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Monroe firefighters launch fundraising drive

The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department recently started their annual fund drive.  With some scam fundraiser circulating earlier this year, they wanted to draw attention to what authentic donation request looks like.  Key indicators are the local return address and watermarked photos of Monroe firefighters and apparatus.

 

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Public hearing set for Monday in Bethel on proposed school renovations

The Public Hearing for the proposed renovations of Johnson and Rockwell schools is set for Monday night. 

 

With the ongoing debate over the state budget, town leadership made the decision to move the project forward to a public hearing because reimbursement for school construction projects is separate from Education Cost Sharing grants. Bethel’s current rate of reimbursement from the state is 45% of eligible costs.  

 

School officials say construction cost escalation is 4.5 percent each year.  Without some renovation work, the town is sinking money into an aging HVAC system. 

 

Monday's meeting at 7pm will be held at Bethel High School and childcare will be provided.

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Agreement reached between Ridgefield, police union on contract

An agreement has been reached on a new two-year contract between Ridgefield and the Police Union.  The Ridgefield Press reports that the new contract allows for a 2.5 percent salary increase in each of the two years, with a 1-percent increase in the employees' premium share in each year.  The current rate of employees’ share of the health insurance premium is 12.5 percent.  The Press reports that Ridgefield's salary account for union police officers is about $3.5 million.

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Sherman firefighters, EMS hold vehicle extrication drill

The Sherman Volunteer Fire Department participated in a real-time extrication drill Monday night. The scenario was a car through the guardrails with three mock patients trapped and injured.  Responders worked together to stabilize the vehicle, cut the doors off to gain access to the volunteer patients and remove them from the car. Officials say this type of training prepares the members for the rigorous demands of being an emergency responder.

 

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Rockettes coming to Newtown to support The Ana Grace Project

The Radio City Rockettes are coming to Newtown to support The Ana Grace Project, a foundation named after one of the children killed on 12-14.  Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Green supports MSG’s Garden of Dreams Foundation to help positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles.  The event at Holy Cow Ice Cream Shop on Church Hill Road this Friday is from 3pm to 4pm.  The Rockettes visit is part of MSG’s “Gift of Joy” program.  The Ana Grace Project is dedicated to promoting love, community and connection for every child and family through three lead initiatives: partner schools, professional development, and music & arts.

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Man charged for being part of human trafficking ring makes court appearance

One of three men arrested for being part of a human trafficking ring made a brief appearance in Danbury Superior Court yesterday for a pre-trial hearing. 

 

William Trefzger was arrested in March for patronizing a male prostitution ring that police say exploited young men with mental health issues.  Authorities say the men were plied with drugs and money and delivered to wealthy clients to have sex for money after they had built up substantial drug debts. 

 

The state is awaiting analysis of some evidence before it can be turned over to the defense.  The Westport resident remains held on 250-thousand dollars bond.  He is due back in court on October 31st. 

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Danbury man charged with DWI found in possession of cocaine

A Danbury man stopped for erratic driving on Saturday has been charged with driving while intoxicated.  New York State Troopers saw a driver, later determined to be Alvaro Matias, move from his lane on Route 6 in Southeast unsafely and cross hazard markings. 

 

When they were talking with the 27-year old, Troopers saw 15 small bags of crack cocaine in the vehicle.  17 small bags of cocaine were then found.  Matias was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and aggravated unlicensed operation. 

 

Matias was arraigned and made a brief Court appearance yesterday.

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Safe summer at Squantz Pond despite no ban on walk-ins

Despite still allowing walk ins, New Fairfield officials say it was a safe summer at Squantz Pond State Park.  There were some days where the parked closed due to capacity, but the number of people parking elsewhere and walking in was down significantly.  Other than a couple of days where it was hectic, First Selectman Susan Chapman says it wasn't too bad.

 

A proposed regulation to ban walk-ins at state parks after parking lot capacity is reached was rejected by the state legislature's Regulation Review Committee in January.  DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain says that means they don't have any legal authority to stop people from walking in.  He added that it would be physically difficult to police the whole border area of a park to prevent it.

 

There's a history of drownings at Squantz, more than a dozen people in the last two decades. DEEP implemented a 250 car limit after a particularly bad summer, but local officials believe that allowing unlimited walk-ins undermines safety.  Schain acknowledged that the parking was limited in order to have a manageable crowd, and walk-ins means there will be more people than planned for.

 

Another concern is pedestrian safety. Route 39 is narrow, and there are no real shoulders on either side of the road.  Some people walked about two miles from the Town Park to Squantz Pond.  In an effort to prevent that, New Fairfield raised the parking fee at the Town Park two years ago for non-residents from $25 to $40.  In July, the Board of Selectman increased the fee again.  Non-residents were then required to pay a parking fee of $60.

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American Dream Awards raises $10k for scholarships

The 4th annual American Dream Awards Gala, hosted by Tribuna Newspaper and The New American Dream Foundation, raised $10,000 for scholarships.  The event in Danbury on Saturday also paid tribute to Attorney Americo Ventura, who passed away this month.  He was the 2015 American Dream Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. 

 

$15,000 raised from ticket sales will go towards Mission Health Day, a day of free health screenings and other community services for the uninsured and the income challenged.  The event will be hosted by Western Connecticut Health Network and Western Connecticut State University, on October 28 from 9am-3pm at the Bill Williams Gym at the WCSU downtown campus.

The 2017 winners of the $2,000 award are:

Person of the Year
Alvaro Tovar of Danbury, CT

Students of the Year:
Zaida Coraizaca of Danbury, CT
Hilary Albarracin of Danbury, CT
Kittikorn Sathong of Danbury, CT

Veteran's Award winner:
Paulo Barros of Norwalk, CT

The American Dream Leadership Awards recognized those who have taken the lead in the immigrant community in supporting its members, with focus on the areas of health, education, and civic engagement. The winners of the Leadership Award were Honorable Danbury Probate Judge Dianne E. Yamin, Wilson Hernandez, President of Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury, and Dina Valenti, Clinic Director of Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury.

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Bethel officials caution of power outages, flooding possible from Jose

The Bethel Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare for any impact from Hurricane Jose.  Bethel Officials are monitoring the storm and believe impacts should be minimal, with winds around 20-25 miles per hour, with higher gusts Tuesday into Wednesday morning.  They expect some scattered power outages due to the wind.  Some intermittent heavy rain bands may cause small, localized flooding in the normally prone areas.  Officials say now is a good time to check flashlight batteries, clear storm drains and gutters, bring in any loose lawn furniture or wind prone items to be safe.

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Monroe woman accused of false 911 call about being held captive

A Monroe woman who pretended to be someone else on a 911 call allegedly falsely reported Wednesday that a woman was being held captive by her armed boyfriend.  The Monroe Courier reports that schools near the Royce of Trumbull apartments were placed in lockdown mode as police responded.  Police later determined that 31-year old Lauren Pires made up the report  in order to have her estranged husband arrested.  She was charged with falsely reporting an incident, breach of peace and interfering with police.  Pires is due in court on the 25th.

