Free radon tests offered to Redding residents

January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas formed from the decay of uranium and is found in rock, soil, and water. The best time to test is during the winter months, during the heating season, according to the Redding Health Department, which is offering free radon testing for air and water to the first 20 who sign up Those interested can contact the Redding Health Department at 203-938-2559 or by email at [email protected]

Obstacles complicate Easton bridge replacement

Pedestrian concerns are complicating the he South Park bridge replacement project in Easton.

The lack of a sidewalk on a proposed replacement bridge and whether its extended length and guardrail might block access to existing trails raised concerns among several Easton Planning and Zoning Commission members during a recent hearing. The comments focused on the South Park Avenue bridge over the Mill River near Riverside Lane, which now is limited to one lane because of structural concerns. The town plans to replace the bridge, built in 1947, next summer. Commission member Ross Ogden pointed out that people — primarily fishermen — walk across the bridge, and also access an Aspetuck Land Trust fishing … Read more

As temperatures drop, risk of carbon monoxide poisoning rises

At this time of year, homes run the risk of developing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

Now that Connecticut residents have turned on the heat in their homes, it is especially important to remember the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. Everyone who uses oil, natural gas, liquid propane, or wood and pellet stoves should make sure that their heating system has been cleaned and inspected within the last year. If the burning of fuel is incomplete, carbon monoxide gas can form and build up in your home. The deadly gas has no odor or warning properties. A carbon monoxide alarm is the only way to know if it is building up in your home. If you … Read more

Road projects may be delayed, fare hikes proposed

Without new revenue for the state’s Special Transportation Fund (STF), Gov. Dannel Malloy said the state would “postpone indefinitely” some $4.3 billion in planned projects and would increase transit and rail fares and make cutbacks on major road and other transportation programs. Some of the projects that would be suspended are the widening of Interstate 95 between Bridgeport and Stamford, and improving the Interstate 91/Route 15 interchange on the Charter Oak Bridge. Malloy said even routine highway maintenance and transportation aid to cities and towns is “seriously jeopardized.” “If Connecticut does not take the necessary action to allow us to … Read more

Medical Director: Complications from flu caused death of New Canaan 10-year-old boy

[UPDATED 10:39 a.m JAN. 16] The cause of the death of the 10-year-old New Canaan fourth grader was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, according to New Canaan Director of Health Dr. David Reed on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Reed reported to the Advertiser information that he received from a New York State medical examiner. “It had nothing to do with hockey,” Reed said, responding to question about the boy’s participation in a hockey event trip to upstate New York. The boy, Nico Mallozzi, started feeling ill last Thursday, Jan. 11, Reed said, and he went to … Read more

Weston graduation controversy gets ‘in-tents’

In an effort to save costs, Weston High School announced last week that its annual graduation ceremony will be held in the school gymnasium this year, rather than under an outdoor tent at the school as it has done in the past. But fallout from the tent decision has gotten “intense,” leading to opposition from students in a petition drive. In a letter from Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie, dated Thursday, Jan. 11, he explained that the cost of holding the graduation ceremony under the tent is more than $20,000. “This includes installation, chair rentals for both inside and outside, … Read more

Redding Heritage Senior Center news and activities

Reflexology: Specialized foot massage designed to relieve body stress is now available on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Call the office to schedule a 35 or 55 minute appointment for $25 or $35. Private Yoga: Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon with instructor Laurie Mayper.  Call office for details, pricing and to schedule a session. New Tax Law and its implementations: Peg O’Donnell, a Redding selectmen and professional accountant, will speak on this topic at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Questions can be submitted by putting them in a sealed envelope and delivered to the Heritage Center office … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory in effect, snow is on the way

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Weston, Redding, Easton, southern Connecticut and southeast New York, from midnight tonight until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Snow is expected starting around midnight and could last throughout the day on Wednesday. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Wednesday. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches are expected. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.

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