1. Sayonara, Sandy. Today's the first relatively nice day since the superstorm, with partly cloudy skies and a minimal chance of showers. Sunrise is 7:21 a.m., sunset is 5:43 p.m., and the high temperature reaches 55 degrees.
2. New London County has been declared a disaster area, which means residents may apply for federal assistance with damages to private property. Register online at disasterrecovery.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 for residents with speech and hearing disabilities.
3. A lot of people have expressed concerns about Ocean Beach Park. They’re not quite ready for you to take a stroll there just yet, but the buildings haven’t suffered major damage and they’re working to clear out debris that came ashore during the storm.
4. I was probably a little premature in saying I’d be bringing regular columns back on Wednesday. Rest assured, we’ll move on from being the “Hurricane Recovery Patch” soon enough, but for now that’s what people are most interested in. However, today will certainly include Sold!, the regular roundup of property transactions, posting at 1 p.m.
5. A massive earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 8.7 on the Richter scale destroyed the city of Lisbon in Portugal on this day in 1755. About a quarter of the city’s 250,000 people died in the quake or the ensuing fire and tsunami.