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Newtown firefighters to collect donations for Food Pantry

Fire companies in Newtown are hosting their annual pre-Thanksgiving food drive this weekend. 

Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue company will be collecting donations for FAITH Food Pantry on Saturday.  They, along with members of Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder companies, will be outside Big Y on Queen Street to fill the fire truck beginning at 10am.  Members of Botsford and Dodgingtown will be stationed outside Stop & Shop on South Main Street.  All items and financial donations received on Saturday will be delivered immediately to the food pantry as soon as the collection ends at 2 o'clock. 

Firefighters will be taking donations of food, personal hygiene and cleaning items, pet supplies, and even cash donations. 

The Bethel Police Department will be joining the Stony Hill Four Corners Association and Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Department for the same collection to also benefit the Bethel Food Pantry.

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Ridgefield residents split approval on Charter revisions

Ridgefield residents weighed in on a number of proposed changes to the town's charter during the election last week.  Residents overwhelmingly supported separating the Ridgefield Inland Wetlands Board from the Planning and Zoning Commission.  Five other proposals were approved and three failed.  

Among those rejected were making the treasurer and tax collector appointed positions.  Voters also defeated a question would ave allowed the Annual Town Meeting to reduce budgets before they are sent to referendum only if the meeting is attended by at least 2-percent of registered town voters. 

Under one approved question, the finance board will now be tasked with creating a “master budget schedule” by which the school board and selectmen’s budgets are heard, commented on, and eventually approved by the voters.  Voters decided to allow selectmen and finance board to determine how to spend money left over when capital projects are completed under their approved budget amount.  Residents voted to prevent a candidate from running for more than one office in single election with overlapping terms. 

The charter’s “standards of conduct” section will be deleted after a new ethics code is proposed by the selectmen and adopted by a town meeting.  A series of “technical changes” were approved.  They include having the “Commission on the Disabled” renamed the “Commission on Accessibility.”

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Two local Police Chiefs to be sworn in to office

Two new police chiefs in the area will take the oath of office today. 

Ridgefield Police Chief Jeff Kreitz will be sworn in this morning.  The ceremony will be held at the Lounsbury House at 11am.  Kreitz was named the new chief of police on October 26th, replacing longtime Chief John Roche who passed away in late August.  The 39-year old takes over from Major Steve Brown, who has been serving as the department’s acting chief for the past several months. 

The ceremony is open to the public. 

A swearing in ceremony will be held tonight for the new Police Chief in New Milford.  Spencer Cerruto will take the oath of office  November 14th at 19 Main Street at 7pm.  The Watertown Police Lt has over 30 years of police and command experience.  Mayor Pete Bass says he has a strong commitment to community policing. 

The contract for outgoing Police Chief Shawn Boyne was not renewed by New Milford officials. 

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Conn. Supreme Court to hear case involving Redding tax appraisal

The Connecticut Supreme Court will be hearing a case involving the Town of Redding today.  The case centers around Redding Life Care, LLC, filing a tax appeal in the trial court to challenge the town's assessment of its property.  The Supreme Court will take up the matter at 10am. 

An appraiser conducted two reviews on behalf of banks considering lending the company money, and the town wanted to compel the appraiser to testify in a deposition.  The appraiser moved for a protective order, noting that he had not been retained by either of the parties to the tax appeal and claiming that Connecticut law prohibited compelling his unretained expert testimony. 

The trial court denied his motion.  The Appellate Court reversed the ruling, holding for the first time that Connecticut law recognizes a qualified unretained expert privilege.

The Supreme Court will consider first whether it has jurisdiction to review the Appellate Court’s final determination.  If the Supreme Court determines that it has jurisdiction, it will next decide whether Connecticut recognizes a qualified expert testimonial privilege permitting an unretained expert to withhold testimony regarding an opinion that the expert has previously rendered and documented in a written report and, if so, what the scope of that privilege is. 

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Brookfield zoners consider drive-thru regulations

The Brookfield Zoning Commission took up a proposed rule change on drive-thrus in the Town Center District on Thursday. 

The Commission is looking into an application from the owner of Dunkin Donuts, to move down the road to the old Hearth Restaurant property.  A hearing on the application was continued to November 29th.  A decision must be made by December 13th, though 65 extension days are available. 

The regional planning agency, the Western Connecticut Council of Governments has sent a letter opposed to the change saying that drive-through developments do not foster an active downtown.   Brookfield is aiming to attract mixed-use developments in the Four Corners area by adding sidewalks and other amenities to the area.

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Sandy Hook firefighters undergo vehicle training session

Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Company held a driver recertification training session over the weekend.  Among the challenges at the Rescue Truck station were shifting the truck to engage the generator. For Road Driving, each operator needed to follow the direction of the officer with them, safely driving Engine 441 without incident. Aerial Setup and Operation, and Driving/Backing Maneuvers were conducted at Newtown High School.  The Maneuvers station challenged drivers through a course marked with cones and agreed upon common hand signals. Each time a cone was hit, the driver had to return Tanker 49 to its starting point. If a driver hit more than two cones, they failed that station.

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Brookfield zoners consider drive-thru regulations

The Brookfield Zoning Commission took up a proposed rule change on drive-thrus in the Town Center District on Thursday. 

The Commission is looking into an application from the owner of Dunkin Donuts, to move down the road to the old Hearth Restaurant property.  A hearing on the application was continued to November 29th.  A decision must be made by December 13th, though 65 extension days are available. 

The regional planning agency, the Western Connecticut Council of Governments has sent a letter opposed to the change saying that drive-through developments do not foster an active downtown.   Brookfield is aiming to attract mixed-use developments in the Four Corners area by adding sidewalks and other amenities to the area.

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Kent Library, Social Services to host Medicare Open Enrollment event

Kent Library and Kent Social Services will host a Medicare Open Enrollment event Saturday, November 17th at th Library, from 10am to 1pm.  Peter D’Aprile of Kent Station Pharmacy will review Part D prescription plans. Hugh Hill, a licensed insurance agent and Kent resident, will review attendees current Medicare Supplement Plan and/or Medicare Advantage Plan. Participants should bring their current insurance cards, list of current physicians, and list of current medications. No appointment necessary.

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Danbury Fire Department holds promotion ceremony

The Danbury Fire Department is holding a promotion ceremony this afternoon.  Officer Rui Fernandes will be promoted to Sergeant. Lieutenant Heather Anderson is getting promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal. Deputy Fire Marshal Eric Handau is getting promoted to Captain. Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company is touting Handau's promotion, as Handau is a longtime volunteer member.  He has been a career firefighter with the City of Danbury for over 25 years. He is also a part time Paramedic in Brookfield.  

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34th annual Run for the Turkeys 5K in New Fairfield this weekend

The New Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the 34th annual Run for the Turkeys 5K road Race/Health Walk this weekend.  There will also be a Kid’s Fun Run around the high school track for children 12 years and under.  There will be digital timing, positional placing, raffle prizes and trophies to the top runners in each division.  The event will be held on Sunday, November 18th.

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First-responder DNA an issue in lawsuit over lawyer's death

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The father of a Connecticut lawyer found shot to death in an overturned SUV is trying to obtain DNA samples from first responders as he seeks to disprove the police conclusion that his son killed himself.

Dr. Abraham Dabela has subpoenaed several Redding police officers and firefighters for DNA samples as part of a lawsuit against Redding police. He says he is trying to determine the source of unknown DNA found on the trigger of his son's gun at the crash site.

Thirty-five-year-old Gugsa Abraham ``Abe'' Dabela was found dead in an overturned SUV near his Redding home in April 2014.

First responders are asking a federal magistrate judge in Hartford to reject the subpoenas. A court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

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Brookfield starts to trim, remove dangerous trees

Brookfield has set aside $50,000 in the budget to identify and remove or trim every dangerous tree in town.  This project includes storm clean-up and normal annual maintenance. 

After a complete review of every town street, town officials are in the process of removing or trimming trees marked with an ‘x’. The priority is to first remove those marked most dangerous, with the rest taken care of as part of work ongoing through the year. 

