1. We're heading from sunny but cold to cloudy with more snow tonight. Weather.com is predicting an increasingly cloudy day with a 60 percent chance of snow showers this evening. Temperatures are likely to peak at 27 degrees and drop to 18 degrees overnight.
2. This notice went out to East Lyme High School at the end of the school day yesterday:
Due to Board of Education policy regarding safety concerns with outside vendors who are not fingerprinted, we unfortunately will not be able to offer After School Activities at this time. Hopefully, we will be able to provide children after school programs in the Spring with vendors who comply with Board of Education regulations.
Sorry for this inconvenience.
Dr. David Miko, Principal
This particular email left me with rather more questions than answers. Does that put a kibbosh on all after school activities or will some still be held if they're offered by people cleared by the board? Does this apply to the high school only or are the middle school and elementary schools also affected by this policy?
As soon as I have the answers, I'll let you know!
3. More jobs will be coming to the region thanks to some whopping defense contracts at Electric Boat in Groton.
- On January 4, General Dynamics Electric Boat announced three U.S. Navy contracts totaling $4.6 billion.
- January 16, EB announced a $51.7 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to plan and perform the post-shakedown availability (PSA) on the nuclear submarine USS Mississippi.
- January 18, the U.S Navy awarded EB a $12.8 million contract modification for the continued development of the Common Missile Compartment for the U.S. Ohio Replacement Program and the UK's Successor ballistic-missile submarine.
What does that mean, aside from a boom in business for EB? It means an additional 500 jobs a year through 2020.
4. Governor Dannel P. Malloy yesterday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the deadline to register for Storm Sandy disaster assistance from January 28, 2013 to February 12, 2013
“With more than $37 million in federal aid approved already, there has clearly been a need for assistance for many residents,” said Governor Malloy. “Extending this deadline will ensure that any resident or business affected by Storm Sandy has ample time to apply for federal aid. We will continue with the recovery process until everyone’s life is back to normal.”
To date, over $37 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help Connecticut residents with disaster-related expenses. Local residents and businesses that suffered damage from Storm Sandy are encouraged to register with FEMA by either calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
5. Tonight the long awaited first annual Lyme-Old Lyme Trivia Bee fundraiser for the LOL Education Foundation will be held at Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School. Will you "bee" ready for it? We are!