Family of girl in train accident considers legal action

The location at the Topstone train crossing in Redding where a car was hit by a Metro-North train.

The family of a Ridgefield woman whose car was struck on the railroad tracks at Topstone Crossing in Redding is considering legal action. “I advised her to go see a lawyer or speak to someone about this,” said Nick Triantafillou, whose 21-year-old daughter, Stephanie, followed GPS directions onto the tracks. Following directions On Friday night, Jan. 12, Stephanie was driving from her house to a friend’s house in Danbury and was trying to cut though on back roads to avoid using the highway. She was following GPS directions that told her to go in the direction of the train tracks … Read more

Area health officials react to sudden flu death

By Greg Reilly HAN Network In light of Sunday’s death of 10-year-old New Canaan boy Nico Mallozzi which has been traced to the flu, health officials in many towns are educating residents about this serious illness. Nico, who was a fourth grader at West School, left an ice hockey tournament because he was not feeling well, and died on his way home. The cause of the death was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, New Canaan Director of Health Dr. David Reed said Tuesday, relaying information he received from a New York State medical examiner. The boy started feeling … Read more

Expert gives talk at Barlow on managing stress

When faced with a feeling of stress, rather than trying to fight it, accept it, Kathy Katts, a holistic wellness counselor, said at a recent presentation at Joel Barlow High School. According to Katts, once people accept the negative feeling, they will be able to let it go and be on their way to feeling much better. The talk was hosted by the Easton-Redding Community Care Coalition, which promotes ways to reduce substance abuse and risky behaviors through prevention and education. In her talk, Katts discussed the root of anxiety and introduced how-to strategies to effectively cope with stress. While … Read more

Allie-Brennan to run against Duff for state representative

Raghib Allie-Brennan is running for state representative for Connecticut’s 2nd Assembly District, which covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. He is standing in front of his former high school, Bethel High School.

Will he win the second time around? Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan is once again running against Republican incumbent Rep. William Duff in Connecticut’s 2nd General Assembly District. The district covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. In 2016, Allie-Brennan lost to Duff by about 280 votes out of a total of about 11,750 votes — getting about 49% of the votes. “I felt this was impressive since this is a Republican district historically and it was a Republican year,” he said. A Bethel native Allie-Brennan, 26, said he has always liked the idea of local public service. “Your hometown is where … Read more

‘I heard screaming coming from the tracks’

Witness to Friday’s train accident at Topstone describes scene Mikaela Dalessio was still awake on Friday night, Jan. 12, when she heard loud screams coming from the railroad tracks beside her Ridgefield home on Topstone Road. “I was awake in my bedroom and I heard a girl screaming for help,” said Dalessio, 20. “I looked out my window and saw a car parked on the train tracks and flashing lights. It was raining and foggy and very dark out. I started screaming for my mom to wake up and call 9-1-1.” At that point, Dalessio said, she ran outside and … Read more

Train hits car at Topstone crossing in Redding

A Metro-North train hit a car at the Topstone/Simpaug Road crossing in Redding around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, according to police. The train hit the rear of the car and pushed it up the track 100 yards, a report said. According to the report, the driver got out of the car prior to impact. There were no injuries and no alcohol was involved, according to police. This case is being investigated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department. This is the second Metro-North train accident to take place at this location in a month. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, … Read more

Mark Twain Library to reopen by the weekend

Workers are busy installing a new boiler system at the Mark Twain Library in Redding on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The library has been closed since Tuesday, Jan. 2, because of the explosion of the 18-year-old cast iron boiler, which needed to be replaced. — Bryan Haeffele

Mark Twain Library patrons will get to select new books to read by this weekend, once a new boiler is installed in the building. The library has been closed since Tuesday, Jan. 2, because of the explosion of the 18-year-old cast iron boiler, which needed to be replaced. There has been no heat in the building since that time. “The situation became far more grave, however, because of the frigid temps and the potential of frozen pipes,” library board President Jen Wastrom said. Director Beth Dominianni said the library plans to be up and fully running immediately after heat is … Read more

Easton Firefighters rescue deer from frozen pond

The quick actions of an Easton resident and Easton Fire Department volunteers saved a deer’s life when the animal was rescued from a frozen pond. Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, a resident of Silver Hill was walking her dog near a pond in her backyard and heard a commotion in the water, according to Steve Waugh, chief of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. The resident noticed a deer had broken through the ice in the center of the pond, and was trapped in the water, Waugh said. The resident contacted the fire department, “and we came to get it … Read more

Teens cook breakfast to celebrate Three Kings Day


While the weather may have been freezing outside, several dozen Redding teenagers — dressed in gold crowns and colorful robes — worked up a sweat as they cooked and served a hot breakfast to more than 150 parishioners at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Redding. The event took place on Sunday, Jan. 7, to recognize Three Kings Day, or the Feast of the Epiphany, which was on Jan. 6. The breakfast cost $6 and consisted of pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, and hot chocolate. The teens served breakfast in two shifts, with more than 80 parishioners attending … Read more

Superintendent proposes ‘starting point’ school budget increase of $1.8 million

In the earliest stages of budget deliberation, where “everything can change,” school superintendent Thomas McMorran announced a starting point budget increase for the 2018-19 school year for grades K to 8, of $1,862,334. This is an increase from the 2017-2018 school year budget —which was $20,752,623 — of 8.97%, to total $22,614,957. At Redding’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, McMorran said, “We are at the beginning of a deliberative two month process of determining the appropriate budgeting request for the 2018-2019 school year.” At the meeting, McMorran referred to a starting point budget as a “point of … Read more

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