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Danbury Police offer tips for safety during holiday shopping

Big shopping days can be a prime time for thieves to strike, and not just those looking to steal your identity.  If you plan to take advantage of late night or early morning shopping this holiday weekend, Danbury Police are reminding you not to carry so may bags that you become an easy target for someone who may want to assault or rob you.  Police stress keeping parked vehicles locked and removing all valuables because several area towns have reported an increase in thefts from unlocked motor vehicles in recent months.  Area police departments are urging people to use caution and to be aware of surroundings while shopping. 

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Local fire departments urge caution while cooking this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Danbury Fire officials say kitchen fires are the number one reason for fires in single-and-two family homes across the country.  They are mostly due to unattended cooking.  Danbury Fire officials say deep frying turkeys is a popular cooking method on Thanksgiving, but it's dangerous.  Too often people try this in their garage, but it they say it should be done far from the house, and not on a wooden deck.  That's so if the fryer does tip over, the fire will not spread to the house. Grease is also a scalding issue if it splashes out of the fryer.

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State Police ramp up patrols over long holiday weekend

State Police ramped up their efforts as of late Tuesday night to keep highways safe during the holiday rush.  Additional Troopers will be on patrol throughout the long Thanksgiving weekend, focusing on aggressive drivers, unsafe drivers, and drunk drivers.  Preventive enforcement initiatives such as roving DUI patrols will be in effect.  State Police are calling on residents to remind all young people, especially college students returning home for the holiday weekend, of the laws about alcohol consumption and drinking and driving.  Traditional and non-traditional patrol cars will be used to observe traffic and issue tickets to reckless and distracted drivers during stepped up patrols through Sunday.

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Metro North train service changed for Thanksgiving holiday

Metro-North is stuffed with service for the Thanksgiving holiday. Off-peak fares will be in effect through Sunday.  Gate-ticket collection is in place on days when there is an expected surge in train riders. This is done to make sure customers are getting on the right trains before departing Grand Central. 

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Swastika found at Ridgefield High School

A swastika was reportedly found drawn on a classroom door at Ridgefield High School yesterday.  The Ridgefield Press reports that this is the second incident this school year, and the 5th finding since this time last year.  A swastika was found etched into a table in September.  The Principal says a full investigation has just been completed and reported to the Ridgefield Police School Resource Officer.  The vandalism was discussed by First Selectman Rudy Marconi at last night's Board of Finance meeting.  He noted that there will be a meeting held on December 5th at the Lier Center focusing on tolerance and anti-defamation.

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Danbury to pay $100,000 over alleged sewage dumping in waterways

The Danbury City Council has signed off on a legal settlement over alleged dumping of untreated sewage into the Limekiln Brook and Still River. 

 

The City will pay a $100,000 penalty to the United States and has agreed to report all sewage discharges to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

 

A system-wide program to inspect, clean, and maintain the wastewater collection system must also be developed and implemented.  Danbury must also create and enforce a regulatory program to stop restaurant and food establishment discharges of Fats, Oils, and Grease which lead to sewage blockages and spills.

 

The settlement stems from a complaint filed by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, and Friends of the Lake.  The allegation is that sewage was discharged into Beaver Brook and Padanaram Brook, polluting the waterways with disease-causing bacteria.  

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Report: Boughton's ex-wife donates to potential GOP rival's gubernatorial campaign

A Republican seeking the gubernatorial nomination has gotten a donation from the ex-wife of Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.  The New Haven Register reports that Phyllis Boughton gave $100 September 30th to his potential rival, Tim Herbst.  The Mayor said in the published report that Phyllis owns a kitchen and bath remodeling business and that Herbst and his parents had their kitchens remodeled by the business.  She filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences, last March.  The spilt was finalized last November.

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Bethel officials warn of upcoming construction

Construction will be occurring in Bethel over the next few weeks on School Street.  The road may be reduced to one lane of traffic at times.  Officials say efforts will be made to limit disruption to businesses along School Street.

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Danbury diner offering free meal, ACE gives back and firefighters caution about Thanksgiving cooking

A local restaurant is holding a community event tomorrow so that no one has to spend Thanksgiving alone.  Three Brothers Diner in Danbury is offering free dinner from 1pm to 4pm tomorrow as a way to give back and say thanks to the community.  The White Street restaurant is accepting food pantry donations, though a donation is not required.

 

A 40th annual Thanksgiving event took place at a Danbury school yesterday.  Students from the Alternative Center for Excellence in Danbury spent most of the day serving up a traditional Thanksgiving meal to members of the community as a way showing their appreciation.

 

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company are reminding people to cook with care.  Thanksgiving historically is one of the busiest days for Fire and EMS calls.  Although they say they love to see the community, firefighters would prefer it be during Kids Day in June rather than in the middle of a smoky kitchen on Thanksgiving.

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Ridgefield man passed out behind the wheel found with gun, cocaine

A Ridgefield man is facing a number of charges after New York State Police conducting a welfare check found him in possession of an illegal loaded firearm and a small amount of cocaine.  Police responded to Route 6 at Starr Ridge Road in Southeast shortly after midnight Saturday and found 22-year old Peter Shirvell unconscious behind the wheel of his vehicle, near the entrance of the Shell gas station. 

 

When Troopers attempted to place him into custody, he physically resisted. 

 

Shirvell was arraigned and ordered held at Putnam County Jail on bond for a Court appearance December 5th.  He faces up to 15 years in State Prison if convicted of a weapons possession count.  

 

Shirvell was also charged with Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Driving While Intoxicated, Resisting Arrest, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Disorderly Conduct.

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Former New Fairfield First Selectman forms exploratory committee

Former New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman has filed exploratory committee paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission.  Chapman's term ended yesterday.  She plans to focus on the 2018 Lt Governor race, but is open to looking at other positions as well.  Chapman said in a statement that the current administration hasn't advocated for municipal needs.  She also cited the two highest tax increases, businesses leaving the state and unfunded mandates pushed onto cities and towns.  In addition to First Selectman, Chapman served on the New Fairfield Planning Commission and in a leadership role in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments regional planning agency. 

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Consumer Protection officials urge medicine cabinet clean out before Thanksgiving

The state Department of Consumer Protection and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services are calling on families to check their medicine cabinets before Thanksgiving tomorrow in order to dispose of unneeded medication, and secure the medication they need. 

 

The officials say emptying medicine cabinets is one small, but important way to make sure guests have a safe holiday. 

 

DMHAS Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon says the majority of people misusing prescription medications get them from family and friends.  Local drug collection boxes to dispose of unneeded medication include ones at the Danbury, Bethel, Brookfield, Newtown, Ridgefield and Redding police stations.  State Police Troop A in Southbury also hosts a collection box.

