State Sen. Tony Hwang wants to ‘give back’

When state Sen. Tony Hwang was two years old, his father left his home in Taiwan to come to the United States, settling in Chinatown. “He sent a paycheck home every month and worked in all varieties of labor,” said Hwang, 53, adding his father has been an inspiration to him. “He set an example of sacrifice and commitment to his family.” Hwang is running for re-election in the 28th Senate District, which is made up of Fairfield, Easton, Newtown and parts of Weston and Westport. He has been a state senator since 2014. A Republican, he is running against … Read more

Resident steps up role on agricultural commission

Lisa Cochran-Dougall was appointed as a full member of the Easton Agricultural Commission by the Board of Selectmen on June 1. She had been an alternate. Cochran-Dougall said she enjoys serving on the commission and now can make the commitment to be a full member. She praised the commission for “representing farmers on multiple levels. It can be a bridge between farmers and the town, and a place to disseminate information to and from farmers.” The agricultural commission is chaired by Jean Stetz-Puchalski. The town is somewhat unique for having such a commission in this part of the state. Easton … Read more

Selectmen to discuss report on Fuchs Monday

The Redding Board of Selectmen will meet in executive session Monday to discuss the future of suspended Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs. The meeting follows completion of a draft report on the investigation into actions by Fuchs on April 11, 2016, when Peter Valenti was found hanging by a noose in a shed outside his Blueberry Hill Road home in Redding. Valenti’s body was initially mistaken for a dummy by the first police officer who found it. Then, according to another complaint, Fuchs refused to allow an emergency medical technician to check on Valenti, saying he was already dead. Valenti’s … Read more

Redding teens create interactive hiking page

Two Barlow teens have taken the expression “Take a hike” to heart. For their senior project for their wellness class, Joel Barlow High School students Ryan Costenbader and Dylan Kloiber created an Instagram called likes4hikes, which promotes the hiking trails in the Redding and Easton area. To date, the page has 85 followers. Likes4hikes can be found at “We have so many good trails in Redding and Easton that we feel are underutilized,” Ryan said. Through the page, they “are trying to spread the word about them.” The way the page works is, first, the boys go on a … Read more

Redding Board of Finance approves proposed town budget

The Redding Board of Education taking $70,000 from its budgeted medical insurance contributions was one of the top items in contention at Wednesday night’s Board of Finance meeting. However, by a vote of 5-1, the Redding Board of Finance approved the revised proposed Board of Selectmen and Board of Education budgets. The new revised proposed operating annual budget for fiscal year July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, is $49,226,160. This amount, which is a 2.06% increase from the current year’s budget of $48,233,326, represents all three proposed revised budgets: Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, and Redding’s portion of … Read more

16th annual Georgetown Day draws hundreds

Mary Jo Avellino, who lives on Main Street in Georgetown, said Sunday’s Georgetown Day was the “biggest one yet.” “I have lived on the street where Georgetown Day is for nine years, and this year has more stages for the bands and a larger kids’ location for the games than in past years,” said Avellino, who took her 10-year-old son Paulie Melo, to the festival. The 16th annual Georgetown Day, held June 10, ran all afternoon in the downtown area where Redding, Ridgefield and Wilton converge. It drew residents from those communities, as well as Danbury and other nearby cities … Read more

Chopping away

The John Read Middle School Select Chorus was among the many cuts made to the 2018-19 Board of Education budget at its meeting Tuesday night, which ended after midnight. The cuts are in response to the failure of the second town budget referendum on June 5. At that time, the proposed operating annual budget for fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, was $49,368,104. This budget apparently failed by four votes: 1,188 no votes to 1,184 yes votes. In a recount conducted last week, official results indicate the town budget failed by three votes. The first town budget … Read more

Larry Kudlow has heart attack: Recovering well

Redding resident Larry Kudlow, who was appointed director of the National Economic Council by President Donald Trump in March, suffered a mild heart attack Sunday afternoon. According to Kudlow’s friend, Redding resident Tom Doherty, Kudlow is at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, Md., and is “recovering well,” according to Doherty. Kudlow, formerly host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, was also host of The Larry Kudlow Show on WABC Radio. He is founder and CEO of Kudlow and Company LLC, an economic research and consulting firm. Kudlow, who has lived in Redding for about 20 years and has kept his house … Read more

Eagle Scout expands Parade Path in Redding

Those who take a walk along the Parade Path at the Redding Town Green may want to thank 18-year-old Nathaniel DeMelis. As part of his Eagle Scout project, Nathaniel — a senior at Joel Barlow High School in Redding —  greatly extended the path. Created in 2003, the Parade Path is a public garden run by local volunteers and supported by donors. With the help of fellow Boy Scouts, Nathaniel extended the path an additional 100 feet. He also widened it to eight feet. Previously, the path had ended only one-third of the way down the garden; now, it extends … Read more

After a recount, town budget still fails

After a full recount Thursday afternoon, the town budget still failed. The new count is 1,185 yes votes versus 1,188 no votes. “These are the ultimate results; They override the results from Tuesday,” said moderator Bill Pardee. In the card room at the Redding Community Center Thursday afternoon, half a dozen election officials spent two-and-a-half hours with their heads bent over small square tables — counting and verifying all the ballots. The additional yes vote was found on an improperly marked ballot that was originally read by the tabulator as a blank, rather than a yes. A recount, also called … Read more

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