Spotlight on area events

Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club The Wednesday Afternoon Musical Club presents its annual scholarship winner and Young Artists Concert on Sunday, Jan. 7, at 3 p.m. at Jesse Lee Church, 25 Flat Rock Road. Featured will be two Easton musicians, Kate Wegener, oboist, and Kiki Liu, pianist. Kate is a senior at Joel Barlow High School and has already won acclaim as the winner of the 2017 Norwalk Symphony Concerto Competition. She has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, celebrating young classical musicians, as well as performing at Carnegie Hall in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Kiki … Read more

Easton legislators confront new state budget deficit

State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, addressed a new state budget deficit at a forum at the Easton Public Library community room. — Nancy Doniger photo

Underfunded teacher pensions, lucrative state union contracts, declining population, regionalization, and attracting young people to stay in Connecticut were among the subjects raised at a budget forum held by Easton’s delegation to the Connecticut General Assembly. State Sen. Tony Hwang, R-28, and state Rep. Adam Dunsby, R-135, invited residents to the Easton Public Library community room on Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss the contents of the recently adopted state budget and the implications for the local community. Residents in attendance expressed their worries about the state’s continuing budget woes and the impact on local taxes. The fact that state lawmakers … Read more

Wireless tower project underway

Photo simulation of the proposed telecommunications facility at 515 Morehouse Road. — Photo courtesy of Homeland Towers

Easton residents fended off the construction of another cell tower in town for a decade, but tower avoidance has come to an end. “Stacking” of a new 150-foot cell tower at 515 Morehouse Road is underway with preparation of the site and pouring of the foundation. Stacking means constructing the tower on its base. Homeland Towers expects to construct the tower the last week of December, Dec. 27 to 29, according to Ray Vergati, site development manager of Homeland Towers. It will take several months before the tower is operational. Verizon is the anchor tenant, and other carriers are expected … Read more

Simone opens up about depression

Easton children and adults remember Gary Simone, Easton’s longtime Park and Recreation Department director, as a friendly guy who was always looking out for kids who felt left out and for people going through hard times. He called himself Easton’s “fun director” and considered Easton his town because he spent so much time here and cared about it so much even though he lives in Danbury. Simone, who turns 64 in January, had been talking about retiring and was set to follow through with his plan as of January. Then he changed direction and announced his sudden retirement in early … Read more

Easton cruiser stuffed with toys for kids in need

View of the back of one of the fully stuffed police cruisers.

The Easton Police Department wanted to brighten the holidays for area kids whose families are struggling to make ends meet and invited the community to help.  Police personnel set up bins in the department lobby for a couple of weeks prior to the final collection day of Dec. 10. People could drop off unwrapped toys at any time or take them to the library parking lot from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 10. The season’s first snowfall a day earlier did not discourage residents from stopping by to drop off toys. If anything, that contributed to the community … Read more

Chocolate-making on for today, holiday crafts postponed

The Easton Public Library. — Archive Photo by Nancy Doniger

The teen Chocolate Make and Take program today at 3:30 p.m. will be carry on, but the holiday crafts extravaganza has been posted to Thursday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A hazardous weather outlook has been forecast for this afternoon and evening. There is a 40% chance of snow, mainly after 2 p.m. Snow is likely tonight before 10 p.m.  New snow accumulation of less than a half-inch is possible. Klassic Kreations will be on hand as planned this afternoon to teach about young chocolate entrepreneurs and the history of chocolate. Then, teens will get a demonstration of … Read more

EDITORIAL: No more school shootings

Memorials sprang up in Sandy Hook Center following the mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. — Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Today, Dec. 14, marks the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and eight adults were killed on that unspeakable day in Newtown, including the 20-year-old shooter’s mother and his own suicide after carrying out mass mayhem. The day of terror radically transformed the way schools educate children and respond to safety threats across the nation. Lockdowns, active-shooter training and school security have become a fearsome but necessary part of life for children and adults alike. Words can’t express the extent to which Dec. 14, 2012, disrupted the lives of the families who lost … Read more

Slippery roads during Thursday morning commute

This was an accident on Route 59 at Hayes Street at approximately 12:50 p.m. The vehicle snapped the pole and rolled over off the road.

Light snow will continue to fall during the morning commute, the National Weather Service said. Around one to potentially two inches of snow is forecast. Roadways may become snow covered which would create slippery conditions. Motorists are urged to use extra caution while traveling this morning and if possible to stay off the roads while public works crews do their work. There is a two-hour delay for all Easton and Redding schools. Snow is likely to continue to 9 a.m. and then clear after that.

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