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Newtown looking to fill vacancies on boards, commissions

Newtown is looking for residents to fill several openings on appointed boards and commissions. The Lake Lillinonah Authority has a position open to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.  The Library Board of Trustees has a position open to a Republican voter and the Conservation Commission has two vacant positions, one open to a Republican or unaffiliated voter and one open to a Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

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Danbury Health Department tests water quality of Candlewood Lake

Each week that the swim area at Candlewood Lake is open, the Danbury Health Department tests to ensure that the water is safe for recreational use. This season, employees were able to increase the number of tests conducted, to include testing for toxins produced by blue-green algae.  The blooms are frequently found in freshwater systems.  Some types the toxins are skin irritants and cause potent liver toxins for humans and domestic animals. Candlewood Lake’s levels has been consistently under the EPA’s recommendation.

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YMCA in Brookfield collecting school supplies

The Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut will be collecting donated school supplies for those in need. Supplies can be dropped off through next weekend at the Greenknoll Branch’s lobby.  Among the items on the suggested list are book bags, Lunch boxes, various note books, crayons, markers and pencils. 

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Tortoise found in Redding, held at police station

There's an unlikely lock up at the Redding Police station.  Police say they found a tortoise "racing" down Newtown Turnpike at Giles Hill Road around 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  The Animal Control Officer is looking for the owner of this tortoise.  Police say while Slow & Steady Wins the Race, they're not sure where the race began and where it's supposed to end for the tortoise.  Anyone with information should contact the Redding Police department at 203-938-3400.

 

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Bethel to look into splitting up municipal center renovations

The Bethel Public Sites and Building Committee will look into how to break a municipal center renovation into two phases.  The Newstimes reports that the locker room and the bathrooms in the lobby could be done separately.  The Bethel Municipal Center is the town's emergency shelter and was open for long stretches during recent power outages in May and during Superstorm Sandy.  The bathrooms are also used by participants in the Parks and Recreation Department’s programs. Lead and mold were not found during a recent evaluation, but like many older buildings asbestos was found in  the floor.  It was abated at that time.

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Grant awarded to Housatonic Valley Association for paddler access at Harrybrooke Park

A grant has been awarded to New Milford to bring boat access and a trail to Harrybrooke Park.  The $2,500 from Big Y will help Housatonic Valley Association create a system to allow paddlers to navigate around the park’s falls and rapids. HVA says the goal is to complete a water trail on the full length of the Still River from Danbury to New Milford.   A portion of the grant will be used to beautify and add to the pollution-preventing buffer of native plants along a ramp added last year on the Still River adjacent to the Animal Control shelter.

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Redding Town Hall collecting school supplies

Redding Town Hall is hosting a  "Fill the Bus" school supply collection.  Residents who are out shopping this weekend are encouraged to pick up a few more items to drop off at Redding Town Hall through Wednesday.   Town Hall hours next week are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

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Town Meeting Monday in New Fairfield on water system sale to Aquarion

New Fairfield officials will hold a Town Meeting on Monday for residents to vote on the sale of the small municipal water system owned by the Town to Aquarion.  The Planning Commission gave a positive referral.  The system provides water to six commercial customers in addition to Town buildings. Previous administrations have discussed a potential sale to Aquarion over the course of the past several years.  New Fairfield doesn't have the infrastructure or staffing to continue to operate the system. The equipment is aging and presents a liability for the town.  Concerns were raised during discussions about the sanitary easements and pumping limits in the proposed agreement of sale.  The regulated public utility gets oversight from the CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, the Department of Public Health and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

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Survey work started in downtown Danbury for sidewalk, intersection improvements

Survey work has started for sidewalk improvements in downtown Danbury.  The design phase for Main Street sidewalks is underway.  The work is being done in the White Street and West Street area.  Earlier this year Danbury received $200,000 from the state for the Streetscape Project.  The overhaul includes new construction or replacement of sidewalks, intersection improvements, landscaping, removal and installation of trees, ornamental lighting, and pedestrian access improvements.  The work was detailed in the Downtown Transit Oriented Development Planning Study.

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Veterans will be celebrated Saturday at Danbury Farmers' Market

Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi will participate in “Celebrating Veterans Day” at the Danbury Farmers’ Market tomorrow.  The ceremony is scheduled for 11am on the CityCenter green.  Ron Agard, a U.S. Army veteran and now Danbury Farmers’ Market Community Collaborative’s veterans’ community outreach coordinator asked veterans service organizations to attend the event to provide more information about their programs catered towards veterans.  Veterans with a valid ID who attend the market are given a 15 dollar "Veggies for Vets" market certificate that can be used to purchase fresh produce. The program is funded by the Fairfield County Community Foundation and Farm Credit East.

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Quinnipiac program has students live in retirement center

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) - As college students move into their dorms across the country, one Quinnipiac University student is beginning an unusual housing arrangement.

Law student Cathleen Dacey moves in Friday with senior citizens at Masonicare at Ashlar Village, a retirement community in Wallingford.

It's part of the Connecticut university's Students-In-Residency program that began in 2016 and is designed to break down generational barriers and combat ageism.

Dacey will have her own apartment at Ashlar Village and will provide at least eight hours of service there each week in exchange for housing.

Victoria Kozar, of New Milford, who was among the first students in the program, says living at the facility helped tear down stereotypes for both generations and gave her new respect for the wealth of knowledge and experience that older people have to share.  

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Conn. Supreme Court upholds $12M verdict for woman against Danbury Hospital

A Redding woman has won her malpractice lawsuit against Danbury  Hospital in the Connecticut Supreme Court.  65-year old Vivian Gagliano went to the hospital for a hernia operation in 2008.  The suit alleged that the attending physician allowed member of the hospital's residency teaching team to assist and the resident perforated Gagliano's colon.  The perforation was not detected and her heart stopped two days later, sending her into a coma.  The state's highest court upheld the Appellate Court ruling that the jury had sufficient evidence to reach the $12-million verdict, finding the hospital negligent for the injuries caused to the woman.

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Police Outside Services Fund tapped for capital items in Brookfield

The Brookfield Police Department offered to have needed items paid for from the Police Outside Services Fund rather than include the money in the recently approved capital budget. 

 

$60,000 will be used to buy a 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty truck, previously used by the fire marshal.  The money will also go toward gear to serve the operational needs of the police department.  The truck will not be used for patrols, but rather to tow other vehicles, responding to difficult terrain or transporting traffic control equipment like cones. 

 

Another $61,737 dollars will be used for various technology items including tablets, tracking software for patrol cars, and a surveillance camera and microphone for the interview room.  Money will also be used to reconfigure the audio recording equipment in the holding area. 

 

Payments to the Police Outside Services Fund come from officers working construction sites, directing traffic and other extra duty.  Brookfield charges for the officers and cars, with a markup. That markup is put into the Fund.

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Greater Danbury area towns join Sustainable CT

There are now 51 municipalities throughout the state participating in the Sustainable Connecticut program. Nine are in the Western Connecticut Council of Governments region.  WestCog is hosting two Sustainable CT Fellows, who are working with communities to complete their applications for Bronze Certification.  The Fellows have been meeting with community leaders, researching what credits communities have already earned and developing strategies for achieving the first level of certification.  They have also been looking into methods of the WestCOG towns to earn credits on a regional scale.  Brookfield, Greenwich, Newtown, New Milford, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, Westport, and most recently, Bethel, have registered for the Program.  The application deadline is August 24th to become Sustainable CT towns.  Two of the nine towns are attempting to achieve a Silver Certification, while the remainder will be striving for Bronze.

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Former Board of Ed chair enters plea in sex assault case

A former Region 9 Board of Ed chairwoman has entered a guilty plea to promoting a minor in an obscene performance.  The plea from Sara Sobel was made under the Alford Doctrine, meaning she admitted there's enough evidence for a conviction but questioning some facts in the case. 
 
The Newstimes reports that allegations against Sobel include that she repeatedly left a young child with a convicted sex offender and took pornographic photographs and videos of the child that she sent to the man.  She previously described that man, Stephen Overby,  as “a close personal friend." Sobel will be sentenced on October 24th in Danbury Superior Court and faces 30 years in  prison, suspended after 10 years, but could argue for a reduced sentence. 
 
Overby pleaded guilty in February to sexual assault of a minor.  His plea deal calls for a 30-year prison sentence, suspended after 18 years.