Brookfield can only work on trees in the town right-of-way. If a tree is on private property, it is the responsibility of the property owner. 

Anyone who sees a tree they consider dangerous is asked to notify the town, and Public Works will assess the situation.

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Johnson School PTO to hear renovation update tonight

The Bethel School Superintendent will be attending the Johnson School PTO meeting tonight to provide an update on the Construction Schedule and Timelines. Environmental Specialist Jim Twitchell and the Construction Manager will be available to answer any questions about construction and/or environmental abatement.  Bethel received approval last month from the state Office of School Construction to go out to bid on the renovation project.  The PTO meeting is at 7pm at Johnson School.

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Bethel to hold hearing on Clarke Park expansion proposal

The Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission is hosting a public hearing tonight about expanding Clarke Business Park.  Trowbridge Drive, a cul-de-sac on the southern edge of the park, would be extended by 16 acres.  As many as 4 businesses could be added. 

The project is expected to cost around $1 million, and residents will need to sign off on the spending, which will also pay for extending the sewer, water and utility lines.  Plans call for the town borrowing the money, with the Economic Development Commission paying back the loan using proceeds from the expansion.  Bethel did receive state grant money for the design and some unused funds, along with more potential grant money could offset the cost. 

The hearing is at 7pm in Bethel Town Hall.

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Discussion on compassion to be held in Ridgefield

Swastikas have been found around Ridgefield over the last two years and some students have reported stress from bullying.  In response, Project Resilience has invited Dr. Christopher Kukk to speak this week.  The founding director of The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State has been instrumental in helping other communities develop a “Cities of Compassion” initiative. He wrote a book about titled The Compassionate Achiever: how Helping Others Fuels Success- a 4-step Program for Cultivating Compassion.  His talk on Wednesday is at 7pm at Scotts Ridge Middle School.

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Ridgefield officials to discuss ban on door-to-door sales

The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen is meeting tonight and will discuss a proposed ordinance revision aimed at preventing door-to-door soliciting.  The current ordinance would eliminate a permit process that allows people to legally pursue door-to-door sales.  Some 1st amendment issues have been raised by Comcast of Connecticut.  Comcast has been seeking a peddling permit since February and objects to delays in acting on the application.  Tonight's Selectmen meeting is scheduled for 6:30pm at Ridgefield Town Hall. 

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Checks presented to vet organizations from Veterans Walkway of Honor in Danbury

Checks were presented yesterday to two veteran organizations, from proceeds raised during the final phase of the brick sales from the Veterans Walkway of Honor in Danbury.  The Danbury War Memorial donated a thousand dollars each to the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and the Friends of Fisher House Connecticut.  Project Organizer Lee Teicholz says the Veterans Walkway of Honor has raised more than $83,000 since 2013, of which more than $47,000 went to support programs at the Danbury War Memorial and nearly $16,000 more for area organizations serving veterans.

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Danbury schools mark Veterans Day

Students at the King Street Campus gathered early Friday morning to give thanks to the veterans for their service. Tom Saadi, who serves on in the Danbury City Council, spoke to students. Saadi is a Major in the U.S. Army Service and is Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Some sixth- and seventh-grade students at Rogers Park Middle School had the opportunity to write letters to men and women currently serving in the U.S. military. 

Broadview Middle School students hosted a breakfast Friday morning to honor the men and women who serve or have served. Every student in the school participated in the event from coloring posters that hung in the school’s cafeteria, to handwriting invitations and making gift bags with handwritten cards.

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Bethel School Start Time Committee meets tonight

A Parent Information and Feedback Session is being held in Bethel tonight about the final School Start Time options. The committee is recommending three tiers.  High Schoolers along with St. Mary’s, Nonnewaug, and Abbott Tech start times around 7:45am, the Middle School at 8:20 with Berry, Rockwell and Johnson schools at 9am.  The school district says the cost impact will be minimal with students gaining about 10 minutes in the morning.  A challenge would be to share resources between Bethel High and Middle schools, with increased community stops for the middle school.

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Danbury, Ridgefield Police looking into burglaries at nursing homes

Danbury Police are investigating thefts from assisted living facilities.  Police are searching for a woman dressed in a nursing uniform targeting elderly residents of at least two nursing homes in the city.  The suspect allegedly stole items from purses last week.  During Thursday's City Council meeting, Councilman Ben Chianese mentioned the incidents.  The accountant for Filosa Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hancock Hall says Glen Hill Center warned them about the incidents.  Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour said that was the first he heard of the incidents and would look into it.  Ridgefield Police are also investigating a similar incident. 

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Clean up of storm damage at New Fairfield Cemetery starts today

Clean-up of the New Fairfield Cemetery will begin this morning.  Parking will not be available in the lot in front of the cemetery, and travel on Brush Hill Road will be reduced to one lane at times to accommodate a crane and other necessary equipment.  The cemetery, across the street from Town Hall, suffered significant damage in the May 15th storm.  The estimate for clean up and repairs, including tree removal, was $14,000.  Multiple headstones were damaged, at least three large trees were uprooted and other trees sustained damage.  Headstones in the cemetery date back to the mid-1700s.

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Serial burglar convicted in Putnam County

A serial burglar has been convicted in Putnam County.  A jury convicted Andrew Hickey of Carmel for breaking into three houses over a 5 week period last year, two houses on the same night.  Two of the homes were occupied.  Hickey was traced through DNA left at two of the scenes, and was arrested at the third home with the burglary in progress. Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy says Hickey was involved in some very dangerous activity.  In one home a mother and her baby were alone when he broke in, and in another a young woman was alone.  There were no injuries reported in any of the cases.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 15.

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Danbury man charged for alleged sex abuse of child

A Danbury man has been arrested on sex assault charges for allegedly abusing a child.  A several month long investigation into 57-year old David Glahn Jr led to his arrest on Friday.  A female child said the abuse happened a number of years earlier.  He was also charged with 4 counts of risk of injury.  Glahn is being held pending a court appearance. 

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No decision on what to do with old Bethel Police Station

Bethel officials haven't decided yet what to do with the old police station and land on Plumtrees Road.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says his thought is that the building will be torn down and the land return to its natural state.  One of the problems with the old station is that it sits in the middle of a flood plain. 

Knickerbocker says part of the property could be used for parking for the nearby athletic fields. 

At some point in the near future, Knickerbocker says they could go to residents for an allocation to outfit the firing range with an air handling system that collects lead dust and filters it out, tracks that run the targets, computers to run the training scenarios.  The plan is to look at how much contingency funding is left over and see how much more will have to be added. 

He is looking into having other nearby towns use the firing range to help save them money and offset some costs.  Knickerbocker called it a good regional sharing opportunity.  Knickerbocker says that could take another couple of months. 

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New Fairfield Representative unopposed, gets 5th term

New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith was unopposed this Election Day.  He has served four terms and will be returned for a fifth term in the state House.  Smith co-sponsored a number of bills last session, but was most proud of the bipartisan budget approved last year.  He says it reduces costs and eases the burden on taxpayers.  

Smith was also proud of blocking toll bills from coming up for a vote.  He says tolls would be hurtful to residents and without a lockbox for transportation funding, it would be another ruse for getting more money to spend on entitlement programs.  He supports the concept of a lockbox, but the proposal still gives the legislature access to the funds.  Money form the gas tax has been earmarked for infrastructure improvements, but Smith says it’s been misappropriated.  He does not support the question on the ballot.

The other constitutional amendment question is about public land sold for private use.  Smith says there are times when a public hearing should be held before that sale, but there are other small transfers that shouldn’t have to go up for a hearing.  He says some transfers, like easements, can be done administratively.  For larger parcels, Smith says the public involvement would be helpful.

The Education Cost Sharing Formula was adjusted last session.  Smith expects further revisions will be needed, but notes that the fairness answer has eluded lawmakers for years.  He says the formula is not fair now and Danbury has been hurt by past reforms.

Smith wants to focus on making the state a place where businesses and taxpayers can thrive.  He says regulations and unfunded mandates have been a constant battle.  He’d like to find a way to reduce taxes on business.

