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Danbury Accepting Applications for Grant Funding

The City of Danbury is accepting applications for funding under it’s 2023 Community Development Block Grant Program for projects which assist low & moderate-income families and individuals, eliminate slum and blight conditions or meet urgent needs which affect public health and safety within the City. Applications are due no later than Monday, April 17th by 3PM at the City of Danbury Finance Department on the second floor of City Hall. Application packets are available online on the City’s website.

Black Hawks Down

Two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters crashed during a training mission Wednesday night in Kentucky. There were at least several casualties. The two helicopters were HH-60 Black Hawks made by Sikorsky, which is headquartered here in Connecticut. At last word, there were no reports of any damage to structures. According to a statement released by Fort Campbell which is near where the crash took place, the helicopters were part of the 101st Airborne division and were on a routine training mission when they crashed Wednesday night.

2 Locally Make Judges List

Governor Ned Lamont on Wednesday, announced that he is nominating 20 jurists to serve as judges of the Connecticut Superior Court. The court currently has 40 judicial vacancies. Additionally, Governor Lamont is nominating two jurists to become family support magistrates. The list includes 53 year old Thomas J. Saadi of Danbury and 57 year old Jennifer J. Tunnard of Ridgefield.

Police Paid Well in New Fairfield

We recently told you about the high pay some Danbury public employees are earning… Now comes word that six of New Fairfield’s 10 highest-paid town employees are police, with some of the officers earning more than $245,000 thanks to overtime… that according to 2022 payroll data from New Fairfield. That’s more than half of all overtime paid by the town. In New Fairfield, of the $5.5 million paid to 211 municipal employees last year, $424,000 was overtime compensation for 45 individual employees.

Elevated Boardwalk Ready to Go in Ridgefield

Next month in Ridgefield, an elevated boardwalk is set to begin construction. The biggest chunk of the $3.4 million project will be covered by State Funding through the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program. It will run from Farmingville Road to South Street. The pedestrian boardwalk will be level with the road and cantilevered about 4-6 feet above the Great Swamp.

Fake Identity in Newtown Leads to Arrest

In Newtown, a man from New York was arrested after police say he used fake ID at a bank. 57 year old Darren Brown of Bayshore, NY is facing charges including identity theft and forgery for using he fake identification in an attempt to get statements and money that didn’t belong to him at the Union Savings Bank branch in Newtown. According to police, Brown also went to other banks in the area trying to obtain statements and money by using false identification cards too.

Charter Revision Commission to Meet in Ridgefield

At the meeting that is planned to be held tomorrow, the Charter Revision Commission in Ridgefield will continue reviewing almost 100 suggested changes to the town charter… changes that have been submitted by residents and town officials over the past two months. Some are simply minor clarifications to descriptions of various town boards. Others however, would mean big changes in the town’s form of government. Ridgefield residents are invited to suggest changes in person at the beginning of tomorrow’s meeting, that starts at 6:30 PM in the Town Hall Annex.

New Milford Woman Facing Charges

A New Milford woman is now facing charges following an investigation into a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in Bethel. New Milford police arrested 41 year old Maria-Angela Bosch who they say fled after hitting 63 year old John Capodanno of Bethel last October, as he was crossing Route 7 from Taco Bell to the Stop and Shop. Bosch was released on $5,000 bond and is due to appear in state Superior Court in Torrington on April 5th.

Womens Business Council Celebrates National Women’s History Month

The Womens Business Council celebrates National Women’s History Month at the Danbury Museum today. The Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce invites you to come to the Danbury Museum at 43 Main Street in Danbury this evening from 5 – 7, where Brigid Guertin, City Historian and Executive Director of the Danbury Museum will share brief stories highlighting a few of the fascinating women from Danbury’s history. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking, and you will enjoy appetizers, wine & beer. For details, call the Danbury Chamber of commerce or check their website.

High School Student Arrested

In Bethel, police have arrested a high school student who they say had weapons and drugs in his car on school property. 18 year old Garrett Foscato is now facing some serious charges, including possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana by someone under age 21. Bethel Police say the vehicle was searched as it was parked on school property. For now, Foscato is free on a promise to appear in court on Tuesdsay.

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