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International Overdose Awareness Day to be marked in Danbury

International Overdose Awareness Day is on August 31st. 

 

A coalition in Greater Danbury will be holding a Narcan Training session, talking about prevention and offering information about treatment options to mark the day.  The program is being put on by the Regional Opioid Prevention Workgroup at Danbury Public Library on the 31st from 5pm to 6:30pm. 

 

There will be a walk from library plaza to Kennedy Park where participants who lost someone to an overdose will place a pair of shoes at a memorial installation. 

 

Members of the coalition are WCHN, Danbury Police,Facing Addiction, WCSU, Family and Children’s Aid, Town of Ridgefield, MCCA, Mountainside, CT Counseling, CNV Help, Apex, Newtown Parent Connection, CIFC, Timothy House, Green Funeral Home, STMAD, Bethel Community Care Coalition, and Americorps.

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Newtown Police look for school traffic agent

The Newtown Police Department is looking for a school traffic agent.  The part time work includes directing traffic flow and school bus movement into and out of school parking lots during the school year.  The job is about 15 hours a week.  A uniform and training is provided.  Applicants must be 18 or older, have a drivers license and undergo a background check.  

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Seminar for new families to Danbury school will be held next week

A seminar is being held for new families transitioning into the Danbury school system.  The free forum next week is designed to help families new to the district understand what the expectations are and the resources available to help them.  Those who missed kindergarten orientation are also encouraged to attend.  The seminar on Tuesday is from 6:30 to 7:30pm at Hatters Banquet Hall on East Hayestown Road.

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New Fairfield building department changes hours

In an effort to accommodate New Fairfield residents who can't get to Town Hall during normal hours, the building official hours have changed.  Eric Kist will be available Monday through Wednesday 8:30am to 6pm, Thursdays 8:30am to 5:30pm and there will no longer be Friday hours for the building official. 

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Leader of trafficking ring wants to plead guilty

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut man charged with recruiting young intellectually disabled and mentally ill men into a human trafficking ring and providing them to wealthy clients for sex has said he's willing to plead guilty.

Robert King, of Danbury, told a judge Wednesday that he would plead guilty in exchange for a 4 .5-year prison sentence.

Authorities say the 52-year-old King would ply the victims with drugs and then force them into prostitution when they incurred heavy debts. He's charged with trafficking in persons, promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness.

Plea negotiations appeared to have broken down before King spoke over his attorney in court and said he would take a deal.

King faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

He is due back in court Aug. 22. 

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'Ghost gun' found by police as suspected drug seller, customer arrested

A man suspected of drug sales in the Danbury area was arrested yesterday, and found in possession of a so-called ghost gun.  For the second time in as many days, Danbury Police arrested a suspected dealer in the process of depositing drug proceeds in a local bank.  22-year old Cristopher Marcos and his Osborne Street home were the focus of a several week investigation. 

 

One of the men he reportedly sold to yesterday, 22-year old Ahmad Zahran, was later arrested as he waited in the drive-thru lane of a local restaurant. 

 

 

  

(Marcos, Zahran)

 

Marcos was stopped and found with several hundred dollars in cash, a substantial quantity of assorted illicit drugs, a firearm with no serial numbers, and ammunition.  An 11-month old was home when police searched and DCF was notified of the incident and responded to the residence to conduct a further investigation.

 

Marcos was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell within 1500’ of a prohibited place, possession of a controlled substance within 1500’ of a prohibited place,s ale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, risk of injury to a child and criminal possession of a firearm.  He was held on $150,000 bond. 

 

Zahran was charged with possession of a controlled substance.  He was released on a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

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Toddler freed from Thomas the Tank Engine toy

A toddler was freed from a Thomas the Tank Engine toy yesterday in Danbury.  The fire department is called to any number of scenarios, some referred to as 'Man In Machine' incident.  This one is being called a 'Tot In Toy' incident. 

 

 

Early yesterday morning firefighters responded to a call of a child with his hand stuck in the smoke stack of a large train toy.  The calm 2-year old didn't appear to be injured, but the few attempts to back his arm out of the opening didn't work.  Firefighters decided to dismantle the Tank Engine, which seemed like it would be a simple task. 

 

 

The boy's arm was caught in a some sort of 'launcher' for shooting a ball.  After 20 minutes, the boy was freed uninjured.  He was wearing a bracelet that got caught on the gear mechanism.

 

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Danbury health center gets $100k in federal funding

Danbury-based Connecticut Institute for Communities is receiving more than $100,000 in federal funds.  This is National Health Center week and the money is coming from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and their Quality Improvement grants program.  The money is meant to improve the quality, efficiency, and the effectiveness of community health centers. 
 
CONNECTICUT INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITIES, INC: $111,472
 
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Reporters $5,000
 
Clinical Quality Improvers    $20,472
 
Enhancing Access to Care $10,000   
 
Addressing Health Disparities  $41,000
 
Advancing Health Information Technology    $5,000
 
Achieving PCMH Recognition  $30,000

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Brookfield Board of Ed signs off on elementary school renovation plans

The Brookfield Board of Education has approved plans for a proposed $78-million Huckleberry Hill Elementary building.  A new building would be constructed on the back field the current campus, with Center School Pre-k through first graders moving into Huckleberry.  A driveway, parking and ball fields would also be added.  The old building would be demolished and Center School will be turned over to the town for municipal use.  Construction could begin in 2020 and take almost two years.  Plans next go to the Municipal Building Committee, Selectmen and Board of Finance--and then a referendum.  Renovations to Whisconier Middle School are also being eyed. 

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Danbury does sight evaluation of trees along roadways

The May 15th macroburst caused immediate damage to trees in the Greater Danubry area.  Then days of rainfall have been saturating the ground causing weak trees to fall.  Some falling trees in Brookfield prompted officials there to close walking paths on town-owned properties until a survey  can be completed on the health of surrounding trees. 

 

Danbury officials did a cursory driveby to evaluate dangers after the severe weather.  There was renewed concerns raised after a passenger in a pick up truck was killed when a tree fell on his vehicle last month. 

 

Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says they did a couple of calls after that and a crew went to out evaluate the trees.  City Councilwoman Colleen Stanely said she was on Cross Street when a tree fell in front of her.  She questioned whether homeowners are being notified if it's a tree on private land, or whether the department has people to go out to take care of trees in the City right-of-ways. 

 

A city tree has to be within 10 feet of the gutter line, where the catch basins are.  Snow plow routes were used to canvas the city, but Iadarola says they didn't walk every mile of road and check every tree.

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Newtown not selected for farmland preservation grant

A federal grant that Newtown applied for, in order to preserve unique farmland, was not awarded. The town applied for funding from Farmland Trust, which would have been matched with local dollars, to put an agricultural easement on the Paproski family’s Castle Hill Farm.  The state Department of Agriculture determined in 2016 that the farm possesses soil with unique qualities that permit it to absorb particular nutrients, hold those nutrients over time, and release them.  Under an earlier proposal, the Paproski family would remain on the property and the farm would remain an active agricultural enterprise.  But under the USDA grant program, many activities run on the farm would have had to stop, including the corn maze.  Visitor vehicle parking including school tour buses, would have had to be eliminated.  Improvements to the family's home would have needed federal permissions.  The farm has been in continuous operation since 1927. 

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Brookfield Board of Ed to discuss school building, renovations

The Brookfield Board of Education is meeting tonight to talk about, among other things, the $78-million Huckleberry Hill Elementary building proposal.  A new building would be constructed on the back field the current campus, with Center School Pre-k through first graders moving into Huckleberry.  A driveway, parking and ball fields would also be added.  The old building would be demolished and Center School will be turned over to the town for municipal use.  Renovations to Whisconier Middle School are also being eyed.  The meeting is at 7pm in the media center of the high school.

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New Milford native, veteran, honored at Town Council meeting

At Monday's New Milford Town Council Meeting, Fran Smith and family was presented with a proclamation honoring New Milford native 1st Lt. Robert J. Peagler Jr who was killed charging uphill toward two Japanese pillboxes on an island near Okinawa. His company’s machine gun had jammed, so he charged ahead alone, firing his rifle and tossing hand grenades. He killed six Japanese soldiers before he was cut down by a sniper’s bullet, and died on the battlefield.  Peagler was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Mayor Pete Bass says due to his color, he was not given the Medal of Honor.  Bass is working with the American Legion and federal officials to get Lt. Peagler the Medal Of Honor.

