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Danbury Cited Social Service Agencies Get Funding

Nearly half a million dollars in new state aid is on the way for three social service agencies headquartered in Danbury that focus on children, families, and alcoholism. Danbury Youth Services was awarded a $43,933 state grant for internet technology updates; Family and Children’s Aid of Danbury was awarded $400,000 to improve and expand its New Milford Behavioral Health Center; and the Mid-Western Connecticut Council of Alcoholism headquartered in Danbury received funding for its New Haven Behavioral Health outpatient facility improvements. The money is part of a total of $35.5 million in state funding to nonprofit providers across Connecticut for capital improvement projects.


Animal Cruelty In Brookfield

A Brookfield man faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly leaving his dog exposed to cold and rain for hours. 28 year old Melwah Campos was arrested following a neighbor’s complaint about a small dog left on a balcony in wet and shivering condition. When police arrived, they found the dog trying to seek shelter from the rain. The dog had no access to water or shelter, and there was significant damage on the balcony. This isn’t Campos’s first offense either… he has a prior conviction related to animal welfare. Campos was released on a promise to appear in court with his next hearing scheduled for May 6.


Bill Targets Excessive Interest Fees

A bill seeking to reduce interest rates for delinquent property or sewer taxes in Connecticut has advanced through the legislative Planning and Development Committee. Lawmakers there argue that the current 18% interest rate charged by outside collection agencies is excessive. The proposed legislation aims to cap the interest rate at 12%, providing relief to struggling homeowners facing potential foreclosure. The bill also seeks to limit attorney fees until foreclosure proceedings begin and requires written contracts between municipalities and collection firms. If passed, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2025.


New Beer Garden To Open In Danbury

Danbury’s Backus Avenue corridor is set to welcome a new brewpub with a sprawling outdoor beer garden after unanimous approval by city leaders. Elicit Brewing Co., slated to open by year-end, will feature a 420-seat brewpub and a 4,000-square-foot outdoor space, making it a unique addition to the city’s entertainment scene. City Council members praised the concept.


New Fairfield Budget Referendum Approaching

New Fairfield will determine the date for its 2024-25 budget referendum during the annual town meeting on April 17. The proposed budget includes $55 million for schools and $14.1 million for town operations, potentially leading to a 4.27% tax rate increase if approved.


Newtown Development Plan Advances

In Newtown, plans to convert historic buildings at the Fairfield Hills campus into apartments have taken a significant step forward. State officials have endorsed a plan to designate two key structures for historic status, paving the way for federal recognition. The buildings, once part of a psychiatric hospital, will be transformed into 169 apartments, driving economic revitalization. This initiative, led by the Fairfield Hills Authority and WinnDevelopment, hinges on federal tax credits for preservation. The hope is that this investment will catalyze interest in the campus, spurring additional commercial activity.


Wrong Way Crash Claims Life Of Ridgefield Woman

A woman from Ridgefield lost her life in a wrong-way collision on Interstate 84 in New York. 30 year old Alexandra Quinn was westbound in the eastbound lane when her vehicle collided head-on with a tractor-trailer. New York State Police reported that Quinn sustained serious injuries and passed away at the scene. The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 25-year-old man from Florida, escaped unharmed. The crash remains under investigation.


Bear Alert

As black bear activity rises this spring, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is urging residents to prevent human-bear conflicts by removing bird feeders. At an event in Southbury on Tuesday, in partnership with the National Audubon Society, experts emphasized that birdfeeders attract bears, leading to potentially dangerous encounters. Connecticut’s dense population alongside ample forested areas creates ideal bear habitat, making it vital for residents to eliminate bear temptations like bird seed and unsecured garbage. DEEP reminds everyone that intentionally feeding bears is now illegal. Follow DEEP’s guidelines to secure trash, clean grills, and leash pets. Report bear sightings to DEEP for monitoring purposes.


Bradley Airport Growth

Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport experienced a 7.8 percent surge in passenger traffic during 2023, totaling nearly 6.25 million travelers. This marks a significant increase from the previous year. The Connecticut Airport Authority anticipates continued growth fueled by new routes from Breeze Airways. With airfares down and travel demand rising, experts predict ongoing expansion at Bradley, driven by increased route activity and favorable consumer spending.


Bill Targets ‘Faithless Electors’

Connecticut lawmakers are advancing legislation to block “faithless” electors, ensuring electoral votes align with the popular vote. The bill… according to its sponsors… aims to safeguard the state’s electoral process against individual deviations from voter intent.


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