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Brookfield officials weigh in on proposed cell tower

A virtual public hearing has been held by the Connecticut Siting Council about the proposed construction of a telecommunications facility in Brookfield.  Residents have been critical of 5G and similar technology, speaking out before Board of Selectmen meetings for a couple of years warning of the potential impact on health.  The applicant, Homeland Towers, presented an overview of the proposed 165 foot tall tower at 60 Vale Road, with AT&T/FirstNet as the anchor tenant.  They may install public safety antenna at the top of the facility.  During a meeting this week, First Selectman Tara Carr read her comments from the hearing into the record and is opposed to the tower.  Selectman Harry Shaker questioned if emergency responders could put their equipment up without 5G technology.  Selectman Steve Dunn says it would cost less to hook into a new tower than to construct one of the town's own.  Homeland Towers is the same company that constructed the tower at 100 Pocono Road behind the firehouse.

Veterans Day to be marked with ceremonies in Greater Danbury area

Greater Danbury area municipalities are marking Veterans Day.  The Bethel Patriotic Association and the Bethel American Legion Post 100 are hosting a Ceremony at 10:50am on the front lawn of the Municipal Center.

Danbury's Veterans Day ceremony is planned for 11am at the Danbury War Memorial. The ceremony will include the singing of the National Anthem by the Immaculate High School Choir, remarks by Mayor Dean Esposito and state Veterans Affairs Commissioner Thomas Saadi.  The placing of a memorial wreath will be done by Esposito, Saadi and Marine Corps League Hat City Detachment William Moser. A rifle salute by the Danbury Police Honor Guard and Taps by Al Russo will follow.

The New Fairfield Veterans Association will hold a celebration at 11 am at Veterans Memorial Park to honor all men and women who have served in the armed forces.

American Legion Post 78 will conduct a ceremony at 11am in Ridgefield in front of the Lounsbury House/Veterans Memorial Garden.  George Schuster, a graduate of Ridgefield High School and UConn who served in the Vietnam War will be the keynote speaker. 

Luminaries honoring Veterans have been placed along the walkways of the New Milford Town Green.  Mayor Pete Bass thanked the VFW Auxiliary, Volunteers, and others for sponsoring the tribute. 

The Danbury Fire Department, professional firefighter's Union and the Veterans of Foreign Wars have teamed up to collect old, damaged or retired American flags throughout November.  At the end of the month, the flags will be turned over to the VFW for proper honors and a retirement ceremony.  Flags can be dropped off at Fire Headquarters on New Street, and at the fire stations at 201 Osborne Street, 36 Eagle Road, 171 South King Street or 75 Kenosia Avenue Ext.  

Alex Jones ordered to pay $473M more to Sandy Hook families

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alex Jones and his company were ordered by a judge Thursday to pay an extra $473 million for promoting false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school massacre, bringing the total judgment against him in a lawsuit filed by the victims’ families to a staggering $1.44 billion.

“The record clearly supports the plaintiffs’ argument that the defendants’ conduct was intentional and malicious, and certain to cause harm by virtue of their infrastructure, ability to spread content...” Judge Barbara Bellis wrote in a 45-page ruling.

Christopher Mattei, a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, said he hopes the award sends a message to conspiracy theorists who profit from lies.

“The Court recognized the ‘intentional, malicious ... and heinous’ conduct of Mr. Jones and his business entities,” Mattei said in a statement.

Jones called the award “ridiculous” and a “joke” and said he has little money to pay the damages.

“Well, of course I’m laughing at it,” he said. “It’d be like if you sent me a bill for a billion dollars in the mail. Oh man, we got you. It’s all for psychological effect. It’s all the Wizard of Oz ... when they know full well the bankruptcy going on and all the rest of it, that it’ll show what I’ve got and that’s it, and I have almost nothing.”

Eight victims’ relatives and the FBI agent testified during a monthlong trial about being threatened and harassed for years by people who deny the shooting happened. Strangers showed up at some of their homes and confronted some of them in public. People hurled abusive comments at them on social media and in emails. Some received death and rape threats.

Six jurors ordered Jones to pay $965 million to compensate the 15 plaintiffs for defamation, infliction of emotional distress and violations of Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.