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Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission receives over 100 designer registrations

The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has cancelled their planned December meeting.  As of their last gathering, the group received 146 registrations from people who want to submit a memorial design.  The registrations are from 17 states and about a quarter coming from 18 different countries.  About half of the domestic registrations are from Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts.  Approximately 100 guided site walks have been led by the Commission for registered designers.  A drone video and digital walking tour are posted on the Commission's website.

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Algonquin makes donation to Danbury Fire Department for Utility Terrain Vehicle

Enbridge-Algonquin Gas Transmission has donated $32,000 to the Danbury Fire Department for their Utility Terrain Vehicle project. 

 

The money will be used to purchase a UTV which can provide a wide variety of uses and applications.  It can be used for search and rescue operations for lost persons in rugged terrain, emergency medical evacuation from remote locations and wildland firefighting. 

 

Mayor Mark Boughton joked that it's a token from the company, considering they are putting in a 70-foot wide pipe through the middle of the City.  Much of the project is replacing existing pipeline with one larger in diameter. 

 

Algonquin started the work at the Southeast Compressor Station and has extended into Danbury. The new pipeline crosses near the Still River, a railroad line, and Mill Plain Road. The replacement segment would end at their existing compressor site east of Clapboard Ridge Road.

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Danbury Fire Department adding thermal imaging camera to drone

The Danbury Fire Department has received a donation of $10,000 to fund the drone project.  The donor asked the department to remain anonymous, but it was made in memory of the late Michael Kallas. 

 

The donation will be used to equip the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a thermal imaging camera.  Drones have a number of uses in the fire service with the ability to provide situational awareness such as live aerial feeds of fires or large scale incidents, pre-planning information and to search for lost persons in rugged terrain. 

 

Councilman Warren Levy says Kallas had top secret clearance and was a team leader on the first spy satellite that came out of PerkinElmer.

 

Kallas was active in the raising of funds to obtain a thermal imagining camera presented to the Danbury Fire Department on behalf of the Danbury Lions Club.

 

He was a member of the Friends of the Danbury Museum and Historical Society and was a past board member, Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Danbury Downtown Council and a former corporator of the Union Savings Bank.

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NJ man sustains minor injuries in roll over truck crash in Danbury

A New Jersey man sustained minor injuries in yesterday's rollover truck accident in Danbury.  State Police say 40-year old Rafael Martinez was headed westbound on I-84 shortly before 5:30am when he veered left into the cement jersey barrier. 

 

The truck rolled onto it's driver's side and Martinez had to be extricated by Danbury firefighters. 

 

The accident between exits 3 and 2 closed multiple lanes and caused massive traffic ties ups back into Newtown.  The vehicle wasn't cleared from the scene until several hours later and traffic eased around noon. 

 

Martinez was treated and released from the Emergency Department yesterday. 

 

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to clean up a fuel leak.

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EMTs rescue injured hiker along Appalachian Trail in Kent

Kent and Gaylordsville volunteer rescuers and EMTs responded to the scene of a hiker with a leg injury along the Appalachian Trail Sunday. The hiker was located near a remote campsite high up along the Schaghticoke ridgeline.  Officials say their four-wheel drive Gator rescue vehicle significantly shorten the response times for the wilderness rescue and allowed crews to drive a patient out of the woods rather than carry the patient out.

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State grant awarded to Danbury to clean brownfield site for Women's Center

The City of Danbury has been awarded a $1.3 million state grant to demolish and remediate the former Mallory Hat Factory on Rose Hill Avenue.  The 3.7-acre site will be given to the Women's Center of Greater Danbury for $1.  The organization will turn the property into a residential facility for women and children in transition. 

 

The Women's Center hired an environmental engineer to assess the property, and it was determined that the clean up will cost $700,00 to $800,000.  Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola will oversee and manage the clean up. Once it's certified for use, and the City Council gives the ok, the City can transfer the property to the Women's Center.

 

The Women's Center raised $4 million in capital fund to build the transitional housing.  The group has provided a safe haven to victims of domestic and sexual violence since its founding in 1975. The Center serves 20,000 people in northern Fairfield and southern Litchfield Counties each year.

 

Governor Dannel Malloy says brownfield sites have been vacant for decades and cause blight in neighborhoods, drain local resources, and have a negative impact on municipalities.  For every dollar the state has invested in brownfield redevelopment, non-state partners have invested or will invest $11.41. Since 2012, the State of Connecticut has invested more than $220 million in brownfield redevelopment, resulting in the creation of more than 3,000 permanent jobs and over 15,000 construction jobs in the state.

 

Mayor Mark Boughton believes a viaduct under the property is near 100 years old.  He says no business is likely to be interested in the land because they wouldn't be able to build over that structure. The viaduct limits the build-ability to about 2.5 acres. Danbury issued several requests for proposals from businesses over the years, but there weren't any takers. At one point, the owner of nearby Fairfield Processing asked the City to hold off on looking into bids because they were thinking about expanding. Those plans have since changed because their business changed. 

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Diver's body found inside flooded, debris-filled old mine

The body of a scuba diver has been recovered from in the former Tilly Foster iron mine in Southeast.  48-year old Robert Thomas of Jersey City, New Jersey, was described as a very experienced technical diver who had gone into the mine many times before.  His body was recovered by the New York State Police dive team, using sonar and camera equipment.  Preliminary reports indicate that Thomas may have become entangled in wires or cables on the bottom of the flooded mine shaft in about 171 feet of water.  The bottom of the old mine is littered with wrecked cars and trucks, old mining equipment and other debris.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of Thomas’ death.  The mine was flooded after a major collapse in 1895 killed 13 miners.

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New Milford Town Council considers over 100 appointments

The New Milford Town Council was set to take up more than 100 appointments to boards and commissions at their meeting last night.  But there were three Republicans and three Democrats in attendance leading to a deadlock.  Outgoing Democratic Mayor David Gronbach was replacing people whose terms are expiring next week or filling vacancies.  Five of the more than 100 nominations lost positions in the municipal election, but the Newstimes reports that the most contentious was the proposed appointment of Gronbach's wife Vanessa to the Ethics Commission.  She would be an “unaffiliated” appointee even though she was registered as a Democrat until recently.  The published report notes that former Republican Mayor Pat Murphy made 124 appointments in her last two meetings before Gronbach took office.

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Delegation touts bipartisan support for gun-related bill

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Several members of Connecticut's all-Democratic congressional delegation are optimistic that bipartisan support for background check system legislation may be a sign of future cooperation on anti-gun violence legislation.

