Community Bulletin Board

  • Novel History: The Great War in Literature

    Reading & Discussion Series
    East Lyme Public Library & Smith-Harris House
    February – May (specific dates noted below)
    7:00 pm, FREE!

    Join the Smith-Harris House and the East Lyme Public Library as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of America’s participation in the Great War. We’ll take a detailed, chronological look at how the Great War has been portrayed in American literature, and how these books both represented current historical scholarship and impacted the literary landscape. Meet guest lecturers, and participate in discussions about great books. Free, with refreshments provided. All dates are Mondays, at 7:00 pm in the Library’s East Lyme Room.

    February 26 (snow date March 5)– One of Ours (1922) by Willa Cather. One of Ours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, portrays the blighting effects of twentieth-century progress on a free spirit from the American frontier. Claude Wheeler, its hero, is an imaginative, restless young man who leaves his claustrophobic small town to become a soldier in France during World War I. The Old World shows him culture, art, generosity, and appreciation, and also the horror, waste, and tragedy of war.

    Upcoming books and dates:
    March 26: The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks;
    April 30: A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway; and
    May 21: A Star for Mrs. Blake, by April Smith.
    To register, stop by in person or call the library at (860) 739-6926. The library will carry multiple copies of the books; however, a library card is necessary for checkout.

    For additional information, contact: Joanie DiMartino at:

  • Calling All Trucks (and Vehicles)!!!

    The East Lyme Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency is calling all vehicles – trucks (big, small, antique, brand new, or unique), boats, helicopters, go-carts, etc. All are welcome.

    Now is the time for Vehicle Owners to register to participate in the ELEVENTH Annual Touch A Truck to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at McCook Point Park in Niantic, CT, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This unique event is co-sponsored by the East Lyme Auxiliary of Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department.

    Increase your visibility, help educate the children, and join in this family fun event. You will be in good company with all of the East Lyme Parks & Recreation Vehicles, the East Lyme Public Works Vehicles, East Lyme Police Cruisers, Limousines, Buses, Fire Trucks, CGA Rescue Boats, Humvees, School Buses, Aerial Lift Trucks and Checker Cabs.

    Over 2,000 visitors will be in attendance to view you and your participating vehicle. In addition, you will be listed on the Child and Family website, Facebook, and you will have an advertisement in our Program booklet.

    For more information or call Child and Family Agency – 860-443-2896, Ext. 1406. We look forward to welcoming you to be part of this event with other vehicles from law enforcement, fire departments, commercial companies, industrial companies, rental companies, medical rescue, and Coast Guard vehicles. Act now for high visibility for your company.

  • East Lyme Public Trust Honoring Departing Members and Welcoming New Members

    At their first meeting of 2018 on February 27, the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation will be recognizing the work of Departing Directors- Pat and Jack Lewis. The Lewises have served on the Foundation since its inception in 1995. For the past five years, they have served on the Publicity Committee of The Promise of Tomorrow’s Trees project. Each year they would take on the task of delivering posters to all of the businesses on Niantic Main St. In 2016, they both were also crucial organizers of the Boardwalk Re-dedication. Their enthusiasm and counsel, during 23 years of volunteer service, will be sorely missed.

    At this meeting, the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation will also welcome a new Vice-President, Jessica Todd-Director of Finance at Chelsea Groton Bank. Ms. Todd, who has a Master’s degree in Accounting from Bryant, is also the Treasurer of the East Lyme Middle School PTA. In addition, she is on the Sponsorship Committee of the East Lyme Little League. Ms. Todd will be replacing John T. Hoye.

    Mr. Hoye has served as Vice-President since 2003. Throughout those years, he has worked closely with Past President Bob DeSanto, in the development of the boardwalk and the re-construction process. He served as Master of Ceremonies at the first dedication of the Board Walk in 2005 and the Re-dedication in 2016. In addition, he was instrumental in organizing the group of non-profits of the Public Trust Foundation, The Rotary, the Lions, and the Parks and Rec. Department, to raise money to build the Band Shell at McCook Park, which was dedicated in 2017. Mr. Hoye will remain as a Director of the Foundation.

    Other new members are Jo-el Fernandez, who works for the State of CT Department of Children and Families, Sandy Greenhouse, who is a primary care physician in Gales Ferry, Rasa Clark, a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and Ted Norris, President/owner of Pamlico Group, LLC, a marketing and branding firm specializing in the marine and fishing industries.
    Continuing officers are Joe Legg- President, Michelle Maitland-Secretary, and Kathie Cassidy-Treasurer.

    The Foundation meets every fourth Tuesday of the month in the Olive Chendali Room in the East Lyme Community Center building. The public is always welcome to attend these meetings.

