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MONROE – The Board of Finance held both a regular meeting and a budget workshop on Thursday March 19, but canceled a previously scheduled Public Hearing on the budget.
SOUTHBURY — During the Board of Selectmen meeting on Thursday, March 19, First Selectman Jeffrey Manville started the meeting, which was live-streamed, by recognizing the board members who were participating by phone in order to maintain social distancing.
MIDDLEBURY — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Monday, March 16, received a favorable recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the donation of 5.52 acres at 92 Turnpike Dr. from Peter L. Scribner.
MONROE – Covid-19 and the budget dominated the conversation at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 17, but they were not the only topics of discussion: the board set June 12 as the graduation date and adopted the Vision of a Graduate, as presented at the March 2 meeting.
Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department members turned out on a recent Saturday morning in sunny but cold 20-degree weather to practice ascending to a roof and venting a structural fire. “We practice constantly,” said Fire Chief Janet B. Morgan. “Every firefighter has to know what to do to save l…
OXFORD — Town, school officials and regional representatives discussed a potential local state of emergency in Oxford in response to the coronavirus pandemic at a special informational meeting on Friday, March 13.
MONROE — Members of the Board of Education, meeting Thursday, March 12, in a special session, discussed not only the closing of schools in Monroe for the Covid-19 virus, but how that would impact the remainder of the school year.
NEWTOWN — As construction continues on the new police station at 191 Main St. South, progress has been as uneventful as the unusually mild winter.
BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY – The Region 14 Board of Education began its work on the proposed 2020-21 budget on Monday, March 9, beginning with a discussion on special education costs, the reorganization of staffing to provide instructional coaches and medical insurance.
BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Olzacki announced the closing of Region 14 schools “indefinitely” on Friday afternoon, March 13, after earlier in the week announcing plans to hold half days March 16-20.
MIDDLEBURY — The Board of Finance, meeting Wednesday, March 11, unanimously approved the proposed 2020-21 town budget of $11,546,825.55, which represents a 2.71 percent increase over last year’s budget.
WOODBURY — After a brief discussion at its meetng on Wednesday, March 11, Zoning Commissioners voted not to approve an application for a zone change to Garden Apartments for a parcel located on Main Street North and owned by Harold Cole, then voted to deny the application without prejudice, …
HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey have announced a regional approach to combating the novel coronavirus – or Covid-19 – throughout the tri-state area.
Bethlehem and Woodbury Girl Scouts delivered more than 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to local veterans and first responders over the past few weeks in their Valentine for Heroes campaign. This is the third year the scouts have delivered wrapped Valentine cookies to Bethlehem and Woodbury v…
Oxford High School Principal Dorothy Potter, with the five-month-old kangaroo Jubilee, and Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon, with seven-month-old Teddy, marked a fundraising effort for those affected by the catastrophic wildfires in Australia during a special Relief Rally at the school on W…
MONROE – Planning and Zoning Commissioners, meeting Thursday, March 5, continued a Public Hearing on the proposed expansion of the Emergency Medical Services building on Jockey Hollow Road, and closed Public Hearings on the expansion of hours for Beardsley Field and on amendments to the regu…
NEWTOWN — The Legislative Council, meeting Wednesday, March 4, received the proposed 2020-21 municipal and education budget as approved by the Board of Finance at its most recent meeting on February 27.
SOUTHBURY —The Board of Selectmen met in regular session on Thursday, March 5, and for the second time this year, no one stood up in the audience in response to the first selectman’s invitation to come forward and use the public mike to express an opinion or a request.
BETHLEHEM — After being unable to vote on any applications last month due to a technicality, Inland Wetlands Commissioners were prepared to quickly move through most of their agenda on Tuesday, March 3.
MIDDLEBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting Thursday, March 5, unanimously approved two applications for special exceptions requested by Benson Road Investors LLC at 99 Benson Rd.
NEWTOWN — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Monday, March 2, unanimously approved a budget transfer of $261,000 to cover various Public Works Department accounts.
