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Oyster farmers say business is boomingMYSTIC, CT (WFSB) -- Oysters are a hot commodity for seafood lovers right now, and oyster farmers are having the time of their life. At the helm of the farming operating at Mystic Oysters is 45-year veteran Jim Markow. Mystic Oysters seeds 50 acres off Mystic, harvesting thousands of pounds of fresh oysters each year, selling even more since the pandemic. “We’ve had a lot of the restaurants just come out of the woodwork, where they need product,” Markow said. The oyster business is booming, and the product is craved at farmer’s markets and local restaurants, like the nearby Engine Room. “The pandemic opened people’s eyes to the importance of eating and shopping locally,” said Dan Meiser, restaurateur of Oyster Club and the Engine Room. Mark Harrell is the captain at Mystic Oysters, and on Monday he was overseeing one of the seven full time employees sorting and packaging boxes of oysters bound for Philadelphia. “Our wholesale markets, they’ve gone through the roof, our direct sales to restaurants have gone through the roof, even our retail sales right here at our shop in Noank have been ecstatic,” Harrell said. Right now, Mystic Oysters bills itself as one of the biggest suppliers of oysters, and the demand just grows and grows, like the microscopic seedling oysters. “The whole idea is that we can grow enough that we can be the biggest volume supplier this side of Connecticut,” Harrell said. For more information, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Travelers Championship: A look at 'Hole 14' at TPCCROMWELL, CT (WFSB) – It’s officially Travelers Championship week. From now through the tournament, we’re taking you to the TPC River Highlands to show you each hole on the course. Hole number 14 is a par 4 at 421 yards. TPC River Highlands head golf pro Ron Scheyd said you’ll see a little bit of everything on this hole. For more information on the Travelers Championship, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Apartment building evacuated after fire breaks out in Willimantic meth labWILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -- An apartment building in Willimantic was evacuated on Monday after a fire broke out in what was identified as a methamphetamine lab. It happened at 560 Main St. in Willimantic. In addition to local police and fire crews, the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Emergency Response Unit, the State Narcotics, and the Drug Enforcement Administration responded to the scene. Officials said the fire involved “a one-pot methamphetamine lab.” Environmental crews responded to secure chemicals. The Salvation Army's New London Emergency Disaster Services vehicle was called to the scene to support in the post-fire clean-up and operations. They also provided meals and hydration to first responders. Stay with Ch. 3 as more information becomes available.
Report released after New Haven principal comes under fire for using racial slurNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -- A New Haven principal has come under fire for using a racial slur. The Board of Education has demoted Laura Roblee, but calls for a more severe punishment are growing. She was the principal at Breenan-Rogers School, but was demoted following an incident back in March. Officials said she’s now being transferred to the central office, but it is unclear what her new job will be. The superintendent said they’re still reviewing her resume and skill set. Meanwhile, a group of religious leaders said Roblee should've just been let go altogether. "Somebody has got to go, whether it's Dr. Tracey or whether it's Miss Roblee, or whether it's the mayor. There has to be some transparency here,” said Rev. Boise Kimber, of the Greater New Haven Clergy Association. The association continued their calls for the firing of Roblee. According to an investigative report released on Monday, Roblee used the n-word while discussing anti-bias and anti-racism training with two teachers. Roblee allegedly said it again when the assistant principal brought up the teachers' concerns. The report found Roblee said the slur to the teachers, but says it's "disputed" if it was said to the assistant principal. New Haven Public Schools released a statement from Roblee, who apologized for her behavior. It said “I do not want anyone else defending me or trying to justify the disgusting thing that I said. I realize I did something wrong and I understand there have to be consequences... In order to move forward and begin to help repair the harm, I will be engaging in some counseling.” Before she released the report, Superintendent Iline Tracey said they plan to address the emotions surrounding this incident. "With all that is going on, and with folks indicating they were hurt, I have to acknowledge their feelings as the superintendent. I’m not putting that under the rug,” Tracey said. Focusing on those directly involved at the school, she said "we have someone we're consulting with who's more objective in this situation to take on that, of having conversation with the assistance principal, and I will have conversation with the assistant principal and the two teachers in particular, and then we'll work on a plan to address the entire staff." As part of Roblee's demotion, she will no longer be paid over summer vacations. It's not entirely clear exactly when she'll start working at the central office. The school district's investigative report on this can be found by <a href="" target="_blank">clicking here</a>:
Channel 3 Kids Camp starts summer seasonThe Channel 3 Kids Camp kicked off its summer season on Monday.
Showers, storms could pop up Monday eveningHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The first full day of summer has been hot, muggy and includes the possibility of showers and storms. Meteorologist Mark Dixon said as Claudette passes offshore to the south, storms started firing up to the west, just before 4 p.m. This prompted a severe thunderstorm watch for Litchfield County until 11 p.m. Track the storms with the Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler Radar: After a warm and muggy Monday, these storms are the result of a cold front. "Given the timing of the arrival storms, which is after sunset, and because there have been more clouds than clearing, storms will tend to weaken and as they head into southern New England," Dixon said. The best chance for any rain or storms will be in western CT between 10 p.m. Monday and midnight. Tuesday will be fairly cloudy, and a much cooler day, with highs between 75 and 80 degrees. Some scattered showers and isolated storms are again possible on Tuesday. High pressure builds in mid-week, so Wednesday and Thursday will feature ample sunshine and lower humidity, Dixon said. The week will end dry, with an uptick in humidity. The upcoming weekend appears to be warm and muggy, with a chance for an isolated shower or storm on Sunday. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
INTERVIEW: Hospitals are being impacted by blood shortage(WFSB) -- The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe shortage of blood, and they are in need of donors. The Red Cross said it has seen demand for blood increase by 10 percent across the United States. It has gotten so bad that hospitals across New England are delaying surgeries because of the extended shortage. Officials say a number of factors are contributing to the issues, including a drop in summer blood donations. Dr. Bradford Sherburne, the medical director at Hartford HealthCare Laboratories, joined Eyewitness News on Monday to share more about how people can help. For more information about donating, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.