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Bridgeport man charged for fatal April car crash in Newtown

A Bridgeport man has been charged by Newtown Police for a fatal crash that happened in April.  32-year old Terrelle Anderson was driving on Mt Pleasant Road April 4th when he cross the center line and collided head-on with another vehicle.  An 86-year old Southbury woman, who was a passenger in the SUV, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.  The Newtown Bee reports that Anderson was charged with misconduct with a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, and failure to keep right on a curve.  He was released on bond for a court appearance on the 28th.

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United Way extends deadline for Danbury Collaborative Award applications

The United Way of Western Connecticut has extended the application period for the Danbury Collaborative Awards to October 16th.  The awards are meant to honor the work of collective efforts seeking to improve the lives of Danbury residents.  

 

A review team will choose the three top candidates.  Mayor Mark Boughton will then make the final decision about the first, second, and third place award winners. Awards will range from $20,000 to $7,500. 

 

Applications can accessed via UWWC’s website at: www.uwwesternct.org/grant-opportunities. For more information about the Danbury Collaborative Awards or the application process, please contact UWWC Community Impact Coordinator Caroline LaFleur at 203-297-6307.

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Two Danbury men arrested in narcotics sale investigation

Two Danbury men have been arrested on drug related charges in an investigation that started weeks ago in response to neighbor complaints.  Danbury Police carried out search warrants on Friday at a Coalpit Hill Road apartment. 

 

47-year old William Albers was stopped near South Street and Town Hill Avenue after police saw a suspected drug transaction with 21-year old Mark Lamoureux.  Albers was found in possession of illegal drugs and placed under arrest. 

 

  

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At his apartment, Police say Sheila Servidio-Pollen was located, along with additional illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. 

 

Albers was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of narcotics.  Lamoureux was charged with sale of narcotics.  Both were released on a written promises to appear in court at later dates.

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Nominations sought for 2017 Warrior Award

Nominations are being sought for the 6th annual Warrior Award, which will be presented to a local veteran during the 10th annual Walk of Honor in Danbury this October.  Residents of the greater Danbury area are being called on to nominate a veteran, who has served in a combat zone and who also exemplifies the values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

 

The nominations should be approximately 500 words and should include the nominee’s name, military rank, medals awarded and as many details as possible about their service.  The deadline for all nominations is September 20th.  Previously submitted nominations can be re-submitted.

 

The Walk of Honor will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Danbury War Memorial at 12pm.

 

Event organizer Mary Teicholz says the stories of bravery and heroism that people have shared with the committee have been overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

 

People submitting the nomination should also include their name and contact information. Nominations can be emailed to mteicholz61@gmail.com, or visit www.walkofhonor.us for additional information.

 

Todd Angell, who served in Afghanistan, received the inaugural Warrior Award in 2012.  Vietnam veterans Danny Mack Welch and John "Buzz" Hogan received the award during the following two years.  The next year, World War II veteran Anthony Yakacki was presented with the honor.  Last year's recipient, Roger Rua, served in Afghanistan.

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Health center in Danbury gets funds for opioid abuse treatment programs

16 health centers in Connecticut are receiving grant money to fund treatment for mental health and opioid abuse.  The Connecticut Institute for Communities in Danbury was awarded $175,700.  The grant is part of a $200 million package awarded to more than 1,000 health centers and rural health organizations across the country by the Department of Health and Human Services.  Connecticut's congressional delegation says the funding is welcome, but only a small step in stopping the opioid scourge.  They say the health centers have been on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic in hard-hit Connecticut communities.

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'Discover Connecticut' event in DC to showcase Stew Leonard's, others

The Connecticut State Society is hosting the 4th annual “Discover Connecticut” reception in Washington DC.  Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will help showcase more than 20 small-batch food producers, restaurants, breweries, tourist attractions, and other businesses based in Connecticut. 

 

Among the businesses featured at the “Discover Connecticut” today in the Senate Office building are Stew Leonard's, Pez Candy, Two Roads Brewing Company, Newman’s Own, and Pepperidge Farm.  Jones Family Farms and Winery of Shelton, Tea With Tracy from Seymour and Fairfield-based Bigelow Teas will also be in attendance. 

 

Blumenthal says "Discover Connecticut" showcases the energy and creativity of businesses from across the state. 

 

Murphy says "Discover Connecticut" will give people in Washington the opportunity to learn about the wide variety of products and activities in Connecticut.

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League of Women Voters hosts event at WCSU on campaign financing

The League of Women Voters of Northern Fairfield County is hosting a program tonight at Western Connecticut State University about Campaign Financing in Connecticut.  The event at Warner Hall, on the midtown campus, is at 7pm and will feature Elona Vaisnys.

Since 2005, when it was signed into law, the Connecticut Citizens’ Election Program has been providing publicly funded grants to run election campaigns for seats in the state legislature and for state offices.  CEP funds come from the sale of abandoned properties in the state and from donations to the Citizens’ Election Fund.

 

CEP constitutes 0.0001% of the state budget.

 

Vaisnys says state elections may sink back to pay-to-play and special interests would again fund all candidates because of the budget stalemate.  The Republican backed-budget, approved by the General Assembly over the weekend, included elimination of funding for the CEP.  Governor Malloy has threatened to veto the budget, sending the program into renewed uncertainty.

 

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Praxair recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Danbury-based Praxair has been recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index as a world leader in sustainable industrial practices.  The company was named to the World and North American Indices and is the only U.S.-based firm in the chemical sector to be selected for those indices for 15 consecutive years.  Praxair scored highest in the North American chemical sector overall and highest in the global industrial gas sector.  The Dow Jones Sustainability Index looks at corporate governance, risk management, innovation, environmental management and strategy, supply-chain standards, and safety and labor practices.

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Local lawmakers react to approval of GOP budget plan

The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a $40.7 billion Republican-backed budget plan that the Senate approved and which Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has vowed to veto.  The GOP plan relies on changes in state employee pensions after the current state union deal ends in 2027. Republicans say it achieves $270 million in savings.

 

Malloy says the Republican proposal "relies on too many unrealistic savings" and is "unbalanced."

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher praised the budget for not including tolls, something included in the last version the majority Democrats presented before the vote.  She thanked her colleagues for putting party politics aside to vote for what they believe is a responsible proposal.

 

Danbury Senator Mike McLachlan says this has been a long year that saw multiple budgets and revisions, all with the goal of creating financial stability that would help grow the Connecticut economy.  He believes the approved budget is the best one to meet the state's priorities for education, municipalities, and social services.

 

Senator Tony Hwang, whose district includes Newtown, says the legislatively-approved budget plan moves Connecticut in a new direction, generating a predictable, sustainable and transparent ecosystem where Connecticut businesses can thrive and grow.

