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.
The battle for Connecticut’s 135th Congressional District has a new participant. Easton Democrat Anne Hughes plans to challenge incumbent Adam Dunsby to represent the 135th Congressional District, which consists of Easton, Weston and part of Redding. Hughes, 52, grew up in Fairfield, where civic engagement was an important part of her life from the early years. “I’m from a very engaged family,” said Hughes. “We started a recycling initiative in my neighborhood when I very young. We would go around the neighborhood and pick up people’s newspapers and bottles, load them into our van and bring them to the recycling … Read more
When Joel Barlow High School graduate Olivia Greenspan was young, she used to watch TED talks online all the time. Little did she know she would one day be giving such a talk herself. Greenspan, 20, now a junior at Fordham University in New York City, recently gave a 12-minute TEDx talk at the Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass. A TEDx event is organized by volunteers from the local community whose purpose is to spark conversation, connection and community. The theme of Greenspan’s talk, which was free, was Ideas in Action. Greenspan’s 12-minute talk, which has been viewed more than … Read more
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) has announced that it will hold an additional public hearing in Danbury, to allow local residents to provide input on planned service cuts and fare increases on several local transit lines. The decision to provide an additional public comment opportunity came in response to a written request from 2nd District State Assembly candidate Raghib Allie-Brennan. Allie-Brennan’s request cited the need for Danbury residents to have their voices heard, given the impact that the proposed cuts will have on the community. “I’d like to thank the Department of Transportation for considering my request and for … Read more
Regional cooperation of the voluntary kind is becoming more popular. It works when all parties gain something. Right now that means saving money. What does Weston have that it might share with its neighbors in the catchment area of the “Aspetuck News?” I would venture to guess that Weston could serve as an example for Easton and Redding of what happens when you go it alone in the field of public education. Easton and Redding share a common high school, Joel Barlow. I wonder if some residents of Easton and Redding showed up at the 2018 edition of the League … Read more
To the Editor: I agree with recent letters in The Weston Forum regarding consolidation of the Weston news with that of other communities. I grew up in Weston and lived there a total of 47 years. When I moved to the Ithaca, N.Y., area, I subscribed to The Weston Forum in order to keep up with goings-on in my hometown, not what’s happening in Redding or Easton or any other surrounding community. Much as I like Weston’s neighboring towns and have always felt they were “sister” communities, I don’t give a fig about paying to learn their current events. What … Read more
The following programs are being held at New Pond Farm, 101 Marchant Road in Redding. Great Backyard Bird Count training class Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. New Pond Farm’s program director, Tim Laughlin, will show how to gather scientific data on birds found on your property. During the Great Backyard Bird Count (Feb. 16-19), participants worldwide are asked to count birds for a minimum of 15 minutes. The program is free. Register online at newpondfarm.org or by calling 203-938-2117. Backyard maple syruping Saturday, Feb. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to make your own maple syrup. Includes … Read more
Joel Barlow High School will be getting a new security camera system. A motion to seek bids for security improvements to Barlow was unanimously approved at the Region 9 Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The tentative cost of the project is estimated around $80,000. At the meeting, member Paul Coppinger — new chairman of the Facilities and Fields Committee — said “the committee has reviewed and approved the RFP (request for proposals) that it had agreed to.” An RFP was prepared so companies can bid on replacing the security system. “This is just putting out the bid … Read more
Redding Health Officer Douglas Hartline has announced that the Bethel Visiting Nurse Association (BVNA) will be holding a flu vaccination clinic this Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m to noon. The clinic is open to everyone and is being held in response to the widespread increasing flu activity this season. The BVNA is located at 70 Stony Hill Road in Bethel across from the “Big Y” shopping center. The Bethel Visiting Nurse Association can be reached at 203-792-0864. Walk-ins are welcome. There is still time to obtain your flu vaccine to prevent influenza-related illness.