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Proposed charter revisions signed off on in New Milford

The New Milford Town Council has approved some proposed Charter Revisions to send to the voters.  If a budget fails, it will be sent back to the  Board of Finance rather than to the Town Council under on proposed change, reverting the process to pre-2006 Charter revisions.  Another would increase the number of people serving on the Finance Board.  Voters will also be asked more budget advisory questions during a referendum.  It's being proposed that appointed board and commission members serve uniform four year terms with February 1st start dates.

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Fatal shooting in Kent ruled a case of self-defense

KENT, Conn. (AP) Prosecutors say a fatal shooting in Connecticut last year was a case of self-defense and no charges have been filed. 
 
State's Attorney David Shepack told the News-Times on Tuesday that Andre Edness' death in a Kent home in December ``appeared to be a lawful exercise of self-defense.'' 
 
State police investigated for more than six months before closing the case. 
 
 Authorities say the 32-year-old Edness was shot in a relative's home by another resident. That resident, Hunter Chatfield, told police a knife-wielding Edness tried to break into his bedroom. 
 
Chatfield's lawyer said Edness had asked Chatfield for a ride to the liquor store and his client refused. Edness grabbed a knife and threatened to kill Chatfield, who ran to his bedroom for safety and warned Edness multiple times not to enter. 

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Trump endorses Stefanowski in Conn. gubernatorial race

There was about average voter turn out in the Greater Danbruy area for yesterday's primaries.  Some 20% to 30% of registered Democrats and Republicans typically cast ballots during the party-specific contests.  The highest participating towns included Roxbury at 48% and Kent with 43%.
 
Meanwhile, President Trump has made an endorsement in the Connecticut gubernatorial contest. He tweeted this morning in support of Republican Bob Stefanowski, who beat out four others in a primary.  Stefanowski and Ned Lamont will square off in November.
 
 
Stefanowski has never held public office.

The Madison businessman skipped the party convention process and became the first major-party candidate in Connecticut history to win a nomination after getting onto the ballot through petitions.  T
he former GE executive pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder.  He ran ads promising, among other things, to eliminate the state's income tax.

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New Milford man caught with heroin, toddler in car

A New Milford man has been arrested on drug related charges, and also risk of injury because there was a toddler in the car.  25-year old Ryan Santos was the focus of a several week investigation related to drug sales throughout the Danbury area.  He was stopped yesterday afternoon after police saw him engage in suspicious activity. 

 

Santos was followed to a local bank drive-thru and apprehended. 

 

A 20-month-old was in the rear passenger area, where police also found heroin packaged for sale, a substantial amount of U.S. currency and drug paraphernalia.  The vehicle was towed and the toddler was turned over to DCF. 

 

Santos was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia and risk of injury to a child. 

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Still River sediment removal underway

A sediment removal operation has been started in the Still River in Danbury.  The contract was awarded to EnviroConsultants & Recyclers.  Danbury Public Works officials say the project is on schedule and within budget. The contractor has completed the segment north of the Casper Street Bridge, both East and West sides of the Still River.  Sediment is currently being removed from the river bank on the west side of the Still River between Casper Street and Triangle Street. This project has a fall completion date. 

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Primary results from Greater Danbury

Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a fellow wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November.

 
The Lt Governor match up is Democrat Susan Bysiewicz and Republican Joe Markley.
The Attorney General Race features Democrat William Tong against GOP Sue Hatfield.
For Treasurer it's Democrat Shawn Wooden against Thad Gray.
The Comptroller race will feature Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller against Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo.
For U.S Senate, Republican Matthew Corey will challenge incumbent Democrat Chris Murphy.
 
In Bethel, final voter turnout for was 34-percent for Republicans and 30-percent among Democrats.
 
There were some issues in Danbury uploading the returns to the Secretary of the State's website.  On the Republican results, it shows that the 7 wards were doubled counted and on the Democratic side it reports 9 of 7 wards returned numbers.
 

 

Municipality Candidate  For Governor        
  Lamont (D) Ganim (D) Boughton (R) Herbst (R) Obsitnik (R) Stemerman (R) Stefanowski (R)
Bethel 886 150 721 89 48 84 180
Bethlehem 245 58 96 57 36 45 118
Bridgewater 154 16 112 14 8 18 38
Brookfield 663 86 854 105 68 91 175
Danbury 1,898 363 2,268 160 90 106 262
Easton 394 65 108 79 72 89 175
Kent 333 44 78 16 21 18 32
Monroe 675 122 284 2018 115 117 306
New Fairfield 430 67 582 56 43 72 93
New Milford 1,097 173 865 153 69 163 297
Newtown 1,489 213 826 209 111 212 413
Redding 622 51 251 53 44 79 138
Ridgefield 1,312 97 691 132 124 221 310
Roxbury 211 19 112 18 18 36 43
Sherman 197 20 141 33 10 25 34
Southbury 1,209 162 584 262 126 408 416
Washington 341 21 108 22 21 32 64
Weston 706 42 130 47 83 102 109
Wilton 980 74 229 108 153 240 225

 

 

Municipality Candidate For Lt Governor  
  Bysiewicz (D) Zimmerman (D) Markley (R) Stevenson (R) Stewart (R)
Bethel 660 364 699 181 189
Bethlehem 204 92 167 33 142
Bridgewater 122 54 96 43 38
Brookfield 505 250 768 212 253
Danbury 1,366 896 1,588 261 379
Easton 294 148 217 152 128
Kent 265 123 78 32 48
Monroe 553 230 452 267 256
New Fairfield 331 156 592 103 115
New Milford 811 457 822 239 401
Newtown 883 836 1,033 291 365
Redding 456 195 273 142 133
Ridgefield 986 394 838 328 226
Roxbury 154 71 107 76 35
Sherman 111 104 148 43 43
Southbury 987 370 986 303 423
Washington 238 121 130 41 56
Weston 526 198 191 123 122
Witon 752 274 427 283 187

 

Municipality Candidate For Treasurer  
  Wooden (D) Bhargava (D) Gray (R) Linares (R)
Bethel 475 533 735 284
Bethlehem 153 135 184 130
Bridgewater 96 70 135 38
Brookfield 375 346 844 337
Danbury 1,179 1,049 1,674 485
Easton 205 229 315 168
Kent 193 177 110 47
Monroe 383 389 525 415
New Fairfield 261 218 608 171
New Milford 656 569 927 476
Newtown 801 870 1,024 596
Redding 321 325 362 158
Ridgefield 597 768 976 354
Roxbury 134 90 151 51
Sherman 129 81 158 63
Southbury 699 619 1,051 567
Washington 218 126 138 75
Weston 357 354 293 137
Wilton 538 455 611 252

 

Municipality Candidate For Attorney General  
  Tong (D) Doyle (D) Mattei (D) Hatfield (R) Shaban (R)
Bethel 626 122 268 858 186
Bethlehem 185 41 65 252 70
Bridgewater 110 21 37 142 31
Brookfield 443 81 213 981 202
Danbury 1,322 349 586 1,896 274
Easton 277 39 123 267 232
Kent 223 35 121 135 22
Monroe 508 83 178 743 207
New Fairfield 311 44 129 662 118
New Milford 817 149 283 1,179 249
Newtown 1,093 185 414 1,328 305
Redding 493 41 113 296 252
Ridgefield 970 137 256 1,084 251
Roxbury 143 21 61 186 28
Sherman 150 21 40 191 32
Southbury 944 115 288 1,342 317
Washington 213 34 102 188 36
Weston 518 35 165 231 215
Wilton 734 74 200 665 210

 

Municipality Comptroller Candidate
  Miller (R) Greenberg (R)
Bethel 639 389
Bethlehem 134 192
Bridgewater 110 64
Brookfield 797 394
Danbury 1,556 603
Easton 310 171
Kent 78 81
Monroe 560 374
New Fairfield 527 248
New Milford 749 667
Newtown 902 722
Redding 326 193
Ridgefield 917 405
Roxbury 111 96
Sherman 137 85
Southbury 849 816
Washington 116 102
Weston 233 191
Wilton 548 317

 

