Redding man wins $1 million on Powerball ticket

A Redding man won a $1 million Powerball ticket recently, which he purchased at the Georgetown Shell in Wilton. Charles Dudley claimed his prize on Oct. 3, according to the Connecticut Lottery. He had purchased the winning ticket for the May 2 Powerball drawing. For the employees at Georgetown Shell, it’s now a waiting game for their reward. “The store will receive a $2,500 bonus from the Connecticut Lottery for selling the winning ticket,” said Chris Rossini, a Ridgefield resident who works as an attendant at the store. The winning numbers were 5, 14, 31, 40, 50, and Powerball 6. … Read more

Two programs in need in Redding

Angelica Fontanez, Redding’s social services director, said Redding Shares the Warmth and the food pantry are always in need of donations. Redding Shares the Warmth Redding Shares the Warmth, which is funded by private donors and church groups, works with residents who have applied to the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), which is designed to help offset the winter heating costs of Connecticut’s lower income households — specifically those households whose income falls at or below 60% of the state median income. “According to these guidelines, the maximum you can make to be part of the Energy Assistance program for … Read more

Benefit concert in Redding to support those in need

When Redding resident Lara Schuler was living in Los Angeles, Calif., about 10 years ago, there were homeless people in her neighborhood. “There was a one guy I saw around for a number of years while I was working on a TV show at a studio,” Schuler said. “Across from the studio, there was a sandwich place, and he was always around there.” Schuler would often give the man half her sandwich. “The first couple of times I tried to do it, he wouldn’t take it from me,” she said. “Then, he realized I just wanted to help him out.” … Read more

DeLuca named captain of Redding Police Department

Marc DeLuca was recently named captain of the Redding Police Department. He replaced Mark O’Donnell, who was promoted to chief of the department in August. DeLuca was one of four Redding police sergeants who applied for the position, according to O’Donnell. All applicants were required to take a test. “There was a 10-question test and the Board of Selectmen administered the questions and graded them,” said O’Donnell, adding he put together the questions for the exam. “They all did really well and I left it up to the Board of Selectmen of pick,” he said. DeLuca, 50, was an auxiliary … Read more

Redding school board agrees to comply with auditor’s request   

The Redding Board of Education has agreed to enable an auditor to complete his review of its special education documents. The agreement allows the auditor — Joseph Centofanti, partner at PFK O’Connor Davis in Wethersfield — “to sensitively and confidentially review a limited number” of these documents, according to Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, Board of Finance chairman. The Board of Finance, at its meeting Monday, Sept. 24, accepted a Board of Education proposal to work with Centofanti in a manner that complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).   FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy … Read more

Redding community steps out to build school playground

Redding is all about community, and that was demonstrated this weekend at Redding Elementary School. In four-hour shifts on Friday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Sept. 29, more than 200 volunteers got their hands — and the rest of their bodies — covered in mud outside of Redding Elementary School as they built a new playground. “Many people helped much more than four hours; some did around eight,” said Sarah O’Dell, PTA President of Redding Elementary School. “Some were there almost all day.” Volunteers worked under the supervision of specialists from Ultiplay Parks & Playground, who designed the playspace. Over the … Read more

Redding town clerk becomes Master Municipal Clerk

Redding Town Clerk Michele Grande said she’s a big believer in continuing education and keeping up to date on everything that affects her office. That’s why she decided to study to earn the title of Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) of the town of Redding. An MMC is awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc., which is based in California. Only those municipal clerks who complete “demanding” education requirements and who have a record of “significant contributions to their local government, their community and state” are granted the MMC designation, said Stephanie Carouthers Kelly, MMC, and IIMC president. … Read more

Manusky in the run for Easton selectman

A petitioning candidate is running in the Easton selectman race — Anne Manusky. Manusky is running unaffiliated against Selectman Kristi Sogofsky, a Republican, and challenger Ira Kaplan, a Democrat, in the Nov. 6 special election. The Easton Board of Selectmen — made up of First Selectman Adam Dunsby, a Republican, and Selectman Bob Lessler, a Democrat — appointed Sogofsky to the board at a special meeting June 1 to fill the seat vacated by Republican Carolyn Colangelo. That term ends November 2019.   Improving communication in town is one of the top reasons why Manusky said she’s running. “I would … Read more

Third candidate running for Easton selectman

A third candidate is running for Easton selectman in the Nov. 6 special election. Anne Manusky needed 13 signatures to file a petition with the Secretary of the State’s office in Hartford. Her petition was approved Sept. 7, according to Joan Kirk, Easton’s assistant town clerk. Manusky, who is running unaffiliated, will run against Selectman Kristi Sogofsky, a Republican, and challenger Ira Kaplan, a Democrat. The Easton Board of Selectmen — made up of First Selectman Adam Dunsby, a Republican, and Selectman Bob Lessler, a Democrat — appointed Sogofsky to the board at a special meeting June 1 to fill … Read more

Correction: Three candidates vie for Easton selectman

Kristi Sogofsky and Ira Kaplan

Editor’s Note: It has come to The Easton Courier’s attention that there is an additional candidate for Easton selectman. Anne Manusky is running as an Unaffiliated candidate. A profile on Ms. Manusky will be published in next week’s Courier. Click here for announcement/. Easton Selectman Kristi Sogofsky, a Republican, is running against challenger Ira Kaplan, a Democrat, in a special election on Nov. 6. The Easton Board of Selectmen — made up of First Selectman Adam Dunsby, a Republican, and Selectman Bob Lessler, a Democrat — appointed Sogofsky to the board at a special meeting June 1 to fill the … Read more

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