As for legalizing recreational marijuana, Smith has opposed bills in the past.  He says there are so many incidental costs and issues with the legalization in other states, but he can understand why people looking for more revenue would support the idea.  Smith remains concerned about raising money off of marijuana.  On sports betting, he expects the matter to come up.  Smith notes that it’s going on every day and there’s no reason for Connecticut to not get involved, as long as it’s properly regulated.

Smith is a member of the Judiciary Committee.  He says the ban on ghost guns was too widely drafted for him to support the measure.  If it were to be properly drafted, he’d be open to looking at it.  Smith says he understands the concerns about ghost guns not being regulating or traceable.  He remains mindful of second amendment rights, but also about the rights of people to be safe in their homes, schools and other public places.  Smith does not support arming school teachers, but does support retired police officers or military veterans protecting students and teachers.

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Monroe, Newtown state Representative unopposed in 112th District

Monroe Representative JP Sredzinski is running unopposed in the district, which also includes a portion of Newtown.  He has served two terms and will be returned for a third term.  Sredzinski says the budget adopted last year will help improve fiscal stability in the state through bonding and spending caps and stopping 17 tax increases or new taxes.  They were also able to stop a proposal to stop moving teacher pension costs off onto municipalities.  Sredzinski says any governor going forward will be prevented from making mid-year budget cuts to education aid and municipal funding.  He says that’s important because towns set their budget in April or May, before the legislature enacts changes.

Sredzinski is a ranking member on the Public Safety Committee.  One bill that was signed into law dealt with sexual assault evidence collection.  When a person goes to a health care facility, the facility must contact a sexual assault counselor.  In the past, the victim needed to request that help.  The new law does not require a victim to take advantage of the service if they do not want to.  The measure also implements an electronic tracking system for evidence kits.  Sredzinski says there is a tendency for repeat offences, so this should help better help law enforcement. The bill also gives victims access to information about that kit.

Sredzinski wants to continue to make Connecticut more business friendly, give municipalities more predictable funding and improve transportation infrastructure without implementing tolling.  He says the Transportation Committee passed four bills out of committee on tolling, but were never called on the floor of the House because the votes weren’t there for approval.  He was critical of the $10 million toll study, calling unnecessary and irresponsible.  He would have preferred that money go to school construction or school security.

On the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana, Sredzinski says the risks outweigh the reward in terms of public safety versus tax revenue.  He says other states have experience problems with labor issues and impairment tests.  Sredzinski is open to the debate, but doesn’t support the idea right now. 

As for sports betting, Sredzinski says there is a major revenue component.  He says it has to be implemented in the right way.  Sredzinski questioned if it would be available online, if there would be age restrictions and where someone could place a bet.  He’s not sure it should be done at lottery terminals.  He also wants to prevent betting on high school or little league games.  Sredzinski also wants to be able to track any misuse of it.

The ghost gun bill passed out of the Judiciary Committee last year, but did not make it for a vote on the House floor.  Sredzinski says the devil is in the details.  He would like to see any new legislation before committing one way or another on a potential ban.  He wants to allow for the second amendment to exisit, balanced with safety needs.

Sredzinski says the most complaints he gets from constituents are about the DMV.  He called it embarrassing that people have to take a vacation day in 2018 to take care of business.  He says there are a few DMV express facilities that are successful and he’d like to build on that.  He also wants to reinstate the agreement with AAA for licensing services and would be open to privatization of the DMV.  While Sredzinski says that’s an executive branch issue, the legislature has some authority in the budgeting process.

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Danbury officials continue to look into shelter merger

Danbury officials continue to look into an idea proposed by Mayor Mark Boughton in December 2016 to merge the City-run homeless shelter on New Street with the one at Dorothy Day Hospitality House.  Boughton says there is a site location selected, but it's currently in court under foreclosure. 

The City would need cooperation from Dorothy Day, but Boughton says there is a difference in missions.  Dorothy Day doesn't ask any questions when someone shows up.  He says the City wants to know what services people have accessed, what their needs are, and then provide services or point them in the right direction to get that help.  He didn't disclose where the potential site was located. 

There is an ongoing legal battle between the City and zoners about an expired permit, which expired in 1985 and was never renewed. 

The City partnered with the United Way in March to find a sub-contractor to manage the programs at the City Shelter. The Health Department, Finance, Corporation Counsel, and Mayor's office have been working with the United Way and Catholic Charities to solidify dates, performance measures, as well details of the contract. Health Director Lisa Morrissey says the process was very similar to the other grants that the United Way issues on behalf of the city, and proposals were reviewed by independent grant reviewers selected by United Way.

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Sports car manufacturer to close on property near Danbury Airport

Specialty sports car and race team Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus is planning to build a new assembly plant in Danbury for its upcoming road-going sports cars.  They have a factory in Sleepy Hollow New York, but it can only build about 1 car per month.  The firm expects to close on the new property at Danbury Airport soon.  The company owner says easy factory access by airplane was a big draw.

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Stefanowski concedes gubernatorial race to Lamont

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanowski has called Democrat Ned Lamont to concede the race and congratulate him on a hard-fought victory.  While this is not the result he hoped for, Stefanowski says he was glad to draw so much attention to the tax burden in this state.  He hopes that by relentlessly focusing on that issue he has started the conversation on how to bring the tax burden on Connecticut families down. 

 

Democrats won other statewide contests including Comptroller, Secretary of the State, Treasurer and U.S. Senate.

 

Voter turnout statewide is about 65-percent.  In Brookfield it was slightly higher at 69-percent.  Danbury and Bethel each had a 58-percent voter turnout.  Bethlehem was 80-percent, Bridgewater 77-percent, Monroe was at 70-percent, New Milford 65-percent, Newtown 77-percent, Roxbury 82-percent and Wilton 72-percent.

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Residents weigh in on ballot questions

Danbury residents signed off on a more than $102 million appropriation and bond authorization for the construction, upgrades and replacement to the water pollution control plant and facilities system.  Mayor Mark Boughton says the challenge now is figuring out how much state grant money will be available to offset the cost. 

Residents in New Milford have approved the single question about all of the recommendations in a report from the Charter Revision Commission.  New Milford residents also agreed to borrow $6.5 million for the proposed renovation and expansion of the Library, with the balance of the project to be funded by grants and private contribution.

Ridgefield residents approved $48 million in bonding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.  Some proposed Charter revisions were approved, others have been rejected.

Newtown residents have approved $14.8 million in bonding for the construction and development of a new police station, including the acquisition of buildings and land at 191 South Main Street and 61 Pecks Lane. 

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Election Night Greater Danbury 2018 Results

Election Night Greater Danbury 2018

BOLD = projected winner

* = incumbent

 

Town/District/Position Candidate/Party Vote Totals
      
24th Senate: Danbury, Bethel, Michael McLachlan* (R) 14414
                         and New Fairfield Julie Kushner(D) 16984
     
26th Senate: Bethel, Redding, Toni Boucher* (R) 24521
                   Ridgefield, Wilton Will Haskell (D) 27991
     
28th Senate: (portion of Newtown) Tony Hwang* (R) 25128
  Michelle McCabe (D) 23162
     
30th Senate: New Milford, Brookfield Craig Miner* (R) 22745
  David Lawson (D) 19506
     
32nd Senate: Bethlehem, Washington ,Seymour Eric Berthel* (R) 26061
  Catherine P DeCarli (D) 16599
     
2nd House: Danbury, Bethel, William Duff* (R) 4863
                      Redding, Newtown Raghib Allie-Brennan (D) 5509
     
64th House: Kent Brian Ohler* (R) 5806
  Maria P Horn (D) 5858
     
67th House: New Milford William Buckbee* (R) 5364
  Thomas O'Brien (D) 3802
     
69th House: Southbury Arthur O'Neill* (R) 7085
  Greg Cava (D) 4745
     
106th House: Newtown Mitch Bolinsky* (R) 5683
  Rebekah Harriman-Stites (D) 5538
     
107th House: Brookfield, Bethel Steve Harding* (R) 6890
  Daniel Pearson (D) 4736
     
