Barlow students plan schoolwide walkout

A group of students at Joel Barlow High School in Redding are planning a walkout on Wednesday, March 14, in response to the recent Florida shootings. From left, are students Riley D’Agostino, Maddie Migliorino, Anna Speck, Veronica Galban, Theresa Galban, and Mackenzie Wenzel.

While 15-year-old Theresa Galban is usually sitting in English class at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, for 17 minutes on March 14 she’ll be joining many of her classmates on the front lawn of Joel Barlow High School. Along with many other high schools across the nation, Barlow is taking part in what is known as National School Walkout day. March 14 marks one month after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed. “We will stand outside for 17 minutes to honor the 17 victims in the Florida shooting,” said Theresa, of … Read more

Georgetown apartment ‘completely gutted’ from fire

“Flames were blowing out of five windows when we pulled onto the scene,” Georgetown Volunteer Fire Chief Michael Heibeck recalled when describing Saturday’s fire in Georgetown. The fire was reported around 10 a.m. in a six-unit apartment building at 56 Portland Avenue. The apartment where the fire originated was completely gutted, Heibeck said. “It will need work before anyone goes back in there,” he said. “It will have to be completely rebuilt. It will take about six months.” The Georgetown Fire Department had mutual aid in putting out the fire from departments in Ridgefield, Wilton, West Redding, Redding Ridge, and … Read more

Large structure fire reported in Georgetown

West Redding firefighters are working to put out a large structure fire in Georgetown, according a report from the West Redding Fire Department.

West Redding firefighters are working to put out a large structure fire in Georgetown, according a report from the West Redding Fire Department. The fire, which was reported at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, is in a multi-family apartment complex at 56 Portland Ave., according to the report. One resident of the home, who had minor burns and smoke inhalation, was sent to Danbury Hospital, according to the report. No injuries have been reported as of this time. Members of all three Redding volunteer fire departments, plus members of Wilton, Weston, Bethel and Ridgefield fire departments, were called to … Read more

Police Log: Phone scams, theft from motor vehicle

Redding Phone Scam A New Fairfield resident reported receiving a phone call from the Redding police. The caller said the Redding Police Department was soliciting donations. The phone number of the person who called is 203-405-2958. has a record of the phone number being a scam with 21 reports of fraud calls. There were 175 calls from this number and 104 searches on it. When police called the number, an answering machine picked up. Redding police are warning the public to be aware of this scam. Those who receive calls from anyone stating they are collecting for the Redding Police … Read more

Barlow community concerned with school security

A school resource officer does a lot more than just wield a gun, Joel Barlow High School parent Diane MacLean said at Tuesday night’s Region 9 Board of Education meeting. MacLean works as an SRO in a neighboring town. “It’s less about the armed security and more about the relationships and being proactive in the school to help the community be safe and feel that security,” she said. MacLean was one of about 50 parents, students and local residents who attended the meeting at Joel Barlow High School in Redding on Feb. 20, to voice concerns about school safety. While … Read more

Barlow lacrosse pancake breakfast March 3

The 18th Annual Joel Barlow High School Lacrosse Pancake Breakfast takes place on Saturday, March 3, from 9 to 11 in the Joel Barlow cafeteria. Volunteers will be serving a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, pastries and pancakes. Last year, volunteers flipped more than 600 pancakes and hopes are that number will double this year. Tickets for the breakfast are $7 per person. Lacrosse players are selling tickets, or they can be purchased the day of the event outside the Barlow cafeteria. Additionally, one-hour lacrosse clinics will be available that morning for children in kindergarten through the eighth … Read more

The Whispering Tree to perform at Lyrics Coffeehouse

The Lyrics Coffeehouse in Redding will host The Whispering Tree band at the Redding Community Center on Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. The Coffeehouse is in its 15th season of offering original music in Redding on the first Friday of the month from November to April. It features musicians who perform their own original music in an environment conducive to listening. Residents can bring a bottle of wine, snacks and a laptop. Admission to shows is $10 in advance, or $12 on the night of the show. Tickets are half price for seniors and students. For more information, call 203-938-2551 or … Read more

Benefit being held to support refugees

Danbury Area Refugee Assistance (DARA) invites the community to its third annual benefit dinner supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Greater Danbury area. This event takes place on Saturday, March 24, at Michael’s At The Grove in Bethel from 6:30 to 10:30 pm and features a cocktail hour, three-course meal with wine service, guest speakers, live entertainment, dancing, and a silent auction. DARA has invited Chris George, the executive director of Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, to join the guest speakers at the benefit. DARA is a nonprofit organization, was founded in October  2015 by … Read more

Boucher reports 100% voting record for 2017

State Senator Toni Boucher looks on as Senate Republican President Pro Tempore addresses the media about his request to go into special session to vote on a state budget.

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26)  announced she has earned  a 100% Senate voting record for the 2017 legislative session and special sessions. “This was an especially difficult and long year for our part-time legislature,” Boucher said. “Juggling the responsibilities of families, full-time jobs and the longest legislative session in our state’s history was difficult. However, the need for elected officials to advocate for legislation to serve the best interests of Connecticut taxpayers has never been more important.” Boucher’s voting record was classified as 100% in a report from the Connecticut General Assembly Senate Clerk. Senators voted more than 470 times … Read more

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