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Restaurant Write-up: Charlie’s Place

Charlie’s Place Restaurant & Lounge

Charlie Anastasiou has been a familiar face at Charlie’s Place in Niantic for the past seven years. He, his wife Penny and daughter Thea are hands-on every day to ensure their customers are enjoying great food and service.

With a bonanza of the best breakfast choices in town, served from 7 to 12 daily and until 1 p.m. on Sunday, diners can choose from eight omelet platters prepared with three farm-fresh eggs, home fires and toast. Hot cakes, French toast, more egg dishes and a baker’s dozen of sides make any breakfast a banquet.

Chef Ramon Garcia features Seafood Newburg, Lobster Penne a la Vodka or Baby Back Ribs and other great dishes as daily specials, and there is always succulent Prime Rib on Saturday night.

Charlie’s full-service bar offers a good choice of draft and bottled beers, and a variety of wines to accompany a dazzling array of American, Greek and Italian favorites that always make lunch and dinner at Charlie’s a feast for the eye and the palate.

Charlie says starting in November he’ll be offering a Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday from 4-6 with half-priced appetizers, $2 drafts and $4 house wine. Come for drinks, stay for dinner.

This regional restaurant is recommended on TripAdvisor.com by customers who rave about it. The Anastasiou family and the well-trained staff look forward to making you a “regular.”


26 West Main Street
Rt. 156 – Niantic, CT
Open seven days


Niantic’s Main Street Stroll

story & photos
by John Stratton

The village of Niantic was bustling with hundreds of bundled-up moms, dads, grandparents and kids of all ages for the Ninth Annual Holiday Stroll sponsored by Niantic Main Street. The family-friendly favorite was on the nippy Saturday evening of November 24.

Activities included horse-drawn carriage rides around the village, carols by the Connecticut Yuletide Carolers, letter writing to Santa, complimentary hot cider and cocoa, kids games on the Liberty Green with DJ WJR, a snowflake drop of gift certificates, and—finally—the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa on a vintage firetruck after First Selectman Paul Formica led an enthusiastic pack of kids who counted down for the tree lighting.

LCAC-71 Storms Hole-in-the-Wall to Kick Off OpSail

by Jon Persson

(Watch two videos of LCAC-71 Storming the Beach here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheResidentNews?feature=watch)

Stormin' the sands of Niantic, LCAC-71 kicks up a wall of spray.

It’s D-Day..of a different kind.

It’s a sunny Friday, July 6, at 1600 hours and LCAC 71 storms the Hole-In-The-Wall Beach at McCook Point Park, in Niantic.

This is a well orchestrated operation of the the Navy Dock Landing Ship USS Carter Hall launching the Landing Craft Air Cushion from an offshore moored position. Spectators line the shore, covering the park’s expansive grassy hillside vista and along the rocky embankments which surround much of the park.

As the opening event of OpSail 2012CT, the Carter Hall and her LCAC bring to Niantic’s beach an event otherwise limited to distant viewing of the fleet of ships anchored off Niantic Harbor. The fleet, intermixed with private pleasure craft, includes a number of schooners, two Coast Guard vessels, the Coast Guard barque Eagle, and the Carter Hall, which at 609 feet dominates the horizon with her gray profile.

Soon, the LCAC can be seen, a giant spume of spray blasting into the air along her port side, curving over the vessel as it runs towards the beach. LCAC 71 makes two mock assaults on Hole-In-The-Wall Beach, the first a straight-on landing which sees the vessel completely ashore, her inflatable hull ring immediately deflated. A number of uniformed personnel disembark, and a contingent of dignitaries board for a pre-announced LCAC landing.

The second landing, at higher speed than the first, ends with a dramatic side-slip landing which brings the LCAC to rest high and dry and artfully turned sideways. The demonstration is completed with the deployment of a Humvee and a combat truck.

At the press conference which follows, Captain Timothy Spratto, Commodore of Amphibious Squadron Six, illustrates just how impressive the LCAC force is: “Seventy-two LCACs in the Navy inventory,” he says,  each capable of “carrying up to 72 tons  at speeds up to 40 knots with a range of 200 miles.” Their range gives them an “over the horizon” capability, allowing a greater element of surprise. They can deploy a squad of marines, trucks, even an M1A1 main battle tank. The USS Carter Hall is the tenth vessel of her kind, which carry a crew of 500 Navy and Marine personnel in “the Blue-Green team.”

Jeremy Powers Pro Bike Rider at Whaling City Cyclone Bike Race

story & photos
by Maren Schober

Jeremy Powers, 24, of Hadley, MA, a professional cyclist since 2004, was selected for the Jelly Belly Pro Cycling Team.  Since turning professional, he competed in bike races all over the world and represented the US in many cycling events.

It all started right here, in Niantic, paling around with his school buddies after school! “I grew up in Niantic, and during junior  and senior  high school my friends and I would go mountain biking,” Jeremy explains to me.  “I grew to love this sport and now it is my passion.”

Today, June 22, Jeremy is competing in the inaugural Whaling City Cyclone Bicycle Race at Fort Trumbull, New London.  This is his first time racing in his home area.  Today he departs momentarily from his Pro Team to give back to the community.

“My mom and dad both work in New London,” Jeremy tells me, “and I wanted to do something to benefit my own community.  This race is being held to benefit the Heavy Hitters Gym in New London and the Bikes for Kids of Southeastern CT.  Both these organizations help underprivileged kids.” Jeremy’s mom and dad are on hand at this race in support of Jeremy.  His dad is operating the ice cream truck, and his mom is handing out samples of Jelly Belly beans.

“Try the pomegranate flavor”, she urges me.  “It is delicious.” She is right.  The Jelly Belly jelly beans can be found in our local convenient stores.  Jelly bean fans will want to check them out.

“The Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield, CA is the main sponsor of my cycling team,” Jeremy declares.  “Our outfits, shorts and jerseys, are designed by Jelly Belly to really stand out, to be fun and different.  The company helps us in many ways, including financially.”

Indeed, Jeremy is a colorful sight as he stands before me in his white long sleeved shirt designed with multicolored jelly beans sprinkled all over it.

The race course is a one kilometer course on Fort Trumbull.  The circuit includes six turns per lap, and great views of the New London waterfront and Bank Street as a back drop.  The race distance is 50 miles.

Jeremy is racing with 67 other bicycle riders in the Pro 1,2, 3 class race that starts at 3:00 pm.  It is a truly awesome sight to see so many bike riders whizzing by at about 32 miles an hour.

We all need to think of alternatives to driving our cars these days, and these men are showing us the way!

Jeremy placed seventh in this race, and we are all proud of him.  May he continue to follow his passion with pride and success.