 

Easton and Redding Representative Adam Dunsby says the approved budget combines government departments, mandates less overtime for state employees, and restricts state borrowing.  He acknowledged that there are cuts some people won’t like, but given the state’s condition, there’s no other way.

 

Danbury Representative Michael Ferguson says the budget moves Connecticut forward and stops kicking the fiscal can down the road.  He added that the budget also does not include devastating taxes or tolls.


Bethel Representative Will Duff says the legislature honored the Governor's repeated warnings not to produce a budget that was revenue driven.  He also praised the budget, which is facing a veto, for eliminating Social Security income tax.

 

New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith says the bipartisan support that the budget received in the General Assembly puts the state in a position to make the necessary structural changes to turn Connecticut’s economy around.  He also said Governor Malloy's promised veto would be a terrible move, imposing brutal funding cuts on local aid and education funding.

 

Brookfield Representative Steve Hardin says lawmakers had an obligation to pass a budget which did not raise taxes while also funding local schools, which he says they did.  Harding urged the Governor to sign it into law and end the budget stalemate.

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Reward offered for info on suspect in Monroe bank robbery

The Connecticut Bankers Reward Association is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the individual responsible for a bank robbery in Monroe on Thursday.  A hold up alarm sounded at People's Bank on Main Street in Monroe around 6pm, just before closing. 

 

The man demanded cash and displayed a handgun. 

 

 

 

The suspect is described as a white male, 25-30 years old.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect left with an undetermined amount of cash. 

 

Anyone who observed suspicious activity around the Rt.25/Rt.59 area, or have any knowledge of this incident, is asked to contact the Monroe Police Detective Bureau at 203-261-3622.

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Low flying helicopters conducting utility line inspections

Eversource Energy is conducting aerial patrols of vegetation on transmission lines in the Greater Danbury area.  Redding Police say the inspections will be conducted today through Friday using a blue and gray helicopter (Tail #N1431W), and a blue and white chopper (Tail #N411DD).

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Bethel schools to host food drive for 'No Kid Hungry Month'

September is No Kid Hungry Month.  Bethel Public Schools will be a part of a movement that encourages students and staff to raise awareness about the initiative called GO ORANGE.  On Friday, the schools will be holding a food drive, and administrators are encouraging students to donate a kid-friendly food item; meaning something that can be opened and consumed without adult assistance. The items will be distributed by school social workers and other agencies in Bethel.

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Wild animal spotted roaming in Danbury

An animal that looks like a mountain lion was spotted roaming around the area of Danbury Municipal Airport this morning.  One resident was able to capture video of the animal.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was alerted.

 

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OTB gets Zoners approval in Danbury

Off track betting will be allowed as an accessory use in a restaurant in Danbury.  The Zoning Commission met again Tuesday after approving the text amendment in May.  A downtown business owner had filed a lawsuit alleging noncompliance with notification requirements. 

 

One commissioner initially asked to table the matter because he wanted more consideration given to whether a betting parlor would be detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the City.  Another member said this was not a decision made off the cuff, citing multiple hearings that went late into the night.

 

Sportech Venues has exclusive licensing rights in Connecticut and would provide 1.6 percent of gross revenue to City Center.  Currently, Sportech is allowed 18 licenses, Danbury would be the 17th location.  But the state legislature approved a bill allowing Sportech to have eight more off-track betting licenses, for a total of 24 possible locations throughout the state.

 

Sportech plans to renovate Two Steps into a sports bar and restaurant on the first floor, with OTB gaming on the 2nd floor.  The Zoning Commission was not deciding on a site specific proposal, but a city wide change.  The specific location would be subject to City Council approval.

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Mayoral candidate in New Milford has unpaid debts

Both candidates for Mayor in New Milford have reportedly paid their tax bills late.  Incumbent Democratic Mayor David Gronbach averaged less than two weeks late according to the Newstimes.  Republican challenger Pete Bass paid an average seven months late. 

 

The publication also says Bass owes thousands of dollars in unpaid debts over the last decade, mostly from medical and dental services, which resulted in liens against his home and wage garnishments.  Bass explained that he gets paid by commission as a mortgage loan officer  and that he had a heart attack last year, had thyroid cancer and needs to have  lymph nodes in his neck removed next month. 

 

Bass told the Newstimes that he does not expect his health problems to interfere with his campaign or performance as mayor if elected.

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Mental health evaluation sought in child abandonment case

There was brief court action Friday in the case of a Danbury woman accused of abandoning her newborn baby behind a grocery store on Main Street in May.  22-year old Anny Castillo pleaded not guilty to the abandonment charge.  Her attorney said that he will seek a mental health evaluation.  The baby was found by a passerby who heard crying coming from the bushes.  Castillo previously told police that she wasn't aware of Connecticut's Safe Haven Law, which allows parents to drop newborns off at hospitals with no questions asked.  The baby is in foster care and officials say doing well.  Castillo's next court date is set for October 13th.

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Redding contractor allegedly stole from Stamford man

A Redding contractor has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing money from a Stamford man around the time of his death.  The Newstimes reports that 37-year old John Gallo is accused of cashing checks after the death of 62-year old John Shugure last July.  Two checks totalling about $39,000 were for cleaning, fixes and repairs.  A third check, for $45,000, had the word "loan" written on the memo line.  Gallo reportedly paid back all but $5,000 of the loan check.

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2 men charged in killing of bears in Connecticut

WILTON, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut authorities say two men have been arrested and charged in connection with illegally killing bears.

Environmental officials received an anonymous tip Saturday that an archery hunter had illegally shot and killed two black bears on private property in Wilton.

Authorities say environmental conservation officers found 28-year-old Antonio Lio carrying a bear skin, head and paws in a backpack. Thirty-three-year-old Daniel Moran was with him.

Lio told the officers he shot a bear and then killed a second that approached him. He says Moran helped him retrieve them.

Lio, of Wilton, is charged with illegally taking black bears and negligent hunting. Moran, of Norwalk, is charged with conspiracy to commit the illegal taking of a bear. Both were released on bonds.

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Judge mulling whether tribe's suit against state can proceed

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit against the state by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, which is seeking $610 million for land it says the state seized from 1801 to 1918.

The state has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit based on government immunity. State officials also are questioning the tribe's standing to file the lawsuit because at least two other factions of the tribe claim leadership authority.

The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher held a hearing on the motion to dismiss last week and is now mulling whether to approve it.

The tribe alleges the state took 2,000 of the 2,400 acres in the tribe's reservation in western Connecticut and sold the land, but never compensated the tribe.

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Hillary Clinton makes book tour stop in Brookfield

1,000 wristbands were handed out on Saturday at the Brookfield Costco, where 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton signed copies of her book "What Happened.”  The former Secretary of State launched a national book tour a few days before, at a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square.  The event in Brookfield, from noon to 2pm, was only open to Costco members, on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

The first people in line, Tony and Eric Bosco-Schmidt and their two children, arrived around 6:30pm Friday.  

