Redding woman rides to fight rare disease

Redding resident Lara Schuler is gearing up for a 40-mile bike tour around New York City, doing it all for someone she has never met. The TD Five Boro Bike Tour takes riders through the five boroughs of New York City on Sunday, May 6. The tour begins near the World Trade Center and goes up Sixth Avenue, into Harlem, down the FDR Drive, then across the various bridges that connect the boroughs. The ride is full every year, with 32,000 participants. This will be Schuler’s third year raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation through the tour. This foundation … Read more

Joel Barlow hosts poetry festival

Poet Diana Goetsch was the guest speaker at Joel Barlow High School’s Poetry Festival. — Sandra Diamond Fox photo

Poet Diana Goetsch, who traveled to Joel Barlow High School from her home in Manhattan, was the guest speaker at the school’s Poetry Festival. Goetsch is an American poet who wrote eight collections, including In America, Nameless Boy and The Job of Being Everybody, which won the 2004 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Competition. At the festival, Goetsch read a political poem called The Proposal, which poked fun at President Donald Trump’s hair. In the poem, Goetsch referred to Trump’s hair as “the exploded rooster comb.” “The president’s hair threatens the very foundation of cooperative society,” she said, to … Read more

Redding artist dedicates Mark Twain portrait to Joel Barlow High School

From left, Redding artist Susan Durkee and Joel Barlow High School assistant principal Julie McTague. Durkee has donated a portrait of Mark Twain to Barlow. — Sandra Diamond Fox photo

Whenever Joel Barlow students visit their school library, they’ll forever be reminded of the strong connection Mark Twain had to Redding. Susan Durkee, a Redding painter, has donated her 16-inch by 20-inch portrait of the author, which she painted about four years ago, to Barlow. The portrait of Twain was dedicated to the school on Thursday, April 19, during the school’s Poetry Festival, which more than 400 students attended over the course of the day. About a dozen students — as well as Mark Twain Library Director Beth Dominianni — gathered around Durkee, as she spoke about her strong connection … Read more

Redding-Easton student walkout was a ‘call for change’

Although he’s young, Redding resident Buster Whaley, — a sophomore at Joel Barlow High School — already has strong views on school safety and gun control. On Friday, April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting, Buster was one of about a dozen students from Barlow and John Read Middle School to walk out of school. These students — six from John Read and eight from Joel Barlow — walked out without the permission of the school, according to School Superintendent Tom McMorran. They were outside for about 15 minutes. In an email after the walkout took place, … Read more

Redding and Easton students walk out of school Friday morning

Joel Barlow High School

About a dozen students who walked out of Joel Barlow High School and John Read Middle School Friday, without permission, will face punishment. Six students walked out of John Read and eight students walked out of Joel Barlow for about 15 minutes, according to School Superintendent Tom McMorran and John Read Principal Diane Martin. “This was without the permission of the school, without coordination by the school, and without being condoned by the school,” McMorran said. “I communicated with the families and parents on Monday and indicated that students who infracted our rules would face reasonable consequences and that’s what … Read more

Redding woman leads event to support domestic violence prevention

Lisi and Neil Marcus, along with their dogs, Otis and Winston, at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding. Lisi Marcus is helping to lead a new fund-raiser for ARC called Bark for Arc, whose purpose is to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Family violence crosses all socioeconomic strata. “Even in affluent communities, domestic violence can occur,” said Redding resident Lisi Marcus, community liaison for the Association of Religious Communities (ARC). “Your neighbors, your co-workers or your friends may be victims.” In light of this, Marcus is helping to lead a new fund-raiser for ARC called Bark for Arc, whose purpose is to bring awareness to domestic violence. Bark for Arc will take place on the Danbury Green on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30. Those who are interested may also sign up on ARC’s Facebook page … Read more

Volunteers create ‘Pollinator Pathway’ in Redding and Weston

While it’s wonderful to admire and enjoy the many species of wildlife in the area, Louise Washer — president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association — doesn’t want people to take this for granted. For that reason, Washer and other like-minded people who support the environment have been leading a forest preservation effort in Redding, Weston, Ridgefield, and other area towns, called Pollinator Pathways. Pollinator Pathways is a series of connected pesticide-free private and public properties that are made safe for birds and for bees, butterflies, and other insects. “People see a plant in their neighbor’s garden and then want … Read more

Redding Elementary School plans garden expansion

How does your garden grow? Redding Elementary School is planning to expand its garden to include a learning space, more plants, and sensory components. “We would like to create an outdoor learning space for students and staff,” Natalie Hammond, Redding Elementary School principal, said at a recent Board of Education meeting. “As we talk about the growing needs of our children, we also look to their sensory needs, so we are going to build in some sensory components within our garden as well,” Hammond said. “We are looking to include a variety of textures and sounds while creating a calm, … Read more

Redding Rid Litter Day is Saturday

Hubcaps, bicycle wheels, and wires — those are just some of the items found last year at Redding’s Rid Litter Day. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and people from across the area will be picking up trash all around town. They’ll gather at Redding’s town green,100 Hill Road, and go in teams on roads — as well as to parks, playgrounds, schools, and other locations — to pick up garbage. The event will be held rain or shine. “This is our town, and we love our town, and collecting … Read more

Kyle Navin pleads guilty to killing parents

Kyle Navin pleaded guilty Monday to the 2015 murders of his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. Navin’s trial was set to begin Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court. However, his sentencing will now be June 29. “After the denial of our 20-plus motions to suppress, this was the best option available to Mr. Navin for a number of reasons,” Navin’s defense attorney Eugene Riccio said when contacted after Monday’s plea deal. While Navin pled guilty to two counts of murder, the charge of murder with special circumstances was dropped, Riccio said. This charge has a penalty of mandatory life in prison. In … Read more

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