Municipality U.S. Senate Candidate
  Corey (R) Rapini (R)
Bethel 846 173
Bethlehem 253 68
Bridgewater 143 24
Brookfield 1,003 170
Danbury 1,883 278
Easton 361 115
Kent 139 16
Monroe 711 229
New Fairfield 653 127
New Milford 1,176 228
Newtown 1,267 338
Redding 421 98
Ridgefield 1,087 230
Roxbury 174 30
Sherman 193 28
Southbury 1,270 353
Washington 176 33
Weston 321 98
Wilton 648 207

 

Municipality 5th Congressional District Candidate  
  Glassman (D) Hayes (D) Santos (R) O'Neill (R) DuPont (R)
Bethel 354 680 633 256 138
Bethlehem 82 219 117 103 106
Bridgewater 65 112 90 77 17
Brookfield 285 463 749 297 141
Danbury 806 1,494 1,512 420 235
Kent 75 333 54 79 23
New Fairfield 197 293 499 191 89
New Milford 442 830 712 473 239
Newtown 654 1,062 905 449 266
Roxbury 55 178 77 120 18
Sherman 74 146 128 58 35
Southbury 611 764 662 782 236
Washington 95 276 90 99 32

 

 

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State Constitutional office races determined

State Senator Joe Markley has won the Republican party nomination for lieutenant governor.   The 61-year-old conservative lawmaker from Southington was the party's endorsed candidate. He fended off challenges from Jayme Stevenson, the first selectman of Darien, and Erin Stewart, New Britain's 31-year-old mayor.  He received 47% support compared to 19% for Stevenson and 32% for Stewart.  Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has won the Democratic nomination.  The 56-year-old Bysiewicz has been a familiar face in Connecticut politics for decades, having first been elected to the General Assembly in 1992.  Bysiewicz fought off a challenge from 31-year-old newcomer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who cast herself as the candidate for a new generation, 62% to 38%.  
 
Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller has won the Republican nomination for Connecticut state comptroller.  The 48-year-old has served four terms in Seymour. He points to what he says are successes in keeping the town's mill rate relatively low and improving the town's credit rating.  Miller received the party endorsement at May's convention and defeated Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg 52% to 47%.  He will face Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo in November's general election.  
 
Investment manager Thad Gray has won the Republican nomination for state treasurer.  The 58-year-old Gray won the party endorsement by 14 votes in May over 29-year-old State Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, and he beat Linares again in Tuesday's primary 71,624 to 56,549, with 96% of towns reporting results to the Secretary of the State's Office.  Gray worked recently as chief investment officer at Abbot Capital Management.  Shawn Wooden has won the Democratic nomination.  The former Hartford City Council president won the party's endorsement in May. He defeated former Wall Street financial manager Dita Bhargava of Greenwich 56% to 43%.  Wooden is an attorney who focuses on investment and securities law. He grew up in Hartford's North End and was among the first to champion the building of a baseball stadium in the city.  
 
State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut attorney general in a three-way race, winning 57% of the vote.  Tong is the son of Chinese immigrants and campaigned on his willingness to challenge in court the policies of President Trump on issues including immigration.  State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination.   She defeated challenger and former state Representative John Shaban of Redding 79% to 21%.  Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and has said she wants the attorney general's office to be more pro-business.  Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut's largest gun owners' group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.  
 
Small-business owner Matthew Corey has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut and will face an uphill battle against Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy, who he says "doesn't represent Connecticut anymore." In Tuesday's primary, Corey defeated Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager for Apple computers, 76% to 24%.
 
A celebrated teacher has defeated the party-endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary for a Connecticut U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who acknowledged mishandling sexual harassment complaints in her office. On Tuesday, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes bested former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, 62% to 38%. 
 
Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos has won the Republican nomination.  The party’s endorsed candidate received 51% of the vote, defeating two GOP rivals.  Ruby Corby O’Neill of Southbury won 27% and Rich Dupont of Watertown getting 22%. Santos has called President Donald Trump’s economic policies “dead on” and has vowed to fight tax increases and unnecessary spending.

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Average voter turnout for Tuesday's primaries in Greater Danbury area

There was about average voter turn out for yesterday's primaries.  About 20% to 30% of registered Democrats and Republicans typically cast ballots during the party-specific contests. 

 

Preliminary voter turnout figures for the Greater Danbury area are as follows:

 

Municipality Democrats Republicans
     
Bethel 30% 34%
Brookfield 28.57% 34%
Kent 47.92% 38.55%
Monroe 28.76% 28.40%
Newtown 37.42% 35.12%
Redding 29.78% 27.82%
Ridgefield 26.31% 24.94%
Roxbury 48.96% 47.29%
Sherman 35.24% 30.68%
Southbury 39.57% 37.92%
Weston 34.49% 27.64%
Wilton 29.97% 23.41%

 

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In upset, Stefanowski wins GOP nod for Connecticut governor

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bob Stefanowski, a former GE executive who pitched himself to voters as Bob the Rebuilder, won Tuesday’s Republican primary for Connecticut governor in an upset and will face a fellow wealthy businessman, Democrat Ned Lamont, in November.
 
A political newcomer who bypassed the traditional Republican Party convention process, Stefanowski defeated the party’s endorsed candidate, veteran Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, and three other Republican candidates. It was Boughton’s third attempt to run for governor.
 
 
The Madison businessman gained early name recognition by running a series of ads, in which he pledged to fix the state’s fiscal woes and eliminate the personal income tax.
 
“I’ve been consistent on this from day one, unlike any of my opponents,” Stefanowski said, adding how he’s the one to “reverse the damage Dan Malloy has done over the last eight years.”
 
Stefanowski’s win sets up a likely battle this fall over the policies of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who is not running for a third term, and Republican President Donald Trump, who Lamont had vowed to fight.
 
Lamont easily defeated Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim in Tuesday’s primary. His victory comes 12 years after he defeated the party’s then-veteran U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in a Democratic showdown that was viewed nationally as a referendum on the war in Iraq. Lamont later lost in the general election when Lieberman ran as an independent.
 
As in 2006, Lamont is hoping to ride a wave of national discontent among Democrats. He has promised to “save Connecticut” from the dogma of Trump and his fellow Republicans, whether it’s on immigration, the weakening of environmental standards, limiting of access to abortion or scaling back union members’ rights.
 
“He’s wrong. We’re going to draw a line in the sand. We’re fighting for Connecticut values, not Trump values, Connecticut values. We are going to be the firewall,” Lamont told supporters who gathered in New Haven.
 
Democratic Governors Association Chairman Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, said Lamont was the only candidate in the race for governor “who will stand up to Donald Trump when his policies hurt Connecticut.”
 
The Republican Governors Association immediately responded by accusing Lamont of being an “enabler” of Malloy, even though he ran against Malloy in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.
 
 
Stefanowski clashed at times with his fellow GOP candidates, who included former Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik. Stefanowski was criticized for not having voted for 16 years and for a short stint as a Democrat before registering again as a Republican shortly before announcing his candidacy for governor.
 
Lamont, of Greenwich, has called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, more funding for local education, electronic tolls for heavy trucks and paid family and medical leave. A financially successful founder of a small cable company, Lamont contends he has the business and people skills to bring various groups together to help solve the state’s ongoing budget problems.
 
He often speaks about being an outsider and about how the “political class” has failed taxpayers and state employees.
 
Jenna Baker, of Griswold, a 25-year-old residential manager at a group home for people with disabilities, said she voted for Lamont primarily because he received the endorsement of her union. She said Ganim’s criminal past wasn’t a significant factor.
 
“By running for governor, I assume he is trying to turn around and be a good person,” she said. “I don’t have anything personally against him.”
 
Ganim, 58, served seven years in prison for steering city contracts as mayor from 1991 to 2003 in exchange for cash, wine, clothes and home improvements. Still, he was elected again as Bridgeport’s mayor in 2015, just five years after his release from prison. On Tuesday night, he called for party unity.

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Competition set for Nov. Congressional race in 5th District

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A onetime teen mother who became a celebrated teacher defeated a veteran politician Tuesday in the Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat currently held by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who didn’t seek re-election amid criticism of her mishandling of a sexual harassment case in her office.
 
Wolcott educator Jahana Hayes, who received a National Teacher of the Year award from President Barack Obama in 2016, will now face Republican Manny Santos, a former mayor of Meriden, in the November election. Despite being a political newcomer, Hayes is already on much better financial footing than Santos, who defeated two primary challengers to win the GOP nomination.
 
