The Daily Five: First Snow Forecast, Athletic Field on Schedule, Sound View Foreclosures Postponed

Five things to know for East Lyme, Old Lyme, and Lyme on Tuesday, November 27, 2012


1. Brace yourself! We're likely to see the first snow of the season today. Weather.com is calling for snow showers to start before dawn and continue right on through the morning commute, becoming a mix of snow and rain at about 9 a.m. That wintry mix will likely continue throughout the day. No one is making any predictions about accumulation, however, as it may not amount to much. 

Weather.com is predicting a high temperature of 38 degrees. Tonight temperatures will drop to a frosty 29 degrees, although the chance of precipitation also drops to 50 percent. 

2. There's been a lot of buzz about a foreclosure sale of five properties down by Sound View Beach in Old Lyme. The properties involved—50, 52, 56, and 58 Hartford Avenue and 59 Swan Avenue—owned by Hartford Avenue LLC are being foreclosed on by Savings Institute Bank & Trust.

The properties are going for a song, with prices starting as low as $4,500 for 59 Swan Avenue and starting at $7,900 up to $21,800 for the properties on Hartford Avenue.

For instance, the price for the property at 56 Hartford Avenue, one of two commercial properties up for auction, is listed at $14,400 under foreclosure. The 2,045 square foot property, which was built in 1932, includes commercial space on the first floor and an apartment on the second floor. It's not in great shape and is for sale as is, but it's still a bargain considering that it sold in 2003 for $117,198, is currently assessed at $78,700 and appraised at $112,400. 

The foreclosure sale was scheduled to be held December 1, 2012, but according to Matthew G. Berger, the attorney handling the sale, the sale date has been postponed per court order until January 2013. 

3. East Lyme High School's Athletic Complex is on track. In fact, the track and bleachers are in, and the goal posts should be up any day now. Within the next 10 days the new entrance should be open. That's the good news. The bad news is the final surfacing of the pavement won't happen until the spring, because it requires at least four consecutive days of warm temperatures for the surface to set, and we're not likely to see that until March at the earliest.

4. The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library will be holding a wreath making class with Old Lyme Florist Carla Steele of Elements on December 3 but if you want to attend, you need to register by November 29. The fee is $55 and includes a two-hour wreath making demonstration, a question and answer period and expert guidance as you make your own wreath.

Steele is known for designing the floral and holiday décor at the Ocean House, in Watch Hill, RI. All the natural materials you'll need to make a 20-22 inch noble fir wreath will be provided, along with a bow.

To register, call 860-434-1684 or go to the events tab www.oldlyme.lioninc.org. Please note, there will be no refunds after Nov. 29 and checks should be made payable to Old Lyme PGN Library. Class size is limited to 20 and needs a minimum of 5 students to hold the class.

5. Tuesday is rapidly becoming trivia night in East Lyme and Old Lyme. TriviAcademy's unique pub-style, school-inspired triv quiz is held every Tuesday at The Black Sheep on Main Street in Niantic and attracts such a crowd that it has grown to become one of the busiest nights of the week at the pub. TriviAcademy is now hoping to replicate that same success at the Old Lyme Inn on Lyme Street in Old Lyme. TriviAcademy debuted at the Old Lyme Inn last Tuesday and will be back again tonight. Check it out! 


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