Money Monday: Used car market is seeing unprecedented numbers(WFSB) -- Record breaking prices in the used car market continue to be seen. There’s also still a severe lack of used car inventory and record retail in trade-in prices. So, for those who are in the market for a new car, or if you’re looking to sell your old one, experts are explaining how you can get the most for your money. “We have never seen anything like this in used cars,” said Emilie Voss, of CARFAX. She said the used car market is seeing unprecedented numbers right now. “We have a severe lack of used car inventory around the country and an incredible amount of demand. So, what we are seeing with that low supply and high demand is record breaking retail prices,” Voss explained. Retail prices are up 25 percent from last year. “It’s a great time to sell a used car, but most people sell used cars because we are looking to replace it with another one, so it’s not the best time to buy,” she added. If you have a car in your driveway that you can part with, you could make good money. Especially if it’s a truck; used truck prices are up 44 percent. The demand is partly being driven up because a chip shortage is causing a problem in the new car assembly line. So, more people are looking to buy used. “Our analysts are predicting we see this at least through the summer months,” Voss said. She added that people are also buying quickly when they find a deal, but she said it’s still important to do your research. “We put a lot money into vehicles and especially if you’re paying a record high price you want to make sure you know the history and not move so quickly that you don’t do your homework,” she added. A CARFAX report will give you the vehicle history. She also recommends having a mechanic look at it. Also, take it for a test drive.
Travelers finding themselves stranded as American Airlines cancels hundreds of flightsWINDSOR LOCKS, CT (WFSB) -- More people are flying again, but some passengers on American Airlines are spending more time on the ground. The airline has cancelled hundreds of flights, leaving people frustrated and having to spend more money. At Bradley International Airport, only one flight was cancelled on Monday, but those who were supposed to be on that flight weren’t happy. “When we tried to check in, they said we moved you and changed you to New York City, to LaGuardia, and we said ‘what? How are we supposed to get there’,” said Veronica Carli. After visiting family in Connecticut, getting home for Veronica and Ron Carli has been a nightmare. They were trying to get home to California Monday morning, but things fell apart when they got to Bradley. “We paid for first class, and then they said we can get you home in coach, in three days, and it’s 14 hours,” Veronica explained. American Airlines said bad weather at one of their hubs has impacted flights, as well as a labor shortage with some of their vendors, like food services, at a time when there’s a big increase in demand. The Connecticut Airport Authority said at “Bradley International Airport, we are currently seeing minimal impact. However, as always, passengers are advised to contact their airline to confirm their flight status before coming to the airport.” Veronica said she got a confirmation email, so she thought everything was okay. They said American Airlines did give them a refund, but they had to spend twice as much to book a flight on another airline to get home. “We are going to get home tonight at 11:30, but we have to go to San Francisco, which means we have to find someone to drive us and pick us up in San Francisco and drive us home, which is a two hour ride,” Veronica Carli said. Travel agencies have also been dealing with some of these cancellations.
Fire, lacquer spill at Meriden chrome plating company sends two employees to burn unitMERIDEN, CT (WFSB) - Two employees of a Meriden chrome plating company were taken to Bridgeport Hospital on Monday after they were burned. It happened Monday morning at CRC Chrome, located on Pratt Street. The Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection said employees had dumped lacquer into a heated rinse tank when it caused a reaction that flashed over the sides of the tank. This injured two employees, and cause the roof to catch fire. The two employees were taken to Bridgeport Hospital, but their condition is unknown at this time. Just before 1 p.m. on Monday, Meriden Fire Chief Ken Morgan said crews were still battling the fire inside the building, which had reached three alarms. While the fire was contained, it was not under control at that time. Around 4 p.m., DEEP said the fire had been put out. Earlier in the day, officials said there were reports of an acid gas release, however DEEP said that was not the case. DEEP officials said hydrochloric acid was present in the building, but was not released or impacted by the fire. "The area was monitored for presence of acid gas in the air, and the results were non-detect," DEEP said in a press release. They also said no environmental clean-up was required. During an update on the situation Monday afternoon, fire officials said there are numerous chemicals located inside the building, which is why crews were being cautious about the use of water to battle the fire. “Typically we don’t worry about how much water we’re putting into a building, with something like this, we’re not 100 percent sure what chemicals could react with the water or how they’re going to react. We have to be very careful about how we put water, where, how much we put there and then when you do this with a chemical fire. You have to be concerned with run-off and that becomes another big issue," Morgan said. The city's sewer department also responded to monitor the air and water. No residents were evacuated in the area, but they were urged to avoid the scene as a precaution. Emergency crews from seven communities assisted Meriden on Monday, by either covering the city's emergency calls, or helping at the scene. Stay with Ch. 3 as updates become available.