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It’s been a while, almost two years to be exact, since high school athletes have competed in a spring sport, what with the entire 2020 season having been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. So local baseball, softball and tennis players, track and field athletes and golfers have surely been glad to dust off their gear and their skills in the past couple of weeks. First games of the season were on Saturday, April 10, and teams were preparing last week. Above, the Nonnewaug baseball team hosted Bristol Eastern for a scrimmage in Woodbury on Tuesday, April 6. The practice helped make perfect, as the Chiefs went on to defeat Terryville, 17-0, in their season opener. (O’Brien photo) Read more

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WOODBURY — The Planning Commission, meeting Wednesday, April 7, listened to a presentation from John Guszkowski of the Tyche Planning and Policy Group, the consultant working on the town’s Affordable Housing Plan.

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SOUTHBURY — The Strategic Plan Commission, meeting on Thursday, April 8, listened to John Hirschauer, Jr., a volunteer with Southbury Training School and vice president of the Home and School Association, as he provided some information about the school, including what the facility means to him.

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OXFORD — School Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon gave his recommendations on how to spend money from the Emergency and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, April 6, which included a summer program, intervention teachers and more.

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MIDDLEBURY — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Monday, April 5, appointed Cathy Yanik, Warren Fisher, Tim Mahr, Jennifer Mahr, Kara Collins and Trish Lindenman as members of the Greenway Committee for a term ending April 5, 2025, and reappointed JoAnn Cappelletti as Municipal Agent for the Elderly.

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WOODBURY — The Historic District Commission, meeting Monday, April 5, quickly moved through two Public Hearings and two new applications before turning its attention to a discussion of the Parks and Recreation building and the online survey about its use currently available on the town website.

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SEYMOUR — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Tuesday, April 6, set 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, for the annual town meeting, which will take place at Seymour Middle School.

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — An executive session to discuss the investigation into the superintendent’s actions that was called as part of the Region 14 Board of Education’s regular meeting on Monday, April 5, ended with no action taken.

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WOODBURY ­— After the issue was raised by Selectman George Hale at the Board of Selectmen meeting on Thursday, April 8, First Selectman Barbara Perkinson defended her decision to provide 3% raises for eight non-union employees who went “above and beyond” in handling extra duties during the p…

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NEWTOWN — During the Board of Selectmen meeting held Monday, April 6, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal reviewed the budget process to date, reminding selectmen that the Board of Finance had made cuts to the budget as approved by the selectmen.

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MONROE — An issue raised during public participation caused a spirited discussion during the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on Thursday, April 8, after Attorney Joel Green, representing Peter Metropoulis, asked for his client to be heard at a future meeting regarding the results of s…

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The advanced culinary arts students at Nonnewaug High School saved the program’s annual Region 14 Spring Luncheon for senior citizens with a little creativity. Rather than host their guests for the usual sit-down meal, the young chefs packaged up their creation for curbside pickup at the sch…

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NEWTOWN — The Legislative Council, meeting Wednesday, March 31, had three items of business to complete: a review of the overall proposed 2021-22 budget, approval of an incentive program for a possible new business and approval of a transfer of funds from contingency to Public Works.

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HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont and state Public Health Acting Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford have announced plans to provide local health departments and their community partners with $33.3 million in federal funding to establish outreach, education and services for minority and traditionally u…

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — As the Nonnewaug High School renovation project winds toward a close, the Region 14 Board of Education Building Committee met on Tuesday, March 30, to review costs and a dwindling “punch list” for the project.

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The Tribury Rotary Club recently made a donation to the Southbury Needy Fund to assist the fund’s mission to help children and families. Ellen Baczeski (left), director of the Southbury Needy Fund, said, “The Southbury Needy Fund is so appreciative for any all donations made to help our loca…

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY – The Region 14 Board of Education held an information meeting on the proposed 2021-22 budget with members of the Boards of Selectmen and Finance on Monday, March 22, followed up by a Public Hearing on the budget Tuesday, March 23.

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OXFORD — The Oxford School District will be able to tap into the American Rescue Plan fund soon. The measure was approved by the state Department of Education on Wednesday, March 17, as part of President Joe Biden’s initiative to reopen schools safely.

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WOODBURY — During its regular meeting on Wednesday, March 24, the Board of Finance conducted regular business during half of the three-hour long meeting, then turned to a review of the proposed budget, reviewing each department one at a time but making no changes.

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SEYMOUR — While meeting on Tuesday, March 23, the Board of Finance set Tuesday, April 6, for the town budget hearing to collect feedback on the proposed 2021-22 budget.

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BETHLEHEM — Action on a proposed noise ordinance was tabled during the the town’s Special and Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday, March 23; the other resolutions were quickly approved.

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WOODBURY — The Inland Wetlands Agency, meeting Monday, March 22, approved three applications, scheduled a fourth for a site walk, asked a fifth applicant to return to the next meeting for discussion and considered four enforcement issues.

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ROXBURY — After a long road that included more than two years’ time and three applications, with one application denied and one withdrawn for a technicality, the Inland Wetlands Commission, meeting Tuesday, March 23, signed off on a six-lot subdivision at 206 North St. and 203 North St.

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MONROE — Members of the Board of Finance, meeting Thursday, March 25, moved through a budget workshop in about an hour, a reflection of satisfaction with the amount of information they had received on the budget and the transparency with which it was presented.

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WOODBURY — The Zoning Commission approved an application for an “adjustable” pergola for outdoor dining at 694 Main St. South, briefly discussed an enforcement issue, then spent the second half of its meeting on Tuesday, March 23, discussing regulation revisions.

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WOODBURY — The Board of Trustees of the Woodbury Public Library sent a letter to the Board of Selectmen, read into the record at the selectmen’s meeting on Thursday, March 25, requesting consideration be given to expand the library’s space.

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Voices reader David Snieckus of Cowles Road in Woodbury shared this picture on five deer grazing at day’s end on a recent afternoon.

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY – A grievance presented on behalf of paraprofessionals and instructional support staff was denied by the Region 14 Board of Education following an executive session on Monday, March 15.