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Cell Phone Outage Not As Severe In Connecticut

A nationwide AT&T outage that began early Thursday morning has disrupted cellphone service across the U.S., including Connecticut. Thousands of people woke up without service, with AT&T, Cricket Wireless, and Verizon among the affected providers. While the issue was more limited in Connecticut, AT&T faced the most outages. The company’s network teams continue working to restore service, but some iPhone users have seen SOS messages on their screens. Though most customers nationwide had their service restored, there are a few thousand AT&T customers who are still reporting outages on the network, according to service tracking website Down Detector. According to the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the 911 network did not experience any disruptions because of the outage.


Danbury Real Estate Market Holding Up Well

In real estate news, Danbury, is making waves! According to a recent report by Construction Coverage, the median home sale price in Danbury reached $425,000 in December 2023, marking a 1.2% increase from the previous year. 56% of homes in Danbury sold above their asking price, with a median time on the market of 40 days. The city’s housing market ranks 112th out of 451 small U.S. cities in the ‘Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2024’ report. So, if you’re looking to buy or sell in Danbury, now’s the time!


EVs May Not Be All Some Thought After All

As is rapidly becoming the case nationwide, Connecticut’s planned electric vehicle transition is facing a growing list of delays and challenges. While Governor Ned Lamont continues to push for the electric vehicle transition in Connecticut, the Biden administration now plans to delay its own EV timeline due to consumer demand and labor concerns. Lawmakers in Connecticut have been debating a plan to phase out gas-powered cars by 2035. That now appears to be a bit unrealistic.


School Bus Accident In Newtown

In Newtown, a student and a bus driver sustained minor injuries after one school bus rear-ended another. The incident occurred around 9am Thursday as both buses were transporting fifth- and sixth-grade students to Reed Intermediate School. While traveling north on Boggs Hill Road, the buses came to a halt at the intersection with Sugar Street. The second bus accelerated prematurely, colliding with the bus in front of it. The responsible driver received an infraction for failing to maintain a reasonable distance. A school administrator assisted in caring for the students, and an additional bus was dispatched to transport them to school.


UConn Pilot Program Plans Revealed

Governor Ned Lamont has greenlit a groundbreaking 12-month pilot program at UConn Health’s Child Care Center in Farmington. The program, powered by Shelton-based company Budderfly, will deploy cutting-edge technology to help the healthcare system reach significant energy cost savings. Budderfly’s proprietary Ultra High Performance heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system will take center stage during this initiative. By demonstrating its energy efficiency, the pilot program aims to pave the way for reliable infrastructure and more energy jobs across Connecticut.


Developer Makes Third Attempt To Get Crowne Plaza Development Kick Started

In Danbury, developer Dan Bertram is making a third attempt to transform the defunct Crowne Plaza hotel on the west side into 198 affordable micro-apartments. The proposal has faced challenges due to concerns about housing in a congested commercial zone. Last week, the City Council preserved Bertram’s seven-year tax break for a new Main Street apartment house. Now, he’s back, addressing the final hurdle: ensuring a public hearing process for the hotel-to-apartment conversion.


Making The Case For Earned Wage Access In Connecticut

In a clash between Connecticut’s banking laws and a new financial frontier, thousands are seeking a lifeline. It’s called “earned wage access”, or EWA. It’s a service that provides small cash advances to consumers, but here’s the twist: Connecticut is the only state where strict limits effectively ban it. Many who rely on the service oppose the ban. The battle rages on as lawmakers and regulators grapple with how to fit this new-economy service into old-economy rules.


Ridgefield Man Pleads Guilty To Child Sexual Abuse Material Possession

A Ridgefield resident who is a former math teacher at Greenwich High School, pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday, to charges related to accessing and possessing child sexual abuse materials. The case unfolded after a TikTok video containing such imagery was traced back to the email account of Nicholas Skirkanich. The investigation, which was initiated back in October 2022, revealed that Skirkanich had accessed and possessed the material between August 2021 and December 2022. He now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 15.


Parent Cabinet Forming

Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood is now accepting applications for a new cohort of members to join the governor’s Parent Cabinet. Established in 2022, the Parent Cabinet is a diverse, parent-led advisory group that collaborates directly with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood. Its mission is to empower parents and caregivers of children up to the age of 5, by giving them a stronger voice in shaping laws and policies that impact young families. The Parent Cabinet welcomes all caregivers, including grandparents, foster parents, and other guardians. Members serve 2.5-year terms, with staggered expiration dates in June or December.


Seymour Scammer Pleads Guilty

A Seymour man has pleaded guilty to charges related to a bribery and kickback scheme involving the postmaster of the Danbury post office. According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, 26 year old Michael Lutz was the general manager of a company known as “Vendor-1”, which provided vehicle maintenance and repair services for the Danbury Post Office. The scheme involved bribing the postmaster in exchange for kickbacks. The case is being closely monitored by authorities, and further details along with possibly additional charges are expected to emerge.