Hayes topped Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman, a two-time lieutenant governor candidate. If she wins the general election in November, Hayes, 45, will be the first black woman to win a Connecticut congressional seat.
 
“When we started this campaign a little more than 100 days ago, we had no organization and no network. People told us we had no chance and no business trying to upset the status quo,” Hayes told her cheering supporters, who gathered at a Waterbury hotel. “And tonight, we proved them wrong.”
 
A Democratic primary was unthinkable a year ago, when many observers believed Esty would likely win a fourth term. But the outspoken advocate of the #MeToo movement abruptly announced in April she wouldn’t seek re-election after facing heavy criticism and calls for her resignation over how she handled the firing of a former chief of staff accused of harassment. Esty has said she regrets not moving along an internal investigation into the 2016 allegations, which ultimately revealed more widespread allegations of abuse.
 
Hayes, who grew up in public housing, has vowed to “fight for the soul of our nation” in Washington, D.C. During her acceptance speech, she called for Medicare for all, stronger gun laws, and an educational system that provides greater opportunities for all children.
 
In contrast, Santos has called Republican President Donald Trump’s economic policies “dead on” and has vowed to fight tax increases and unnecessary spending.
 
“A win for Republicans in this state is also a win for the people of this state. It is also a win for the taxpayers,” Santos said in a victory speech Tuesday night.
 
He comes into the general election at a significant financial disadvantage, with recent reports showing he has less than $500 in cash still on hand for the race after accounting for a campaign debt. In contrast, Hayes had about $360,000 as of July 25.
 
 
Santos urged his supporters to rally behind him this fall.
 
“It’s going to take every one of you, just like we did for the primary, to come out and support and spend your time,” he said. Former U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson was the last Republican to hold the seat. She lost it in 2006 to Democrat Chris Murphy, who is now a U.S. senator and who encouraged Hayes to consider running for his old seat.
 
In April, Esty abruptly announced she wouldn’t seek re-election. She made the announcement days after apologizing for not protecting her employees from the male ex-chief of staff.

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Corey wins Connecticut GOP nod for Senate, will face Murphy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Matthew Corey, a window washer and Hartford pub owner, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut on Tuesday and will face an uphill battle against Democratic incumbent Chris Murphy.
 
The 54-year-old Navy veteran, who received the Republican party endorsement in May, defeated Dominic Rapini, a national sales manager for Apple computers.
 
Corey, who ran three previous unsuccessful campaigns for Congress against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson, has said he wants this race to be a referendum pitting the policies of President Donald Trump, which he supports, against the liberal policies supported by Murphy.
 
 
“He doesn’t represent Connecticut anymore because he’s forgotten Connecticut, and what’s important here,” Corey told the Hartford Courant.
 
Corey has called for more investment in small businesses in low-income communities. He’s also supportive of apprenticeship programs, corporate tax reform and a tax credit for home school parents.
 
As of July 25, records show Corey had raised about $31,000 in campaign funds compared with nearly $13.5 million for Murphy, who still has about $8.5 million on hand.
 
There was no primary on the Democratic side.
 
Murphy was first elected in 2012 and became a prominent advocate for gun control following the mass shooting that year at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
 
The 45-year-old Democrat also has gained a national reputation as an opposition voice to Trump and is frequently mentioned among possible Democratic challengers to the Republican president in 2020.
 
“There’s so much at stake this midterm election,” Murphy said in a statement. “Connecticut needs to continue to be a firewall against President Trump’s policies of division and his efforts to take away our health care in favor of benefiting corporations and his wealthy friends. The Republicans nominated up and down the ticket tonight will be a rubber stamp for his agenda. We just can’t afford to go backward.”
 
Corey, a lifelong resident of Manchester, won the Republican endorsement in May with 53 percent of the vote.
 
He does not have a college degree, spending three years on active duty in the Navy after high school. He also worked for the postal service and as a truck driver before starting his window-washing business in 1990.
 
He opened the popular McKinnon’s Irish Pub in Hartford in 2002.
 
Corey ran as an unaffiliated candidate against Larson in 2012 and won the Republican party’s endorsement to challenge Larson in 2014 and 2016, losing by wide margins in all three elections.

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Greater Danbury Unofficial Primary Results

 

Municipality Candidate  For Governor        
  Lamont (D) Ganim (D) Boughton (R) Herbst (R) Obsitnik (R) Stemerman (R) Stefanowski (R)
Bethel 886 150 721 89 48 84 180
Bethlehem 245 58 96 57 36 45 118
Bridgewater     112 14 8 18 38
Brookfield 663 86 854 105 68 91 175
Danbury              
Easton 394 65 108 79 72 89 175
Kent 333 44 78 16 21 18 32
Monroe 675 122 284 2018 115 117 306
New Fairfield 430 67 582 56 43 72 93
New Milford 1,097 173 865 153 69 163 297
Newtown 1,489 213 826 209 111 212 413
Redding 622 51 251 53 44 79 138
Ridgefield 1,312 97 691 132 124 221 310
Roxbury 211 19 112 18 18 36 43
Sherman 197 20 141 33 10 25 34
Southbury 1,209 162 584 262 126 408 416
Washington 341 21 108 22 21 32 64
Weston 706 42 130 47 83 102 109
Wilton 980 74 229 108 153 240 225

 

 

Municipality Candidate For Lt Governor  
  Bysiewicz (D) Zimmerman (D) Markley (R) Stevenson (R) Stewart (R)
Bethel 660 364 699 181 189
Bethlehem 204 92 167 33 142
Bridgewater     96 43 38
Brookfield 505 250 768 212 253
Danbury          
Easton 294 148 217 152 128
Kent 265 123 78 32 48
Monroe 553 230 452 267 256
New Fairfield 331 156 592 103 115
New Milford 811 457 822 239 401
Newtown 883 836 1,033 291 365
Redding 456 195 273 142 133
Ridgefield 986 394 838 328 226
Roxbury 154 71 107 76 35
Sherman 111 104 148 43 43
Southbury 987 370 986 303 423
Washington 238 121 130 41 56
Weston 526 198 191 123 122
Witon 752 274 427 283 187

 

Municipality Candidate For Treasurer  
  Wooden (D) Bhargava (D) Gray (R) Linares (R)
Bethel 475 533 735 284
Bethlehem 153 135 184 130
Bridgewater     135 38
Brookfield 375 346 844 337
Danbury        
Easton 205 229 315 168
Kent 193 177 110 47
Monroe 383 389 525 415
New Fairfield 261 218 608 171
New Milford 656 569 927 476
Newtown 801 870 1,024 596
Redding 321 325 362 158
Ridgefield 597 768 976 354
Roxbury 134 90 151 51
Sherman 129 81 158 63
Southbury 699 619 1,051 567
Washington 218 126 138 75
Weston 357 354 293 137
Wilton 538 455 611 252

 

Municipality Candidate For Attorney General  
  Tong (D) Doyle (D) Mattei (D) Hatfield (R) Shaban (R)
Bethel 626 122 268 858 186
Bethlehem 185 41 65 252 70
Bridgewater       142 31
Brookfield 443 81 213 981 202
Danbury          
Easton 277 39 123 267 232
Kent 223 35 121 135 22
Monroe 508 83 178 743 207
New Fairfield 311 44 129 662 118
New Milford 817 149 283 1,179 249
Newtown 1,093 185 414 1,328 305
Redding 493 41 113 296 252
Ridgefield 970 137 256 1,084 251
Roxbury 143 21 61 186 28
Sherman 150 21 40 191 32
Southbury 944 115 288 1,342 317
Washington 213 34 102 188 36
Weston 518 35 165 231 215
Wilton 734 74 200 665 210

 

Municipality Comptroller Candidate
  Miller (R) Greenberg (R)
Bethel 639 389
Bethlehem 134 192
Bridgewater 110 64
Brookfield 797 394
Danbury    
Easton 310 171
Kent 78 81
Monroe 560 374
New Fairfield 527 248
New Milford 749 667
Newtown 902 722
Redding 326 193
Ridgefield 917 405
Roxbury 111 96
Sherman 137 85
Southbury 849 816
Washington 116 102
Weston 233 191
Wilton 548 317

 

Municipality U.S. Senate Candidate
  Corey (R) Rapini (R)
Bethel 846 173
Bethlehem 253 68
Bridgewater 143 24
Brookfield 1,003 170
Danbury    
Easton 361 115
Kent 139 16
Monroe 711 229
New Fairfield 653 127
New Milford 1,176 228
Newtown 1,267 338
Redding 421 98
Ridgefield 1,087 230
Roxbury 174 30
Sherman 193 28
Southbury 1,270 353
Washington 176 33
Weston 321 98
Wilton 648 207

 

Municipality 5th Congressional District Candidate  
  Glassman (D) Hayes (D) Santos (R) O'Neill (R) DuPont (R)
Bethel 354 680 633 256 138
Bethlehem 82 219 117 103 106
Bridgewater     90 77 17
Brookfield 285 463 749 297 141
Danbury          
Kent 75 333 54 79 23
New Fairfield 197 293 499 191 89
New Milford 442 830 712 473 239
Newtown 654 1,062 905 449 266
Roxbury 55 178 77 120 18
Sherman 74 146 128 58 35
Southbury 611 764 662 782 236
Washington 95 276 90 99 32

 

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Stefanowski beats Danbury Mayor, 3 others to win GOP Connecticut governor nod

Madison businessman and political newcomer Bob Stefanowski has won the Republican primary for Connecticut governor, defeating four fellow GOP contenders.

