Mock crash at Barlow on April 30

The Easton Volunteer Fire Department cut off the car doors to extricate the driver, and emergency medical workers took him to the hospital with unknown injuries. — Easton Police Department photo

Joel Barlow High School will host first responders from Easton and Redding to conduct a mock crash on Monday, April 30. Organizers say this event shows how much the community cares for teens, teaching them that distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can have irreversible effects on our lives. Event organizers say teens need reminders of how to make good decisions in order to safeguard their own lives and the lives of others. To that end, students who view the mock crash will be given Safety Cards to carry with them. The card contains emergency … Read more

Life-size chess

DIG Chess, sponsored by the Friends of the Weston Library, recently hosted its winter chess tournament. Weston’s children’s librarian, Alessandra Petrino, worked with kids to design and build a life-size chess board that made its debut at the tournament.

New Pond Farm has peeper patrol, astronomy and summer camp

Programs at New Pond Farm in Redding. Peeper patrol Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. New Pond Farm members are invited to grab a flashlight and join in the search for amphibians. This annual event is great fun for the whole family. Spring astronomy Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m. Join astronomy volunteers and gaze through telescopes at the moon, saturn, and deep space objects. Families are invited to a special preview in the Learning Center classroom at 7:30 p.m. Summer camp New Pond Farm has a summer camp program for ages 8-12. Form friendships with … Read more

State to begin road work on Route 59 in Easton

The state Department of Transportation is expected to begin work on Route 59 in Easton on Monday, April 16. Crews will be replacing guard rails and doing tree work on Stepney Road, which is the section of Route 59 that runs from the Route 136 intersection in Easton to the Monroe border. Some work also will take place on the state road in Monroe, just over the Easton border. The work will occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, and last about a month and a half. The initial work should begin near Route 59 and Church Road (near the cemetery). … Read more

Murphy calls for investigation into Eversource’s high shutoff rate

After an investigation by WTNH News 8 revealed that the rate at which Eversource – New England’s largest energy provider – has disconnected customers from electricity for nonpayment has nearly doubled in the last two years, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy called on the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) to examine Eversource’s actions. In a letter addressed to Kate S. Dykes, Chair of PURA, Murphy expressed concern that Eversource may not being doing enough outreach to their low-income customers. Last year, Eversource filed documents with PURA to request a rate increase starting in May 2018. “It has come to my attention that since … Read more

Weston’s Lachat Town Farm receives Connecticut Preservation award

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has given Lachat Town Farm in Weston a Connecticut Preservation Award for 2018. The award recognizes outstanding preservation projects and people who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Connecticut’s historic buildings and places. An award ceremony for Lachat Town Farm and other award recipients was held on Thursday, April 5, at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown. Acknowledged for their work on the preservation of Lachat Town Farm were the Friends of Lachat, the town of Weston, the Nature Conservancy, Robert Hatch, architect (deceased), and Salem Preservation. The trust commended the work done … Read more

Volunteers needed to tag horseshoe crabs

One of nature’s oldest annual – but G-rated – mating rituals is about to occur again on the beaches of Connecticut, and The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs help documenting it. During the new and full moons each spring, horseshoe crabs come up out of Long Island Sound to spawn in the sand. For researchers working on a horseshoe crab census, that’s a bonanza time for data collection … so much so that citizen-scientist volunteers are needed. To help out, volunteers first must attend one of two free training sessions at The Maritime Aquarium: at 7 p.m. on either Thursday, April 26 … Read more

Weston selectmen discuss emergency tree work, marketing strategies

The Weston Board of Selectmen met in a special meeting on Thursday, April 5, at Weston Town Hall. The following items were up for discussion and decision. Tree warden appropriation The selectmen unanimously approved a supplemental appropriation of $30,000 to the tree warden’s 2017-18 operating budget in consideration of the need for emergency tree work on municipal roads and municipal properties. Tree Warden Bill Lomas explained there was substantial tree work in light of the four nor’easters in the month of March. “I had about $13,000 left in my budget to continue to do the normal course of work in … Read more

Easton cable channel videographer is on the job

Robert L. Webbe goes to more public meetings than just about anyone in Easton, but few people outside those meetings would probably recognize him. The 29-year-old Redding resident is the main videographer for Channel 79, the cable TV system’s local government channel that films and broadcasts public meetings in town. “It’s very interesting to see how a small town operates and how actions at meetings can affect daily life, such as if a road is fixed or what services get provided,” Webbe said. He regularly films Board of Selectmen, Planning and Zoning Commission, Conservation Commission and Board of Finance budget … Read more

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