Community Bulletin Board

  • East Lyme Public Trust Foundation donates for upgraded Boardwalk & Parks Camera System

    At their July 2018 meeting, the Executive Committee of the E.L.P.T.F. unanimously voted to donate up to $10,000 to the Town of East Lyme to upgrade the security system at the Boardwalk, Cini Park, Hole in the Wall, and McCook Park. Ted Norris and Brian Buckley, members of the Foundation Executive Committee, are the co-chairmen who will liaison with Chris Taylor, the East Lyme Fire Marshal, and Dave Putnam, the Director of Parks and Recreation.

    The donation will be used to upgrade to HD cameras which will include super advanced night-vision. In addition, additional cameras will be added to the Boardwalk, Cini Park, Hole in the Wall, McCook Park, and the boardwalk and beach parking lots. The Town, which will be in charge of installation, will begin Phase I of this multi-phase project at the Boardwalk.

    Joe Legg, President of the Foundation, has said, “We are pleased to be able to enter into this partnership with the Town of East Lyme. We are proud of our ability to work co-operatively in this public-private partnership.”

    On July 2nd, 2018 vandalism occurred at the Niantic Boardwalk in which six memorial benches were damaged. There is an on-going $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these vandals. Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Lyme Police at 860-739-5900 or by texting “ELPD” and their message to 847411.

    Mark Nickerson, the First Selectman, has said, “Although every community in the country has vandalism, the East Lyme/Niantic difference is that we are a very proud community. When this type of thing happens, it affects us personally.” The Public Trust Foundation wants the citizens of East Lyme and our visitors to know that we are pledged to do all in our power to protect our beautiful Boardwalk and Parks.

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

    Beach / Parking permits are required from Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend to access McCook’s Beach and Park, the Hole-in-the-Wall Beach, and the new Cini Park/Niantic Bay 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.

    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 community of East Lyme, and please help keep them clean!

  • Niantic makes Kiplinger’s “50 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.” for 2018.

    Kiplinger’s article reads in part “Niantic offers a quiet and cozy retirement destination. The small town on the Long Island Sound covers only 3.5 square miles, but it still offers many attractions for retirees.”.
    To read the full article, click on: 50 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

  • 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!