 

The 56-year-old former General Electric executive promoted his ability to turn around struggling companies and dubbed himself “Bob the Rebuilder” in his campaign advertisements.

 

Stefanowski was the second-biggest spender in the campaign primary, trailing only former Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman

 

Stemerman and former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst questioned Stefanowski’s Republican pedigree, noting he became a Democrat only to switch back to the GOP shortly before announcing his candidacy for governor.

 

Stefanowski was the first to launch a major TV ad campaign in the race. He has called for eliminating the personal income tax.

 

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is not seeking a third term.

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Miller wins Republican primary for comptroller

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller has won the Republican nomination for Connecticut state comptroller. 
 
 Miller received the party endorsement at May's convention and defeated Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg in Tuesday's primary. 
 
 The 48-year-old Miller has served four terms in Seymour. He points to what he says are successes in keeping the town's mill rate relatively low and improving the town's credit rating. 
 
 He will face Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo in November's general election. 

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State Treasurer races decided

Investment manager Thad Gray has won the Republican nomination for state treasurer. 
 
 The 58-year-old Gray won the party endorsement by 14 votes in May over 29-year-old State Sen. Art Linares of Westbrook, and he beat Linares again in Tuesday's primary. 
 
 Gray worked recently as chief investment officer at Abbot Capital Management. He has been campaigning on his decades-long experience as a money manager, which he says gives him the ability to tackle problems such as the state's unfunded pension liability. 
 
Shawn Wooden has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut state treasurer. 
 
 The former Hartford City Council president won the party's endorsement in May. He defeated former Wall Street financial manager Dita Bhargava of Greenwich in Tuesday's primary election. 
 
Wooden is an attorney who focuses on investment and securities law. He grew up in Hartford's North End and was among the first to champion the building of a baseball stadium in the city. 

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Markley wins GOP primary for lieutenant governor

State Sen. Joe Markley has won the Republican party nomination for lieutenant governor.

 

The 61-year-old conservative lawmaker from Southington was the party’s endorsed candidate. He fended off challenges from Jayme Stevenson, the first selectman of Darien, and Erin Stewart, New Britain’s 31-year-old mayor.

 

Markley was first elected to the General Assembly in 1984, serving one term. He returned to the legislature in 2011.

 

Known for organizing the 1992 rally to oppose the imposition of a state income tax, Markley has recently turned his attention to fighting any re-introduction of tolls on Connecticut highways.

 

Markley also has advocated eliminating state’s commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and opening up juvenile court proceedings to the public.

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Bysiewicz wins Democratic nod for lieutenant gov

Former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz has won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

 

The 56-year-old Bysiewicz has been running alongside gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont. She has been a familiar face in Connecticut politics for decades, having first been elected to the General Assembly in 1992.

 

She served 12 years as secretary of the state before running unsuccessfully for attorney general and U.S. Senate.

 

Bysiewicz, who originally campaigned for governor, fought off a challenge from 31-year-old newcomer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman, who cast herself as the candidate for a new generation.

 

Bysiewicz has said her government experience is an asset that will allow her to help attract and keep businesses in the state.

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Santos wins GOP primary for Connecticut House

Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos has won the Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Connecticut Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, who came under fire for her handling of a sexual harassment case in her office.

 

The party’s endorsed candidate defeated two GOP rivals — Ruby Corby O’Neill of Southbury and Rich Dupont of Watertown — in Tuesday’s primary.

 

Santos has called President Donald Trump’s economic policies “dead on” and has vowed to fight tax increases and unnecessary spending.

 

He comes into the general election at a significant financial disadvantage. Recent reports show he has less than $500 in cash still on hand for the race.

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State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic primary for attorney general

State lawmaker William Tong has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut attorney general.

 

The state representative from Stamford was the endorsed candidate in the three-way race. He defeated state Sen. Paul Doyle, who was Tong’s co-chair on the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei.

 

Tong is the son of Chinese immigrants and is seeking to become the first Asian-American to hold the office.

 

He has campaigned on his willingness to challenge in court the policies of President Donald Trump on issues including immigration.

 

Tong has worked as commercial litigator and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2007. He briefly ran for U.S. Senate in 2012 and lost in a Democratic primary in the race for mayor of Stamford in 2013.

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Ex-Teacher of Year Jahana Hayes wins Democrat nod for Dem 5th Congressional District

A celebrated teacher has defeated the party-endorsed candidate in the Democratic primary for a Connecticut U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who acknowledged mishandling sexual harassment complaints in her Washington, D.C., office.

 

In Tuesday’s primary, 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes bested former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman. If elected in November, Hayes would become the first black woman elected to Congress from Connecticut.

 

The 45-year-old educator from Wolcott has attracted significant out-of-state political contributions and endorsements from unions and liberal organizations. She says there’s an “appetite for change” among voters.

 

Recent campaign finance reports show Hayes leading Glassman and all three Republican candidates in fundraising.

 

Esty abruptly announced in April she would not seek a fourth term. She apologized for not protecting her employees.

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State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general

State prosecutor Sue Hatfield has won the Republican nomination for attorney general.

 

Hatfield, who was endorsed by the party, defeated challenger and former state Rep. John Shaban of Redding.

 

Hatfield, of Pomfret, was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and an early supporter of Donald Trump’s candidacy for president. She served as a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, but she says she does not agree with Trump on every issue.

 

She has said she wants the attorney general’s office to be more pro-business.

 

Hatfield recently lost the endorsement of the Connecticut’s largest gun owners’ group, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, after saying she opposed the ability to download blueprints for making untraceable plastic guns with 3D printers.

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Corey wins Connecticut GOP nod for Senate, will face Murphy

Small-business owner Matthew Corey has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Connecticut and will face an uphill battle against Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.

 

In Tuesday’s primary the Manchester Republican defeated Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager for Apple computers.

 

Corey is a U.S. Navy veteran and owner of a Hartford pub and a window-washing business. He earlier unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson.

 

Corey has called for more investment in small businesses in low-income communities. He’s also supportive of apprenticeship programs, corporate tax reform and a tax credit for home school parents.

As of July 25, records show Corey had raised about $31,000 in campaign funds compared with nearly $13.5 million for Murphy.

 

There was no primary on the Democratic side.

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AP: Lamont wins Dem primary for Connecticut governor

usinessman Ned Lamont has won the Democratic nomination for Connecticut governor, defeating Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim.

 

Lamont’s victory comes 12 years after he defeated U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman in a Democratic showdown, only to lose the general election when Lieberman ran as an independent. That race was seen as part of a national referendum on the Iraq War.

 

Lamont has said he’ll “save Connecticut” from President Donald Trump’s policies, whether it’s the weakening of environmental standards or abortion access.

 

Lamont says he’ll bring a businessman’s approach to solving the state’s fiscal woes. He supports unions and a higher minimum wage.

 

Ganim was elected Bridgeport mayor in 2015 despite serving seven years in prison for public corruption.

 

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy decided against running for a third term.

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Polls close at 8pm in Connecticut for primary voters

Connecticut's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to choose their candidates for the November election.  Unaffiliated voters, the largest single voting bloc, are not allowed to participate in Tuesday's primary.

