The Daily Five is Patch’s regular morning column that tells you five things you need to know, all before breakfast!
1. Today will get off to a cloudy start with the promise of scattered thunderstorms and showers in the afternoon and evening. According to Weather.com, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain with gusty winds and possibly hail. It’s still going to be hot, though, with a high temperature of 90 degrees and an overnight low of 71 degrees.
2. A Special Town Meeting will be held in at 7 p.m. to vote on three special appropriations. The first is to approve a $400,000 Small Town Assistance Program Grant to continue the Main Street Street Project, which is about to enter phase three.
There’s also a special appropriation request for $754,670 to buy or lease vehicles needed by Public Works. The third is a request from the Board of Education for $234,045 to purchase computers and smart boards for East Lyme schools and central office as part of the district's technology upgrade plan.
Both the Board of Finance and the Board of Selectmen have approved the appropriations so now it’s up to you. The regular East Lyme Board of Selectmen meeting will be held immediately following the Special Town Meeting tonight.
Other scheduled meetings include , which meets at 7:30 p.m. at Lyme Town Hall.
3. Perhaps you’ve noticed but if you haven’t, the heavy equipment moving around Old Lyme’s landfill is pretty hard to miss and its arrival spells the beginning of the end for the town landfill.
If things go according to plan, (and Old Lyme First Selectwoman Bonnie Reemsnyder said it’s looking good so far), the landfill will be closed by October. The landfill is still accepting fill at the moment but the money that Willimantic Waste is paying to bring it to Old Lyme is going to be used to offset the costs of site testing, which will take place for 30 years after the landfill is capped.
4. Anyone for champagne? Tonight the Equine Authors & Artists of Connecticut will raise a glass to benefit at the , 85 Lyme Street, in Old Lyme. There will be art to view and books to browse and music by the 14-piece String of Pearls Band. The price of admission to this champagne reception is a $30 donation to support High Hopes and should be able to walk away with plenty of summer reading too. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call (860) 442-4237 for reservations.
If you’re in the mood for something a little more casual, there's plenty of family fun to be had at Hole in the Wall beach tonight. presents its free family beach bash tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McCook Point Park and Beach. There will be a DJ spinning tunes, beach volleyball and games for the younger set.
From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., it’s time for acoustic music around a bonfire at the beach. This is also free. Both these events are held weather permitting but you’ve got plenty of chances to go because they take place every Wednesday through August.
5. Road paving began yesterday in East Lyme along Walnut Hill Road, Mountain View Road, King James Drive and Cranberry Lane. The road work, which won’t end until the week of July 23, is likely to cause delays. If you don’t live in the neighborhood, you’ll be better off taking an alternate route as these roads will be open to local traffic only.
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