Boys soccer: Barlow ousts Weston in conference quarterfinals

Simply matching its opponent in a couple of areas would be enough for the Joel Barlow High boys soccer team in the South-West Conference quarterfinals. The Falcons had a slim, one-goal lead after one half against Weston on Saturday, Oct. 28. Once they stepped up their play, they dominated in a 5-0 shutout at home. “Eventually, with the matching of the pressure and the size of the field, they wore down and the floodgates opened,” said Barlow head coach Paul Winstanley, whose team is seeded first in the playoffs. “It wasn’t our ‘A’ game by far but we were still … Read more

16-and-under baseball: Falcons finish with two wins

Both the Easton-Redding Falcons 16-and-under senior Babe Ruth baseball team and Danbury 3 had their offenses going, but the former eventually prevailed 19-10 on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Danbury 3 got things moving in the top of the first inning with one run before the Falcons tallied five in the bottom of the inning. After tacking on one more in the second, they scored four more in the third to lead 10-1. After Danbury cut the lead to 13-10 in the top of the sixth the Falcons answered with six runs in the bottom of the frame with Jake Fones, Max … Read more

LETTER: Working to improve drug education and prevention at Barlow

To the Editor: Recent news has made it apparent that there are problems with vaping, drugs, and drinking and driving at Barlow. The Easton-Redding Community Care Coalition, which is headed by Barlow’s health education administrator and the school psychologist, was revived last spring and expanded to include participants from our towns’ middle schools, law enforcement, town officials, student body, and other members of the community. Since March, the parent committee of the ERCCC has identified several topics that pertain to the physical and emotional well-being of our teens, but has decided to focus first on substance abuse because it represents … Read more

Windstorm fells tree onto Sport Hill Road home

Arborist Richard McLaughlin, standing on tree trunk, is doing the cleanup removal after Sunday night’s storm felled a large tree onto a Sport Hill Road property. The photographer arrived after a significant portion of the tree had been removed. — Jeanne Konecny photo

Instead of despair, Betsy Rudden felt grateful as she looked out at the huge tree that fell on her Sport Hill Road house and yard during Sunday night’s windstorm and contemplated how much worse it could have been. She was reading in bed around 11 o’clock with the window open when the sound of the storm suddenly changed, she said. “I was distracted from the book when I heard a screaming sound, like a train, and heard something hitting the house,” Rudden said. “I pulled on my jeans and ran out in front and was looking at a large tree … Read more

Richardson will do a good job on the Board of Finance

To the Editor: Financial expertise, strength of character and commitment to the town, are all found in Laurie Richardson, candidate for the Board of Finance. Her education, training and life experience are a perfect fit to allow her to examine and weigh different issues with an eye to balancing the short-term and long-term effect on the town. Her ability to work, combining the wants and needs of the public into well-crafted, prudent courses of action, is good for Redding — both now and in the future. Grace J. Whitelock Huckleberry Road  

Miller should be elected to the Board of Finance

To the Editor: On Nov. 7, we have a chance to bring new ideas and a new tone to Redding’s Board of Finance. Ed Miller has a strong financial background, having been a financial comptroller at Goldman Sachs and later developing multimillion-dollar budgets as chief compliance officer for a Fortune 500 company. He supports having a long-term financial plan to ensure we preserve what makes Redding special, exploring alternative sources of revenue beyond property taxes and listening to residents’ ideas and concerns.   Let’s maintain Redding’s excellence. Vote for Ed Miller for the finance board. Katharine Dusenbury Lamppost Drive  

Resident encourages voters to choose Democrats

To the Editor: The privilege we enjoy as citizens to choose our leaders and decision  makers is an inalienable right of our democracy.  If we fail to go to the polls on Election Day to express how and by whom we wish to be governed, we have given up our individual power to help determine our public fate.   On Nov. 7, we are choosing local candidates for the Boards of Finance, Education and Region 9.  While we may be affected by decisions made at the state and federal level, the decisions on sound fiscal strategies for our town and … Read more

Resident supports Rob Dean for Board of Finance

To the Editor: Rob Dean has helped shape the current town of Redding’s rural character through his prior years of work on the Planning Commission. He is the only Board of Finance candidate that has articulated specific positions about the strategic financial challenges that face the town. Reading his Facebook posts (Rob Dean for Redding 2017) explains these challenges and what  needs to be done to assure the town’s future financial health.  Rob has earned our vote this November.   Peter A. Bonfanti Umpawaug Road  

Resident supports Rob Dean for Board of Finance

To the Editor: Rob Dean has helped shape the current town of Redding’s rural character through his prior years of work on the Planning Commission. He is the only Board of Finance candidate that has articulated specific positions about the strategic financial challenges that face the town. Reading his Facebook posts (Rob Dean for Redding 2017) explains these challenges and what  needs to be done to assure the town’s future financial health.  Rob has earned our vote this November. Peter A. Bonfanti Umpawaug Road  

Resident supports Democrats for Board of Finance

To the Editor: Redding is at a crossroads. We must elect substantive leaders to our Board of Finance. The Redding Democrats offer three candidates who meet that challenge. Jamie Barickman, Rob Dean and Ed Miller have experience beyond balancing a spreadsheet; they are visionary executive leaders who are experienced at evaluating risk, measuring benefits and making a balanced decision. With concerns about our schools, Georgetown, home values, and our state budget looming large, we need experienced, visionary leadership. The years of business success and civic service offered by the Democratic candidates make them the best choice to guide Redding into … Read more

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