Basketball: Barlow girls beat Bunnell for second straight win

In winning its second straight game, the Joel Barlow girls basketball team relied on a team effort Tuesday night. “We needed contributions from everybody … and we got them,” said head coach Joe Carollo, following the Falcons’ 48-42 victory over Bunnell in Redding. The game was close throughout, as Barlow led 22-19 at halftime and 31-27 through three quarters. The Falcons then outscored Bunnell, 17-15, in the final eight minutes to come away with the triumph and improve their overall record to 6-9. Barlow needs two more wins in its final five regular-season games to qualify for the Class L … Read more

Transit panel: 11 reasons state needs highway tolls

The electronic tolls that allow motorists to pay while moving — not like the old toll booths that were removed in 1985 which required motorists to stop — will most likely be installed on Connecticut  highways in the coming years, explained James P. Redeker Commissioner of the Department of Transportation (DOT). He joined a panel in New Canaan Town Hall on Jan. 24 to discuss issues with transportation. Other members of the panel included State Rep. Fred Wilms (R.-142), State Rep. Tom O’Dea (R-125) and State Sen.Toni Boucher (R-126), who arrived near the end of the discussion. The panel offered … Read more

Redding school board reviews special education spending

Redding Board of Education Vice Chairman Michael Hoffman said he is concerned about the trajectory of the cost of providing special education to Redding children. According to Hoffman, although fewer Redding students are expected to receive special education services in the 2018-19 school year, the cost of special education spending is expected to increase. Special education spending will be increasing by about $746,000. However, the number of students receiving special education services is expected to drop from 138 to 133. After making calculations over a three-year period, Hoffman said, the cost of special education is predicted to make up 77% … Read more

Weston enters deal to buy electricity from solar farm

Weston signed a 20-year contract to bring solar energy to town from a solar farm in eastern Connecticut. Additionally, there is a potential five-year extension if the town decides it wants to continue with the contract. The electricity comes from a remote solar farm located in Windham that is owned by Allco Renewable Energy Limited, a New York-based solar energy firm. The deal, signed on Friday, Jan. 26, will provide roughly 60% of the power used by the schools and town buildings. Weston will receive approximately two megawatts of electricity from the solar farm. The process, called Virtual Net Metering … Read more

Redding, Easton, Weston: Police log, arrests

Redding Driving while intoxicated On Sunday, Jan. 27, a call came in of a person driving erratically. Michael Peterson, 43, of Danbury, was stopped and arrested for operating under the influence, He was released on $200 cash bond. His court date is Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. at Danbury Superior Court. Motor vehicle theft On Sunday, Jan. 28, Allison Napolitano, 27, was arrested for taking her father’s car without permission. Her father reported the car stolen. Police also discovered that there was a warrant for her from 2017 for forgery identity theft and larceny. She is being taken to … Read more

Easton bridge and library projects move forward

State funding may impacting timing on the South Park bridge replacement in Easton.

The northern South Park Avenue bridge over the Mill River in Easton could now be replaced before the one farther south. Because of questions about state funding on the southern bridge, it’s now possible that work on the northern bridge — near Buck Hill Road and Marich Drive — will be done first. This would represent a change in what was expected to happen as of a few weeks ago. “We’re looking into our options,” Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby said. Dunsby first made a reference to funding concerns for the southern bridge during the most recent Board of Selectmen … Read more

Reddingite helps boy replace stolen computer

Redding resident John Sand recently helped Ridgefield resident Christopher Lanzarone replace a valuable learning tool. Lanzarone’s brand-new MacBook Air was stolen from Ridgefield High School earlier in the year. When Sand heard about the incident, he offered to cover the cost of a new laptop computer as well as a full license to Office 2016 for Mac. ‘It’s just part of our commitment to give back to our local communities,’ said Sand, owner of Connecticut Computer Associates and a member of the Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department.

Commentary: Tu Bishvat — Celebrating more than trees

Tu Bishvat, observed on Jan. 31, is a Jewish holiday celebrating trees and ecological awareness. It has been a Jewish Earth Day since long before ecological awareness became popular. The Jewish National Fund adopted a custom of planting trees in Israel beginning in 1908. Today the JNF oversees major tree planting events in large forests every Tu Bishvat. Over a million Israelis take part in the tree planting.  Some observe a Tu Bishvat Seder with specific fruits and four cups of wine with creative prayers. Tu Bishvat is the Israeli Arbor Day. Ecological organizations have adopted the holiday to further … Read more

Boys basketball: Weston 59, Bethel 52

Christian Watanabe poured in 27 points as the Weston High boys basketball team rallied for a 59-52 win over Bethel on Tuesday night. The Trojans (7-7) trailed 29-26 at halftime but took a 42-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Watanabe also had six assists and five rebounds. James Goetz had nine points and team-high seven rebounds. Watanabe and Jack McStocker (11 point) each had three 3-pointers for Weston It was the fifth straight loss for Bethel, which dropped to 4-10. Chris Towey tallied 18 points to lead Bethel. Weston (7-7) Christian Watanabe 7 10-11 27 Aidan Mettel 1 5-6 7 … Read more

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