108th House: New Fairfield, Danbury, New Milford Richard Smith* (R) 5994
     
109th House: Danbury David Arconti* (D) 3807
  Veasna Roeun (R) 2164
     
110th House: Danbury Bob Godfrey* (D) 2497
  Erin Domenech (R) 933
     
111th House: Ridgefield John Frey* (R) 6326
  Aimee Berger-Girvalo (D) 5888
     
112th House: Newtown, Monroe JP Sredzinski* (R) 7993
     
135th House: Redding Adam Dunsby* (R) 5576
  Anne Hughes (D) 6567
     
138th House: Danbury, New Fairfield, Michael Ferguson* (R) 4635
                         Ridgefield Ken Gucker (D) 4826
     
5th Congressional District Jahana Hayes (D) 148,040
  Manny Santos (R) 117,239
  John Pistone (write in) 13
     
4th Congressional District Jim Himes* (D) 165,278
  Harry Arora (R) 106,171
     
U.S. Senate Chris Murphy* (D) 740,958
  Matt Corey (R) 524,919

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Hayes declares victory in tight race for Congress

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Acclaimed educator Jahana Hayes will become the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress after winning the state’s open seat.

Hayes, a Democrat, defeated Republican Manny Santos, a former mayor of Meriden, to represent the state’s northwest corner.

The 2016 National Teacher of the Year only recently got involved in politics. She capitalized on her life story as a onetime teen mother who overcame poverty and rose to the height of her profession.

Hayes will succeed U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. The Democrat chose not to seek re-election after being criticized for her slow handling of a sexual harassment case in her office. It involved her former chief of staff, who was not fired for several months following allegations he punched and threatened a female staffer.

On the campaign trail, Hayes called for strengthening the public education system and passing stronger federal gun safety laws.

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US Rep. Jim Himes wins fourth term

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has been re-elected to a fourth term in the House representing the southwest corner of Connecticut.

The Democrat on Tuesday defeated Republican candidate Harry Arora, an investment manager who grew up in India and became a U.S. citizen after coming to the states for graduate school.

The 52-year-old Himes is a former Goldman Sachs & Co. banker from Greenwich. He has touted his efforts to create financial regulatory reform, help improve the economy and support more funding to improve roads, bridges and rail lines.

Like other members of Connecticut’s all-Democrat congressional delegation, Himes also has been an outspoken critic of many of President Donald Trump’s policies.

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GOP candidate calls out wave of new voters

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor is raising concerns about what he’s calling a “mass swearing in” of new voters in New Haven and at the University of Connecticut.

In a series of tweets, Bob Stefanowski’s campaign claims people are being allowed to vote even though their Election Day registrations have not been processed. The campaign says such ballots “should be kept separate and counted as provisional,” claiming what’s allegedly happening is illegal.

A message has been left with the Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s spokesman.

Earlier Tuesday, Merrill said about 8,000 people had used Connecticut’s law allowing them to register and vote on the same day. She has advised people to register early so they can be entered into the computer system before the polls closed.

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Election Night Greater Danbury Results 2018

Election Night Greater Danbury 2018

BOLD = projected winner

* = incumbent

 

Town/District/Position Candidate/Party Vote Totals
      
24th Senate: Danbury, Bethel, Michael McLachlan* (R) 14414
                         and New Fairfield Julie Kushner(D) 16984
     
26th Senate: Bethel, Redding, Toni Boucher* (R) 24521
                   Ridgefield, Wilton Will Haskell (D) 27991
     
28th Senate: (portion of Newtown) Tony Hwang* (R) 25128
  Michelle McCabe (D) 23162
     
30th Senate: New Milford, Brookfield Craig Miner* (R) 22745
  David Lawson (D) 19506
     
32nd Senate: Bethlehem, Washington ,Seymour Eric Berthel* (R) 26061
  Catherine P DeCarli (D) 16599
     
2nd House: Danbury, Bethel, William Duff* (R) 4863
                      Redding, Newtown Raghib Allie-Brennan (D) 5509
     
64th House: Kent Brian Ohler* (R) 5806
  Maria P Horn (D) 5858
     
67th House: New Milford William Buckbee* (R) 5364
  Thomas O'Brien (D) 3802
     
69th House: Southbury Arthur O'Neill* (R) 7085
  Greg Cava (D) 4745
     
106th House: Newtown Mitch Bolinsky* (R) 5683
  Rebekah Harriman-Stites (D) 5538
     
107th House: Brookfield, Bethel Steve Harding* (R) 6890
  Daniel Pearson (D) 4736
     
108th House: New Fairfield, Danbury, New Milford Richard Smith* (R) 5994
     
109th House: Danbury David Arconti* (D) 3807
  Veasna Roeun (R) 2164
     
110th House: Danbury Bob Godfrey* (D) 2497
  Erin Domenech (R) 933
     
111th House: Ridgefield John Frey* (R) 6326
  Aimee Berger-Girvalo (D) 5888
     
112th House: Newtown, Monroe JP Sredzinski* (R) 7993
     
135th House: Redding Adam Dunsby* (R) 5576
  Anne Hughes (D) 6567
     
138th House: Danbury, New Fairfield, Michael Ferguson* (R) 4635
                         Ridgefield Ken Gucker (D) 4826
     
5th Congressional District Jahana Hayes (D) 148,040
  Manny Santos (R) 117,239
  John Pistone (write in) 13
     
4th Congressional District Jim Himes* (D) 165,278
  Harry Arora (R) 106,171
     
U.S. Senate Chris Murphy* (D) 740,958
  Matt Corey (R) 524,919

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Democratic US Sen. Chris Murphy wins 2nd term

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has won a second term in office, defeating a little-known Republican small businessman.

Murphy had amassed a war chest 100 times bigger than Matt Corey, who runs a high-rise window clean business in Hartford. It was a marked difference from his 2012 victory, when Murphy defeated former professional wrestling executive Linda McMahon, who spent about $50 million of her own money on the race.

The 45-year-old Murphy spent much of the campaign helping fellow Democrats. He also transferred $320,000 from his $14.5 million campaign fund to the state Democrats to help with field organizing.

Murphy has said he wanted to make sure Democrats were doing “everything possible to get the biggest turnout we could.”

Corey accused him of not taking the race seriously.

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Long lines reported at Connecticut polls

Connecticut officials say voter turnout appears to be brisk as residents decide the state's close battle for governor and other races.

The Secretary of the State's Office says there were reports of long lines at many polling places Tuesday morning, but no reports of any major problems. The 2.16 million registered voters in the state is the highest number in recent memory.

The Bethel Registrars report that the voting surge continued through 10am, with 21% of voters casting a ballot. This compares to just a 9% turnout by 10am in the 2017 Municipal Election.

Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton says similar bumps are seen in the City.  At 11am, 21.6% of Danbury voters have cast their ballot.  In 2010 at the same time of day there were 18.5% ballots cast.  In 2014, it was only 15.7%.

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Bethel School Start Time Committee meets tonight

The Bethel School Start Times Committee continues to examine possible changes in schedules.  The committee felt that there was not enough support in a recent survey of stakeholder groups to flip secondary and elementary times, eliminating that option.  Those opposed cited increased cost of aftercare and getting kids up before 7:30 being too early.  The committee will be reconvening tonight to discuss a final recommendation. On November 12th, there will be an informational meeting for parents on the final option. The meeting will be at 6PM in the BHS Auditorium.

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Sentencing of former Redding Board of Ed chair postponed

Sentencing was postponed yesterday for a former Redding Board of Ed chairman.  The Newstimes reports that Sara Sobel asked the court to seal letters and other documents provided on her behalf.   She pleaded guilty to promoting a minor in an obscene performance and facing up to 10 years in prison.  Sentencing was continued to December 5th. A hearing on the motion to seal the documents will be held prior to the sentencing.