U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty all said Monday they're pleased to have Republicans from other states where mass shootings have occurred co-sponsor the Fix NICS Act. Murphy introduced it in the Senate to fill gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Murphy says he doesn't know if it's a turning point, but it is significant.

The bill creates incentives for states to submit relevant criminal history information to the database, including extra points toward receiving Department of Justice grants. It creates penalties for federal entities that don't submit data, such as the military.

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Redding hires outside attorney to investigate claims against Police Chief

The Redding Board of Selectmen has gotten an update on three investigations into Police Chief Doug Fuchs for various incidents.  At last night's meeting, it was announced that one investigation into the Chief, who is on paid administrative leave, stemmed from a police union complaint on behalf of two officers.  Another investigation is in response to a lawsuit filed by the family of Peter Valenti, who hanged himself at his Blueberry Hill Road home in April 2016.  An EMT filed a complaint this May into the incident about whether the man would have survived if Fuchs had allowed the medic to examine him sooner.  The town has hired an outside attorney.

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Firefighters urge use of CO detectors after two unconscious women rescued from Carmel home

First responders are issuing a reminder to have carbon monoxide detectors in homes as more alternative heating sources are used.  Two unconscious women were rescued from their Carmel home last week and expected to recover after a neighbor called 911 and reported their carbon monoxide detector was going off. 

 

Carmel emergency responders carried the 61 and 89 year old women out of the North Gate Road home Monday.  The neighbor was alerted to a potential problem by the younger woman's daughter, who received incoherent messages and couldn't reach her mother or grandmother on the phone. 

 

Firefighters checked for other occupants.  The two women were transported to Westchester Medical Center and admitted for treatment of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. 

 

Carmel Police Department Officer James Terrazas and Sheriff’s Deputy Andrew Kristan reported feeling light-headed after removing the victims from the house. They were administered oxygen by other first responders and did not require further treatment. 

 

According to the Carmel Volunteer Fire Department, readings taken in the house indicated a concentration level of carbon monoxide gas in the air of 1,800 parts per million (ppm). According to some published government studies, human exposure to 1,200 ppm of carbon monoxide in the air for one hour can be fatal. The typical level of carbon monoxide in a home ranges from 3 to 6 ppm, according to official sources. 

 

Officials believe that the high level of carbon monoxide gas in the home was caused by a faulty connection in an exhaust pipe leading from a propane gas burner used to heat the home.  Inspectors from the Town of Carmel Building Department were called in to ensure that the defect is corrected and made safe within code regulations. 

 

Carbon monoxide gas is odorless and colorless, so it cannot be smelled or seen.  Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may be flu-like and may include a reddened face, dull headache, weakness. dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness. 

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Rollover truck accident cleared from I-84 in Danbury

Danbury firefighters had to extricate the driver of a tractor trailer this morning.  The truck rolled over just past exit 3 westbound around 5:30am.  The driver was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of injuries. 

 

 

(Photos: DFD)

 

The accident blocked at least two lanes throughout the morning commute. 

 

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded to the scene to clean up a fuel spill.  State Police Troopers also responded.  State Police say K9 Favor shows her appreciation to Danbury Deputy Fire Chief Bernie Meehan and the Danbury Fire Department for their help.

 

(Photo: CSP)

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Dive teams search for missing diver in former Tilly Foster Mine

A man who went scuba diving in the former Tilly Foster Mine is missing and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office is leading a search for him.  Sheriff Donald Smith say 48-year old Robert Thomas of Jersey City, New Jersey went missing Sunday in the town of Southeast. 

 

The experienced technical diver has gone diving in the mine, also known as Simon's Quarry, many times before.  Thomas was with two other people, but never emerged. 

 

Dive teams from the New York State Police and the Brewster and Mahopac Falls Volunteer Fire Departments searched for Thomas Sunday.  Responders continued their search Monday using sonar equipment throughout the large area, with mine shafts having underwater depths ranging from 175 to 600 feet and several side tunnels branching off.

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3 stores fail Monroe tobacco sales compliance checks

Three places that sell tobacco failed a compliance check in Monroe on Friday.  Monroe Police and the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services conducted 16 unannounced inspections.  An underage youth, employed by the Tobacco Prevention and Enforcement Program, entered tried to purchase tobacco products.  Three violated state statute and sold to the volunteer under aged 18.  The offending clerks at Mobil on Monroe Turnpike, Buck Stop on Main Street and Cumberland Farms on Main Street were issued infractions in the amount of $200.

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NY teen used fake ID to buy alcohol for teen who had near fatal BAC level

A New York man has been arrested for Unlawful Dealing with a Child.  New York State Police say 19-year old Donte Floyd of Patterson bought alcohol with a fake ID and provided alcohol to an underage victim in October.  He was charged last week with a Misdemeanor.  The 19-year old victim was taken to Putnam Hospital Center, and found to have a potentially fatal blood alcohol content of over .4 percent.  Floyd was issued a ticket to appear in Patterson Justice Court on November 30th.

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Newtown First Selectman sworn in for first term

The oath of office was taken yesterday by the new First Selectman of Newtown.  Democrat Dan Rosenthal was sworn in at Edmond Town Hall. 

 

Rosenthal believes the local budget planning process has to start early, with a focus on controlling spending. He doesn't think Newtown has the luxury of hiking taxes any further.

 

With state funding, he says the expectation should be that Connecticut is not going to kick in additional revenue.  Rosenthal says the goal should be, over time, to create autonomy from the state. Rosenthal says the several-month long impasse should be used as a warning shot over the bow to try to wean Newtown off of state aid.

 

Rosenthal wants to bring business planning to other capital projects, examining how many people each one would reach and what's the potential revenue. He doesn’t believe the town has the luxury for “wants” and building things in the hopes that people come.

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Vote of 'no confidence' in CLA Executive Director taken by Marine Patrol

A vote of no confidence has been taken against Candlewood Lake Authority chairwoman Phyllis Schaer.  The move by the Marine Patrol staff comes over alleged interference in their recommendation against bringing back several officers this coming summer.  The Newstimes reports that all but one of the senior staff members decided Wednesday to declare no confidence.  Six officers, taking minimal shifts, had annual reviews and it was decided not to renew their contracts, which ended last week.  But according to the published report, the Marine Patrol was told that 1996 bylaws require a review by the Executive Committee, something that hasn't been done in the past.

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Girlfriend of man charged with killing parents pleads guilty

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Connecticut man charged with killing his parents for threatening to cut him out of their will has pleaded guilty to related charges and agreed to serve eight years in prison.