Jones, who lives and works in Austin, Texas, has bashed the trial as unfair and an assault on free speech rights. He says he will appeal the verdicts. He also has said he doesn’t have the money to pay such huge verdicts, because he has less than $2 million to his name — which contradicted testimony at a similar trial in Texas. Free Speech Systems, meanwhile, is seeking bankruptcy protection.

Jones said Thursday that he has only a “couple hundred thousand dollars” in his savings account.

Jones’ lawyer, Norm Pattis, wrote in a text message to the The Associated Press, “To paraphrase Karl Marx, the verdict was tragedy, this latest ruling is farce. It makes our work on appeal that much easier.”

Bellis found Jones and his company liable for damages without a trial last year, as a consequence for what she called his repeated failures to turn over many financial documents and other records to the plaintiffs. After the unusual “default” ruling, the jury was tasked only with deciding on the amount of compensatory damages and whether punitive damages were warranted.

Jones says that he turned over thousands of documents and that the default ruling deprived him of his right to present a defense against the lawsuit.

The punitive damages include about $323 million for the plaintiffs’ attorney fees and costs and $150 million for violations of the Unfair Trade Practices Act.

In Connecticut, punitive damages for defamation and infliction of emotional distress are generally limited to plaintiffs’ legal fees. The Sandy Hook plaintiffs’ lawyers are to get one-third of the $965 million in compensatory damages under a retainer agreement.

But there is no cap on punitive damages for violations of the Unfair Trade Practices Act. The plaintiffs had not asked for a specific amount of punitive damages, but under one hypothetical calculation they said such damages could be around $2.75 trillion under the law.

In a similar trial in Texas in August, Jones was ordered to pay nearly $50 million to the parents of another child killed in the Sandy Hook shooting for calling the massacre a hoax. A forensic economist testified during that trial that Jones and Free Speech Systems have a combined net worth as high as $270 million.

On Wednesday, Bellis, the Connecticut judge, ordered Jones to not move any of his assets out of the country, as the families seek to attach his holdings to secure money for the damages. Jones, meanwhile, has asked the judge to order a new trial or at least reduce the compensatory damages to a “nominal” amount.

A third and final trial over Jones’ hoax claims is expected to begin around the end of the year in Texas. As in Connecticut, Jones was found liable for damages without trials in both Texas cases because he failed to turned over many records to the plaintiffs.

Baggie of drugs recovered from pond after pursuit of suspect in Danbury

A baggie of drugs has been recovered from a pond in Danbury after a drug trafficking suspect reportedly threw the narcotics into the water while fleeing police.  Danbury Police detectives investigating the sale of cocaine in the city obtained search warrants for 34-year old George Kalu and his Cleveland Street apartment.  Police tried to stop the man as he walked along West Wooster Street yesterday afternoon, but he fled on foot.  During the pursuit, Kalu allegedly threw a bag containing cocaine into a nearby pond.  A dive team member retrieved the drugs, and Kalu was apprehended.  Police found "numerous" glassine bags containing fentanyl, and from his apartment seized packaging materials and an electronic scale. Kalu was charged with tampering with evidence, interfering with the duties of a police officer, and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics with intent to sell.  He was held on 150-thousand dollars bond.

Exchange Club of Danbury to hold annual Veterans Day Recognition Dinner

The Exchange Club of Danbury will hold its annual Veterans Day Recognition Dinner tonight at Anthony’s Lake Club. This has been an Exchange Club tradition since 1978 honoring area Veterans who, after completing their military service, have continued to serve the community in professional, volunteer and advocacy capacities. State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, Tom Saadi, Chair of the Exchange Club Veterans Day Committee, will serve as the master of ceremonies.  Remarks and certificates of recognition will be presented by Saadi, the Club, Mayor Dean Esposito, and State Senator Julie Kushner.  Saadi says this year’s honorees are an extraordinary group of Veterans.

This year’s Veteran honorees are:

Jason Culbreth, Explosive Ordinance Disposal Senior Technician 1st Class (Retired) – U.S. Navy:  his service in the Navy from 1996-2007, included multiple combat deployments and high-risk missions in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Culbreth is a Danbury Firefighter. 