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Greater Danbury residents to vote on bonding, charter revisions

Residents going to the polls today in certain towns will be casting votes for more than just candidates. Every state resident gets to weight in on two constitutional questions.  One would create a lockbox for transportation funding. 

The other requires a public hearing and a 2/3 vote of the legislature before the sale or give away of public lands.   It's for property held by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, such as state parks, forests and wildlife areas.  State-owned agricultural lands or Department of Agriculture easements would also be subject to the change.

Residents in New Milford and in Ridgefield are being asked to vote on Charter Revision questions.  In New Milford, the single question is about all of the recommendations in a report from the Charter Revision Commission.  New Milford residents are also being asked whether $6.5 million should be approved for the proposed renovation and expansion of the Library, with the balance of the project to be funded by grants and private contribution.

In Ridgefield, there are nine separate questions.  One is about technical and administrative changes, another restricts people from running for elective office where the terms overlap and two would make the Town Treasurer and Tax Collector appointed positions.  One proposal would separate the Inland Wetlands Board from the Planning and Zoning Commission, consisting of 7 members.  Residents can also decide if they want to have a “Master Budget” schedule specifying the timing and process of the Budget Cycle.  Residents are also being asked whether the a line item in the Board of Selectmen budget of the whole Board of Ed budget can be decreased or deleted by Town Meeting, as long as at least 2% of the qualified voters are present at the start of the meeting.  A new section would be added to the Charter, if approved, to define the process for dealing with appropriations or transfers of unexpended capital project balances.  Article XI could be deleted in its entirety upon the approval and adoption of a Standard of Conduct Ordinance at a Special Town Meeting

Danbury residents will get to weigh in on a more than $102 million appropriation and bond authorization for the construction, upgrades and replacement to the water pollution control plant and facilities system.  It's a $48 million project in Ridgefield. 

Newtown residents are being asked if $14.8 million should be approved for the construction and development of a new police station, including the acquisition of buildings and land at 191 South Main Street and 61 Peck’s Lane. 

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Residents heading to the polls for state, Congressional elections

State Senate Contests

Democrat Julie Kushner is running in the 24th state Senate District to challenge Republican incumbent Michael McLachlan. The District includes Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman and part of Bethel.

The race for a state Senate district which includes Ridgefield and part of Bethel features a woman who has served in the legislature for 22-years being challenged by a 22-year old.  Republican incumbent Senator Toni Boucher is seeking another term in the 26th District.  Democrat Will Haskell is looking to unseat her.

Republican state Senator Craig Miner is seeking another term in the 30th District, which includes New Milford and Brookfield.  Democrat David Lawson, a retired teacher who serves on the New Milford Board of Education, is looking to unseat him. 

 

State House Races

The 2nd District state Representative race is a rematch of the 2016 contest.  Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan is challenging Republican Will Duff for the seat, which Allie-Brennan lost by 280 votes.  The district includes parts of Bethel, Redding and Newtown. 

New Milford Republican state Representative Bill Buckbee, who is seeking a second term in the 67th House District, is being challenged by Democrat Tom O’Brien.  

Republican Mitch Bolinsky is seeking his fourth term representing Newtown in the state House.  Democrat Rebeckah Harriman-Stites is looking to unseat him in the 106th District

Brookfield Republican state Representative Stephen Harding is seeking another term in the 107th District.  Democrat Daniel Pearson is looking to unseat Harding in the district that also includes the Stony Hill section of Bethel and a small part of Danbury. 

Republican New Fairfield Representative Richard Smith is unopposed in the 108th District, which also includes a parts of Danbury, New Milford and Sherman.

Democratic State Representative David Arconti is seeking another term in office representing Danbury.  Republican Veasna Rouen is running against him in the 109th state House district, a rematch of the 2016 race. 

Danbury state Representative Bob Godfrey has been in office for 30 years and is seeking another term in office.  He is being challenged in the 110th District by Republican Erin Domenech.  

Democrat Aimee Berger-Girvalo is challenging longtime Republican state Representative John Frey in the 111th District of Ridgefield.  

Monroe Representative JP Sredzinki is unopposed in the 112th District, which also includes part of Newtown.

Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby is seeking a second term representing the 135th State House District, which includes Redding and Weston.  Democrat Anne Hughes is running against him. 

Danbury Republican state Representative Michael Ferguson is seeking a second term in office.  Democrat Ken Gucker is challenging the freshman lawmaker.  The 138th District includes sections of Danbury, New Fairfield and Ridgefield.

 

Federal Positions

Two Congressional Districts cover the Greater Danbury area.  The 4th District includes Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton.  There were three debates between Democratic incumbent Jim Himes and Republican Harry Arora.  Himes has represented the District since 2009.  Arora is a hedge fund owner who emigrated to the United States from India for college. 

There is an open seat representing the 5th District in Congress.  2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hates, a Democrat, and former Meriden Mayor Manny Santos, a Republican, are vying for the position.

Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy is seeking a second term.  He is being challenged by small business owner Republican Matt Corey.  The pair only had one debate this campaign season.

 

State Constitutional Offices

Democratic incumbent Secretary of the State Denise Merrill faces a challenge from Republican former New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman.

Seymour First Selectman Kurt Miller won the Republican nomination for Connecticut state comptroller during the August Primary.  The 48-year-old has served four terms in Seymour. He will face Democratic incumbent Kevin Lembo in the general election.  

Investment manager Thad Gray won the Republican primary for state treasurer.  The 58-year-old worked recently as chief investment officer at Abbot Capital Management.  Shawn Wooden won the Democratic primary.  The former Hartford City Council president is an attorney who focuses on investment and securities law. 

State lawmaker William Tong won the Democratic primary for Connecticut attorney general in a three-way race.  Tong is the son of Chinese immigrants and campaigned on his willingness to challenge the policies of President Trump.  State prosecutor Sue Hatfield won the Republican primary.  Hatfield was a policy assistant for Newt Gingrich and has said she wants the attorney general's office to be more pro-business.  

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Sample ballots for Greater Danbury area municipalities released

Below are links to sample ballots for towns in the Greater Danbury area.  Some residents will be deciding on issues beyond elected officials.

Bethel

Bridgewater

Brookfield

Danbury

Sewer rate increases in Danbury will be significant if voters approve mandated phosphorus removal equipment installation and other work at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Finance Director David St. Hilaire says it will be a few years before the City sees the full impact of the bond.  While Danbury will start making principal and interest payments, the City will begin borrowing in 2022, if residents vote for the $102 million in upgrades.

Easton

Kent

Monroe

New Fairfield

New Milford 

New Milford residents are being asked whether funding should be approved to renovate and expand the library.  $6.5 million is bonding is being requested, with the balance of the project to be funded by grants and private contribution.  The other question is about all of the recommendations in a report from the Charter Revision Commission. 

Newtown

Newtown residents are being asked if $14.8 million should be approved for the construction and development of a new police station, including the acquisition of buildings and land at 191 South Main Street and 61 Peck’s Lane. 

Redding

Ridgefield

Residents in Ridgefield are being asked to vote on Charter Revision questions today when they go to the polls to elect various officials.  There are 9 separate questions.  Construction, upgrades and replacement to the water pollution control plant and facilities system is also on the ballot.  It's a $48 million project. 

Sherman

Washington

Wilton

 

Voters will decide whether to make two changes to Connecticut's constitution.

One asks whether the constitution should be changed to ensure transportation revenues are spent on transportation projects. A coalition of labor organizations, environmental groups and transportation organizations has been pushing for the change, saying it will help to stop the money from being spent on other state programs.

The second amendment calls for placing limits on the General Assembly when it attempts to transfer or sell state-owned property to a non-state entity.

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New Milford man pleads guilty to tax evasion

A New Milford man has pleaded guilty to a tax evasion charge.  50-year old William Anderson owns several companies in the region including landscaping and excavation businesses.  Anderson failed to pay more than $1.2 million in federal income taxes for the 2007 through 2014 tax years.  He did that by using business income to buy cashier's checks to keep the income out of his accounts. Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced in January and faces up to 5 years in prison.  He's agreed to cooperate with the IRS to pay all outstanding taxes, interest and penalties.