Jennifer Valiante pleaded guilty Friday in Bridgeport Superior Court to conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution. The plea to the conspiracy charge came under the Alford doctrine, which allows defendants to not admit guilt but concede there's enough evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors say she knew about or helped Kyle Navin plan the murders of his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, of Easton, whose bodies were found in Weston in October 2015. They had been shot. Navin is detained on $2.5 million bond awaiting trial.

The 33-year-old Valiante is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 26.

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North Street expansion project to be completed in the Spring

After more than two years, the state Department of Transportation project to expand North Street in Danbury is coming to an end point, though it's still several months away.  New stoplights will be turned on soon and work will end for the winter.  Final alignment of the new lanes should be completed before the shut down.  Paving crews won’t be able to put the final layer of asphalt down until the Spring.  Part of the delay on the project was  a large sewer line under North Street that had to be moved so a new retaining wall could be built.  Project manager John Dunham says there was also a lot of utility work needed. 

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Newtown firefighters collecting donations for FAITH Food Pantry

Newtown firefighters will be accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry on Saturday.  This annual event helps put food on the table for Thanksgiving for Food Pantry clients served by the nonecumenical organization located at 31 Pecks Lane.  Food items and financial donations will all be accepted, and delivered to the food pantry that afternoon.  Members of all five of Newtown's volunteer fire companies will be participating by taking collections outside Big Y on Queen Street and Stop & Shop on South Main Street tomorrow from 9am to 2pm.

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Trail run to be held at Green Chimneys tomorrow

A Conquer the Forest Trail Run is being held tomorrow by a non-profit in New York.  Green Chimneys is a non-profit specializing in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs.  The first community trail run challenge will wind through Green Chimneys’ scenic Clearpool Campus in Carmel.  The 5-mile run will take place through open terrain and forest trails of various skill levels.  A 1-mile “fun run” for kids and families will also be held.  

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Informational session in Danbury on food code changes

The Danbury Health and Human Services Department is hosting an informational session tonight about some rule changes. The new FDA food code means some changes for Danbury restaurants, caterers, school cafeterias, nursing homes and others. Tonight’s food regulation informational session is from 7 to 8pm at City Hall.

 

One change is that a Qualified Food Operator will now be known as a Certified Food Protection Manager. Hot and cold holding temperatures will be changing.  A new inspection form will be used to better align with the FDA Food Code.

 

Starting next July, restaurants cannot be issued a permit to operate a food establishment unless the applicant has registered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health in addition to the Danbury Department of Health. 

 

Another session will be held on December 6th.

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Bethel officials recount close races for Boards of Finance, Education

Bethel did a hand recount on a couple of close municipal races.  On Election Day, Claudia Stephan and Bill Slifkin were only separated by 13 votes for a two-year seat on the Board of Finance.  After the recount, Stephan came out 8 votes ahead and one the position.  There was also a recanvass of four Bethel Board of Education seats.  The winners were Democrats Jen Larsen and Jen Ackerman and Republicans Melanie O'Brien and Nicholas Hoffman.

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Public comment being accepted on State Water Plan

The state Department of Public Health is accepting public comment through Monday on the State Water Plan.  A presentation was made recently to the Western Connecticut Council of Governments about the State Water Plan. The Public Health’s Drinking Water Section was presented to the regional planning agency for cities and towns from Sherman down to Stamford.

 

The draft report found that while Connecticut leads the nation in protections of drinking water quality, the state lags in its water conservation ethic. It says the key to preserving the integrity of that quality is to have e an increased awareness among consumers about its value and vulnerability.  

 

The draft report found that climate change is likely to have a significant effect on potential flooding in Connecticut and could also result in drier summers in the next 25 years.

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High court to hear appeal in Newtown gun maker lawsuit

The state Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the appeal of a decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit.  The suit was filed by some families of those killed at Sandy Hook School against the maker of the rifle used by the gunman.

 

A Superior Court judge dismissed the civil case last year. At issue were exceptions to a federal ban on most lawsuits against gun makers. The judge rejected the families' argument that the suit is allowed under the exceptions.

 

Lawyers for Remington have said the rifle was made, distributed and sold legally. The NRA and the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation have filed briefs on behalf of Remington.

 

The Brady Center against Gun Violence and the state’s attorney generals office have filed briefs on behalf of the families. 

 

Only three sitting full-time justices and a senior justice will hear the case. 3 appellate court judges will join them. Chief Justice Chase Rogers is unavailable today and Gregory D’Auria has recused himself. Two recently retired judges haven’t been replaced yet.

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Brookfield residents approve Charter revisions

Brookfield residents have approved three revisions to the town's Charter.  Three questions were presented to voters during last week's municipal election. 

 

One change was to require a 10-day minimum waiting period from the date of the vacancy to the appointment of a replacement.  The change was made to allow all residents the time to be notified of the vacancy and put their name forward for consideration on the Board of Education, The Planning Commission and the Board of Finance.  The revision passed on a 2878-672 vote.

 

Another change was to increase the maximum amount for special appropriations under certain conditions from 10% or $20,000, whichever is greater, to 10% or $40,000, whichever is greater.  The new monetary level for special appropriations was recommended because of the growth in the town budget over the years.  That revision was approved on a 1881-1618 vote.

 

The last proposed change on the ballot was to clarify the powers and duties of the Board of Ethics, and voters overwhelmingly supported the amendments.  The language clarifies that the Board of Ethics will review alleged ethics violations in accordance with state statutes and the Charter. 

 

The role of the Board of Selectmen in reviewing recommendations from the Board of Ethics was clarified when acting as a temporary Board of Ethics to review complaints filed against Ethics Board members.  The role of the Town Attorney or the retention of special counsel in advising the Board of Ethics was also made more clear.  These changes were approved on a vote of 3158-421.

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Danbury Police raid at home leads to UNIT finding illegal attic bedrooms

After Danbury Police completed a raid on a Wildman Street property, they contacted the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team about the possibility of unsafe bedrooms in the attic.  UNIT found two bedrooms accessible only by a small steep staircase entered from a bathroom.  Inspectors on the top step found that there wasn't room to stand or even kneel without hitting the ceiling.  A whole home inspection, with the Fire Marshal, was scheduled for the next day. The homeowner was not aware of the additional use of attic space and locked access to that part of the house.

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UNIT tracks down person who dumped boat on vacant City lot

In response to a complaint by a Danbury City Councilperson, the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team started an investigation into an abandoned boat on a vacant city lot on Cross Street.  The large boat was dumped there by someone and UNIT officials say the cost of disposing it would have been left on the backs of taxpayers. 

 

 

But they recognized the vessel as having been previously stored in a commercial neighborhood.  Security camera footage was reviewed to trace the timeline of when the boat may have been moved and by whom because the owner of the boat was unknown and registration wasn't available.   

