Allie-Brennan asks for fare increase hearing in Danbury


Raghib Allie-Brennan, a candidate for State Representative for the 2nd District, which includes Redding, sent a formal request to Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) Commissioner James P. Redeker asking that he schedule an additional public hearing in Danbury on proposed fare increases and service reductions to the Danbury Line. On Tuesday, Jan. 30, CTDOT announced a series of seven public hearings to gather input on proposed bus and rail fare increases and service reductions on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines on the New Haven Line, and on Shore Line East. The list of scheduled hearings, however, did … Read more

Kids make valentines at New Pond Farm

Artist-in-residence Kris Holm is holding a valentine-making class for children ages 6 to 12 at New Pond Farm in Redding on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. Children will be taught creative ways to make valentines for family and friends. This program is $8 per New Pond Farm member child and $12 per non-member child. Registration is required and may be done online at or by calling 203-938-2117. New Pond Farm is located at 101 Marchant Road in Redding.

Editorial: Who you gonna call?

The recent incident in which Hawaiians were terrified when an alert about an incoming missile was mistakenly disseminated is an extreme example of how ill-prepared we can be in the face of a disaster. And while this was extreme — with little time to respond in any meaningful way — it is a stark reminder for us to take stock and think about the ways we can be prepared for the disasters most likely to befall us. To that end, it was good news to hear that Georgetown Village Restoration Inc. plans to create a resource guide to be used … Read more

Letter: Great to read more news of area towns

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To the Editor: I like the new Forum! It’s a bigger paper and it is very interesting to read news of our neighboring communities.  For example, the reopening of the Redding Roadhouse, the boiler explosion in the Mark Twain Library, and the report of the driver following her GPS and being routed into the path of a train, are stories I would not have known about without the new Forum. I notice that Weston schools are asking for a $1.8 million increase; one can now more easily compare our school expenses to those of our near neighbors. So thank you … Read more

Letter: Will not be renewing newspaper subscription

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To the Editor: As a longtime resident of Redding, I subscribe to the Redding Pilot to attain local news. I’m interested in local politics, happenings at our children’s schools, local sports, etc. While I have a fond respect for our neighboring towns, I am not interested in their local happenings. I don’t care that Easton is accepting a new road, just like I’m sure that families in Easton and Weston do not care that Redding is preparing for Long Ridge rail realignment or that a Redding family marched in the women’s march. I think the consolidation of the three papers … Read more

Letter: Trump letter was taken out of context

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To the Editor: I refer to a letter from a Redding resident in the Jan.18 issue, “Show support for America’s President.” It’s from a woman whose family is worried about her safety because she chooses to show a Trump bumper sticker. She then segued to certain carefully excerpted sections of an essay that was submitted to The Kansas City Star by a liberal Iowan, anthropologist Robert Leonard, referring to a very good-sounding speech that our president delivered to the ultra-conservative group known as the Values Voters. Her excerpt, taken out of context, made it sound as if Mr. Leonard was … Read more

Boucher calls Governor’s tax and toll proposal a sham

As E-ZPass has grown, there are fewer cash-only lanes.

Transportation Committee Co-Chair Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) said Governor Malloy’s transportation tax and toll proposal is a sham that will only create more problems for the state. “This is emblematic of the other proposals this administration has put on the table to solve the state’s budget shortfalls. And just like those, it will fail to achieve the desired results,” Boucher said. At a press conference Jan. 31, Malloy called for a seven cent increase in the gas tax, a $3 fee on all tire purchases, and tolls. The Governor’s plan did not state how much tolls would be, how many … Read more

Basketball: Barlow girls beat Bunnell for second straight win

In winning its second straight game, the Joel Barlow girls basketball team relied on a team effort Tuesday night. “We needed contributions from everybody … and we got them,” said head coach Joe Carollo, following the Falcons’ 48-42 victory over Bunnell in Redding. The game was close throughout, as Barlow led 22-19 at halftime and 31-27 through three quarters. The Falcons then outscored Bunnell, 17-15, in the final eight minutes to come away with the triumph and improve their overall record to 6-9. Barlow needs two more wins in its final five regular-season games to qualify for the Class L … Read more

Easton bridge and library projects move forward

State funding may impacting timing on the South Park bridge replacement in Easton.

The northern South Park Avenue bridge over the Mill River in Easton could now be replaced before the one farther south. Because of questions about state funding on the southern bridge, it’s now possible that work on the northern bridge — near Buck Hill Road and Marich Drive — will be done first. This would represent a change in what was expected to happen as of a few weeks ago. “We’re looking into our options,” Easton First Selectman Adam Dunsby said. Dunsby first made a reference to funding concerns for the southern bridge during the most recent Board of Selectmen … Read more

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