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Tree Lightings, Santa Runs, Special Events, More Snow, And Meet Wally Lamb

Five things to help you plan your week in Waterford, December 9-14, 2013.

Waterford Town Hall tree will be lit this week.
Waterford Town Hall tree will be lit this week.
1. More Snow To Come ...

Today's freezing rain is now melting away but there are likely to be snow showers on Tuesday, according to Weather.com, which is predicting a total of 1-3 inches. The high temperature tomorrow won't reach much higher than 36 degrees and lows will drop to 26 degrees.

Wednesday through Friday, the forecast is for partly cloudy skies, with a 10 percent chance of precipitation. High temperatures won't top 33 degrees but the coldest day is likely to be Thursday, when temperatures will reach just 28 degrees and will drop to 16 degrees overnight. 

2. Holiday Happenings: There are all kinds of holiday happenings in Waterford this week.
  • On Tuesday, December 10, Santa will start making the rounds of Waterford's neighborhoods on fire engines from a number of Waterford's fire houses. The various fire departments will be collecting toys and food for local food banks. 
  • Also on Tuesday, the town tree at Waterford Town Hall will be illuminated for the holidays, heralded by a community carol sing that begins at 5:45 p.m.
  • The Christmas tree in Quaker Hill will be lit with a special ceremony on Saturday, December 14, again with a carol sing to begin the festivities before Santa arrives. The fun begins at 5 p.m.

3. Waterford Meetings This Week ...
Monday, December 9
  • Ad Hoc Dog Pound Committee meets at 5:45 p.m. in the Louise T. Appleby Meeting Room in Waterford Town Hall.
  • The Police Commission meets in the Waterford Police Department meeting room at 7 p.m.
  • The RTM will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Waterford Town Hall auditorium to discuss the collective bargaining agreement between school administrators union and the Waterford School District. 
Wednesday, December 11
  • Waterford Youth Service Board meets at the Youth Service Meeting Room at 5:30 p.m.
  • Board of Finance meets at the Board of Education Conference Room at Waterford Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 12
  • The Conservation Commission meets at Waterford Town Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m.
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Louise T. Appleby Room in Waterford Town Hall. 
4. Remembering Sandy Hook

This week is the first anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook and Patch will be marking the event in a variety of ways on December 14. Gov. Dannel Malloy has also asked that people statewide remember the day, issuing the following statement: 

"Last year on the one-week anniversary, I asked houses of worship and other organizations to ring their bells 26 times at 9:30 in the morning as a way to honor each life. I want to renew that call this year and ask those same institutions to toll their bells again at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 14. The message of these two actions is simple: a moment to come together and mourn, followed by acts of kindness to one another. We can never fully understand and will hopefully never experience the pain that those most affected by this tragedy feel. But what we can do is always keep them in our prayers — and we can act."  

5. Special Events
  • Monday—Waterford Community Band Holiday Concert: This holiday concert will be performed at 7 p.m. at Atria Crossroads Place, 1 Beechwood Drive, Waterford, Connecticut. Admission is free. Call Atria at 860-444-6700 for more information.
  • Wednesday—Meet Wally Lamb: Waterford Public Library presents locally-based, internationally-known author Wally Lamb, who will be discussing his new book, We Are Water, which is set in Deep River, Connecticut. This event will be held in Waterford Town Hall Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday—Blood Drive: The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the auditorium of Waterford Town Hall from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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