 

A truck was seen hauling it away, though the license plate was not identifiable, other parts of the vehicle were. 

 

The boat was removed.

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Aquarion to clean water mains in Redding

Aquarion Water Company is continuing maintenance on their infrastructure.  Water mains in Redding will be cleaned today. 

 

Aquarion cautioned that customers may notice some discoloration in their water because the process stirs up naturally occurring minerals that settle in water mains.  Aquarion recommends customers refrain from washing laundry if water is discolored.  Before using water again, customers should run their cold faucets until the water appears clear.  Several streets will be affected during the cleaning.

 

Church Street, Georgetown Road, Highland Avenue, Main Street, Meadow Ridge, Old Mill Road, Portland Avenue, Redding Road, Smith Street, Weston Road and Woods Way will be affected during the cleaning.

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Veterans Day ceremonies to be held in Greater Danbury area

Danbury will hold the City's annual Veterans Day Ceremony.  Mayor Mark Boughton says it's hosted by the Danbury Council of Veterans at the War Memorial.  It's the final day for the Danbury Museum and Historical Society exhibit focusing on Danbury's contributions at home and abroad during World War I.

 

The town of Kent is holding a Veterans Day Service today at the Kent Veterans Memorial.  The Monument is located at the intersection of Route 341 and Swift Lane.  The ceremony is at 11am.

 

Due to the predicted strong winds and cold temperatures the Monroe Veterans Day Ceremony today will be moved in doors.  The ceremony will be held at the Baptist Church across from the Stepney Green at 11am in the newly remodeled Chapel.

 

The New Fairfield Veterans Association will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Green on Route 37 at 11am.  The anniversary of the signing of the armistice that took place at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, to end the war of all wars, will be marked.

 

VFW Post 308 in Newtown will also host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 am. Post 308 is on Tinkerfield Road, off Mile Hill South. The public is encouraged to attend the program honoring veterans of the American armed forces.

 

The Danbury Railway Museum will honor all past and present military personnel, and their families, with free Railyard Local train rides tomorrow.  The short train ride is in a 1920's passenger coach or a vintage caboose pulled by a vintage, first-generation diesel-electric locomotive and takes visitors through the historic rail yard and past over 60 vintage railroad cars and locomotives.

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Mental health training sessions offered at New Milford Library

Mental Health Connecticut is offering free Mental Health First Aid in New Milford.  The program offers tools and answers questions, like "what do I do" and "where can someone find help?". Training is being offered Sunday and on the 19th at New Milford Public Library.  The program helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.  Registration is required.

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Brookfield firefighters urge caution with winter heating instruments

Brookfield firefighters are reminding people to take some cold weather precautions and make sure a home furnace, fireplace, hot water heater and wood/pellet stove are serviced.  They recommend yearly service on any fuel burning appliance in order to prevent carbon monoxide discharge and fires.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so if the CO alarm does go off, leave windows closed so the source of the leak can be located and then leave the house.

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Wilton Police crackdown on expired handicapped parking permits

During the Wilton Police handicapped parking campaign, officers are finding several instances of expired permits. The Department is reminding people that even Permanent Parking Permits require renewal.  The permit is valid for the same duration as a license or identification card, typically six years.

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Students in afterschool club raise funds for African school

An afterschool club at the Academy of International Studies in Danbury are raising $1,000 to help a school in Zambia, Africa.  The 38 4th and 5th graders in the Bridges of Peace & Hope Club at the Danbury magnet school are paying for playground equipment.  Gaga is a softer form of dodge ball that is played in an octagonal pit generally constructed from wood.  AIS has had a relationship with the African school for five years and has shared in pen pal letter writing and video exchanges. Past fundraisers have helped add two more grades to the school that now includes eighth and ninth graders.

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Danbury teachers gather to learn about expanding interest in music education

50 music teachers gathered at Broadview Middle School in Danbury on Tuesday during a professional development day to learn how to get students even more excited about music class. The day of instruction was part of a grant to bring Little Kids Rock into the Danbury schools. A few teachers from other districts were also invited to participate.  Over the past year, Little Kids Rock has trained and equipped six Danbury schools music teachers with $24,000 worth of guitars, keyboards, drums and technology, and recently provided an additional $80,000 worth of instruments.

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Family of woman killed in hit & run accident fundraise for funeral expenses

The family of a Brookfield woman killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday night is raising funds for her funeral.  The GoFundMe page for Linda Richardson says the 55-year old was was disabled, did not have a will and did not have funds for funeral arrangements.  The page surpassed its goal in two days.  Brookfield Police are still searching for the driver.

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Danbury City Council members honor Seabury at monthly meeting

During last night's Danbury City Council meeting, members spoke about the late Gregg Seabury, an at-large Councilman who died on Saturday.  He was 67.

 

 

Councilman Fred Visconti served 14 years on the legislative body with Seabury.  He says they were able to do a lot of good work and called Seabury a person who cared a great deal for the City of Danbury.

 

Council President Joe Cavo says he learned a tremendous amount from Seabury about providing public service and says he had a great spirit and will be sorely missed.

 

Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi said for him, the measure of Gregg Seabury was how devoted he was to his family and the pleasure he took in his grandchildren.  Saadi also said that Seabury was someone whose public service transcended party and politics to make good policy.

 

Councilman Joe Scozzafava noted that this is the time of year when Council members retire or leave because they've lost an election, but that this is the first time in his memory they've lost a person in this way. Scozzafava says he's heart broken.

 

Councilman Andrew Wetmore had Seabury as a teacher when he was a student at Danbury High School.  Wetmore says he probably wouldn't be a college graduate without Seabury.

 

Councilman Vinny DiGilio's wife had Seabury as a teacher.  DiGilio says he was honored to get to know Seabury over the last two years when they worked together in leadership and said what he missed most was not seeing his truck parked terribly out back of City Hall.

 

Councilman Phil Curran says Seabury was a popular teacher at Broadview Middle School, Rogers Park Middle School and Danbury High School.  He noted that Seabury worked with a lot ot troubled kids who were proud to tell him they made it because of him.

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State to reimburse Brookfield for old school roof repair

The state will reimburse Brookfield for an emergency repair to the high school auditorium roof, which happened a few years ago.  The roof developed leaks during storms.  The state has a fund for these kinds of repairs, but Brookfield never received reimbursement.  First Selectman Steve Dunn and state Representative Steve Harding met with the Department of Administrative Services, which then agreed to the $300,000 reimbursement.  The funding was included in the recently approved state budget.