 

 

Brookfield police, Secret Service members and Costco security kept an orderly crowd outside the warehouse.  The parking lot filled to capacity before the event began and was closed to shoppers.  As cars left, new ones were allowed in, but it was an unusually light shopping day during the signing. 

 

Brookfield Police Chief James Purcell was on hand for the event.  He said everything ran smoothly.  Costco employees distributed water bottles and cookies as people waited in line.

 

 

Many people in line shared stories with one another about meeting Clinton, voting for her and working on her campaigns.  Those in attendance went through an airport-style checkpoint with metal detectors in a backroom of the warehouse.

 

Clinton spent about a minute or so with people as she signed their books.  Longtime aide Huma Abedin helped moved people through the line and direct them where to pick up the signed books.  Abedin is the estranged wife of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

 

A small group of protestors were kept across the street.

 

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Danbury Music Centre to hold auditions for The Nutcracker

Children ages 5 and up, along with roles for adults, are being auditioned today for the  50th Anniversary of the Danbury Nutcracker.  The performances are in December.  The Nutcracker Ballet is a long-standing tradition in Danbury, with a cast of over 200 dancers and live accompaniment by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.  Auditions are being held at Danbury High School.  The time of the audition is based on age.


Ages 5 to 9 Audition: 1:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.

Ages 10 to 12 Audition: 2:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Ages 13 and older Audition: 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Adults: Registration: 5:00 p.m.

 

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Danbury, Texas thanks Danbury, CT

Danbury, Connecticut taking care of Danbury, Texas. The truck filled with Hurricane Harvey relief supplies arrived and has been off loaded for distribution.  The local fire department shared a Facebook post from one in Texas saying that words can't describe the kindness and thoughtfulness that went into the effort.  They thanked the City in Connecticut for doing something selfless for a town far away they don't know.

 

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Ridgefield Police host Safety Day tomorrow

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association, Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department and Ridgefield Professional Firefighters Association will be holding their Annual Safety Day Sunday.  Events will take place in the parking lot of East Ridge Middle School from 10am to 2pm.   There will be a K-9 demonstration, the Eagle One Helicopter will land on the ball field for a demonstration, car seat inspection/installations and information tables.  People will be able to explore a fire safety trailer, look at Fire and Police vehicles and use the crash simulator.

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Tribuna hosts American Dream Awards ceremony tonight

The New American Dream Foundation and the Tribuna newspaper is hosting the 4th Annual American Dream Awards Gala tonight in Danbury.  The American Dream Awards ceremony will feature inspiring stories celebrating the contributions that generations of immigrants have made to the region.  Honorees include Ethan Allen CEO Farooq Kathwari, Danbury Probate Judge Dianne Yamin, Ecuadorian Civic Center of Danbury President Wilson Hernandez and Dina Valenti--Clinic Director of Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury.  A portion of the proceeds from the event go towards a scholarship fund.

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Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield seek volunteers for regional emergency response committee

The Bethel Health Department has put out a call for volunteers  for a regional Public Health & Medical Emergency Response Committee.  The Mass Dispensing Area 6 Emergency Preparedness Committee is seeking Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield community members to participate in monthly planning meetings to train to assist their towns in an emergency support function. 

 

The group says all types of experience and skills are needed.  Their work includes planning for a rapid, townwide antibiotic dispensing and/or vaccinations if needed in an emergency.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact: kelleyn@bethel-ct.gov

 

The Bethel Health Department is looking for a subcontractor to assist with Mass Dispensing Area 6 community emergency response volunteer efforts and public health preparedness work.  The job is to help plan and coordinate with the Bethel Director of Health and Mass Dispensing Area 6 Committee for response to public health emergencies in Bethel, Redding, and Ridgefield. 

 

A Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Emergency Management or related field including Planner, Manufacturing and/or Military management background is expected.  The subcontracted is work funded by a state Department of Public Health Preparedness and Response grant.

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Welcome home ceremony scheduled for 411th Civil Affairs Battalion

A welcome home ceremony is planned tomorrow morning for Charlie Company of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Danbury.  The troops were stationed in the Horn of Africa.  The ceremony begins at 10:30am tomorrow.  It will be followed by a 1:45pm Change of Command Ceremony.  Lieutenant Colonel Douglas M. Dillon will transfer command to Lieutenant Colonel Gregory J. Russo.  Both ceremonies are open to the public and will be held at the Veterans Memorial Armed Forces Reserve Center located on Wooster Heights Road in Danbury.

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Budget proposal paves way for highway tolls

A two-year, $41 billion budget that would have created new taxes and fees but wouldn't have included increases in the sales or income taxes was tabled yesterday.  A full plan was released this morning.  A Transportation Authority would be established by the budget, which also gives the Authority power to establish electronic highway tolls.

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says in addition to taxes and fees, local municipalities would be required to pay a portion of the teachers’ retirement plan, negotiated by the state. She says these measures virtually guarantee that local property taxes will go up.

 

Newtown Representative Mitch Bolinsky says the GOP plan restores education funding, eliminates municipal cuts, provides relief from heavy-handed state mandates and makes permanent, sustainable structural changes to a broken state government.  He adds that the Social Services Safety Net is fully funded for day and employment services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Care4Kids is restored, and school based health clinics are funded.

 

Officials said the new budget plan includes a 49-cent monthly tax on the estimated 3 million cellphones in Connecticut, a cigarette tax increase of 45 cents a pack and a decrease in the personal property tax exemption on state income tax forms, from $200 to $100.

The proposal also would increase the hospital provider tax to 8 percent, from 6 percent. But that hike would be eased by other funding provided to hospitals, officials said.

The tax increases and other revenue changes would give the state an extra $3.6 billion over the next two years, according to officials.

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Congressman introduces consumer protection bill after Equifax breach

4th District Congressman Jim Himes has introduced the Credit Information Protection Act in response to a major data breach at Equifax.  The breach exposed the personal information of tens of millions of Americans to potential hackers, identity theft, and credit problems. 

 

Himes says when a breach occurs it’s not right for the victims to bear the burden of paying for freezes and unacceptable for a company to profit from the fee charged to freeze files after such a vast security failure.  The Credit Information Protection Act requires any credit reporting agency that suffers a data breach to allow consumers to initiate a security freeze on their information free of charge. 

 

It allows for an unlimited amount of freezes at no charge if it is discovered that a consumer is actually affected by the data breach.  Himes says the goal of this bill is simply to ensure that when personal information does fall into the wrong hands, it is as easy as possible for victims to mitigate as much damage as possible with no cost.

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Lawmakers fail to approve new budget, impasse continues

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut lawmakers went home early Friday without approving a two-year, $41 billion budget that would have created new taxes and fees but wouldn't have included increases in the sales or income taxes.

 

Republicans, who pulled the plug on the deliberations following an all-day session Thursday, blamed Democrats for failing to pull together enough votes to pass the budget, The Hartford Courant reported.

 

House Republican leader Themis Klarides told reporters Thursday night the GOP presented budgets that were "ready to go," but Democrats rejected them.