Michael Pederson, Corporal U.S. - Marine Corps: his service in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983-1987 included assignment to Okinawa, Japan. Pederson, is a Danbury Police Officer,

Tabitha   Potok,   Lt.  Colonel   –  U.S.   Air  Force: her service from 2005 to the present in the Air  Force  included deployments to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.  Potok is currently assigned to the 402 Aircraft Maintenance Group, Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, Robins Air Force Base, GA as the Deputy Group Commander.

Paul Schlemmer, Storekeeper 3rd  Class – U.S. Navy:  his service from 1962-1970 in the Navy includes a tour of duty in Vietnam and later as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. Constitution.  Paul is the immediate past commander of VFW Post 149 in Danbury and works for the Danbury Water Department.

Thomas Presnell, Specialist 4 – U.S. Army: his service in the Army from 1968 – 1970 includes a tour of duty in Vietnam and later assignment to Fort Benning, GA.  Tommy, as he is better known, is a longtime leader at VFW Post 149 and works for First Student of New Fairfield and at Blue Jay Orchards

Voters decide to keep Newtown Board of Finance in Charter

Newtown residents have voted to keep the Board of Finance.  There was a Charter revision proposal on the ballot Tuesday that would have eliminated the advisory group from town government.  The tally was 7,678 against elimination and 3,161 in favor of the change.  The Board of Finance will continue to exist as it is currently framed in the Charter.  Residents also voted about 5,300 to 4,800 to approve procedural revisions. 

Hayes wins 3rd term in US House, defeats Logan

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Jahana Hayes has won reelection for a third term, fending off a challenge from a former state senator in a Connecticut race that national Republicans had targeted and resisting a red wave that overwhelmed some of her fellow Democrats in neighboring New York.

Hayes defeated George Logan, a Republican who repeatedly linked her with President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused her for being tone deaf about the impact of inflation on voters. The race attracted millions of dollars in outside money, with national Republicans seeing the western Connecticut 5th Congressional District as a key opportunity to crack Democrats’ lock on the state’s congressional delegation.

“National Republicans threw everything at me but the kitchen sink, put millions of dollars in this race,” Hayes told reporters who gathered at her campaign headquarters after the Secretary of the State’s Office announced it had received election results from a remaining community that had been delayed because of a technical issue.

“I had to work twice as hard and really fight to hold this seat. And at the end of the day, I think that was the message that resonated with the people in my community, that I’m one of them and I’m going to continue to fight for them,” she said. “Listen, a win is a win. So, I’m excited. I’ll take it.”

Republicans made gains all around Hayes’ western Connecticut district, picking up at least two seats in Congress just across the state line in New York’s Hudson River Valley.

A message was left seeking comment with a spokesperson for Logan. Earlier in the day, the campaign had expressed optimism he would ultimately win the close race.

Hayes, a former National Teacher of the Year, became the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress when she was elected in 2018 by the politically diverse district covering western and central parts of the state.

During the campaign, she focused heavily on abortion rights, arguing Logan couldn’t be trusted on the issue despite promising he wouldn’t support a national ban. Hayes also touted her record of passing legislation and delivering funding to the district, including money for police departments.

“People don’t have to wonder what I’ll do when I’m elected to Congress because people know what I’ve already done,” Hayes said in a debate.

The race marked the first time two Black major party candidates have run against one another for a congressional seat in Connecticut. Logan, the son of immigrants from Guatemala, a community relations director at a water company and a guitarist in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band, portrayed himself as a social moderate and fiscal conservative who would vote against GOP leadership if he felt necessary.

“I’m going to go to Washington and hit the ground running,” he said in a recent debate. “The current House Republican leadership, they know where I stand on the issues.”

Logan has hoped to become the first Republican to win the 5th Congressional District seat since it was reconfigured following the elimination of the state’s 6th Congressional District in 2003. Connecticut lost a seat following the 2000 Census. With Hayes’ win, Connecticut’s congressional delegation remains all Democrats.