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Brookfield officials advance school building proposal

The Brookfield Board of Selectmen has voted in favor of plans to build a new Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.  The $78-million proposal has been forwarded to the Board of Finance.  Plans call for demolishing the current building, and constructing a three-level school for pre-K through 5th grade on the same property.  That would turn a vacant Center School over to the town for municipal use.  A special town meeting would be held in January, with a referendum in March, if the Board of Finance signs off.  Officials will apply for a state grant to bring the cost down.

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Newtown Police seek driver who fled from crash into utility pole

Newtown Police are looking for a driver who crashed into a utility pole overnight and fled the scene.  A pickup truck was headed north on Parmalee Hill Road shortly after midnight and went off the road.  The utility pole was snapped in half.  Newtown Police are looking for a white male driver, about 6 foot tall, about 50 years old with blue eyes and glasses.  The driver fled on foot in the area of 14 Parmalee Hill Road and sustained unknown injuries.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Newtown Police at 203-426-5841. 

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Hawleyville firefighters practice with new truck during training session

Members of the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company participated in the hands-on portion of a 3-day Basic Aerial Operations course over the weekend. Members spent over 8 hours practicing Truck placement, stabilization, master stream operations, and reaching objectives with their new 75-foot-long telescoping power ladder.  The company's Assistant Chief instructed the class.

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FuelCell buys plant in Bridgeport from Dominion Energy

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy has bought an existing 14.9 megawatt fuel cell park in Bridgeport from Dominion Energy.  FuelCell developed, constructed and commissioned the plant in December of 2013 and has maintained the plant since it was commissioned.  The agreement is the result of a competitive bid process undertaken by Dominion Energy.  FuelCell officials say this is part of the company's effort to retain generation assets and notes that the Connecticut Green Bank is playing a key role in financing the acquisition. Total cash consideration to be paid is $36.6 million. The closing is expected by the end of the year.

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Another hearing in New Fairfield on proposed blight ordinance

The New Fairfield Board of Selectmen will hold a second Public Hearing this week to gather comments on the Draft Blight Ordinance currently under consideration. The amended draft addresses concerns that residents expressed at the October 22nd public hearing.  Any New Fairfield residents concerned about the issue of blight is encouraged to attend. The hearing will be held in the Community Room at the Senior Center at 7pm on Wednesday.

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Listening session planned in Ridgefield on regional transportation issues

A listening session is planned in Ridgefield about the Western Connecticut Council of Governments' Long-Range Transportation Plan.  Each region must prepare a plan very four years, as prerequisite for federal transportation funding.  The plan serves as a guide for developing a transportation system that is accessible, safe, and reliable, thereby contributing to a higher quality of life for the region’s residents. WestCOG is kicking off the public engagement process by hosting listening sessions to meet with residents who are interested in the transportation system.  The Listening Session in Ridgefield Wednesday is at 6:30pm at the Library. 

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Himes, Arora face off in 4th Congressional District

There were three debates in the 4th Congressional District, which includes Redding, Ridgefield and towns in southwestern Connecticut.  Democratic incumbent Jim Himes is facing a challenge from Republican Harry Arora.  Himes has represented the District since 2009.  Arora is a hedge fund owner who emigrated to the United States from India for college. Himes previously worked at Goldman Sachs.  Arora traded commodities for Enron.

The pair differ on nearly every issue.  Arora is a staunch defender of President Trump’s foreign policy and his America First campaign.  Himes is critical of the President’s “love affair” with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.  Arora supports tariffs on China and U.S. allies.  Himes says the tariffs are hurting U.S. businesses.

On the Paris Accord, Arora says pulling out of the climate deal was good because the measure was ineffective.  Himes was critical of the move. 

As for health care, Himes acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect.  He says it has led to more people having health insurance though.  Arora says the ACA is unfair and inefficient.  He suggested separating people with pre-existing conditions into their own subsidized health care pool and allow healthy people more options.

When it comes to immigration, Arora called for a “compassionate but firm” approach, but didn’t provide specifics.  He was critical of Himes for voting against a bill that provided $25 billion for a border wall, barred the separation of children from their parents at the border and provided a legal path to citizenship for DREAMERS. 112 Republicans and all Democrats voted against the bill.  Himes says he wanted a Senate bill that included money for border security, but not a wall.  It would have created an e-verify system for employers and supported a “rigorous path to citizenship” for people currently in the U.S. undocumented.

The pair also discussed gun violence.  Himes favored voluntary smart gun technology that would allow a gun to be fired only by its owner.  He’d also like to see Connecticut’s post-Sandy Hook laws implemented across the country, including universal background checks, limits on assault weapons and on the rounds in a magazine.  Arora says any new law would have to be implementable, in line with the Constitution, and would have to work.

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Air quality monitoring station planned in Kent

Western Connecticut Clean Air Action plans to install an air quality monitoring station in Kent to measure pollutant levels before and after the Cricket Valley Energy Center begins operating in 2020. Several other monitoring locations in neighboring towns are under consideration.  The natural gas-fired electric generation plant is just over the state line in Dover Plains, New York.  The nearest DEEP air monitoring stations are 18 miles away in Cornwall and 26 miles away in Thomaston.  The Kent Conservation Commission argues that those monitors aren't close enough, and the monitors at the base of the smokestacks won't account for wind drift to accurately show ground level measurements in Kent.

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Intersection reconfiguration project in Newtown nearly complete

An intersection realignment project in Newtown is nearing completion.  The Route 25-Pecks Lane-Prospect Lane project should be complete on or before the original mid-November schedule, barring weather delays.  Paving is scheduled to begin today.  Work relocating utility poles delayed the project somewhat.  This state project is aimed at improving visibility, traffic flow and safety versus the old 5-way, triangular intersection.  South Main was shifted, leveled and graded to increase sight lines and provide easier, extended passing opportunities for southbound travelers.  The confusing intersection of Pecks Lane and Prospect Drive was being removed and replaced with a right-angle intersection.

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New Fairfield seeks volunteers for CERT

The Town of New Fairfield Office of Emergency Management is recruiting volunteers to form a Community Emergency Response Team. Officials say the May 15 storm reinforced the need for a team of trained volunteers to help first responders in the event of an emergency. CERT duties can range from supporting the emergency shelter, directing traffic, assessing storm damage and community outreach. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to participate in 20 hours of training, including classroom training, hands on training and emergency response exercises.  The CERT application can be found on the New Fairfield Town website and must be submitted by today.

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Former Redding Board of Ed chair to be sentenced

Sentencing is scheduled today for the former chair of the Redding Board of Education.  Sarah Sobel faces up to 10 years in prison for providing pornographic photos and videos of a young child to a convicted sex offender.  Sobel is accused of offering Stephen Overby, a man who she described as a “close personal friend” in court documents, access to a child that he then abused.  Overby was sentenced to 18 years in prison earlier this year on sexual assault charges.  Under a deal with prosecutors, Sobel agreed to a 30-year prison sentence suspended after 10 years, but can argue for a reduced sentencing today.

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Danbury UNIT cleans up Metro North station

The Danbury Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team spent a couple of days last month cleaning the grounds of the Metro North train station.  The work included picking up garbage/litter, weedwacking overgrown grass, and power-washing the entry ways.  Some areas of the station needing further attention and/or repairs was noted. Most of the work was completed by all of the members of UNIT.  The department also coordinated workers from Clean Start to paint the pillars and fire hydrant in front of the station.  UNIT officials say they have been working to address any safety concerns and to routinely patrol the grounds to prevent unpermitted loitering.

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Consumer Consel fights PURA on blocking towns from providing affordable broadband

Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz has filed a Brief in the lawsuit challenging a ruling by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority that limits the ability of municipalities to provide affordable, high-speed broadband internet services to the general public. 

PURA ruled in May that cities and towns cannot use their statutory right to a designated space on utility poles to provide broadband service, despite a 2013 General Assembly statutory amendment clarifying that towns and other public users can use the Municipal Gain for any purpose.  PURA ruled that fiber wiring can only be used for internal municipal communications, such as communication between schools, and cannot be used to provide broadband internet services to residents or local businesses. 