 

Democratic House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, of Berlin, said the budget's detailed legal language, which had been delayed on Thursday, wouldn't be ready until at least 6 a.m. Friday.

 

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic Leader Martin Looney, of New Haven, announced the Senate would convene at noon Friday to vote on the proposed tax and spending plan. "We didn't have a hold-up in the Senate. We were ready to go forward," he said.

 

The plan before the legislature Thursday included a new tax on cellphones, reduced credits on the state income tax and higher tobacco taxes, officials said.

 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the plan also would cut hundreds of millions of dollars in spending and restore hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to cities and towns, but would not increase the sales or income taxes.

 

The Democratic governor and the legislature have yet to approve a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, as well as the following fiscal year. Malloy has been running the government with his limited spending authority.

 

The state's annual budget is about $20 billion a year, and lawmakers have been grappling with how to close an estimated $3.5 billion budget deficit over the next two years.

 

If officials can't agree on a budget by the end of the month, Malloy said he intends to implement a plan that could include large cuts to state aid to cities and towns, including education funding.

 

Officials said the new budget plan includes a 49-cent monthly tax on the estimated 3 million cellphones in Connecticut, a cigarette tax increase of 45 cents a pack and a decrease in the personal property tax exemption on state income tax forms, from $200 to $100.

 

The proposal also would increase the hospital provider tax to 8 percent, from 6 percent. But that hike would be eased by other funding provided to hospitals, officials said.

 

The tax increases and other revenue changes would give the state an extra $3.6 billion over the next two years, according to officials.

 

"The budget framework now being finalized by the General Assembly appears to be a balanced and responsible compromise," Malloy said in a statement.

 

The budget agreement was reached by Malloy and fellow Democrats in the legislature. Democrats hold a slim majority in the House and are tied with Republicans in the Senate, but Democratic Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman would break any tie vote.

 

Republican lawmakers have criticized the revenue increases in the Democrats' budget plan and have proposed their own plan with no tax increases.

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Suspect sought in Danbury shooting

One man was shot and injured in Danbury yesterday afternoon.  Danbury Police, EMS and the Fire Department responded to a house on Church Hill Road Danbury shortly before 1:30pm.  A 20 year old man was found suffering from two gunshots one in each arm.  The gunshots were bird-shot style ammo.  The victim was transported to Danbury Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

 

The Westside Middle School Academy and the Mill Ridge Primary School were placed on a temporary lock-down.

 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Danbury Police TIPS Line 203-790-8477.  All calls will remain confidential. 

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Danbury makes video pitch to Amazon to be new HQ location

Danbury is making a pitch to be the location for Amazon's second global headquarters, and taking the same approach as the viral video created for recruiting new police officers.  Danbury hired RmediA, which is based in Danbury, to film a brief video. 

 

The video was produced at a cost of $750.  It outlines the reasons why the global company should locate in the Hat City. 

 

 

Mayor Mark Boughton stars in the 90-second pitch.  He points out that Danbury has been designated as the safest city in the state, is one of the most diverse cities in the country, and voted as the second best place to live in the United States by USA Today.  The video, posted to Facebook, features drone footage of Main Street, events on the City Center green, Danbury Airport and Candlewood Lake. 

 

Five other corporations have located their global headquarters in Danbury: Praxair, FuelCell Energy, Ethan Allen, IMS Health Holdings and Waterworks. 

 

The video will be sent along with Danbury's application to Amazon through their official request for proposals.  Danbury is working with the state Department of Economic and Community Development.  

 

Proposals are due to Amazon by October 19.  Final Site Selection and announcement will be made in 2018.  Amazon will hire as many as 50,000 new full-time employees over the next ten to fifteen years, following commencement of operations. The Project is expected to have over $5 billion in capital expenditures.

 

Amazon wants to locate no more than one to two miles from a major highway, be with 45 minutes of an international airport and have direct access to rail, train, subway/metro, bus routes on site. 

 

Amazon is looking for metropolitan areas with more than one million people, a stable and business-friendly environment, urban or suburban locations with the potential to attract and retain strong technical talent and communities that think big and creatively when considering locations and real estate options.  Amazon is considering greenfield sites, infill sites, existing buildings, or a combination for the Project. If existing buildings are available that can be retrofitted/expanded within an acceptable budget and time schedule, Amazon may consider this option.

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Monroe man sentenced for distributing crack cocaine

A Monroe man has been sentenced for distributing crack cocaine.  28-year old Dwight Jarvis was ordered yesterday to 21 months in prison.  A search of his Monroe home in October turned up about 29 grams of cocaine, approximately 25 grams of crack cocaine, 70 dose bags of heroin, and other items used to process and package narcotics for street sale.  Jarvis was arrested in December and pleaded guilty in April.

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DMV seeks vendor to replace AAA in offering licensing services

After contract negotiations broke down with the AAA, the state Department of Motor Vehicles continues to look for an outside vendor to issue licenses and ID cards in Fairfield and New Haven counties.  AAA Northeast stopped offering the service in December after complaints of growing time and money spent on the effort.  The DMV will provide workstations, telecommunications and supplies for the new vendor.  Under state law, the contractor can charge no more than $5 per transaction. The DMV is looking for a vendor with at least two permanent locations in New Haven and/or Fairfield counties.  People locally have had to go to the Danbury DMV, facing waits of two or more hours.

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Danbury Area Refugee Assistance group to meet Sunday

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance is a nonprofit founded to help in the resettlement and acclimation of refugees to Connecticut.  DARA is hosting a volunteer drive and general meeting on Sunday as the group continues planning for their 2018 initiatives.  A member of Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty's team plans to join them for the meeting

 

The organization was started in 2015 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and assisted a family in the resettlement process in March 2016.

 

The family is now fully self-sufficient, except for the occasional ride to a store or appointment.  Three adults are gainfully employed and the children are entering year 2 of school.

 

Sunday's meeting will be held at "A Common Ground" in Danbury at 2pm.

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Brookfield Police Department promotes three

Three members of the Brookfield Police Department have been promoted.  Corporal Christopher Rosado was promoted to Sergeant.  Patrolmen Jason Fiege and Christopher Campbell were promoted to Corporal. 

 

The Brookfield Police Commission approved the promotions at their September 6th meeting.  Several eligible officers participated in a competitive testing process which included, for the first time as a part of the Brookfield process, an Assessment Center component as well as a comprehensive Written Examination.

 

Rosado joined the Brookfield Police Department in 2004 and has received an Honorable Service Award, a Life Saving Award, several letters of commendation and has been recognized by MADD - Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his educational and enforcement efforts.  He is an Instructor in the areas Handling Persons with Mental Illness and Firearms.

 

Fiege joined the Department in 2006 and has been awarded a Medal of Bravery, received an Honorable Service Award and is the Special Olympics coordinator for the Department. 

 

Campbell joined Brookfield as a part-time civilian dispatcher in 2007 and eventually transferred back to the Department in 2013. He serves as a Field Training Officer and has served as the department Traffic Services Coordinator.

