Fracking waste meetings in Redding, Weston

A Special Town Meeting in Redding in regard to the vote on a fracking waste ban scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, was canceled due to weather and a fire detection problem at Redding Town Hall. The meeting had not been rescheduled as of press time. For updates and more information, visit the Redding Town Hall website. Jen Siskind, local coordinator of Food & Water Watch, will be giving a presentation about fracking waste at the Weston Board of Selectmen meeting on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Weston Town Hall. This meeting was rescheduled from Thursday, Jan. 4, due … Read more

Town of Redding issues winter storm plow recommendations

Sen. Tony Hwang (left) and former Connecticut Congressman Robert Steele (right), author of The Curse: Big-Time Gambling's Seduction of a Small New England Town testified on March 9 against proposals to expand gambling in Connecticut.

From the town of Redding: The highway crew is working and has treated the roads before the snow began. As a reminder, they do not plow continuously during a storm. They will make an estimated three full rounds of the town before the storm is done. That’s 10 big plows plus small contractors covering roughly 100 miles of roadway. Roads will be slippery even when plowed. Do not expect to see blacktop until 24 to 48 hours after the storm ends, assuming Redding gets some sun. With this storm, there will be winds and drifting of snow, making it appear … Read more

2017 year in review

The Redding Roadhouse, a landmark in town, will soon be back in business. The new owners, Easton couple Erin and Shawn Reilly, expect to open the restaurant in early January of 2018. Shown above, Erin and Shawn Reilly with their sons — James, 6, and Patrick, 3. — Bryan Haeffele photo

Teen crash, chief placed on leave are top stories The year 2017 was a big one for Redding on many fronts. Teenagers were involved in a car crash that left them critically and seriously injured. Region 9 Board of Education member Sara Sobel, and her husband Jon Sobel, were arrested on charges of risk of injury to a minor. Chief of Police Douglas Fuchs was placed on administrative leave due to his handling of a suicide. Following is the top news in town over the past year. Events to commemorate Redding’s 250th anniversary This year marked the 250th anniversary of … Read more

League of Women Voters hears talk on Connecticut’s economic outlook     

Susan Bransfield, Portland first selectman, spoke at Meadow Ridge in Redding on Connecticut’s economic outlook. From left, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton, Bransfield, Redding Town Clerk Michele Grande, and Redding LWV President Kim O’Rielly.

Susan Bransfield, first selectman of Portland and president of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, spoke about Connecticut’s economic outlook from a small town’s perspective to Redding’s League of Women Voters. The talk was held at the group’s Tuesday, Dec. 12, holiday lunch at Meadow Ridge in Redding. As background, she noted that the United States Constitution mentions only federal and state government. She said that the 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are agents of the state. They don’t exist unless the state allows them to, and as such are affected by decisions made in Hartford.   Bransford said that … Read more

What can Redding afford?

New finance chair discusses role of board, key issues facing Redding Determining how the town of Redding pays for its expenses is one of the jobs of the Board of Finance, explained Kim Yonkers, who is the new board chairman. Yonkers, a Democrat, has replaced William Alvarez, who retired, in this position. She joins fellow board members Ward Mazzucco, Jamie Barickman, Susan Clark, Robert Dean, and Ed Miller. She said the goal of the Board of Finance is to “ensure we can afford the services that the town needs.” The expenses of the town — “whether that is levying taxes, … Read more

Redding’s municipal election: Region 9 Board of Education, Four-year term

The Region 9 Board of Education serves Joel Barlow High School, a regional school for students in grades 9-12 from Redding and Easton. Candidates’ biographies are presented as submitted. Cheryl Graziano Democrat, 26A on ballot A major issue facing Redding is maintaining high quality services amidst changes in population and resources. Certain obligations are under Redding’s control but other factors (e.g. demographics, state funding) are not. I propose that Region 9 develop a 5-year education plan for Barlow that would be measured by relevant metrics (e.g. SAT/ACT scores, % of college attendance, academic course offerings, expected enrollment, GPA, participation in … Read more

Resident supports Heather Whaley for Board of Education

To the Editor: On Nov. 8,  I hope you will join me in voting for Heather Whaley for the Board of Education. As the mother of one middle school child and one high schooler, she is tuned into the educational environment in Redding and is keenly aware of the challenges that face the BOE. She will support responsible budgeting while exploring innovative methods to continue to  keep our schools excellent. Heather will work to make sure that every child in Redding gets the best education for their needs. As Heather herself has said,  “I like to think that we may have the … Read more

Richardson will do a good job on the Board of Finance

To the Editor: Financial expertise, strength of character and commitment to the town, are all found in Laurie Richardson, candidate for the Board of Finance. Her education, training and life experience are a perfect fit to allow her to examine and weigh different issues with an eye to balancing the short-term and long-term effect on the town. Her ability to work, combining the wants and needs of the public into well-crafted, prudent courses of action, is good for Redding — both now and in the future. Grace J. Whitelock Huckleberry Road  

Miller should be elected to the Board of Finance

To the Editor: On Nov. 7, we have a chance to bring new ideas and a new tone to Redding’s Board of Finance. Ed Miller has a strong financial background, having been a financial comptroller at Goldman Sachs and later developing multimillion-dollar budgets as chief compliance officer for a Fortune 500 company. He supports having a long-term financial plan to ensure we preserve what makes Redding special, exploring alternative sources of revenue beyond property taxes and listening to residents’ ideas and concerns.   Let’s maintain Redding’s excellence. Vote for Ed Miller for the finance board. Katharine Dusenbury Lamppost Drive  

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