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Great Housatonic Duck Race Set For Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, the New Milford Rotary will host its 29th annual Great Housatonic Duck Race. Starting at Young’s Field after the town’s Memorial Day parades, the event invites residents to adopt rubber ducks for $5 each, and offers cash prizes ranging from $100 to $500. For more details visit www.nmrotary.org/duckrace.htm

 

 


Candlewood Pump Out Station Approved For Funding

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced on Monday, that 30 marine pump out facilities will receive nearly $1 million in funding for the 2024 boating season under the Federal Clean Vessel Act program. This effort aims to improve water quality by supporting boat sewage disposal facilities. The facilities receiving grants include one Echo Bay Marina at Candlewood Lake. Boaters using this program have helped remove a total of about one million gallons of sewage annually from Connecticut’s waterways.


Connecticut Losing Farms But Not Losing Interest In Farming

Despite the fact that Connecticut lost 460 farms over the past five years, interest in buying farmland remains high. Over 500 people have contacted the state Department of Agriculture for assistance in purchasing farms. Despite the decline, Connecticut added more farms with higher revenue, indicating a shift in the farming landscape from small, family owned farms to larger farm businesses.


New Fairfield Voters Nix Budget Again

New Fairfield voters rejected the 2024-25 budgets for a second time on Saturday, triggering a third referendum. The $55 million Board of Education budget failed by a 1,214-643 vote, and the $14.1 million Board of Selectmen budget failed by a 1,124-741 vote. Advisory questions revealed most voters found the school budget too low. The Board of Finance will meet on Wednesday to discuss the next steps.


New Milford Memorial Day Plans

New Milford will celebrate Memorial Day with two parades on Monday, May 27. The first parade kicks off at 8 a.m. in Gaylordsville, followed by a ceremony at the New Milford Public Library. The downtown parade starts at 10 a.m., moving from Main Street to the Town Green. Local veterans will honor fallen heroes by throwing a wreath off Veterans Bridge. Those interested in participating can contact the Veterans Committee at 860-355-6010 or email newmilfordveteranscommittee@gmail.com


Grants For Ridgefield Schools

Ridgefield schools will receive $191,454 in state grants for indoor air quality improvements. The grants were officially announced on Monday. They will cover 23.57% of project costs, funding new ventilators, mini-split air conditioners, roof exhaust fans, and other HVAC upgrades across eight schools. The total project cost is $812,278, with Ridgefield covering the remaining $620,824. The enhancements aim to improve learning environments by addressing temperature control, mold, pests, and air quality issues.


Blood Drive Rewards

The Knights of Columbus McGivney Council 29 is hosting a blood drive at St. Joseph Church Hall, 376 Main St, Danbury, on Friday, May 31, from noon to 5. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit https://RedCrossBlood.org and enter code KOC. Additionally, all donors between today and June 9 will receive an exclusive Tetris and Red Cross shirt while supplies last. Download the Blood Donor App or visit https://RedCrossBlood.org for more information.


Airport Improvements Ahead Of Schedule

Danbury Municipal Airport is undergoing a $2.5 million project to revamp taxiway Charlie, including repaving and installing new lighting. The project, ahead of schedule, addresses 35 years of deterioration, making maneuvering difficult for planes. Completion is expected by early summer, ensuring safer and more efficient operations.


Help On The Way For Deteriorating Danbury Parks

Danbury Mayor Roberto Alves plans to invest $1.5 million in federal COVID rescue funds into revitalizing Rogers Park and Hatters Park. Proposed improvements include modern restrooms at Hatters Park and new facilities like a skatepark and an urban soccer court at Rogers Park. Mayor Alves emphasized the need for upgrades to make the parks more welcoming and functional, reflecting the community’s investment in its youth and public spaces. The city council’s approval now marks a significant step toward those enhancements.


Danbury Planning Portuguese Day For June 2

The City of Danbury will host the 2024 Portuguese Day celebration on Sunday, June 2. Events begin at 8:15 a.m. with a flag-raising ceremony at John Perry Soccer Field in Rogers Park, followed by a 9 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. The parade starts at 10:15 a.m. from the church, ending at Portuguese Square with a flag-raising and remarks. The festivities continue with a picnic at the Portuguese Cultural Center from 12:30 p.m., featuring food, music, folklore dancers, and activities until 9 p.m. It all happens on Sunday, June 2nd.


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