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Leaf Pick Up

Leaf pick up has begun and will continue until mid-December.

Reminder:  Leaves must be in paper bags placed on the side of the road.  No branches, grass clippings, ornamental grasses or anything else other than leaves should be placed in the bags.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Bud Phelps at 860-434-0693.

Bud, Grounds Commissioner


Triple E Update



As was announced on Friday by Ledge Light Health District, the Dept. of Agriculture trapped mosquitos in Lyme and Old Lyme which ultimately tested positive for the Triple E virus. Many of the mosquitos were the bird-biting mosquitos, but some were mammalian-biting mosquitos – thus the risk to humans.

This week, on a conference call with the Dept. of Public Health (DPH), the Dept. of Agriculture, local officials, and state legislators, the experts who are dealing with this crisis provided some additional information on the timeline of the cases that have been confirmed, which now numbers four in the State of CT, three of which have been fatal.

Each of these cases are believed to be from mosquito bites in early September or late August, as the onset of the symptoms takes up to 10 days, and the delay in confirmation adds to that time.

The DPH still believes that ground spraying is not effective considering the time of year, as the population of mosquitos is declining due to the cool nights.

With that said, some of the state legislators on the call requested that DPH work with the Governor’s office to identify resources for spraying, should it become necessary, as not all towns have resources to provide spraying. There was discussion about the need for spraying next year, in case there are more positive results on mosquitos at that time.

Considering the recommendation, the Town of Old Lyme will not be doing any spraying, but will stay informed on this issue.

As recommended by Ledge Light Health District, here are best practices for avoiding mosquito bites:

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good repair.

While outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.

Use mosquito netting if sleeping outdoors.

Consider using mosquito repellent when it is necessary to be outdoors and always use them according to label instructions. The most effective repellents contain DEET or Picaridin. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is also effective for brief periods of exposure.

When using DEET, use the lowest concentration effective for the time spent outdoors (for example, 6% lasts approximately 2 hours and 20% for 4 hours) and wash treated skin when returning indoors. Do not apply under clothing, to wounds or irritated skin, the hands of children, or to infants less than 2 months.

Measures to reduce mosquitoes around the home include:

Dispose of water-holding containers, such as ceramic pots, used tires, and tire swings, clogged gutters.

Drill holes in the bottom of containers such as those used for recycling.

Change water in bird baths on a weekly basis.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and cover pools when not in use.

Use landscaping to eliminate areas where water can collect on your property.

Additional resources for information on EEE and mosquito management can be found at [ ]…

Increased Fines for Violations

One of the appeals to Point O’Woods is the sense of safety and security in the community. The Board of Governors is especially concerned about the safety and security of our homeowners, families, guests and their property.

New resident stickers with the centennial logo were distributed this year to distinguish them from parking stickers that have a red ‘P’ on them. This will help the security staff in identifying cars entering as having the right to enter Point O’Woods and keep the traffic moving. Please affix the sticker on the lower left of your windshield and you will be waved through after you stop at the stop sign.

There is a new security contractor this year and they have been instructed to ensure that all cars stop at the stop sign before proceeding.

For the safety of all, you must stop at the stop sign. Signs have been posted as you enter the tunnel advising that stopping ahead is required. Fines for certain violations have been increased to $100:

  • Title IV, Chapter 2, Section 5 (operator failure to give name and show or surrender license)
  • Title IV, Chapter 2, Section 8 (disobeying orders of an officer),
  • Title IV, Chapter 2, Section 24 (failure to stop at a stop sign)

Board of Governors

Point O’Woods Book 100 Years from 1919 to 2019

A history book written by Thomas Gworek for our 100 year celebration is now on sale.  They can be purchased at the POW office, The Scoop Shop, Old Lyme Landscape and through the Women’s Club.  The price per book is $25.00.

If you want to purchase a book but are not able to pick one up at one these locations, contact Tom Gworek at 860-529-7104, 860-434-5944 or email him at  Shipping will be an additional $5.00 to cover the expense.

2019 Board Meeting Schedule

The monthly Board meetings are held at the The Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library in Old Lyme, CT unless otherwise noted on the posted agenda. Please check the agenda for correct location. Meetings begin at 6:30 PM, and POW residents are encouraged to attend. Agenda are posted on the website and bulletin boards at the beach no later than 24 hours before the scheduled meeting. The charter requires that minutes be posted in the same locations within 48 hours after the meeting (if minutes are not ready for posting, at a minimum the decisions at the meeting will be posted with full minutes following a few days later).

  •   March 26
  •   April 9 Budget Workshop – Meeting will be held at the Old Lyme Town Hall – American Legion room
  •   April 23
  •   May 28
  •   June 1 – Annual meeting will be held at 6:00 pm at the Middle School OL
  •   June 25
  •   July 23
  •   August 27
  •   September 24 -5:30 PM at First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Rd OL
  •   October 22 – First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Rd OL
  •   November 19 – First Congregational Church, 2 Ferry Rd OL