Expert to speak on stress, anxiety at Joel Barlow High School

Joel Barlow High School

Guest speaker Kathy Katts of Innersource Ayurveda will speak at the Easton Redding Community Care Coalition parent meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at Joel Barlow High School, in room B107. The talk is for teenagers, parents or family members who are struggling with stress and anxiety. Katts, a holistic wellness counselor and mindfulness expert,  will discuss the root of anxiety and introduce How To strategies to allow for immediate shifts in mindset. Scientific research from a holistic and consciousness perspective will be presented. The presentation will end with a guided technique to allow all participants to experience a … Read more

Fire in freezer sets garage ablaze

An alarm alerted emergency responders to a fire Monday, Jan. 8. The Easton Police 911 Center was alerted to an automatic alarm around 5 p.m. Monday. Police arrived to find flames coming from an attached garage at 12 Wells Hill Road, according to Easton Police Sgt. Jonathan Arnold. The fire appeared to have started behind a refrigerator located in the garage, but the cause of the fire is under the investigation of the Easton Fire Marshal’s Office. The Easton Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Weston, Fairfield, Westport, Redding, West Redding and Long Hill of Trumbull fire departments. Weston … Read more

Easton police officer suffers smoke inhalation after rescuing trapped pit bull

Easton Police officer Don Kinahan rescued a pit bull from a home on Friday, Jan. 5, at approximately 7:30 p.m., according to police reports. The homeowner initially made a 9-1-1 call to the Easton Police Department and reported that his house was on fire and he could not control it, police said. According to police, the Easton Police and Fire Department responded to the active house fire, at 25 Deerfield Drive. Fire departments from Weston, West Redding, Trumbull, Fairfield, Westport and Redding Ridge were also called to the scene, police said. Kinahan, a nine-year-veteran with the Easton Police Department, suffered … Read more

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Six new teachers at RES share their insights

Six new teachers have joined the Redding Elementary School staff this year. Erica Ambrogio and Michaila Emonds teach first grade, Nicole Eckardt teaches third grade, Leigh Anna Kamin and Jennifer Marandola teach fourth grade, and Sarah Peronace is a media specialist. Erica Ambrogio I live in Greenwich with my family. I have a younger brother and older sister. When I’m not teaching, my interests include playing — coaching — and watching sports. I love being outdoors and spend a lot of my free time being as active as possible. I graduated from UConn with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a … Read more

Heritage Center News and Activities

Special programs and notes: The Commission on Aging will be meeting at the Heritage Center Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to attend.  Bring your concerns and questions about aging in Redding. Free blood pressure screening by visiting nurses will take place in the Heritage Center lobby on Tuesdays, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, from from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The next opera talk is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Topic: Puccini’s Tosca. Massage/acupuncture will not be available until the week of Jan. 22. Lunch at the Heritage Center — CW Resources provides … Read more

Superintendent proposes ‘starting point’ school budget increase of $1.8 million

In the earliest stages of budget deliberation, where “everything can change,” school superintendent Thomas McMorran announced a starting point budget increase for the 2018-19 school year for grades K to 8, of $1,862,334. This is an increase from the 2017-2018 school year budget —which was $20,752,623 — of 8.97%, to total $22,614,957. At Redding’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, McMorran said, “We are at the beginning of a deliberative two month process of determining the appropriate budgeting request for the 2018-2019 school year.” At the meeting, McMorran referred to a starting point budget as a “point of … Read more

Letter: Resident suggests ways to improve efficiency

To the Editor: This Friday, our Board of Selectmen will be holding a budget workshop where each town department will present to the board. I suggest the board ask the following questions of the department heads: What metrics do you use to measure your department’s efficacy? How does your department compare on these measures against other similarly situated municipalities? What innovations are you applying in your department to reduce costs? What innovations are similar departments in other municipalities putting in place that Redding should consider? What changes in policies or procedures can Redding’s elected officials make to reduce costs? Wolf … Read more

Letter: Social Services director thanks community

To the Editor: I would like to thank the community at large for coming together with the true spirit of giving during this holiday season. Families with children and seniors were touched by the heartfelt kindness and generosity of those who gave.   I would like to thank Redding Elementary School’s Frosty Drive, Christ Church Parish Episcopal’s Dove program, First Church of Christ, Congregational’s Dove program, and St. Patrick Church’s Giving Tree.    Also, I would like to thank the Brunissen Trust and Meadow Ridge for their kind generosity toward the seniors in the community.  I would like to thank … Read more

Paralyzed teen raising funds for treatments

Barlow graduate Zach Standen hopes to regain feeling Zach Standen, the Joel Barlow High School graduate who became partially paralyzed after an automobile accident in 2016, is hoping to raise money to get stem cell treatments. His goal is to regain feeling in his legs. The treatments are offered at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama. This will be Zach’s second trip to the institute; he went for the first time last June. According to Zach’s mother, Christine, the treatments can increase his chances of regaining feeling in his legs. “The doctors at the Stem Cell Institute said that the … Read more

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