  • East Lyme Public Trust Announces New/Revised Website

    The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation is pleased to announce that there has been a major revision to their website:
    The revision was carried out by Firebrand Designs of New London in cooperation with Foundation President, Joe Legg. The overall goal of Andy Jones, the Firebrand webmaster, was to make the website an attractive, easily accessible up-to-date resource about the Foundation and its current work. He also focused on making it easier to search the history of the Foundation, particularly the construction of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk and Beach, which was recorded by former Foundation President, Robert DeSanto, in extensive monthly construction progress reports. In addition, the home page continues to highlight the live webcam of the Boardwalk, a popular feature with regular viewers.

    One of the unique new features of the web site is a Drone Video, “A Bird’s Eye View: The Boardwalk by the Bay”. This video is the work of three volunteers who donated their time and talents to help publicize the work of the Foundation. Michael Burnett, the videographer, is the founder of UHD Film Production whose page- aerial and ground videos filmed at some of the most popular beaches, cities and state parks in Connecticut. Mr. Burnett was willing to donate untold hours of his time to create this impressive video of the Boardwalk. In addition, his drone footage is also featured throughout the web-site. His attention to detail and determination to make the presentation as technically impressive as possible are evident in the final version of the Video.

    The narrator of the Video, Wayne R. Grunlund, Captain, USCG (Retired), also is a volunteer who was willing to donate his time and Baritone Voice to strengthen the project and lend a touch of gravitas. The Video was conceived and written by June Hoye, the Publicity Chair for the Foundation, to enhance the new, updated public face of the Foundation.

    We hope the public will explore our new web-site, view the video, enjoy the commentary and breathtaking views of the Boardwalk and Niantic Bay, and follow us on Facebook.
    View the new EL Public Trust video >

  • Beach Passes to McCook’s & Hole-in-the-Wall Beaches & Park

    Beach passes are required from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend to access McCook’s Beach and Park and the Hole-in-the-Wall Beach in Niantic, East Lyme.
    Note: Passes ARE NOT required to access the Niantic Bay Boardwalk.
    Seasonal Permits and/or Day Passes can be purchased Monday thru Friday at the EL Parks & Recreation Department located at 41 Society Rd. (860) 739-5828.
    Passes usually go on sale beginning April 1st.
    Beach Passes can also be purchased on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and on holiday’s at the new Hole-in-the-Wall Support Building located at the end of Baptist Lane.
    Enjoy the beach, the beautiful comminuty of East Lyme, and please help keep them clean!

  • Pavilion Rentals ~ McCook Point Park

    The Pavilion at McCook Point Park is available to rent for private functions. The Pavilion is available for full day or half day rentals (9:00 am – 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm – until dusk) from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day. McCook Point Park is open from 8:00 am to dusk. Interested individuals should contact the Town of East Lyme’s Parks and Recreation Department at (860) 739-5828 for additional information and/or availability.
    The Parks and Recreation Department is located at 41 Society Rd., Niantic, CT. 06357.

  • Community Emergency Response Team

    The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of volunteers that can be activated to provide assistance to their neighbors and the town during large-scale disasters, such a major hurricane. We are currently working in conjunction with surrounding area CERT teams to act as a regional resource. Our regional efforts have resulted in a new website (, where those interested can find information about our CERT activities and about the CERT program in general.
    We need all the volunteers we can get! Hope you can help.
    For additional information, please contact Pearl I. Rathbun, Emergency Management Director for the Town of East Lyme at (860) 739-4434 or visit:

  • Money Magazine Names East Lyme a Top 100 Place to Live!

    Money Magazine recently named East Lyme as one of their top 100 Places to Live noting that East Lyme was as “quaint as a New England seaside town can be.” East Lyme’s “strong school system” helped it land the No. 75 spot in Money magazine’s 2009 list of Best Places to Live. The magazine also cited East Lyme’s small downtown, community beach and proximity to rail service, median family income of more than $95,000, and median home prices of $281,250 being factors in being selected.
    For additional information, visit: Money Magazine Article

  • Boardwalk Bench Sponsorships – SOLD OUT!!!

    The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation reported in March 2016 that sponsorship of commemorative benches along the Niantic Bay Boardwalk have all been sold.
    For additional information about the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, visit their website at:


    Have you enjoyed the Boardwalk all summer? As autumn approaches, don’t miss out on a chance to become a part of the new Cliff Walk at McCook Park.
    The East Lyme Public Trust Foundation, in co-operation with the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, has been offering sponsors a commemorative tree program- TREES FOR TOMORROW- which makes available trees to be placed in public spaces in East Lyme. Now is the time to act to be included in the Fall Planting, which will help to raise funds for the support of the Niantic Bay Boardwalk and other projects of the Trust.

    At the main location of McCook Point Park, the originally allotted 8 trees have been sold out. Therefore, for fall 2016, we are offering Phase II- The Cliff Walk at McCook Park, a walk way of four Dog Wood Trees. These new trees will be planted along the “Cliff Walk”-recently created by the Parks and Recreation Department- from the Hole-in-the-Wall to McCook Point.
    Trees can be donated to commemorate a birth, wedding, graduation, etc. They can also honor a loved one or a special event. This is a chance to use the resonating power of trees to create a lasting, living memorial that will provide scenic beauty and will contribute to a healthy ecosystem.

