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Providing Comfort and Joy in Ledyard

Last week, Jessica Wrobel, her awesome husband Alan and I, on behalf of the Ledyard Forum and Friends of the Ledyard Food Pantry delivered the last of the 21 baskets to those in our community that needed a little extra help this Christmas. Thanks to members of the forum we were able to distribute a Turkey or Ham with all the fixins plus lots of little extra's. Bev Nachtwey and her sisters baked all week to provide home made goodies for each of our baskets. And although we called them baskets, each "basket" runneth over into bags and boxes. They were distributed to our neighbors that members of the Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook suggested who are not eligible to be helped by social services. Thank YOU!

In addition, we finished the distribution of hats, scarves, gloves and socks.Thank you again to all those that knitted including the Senior Center and the Gales Ferry Library Stich and Dish Knitting Group who showed off their talents with their beautiful donations.

Over 100 members of the Ledyard Forum contributed items of food, gift cards, and warm accessories that offered Comfort and Joy to members of our community.

I hope you never get tired of us thanking you for your contributions. We are very proud of our community.

Merry Christmas from the Simply Ledyard Blog

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Santa photos and one I share every year even though it wasn’t taken in Ledyard. I have two nice folks to thank for this wonderful photo taken at the Avery Point Light House in Groton. Dale Treadway, is a Gales Ferry resident and founding member of the Avery Point Light House Society. The society raised funds to help preserve and restore the lighthouse at Avery Point.  Dale initially sent the photo to me. Ron Foster is the photographer who kindly gave me permission to use it here. You can read more about the history of the Avery Point Light House on Wikipedia.

Merry Christmas to those that celebrate the season!

Santa at Avery Point

Ledyard Holiday Trash Talk

Ledyard Trash and Recycling pickup will be on a normal schedule for the weeks of December 26 & January 2.

The Town's garbage contract with Willimantic Waste allows for a special provision the week after Christmas. Extra trash may be placed next to a full trash container and recyclable materials may be placed next to the recycling container. The overflow trash must be neatly bagged and recyclables are limited to neatly flattened and stacked cardboard and boxboard. Remember, Styrofoam is not recyclable.

For the Christmas/New Year’s weekends, here are the Transfer Station hours:
Saturday, 12/24 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, 12/25 Closed
Saturday, 12/31 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Sunday, 1/01 Closed

To find out more about Curbside Collection Service and Cart Information Click HERE.

From the Ledyard Town Website:

Ledyard uses the “Single Stream” recycling collection method. This means that the material your household places out at the curbside - newspapers, cardboard, bottles, cans etc. - is collected all together. The recyclables will be sorted at the Single Stream Recycling Facility especially designed to process and sort the mixed recyclables. Single Stream recycling makes collecting materials at the curbside much easier. Homeowners and recycling collectors don't do any sorting making recycling even easier.

Remember that recycling saves your tax dollars.  For every ton of recyclable materials not sent to the incinerator the town saves at least $63 between reduced tipping fees and recycling revenue. So not only do we save money but also make money.


Town of Ledyard Meeting Schedule

The Ledyard Town Council and other Ledyard Committee and Commission meeting agendas for the week beginning December 11th, 2016 can be accessed on the Town of Ledyard’s Media Portal. There is one Town Council meeting on December to be held this Wednesday. Members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings except those held in executive session.

Board of Education meetings can be found at the BOE web portal.

Ledyard Meetings

Giving Comfort and Joy in Ledyard

The Friends of the Ledyard Food Pantry would like to thank all of you for your very generous donations to our "Comfort and Joy" event which collected hats, gloves, scarves and gloves. Donors came in all shapes and sizes. Thank you to the Ledyard Seniors and to the Gales Ferry Library Stich and Dish Knitting Group who showed off their talents with their beautiful donations. Over 50 attended the event and brought comfort and joy to those in our community that can use our help.

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Little Bites of Ledyard

Bites of LedyardFrom Public Works Director Steven Masalin:  “Public Works personnel have observed and have received complaints regarding leaves being blown or raked into roadways by property owners or hired landscape companies. This is a violation of Ordinance #75 that addresses unauthorized obstructions placed in the Town right-of-ways. Leaves present a particular problem for drainage. Residents are reminded to refrain from such activity and to inform anyone hired for leaf removal of this prohibition. Leaves need to be disposed of at appropriate locations. If leaves from your property have been deposited in an adjacent road frontage area, please remove them or have them removed. Residents may take leaves to the Transfer Station for free disposal.”

You can view a list of all Ledyard Ordinances on the Town of Ledyard Website.

Ledyard Real Estate Update

Ledyard Christmas DoorWhen it comes to Ledyard Real Estate, the good news continues. Pending sales remain high and the total number of residential closed sales is on track to exceed the number of sales in each of the past 10 years. Prices are slowly moving in the right direction and inventory is at its lowest level of the year. With less than a 5 month supply of homes for sale, I would expect prices to rise after the first of the year.

On the Market

Inventory is at the lowest level of the year (good news for sellers). There are currently 80 single family homes on the market. The median list price is $266,000. There were 21 new or back on the market listings reported in November. Having shifted from a buyer's market to a balanced market, we are beginning to see a small increase in prices.

Current Pending Sales

There are currently 33 pending listings with a median list price of $220,000.

There are currently 19 pending sales but "Show for Backup" with a median list price of $293,000. Homes are often listed as "Show for Backup" when there may be a concern about contract contingencies including financing. 

Both the current pending sales price and the current pending "show for backup" price are an increase from last month. 

Closed Sales

There are currently 226 closed sales in Ledyard with a median sales price of $205,000.

There were 19 closed listings in November. 

While it is useful to follow month by month, a 6 month trend is a better indicator of market conditions. The median price of the 131 homes that have closed in the past 6 months is $215,000. This number is trending up and exceeds the median sold price in 2015!

The median price of the 131 homes that have sold in the past 6 months is $215,000.

1 - 2015 Ledyard Home Sales

Data to Consider

This LINK will take you to 2015 New London County Market Statistics by Town, including Ledyard as prepared by the Eastern CT Association of Realtors using sales reported by the members of the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service.

About the author:  Linda Davis
has been a licensed real estate agent in Ledyard CT for over 35 years. She has a long history of community service and currently serves as Chairman/Deputy Mayor of  the Ledyard Town Council. Linda is the administer of the popular Ledyard Community Forum on Facebook and also teaches and speaks on technology, mostly for beginners. Linda can help with homes for sale in Ledyard as well as homes for sale in Eastern CT including, Groton, Mystic, Stonington, Norwich, Montville, New London, East Lyme, or Waterford.

Listings and sales reported by the members of the CT MLS, Inc and may not represent all sales. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.