State DOT schedules paving project at Exit 1

The state Department of Transportation will be paving the highway in part of Danbury on Monday and motorists are cautioned to expect lane closures.  The resurfacing project on I-84 is taking place by exit 1 East and Westbound.  There will be lane closures on the exit 1 on and off ramps from Saw Mill Road to the New York State Line.  Work is scheduled from 7am to 4pm Mondays through Fridays.  DOT traffic control will be in place to guide motorists through the work zone. Drivers are advised to maintain a safe speed when driving in this area.

Brookfield to unveil new Honor Wall at Town Hall

The Town of Brookfield is holding a ceremony today for the unveiling of a new Honor Wall at Town Hall. Participants will include U.S. Army Honor Guard, family members of Veterans being honored, Veterans from all services, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the Brookfield High School Chorus.  The Honor Wall is a donated permanent display case that was hand built to hold photos, biographies and memorabilia of Brookfield residents who have dedicated years of their lives to military service.  The ceremony is set for 5pm.

Bethel Fire Marshal releases findings of investigation into kitchen fire

The Bethel Fire Marshal's Office has released the findings of an investigation into a kitchen fire on October 30th.  Tom Galliford says the fire started in a hot pan of oil for cooking and was labeled as accidental.  One man sustained severe burns to his hand and was hospitalized.  The fire in the 2nd floor apartment on Grassy Plain Street was contained to the kitchen, with serious smoke damage throughout the apartment.  The first floor unit sustained minor water damage.  The investigation revealed that all apartments had working smoke alarms, and sounded when firefighters arrived.  Galliford is reminding residents to have at least one smoke detector on each level of the home and that they are working. 

Three people honored by Ability Beyond

Three people have been honored by Ability Beyond.  Senator Chris Murphy, Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi and Danbury Health Department programs coordinator Veasna Roeun were recognized for their efforts to help people with mental health and substance abuse issues.  Ability Beyond held their annual Autumn Mental Health Breakfast at the Amber Room yesterday.  Murphy co-authored the 2016 Mental Health Reform Act and has advocated for mental health parity in health insurance coverage.  Marconi and Roeun each received the Theresa Foss Memorial Award for contributions to the mental health, safety and physical well-being of the people they serve.

State Representatives elected in Greater Danbury area

Greater Danbury area incumbents up for reelection were mostly able to hold onto their seats, including Democratic incumbent Raghib Allie-Brennan in the 2nd House District of Bethel and Republican Patrick Callahan in the 108th House District serving New Fairfield and Sherman.  Democrat Maria Horn won third term in the 64th House District, which includes Kent and the surrounding towns.  New Milford Republican state Representative Bill Buckbee earned a 4th term serving in the 67th House District.  Democrat Bob Godfrey will continue his 34 years in office with an 18th term serving Danbury in the 110th House District. In the 111th House District, Democratic incumbent Aimee Berger-Girvalo won reelection.  Redding state Representative Anne Hughes will have third term in office serving the 135th House District.  

The 42nd state House District now includes Ridgefield because redistricting. Keith Denning is the Democratic candidate and defeated Wilton Republican Selectwoman Kim Healy for the open seat.  In the 107th House District, Republican Martin Foncello won election in the open seat, defeating Phoebe Holmes.  Farley Santos will follow in Democrat David Arconti's footsteps and represent the 109th House District in Danbury, winning over Republican Jesy Fernandez for the open position.

Democratic 138th House District incumbent Ken Gucker is trailing Republican Rachel Chaleski by 27 votes.  There will be an automatic recount.

State Senators for Greater Danbury area elected

Democratic incumbent Julie Kushner has won a 3rd term representing the 24th state Senate District, which includes Danbury and part of Ridgefield. 

In the 26th District of Ridgefield, Redding and Wilton, Democrat Ceci Maher defeated Republican Toni Boucher, who held the seat before being defeated by the outgoing Will Haskell.

Connecticut’s 28th state Senate District now includes all of Fairfield, Easton, and Newtown, and most of Bethel. Due to redistricting it no longer includes portions of Westport or Weston.  Republican incumbent Tony Hwang garnered enough votes for another term. 

In the open 30th state Senate District, which represents Brookfield, New Milford and 16 other towns in the northwest corner, Republican Stephen Harding was elected.  Harding is currently the 107th House Representative.