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Danbury schools receive VH1 'Save the Music' grant

Three Danbury elementary schools will share a $105,000 grant for music programs.  The money for Park Avenue, Morris Street and South Street schools comes from the VH1 ‘Save the Music’ program. 

 

Save the Music partnered with SpreadMusicNow.  The Redding-based nonprofit funds music instruction provided through school systems and has already provided 35 instruments from trombones to flutes to students at each of these schools. 

 

115 students will directly benefit from the program. 

 

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Bill Glass says without this partnership, the idea of playing a musical instrument would be an unattainable dream for many students.  The money will be presented at Park Avenue School on October 23rd.  More than 30 students will perform at the presentation.

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Driver cited for interrupting CT United Ride in Monroe

A driver was cited on Sunday for failure to yield the right of way when they got tired of waiting for the annual CT United Ride to go through a Monroe intersection.  One motorcyclist was forced off the road and had to be transported to the hospital during the 9/11 tribute event.  The driver was not named.  The Monroe Courier says the incident also caused a 10-minute gap in the ride and drivers at intersections further along the route resumed normal traffic believing the event was over.  More than 2,500 motorcyclists participated in the event.  A police escort mostly allowed the procession to move uninterrupted on its loop from Norwalk to Bridgeport.

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Danbury Music Centre to hold auditions for The Nutcracker

Children ages 5 and up, along with roles for adults, are being auditioned tomorrow and Saturday for the  50th Anniversary of the Danbury Nutcracker.  The performances are in December.  The Nutcracker Ballet is a long-standing tradition in Danbury, with a cast of over 200 dancers and live accompaniment by the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.  Auditions are being held at Danbury High School.  The time of the audition is based on age.

 

Friday, September 15

Ages 5 to 9 Audition: 5:00 p.m.- 6:15 p.m.

Ages 10 to 12 Audition: 6:15 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.

Ages 13 and older Audition: 7:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Adults: Registration: 9:00 p.m.

Adults Audition: Most classical roles are reserved for dancers 19 and younger. Classically trained adults seeking a ballet role may be considered for Snow Court 3 or Party.  If ballroom trained, audition with the Director at 9:30 pm.

Saturday, September 16

Ages 5 to 9 Audition: 1:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.

Ages 10 to 12 Audition: 2:15 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Ages 13 and older Audition: 3:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Adults: Registration: 5:00 p.m.

 

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Man impaled after fall from roof in stable condition

The man who fell off a roof in Danbury and landed on a BBQ grill rotisserie stand is reported in stable condition at Danbury Hospital.  34-year old David Mendes fell 8 to 10 feet and needed surgery to remove the foot-long piece of metal post from his left side. 

 

He was reportedly on the roof to inspect an exhaust fan that was not working properly. 

 

Mendes is a board member of the  Soccer and Social Club on Federal Road where the accident happened.  The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating whether they have jurisdiction or if Mendes volunteered his services. 

 

The Abbott Technical High School graduate is an intern with a local electrical firm, according to his Facebook page.

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Mahopac man arrested following sex offense investigation

A Mahopac man has been arrested for having sexual contact with a child.  New York State Police charged 54-year old Fernando Cardenas on Monday after an investigation revealed the contact between 2008 and 2009.  The juvenile was under the age of 12.  Cardenas was charged with Sexual Conduct Against a Child and Endangering the Welfare of Child. Cardenas was arraigned and ordered held at Putnam County Jail on $200,000 bond. He is scheduled to be in Court on October 4th.  Anyone with additional information about Cardenas is asked to contact New York State Police by calling (845) 677-7300.  All calls can remain confidential.

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Bethel Board of Ed candidate withdraws after child attacked online

A Bethel Board of Education candidate has withdrawn from the race after a social media post making fun of his child.  The Newstimes reports that Rick Magee also resigned his seat on the Energy Conservation Commission.  A photo of the Democrat's 4-year old was posted to a Facebook forum by former resident Matt Paulsen. 

 

The child was wearing a pink Peppa the Pig hat, but Paulsen called it a“pussy hat,” which was popular at the Women’s March. 

 

The post was removed at the request of the Republican Town Committee chairman after an uproar.  Paulsen apologize to Magee, calling it an offhanded remark and thoughtless, acknowledging that candidates’ children should be off-limits. 

 

It's too late to be removed from the ballot, but Magee says he's no longer campaigning. 

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Bethel schedules public hearing on school renovation projects

The Bethel Board of Finance has opted to move forward with a public hearing on school renovation projects even though the state budget situtation is still unsettled.  The Rockwell and Johnson School improvements could be partially paid for by the state.  About 45-percent of the $68 million renovation is eligible for state reimbursement. 

 

The school construction money is different than the Education Cost Sharing Grant money, which Governor Malloy has proposed cancelling for 85 municipalities, including Bethel. 

 

The hearing will be on the 25th.  A Special Town Meeting was set for October 10th, but the Boards of Selectmen and Finance can cancel that if state aid isn't there. 

 

A referendum could be held on October 17th.  Another protection was built into the approvals process.  The language of the referendum will be written in a way where the town is not on the hook for doing the renovations if the state doesn't award a grant for the work, or can move forward with just one of the projects.

 

A referendum has to be held before November 15th in order to be eligible for the priority list.

 

Rockwell was built in 1971 and Johnson in 1980.

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Vehicles catch fire at Danbury landscaping business

A number of vehicles caught fire in Danbury late last night at a landscaping and construction business.  Firefighters responded to South Street around 10:30pm and had to cut a chain on a gate to gain entrance.  Inside a fenced area, firefighters found a box truck, dump truck, and two pickup trucks fully engulfed in flames.  The fire extended to a small wood frame storage structure and a fenced in area where two equipment trailers were stored.  The structure and one of the trailers sustaining minimal damage.  Crews connected to a hydrant on South Street and also used foam to extinguish the blaze.  The Danbury Fire Marshal’s Office and Danbury Police Department are investigating.

 

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NY Police K9 finds meth, pot during welfare check

A New York man has been arrested on drug related offenses after a welfare check by state police.  Troopers from the Brewster barracks responded to a business parking lot off of Route 6 Monday.  They could smell marijuana coming from 45-year old Todd Balzano's car.  A search by K9 Graydon turned up crystal methamphetamine and marijuana.  The New York City man was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was arraigned and ordered held on bond.  Balzano is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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School bus routes to be examined in Newtown

The Newtown Board of Education will continue to meet about bus schedules now that there are new school start times.  The Newtown Bee reports that the Board will refine the new transportation configuration after parents voiced concerns about buses arriving late to school.  The school dismissal process could also be addressed to cut down on wait times.  The interim Superintendent told the publication that there are two bus routes that take a little under an hour, which is not acceptable compared to the average half hour or 40 minute trip.  The next Newtown Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday.

