Take a tour of Easton’s farms on Saturday

What better way to spend a sunny Saturday than at a small town farm tour? Easton’s annual Farm Tour will be Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Samuel Staples Elementary School, 515 Morehouse Road. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tour, hosted by Citizens for Easton. The purpose of the tour is to promote the town’s rural farm heritage. According to Jane Paley, who is on the Board of Citizens for Easton, the tour started small. “Locals gathered on the village green to collect a map of Easton’s farms to chart self-guided visits with farmers … Read more

Redding mom establishes cheerleading-only organization

A Redding mother is starting a cheerleading organization that puts the spotlight on that sport and only that sport. This is the second week of training for the brand-new Redding-Easton Falcons Cheerleading Association, Inc., a nonprofit, competition team. Several months ago, Redding resident Leila Herrman, along with other parents in her community, identified a desire to create a cheerleading-only organization that’s not combined with other sports — and set about to make it happen. They formed in March and to date, have enrolled more than 80 children. “Competition cheer is very different from sideline cheer,” said Herrman, 41, who is … Read more

Area children learn from professionals in ‘Newsies’

Local children rehearse for the musical “Newsies” at Masuk High School in Monroe.

Nine-year-old Aislyn Reilly of Redding said she is “really good” at accents. Aislyn was able to demonstrate her New York accent last weekend, and will do so again this weekend, starring as a Bronx newsie in the musical “Newsies.” “Newsies,” which debuted last weekend, will run Friday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m., at Masuk High School, 1014 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe. To purchase tickets, call 352-639-2782 or visit newarts.org. More than 100 children and young adults from ages 5 to 23 are in the production. They come from … Read more

Boucher, Haskell share experiences on the campaign trail

What is the most important issue for you? That’s the first question Will Haskell asks people when he knocks on their door. Haskell, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent state Sen. Toni Boucher for her seat in Connecticut’s General Assembly. Boucher, a Wilton native, has held the seat in the 26th District since 2009. Haskell, 22, grew up in Westport and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., in May. This is his first time running for office. The 26th Senate District includes Westport, Wilton, Ridgefield, Redding, Weston, Bethel, and New Canaan. Both Haskell — a New Canaan resident — … Read more

Former Easton EMT indicted in Massachusetts court

Former Easton EMT Christopher Barlow

Massachusetts authorities have lodged 58 separate charges, including taking and distributing photos of nude children, against former Easton EMT Christopher Barlow. According to an indictment filed Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Plymouth County Superior Court in Plymouth, the charges, all of which allegedly took place in the town of Duxbury from 2014 to 2015, include distributing photos of a nude child and photographing an unsuspecting nude person. Barlow, 21, is being indicted and formally arraigned Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston. He faces additional charges in Massachusetts, and allegations in Connecticut in addition to the latest indictment. … Read more

Redding Salvation Army raising funds for children to get new shoes

Angelica Fontanez, director of social services in Redding, said it’s important that all children, no matter their family’s income, have a new pair of shoes for the school year. Each year, she works with the Redding unit of the Salvation Army to raise funds so all school-age children in financial need in town can get new shoes from Payless. She’s hoping to raise money this year as well. “Normally every summer, through the Salvation Army, I am able to purchase back-to-school gift cards from Payless that are worth $30 each,” said Fontanez, a licenced clinical social worker. “Payless gives us … Read more

Girlfriend of Easton double murderer sentenced to eight years in prison

Jennifer Valiante — WFSB.com photo

Jennifer Valiante faces eight years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution in the shooting deaths of Easton residents Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. The Navins were shot in 2015 by their son Kyle, who was Valiante’s boyfriend. At state Superior Court in Bridgeport Wednesday, Aug. 1, Valiante was sentenced to 16 years in jail, suspended after eight years. She will also be on probation for five years, according to court records. At state Superior Court in Bridgeport on June 29, Navin was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the murders of his parents. The Navins were … Read more

Foundation’s gift could restore some school activities

An angel has paid a visit to Redding Elementary School and John Read Middle School, and a grant of $60,000 will be divided equally between the PTAs of both schools. The gift, which comes from an anonymous family foundation, could increase school activities, and possibly restore some activities lost to recent budget cuts, according to a recent press release. The grant to the John Read Middle School PTA is designated to fund programming and activities. “The grant in the amount of $30,000 is incredibly generous,”  said Debra Jones, John Read Middle School PTA co-president. “It will allow the PTA to … Read more

Redding athlete breaks cycling record

One hour on the bike, one hour off the bike — repeat. That’s the routine Redding resident Eneas Freyre, 42, and Westport resident Mark Pattinson, 48, followed continuously for more than six days in order to break a two-person world record riding their bicycles across the country. They completed the ride on June 23, in six days, 11 hours, and seven minutes, averaging 19.79 miles per hour and covering more than 3,000 miles. They began their adventure in Oceanside, Calif., and ended in Annapolis, Md. The prior two-person RAAM (Race Across America) course record of 19.65 miles per hour was … Read more

Ganim’s criminal past was among the topics at Dem debate

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim’s time spent in jail was one of the many subjects brought up at the Democratic Gubernatorial debate at Sacred Heart University Thursday afternoon, July 26. Ganim, 58 and born in Easton, is running against Greenwich business owner Ned Lamont, 64. ‘Lessons learned’ Ganim, who spent seven years in prison for convictions on 16 felony counts of racketeering, bribery, mail fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion, was asked by one of the panelists why the public should think his crimes were “a mistake” and not a “pattern of behavior.” In response, Ganim said not only were his crimes … Read more

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