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NY couple donates 2 dogs to Putnam County Sheriff K9 Unit

A Patterson family has donated two pure-bred German Shepherds to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.  The Stilwells have also paid to have Lex and Kato flown from Holland, along with their obedience trainer.  The donation included money to train the dogs and their handlers in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol. 

 

In addition, the donation included funds for replacement of two unserviceable police vehicles with two new K-9 equipped vehicles and for the purchase of bullet-proof vests for the dogs.  The overall donation is estimated to be about $120,000. 

 

Lex is assigned to Deputy Sheriff Vincent Dalo and Kato’s partner is Deputy Sheriff Christopher Irwin. 

 

Ms. Stilwell told the Sheriff that she emigrated years ago from her native Poland to the United States and that she never takes the freedoms and the safety of this country for granted. She went on to say that her family was making the donation for the K-9 Unit because they wanted to give something back in gratitude for and in support of community safety.

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Danbury looks to reduce flooding on West Street

Danbury is looking to reduce the flooding on West Street near the existing overhead railroad bridge.  The City has hired a consultant to prepare plans and submit the required permits.  The project will involve removing sediment from the channel and under the bridge.  Protecting the channel embankment from further deterioration will also be looked at.

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Ridgefield hearing on proposed bed & breakfast continued to next week

The Ridgefield Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a third public hearing next week on a couple's plan to turn part of their home into a bed and breakfast.  The two-hour hearing Wednesday drew a lot of opposition from Circle Drive neighbors.  Catherine and Thomas Savoca submitted plans over the summer to turn two rooms in a four-bedroom home into a bed and breakfast.  Their immediate neighbor supported the proposal saying it will be a nice addition when relatives come for a visit.  Others in support say the couple will likely vet guests because their teenage daughter will be in the home.  The opposition included concern over traffic problems, lower property values and safety issues.

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New Milford Eithcs Commission issues draft report on former Town Councilman

The New Milford Ethics Commission has issued a drafter determination that Town Councilman Frank Wargo did not violate the ethics code when he submitted a bid to buy town-owned property.  Wargo sought the advisory opinion, which was discussed Wednesday night, after being criticized for bidding on the Church Street building that, as a town councilman, he approved selling.  The Commission will vote whether to approve the draft ruling next month.  His bid was rejected, and the Commission said he acted unwisely.  Wargo lost his bid for re-election Tuesday.

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Missing Danbury woman's car found abandoned in NY

New York State Police have located a car belonging to a missing Danbury woman.  Danbury Police officials confirmed that a vehicle registered to 53-year old Laelcira DeLima was found abandoned Tuesday at the Putnam Diner in Patterson.  DeLima was reported missing October 20th.  Police have not said if foul play is suspected.  Anyone with information on DeLima’s disappearance is being asked to call police at (203) 797-4611.

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Report: Connecticut police stopping minorities at high rates

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new report on Connecticut police traffic stops singles out six local departments and a state police troop for pulling over minorities at higher rates than whites.

The report released Thursday by Central Connecticut State University analysts looked at data from October 2015 to September 2016 that all police departments were required to submit.

Analysts said Troop B state police in North Canaan and departments in Berlin, Monroe, Newtown, Norwich, Ridgefield and Darien had ``statistically significant'' disparities in traffic stops of minorities compared with stops of whites. They say those agencies will be analyzed further.

Police officials say they will be looking further into the findings. Some questioned the analysts' methodology.

The report says stops of minority drivers statewide were more likely to happen during daylight hours when their race and ethnicity are more visible.

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Automatic recount triggered in Bethel Board of Finance race

An automatic recount has been triggered in Bethel because of close votes Tuesday.  The Registrar's Office say the recount of ballots will be held this coming Tuesday at 10am for the Board of Finance position to fill a vacancy for two years.  The Board of Education to fill 4 seats will also be hand counted.  In the Board of Finance race Claudia Stephan garnered just 13 more votes than Bill Slifkin, according to the optical scan machine count of ballots.  Stephan received 2,257 votes to Slifkin's 2,244.

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Brookfield firefighters respond to rollover accident

A car went down an embankment in Brookfield last night.  Firefighters responded to a roll over accident  at the intersection of Signal Hill Road and Barkwood Hill Road shortly after 6pm Wednesday.  An SUV went through a concrete barrier, down the embankment and landed upside down in Hop Brook. The driver got himself out of the vehicle was uninjured.  Speedi dry and hazmat pads were used to absorb fluids leaking from the uprighted car.  The driver, who was not named, was a firefighter in a neighboring town and helped the tow crew removing his car.

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Funeral services announced for Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury

Funeral arrangements for longtime Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury have been announced.  The 67-year old died on Saturday.  Calling hourswere held last night at Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home on Granville Avenue in Danbury. 

 

A funeral service will take place this morning at 10am at St. Thomas Episcopal Church on Greenwood Avenue in Bethel. 

 

Seabury was a popular teacher at Broadview Middle School, Rogers Park Middle School and Danbury High School.  He is survived by his wife Barbara and four children.  In lieu of flowers, Seabury's family asked that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the Danbury High School Basketball Scholarship Fund.

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Newtown First Selectman reflects on nearly a decade in office

Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra will be leaving office at the end of this term, after nearly a decade leading the town.

 

As she looks back on the eight years, she is awed at the passage of time and how significant it’s been in her own personal life, and an incredibly impactful period of time for the town. Llodra says if she’s been helpful, she is thankful for the wonderful opportunity to do some work that she has loved.

 

When Llodra took office in December 2009, Newtown was beginning to feel the full impact of the recession. Under her leadership, there have been two increases in bond rating. Newtown is AAA rated, which allows the town to sell bonds at favorable rates, which in turn allows Newtown to continue to invest in big capital projects.

 

The first time Llodra was elected, she won a four-way race for the open position. In 2011, she had an opponent, but the next two terms Llodra went unchallenged. She says she has felt privileged that Newtown residents have trusted her with their future to the extent that she can help create a positive environment in the town. 

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Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive to be held at WCSU today

A Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive is being held at Western Connecticut State University this afternoon.  ‘Be the Match’ Registry is hosting the event from noon to 2pm at the midtown campus student center.  ‘Be the Match’ says a small amount of paperwork and a couple of swabs inside the mouth are all that's required to join the registry and possibly save a life.  Individuals between the ages of 18 and 44 are eligible.

 

Danbury State Representatives Michael Ferguson, Will Duff and Stephen Harding say by increasing the size of the national donor database, the chances of cancer survival is increased. 

 

The General Assembly passed a law in 2011 which increased the number of people tested and added to the donor list, decreasing the amount of time patients are on the list before transplant.  The bill addressed significant barriers to bone marrow testing which is the cost to a potential donor.  The legislation reduced the cost of the medical treatment that would otherwise be covered by insurance as medically necessary in lieu of transplantation.