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Smoke detectors alert Danbury family to early morning fire

Danbury firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Great Plain Road home early this morning.  Crews were dispatched around 3:30am on a report of heavy smoke coming from the side of the structure.  The family was alerted by smoke detectors and everyone got out safely prior to firefighter's arrival.  The homeowner used an extinguisher to keep the fire at bay before firefighters took over.  The structure was ventilated to clear out remaining smoke.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Verbal dispute ensues at New Milford meeting over tree trimming

A shouting match broke out at last night's New Milford Town Council meeting and ended with the town's Tree Warden resigning.  The fight was about New Milford's tree-trimming contract.  Carlos Caridad said he tagged dead or dangerous trees months ago, but they didn't start coming down until a few weeks ago.  The tree warden added that his emails were going ignored by the Mayor.  David Gronbach saud the tree issue should go through Public Works.  Things were escalated by New Milford's former contractor.  Sam Gentile reportedly shouted from the back of the room that Gronbach is a scumbag, cheat and sneak--singling him out by denying him the tree trimming contract.

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Newtown, Weston first responders honored by Bridgeport Diocese

The Annual Bridgeport Diocesan Blue Mass was held this weekend to honor fire, police, and other first responders.  Among this year's honorees were Newtown Patrol Officer Maryhelen McCarthy and Weston Firefighter and EMT Mark Blake.  They were recognized for acts of bravery, public service, and compassion in the line of duty.  McCarthy, a 17-year department veteran, counseled peers after 12-14, responded to a bomb threat at St Rose of Lima Church and to most recently remembered a Newtown police officer who had died of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero after 9/11.

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Danbury officials searching for locations to build two new basketball courts

Danbury is planning to add two basketball courts, but not much more is planned beyond that.  Mayor Mark Boughton included money for the infrastructure in a capital budget approved by the City Council in May. 

 

At their meeting last week, City Councilman Duane Perkins asked for an update on site location search progress.  Boughton says he and Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola have been meeting about a couple of ideas.  He noted that they have already started looking at base materials for the courts themselves.  Boughton hopes to have something up by early spring.

 

Perkins asked if the City Council would have input on location.

 

Boughton says he will be deferring to Iadarola, the Police Chief and Planning Director.  But he added that before shovels go in the ground, the Council will be briefed. 

 

Boughton says the City has to be careful where they are placed, somewhere with a maximum amount of visibility and accessibility.

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Danbury man arrested for overdose death of City woman

A Danbury man has been arrested on drug related charges for the overdose death of a City woman in April.  The U.S. Attorney's office reports that 31-year old Jose Gregory Charon, also known as "Yoshi", was charged yesterday with possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of, heroin. 

 

Charon was ordered held and faces up to 20 years in prison.  There is an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids that cause death or serious injury to users. 

 

Danbury Police responded to a report of an untimely death in April and it was determined that the victim died of a methadone and Xanax overdose.  At her home, police found three cellphones, a bottle of methadone and an empty glassine bag marked with a particular brand stamp. 

 

In May, Police made two controlled purchases of heroin from Charon. Several of the bags of heroin purchased on both occasions were marked with the same brand stamp that was on the empty bag found in the overdose victim’s residence.

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Man in critical condition after fall from roof onto metal pole

A man is in critical condition after falling off a roof and landing on a BBQ grill rotisserie stand.  Danbury Fire Officials say the accident happened at a Soccer and Social Club on Federal Road around 9:30 yesterday morning.  The man, 34-year old David Mendes, fell 8 to 10 feet from a roof.  Firefighters and EMS used a metal cutting saw to remove the metal object from the stand.  He needed surgery to remove the  foot-long piece of metal post from Mendes' left side.  The Danbury Fire Department remained on the scene to wait for OSHA. He was reportedly on the roof to inspect an exhaust fan that was not working properly.  It's not clear if Mendes was being paid or volunteered.

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Unofficial results released for Redding, Newtown municipal primaries

Redding and Newtown have released unofficial results for yesterday's primaries. 

 

In Redding, Ed Miller beat Mark Lewis in the Democratic Primary for Redding Board of Finance.  Miller earned 256 votes, Lewis garnered 243.  Laura Hoeing and John Reilly won the Republican primary for Redding Board of Education.  Hoeing received 262 votes, Reilly 216, while Chris Parkin finished with 167.  Registered Republicans had to vote for two of the three candidates.

 

In Newtown, the GOP-endorsed candidates won the primaries. 

 

Selectman Will Rodgers won over Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob to be the Republican First Selectman candidate 636 to 464.  Former council Chairman Jeff Capeci topped current Councilman Neil Chaudhary 568 to 441 to run as the GOP candidate for Selectman.  Republican incumbent Town Clerk Debbie Halstead will be on the municipal ballot in that position in November garnering 591 votes compared to Ann LoBosco's 476.

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Brookfield Police transition to new 911 call system

Brookfield Police have transitioned to a new 911 call system.  The Department is now using the State of Connecticut NG911 System.  It provides updated software and hardware for answering 911 Calls--reporting Emergencies for Police, Fire and Ambulance. 

 

Enhanced Call Mapping Capabilities are also a new feature of the system, which will provide Brookfield Emergency Dispatchers with improved tools to guide first responders to the scene of an emergency.  Future enhancements will allow for texting and images to be a part of 911 Emergency Calls. 

 

Over the past few weeks, all Brookfield Police Department Dispatchers and Police Administrators received training in the operation of the new system.   

 

Police officials say the transition was seamless and without interruption of Emergency Telecommunications Services to Brookfield.

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Renovations pick up at Center Firehouse in Brookfield

The Center Firehouse in Brookfield is undergoing renovations to better serve the community. The station will continue to be staffed with EMS professionals 24 hours a day.  Staff has been relocated to a temporary trailer in the parking lot on site while construction is on going.  Officials say this will help to assure timely responses to requests for assistance throughout Brookfield.  A storage container has been placed on the property to store equipment during the relocation.  The project has been on going since the spring, but has now reached a point where personnel must vacate the building's administrative and living areas.  The renovation should be completed before the end of the year.

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Man falls off roof, lands on grill rotisserie stand

A man is in serious condition after falling off a roof and landing on a BBQ grill rotisserie stand.  Danbury Fire Officials say the accident happened at Casa Do Benfica Soccer and Social Club on Federal Road around 9:30 this morning.  The man, who is about 30-years old, fell 8 to 10 feet from a roof.  Firefighters and EMS used a metal cutting saw to remove the metal object from the stand and secure it to the patient for transportation to Danbury Hospital. The patient was being moved to surgery to remove the object.  The Danbury Fire Department remained on the scene awaiting OSHA. 

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Barlow student presented with award named for man killed on 9/11

The Peter Burton Hanson Award has been presented to Jason Smith. 

 

Every year since 2004, Joel Barlow High School has marked the anniversary of the September 11th attacks with a ceremony celebrating the life of Peter Burton Hanson, an Easton resident and 1987 Barlow graduate. He died at the age of 32 aboard United airlines flight 175, along with his wife Sue and daughter Christine, age 2, the youngest victim of the tragedy. 

