London celebrations

Free vaccination clinic + newspaper building for sale

Welcome to New London. Here’s all the local news, events and community posts you need for Tuesday, February 8.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Rain and drizzle in the morning. High: 44 Low: 24.

Here are the top stories in New London today:

  1. Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics for ages 5 and up planned in New London: The clinic is scheduled for later this month. (
  2. The historic New London Day building for sale: The Day Publishing Co. is putting its downtown building on the market and will move to a new location. (New London Patch)
  3. New job vacancies in and around New London (New London Patch)
  4. New London County COVID cases drop 57.1%; Connecticut cases drop 58.7% (Norwich Bulletin)
  5. New London: discover 2 nearby houses for sale (New London patch)
  6. Hygienic XLII Salon des Indépendants art exhibition opens in New London (
  7. Connecticut college enrollment plummets by 10,000 during the pandemic (New Haven Register)

Today in New London:

  • Take Away and Make for Kids: Space Mosaics (00:00)
  • Kids Take-Away and Craft: Book Page Quill (00:00)
  • STEAM Take & Make for Kids: Galactic Exploration (00:00)
  • UConn Coastal Perspectives Lecture – Free (7:30pm)

From my notebook:

  • US Coast Guard Leadership Development Center: “Good winds and good seas! ⚓️ Today we said goodbye to our very own Senior Chief Rachel Castillo. Thank you for sharing your knowledge of the Navy with all of us here and we will miss your presence!” (Facebook)
  • New London Naval Submarine Base: “#ICYMI Bravo Zulu Pacific Submarine Force!” (Facebook)
  • Connecticut College: “Since 1911, Connecticut College has been celebrated for leaders who have the vision to dare. That legacy continues today. #WomenWeAdmire named President Katherine Bergeron to its list of Connecticut’s Top 100 Women Leaders.” (Facebook)
  • RMMS-New London: “5 reasons why your family should join the RMMS family 🌏💜🌏 #IBWorldSchool #RMMSNL #diversity #bilingualism #inquiry #changemakers #community Apply today! .aspx?pageId=233737” (Facebook)
  • United States Coast Guard Academy Athletics: “The US Coast Guard Academy Cross Country/Track & Field took first place today at the CGA Winter Invitational! The women won with six teams in total and with the men’s and women’s wins, the Coast Guard clinched the Superintendents’…” (Facebook)
  • US Coast Guard Academy: “Mush! ❄️🐕🛷 Have you ever been dog sledding? Earlier this week, some lucky cadets had the chance to experience mushing, more commonly known as dog sledding, with four-legged visitors at the #USCGA.” (Facebook)
  • Connecticut College Athletics: “SENIOR DAY for Conn College Women’s Basketball! The Camels take on Tufts at 3 p.m. at Luce Field House. Watch live at the link below. #OneCamel 🐪🏀 📹” (Facebook)
  • New London Naval Submarine Base: “Go Team USA! In addition to the US Army athletes listed in the post shared below, four other military athletes are competing for Team USA: Airman 1st USAF class Kelly Curtis is on the Skeleton Team. And three Vermont National Guardsmen bia…” (Facebook)
  • Mitchell College: “A community that celebrates diversity, fosters inclusion, and promotes empathy, Mitchell College has awarded the George Floyd Scholarship to 6 students of color for the 2021-22 academic year. The faculty selects the students, who each receive $2.5…” (Facebook)
  • Lyman Allyn Museum of Art: “February’s #ItemoftheMonth is this carved wood sculpture of President Abraham Lincoln. He is depicted with a serious, contemplative expression, seated in an armchair. He gazes down at his outstretched right hand which, at one point… ” (Facebook)
  • New London Naval Submarine Base: “#ICYMI #MNCCMONDAY MyNavy HR is always here to help!” (Facebook)
  • New London Public Library, Connecticut: “We have a lot to celebrate in February, including Library Lovers Month! When you visit us, share why you love your library! ❤️” (Facebook)
  • Lyman Allyn Museum of Art: “Mondays are better with music. 🎶 To continue our celebration of #BlackHistoryMonth, we’ve curated two playlists on our Spotify profile featuring black singers and songwriters. You can recognize some of your favorite tracks or discover …” (Facebook)
  • New Port of London Lighthouse: “Light Hearted ep 159 – Rear Admiral Dan May, US Coast Guard Ocean Engineer, parts 1 and 2 of 2” (Facebook)
  • His campus at Conn College: “Everyone tonight! Bring some story ideas for Valentine’s Day Theme Week! 💜 #hercampus #hercampusconn #connecticutcollege #firstmeeting #valentines” (Facebook)
  • Mitchell College Library: “For Black History Month, the library is emphasizing civil rights with a focus on voter rights. A timeline of black voting rights and voter suppression can be viewed here :…” (Facebook)
  • Charles E. Shain Library: “Or follow this link to access the collection directly:” (Facebook)
  • Spark Makerspace: “Open Sew in Fiber Arts Monday 6pm at Spark Makerspace 7 Union St. New London Come sew with us. (Suggested donation $5)” (Facebook)
  • New London Public Library, Connecticut: “Our Mystery Book Club returns for a Zoom session with local author, Faye Ringel! Faye will host a discussion on Jane Haddam’s Bleeding Hearts. Copies of the book are available at the Ne… ” (Facebook)
  • Connecticut College Wellness and Health Promotion: “@conncoll_gsp, we’re excited for Wednesday!! Wellbeing in Words—Exploring the intersection of hope and mental health through film and poetry. Camels—DM us for free entry” (Facebook)
  • Next door neighbour, Broad – Hempstead: “I don’t know if I sent the last message correctly, but ‘Hey y’all, looks like it’s going to be kinda cool at highgeeez 2nite’ :)😁 Can’t wait to see and meet some of my faces friendly New naybors, oh see if you can…” (The next door)
  • Next door neighbour, avenue Pequot: “I have a bunch of unopened jars of organic beechnuts as baby food purees. – All different, with no one in need” (The next door)
  • Nextdoor neighbor, Lower New London: “House ‘Paintballed’ last night around 9:00 p.m. – On Pequot, 800’s, One shot to front bay window, called the police, they came out and looked at him, as they were talking to me, they got an additional report from ‘another one just up the road on Pequot…” (The next door)
  • Next door neighbour, avenue Pequot: “If anyone is looking for someone who organizes spaces. – I am looking to broaden my experience so I can build a portfolio for a small business. Feel free to IM me or ask for my cell phone and I would like to get to know you and what you…” (The next door)

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Chris Rhatigan

About me: Chris Rhatigan is a freelance writer and editor.