 

In Danbury, as of 1pm, voter turnout among Democrats is about 9-percent.  Turnout is about double on the Republican side.  In Brookfield's District 2 ballots are being cast at Center School because the water tank is being replaced at the high school.

 

The Election Day hotline at 866-SEEC-INFO (866-733-2463) and email address at elections@ct.gov will be available throughout Election Day for anyone who witnesses voting irregularities. The hotline will be staffed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and the email address is staffed by both SEEC and the Office of the Connecticut  Secretary of the State.
 
Three Republicans — Southington state Senator Joe Markley, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson are facing off to be the Lt govenror nominee.  Two Democrats — former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Newtown union organizer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman will fight for their parties’ nomination for lieutenant governor.
 
Stamford State Representative William Tong, Wethersfield Senator Paul Doyle and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei of Hartford are seeking the Democrats’ attorney general nomination, while Pomfret state prosecutor Sue Hatfield and former Redding Representative John Shaban are the Republican candidates. 
 
Two Republicans — retired investment officer Thad Gray and Westbrook state Senator Art Linares — and three Democrats — former Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden, former Greenwich Wall Street trader Dita Bhargarva and Hartford attorney Arunan Arulampalam, are running for state treasurer.
 
There is also a Republican primary for comptroller, with Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller facing a challenge from Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg.
 
Republicans will choose between Manchester business owner Matthew Corey and Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager from Branford, as their candidate to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy. 
 
In western Connecticut’s 5th congressional district, where incumbent Elizabeth Esty is not seeking re-election, former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman and teacher Jahana Hayes are vying for the Democratic nomination. Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, retired university professor Ruby O’Neill of Southbury and Watertown manufacturing consultant Rich Dupont are seeking the Republican nomination.

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Ridgefield Police remind pet owners to get license for dogs

The Ridgefield Police Department is reminding pet owners that all dogs over the age of six months and living in Ridgefield must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed by the town clerk. The license is good for a year, and must be renewed each June.  Police say there are still many residents that have not licensed their dogs for the current year.

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Funding request sent to New Milford Board of Finance for library expansion

A $6.5 million request has been sent by the New Milford Town Council to the Board of Finance, which would be used to expand and renovate the library.  New Milford will also apply for a million dollar state grant for the work.  The Library Board of Trustees will put  $1 million toward the project and are asking that the same amount be taken out of the Waste Management Fund.  The overall design, which would also make the facility ADA compliant, was previously approved by the New Milford Town Council.  The proposal to add 10,000 square feet of usable space features another story built on top of the addition, constructed in the late 1970s.  An outdoor terrace, a self-serve cafe and a new facade to fit the downtown aesthetic are also part of the design.

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Brookfield, New Milford to study joining Still River Greenway paths

Brookfield and New Milford are working together to see if it's feasible to join sections of the Still River Greenway located in each municipality.  Brookfield officials have appointed three members to an ad hoc committee to evaluate the path proposed by New Milford's Bike and Trail Committee: Bohdan Dackow, Jean Hartnett and Maureen Farrell.  A survey in Brookfield last fall showed that 900 people used the greenway on Saturdays and Sundays.  With the ongoing revitalization in both downtowns, First Selectman Steve Dunn says this seems to be the perfect time to join the Greenways.  According to a memo about the proposal, Brookfield will be applying for grant funds.

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Police search for person of interest in Danbury car break-ins

Danbury Police are trying to identify a person of interest in connection  with several car break-ins.  Surveillance images of a person who they say may be involved in the crimes off Eagle Road have been released. Police say credit cards were stolen from the cars and used to buy thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise from area stores.  Anyone with information should contact Danbury police. 

 

 

  

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Danbury willed 25 acres near Bear Mountain Reserve

Danbury has been willed a property near the Bear Mountain Reserve.  The 25 acres gifted to Danbury by the late Victor Westman includes a house, detached garage and a barn.  The land will be kept as open space.  The City Council accepted the donation, on the condition that the Planning Commission signs off. 

 

The acquisition via inheritance includes several small parcels, none of which are contiguous to the park.  There's a mix of terrain and City officials hope the school district can use the land to have students study the different species that live there. 

 

Mayor Mark Boughton says he met quarterly with the land owner over the last 15 years.  He'd like the City to do something similar to a house at the Farrington Woods property, rent it to police officer or public safety official. 

 

Danbury is also looking for a tenant for the Richter gardener's house.  Both need some updating and work.

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High-profile races up for grabs in Connecticut primary

Connecticut's roughly 1.2 million registered Democrats and Republicans will go to the polls to choose their candidates for the November election.  Unaffiliated voters, the largest single voting bloc, are not allowed to participate in Tuesday's primary.

 

There is a change in voting location in Brookfield for the primary.  District 2 will not cast ballots at Brookfield High School, but rather vote at Center School. The water tank is being replaced at the high school, so there is no water available. Voting in District 1 will be at the usual location, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.

 

The Election Day hotline at 866-SEEC-INFO (866-733-2463) and email address at elections@ct.gov will be available throughout Election Day for anyone who witnesses voting irregularities. The hotline will be staffed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and the email address is staffed by both SEEC and the Office of the Connecticut  Secretary of the State.
 
The SEEC is the primary elections investigative and civil enforcement authority in Connecticut. The Secretary of the State’s office is charged with overseeing all elections in Connecticut, which includes advising and assisting local Registrars of Voters and Town Clerks on their statutory responsibilities regarding the administration of elections.


There are seven candidates running for governor. The list includes two Democrats -- endorsed candidate Ned Lamont and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim.  The five Republicans are endorsed candidate Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, former Trumbull First Selectman Tim Herbst and Madison businessman Bob Stefanowski, former Greenwich hedge fund manager David Stemerman, and Westport tech entrepreneur Steve Obsitnik.

 

Three Republicans — Southington state Senator Joe Markley, New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, and Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson are facing off to be the Lt govenror nominee.  Two Democrats — former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz and Newtown union organizer Eva Bermudez Zimmerman will fight for their parties’ nomination for lieutenant governor.
 
Stamford State Representative William Tong, Wethersfield Senator Paul Doyle and former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei of Hartford are seeking the Democrats’ attorney general nomination, while Pomfret state prosecutor Sue Hatfield and former Redding Representative John Shaban are the Republican candidates. 
 
Two Republicans — retired investment officer Thad Gray and Westbrook state Senator Art Linares — and three Democrats — former Hartford City Council President Shawn Wooden, former Greenwich Wall Street trader Dita Bhargarva and Hartford attorney Arunan Arulampalam, are running for state treasurer.
 
There is also a Republican primary for comptroller, with Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller facing a challenge from Litchfield businessman Mark Greenberg.
 
Republicans will choose between Manchester business owner Matthew Corey and Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager from Branford, as their candidate to challenge Democratic U-S Senator Chris Murphy.
 
In western Connecticut’s 5th congressional district, where incumbent Elizabeth Esty is not seeking re-election, former Simsbury First Selectman Mary Glassman and teacher Jahana Hayes are vying for the Democratic nomination. Former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, retired university professor Ruby O’Neill of Southbury and Watertown manufacturing consultant Rich Dupont are seeking the Republican nomination.

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New Milford firefighter among crew returning from Colorado wildfire response

A fire crew from Connecticut has returned home from a deployment to Colorado. 

 

The 20-member crew, made up of two DEEP employees, and 16 private-sector firefighters, left Connecticut on July 27th.  They have been working in Colorado on the Buttermilk and Green Mountain fires, totaling about 800 acres. 

 

Among the firefighters was Sergio Liguori of New Milford. 

 

DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest or wildfires. Crew members must complete a rigorous training program and participate in an annual renewal course. Connecticut participates in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

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Woman admits she stole from adopted parents to fuel drug use

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to breaking into her adoptive parents' home and stealing jewelry in order to fuel her drug habit.

The Stamford Advocate reports that 31-year-old Jillian Katz pleaded guilty last week to a reduced charge of third-degree burglary for stealing 23 pieces of jewelry from the Wilton home.

Police say she stole the jewelry in February while her parents were on vacation. She has been jailed since her arrest in April.

Katz faces five years behind bars for the break-in and also has pending burglary and larceny cases. She previously faced up to 40 years in prison before pleading to the reduced charges.

Katz's public defender says they are seeking alternatives to incarceration in order to help Katz with substance abuse. 

