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Waterford, CT Town Information

Waterford is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. It is named after Waterford, Ireland. The population was 19,517 at the 2010 census. The town center is listed as a census-designated place (CDP) and had a population of 2,887 at the 2010 census.


It was a long journey to get to where schooling in Waterford is today. It consisted of many new school buildings, additions, and many students coming every year. The first school opened was a yellow-bricked Clark Lane School in 1953. Building this school marked a step towards an all-town independence. Clark Lane School was a one floor non-district elementary school with the town's first gymnasium and kindergarten classroom with heated flooring. Additionally, it housed the first purpose-built library. Later on, it was replaced with a small cafeteria but then replaced by one fourteen times larger in 1973. The first principal was Harold Goldberg from 1964 to 1992. Students between kindergarten and sixth grade were brought from the four district schools to Clark Lane


Waterford's economic center is predominantly retail chains, including a variety of mini-malls and the Crystal Mall. There are several family-owned delicatessens and restaurants. It is also home to Dominion's Millstone Nuclear Power Plant, consisting of three reactors, the first built between 1966 and 1970. While Millstone's first reactor is no longer in operation, the remaining two still provide power to a variety of towns in New England.


Pleasure Beach is one of the many beaches in Waterford, Connecticut. It is located at the end of Dock Road. Not only does Pleasure Beach have a beach, it is also the location of a public boat launch. Pleasure beach is part private and part public. The membership cost for a family of four is $825.00, which includes the new member fee of $500.00; this is for the first 3 installments total cost is $1,500.00; the assessment fee of $250.00; this includes 2 free badges per household, the extra badges fee of $50.00, and a $25.00 cost for each additional badge; children of eight and over are required to wear a badge, and the voting member fee, which is $25.00 for one person to vote. To become a member you have to live in certain boundaries. The private side membership includes attendance to all beach get-togethers and activities. Some activities in the past are cocktail parties, beach cleanup at the start of the season, sand castle contests, and an annual beach picnic. The public side is marked and is open to the public with a path down to the beach and a parking lot a short walk down.


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