Editorial: Hello, Easton

Hi readers and residents of Easton, my name is Aaron Berkowitz and I will be the new editor covering your town. For the past three years I have been writing for the Shelton Herald, where I reported on Shelton crime, politics, education and developments. I am excited to announce that I will be learning about and sharing the news in your town from here on out. Adjusting to the new community will take some time, but it is my promise to always report on all available “sides” to a story, while also keeping the residents’ right to know what’s going … Read more

Editorial: Easton officials should be commended for preventative measures

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old saying means that a little precaution before a crisis occurs is preferable to a lot of fixing up afterward. That’s what appears to be the case in the Christopher Barlow matter. The former Easton volunteer EMT faces a dizzying array of charges in Connecticut and Massachusetts, including unlawful possession of firearms and incendiary devices, impersonating a law enforcement officer, setting up a camera in the EMS bathroom, and photographing patients in an ambulance. But thanks to prompt action by Easton EMS, the Easton Police Department, and other law … Read more

Editorial: Fostering the grandparent relationship

At the Easton Public Library Links for Literature Mini-Golf Fundraiser on Saturday, a 12-year-old boy was playing a few rounds of the game with his grandmother. The pair stayed at the library for a very long time. Before coming, they said, they had enjoyed a pancake breakfast at the Easton Community Center. With smiles on their faces, they both said they spend a lot of time together. There can never be enough said about the value of a grandparent-grandchild relationship. While parents may make the tough decisions and set limits for their children, grandparents get to do the fun stuff … Read more

Community newspapering

Last week we changed the way we deliver our news content, in print and online, to the readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum. Readers of The Easton Courier, The Redding Pilot and The Weston Forum will continue receive their newspapers every week, as they always have, in mailboxes and on newsstands. The changes involved consolidation of several facets of our operations in those markets, including editorial, production, printing, mailing of newspapers, and distribution of content to the web and our social media platforms. Our goal with these changes is to continue to serve these … Read more

EDITORIAL: Resolutions

It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2016 and hopeful for a new vibe for 2017. Instead, 2017 seems to have continued to be a constant battle of “You’re either with me, or against me,” at least if you pay attention to social media or three quarters of the news. Switch it off However, there is obviously much more to life than what pops up on little or big screens — and if there isn’t, that is definitely a resolution we need to make. So many of us are addicted to a 24-hour feed of technology, as … Read more

Editorial: At long last, it’s Christmas

North Street in Easton around midnight on the evening of the season’s first snowfall saw this serene scene. — Shannon Calvert photo

Not only does it look a lot like Christmas, but in fact the long-awaited day is here. It’s a time many of us are looking forward to. But it’s also a sad time for those who have lost loved ones or yearn for past, happier times. We delight in seeing family members we haven’t seen in months or years. We remember past Christmases and all the excitement that accompanied them. We sing Christmas carols, sometimes in the streets for all of our neighbors to hear. A few of us may bemoan having heard too many holiday tunes in stores and … Read more

EDITORIAL: Stepping up to protect Mother Earth

Connecticut’s lawmakers removed $5 million for open space acquisition from the state’s 2017-18 budget. In the face of federal and state budget cuts and the loosening of environmental policies, it’s up to local groups like Aspetuck Land Trust and its 1,000-plus members to “drive the bus” of local land conservation to preserve more land. The land trust is asking community members to help by increasing their gifts by Dec. 31 or by becoming a first-time member. To sweeten the deal, the land trust is offering a denim cap to the first 50 current or new members who make a donation. … Read more

EDITORIAL: No more school shootings

Memorials sprang up in Sandy Hook Center following the mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012. — Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Today, Dec. 14, marks the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children and eight adults were killed on that unspeakable day in Newtown, including the 20-year-old shooter’s mother and his own suicide after carrying out mass mayhem. The day of terror radically transformed the way schools educate children and respond to safety threats across the nation. Lockdowns, active-shooter training and school security have become a fearsome but necessary part of life for children and adults alike. Words can’t express the extent to which Dec. 14, 2012, disrupted the lives of the families who lost … Read more

EDITORIAL: Keeping the holidays safe and bright

A little bit of caution will save a whole lot of trouble and keep you and family safe, happy and healthy this holiday season. United Illuminating and Eversource offer tips to keep Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Eve the most merry time of the year. Make sure to use lights that have been safety tested and are appropriate for the way they’ll be used. Ensure that lights placed outside are labeled for outdoor use in cold weather. Check all lights, especially older ones, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard any damaged sets. Inspect … Read more

EDITORIAL: Keeping the holidays safe and bright

Ui and Eversource offer tips on safe and efficient use of holiday lights.

A little bit of caution will save a whole lot of trouble and keep you and family safe, happy and healthy this holiday season. United Illuminating and Eversource offer tips to keep Christmas, Hanukah and New Year’s Eve the most merry time of the year. Make sure to use lights that have been safety tested and are appropriate for the way they’ll be used. Ensure that lights placed outside are labeled for outdoor use in cold weather. Check all lights, especially older ones, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard any damaged sets. Inspect … Read more

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