 

According to the ‘Be the Match Registry’ every three minutes someone is diagnosed with cancer like leukemia or lymphoma. For many of those patients the best hope for a cure is a marrow or stem cell transplant.  Bone marrow transplant is an effective treatment for more than 70 life threatening diseases, including Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Leukemia and other cancers. 

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More lawsuits filed against 3 men involved in Danbury-based human trafficking ring

More lawsuits are being filed against three men arrested earlier this year for running and being part of a human trafficking ring.  The Newstimes reports that all of the civil cases against Robert King, William Trefzger and Bruce Bemer will be consolidated.  A hearing is scheduled for Thursday.  At least 15 young men were identified as victims in arrest warrant affidavits.  Police say the three men targeted young men with mental illnesses, gave them drugs and then sold them into prostitution.

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Nearly a dozen cars parked in Wilton broken into in one night

Nearly a dozen cars were broken into one night in Wilton.  Police received reports of 11 vehicles entered while parked in residential driveways during the overnight hours Sunday into Monday.  The Wilton Police Department is reminding drivers to lock cars when they're unoccupied and not to leave valuables inside. 

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New Milford officials agree to move Probate Court out of Town Hall

The New Milford Town Council at their meeting Monday unanimously approved an agreement to move the Housatonic Probate Court from Town Hall to Bridge Street, the former home of the Parks and Rec Commission which moved to the Pettibone Community Center.  The Probate Court had been pushing for more space to conduct proceedings with the privacy required for confidentiality.  There will also be added security measures in place at the Bridge Street location.

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Danbury Police raise $30k for family of Sgt Drew Carlson

Danbury Police are thanking the community for the generosity shown toward the family of an officer who died in September.  A Strikes for the Carlsons bowling event to support the family of Sgt Dew Carlson raised more than $30,000.  Organizers say the burden on Carlson's widow and children has been eased a bit by this financial assistance.

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Election Night Greater Danbury results 2017

Election Night Greater Danbury 2017

 

BOLD = winner

* = incumbent

 
Municipality/Positon Affiliation Candidate
Danbury Mayor Republican Mark Boughton* (7769)
  Democrat Al Almeida (4449)
     
Bethel First Selectman Democrat

Matt Knickerbocker* (2,942)

  Republican Cynthia McCorkindale (1,819)
     
Bridgewater First Selectman Democrat

Curtis Read* (475)

  Republican Nancy Hawley (373)
     
Brookfield First Selectman Democrat Steve Dunn* (2,773)
  Republican Harry Shaker (1,605)
     
Easton First Selectman Republican Adam Dunsby*
     
Monroe First Selectman Democrat Daniel Hunsberger (1,564)
  Republican Ken Kellogg (2,806)
  Unaffiliated Francis Bennett (110)
     
New Fairfield First Selectman Republican Susan Chapman* (1,521)
  Democrat

Pat Del Monaco (2,018)

     
New Milford Mayor Democrat David Gronbach* (3,294)
  Republican  Pete Bass (3,720)
     
Newtown First Selectman Democrat Dan Rosenthal (3,872)
  Republican Will Rodgers (2,471)
  Petitioning Andy Clure (192)
     
Redding First Selectman Democrat Julia Pemberton* (1,691)
     
Sherman First Selectman Republican Clay Cope* (636)
  Democrat Don Lowe (726)
     
Weston First Selectman Republican

Nina Daniel*(905)

  Democrat Chris Spaulding (2,103)
     
Danbury City Council (two per Ward)    
Ward 1 Republican Irving Fox* (1185)
  Republican John Priola* (1146)
  Democrat Dennis Perkins Jr. (908)
  Democrat Paul Sutherland (786)
     
Ward 2 Republican Elmer Palma* (1001)
  Republican Vinny DiGilio* (940)
  Democrat Frederick Karrat (668)
  Democrat Helena Abrantes (765)
     
Ward 3 Republican Joe Cavo* (1322)
  Republican Christopher Arconti* (1428)
 

Democrat

Dicel Ith (616)
 

Democrat

Jessica Ellul (741)

     
Ward 4 Democrat Tom Saadi* (909)
  Democrat John Esposito III* (868)
  Republican Erin Domenech (319)
  Republican

Bunna Roeun (293)

     
Ward 5 Democrat Fred Visconti* (736)
  Democrat Duane Perkins* (777)
  Republican Geoffrey Herald (435)
  Republican

Perry Price (436)

     
Ward 6 Democrat Ben Chianese* (865)
  Democrat Paul Rotello* (871)
  Republican Theresa R. Keeler (625)
  Republican

Joseph Schleis (559)

     
Ward 7 Republican

Nancy Cammisa* (811)

  Republican

Joseph Scozzafava* (827)

  Democrat Timothy Gaburungyi (582)
  Democrat

Richard Molinaro (742)

     
Danbury City Council At Large Republican Christina Chieffalo* (5945)
(7 members from either party) Republican Philip Curran* (5730)
  Republican Michael Esposito* (6366)
  Republican Warren Levy* (5982)
  Republican Gregg Seabury* (5046)
  Republican Colleen Stanley* (5805)
  Republican Andrew Wetmore* (5741)
  Democrat Roberto Alves (4979)
  Democrat Joseph Britton (4365)
  Democrat William H. Katzing (4647)
  Democrat Richard Kovacs (5171)
  Democrat William Love Jr. (4936)
  Democrat Gregory Sabo (4947)
  Democrat

Robert Taborsak (5364)

 

 

 

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Danbury GOP Mayor gets 9th term, Dems pick up one City Council seat

Election Day results are in.  Danbury Republican incumbent Mayor Mark Boughton has won an unprecedented ninth term. 

 

Danbury Republicans kept control of the 21-seat City Council, winning the 14 of the 15 seats held by incumbents.  Democrats held onto their six seats on the City Council and added one at-large member.  Former Board of Education member Robert Taborsak was the highest vote getter of the remaining candidates to fill the 7 positions. 

 

There was a legal question raised yesterday for the at-large Council seats.  Longtime Republican Councilman Gregg Seabury died on Saturday and his name remained on the ballot.  Danbury Democratic Town Committee chairman Gene Eriquez believed the vacancy was in the nomination, not in the position.  Had Seabury garnered more votes than any Democrat, Eriquez said legal action could follow.

 

Incumbent Treasurer Dan Jowdy and incumbent Town Clerk Jan Giegler each won reelection.

 

Constable positions went to Michael Halas, Michael Safranek and Louise McMahon.

