Conscious Cook: Three cheers for the red, white and blue

God Bless America, land that I love Stand beside her and guide her Through the night with the light from above. — Irving Berlin Summer has arrived and conscious cooks can now celebrate the glory of locally grown goodness! Exploding with vitality, sun-filled summer produce is loaded with rich color and boldly satisfying flavor. Full of zest, the organic and natural ingredients coming into season for the next few months provide a particular paradise for cooks. Eating with the seasons is a delicious, nutritious way to feed the body with perfectly natural vitamins and minerals, while enjoying incredibly tasty recipes. … Read more

Restroom facility considered for Easton’s Morehouse Fields

The Easton Board of Selectmen has asked the Planning and Zoning Commission to weigh on a proposed restroom facility at Morehouse Civic Park, in what is known as an 8-24 referral. An 8-24 involves the Planning and Zoning offering its view of a project on town-owned land. Town officials are working to build a restroom structure at the park — also known as the Morehouse Fields because of all its recreational fields — in the future. The restroom is likely to be located be a few hundred feet into the park, where the entrance road goes in two different directions. … Read more

Navin gets 55 years for killing parents

Kyle Navin was sentenced Friday, June 29, to 55 years in prison for the murders of his parents, Easton residents Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin. “He got sentenced to 55 years on each count, concurrent,” said Navin’s defense attorney Eugene Riccio, after the sentencing at state Superior Court in Bridgeport. “The case is certainly a terrible tragedy from many, many perspectives,” Riccio added. Navin pleaded guilty Monday, April 16, to the murders of his parents, who were initially reported missing from their home in August 2015. Their bodies were found three months later inside contractor bags, buried under leaves in a … Read more

Redding Police Chief Fuchs gives notice of intent to resign

After a 30-minute-long executive session Friday afternoon, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton read a motion regarding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs’s intention to resign. Fuchs, who is on administrative leave of absence, is working on a resignation agreement. The Redding Board of Selectmen will accept Fuchs’s agreement, subject to the terms discussed in the executive session. These terms are not open to the public.  The settlement will be a public document once it is signed. Aside from Pemberton and Selectman Peg O’Donnell, representing the public was Redding resident Janice Meehan, former town treasurer. Fuchs was not in attendance at the meeting. … Read more

Movie Menu: My Cousin Vinny, Harper, East of Eden and more

All kinds of movies are available on television and broadcast stations this week, highlighting the best work of favorite stars and directors. Take a look. The Lion King (1994) This favorite from the Disney studios – long before the Broadway musical interpretation – celebrates the joys and sadness of fatherhood and family. Friday, June 29, 5:20 p.m., Freeform My Cousin Vinny (1992) Marisa Tomei was a surprise winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her hilarious turn in this offbeat comedy about murder also starring Joe Pesci. Saturday, June 30, 12:25 p.m., AMC A League of Their Own (1992) … Read more

Reel Dad: The Incredibles 2: Simply incredible

I usually stay away from movies with numerals behind it’s title. Especially the animated variety. While I appreciate why studios create sequels — to capitalize on the popularity of hit movies — too many sequels feel reheated in the cinema kitchen without any new ingredients. But the new edition of The Incredibles titled, no surprise, The Incredibles 2, is simply wonderful, a reason for anyone who loves movies to rush to the theater. And the perfect family film for (finally) the start of summer. Am I surprised? Yes. While I loved the original, I could not imagine how its magical … Read more

Eversource says it is ready for high electricity demand during heat wave

With the first heat wave of the year starting today and expected to last over the next several days, Eversource energy company issues a statement saying it is prepare to meet increased electrical demand and offers tips on how customers can save energy, stay comfortable and keep electric bills low. “We prepare well in advance of the summer months to ensure our system is ready to handle the additional electricity needs that come with a heat wave,” said Craig Hallstrom, Eversource President of Regional Electric Operations. “This includes conducting detailed inspections of the overhead and underground systems in advance of the extreme heat … Read more

Job networking workshop on Monday

There will be an open discussion about job searches with members of the [email protected] networking group on Monday, July 2. The public is invited to attend this open discussion and ask questions and share information gleaned from job interviews, blogs, and speakers. [email protected] is a networking and job search skills organization. Its programs and resources are free and benefit and energize members in their career searches, organizers say. Meetings start at 7 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road (Route 57), Westport. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

Service honors late Redding historian Charley Couch

The late town historian Charley Couch had a calling, Raymond D’Angelo said to a full house Saturday afternoon at Redding Historical Society’s Lonetown Farm Museum. “A calling is something that goes beyond self interest, to a commitment for the common good,” said D’Angelo, chairman of the Redding Preservation Society. “Charley Couch is one of those people. Charley’s common good was to the history of the town. Add to that his advocacy of open space and historic preservation.” The event, which included live music and lunch, was a memorial service held to honor the memory of Couch, who died May 15 … Read more

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