WOODBURY — Historic District Commissioners, meeting Monday, March 2, held a Public Hearing on an application to change the location of a previously approved sign at 83 Main St. South, then unanimously approved the change.
NEWTOWN — During its meeting on Tuesday, March 3, the Board of Education recognized member Debbie Leidlein for her 10 years of service on the board.
BETHLEHEM — The Board of Selectmen dispatched all business in seven minutes on Monday, March 2, including a motion to proclaim March 12 as Girl Scout Day and a brief discussion on preparation for the coronavirus.
BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — A new sport is coming to Region 14, and it is one designed to excite students who may not regularly participate in sports.
MONROE — The Town Council, meeting Wednesday, March 4, continued its review of the proposed 2020-21 municipal budget by speaking with several individuals representing multiple departments, including the senior center, social services, economic development, the police, human resources, financ…
WOODBURY — The Planning Commission, meeting Wednesday, March 4, continued discussion on a Route 6 corridor study and ways to communicate with town residents about progress on the Plan of Conservation and Development.
MONROE — During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 2, school officials discussed the district’s performance as compared to the state and the district reference group (DRG) and how the district will use a “Vision of the Graduate” to spur further academic growth.
SOUTHBURY — Bullet Hill School, 233 Main St. North, will host its annual Docent Workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24. Board members will teach participants how to become a docent for the Bullet Hill School Days Living Museum and will provide the necessary materials. Refreshment…
BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY – Region 14 Superintendent Dr. Joseph Olzacki has announced that Bethlehem Elementary School Principal Alyce Misuraca is leaving the district to take a new position as the new director of curriculum for pre-K-12 in New Fairfield. Ms. Misuraca joined the school district in …
SOUTHBURY — The Pomperaug District Department of Health, which serves Southbury, Woodbury and Oxford, reports it is monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and participating in state and federal teleconferences to be up to date on the latest state Department of Public Health and Cente…
BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY – The coronavirus appears to be spreading in the U.S., and if this holds true, it will likely make its appearance in Connecticut eventually. What should towns and school districts do to prepare for this health threat? That was the question debated when key officials in Reg…
NEWTOWN — The Board of Finance met Thursday, February 27 to approve a Board of Selectmen budget at $43,224,759 with a line item for the school budget of $79,101,776 for a total budget of $122,326,535.
MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Superintendent of Schools Joshua Smith was front and center when the Region 15 Board of Education gathered on Monday, February 24, ready and waiting to hear his views on the upcoming 2020-21 budget content.
WOODBURY – After briefly discussing a “pre-application” for a change in location of a sign that has already been approved, Zoning Commission members began a review of draft updates to the zoning regulations.
MIDDLEBURY — The Board of Finance continued its examination of the proposed budget for 2020-21 on Wednesday, February 26, inviting representatives from the police and fire departments.
WOODBURY – A walk-through of the site of a proposed pavilion on Main Street South on Sunday, February 23, left members of the Inland Wetlands Commission wanting additional information and better staking for a second walk-through.
MONROE — The Planning and Zoning Commission continued its work on the update to the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development by hosting a discussion group with the town’s first responders Thursday, February 27, facilitated by Francisco Gomes of Fitzgerald & Halliday, the group the tow…
WOODBURY – FISH, a ride-sharing service used by many Woodbury seniors for rides to medical appointments, will cease operations as of April 1, according to information received by town officials.
WOODBURY – The Board of Selectmen, meeting Thursday, February 27, briefly discussed a letter they received from the Bethlehem Board of Selectmen before moving on to regular business, which included a discussion on creating a new Economic Development Committee.
NEWTOWN — Rob Sibley, deputy director of planning, told Conservation Commissioners, meeting Tuesday, February 25, about several offers that might become open space parcels and he expects the members to have the opportunity to review the parcels soon.
MONROE — In a letter to the community posted on the town website on Friday, February 28, First Selectman Ken Kellogg addressed concerns regarding local preparedness for the coronavirus (COVID-19) which has been in the the news recently.
NEWTOWN — The Public Building and Site Commission, meeting Monday, February 24, reviewed the status of the police station at 191 South Main St.