Suggestions for Gilbert & Bennett impasse

We cordially address the Redding Board of Selectmen as former selectmen who remain vitally interested in the people and the town of Redding. In recognition of our understanding of an impasse in negotiations between the town and tax litigation co-plaintiff bondholders of the Georgetown Special Taxing District (“GSTD”) concerning the status of the former Gilbert & Bennett factory site in Georgetown, and in further recognition of the importance of the subject property to the economy and fiscal health of the town, we hereby respectfully propose the following: That negotiations with GSTD bondholder representatives, which have failed to produce a settlement … Read more

Reflections on Newtown, five years later

  I love Newtown. I love the people. I love the landscape. I love the annual Labor Day parade. I love it more now, having watched the town wrestle over the unanswerable question of what to be in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. Newtown is different than it was before the events of Dec. 14, 2012. Of course it is. No place could ever recover from that cataclysm — 20 first graders and six educators disappearing from the earth in the matter of five life-shattering minutes. But there is true beauty in how this small town in western Connecticut has … Read more

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