    In addition, sponsors may choose to locate a tree at Cini Park, Bridebrook Park, The Samuel Smith House, The Smith-Harris House, The East Lyme Library Courtyard, or East Lyme Town Hall. A contribution of $600 for a tree will cover the cost of the tree, planting, an 8”x4” commemorative plaque, a base, and a water bag for one growing season to assist in the stabilization of the tree.
    Planting will again take place in the fall of 2016 in the various locations chosen by the East Lyme Parks and Rec. Department. Since the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation is a non-profit 401c, contributions are tax deductible. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to commemorate important memories- laughter, tears, joy and loss- whether at the Cliff Walk or other locations in town.

    June Hoye is the chairperson for the project in partnership with Dave Putnam, the Director of Parks and Recreation. Her committee includes Administration- Carol Marelli and Bill Rinowski; Publicity-Pat and Jack Lewis, Donna Gada and Donna Jutila.
    Application forms are available at: East Lyme Town Hall-Town Clerk’s Office, East Lyme Parks and Rec., East Lyme Library, and the E.L. Book Barn. They also can be found on the Trust web-site:
    “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” Author: Nelson Henderson

  • East Lyme Newcomers Club

    The East Lyme Newcomers Club meets the first Thursday each month at Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennslylvania Avenue from 09.30 – 11.30 a.m. Creche available. Club activities include mom and kids, food and friends, lunch bunch, book group and more. For more information, please contact Janet Banks at (860) 739-2891 or e-mail her at:

  • Niantic Toastmasters Club

    The Niantic Community Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Monday of the month from 7:00 p.m. til 8:30 p.m. at the Niantic Community Church; 170 Pennsylvania Avenue.  The purpose of the club is to: provide mutual support; develop communication & leadership skills; foster self-confidence & attain personal growth. Guests are welcome!
    For additional information, please contact Eva Menon at (860) 395-9942 or e-mail her at: jclinton14@msn

  • Dancing ~ Shoreline Swing Dance Club

    Shoreline Swing Dance Club has swing dances at the East Lyme Community Center, on the 3rd Saturday of each month, September through June. Each dance is preceeded by a complimentary swing dance lesson from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. All dances are open to the public, for all ages and abilities, and no partner is necessary. $14 General Admission. More information about Shoreline Swing and its dances can be found at:


    Teenagers, hobbyists, lifelong learners, educators, and professionals in business, design, and computers now have a unique opportunity to pursue their personal and professional goals. The East Lyme Public Library has recently made available to patrons the online learning site called LYNDA.COM.
    East Lyme Public Library patrons can access this site either at the Library or remotely. PC Magazine has pointed out that this service is “exceptional at teaching technical skills, business principles, and software training”. Because the courses are organized into short segments featuring searchable transcripts, a person can easily find quick answers to questions and work at his/her own pace. The instructors are all experts knowledgeable in his/her field.
    If a patron is interested in software training, some of the most popular programs are Excel, Flash, Illustrator, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Persons interested in software development can learn how to code, to debug, and to program many of the most used program languages. People who want to expand their computer skills can explore Office-upgrading, Setting up a new P.C., Gmail Training, Chrome Browser, and Internet Explorer.
    If patrons are interested in creative inspirations, they may want to explore Creating Logos, Graphic Design, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Non-profit volunteers may like to help by starting a blog for an organization. They will be interested in Word Press. To design a website, they will find Bootstrap.
    People looking to refine their business skills can access Time Management, Personal Finance, Technical Recruiting, and Government Project Management. People interested in expanding their photography skills have available, Real Estate Photography, Product Photography, Landscape Photography, and Organizing Digital Photos and Videos.
    Teen agers, in addition to being interested in many of the courses previously mentioned, may be especially interested in How to Draw Comic Books, 3D Animation, Producing Electronic Music, and Auto Design. Teachers can also expand their professional skills with Writing a Syllabus, Classroom Management, Teacher Professional Development, and Instructional Design. Since there are over 3,000 courses, this is just a small sampling of the knowledge available.
    To access, East Lyme Public Library Patrons need only their East Lyme Library card which has on it a number needed to create an account. Once patrons have accessed the East Lyme Public Library website,, they then go to “EBooks and Online Resources”. There, they will find and click on
    The procedure is easy to follow. Tara Borden, the Assistant Director of the Library, said that if patrons experience difficulties, they can just call the Library to ask for help. (860)739-6926
    If a person were to subscribe to this service personally, it would cost many hundreds of dollars for a year. Lisa Timothy, the Library Director, pointed out that, “Although it is unusual for a public library of our size to be able to subscribe to such a service, we are able to do so because of generous donations to our annual fund drive.”
    The Library has made available an incredible service which can help people upgrade their business skills, pursue new hobbies, explore new fields of interest, start a new business, and improve their computer skills- all from the comfort of their own computers. Explore these offerings and then start learning!