WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATE

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?

There is the possibility that Norwich education officials may soon approach the City Council for funding to completely revamp the schools two-year old phone system. Business administrator Athena Nagel says phones in some school buildings, including the Central Office, Mahan, Moriarity and the Kelly Middle Schools have either dropped calls, or not allowed any calls to go through, since school began two weeks ago. This has meant parents can’t get through to school officials, and schools can’t reach bus drivers. Nagel says technicians to fix the problem are either unavailable, or can’t solve the problem, since Toshiba, which built the system, went out of the phone business last year. A completely new phone system would cost some 200-thousand dollars. City and school officials plan to meet today to discuss the situation. School Superintendent Abby Dolliver has set a “drop dead” date of Friday to fix the current system or pursue a new one.

SATTI BACK ON THE BALLOT

New Lon­don Vot­ers re­turned in­cum­bent Coun­cilor John Satti to the Novem­ber elec­tion bal­lot in yesterday’s primary. Unoffi­cial vote to­tals show sev­eral of the can­di­dates sep­a­rated by just one vote. Rich Baez, a po­lit­i­cal new­comer, el­e­men­tary school teacher and for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer, se­cured the fewest num­ber of votes and was knocked off the slate as a re­sult.

TREE FARM APPROVED

The In­land Wet­lands Agency in East Lyme rules that Land­mark Devel­op­ment’s plans to har­vest and plant trees in the Oswe­gatchie Hills near the Niantic River and re­pair two roads for a pro­posed tree farm there are al­lowed “as of right” on the prop­erty. In a 3-2 vote, the In­land Wet­lands Agency de­cided that the pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties are di­rectly re­lated to the farm­ing op­er­a­tion. But the agency said that if any ac­tiv­i­ties en­tail the fill­ing of a wet­land or wa­ter­course, Land­mark first would need to seek a per­mit from the agency.

COMMUNITY GARDEN RENEWED

The Groton Town Coun­cil votes to continue the use of the for­mer Noank School as a com­mu­nity gar­den for an­other four years. The 8-0 vote, taken by the coun­cil’s Com­mit­tee of the Whole, still needs approval by the coun­cil at its next reg­u­lar meet­ing. Coun­cilors di­rected the town man­ager to meet with the town at­tor­ney and mem­bers of the Noank School Public Gar­dens Task Force to fi­nal­ize de­tails of the agree­ment. An au­di­ence of nearly 50 peo­ple ap­plauded the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion.

SEALES REJECTS PLEA DEAL

Shaquan Lee-Seales, accused of gunning down Gilberto Olivencia on a New London street two years ago, said Tuesday that he wanted a murder trial, not a plea deal. The 23-year-old Lee-Seales told the court he was rejecting an offer to plead guilty in exchange for a 35-year prison sentence. He assured the judge he was aware he could be sentenced to up to 86 years in prison if convicted. Lee-Seales is being held in lieu of bond at the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers.

THRILLS AT FOXWOODS

Foxwoods Resort Casino continues its transformation from a gaming facility to a full-fledged resort. Foxwoods Vice President of Resort Operations and Development Jason Guyot hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday near the base of the new Thrill Tower.  It features Sky Drop, a 120-foot free fall ride, while Sky Launch is a saddle sling that shoots you to the top of the tower and back down again. Guyot says another thrill ride is expected to open at Foxwoods in mid-October. It’s a 330-foot zip line that will extend from the top of the Fox Tower Hotel to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.