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

School chief presents ‘path’ to 3.5% increase

Samuel Staples Elementary School. — Nancy Doniger photo

Easton school officials are whittling away at a “point of departure” budget to reach a proposed 2018-19 budget with a 3.5% increase over the current $15.8 million plan. School Superintendent Dr. Thomas McMorran has presented the Easton school board with possible cuts to arrive at the 3.5% hike that represents a $554,327 increase and a $16.3 million overall school budget. “We’re showing you a path,” McMorran said, addressing board members at their Feb. 13 meeting. Officials emphasized their efforts at reaching a fiscally responsible budget went along with maintaining current class sizes. “Class size means everything,” said Easton resident Claire … Read more

Police Log: Aggravated assault, DUI, accidents, scams, coyotes

Redding Aggravated assault On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Richard Bray, 27, woke his girlfriend up from a sound sleep and started hitting her with a curtain rod. Police were called and he was arrested. He had been an invited guest. The girlfriend, who is 29, refused EMS. Bray was charged with second-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He had a $500 cash bond and a court date of Thursday, Feb. 8. Driving while intoxicated On Wednesday, Feb. 7, on Black Rock Turnpike, police observed a vehicle that had a rear driver’s-side taillight out. Police proceeded to follow the vehicle northbound on Route … Read more

Knitting, astronomy, and pysanky at New Pond Farm

M20, the Trifid Nebula. The bright colors come from the emission (red) and reflection (blue) of hydrogen gas ionized by intense stellar radiation. — Shannon Calvert photo

The following programs are being held at New Pond Farm, 101 Marchant Road in Redding. Knitting and spinning by the fire Sunday, March 4, noon to 3 p.m. Bring knitting projects and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the fire with seasoned knitters and members of the Nutmeg Spinners to coach you on knitting and invite you to try your hand at their spinning wheels. Recommended for any skill level. This adult program is free, but participants are asked to purchase a skein of New Pond Farm yarn ($12) and donate a scarf, hat, or pair of mittens to the farm. … Read more

Barlow girls end season with loss to Bethel

Julia Mulin had 11 points and 16 rebounds in Barlow's win over Bunnell. - Scott Mullin photo

After seeing its hopes of making the state tournament disappear with a road loss to Trinity Catholic last Friday, the Joel Barlow girls basketball team finished its season by falling to Bethel, 62-34, on Tuesday night in Redding. The Falcons, who ended the season with a 6-14 record, needed to win both games to get the eight wins required to qualify for the state tournament. Barlow lost to Bethel in the regular-season finale for both teams on Tuesday at home. Julia Mullin had nine points to pace the Falcons. Julia Shapiro added eight points, and Annie Tamallanca and Kinsey Colby … Read more

Joel Barlow High School receives grants

Joel Barlow High School

Joel Barlow High School, serving the towns of Easton and Redding, recently received the following gifts: The Easton Learning Foundation (ELF) donated $5,836 to purchase a class set of Chromebooks to support implementation of Next Generation Science Standards — the new science curriculum. ELF also donated $8,000 to be put toward the purchase of a CNC router to support robotics. The Weller Foundation donated $1,000 for the purchase a CNC router to support robotics.

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