On Oct. 26 the Connecticut General Assembly passed a budget, which the governor signed. Easton fared much better than we anticipated back in the spring. Back then the only state budget the Board of Finance had for guidance was Gov. Dannel Malloy’s. This budget would have transferred $1.3 million of the cost of teachers’ pensions (a state program) onto Easton. It also would have eliminated our Education Cost Sharing (ECS) grant and reduced some other grants. It depends a bit on how you count certain things, but the net effect would have been a negative financial swing of about $1.6 … Read more
It was a situation the Joel Barlow High boys soccer team does not face very often but was prepared for just the same. After two halves and two overtime periods failed to produce a winner, the South-West Conference championship then turned to penalty kicks. Two key saves by senior goalie Jackson Stalowir, who was later named the game’s MVP, proved to be the difference, as the top-seeded Falcons defeated second-seeded Masuk 1-0 (9-8 PK) on Friday, Nov. 3, on a blustery night at Pomperaug High in Southbury. The win marked Barlow’s first SWC title since 2014 and 10th overall. “It … Read more
With the outcome of the South-West Conference girls volleyball championship hanging in the balance, Joel Barlow High head coach Carol Asplund’s instructions to her team were clear as it prepared to start the fifth and deciding game. “I told them, you’re not going to win if you play scared,” said the fifth-year head coach. “This is where you have to dig deep.” The top-seeded Falcons could take her words to heart. Winning the last two points, they tilted the scale in their favor for a 3-2 (25-21, 13-25, 25-14, 21-25, 15-13) win to capture their sixth straight conference crown on … Read more
In Tuesday’s municipal election in Redding, Democrats Cheryl Graziano and Gwen Denny beat Democrats Frank Taylor and Kevin Murray for the Region 9 Board of Education, which oversees Joel Barlow High School. Graziano got 1,312 votes and Denny got 1,231 votes, while Taylor got 774 and Murray got 839 votes. Graziano, who was smiling happily after her win, said she felt “excited and relieved at the same time.” She added that she is “glad the race is over and glad to see the turnout that it had.” In her campaign, Graziano proposed that Region 9 develop a five-year education plan … Read more
Democrat Ed Miller beat Republican Lewis Goldberg and Democrat Mark Lewis in Redding’s municipal election on Tuesday in the Board of Finance race to fill a four-year vacancy. Miller received 1,162 votes, Goldberg received 648 votes, and Lewis — a write-in candidate — received 322 votes. “I’m very thankful to the voters for the support they showed me as well as the entire Democratic ticket. It’s clear that voters wanted change at the Board of Finance. I will work hard to keep Redding the best small town in Connecticut — with strong schools, open space and low taxes,” Miller said. … Read more
In Tuesday’s municipal election in Redding, Democrats Jamie Barickman and Robert Dean beat Republicans Jenifer Wyss and Laurie Richardson in the full-term, six-year Board of Finance municipal race. Barickman got 1,251 votes and Dean got 1,143 votes, while Wyss got 945 votes and Richardson got 886 votes. “I am very appreciative of the support I received from Redding voters. They delivered a message to the leaders of our town that they expect protection of the values we hold dear and a commitment to working together to find the long-term solutions that will keep Redding one of the greatest small towns … Read more
In a quiet election, with only one contested race and three candidates vying for two seats on the Region 9 Board of Education, the Easton Democrats pulled off a rare victory. Democrat Maureen P. Williams unseated longtime Republican incumbent and current board secretary Catherine Gombos in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Williams received 687 votes and Republican incumbent Todd Johnston retained his seat with 771 votes. Gombos, garnered 658 votes, meaning she will give up her longtime seat. “First time since 2003 the Ds won a heads-up race against an R,” Tom Herrmann, deputy registrar of voters said. “That’s significant.” … Read more
The Easton Redding United under-11 girls soccer team team, coached by Joel Barlow High head girls soccer coach Neil Phillips, ended regular league games undefeated and on top of the league standings by tying Darien 2-2 on Sunday, Nov. 5. The team will most likely play fourth-ranked Stamford, with a win putting it up against the winner of the Darien-New Canaan game on Sunday. Earlier in the season Easton Redding made the Connecticut Cup semifinals, where it lost to Wilton.