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Solarize CT meeting in Brookfield tonight

Brookfield is participating in a residential solar program that makes going solar easy and affordable. Two final workshops have been scheduled on tonight and September 11 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in Meeting Room 133 at Brookfield Town Hall. Homeowners who want to find out if their home is good for solar can go directly to SolarizeCT.com.

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Sister lunch ladies accused of stealing big money

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) - Two sisters and former cafeteria workers are being charged with stealing nearly half of a million dollars from Connecticut schools in the past five years.

Police say 61-year-old Joanne Pascarelli of Stratford and her sister 67-year-old Marie Wilson of Wilton turned themselves into New Canaan police this weekend after warrants were issued for their arrest.

The two have been charged with larceny and defrauding a public community for allegedly stealing $478,588 from Saxe Middle School and New Canaan High School from 2012 to 2017. Board of Education officials did not reply for comment.

An attorney for Wilson says she is innocent and is "not going to be scapegoated." The sisters have been released after each posting a $50,000 bond, and will be in court later in August. An attorney for Pascarelli could not be identified.  

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Sandy Hook firefighters find car 75 feet down embankment

Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a car crash on I-84 East early Saturday morning.  Firefighters found a Ford Escape approximately 75 feet down the embankment.  The incident happened between exits 10 and 11 around 4:45am.  The driver sustained minor injuries.

 

(Photo: SHVFR)

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Brookfield Senior Tax Abatement Committee recommends changes

The Brookfield Senior Tax Abatement Committee is recommending to town officials that the program cap abated taxes for eligible resident age 75 or older and a one-time partial abatement for seniors earning 3 percent over existing income limits.  Current requirements are that a resident must have lived and paid taxes in Brookfield for the last five years and income must be below $49,420 for a single person and $60,200 for a married couple.  Their home value must also not exceed the median assessed property value for the year.  According to the committee’s report, Brookfield provides a higher abatement on property taxes than almost towns in the area.

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New Milford begins 'Employee of the Month' program

New Milford officials have created a Town Employee of the Month program.  Department heads submit their recommendations and the first person to receive the recognition is Monika Roberts, office coordinator for the Department of Social Services.  She was nominated for identifying an opportunity, taking the initiative and creating a savings for New Milford.  Roberts read about the postal service wanting to move businesses toward a bar-coded mailing procedure, arranged for a trainer to come to New Milford and changed the bulk mail procedures in time for the July mailing.  New Milford sends out about 300 newsletters via bulk mail 10 times a year.

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Man suspected of Watertown home invasion, sex assault turns himself in

A man suspected of a Watertown home invasion, kidnapping, and sexual assault has turned himself in.  41-year old Urim Asani allegedly targeted the victim of the Saturday crime in the Oakville section of Watertown.  Asani was charged with two counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, strangulation or suffocation, unlawful restraint, home invasion, threatening, and assault.  

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Interim Principal named for Ridgefield elementary school

An interim principal has been named at Scotland Elementary School in Ridgefield.  William Santasiero started last week and hold the role until the district finds a permanent replacement.  He retired in June as principal of Morris Street School in Danbury.  Scotland Elementary's former principal, Joanna Genovese, resigned amid controversy last month.  She is on a paid leave of absence until her resignation becomes official on the 31st.  Controversial Facebook posts and recess concerns were raised to the Ridgefield Board of Education in recent months by parents.

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DEEP to look into illegal raw sewage dump in Danbury

A Danbury resident allegedly illegally dumped 2,000 gallons of raw sewage into a storm drain on Lake Avenue.  Councilman Phil Curran asked if the resident will be held responsible and who will pay for the response.  On July 8th, the Danbury Public Works Department responded with a sewer truck and cleaned all of the catch basins and washed all of the pipes.  A crew went back the next day to follow up. 

 

Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says his department tracked all related costs and submitted it for a claim to see if the City can get payment.  The next step is to work with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

 

City Attorney Les Pinter is looking into what legal action can be taken against the home owner, not the tenant.  There have been other issues at the home, with the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team and the Health Department responding to the property. 

 

Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour told the Council that there were three people arrested.  Danbury resident Francisco Tomas Vidal, Pablo Pintado Penaloza of Manhattan and Oscar Anselmo Hernandez-Jimenez of Spring Valley, New York were charged with breach of peace, criminal mischief and illegally dumping hazardous waste.    

 

All three have pleaded not guilty, were released on $1,000 bond and are due back in court on August 22nd.

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Road work update provided by New Milford Mayor

There's a lot of road work underway in New Milford.  On the Still River Roundabout, crews will continue to install curbing and begin to form for the concrete truck apron and splitter islands.  On Young's Field Road, the contractor will continue replacing corrugated metal pipe and be paving the north end of the road today. Further milling, grading and paving will take place tomorrow through Thursday, weather permitting. 

 

Long Mountain will begin to see survey layout, traffic control signs and other preliminary activities this week. 

 

On Railroad Street, there is a public notice about drainage work, milling and paving.  The goal is to have the work done next Monday or the following Monday, the 27th, to minimize business impacts. 

 

On Town Farm Road, drainage is being installed and plans call for milling, paving, curb and apron work before school opens on the 29th.

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Teens charged in Newtown for pot possession, driving restriction violations

Two teens have been charged in Newtown after an officer found marijuana in their car during a routine traffic stop.  A car with defective lights was pulled over on Church Hill Road around 2:30am Thursday.  The juvenile passenger, who lives in Newtown, was found in possession of a large quantity of marijuana, over half a pound, and packaging material.  The teen was charged with illegal possession and possession with intent to sell.  The driver was issued an infraction for defective equipment and violating passenger restrictions.  Both teens were released to their parents.

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Students from Newtown, Parkland march together

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Students from Parkland, Florida, and Newtown, Connecticut, teamed up for the final leg of a nationwide bus tour to protest gun violence and the policies of the National Rifle Association.

Supporters gathered Sunday afternoon in Newtown near the site of the December 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The final event included youth music performances and a speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King's granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King.

Organizers say they hope to continue educating young people about gun issues and encouraging young adults to vote.

The March for Our Lives: Road to Change was started after February's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. It was part of a traveling rally that began in Chicago in June and made stops in 20 states.  

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Community meeting in Redding on proposed Eversource improvements

A community meeting is being held tonight in Redding about planned maintenance work by Eversource. The proposal is for work on the transmission line that runs from the Peaceable Street substation to the Archer Lane substation.  Information will be presented and questions will be addressed at that time in regard to the proposed work. 

 

Redding will also begin to organize the neighborhoods’ response to the proposal.  The community meeting is at 7pm in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

 

Eversource plans to replace 26 existing structures in the areas of Diamond Hill Road, Umpawaug Road, Windy Hill Road, Quarry Rock Road, Seventy Acres Road, Indian Hill Road, and Peaceable Street.  It includes replacement of wooden H poles that blend into scenery with steel monopoles that will be visible above the treeline. Additional trees may be removed and accessways improved so that large machinery can access the right of way.

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Police continue to investigate fatal motorcycle crash

Danbury Police have released more details about a fatal motorcycle accident that happened Thursday night on Backus Avenue, in front of the mall.  A preliminary investigation found that the motorcyclist, 25-year-old Samuel Hyde, of Danbury, was speeding westbound when the motorcycle stuck a car.  Hyde was transported to the hospital, where he later succumb to his injuries.  The driver of the car was 64-year-old Roberto Romero, of Brewster.  The collision remains under investigation. Any witness is asked to contact the Danbury Police Department Traffic Division at 203-797-2157.

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March For Our Lives event coming to Newtown Sunday

A anti-gun violence protest is coming to Newtown on Sunday.  Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are leading the March For Our Lives event, which will be held from 2pm to 6pm on the Fairfield Hills campus.  The event, sponsored locally by Sandy Hook Promise, will include voter registration opportunities, food trucks, and a speaking program.  The Road to Change tour kicked off in June in Chicago.  A bus has been touring the country, making 50 stops in 20 states.  The advocacy group is calling for the CDC to research gun violence as a public health issue, a ban on high capacity magazines and extreme risk prevention orders. 

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Purple Heart ceremony to be held in New Milford this morning

A ceremony is being held in New Milford this morning as the municipality officially becomes a Purple Heart Town.  New Milford would be the 5th town in the state with the designation.  The ceremony at Town Hall is at 10:30 and will honor Purple Heart recipients.

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