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Library Presents Alien Invasion

The Brookfield Library Art Gallery presents Alien Invasion, an exhibition of whimsical aliens created by illustrator Pamela Hanks… on view from April 1 to May 30. The show also incorporates interactive elements. Everyone is invited to attend the exhibition reception on Saturday, April 22 from 2 – 4 pm in The Brookfield Library Art Gallery. Pamela Hanks will give an Artist Talk and Demo at 2:30pm that day. A virtual version of the exhibition will be available online at starting tomorrow, April 1.

Newtown Dr Ordered to Pay $80,000 Restitution for Fraud

A Newtown psychologist has been ordered to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to healthcare fraud… specifically Medicaid fraud. 66 year old Jeannie Pasacreta billed Medicaid for hundreds of fraudulent claims according to the state Division of Criminal Justice. Pasacreta is a psychologist and advanced registered nurse. Now, she will be excluded from certain federally funded health programs.

Local Vets Honored

This week, Danbury honored its Vietnam War vets on the 50th anniversary of the departure of U.S. combat troops from Vietnam. William Moser of Danbury, who served in Vietnam in 1969 and is with the Marine Corps League Hat City Detachment, read the names on the Vietnam War memorial in Rogers Park during the local ceremony held on Vietnam War Veterans Day on Wednesday. About 30 people gathered at the Danbury park for the solemn ceremony. The monument there honors service members from Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield.

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.

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