1. Another mostly sunny day is in the forecast, with high temperatures topping out at about 45 degrees and overnight lows dipping to 33 degrees, according to weather.com. There's just a 10 percent chance of rain.
2. Old Lyme's emergency service providers are seeking to remedy communication problems that, during Superstorm Sandy, sometimes made it impossible for the fire and police departments to communicate with each other and with the town's public works department because they operate on different radio frequencies.
The plan is to make additions to the Mile Creek radio antenna tower that will enable every department to communicate regardless of whether they use VHF or UHF radios. Old Lyme residents attending the annual town meeting, which is set for January 28 at 7:30 p.m., will be asked to vote on a special appropriation of $32,500 to improve the current system.
3. Like many towns, Old Lyme has a number of ordinances on the books that are often overlooked. One in particular came to the attention of the Old Lyme Board of Selectmen last June, when someone handed in a $200 check for an entertainment permit as required by the Amusement Licensing Ordinance. The last time anyone applied for a permit was in 2000-2001.
The ordinance has been around since the days of dance halls. Indeed, operating a dance hall is one of the activities that requires a permit under the decades-old ordinance, but anyone operating arcade amusement games, a carousel, a public address system for any purpose from music to announcements technically needs to apply to the Board of Selectman for approval and have their request presented at a public hearing.
The Board now plans to take a closer look at the ordinance, which was last updated in 1993, to revisit what activities and fees might be most appropriate today.
4. You know that saying about early birds? Well, Crescent Beach Business Network International is one group of business professionals who believe in getting an early start. The group meets every Tuesday at Main Street Grille, 252 Main Street in Niantic at 7:15 a.m. and its numbers are growing.
The business networking group recently accepted three new members. Erin Corah of LMO, LLC in Niantic, Wes Firmin of Northeast Financial Group, LLC in East Lyme, and Attorney Lindsay Savona of Waterford. With 27 current members, Crescent Beach BNI offers an opportunity for professionals in a wide range of fields to meet, greet, make connections and business referrals.
If you're interested in joining, guests are always welcome and encouraged to bring business cards to share. Contact Craig Caulkins with any questions: 860-739-3497, firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. If you happened to be driving on Route 32 close to the Montville/Waterford line in Quaker Hill yesterday afternoon, you may be able to help determine the cause of a crash that sent two people to the hospital. Waterford Police are seeking witnesses to the accident. If you have any information, please call (860) 442-9451.