Katz says PURA is an administrative agency and must follow and implement the law as written. 

The Town of Sharon estimated in their legal brief that approximately 10%-15% of the homes do not have access to broadband internet services, despite repeated attempts to get existing providers to extend service.   The defendants, including PURA, Frontier, and NECTA, must file their responsive briefs by December 7. 

Oral argument will be held at a date to be determined.  The Office of Consumer Counsel would expect a ruling from the Superior Court in the spring of 2019.  

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Ridgefield Police host unique 5k

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association is hosting a unique 5k run on Sunday that benefits the Women's Center of Greater Danbury. The runners will all get a head start, then the Ridgefield Police Officers will "give chase" The host organization will donate an extra dollar for every runner that an officer "catches"/passes.  The family friendly race starts at 7:30am and winds it's way around downtown Ridgefield over roads, wooded trails, around buildings, through fields, and the rail trail.

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Danbury Police ID pedestrian struck and killed Thursday

Danbury Police have identified the woman who was struck and killed by a car yesterday morning. Police say family members identified the pedestrian as 69-year old Clemencia Guallpa of Danbury.  The investigation is still ongoing.  Police are asking anyone who witnessed the crash on Franklin Street around 6:30am yesterday to contact them at (203) 797-2157.   A  preliminary investigation determined that 38-year-old Angel Cambizaca of Danbury hit the pedestrian.

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Southbury Police search for shoplifting suspect

Southbury Police are looking to identify an individual wanted for a shoplifting incident at Walgreens that happened yesterday evening.  The suspect was caught on surveillance video around 6:15 pm.  He was described as having some facial tattoos. Anyone with information is urged to call the Southbury Police Department at 203-264-5912. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

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DHS to host band competition

Danbury High School Marching Band will host the 2018 USBands New England Regional competition on Saturday.  Bands from Connecticut scheduled to compete include Newtown, Norwalk, Southington, Trumbull, Naugatuck and Shelton, plus bands from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. The UCONN Marching Band will be giving a featured exhibition performance.  The event is from 4:45pm to 10pm at the Danbury High School stadium field.   In case of inclement weather the competition will be moved into the Danbury High School Auditorium.  Gates open at 4pm. Spectator parking will be in the Beckerle Street lot. Tickets are $12 and available at the gate.

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Rake n Bake later this month in Brookfield

The 19th annual Rake n’ Bake event is coming up next weekend.  The event is from 7:30am to 1pm on November 10th, but the last day to register online is Friday.  More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to clear leaves at more than 80 homes for this event, which is organized by Brookfield-based nonprofit Handy Dandy Handyman. Volunteers begin the day at Brookfield High School’s gym before heading out, and then return to the school for a reception. Volunteers are asked to bring their own rakes, blowers and tarps.  The event is rain or shine.

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Danbury Police seek public's help identifying pedestrian killed in crash

Danbury Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman who was fatally struck by a car on Franklin Street yesterday morning.  Police received a call around 6:30am about a driver hitting a pedestrian. 

A preliminary investigation determined that 38-year-old Angel Cambizaca of Danbury hit the middle age female, who was in the roadway.  She was transported to the hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The victim is described as being white, possibly Hispanic, in her 50’s, approximately 5 feet tall with short black hair.  She was wearing a black knit hat, blue slip on sneakers, blue fleece lined leggings with patterns on the pockets, DKNY gray hooded fleece lined coat, and a white t-shirt. She was also wearing gold and silver colored dangling-type rope earrings, a gold colored ring with clear baguette cornerstones and purple center stone and a gold colored Timex watch with a white face. 

Anyone who witnessed this collision or has information on the identity of the female pedestrian is asked to contact Officer Keith Leggiadro or Officer Matthew Malone at (203) 797-2157.

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Working families advocate looks to unseat longtime state Senator in Danbury

Democrat Julie Kushner is running in the 24th state Senate District to challenge Republican incumbent Michael McLachlan. The District includes Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman and part of Bethel.  Kushner raised her family in Connecticut and decided to run because to get some fresh perspectives in Hartford.  She is a working families advocate. 

McLachlan opposes the idea of tolling, saying it’s just another tax and an additional burden on residents.  He rejects the argument of proponents who say out-of-staters and heavy duty trucks paying their fair share is the goal, but McLachlan says the reality is that the total toll bill is going to be 75% paid by Connecticut residents.  He says the lock box is a good idea, but the proposal on the ballot has bus-sized loopholes.  He says the key is that it only stops money once the funding is in the lockbox from being spent on anything other than roads.  But he notes that it can be diverted before it gets to the lock box.

Kushner opposes tolls.  She says it would be a big financial hit on people in the district.   While there is a need to invest in transportation infrastructure, she doesn’t believe funding from tolls would be a good way to make those improvements.

Kushner says one of the highest priorities in the state should be fully funding the schools.  Her now adult son had learning disabilities and got tremendous support from the teachers and the special ed department at Danbury High School and today he has a master's degree.  She says that would not have happened without the care given to him by the teachers.  She wants to implement Universal Pre-K and focus on fully funding vocational education.  Kushner added that the state should do a better job of promoting vo-tech schools, because they are preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow.

McLachlan says some changes were made last session to the education cost sharing formula, making it less of a political game.  He says level, fair and equitable funding for schools in Connecticut that id closer to reality.  He notes that Danbury is the only school district in Western Connecticut that's growing and called it a scary idea for City taxpayers that Danbury may have to build another school.  He wants to see more ECS reforms to benefit Danbury.

There’s been an ongoing battle in New Fairfield, with the town wanting to ban walk ins at Squantz Pond, but the state hasn’t been willing to make the move.  McLachlan says it was disappointing to get to the two-yard line on banning walk-ins, only to meet with last minute objections from the state senator from Milford because she thought that it would negatively affect a Silver Sands State Park.  DEEP officials don't like the idea of creating a rule just for Squantz Pond, they want it to be a statewide rule.

Kushner says the local leadership in New Fairfield is making it a priority to protect the water, while protecting safety.  She believes the state should follow their lead.  Kushner is concerned with combating invasive species and blue-green algae.  She says the lake is a big part of the economy in the region.  She thinks there are smart measures already underway and wants to continue to address the issue.

As for school security, Kushner says safety is essential.  She touted the gun laws passed after the shooting at Sandy Hook School and wants to take further measures to protect schools through better security.

When it comes to the laws passed in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook School, McLachlan is proud that they were able to find another $5 million for special technology in school security.  The technology has been used by federal government agencies for years, and McLachlan says a Connecticut company is offering schools a way to communicate better among first responders.  He says the technology is going to let first responder see what's going on inside the building at the moment the panic button is hit.  He doesn’t see the gun reforms enacted in response to 12-14 to be repealed and isn’t sure he would be supportive of repeal.  McLachlan wants to return to a focus on mental health care, and not just blame the problem on an inanimate object such as a gun.  He wants to increase mental health resources.

Kushner is a backer of the medicinal marijuana program and wants to see more information on how the state would legalize recreational marijuana.  She says after spending time with friends who live in Colorado, there are some positives to the issue.  She says the source of tax revenue has really been important to that state, but it's something Connecticut should look at and study and make sure the right approach is taken.

McLachlan opposed medical marijuana and opposes the idea of marijuana being legalized when it's against federal law.  He says Connecticut should look to downtown Denver Colorado and says the people there who deal with Social Services say recreational marijuana legalization was a huge mistake.  He says there is marijuana tourism, which adds to the problem of illegal transport across state lines.

As for sports betting, McLachlan assumes that it’s going to happen here.  But he thinks there's a disagreement about the scope of sports betting in Connecticut.  He was critical of the state for never honoring the promise to have resources available for gambling addiction.  McLachlan doesn’t want to support any expansion of gambling until the addiction problem, even with lotto tickets, is addressed.