The 32nd state Senate District now includes part of Bethel, and serves towns including Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury.  In a repeat of the 2020 match up, Republican incumbent Eric Berthel defeated Democratic challenger Jeff Desmarais.

Probate Court Judges elected in Greater Danbury area

Probate Court Judges for the Greater Danbury area have been elected.  In Danbury, where longtime Judge Dianne Yamin is retiring, Joe DaSilva defeated Dom Chieffalo.  In the Northern Fairfield region serving Bethel, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield, Steven DeMoura won over Jennifer Collins. 

After more than 30 years, Danbury Probate Judge Dianne Yamin is retiring.  Voters yesterday elected Democrat Joe DaSilva Jr to be the next Probate Judge.  He practiced law for 20 years, is past president of the Danbury Bar Association and past member of the Board of Directors of the Fairfield County Bar Association. He stepped down from the Board of Ed to run for the seat.

Housatonic Probate Judge Martin Landgrebe was unopposed in Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Sherman.

Danbury man killed in hit & run accident while crossing Route 7 in New Milford

A Danbury man has been killed in a hit and run accident in New Milford last night.  Police responded to Route 7 shortly after 5pm on a report of a pedestrian struck in the southbound lane by a vehicle as he crossed Danbury Road.  The vehicle that hit 61-year old Galo Rafael Guaman-Sarmiento fled the scene and is believed to be a black sedan with front driver's side damage.  Police say it was possibly a Ford Fusion.  Water Witch Hose Fire officials say multiple vehicles stopped to help. Despite immediate care from bystanders, responders and EMS, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A detour was set up as Route 7 was shut down in both directions for the investigation.  Sherman Fire Department responded with their portable light tower. Units cleared at 7pm with the Police taking over the revised traffic patterns while they processed the scene.  Anyone with information about the crash or the evading vehicle is asked to contact New Milford Detective Nicholas Smith at 860-355-3133.

Dishwasher sparks fire in Bethel home

Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company responded to a kitchen fire shortly before midnight Monday night.  The on Apple Tree Road residents were alerted by a beeping smoke alarm while they were asleep.  The house was filled with smoke from a small fire in a kitchen appliance.  The fire was held to the dishwasher itself causing minor damage to the kitchen area.  The residents evacuated the home and no injuries were reported. Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company says this serves as a reminder that working smoke detectors save lives. Anyone who hasn't changed smoke detector batteries yet, is encouraged to do so.  Residents are also urged to check the manufacture date on the backside of the detector. The National Fire Protection Association recommends all detectors be replaced after 10 years.

Danbury emergency responders, Eversource hold training drill

The Danbury Fire Department joined Danbury Emergency Management, Police, Public Works, Schools, Danbury Hospital and Eversource for a Unified Command Emergency Exercise. The goal of the drill was to give firefighters and frontline leaders a hands-on opportunity to mitigate impacts during a critical situation. Officials say the exercise helped to fine tune emergency plans and make responders better prepared for any event that may take place. 

Republicans hope to flip 5th District, Democrats hold others

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Republicans were still hoping to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes early Wednesday after the rest of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation managed to win reelection.

The national GOP has been enthusiastic about its chances to flip Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of northwestern and central Connecticut, and finally elect a Republican member of the delegation after more than a decade. The race has attracted national attention, with outside groups spending more than $7 million on the race between Hayes and former Republican state Sen. George Logan.

By 1:30 a.m., it remained too early to call a winner in the race.

“I’ll wait patiently for however long it takes to count every single vote,” Hayes said Tuesday night. Logan told his supporters he expected to win by the “shortest of margins.”

Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, has twice visited New Britain, a key city in the district where the RNC this year opened a community center as part of an outreach effort.

Republicans haven’t held a House seat in Connecticut since former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays lost in 2008 to Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, who still holds the seat representing a southwestern part of the state and was re-elected Tuesday.

Hayes is the first Black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress.

Logan, the son of immigrants from Guatemala, is a mechanical engineer and community relations director at a water company. He’s also a guitarist in a Jimi Hendrix tribute band. Despite being labeled as too extreme by Democrats, he has portrayed himself as a social moderate and fiscal conservative.

