Civilian, union complaints filed against Chief Fuchs

Several separate complaints, in addition to a lawsuit stemming from the death of a local man, have been filed against Redding police Chief Doug Fuchs over the last year, First Selectman Julia Pemberton told the Board of Selectmen at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 20. Complaints were filed by the Redding Fire & EMS Company, as well as a civilian. The first complaint, filed on Jan. 5, was made by the Redding Fire & EMS Company on behalf of Sebastian Martinez, a member of the department. “This complaint was found to be without standing due to a technicality in the … Read more

Jamboree champs

The Boys and Girls Club of Redding-Easton’s eighth grade field hockey team took first place at its league Jamboree on Nov. 4 in New Fairfield. Coach and Joel Barlow High alumna Sarah Jorgensen led the team them through a competitive season of 5-2. The team placed first in the jamboree with a sweep of wins and no goals scored against it. Front row, from left, are Morgan Knoop, Claire Dunsby, Lucy Hill, Calista Dudas and assistant coach Mary Beth Gilbert. Back row. from left, are assistant coach Rachel Grella, coach Jorgensen, Keara Champagne, Izzy Doremus, Olivia Besancon, Alison Kopec, Piper … Read more

Operation Smile raises funds and awareness

Neil Phillips, Joel Barlow High School varsity soccer coach, supports Smile Night with soccer members of Operation Smile. Left to right are Julia Hartmann, Sara Alix, Caitlin Collins, Olivia Houlahan, and Kacey Hartmann, president of the club.

Operation Smile at Joel Barlow High School seeks to increase awareness in the school and community about the international children’s medical charity that performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery. The organization also delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low- and middle-income countries. Kacey Hartmann, a Barlow senior, started the Operation Smile Club during her sophomore year. She is the national leadership council student representative for the Northeast Region. Hartmann said many club members have attended Operation Smile’s international leadership council conferences that are held every summer in Los Angeles, San Diego and this past … Read more

Two Branchville grant projects to go before Ridgefield voters on Nov. 29

A rebuilt bridge, an additional traffic light, and a renovated look for Branchville with new sidewalks and street lamps — altogether a nearly $7-million package in two state and federal grant proposals — will be put before voters the week after Thanksgiving. “This is a huge project for the town — $6.8 million combined,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi told the selectmen. The town’s share of the two grants is projected to be something over $600,000. The Board of Selectmen scheduled the two Branchville grants for a public hearing and town meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29, starting at 7:30 in town … Read more

Occupants and pets escape house fire in Weston

The Weston Volunteer Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Saw Mill Road in Weston on Saturday  afternoon. Arriving units found heavy fire and smoke issuing from the rear of the residence. Saw Mill Road is shared with the town of Fairfield. The Fairfield Fire Department responded after receiving 9-1-1 calls as well. A joint effort between both departments quickly brought the fire under control, according to a fire official. Three occupants and two pets escaped the blaze unharmed. The Weston Fire Marshal is investigating. Thirty Weston firefighters responded to the call with Weston fire apparatus E-4, E-7, E-2, E-1, Rescue … Read more

Spotlight on area events

Barlow fall play Joel Barlow High School’s fall play, Noises Off, offers a unique collaboration of parents, teachers and students from the school. The show will run for four performances: Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at the Joel Barlow High School auditorium, 100 Black Rock Tpk., Redding. Tickets are $12 for students/$15 for adults. All tickets will be held at the door and there is no reserved seating. Download the ticket order form at Holiday Boutique The Easton … Read more

Football: Barlow routs Bethel for win on homecoming

Incentive was not in short supply for the Joel Barlow High football team in its game against Bethel. The Falcons were not only playing their homecoming game on Saturday, Nov. 11, but it was their final home game of the regular season. A win would also keep alive their chances for a spot in the state Class M tournament. Propelled by four second-half touchdowns, the Falcons pulled out of their opponent’s reach in a 48-14 win. “It was a good win,” said Barlow head coach Rob Tynan. “It was nice for our seniors on homecoming to get it done and … Read more

Girls volleyball: Falcons reach state Class L semifinal match

Part of the state Class L tournament has seemed like a regular-season schedule for the Joel Barlow High girls volleyball team. In their first three matches the Falcons faced two South-West Conference opponents, including Masuk in the second round last Thursday, Nov. 11. While the Falcons had some trouble in one set they remained focused for the rest of the night in a 3-1 (25-14, 25-16, 22-25, 25-15) win. “We knew that if we could attack the right side of the court we’d have great success, and that was where we got all of our kills,” said Barlow head coach … Read more

Boys soccer: Hand ousts Barlow in second round

A drop in its level of play would not get the Joel Barlow High boys soccer team very far in the state Class L tournament. The seventh-seeded Falcons, fresh off a South-West Conference championship, did not have the same intensity for the next part of the post-season. This was the difference in the second round last Wednesday, Nov. 8. Hosting 10th-ranked Daniel Hand of Madison, the Falcons faced an uphill battle early. Unable to get on track, they fell 3-0 to the Southern Connecticut Conference champs in a rematch of last season’s finalists. “Hand’s a championship team just like we … Read more

Letter: Resident enjoyed Putnam Park’s Ghost Tour

To the Editor: Those who did not join in the Ghost  Tour at Putnam Park on the night of Oct. 28 missed an extraordinary event. The Ghost Tour, sponsored by the Friends and Neighbors of Putnam Park (FANS) and re-enacted in full Colonial military uniform by the Connecticut 5th Revolutionary Company, transported the more than 100 viewers back to the harsh winter quarters in 1778-79 endured by elements of George Washington’s defensive Redding position. By the flickering light of campfires, we viewed three vignettes. A surgeon showed his medical instruments and practices of administering to wounded soldiers. A “patient” groaned … Read more

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