Kushner doesn’t believe OTB is the right answer for downtown Danbury.  She said sports betting has been a really controversial issue for the City.  She believes there are other ways to bring people downtown.

McLachlan says there were a number of good things that got done in the short session.  One was to help veterans as they are transitioning from a career in the military and want to move into civilian life.  He notes that a number are being recruited by law enforcement agencies, but because they were still technically active military, didn't qualify for the veterans bonus points added to their a civil service exam.  The bill will fix that problem.  What he is most proud of though, was what he called legendary movement with the budget.  McLachlan says it shows that there can be bipartisanship, leading to structural changes which will move the state forward.

Kushner says the best way to get the economy working and the best is to attract jobs and to bring new businesses to Connecticut.  In order to do that, Kushner says the state should be fully funding schools, investing in vocational education and making sure the infrastructure allows people to get to work easily.  She says offering the benefits that other states have adopted to attract young families, should be offered here.  She gave the example of paid family leave.  Kushner says having something that provides resources to families when they're having children, when they're taking care of a sick parent, or they themselves get ill, is a priority.  She recently started a petition and over the last 6 weeks says more than 2,000 people support paid family leave.

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Mailer with photoshopped image sent out in 26th state Senate race

In a sign of how unpopular outgoing Governor Dannel Malloy is, a local Republican candidate sent out a mailer that had his face and her Democratic opponent's face photoshopped onto a stock image of two men looking friendly.  State Senator Toni Boucher approved the mailer sent out by the Senate Republican Campaign committee. Will Haskell posted on Facebook that his supporters found the stock photo after just a few minutes of searching.  He made light of the situation, saying in a Facebook post that "for the record' he's a little shorter in real life.  The 26th District represents part of Bethel, Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton.

 

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Hands-on emergency scenario training at Danbury Airport held yesterday

If you saw a plane on fire at Danbury Airport yesterday, it was just a test.  The Danbury Fire Department hosted their annual Airport Rescue Firefighter training yesterday.  Danbury Police, State Police, Danbury Hospital EMS along with airport staff did a morning and afternoon classroom session at the Maintenance Building on Miry Brook Road.  A few hands on live scenarios were staged on the airfield.

(Photo: DFD)

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Newtown intersection realignment project nearing completion

The realignment of Edmond Road at Route 6-Church Hill Road in Newtown will eliminate one of Newtown's most crash-prone intersections, switching it to a 4-way intersection with Commerce Road and Church Hill Road.  At the end of September, state Representative Mitch Bolinsky said it looked like the project was going to grind to a halt because Eversource might not have been able to relocate utilities, despite the other work nearly being completed. 

The project developer, a Newtown company, objected and a meeting was organized with state  DOT Commissioner James Redeker.  That meeting, held just recently, resulted in a workable resolution. 

The new roadway foundation and first asphalt layer should be done by December 15th.  Signalization details are still being worked out.  New sidewalks are taking shape.  Soon better defined turning lanes will start to be seen on Church Hill's approach to the highway.   The revised functional completion date is mid-December.

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FuelCell Energy signs power plant project agreement with Hartford

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy has signed long-term power purchase agreements for a 7.4 megawatt fuel cell project at the state capital.  It  was one of the projects awarded in June by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  The agreements have been forwarded to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for final authorization.  The project will be located on a vacant parcel enabling the productive use of a dormant property and the generation of significant tax revenue for the state and Hartford. Once complete, the project will serve to improve the strength of the public electricity grid in an important load area that serves the commercial and industrial portions of the city.  The General Assembly recently expanded Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standard target to 40 percent by 2030.

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Southbury Police participating in No Shave November

Southbury Police Officers are putting down the razors for the month of November to raise money for Connecticut cancer patients. The department is one of many in the region participating in No Shave November.  The fundraiser benefits the Connecticut Cancer Foundation, which has provided over $5 million in financial aid to cancer patients and their families over the last three decades and has funded over $1.9 million in lymphoma research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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Fires destroy New Milford apartment, car in Danbury

A fire destroyed a New Milford apartment early this morning on Kent Road.  The fire began around 4am in the home above a detached garage.  The smoke alarm notified the 4 residents, who were uninjured.  Officials say the fire appeared electrical in nature and likely started in a bathroom ceiling fixture.  The two adults, two children and three cats are being provided with temporary housing by the Red Cross.

There was a car fire on the highway early this morning.  Danbury firefighters were dispatched to I-84 eastbound by exit two around 5am.  Firefighters found a single vehicle on fire in the right hand shoulder. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported.

 

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Danbury-based FuelCell signs agreement for project in Derby

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy has signed long-term power purchase agreements with local distribution utilities for a 14.8 MW Fuel Cell Project in Derby.  This is one of the projects awarded in June by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in a competitive solicitation. 

The agreements have been forwarded to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for final authorization. 

The fuel cell power plant will be developed on a vacant parcel located in a mixed industrial, commercial and residential area north of Lake Housatonic.  The fuel cell project is expected to drive local economic development and environmental improvement through state sales tax and the local property taxes generated, as well as create and maintain high-tech manufacturing and construction jobs in Connecticut.

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Candidates make campaign stops in Bethel tonight

Bethel Republicans are hosting a meet and greet event with U-S Senate candidate Matt Corey tonight.  It's being held at Bethel Republican headquarters on Greenwood Avenue from 6 to 8pm.  Meanwhile, Petitioning Lt Governor candidate Monte Frank will be at the Stony Hill Fire House in Bethel tonight for an Opioid Roundtable with the  Housatonic Valley Coalition Against Substance Abuse.  Frank will present gubernatorial running mate Oz Griebel's opioid policy.  The discussion with the leaders of a 22-town coalition is at 5pm.

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Ridgefield Police to host food drive for Food Pantry

The Ridgefield Police Benevolent Association is hosting a food drive next week to stock the Ridgefield Food Pantry.  Ridgefield Police will be at Stop and Shop on Danbury Road Friday November 9th from 10am to 2pm.  Some of the needed items are Cereal, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Fruit, Healthy Snacks, Tuna, Canned Chicken, Crackers, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Rice/Pasta Mixes. Please no bagged rice.

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Southbury Police to host toy drive to help families in need

Southbury Police have teamed up with merchants of the Southbury Plaza to organize a toy drive to benefit children in need.  On Friday, November 23 and on Saturday, December 1, from 10 AM to 2 PM, police officers will be in front of the T.J. Maxx store collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts. Their goal is to fill their cruisers with enough toys and gifts so that every local child has presents to open on Christmas morning.  The drive will benefit the Southbury Needy Fund's 2018 Holiday Gift Program for Children. Cash donations will also be accepted and will be used to purchase items for older children and to accommodate any special requests families may have.  Toys can also be left off at the Southbury Police Department and Social Services.

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Danbury detective witnesses stabbing, stops fleeing suspect

A Danbury Police Detective saw a heated argument between two men near the police station Tuesday afternoon, which ended with a stabbing.  The plain clothes detective saw 21-year old Gabriel Silba and another man arguing on Main Street, and got out of his unmarked car to break it up.  As he did so, Silba stabbed the other man in his stomach and tried to flee the area. 

The detective was able to stop the man, and determined that the argument started after Silba robbed the other man of a pair of boots.  The victim was transported to Danbury Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. 

Silba was charged with assault, robbery, larceny and breach of peace. 

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Man sentenced for ID theft, fraud in credit card scheme

A Washington state man has been sentenced for fraud and identity theft offenses stemming from a credit card fraud scheme.  28-year old Elijah Chin was ordered to 30 months in prison, followed by supervised release.  Wilton Police arrested Chin on related state charges in February 2017.  He opened credit card accounts electronically, using personal identifying information from Connecticut residents.  After the cards were mailed to the victims' home addresses, Chin took them out of the mailboxes.  He used them to purchase nearly 64-thousand dollars worth of gift cards, prepaid cards and other items at stores in Connecticut.  When Wilton Police arrested him, Chin had a number of the cards and purchases on him.  He was ordered to pay full restitution and to report to prison on December 28th.

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