Logan says he supports abortion rights and opposes a federal ban but backs a parental notification requirement. He has accused Hayes and the Democrats of trying to “scare” voters about what he might do in Congress.

“My opponent and the Democrat leadership insiders repeatedly put out false attack ads about my position,” he said during a recent debate. “I would not support a national ban on abortion. It doesn’t matter to me who in the Congress would want one.”

Hayes has said it’s unlikely Logan would go against Republican House leadership.

“If anyone in this room thinks that the Congressional Leadership Fund is putting millions of dollars into the campaign of someone that they can’t trust will vote for the things that they would like, then you are all sadly mistaken,” Hayes said during the debate.

The national GOP also targeted Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, who was first elected to Congress in 2006 to represent the 2nd Congressional District in eastern Connecticut. But Courtney, who billed himself as someone with a record of effectively working with Democrats and Republicans, managed to defeat his Republican challenger, state Rep. Mike France, chair of the General Assembly’s conservative caucus.

In the 4th Congressional District, Himes won an eighth term. He was being challenged by Republican Jayme Stevenson, an abortion rights supporter who served more than a decade as Darien’s first selectman.

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson won his 13th term representing the 1st Congressional District, which spans northern and central parts of the state, including Hartford. He was challenged by Dr. Larry Lazor, who describes himself as a moderate Republican. A minor party candidate is also running.

And Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro won her 17th term in office in the 3rd Congressional District, which includes areas of southern and central Connecticut. She was challenged by Republican Lesley DiNardis, a college administrator, as well as two minor party candidates.

Election Night Greater Danbury 2022

Election Night Greater Danbury 2022

* denotes incumbent

Municipality/Position Affiliation Candidate
5th Congressional District Democrat Jahana Hayes* (109,965)
    (92% reporting) Republican    George Logan (112,286)
4th Congressional District Democrat Jim Himes* (118,377)
   (90% reporting) Republican Jamie Stevenson (82,895)
24th State Senate District Democrat Julie Kushner* (15,116)
  Republican MIchelle Coelho (13,716)
26th State Senate District Democrat Ceci Maher (25,562)
  Republican Toni Boucher (19,390)
28th State Senate District Democrat Tim Gavin (7,582)
  (30% reporting) Republican Tony Hwang* (8,538)
30th State Senate District Democrat Eva Zimmerman (14,211)
     (80% reporting) Republican Stephen Harding (18,452)
32nd State Senate District Democrat Jeff Desmarais (19,418)
  Republican Eric Berthel* (27,962)
2nd District State Representative Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan*  (5,006)
    Republican Jenn Lewis (4,248)
64th District State Representative Democrat Maria Horn* (4,281)
  Republican Chris DuPont (3,049)
42nd District State Representative Democrat Keith Denning (5,500)
  Republican Kim Healy (5,017)
67th District State Representative Democrat Alexander Thomas (2,987)
  Republican Bill Buckbee* (5,330)
106th District State Representative   Republican Mitch Bolinsky* (7,374)
107th District State Representative Democrat Phoebe Holmes (5,019)
  Republican Martin Foncello (5,882)
108th District State Representative Democrat Jeff Ginsburg (4,306)
   Republican Parick Callahan* (5,942)
109th District State Representative Democrat Farley Santos (3,119)
  Republican Jesy Fernandez (2,487)
110th District State Representative Democrat Bob Godfrey* (2,090)
  Republican Eric Gleissner (1,273)
111th District State Representative Democrat Aimee Berger-Girvalo* (6,179)
  Republican Bob Hebert (5,014)
135th District State Representative Democrat Anne Hughes* (5,741)
  Republican Alexander Burns (3,243)
138th District State Representative Democrat Ken Gucker* (3,319)
  Republican Rachel Chaleski (3,346)
     (headed to recount)
Danbury Probate Court Judge Democrat Joe DaSilva Jr. (10,702)
  Republican Dom Chieffalo (9,680)
Housatonic Region Probate Judge Republican Martin Landgrebe* (19,040)
Northern Fairfield Probate Judge Democrat Steven DeMoura (18,718)
  Republican Jennifer Collins (17,562)

(vote tallies) Numbers are unofficial results which must be certified by the Secretary of the State's office.

