Please don't stay at home. Support is welcome and needed. Please take a moment to make a lasting difference in historic Old Lyme.

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Russ ToddLooking for to attending this important Event in support of our community and the CT Shoreline.

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Paul ScottFrom these posts, I can't tell what side of the issue you are on.

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Ann RichI plan on being there!

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Jason BishopI heard the whole thing was a done deal anyway . Am I mistaken ?

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Holly WilcoxThis is not a (done deal)!!!!

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Jason BishopI'm concerned about the impact it will have on the CT river and surrounding marshland mostly. If the government can eminent domain people out of their houses here in new London for a company that blew outta here like the wind as soon as their ten years of tax breaks ended then I'm not holding out much hope for this.

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David RufoGot that right!!

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Margaret MorganThe link does not connect to a sign up page. Should I call the Bee & Thistle?

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SECoast shared Florence Griswold Museum's live video.

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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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Beth Bourquin SullivanCan you please explain how the money raised will be spent? What will it be spent on? Thank you.

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3 months ago

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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

3 months ago

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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