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Brewster-southeast Fire District To Turn To Voters

The Brewster-Southeast Fire District plans to ask voters if they will support spending almost $2 Million for new equipment. Residents of the Joint Brewster-Southeast Fire District will have a chance to have their voices heard when they vote on December 13th for that and also to choose a commissioner. If approved, the money would pay for a new fire truck, a new ambulance, thermal-imaging cameras, and other upgrades to their existing technology. Co-Chairman A. Gerald Schramek is running for re-election. He is being challenged by David Beshears, Jr. Whoever is the winner will serve a 5 year term. Polls will be open from 3 to 9 on December 13 at the Charles Doyle Substation, at Route 311 and North Brewster Road.

Truck Crash Closes I-84 In Danbury

A stretch of Interstate 84 East in Danbury was closed down Sunday after a tractor trailer flipped over, spilling its load of wood onto the highway. Danbury firefighters and other first responders, along with state police, responded to the crash that happened just after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. They arrived to find the truck had rolled over, and the driver had suffered minor injuries. The highway was shut down between Exit 3 and Exit 4 until around 9:15pm so the mess could be cleaned up and the truck removed. Nobody else was hurt.

Changes In School Security In Ridgefield

A security director will be hired by Ridgefield Public Schools at a salary of $110,000 a year to oversee 9 school security officers. It all comes about after a nearly year long study of school safety, in which the school system will switch their approach from a security guard model to what they car referring to as a “security officer model.” The role of the director of security will be to oversee the daily operations of school safety and school security personnel, and to ensure that security systems at the school buildings are working properly. Grant money will pay for the salary from January to July now, but a full school-year salary will need to be included in the next education budget.

Alex Jones Files Bankruptcy

Infowars host Alex Jones has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Houston, Texas after the recent nearly $1.4B in judgments that were filed against him after the Sandy Hook verdict. According to the court filing, Jones has between $1 million and $10 million worth of assets. He also now has between $1 billion and $10 billion of liabilities. Jones bashed the Connecticut trial as unfair… calling it an assault on free speech rights… and he says he plans to appeal. In a separate case, a Texas jury last August, ordered Jones to pay the parents of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook shooting $45.2 million in punitive damages and $4.1 million in compensatory damages.

Donations Create New Care Center

Good news today from New Milford Hospital… a new specialized care center with 14 exam rooms and space for patients to access their medical cards, called the Haims Family Multi-Center… has opened there. It’s named after the project’s lead donors, Bruce Haims and his family of Roxbury. The 8,500-square foot center is there, thanks to them and other donor commitments of almost $3.5 million. It now provides access to needed specialists in a central location. An official open house was recently held.

Temporary Danbury Homeless Shelter May Be Shuttered

Under an agreement in principal, that remains subject to state and local approval, the temporary homeless shelter at the former Super 8 Motel on Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury, could be converted to affordable housing for homeless people. If that doesn’t happen though, the facility will have to shut down completely because it is not zoned to operate as a shelter. That means, anyone living there would have to move out by the end of the month. It all comes about as the COVID-19 emergency orders enacted by Governor Ned Lamont that authorized such shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness are due to expire on Dec. 28.

Ridgefield Town Hall Employee Facing Charges

A Ridgefield Town Hall employee is now facing charges, including disorderly conduct, after being accused of swatting a YouTuber with a file folder. It involves a female employee, and it reportedly happened last Thursday as she was being recorded by two men who said they belong to a group that records videos of public officials in their work settings and then uploads them to YouTube, called “Accountability For All.” They refer to themselves as auditors of the First Amendment.. The employee… who has not been publicly identified… is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Connecticut Trails Grant Proposals Being Accepted

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is now accepting proposals for the State’s Recreational Trails Grants. This request for applications is the largest funding round in the history of the Recreational Trails Grant program since it was established in 1997, and it will make $9 million available to improve Connecticut’s trail infrastructure. Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2023.

Danbury Winter Festival Postponed To Sunday

Because of the weather forecast, the Danbury Winter Festival has been re-scheduled. It now will be held on Sunday from 1 to 7pm. The entertainment includes the Mad Hatters Chorus; Holiday Music by LC Entertainment; ERA Productions & Inneract Theater; and The Immaculate Inspire Choir & The St. Joseph School Singers. At 5pm Sunday, the mayor will light the lights. Then there will be a firetruck parade & Santa will arrive. There will then be opportunities for pictures with Santa. The entire event is free, and there will also be free hot chocolate and cookies.

Southbury Police Toy Drive Said To Be Successful This Year

The Southbury Police Department wants to thank everyone who contributed to make the toy drive so successful this year. They say your generous donations help continue the great tradition of the toy drive, and you help to make the holiday season a little brighter for many children on the gift list. Toys are being shipped directly to the police station, from which they then will be distributed. Southbury Police say they appreciate each and every person who contributed this year.

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