 

The award was created by the Hanson family to be presented each year to a Barlow student who embodies Peter's characteristics of dedication to social justice, appreciation of cultural differences, love of the arts, concern for the environment, volunteerism, and sensitivity to the issue of peace.

 

(Contributed photo)

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Man appointed to fill vacancy on New Milford Town Council

A Democrat has been appointed to the New Milford Town Council to fill the remaining months of a man who resigned last week.  John Kane will replace Scott Chamberlain until the November election.  Kane received the backing of the Democratic Town Committee and had been running for a Town Council seat. 

 

He was a U.S. Marine, is a professional photographer and a goat farmer.  Kane was a member of the Planning Commission and the Aquifer Protection Agency. 

 

Chamberlain wrote in his resignation letter that his personal life has overshadowed the work he did for the town and that he doesn't want to be an impediment to progress.  In addition to resigning from the Town Council, Chamberlain will no longer be chairman of the Sewer Commission.  

 

A resident posted several screenshots on a Facebook community forum of Chamberlain’s profile from a private website catering to so-called furries. It's a subculture of adults who dress in mascot-like animal costumes, attend role-playing conventions and interact regularly online. Part of the profile said Chamberlain tolerates rape. He said the site sorts topics into categories: loves, likes, tolerates and hates.

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Suburban NY woman accused of DWI fatality pleads not guilty

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A suburban New York woman accused of fatally striking a college student while driving drunk has pleaded not guilty.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. says 25-year-old Emma Fox of Rye was arraigned Monday on vehicular manslaughter and other indictment charges.

The 21-year-old Manhattanville College lacrosse player, Robbie Schartner, was killed last October as he walked back to campus from a night out in White Plains.

The defendant told police that she took her eyes off the road to check her GPS.

According to the Journal News , defense lawyer Stephen Lewis says Fox has to live with the fact that there's nothing anyone can do to "bring that young man back."

Schartner was a graduate of Brookfield High School in Connecticut.

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Primaries being held in Redding, Newtown

Two area towns are holding primaries today.  In Redding, there is a Republican contest for Board of Education candidates and a Democratic primary to fill a Board of Finance vacancy.  In Newtown, a Republican Primary for First Selectman, Selectman and Town Clerk is being held.

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LSD, pot found in woman's car during traffic stop

LSD and marijuana were found in a Brookfield woman's car during a routine traffic stop on Friday.  New York State Police stopped 34-year old Jennifer Satallante for changing lanes unsafely on I-84.  Troopers could smell pot coming from the car, searched, and found almost 4-grams of marijuana and 3 paper tabs of LSD.  Satallante was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  She was arraigned in the Southeast Court and ordered held at Putnam County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond. Satallante will be back in Court on October 12th.

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Nominations sought for 2017 Warrior Award

Nominations are being sought for the 6th annual Warrior Award, which will be presented to a local veteran during the 10th annual Walk of Honor in Danbury this October.  Residents of the greater Danbury area are being called on to nominate a veteran, who has served in a combat zone and who also exemplifies the values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

 

The nominations should be approximately 500 words and should include the nominee’s name, military rank, medals awarded and as many details as possible about their service.  The deadline for all nominations is September 20th.  Previously submitted nominations can be re-submitted.

 

The Walk of Honor will take place on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the Danbury War Memorial at 12pm.

 

Event organizer Mary Teicholz says the stories of bravery and heroism that people have shared with the committee have been overwhelming and awe-inspiring.

 

People submitting the nomination should also include their name and contact information. Nominations can be emailed to mteicholz61@gmail.com, or visit www.walkofhonor.us for additional information.

 

Todd Angell, who served in Afghanistan, received the inaugural Warrior Award in 2012.  Vietnam veterans Danny Mack Welch and John "Buzz" Hogan received the award during the following two years.  The next year, World War II veteran Anthony Yakacki was presented with the honor.  Last year's recipient, Roger Rua, served in Afghanistan.

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Congressman wants to tackle tax reform when lawmakers return

Some members of Congress are looking beyond health care and hoping to move on to tax reform.  4th District Congressman Jim Himes says there will likely be a partisan debate, but changes are needed. 

 

He acknowledged that event the simplest of tax returns is difficult to do.  Himes says corporate taxes are difficult because of a high corporate tax rate, there's money stranded abroad that could come back here to invest in new factories and plants.

 

The last time comprehensive tax reform was done, was under Ronald Reagan in 1986 when he had an approximate 65-percent approval rating.

 

Himes says a border adjustment tax and eliminating the deductibility of interest expenses for corporations have both been proposed.

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Greater Danbury area towns to mark 9/11 anniversary

Several Greater Danbury area towns are marking the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 

The Brookfield Historical Society will honor the memory of four victims with ties to Brookfield with a memorial display as well personal testimonials and recorded acts of courage by Brookfield first responders.  The display at the Historical Society's Museum on Whisconier Road will be open Saturday from noon to 4pm.

 

Ridgefield is hosting a ceremony at the 9/11 Monument on Danbury Road at 6:30pm Monday. 

 

New Fairfield's remembrance is at the Senior Center starting at 6pm.  The 102nd Army Band will play leading up to the 7pm ceremony. 

 

Danbury officials, and members of the Danbury Fire and Police Departments will mark the solemn occasion on Monday at the City's 9/11 Memorial on Main Street in Elmwood Park. The program will begin at 6pm.  Mayor Mark Boughton says the annual gathering allows us the opportunity to come together and reflect on the tragedy that occurred, remember those lost and honor the heroes, those who risked their lives and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Connecticut United Ride to prompt road closures Sunday

The 2017 Connecticut United Ride is being held on Sunday. It's the state's largest 9/11 tribute and one of the largest rides in New England.  The ride will be passing through Wilton, Monroe and several other Fairfield County towns on Sunday.  There will be road closures because of the ride.  Drivers are cautioned to expect delays and make alternate travel plans if possible.

 

The event begins in Norwalk, at Norden Park with a ceremony at 10:30am.  The Ride will end at Seaside Park in Bridgeport.  The motorcade will move along Rte 136 to Rte 33 through Westport, to Wilton via Rte 7, to Rte 107 in Georgetown, Rte 58N in Redding, to Rte 302 in Bethel, to Newtown via Rte 25 and through Monroe to Main Street in Trumbull.  The ride will continue to Old Town Rd to Park Ave in Fairfield and continuing into Bridgeport to Seaside Park.

 

It is anticipated that the ride will be passing through the Town of Wilton between 11:45am and 1pm. During this time sections of Route 33 (Westport Road) and Route 7 (Danbury Road) will be closed.

 

Redding Police say the ride will be travelling through between noon and 1pm.

 

Monroe Police says there will be road closures and significant delays on Main Street from approximately 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm on Sunday. Spectators are invited to come out and see this massive event, but are reminded to be safe and stay out of the roadway.

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