Newtown officials split on proposed Charter revision to eliminate Finance Board

The current Newtown First Selectman and two previous office holders are speaking out against a proposed Charter Revision on the ballot this Election Day.  First Selectman Dan Rosenthal, Pat Llodra and Herb Rosenthal co-signed a letter of opposition sent to the Newtown Bee saying they will be voting No on Question 1, which would eliminate the Board of Finance.  They say in the letter that they've worked extensively with the Board and that the gains made by Newtown since its creation two decade ago are undeniable.  The three agree that there are redundancies in the present government construct with the way the charge of the Finance Board is written and the duties of the Legislative Council, but disagree with its removal.  Meanwhile other Newtown officials, including several members of the Legislative Council support its elimination.

Sample ballots, polling location information available online

Connecticut voters can go online and view the ballots for every city and town.  Polls will be open from 6am to 8pm.  Voters can visit the Secretary of the State website to also check their registration status and find their polling place.  Due to redistricting, residents may be voting for different House or Senate seats than they have in previous years.  Voters can look up their legislators on the General Assembly's website.

Election Day Registration permits anyone to register and vote in person on Election Day who meets the eligibility requirements for voting in this state and is not already registered, OR is registered in one town but has moved to another town.  Election Day Registration is not available at local polling places but is available at a designated location in each town, mostly town halls or municipal centers. Anyone in line at the Election Day Registration site at 8 pm can remain in line to complete registration and vote.  People will need to provide proof of identity and residency. 

There are sample ballots available for each municipality available online.

Brookfield Police Officer completes training academy

Brookfield Police Officer Rocky Ongaro has completed 6 months of academy training.  He is part of the 19th Training Session of the New Britain Police Department Basic Recruit Academy.  Ongaro graduated from the police academy and is ready to begin field training. For the next 12 weeks, he will be partnered with veteran officers to learn how to safely and appropriately apply his new training to keep the residents and visitors of Brookfield safe.

Danbury Fire brings regionalĀ Foam Trailer asset to gasoline tanker rollover in Norfolk

The Danbury Fire Department was requested to bring the regional Foam Trailer asset to help at a gasoline tanker rollover in Norfolk this weekend.  Danbury participates in numerous State and Regional response programs, as part of the Connecticut Statewide Fire-Rescue Disaster Response Plan. The Foam Trailer holds 500 gallons of foam, with others located in Winsted, Willington, Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, Norwich, and Fairfield. The trailers are in the process of being switched to non-PFAS "green" foam, and only Danbury, Willington, and Winsted's are converted, so those three were deployed.  The gas tanker truck rolled over in the area of Beacon Road and Route 44 early Saturday morning releasing its full load of 8,200 gallons of gasoline, largely into the storm drain system and neighboring properties.  The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection also responded.  The area was closed for an extended period of time, with a detour set up.

C.H. Booth Library front entrance closed due to roof work

The front entrance of C.H. Booth Library in Newtown is temporary closed due to roof replacement work.  Library officials say the entry closure was done for the safety of patrons as the slate roof is replace.  There are rear and side entrances to the library, but residents can also schedule a patio pickup or delivery of items by calling or emailing the library.  The slate roof is original to the 1932 building.  CH Booth Library will also be closed this Friday in honor of Veterans Day, but will be open Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. 

Brotherhood-In-Action of Bethel seeks volunteers for Thanksgiving food deliveries

The nonprofit Brotherhood-In-Action of Bethel is set to deliver food to residents in need this Thanksgiving.  They are looking for volunteers to help with delivery on November 19th, starting at 9am at their location next to Bethel United Methodist Church. There is no pre-signup, volunteers just need to show up, using the Greenwood Avenue parking lot entrance.  A vehicle queue will be formed, with a drive-through line that will allow organizers to hand out delivery assignments and load vehicles.  Brotherhood-In-Action says they well set with donations for Thanksgiving due to the summer postal drive, collections from the school system, and availability of items from the food bank. After these deliveries, they will re-assess where they are on supplies and give notice of any changes for Christmas.


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