 

The Board of Education positions will be filled by Richard Janelli, Jeanne Grandieri, Farley Santos, Amy Spallino, Rachel Chaleski and Kathleen Molinaro.

 

The Zoning Commission positions went to Richard Jowdy, Andrea Gartner, Ted Haddad Jr., James Kelly, Milan David, Angela Hylenski, Luis Bautista, Rob Melillo and Sally Estefan.  Zoning Alternates will be Zachary Eriquez, Thomas Nejames and Michael Masi.

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Some change in party power, some incumbents reelected in Greater Danbury

Election Day results are in.  Several incumbents were reelected, while there were some upsets in the Greater Danbury area as well. 

 

Democratic incumbents returned to office are the leaders of Bethel and Brookfield. 

 

Democratic challenger Pat Del Monaco beat out incumbent New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman while New Milford incumbent Mayor David Gronbach was ousted by Republican Town Councilman Pete Bass.

 

A man with a family history of leading Newtown has won election as the next First Selectman. Democrat Dan Rosenthal defeated two others yesterday.  Rosenthal's father and grandfather also held the position.

 

Three people were vying for the open Monroe First Selectman seat with incumbent Steve Vavrek not seeking reelection.  Republican Ken Kellogg beat out Democrat Dan Hunsberger and unaffiliated candidate Frank Bennett.  Kellogg is a Town Council Member and current chair of that group's Strategic Planning Committee and chair of the EMS Facility Workgroup.  He has over a dozen years of Public / Non-Profit Sector Experience and more than 15 years of Corporate/Business Experience.

 

Redding Democratic First Selectman Julia Pemberton was cross-endorsed by the Republican party for another term in office.  In Ridgefield, the position of First Selectman is a four-year term and was not on the ballot Tuesday.

 

Incumbent Bridgewater First Selectman Curtis Read was re-elected to a second 4-year term.  the Democrat garnered about 100 more votes than Republican challenger Nancy Hawley in a rematch.   Before winning the 2013 election, Read served 26 years on the Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commission, the last few as the chairman.  Read’s running mate, Alan Brown, and Hawley’s running mate, Laszlo Pinter, will round out the Board of Selectmen.  Brown is the vice chair of the regional Board of Education.  Pinter is Danbury’s deputy corporation counsel.

 

Democratic Selectman Don Lowe has unseated Sherman incumbent First Selectman Clay Cope.  They faced off in 2015 with Cope beating Lowe by about 80 votes.  This year, Lowe won by 90 votes.  Lowe is a musician and adjunct professor of English.  He served two terms as selectman, from 2004 to 2008, before again becoming a selectman in 2015.

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Brookfield pedestrian struck and killed by hit-and-run driver identified

The Brookfield woman struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brookfield Monday night has been identified.  Police say 55-year old Linda Richardson was walking on Sandy Lane shortly after 6pm near the intersection with Homestead Lane.  Police say the vehicle likely sustained damage to the center and/or left side of the front fender, hood, and windshield.  The vehicle sped away eastbound to Old Gray's Bridge Road. Anyone who was in that area is asked to contact Brookfield Police.

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Two public hearings in Ridgefield tonight

There are two public hearings in Ridgefield tonight.  The Planning and Zoning Commission will pick back up discussion about a proposal for a bed and breakfast on Circle Drive.  A couple wants to turn some rooms in their home into a bed and breakfast. 

 

Neighbors oppose the idea saying it would negatively impact the neighborhood.  The hearing will be held in the Town Hall Annex at 7:30pm. 

 

There will also be a public hearing at 7:30 before the Board of Selectmen meeting about a revised so-called horse ordinance.  The proposal has been drafted to include all hoofed animals, including horses, and dictates needed acreage to keep the animals on residential properties. 

 

The new draft also removes poultry from the existing regulations.

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Danbury's Amazon pitch featured during HBO show segment on HQ2

The same bad joke.  That's how "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" described Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton's pitch for Amazon's second global headquarters.  At least two other mayors also asked Alexa where Amazon should open its new facility.  Oliver featured the Danbury clip in a montage of similar pitches highlighting some of the things governments are doing to grab Amazon's attention.

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Secretary of the State weighs in on Danbury ballot controversy, Dems threaten legal action

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has issued a statement about the passing of Danbury City Councilman Gregg Seabury and his name remaining on the ballot today.  She acknowledged that this is an emotional time and that she has deep sympathy for Seabury's friends and family.  But lawyers from Merrill's office informed Danbury election officials about Connecticut law, which she says is clear. 

 

Merrill says there is no basis in law to allow Gregg Seabury’s name to remain on the ballot, or to treat this situation as if there is a vacancy in office.  It is the position of her office that all local election officials should follow the law as written.

 

Danbury Democratic Town Committee chairman Gene Eriquez says his respect for Mr. Seabury makes him regret the need to draft a letter to local elections officials.  Eriquez interprets state law as any votes cast for the at-large Council incumbent should not be counted in any way or for any purpose.  He believes the vacancy is in the nomination, not in the position. 

 

Eriquez contends that any attempt to certify votes for Seabury would be illegal and unlawful.  He wants the letter to the Registrars and Town Clerk to be considered formal notice that any such action will result in civil action in the Courts, seeking an Injunction and, if appropriate, a Writ of Quo Warranto.  

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New Milford Police seek two shoplifting suspects

New Milford Police are seeking the public's help in identifying suspects in two shoplifting incidents.  In one case, a man tried to steal a 2-pound bag of shrimp and a 12-pack of Stella beer from Stop & Shop on Danbury Road on Friday. 

 

 

New Milford Police are also looking for a larceny suspect who stole items from Big Y on October 25th and 27th, including 7 cases of Red Bull and 1 case of Monster energy drink. 

 

  

 

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to contact Officer Arnold at 860-355-3133.

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State Police dog gets donation of body armour

A Connecticut State Police dog has received a donation of body armour.  K9 Texas, who is assigned to Troop A in Southbury, received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s.  The 2-and-a-half year old bloodhound has been assigned to Trooper First Class Edward Anuszewski since August 2016.  Texas is trained to locate lost/missing people, suspects and deceased persons.

 

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New Milford to hold Veteran's Day ceremony Saturday

On Saturday, the annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held at the All Wars Memorial on the New Milford Town Green.  Immediately following the 11am Ceremony, New Milford will hold the unveiling of a new monument in front of Town Hall.  The monument recognizes the dedication of Peter Orenski who was best known as “The Flag Man”. Peter’s love for flags led him to help organize “An Open Flag Design Competition” to all residents of New Milford in 1994. This competition was responsible for the creation of the New Milford Flag designed by Jeanne Price, a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Design in New York City and New Milford resident.

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