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For the 10th consecutive year, members of the Advanced Math Club at St. Rose of Lima School in Newtown received Silver Level Award Certificates from the national Math Counts program. The students qualified for the award by submitting examples of different word problems that they worked on ov… Read more

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State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky, R-106, participated in World Read Aloud Day on Tuesday, February 4, at Newtown Middle School. The annual event aims to advocate for global literacy by engaging students with oral storytelling. “Reading to students is one of the joys of my job as a state representat…

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Construction workers at Quarry Walk on Route 67 in Oxford were ordered to cease work after their gas-powered saw exceeded carbon monoxide levels at a row of businesses on Thursday, February 6. Employees at Country Creamery, Sitting Duck and Better Beagle and other businesses along the row we…

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — After discussions about changes in graduation requirements and hearing a presentation on the success of the Vo-Ag program at Nonnewaug High School, the Region 14 Board of Education, meeting Monday, February 3, agreed to spend an extra $99,058 as part of its share of a pr…

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SOUTHBURY — The Board of Selectmen assembled for its bimonthly meeting on Thursday, February 6, spending less than 30 minutes in discussion of issues on the regular agenda that required instant and routine attention, before embarking on two matters in Executive Session.

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BETHLEHEM – Selectmen, meeting Tuesday, February 4, made several appointments to commissions and committees, set the date for an Annual Special and Town Meeting and agreed to send a non-binding letter of interest to the Material Innovations and Recycling Authority.

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NEWTOWN — The Legislative Council, meeting Wednesday, February 5, changed the name and purpose of the Eichler’s Cove special revenue fund to waterfront special revenue fund in order to allow those funds to be used for the operation of Newtown waterfront properties, including Lake Lillinonah.

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WOODBURY – The Planning Commission, meeting Wednesday, February 5, agreed with a property owner’s representatives that merging two lots and revising a conservation agreement would be a better plan for the property.

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BETHLEHEM – The Inland Wetlands Commission, meeting Tuesday, February 4, discussed several projects, including a proposed riding arena, work done on a homesite without permit and town maintenance of three bridges.

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NEWTOWN — First Selectman Dan Rosenthal is seeking residents to volunteer to fill vacancies and openings on several boards and commissions.

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NEWTOWN — First Selectman Dan Rosenthal invites residents and community stakeholders to take part in the third session in a series of community conversations regarding Fairfield Hills from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall, 12 Berkshire Rd. This pre…

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St. George’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury hosted the ordination of the Rev. Tara Boyd Shepley on January 16. The Rt. Rev. Laura Ahren, bishop of Connecticut, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Marilyn Anderson, bishop’s chaplain. Rev. Shepley graduated from Yale Divinity School and served at…

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SOUTHBURY — Southbury student Brandon Villadolid has been honored as one of the brightest students in the world at an international Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth awards ceremony. Brandon was honored for his exceptional performance on the School and College Abilities Test, taken as …

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The Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department’s annual fire safety bonfire of discarded Christmas trees and evergreens took place Friday evening, January 24. Several-hundred town residents watched the controlled burn in front of the fire department at 25 Quassuk Rd., enjoying hot cocoa, cookies and…

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Plunging into freezing waters in an ice-covered Orenaug Park pond, firefighters from the Woodbury Volunteer Fire Department conducted a ice rescue drill on Saturday, February 1. “It’s a winter of thin ice so far, and we want to be ready to save lives,” said Chief Janet B. Morgan. About 15 fi…

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WOODBURY – The new Plan of Conservation and Development, which was officially adopted at a meeting of the Planning Commission on January 8, became effective on February 1.

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NEWTOWN — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Thursday, January 30, continued its deliberation of the 2020-21 budget, taking a closer look at the library, parks and recreation, items during a meeting held Monday, January 27, before reviewing the technology, police and Edmond Town Hall budgets.

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SOUTHBURY — On Tuesday, January 28, before an audience that included the Public Works director and potentially, the next-door neighbor to the town’s property which was the subject of the occasion, members of the Planning Commission, two commission alternates and two reporters, all met, shari…

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SEYMOUR — Town underwriter John Healey of Mesirow Financial presented a municipal debt restructuring plan to the Board of Finance at its meeting on Tuesday, January 28, meant to soften the impact of the proposed bond issue for town projects approved by residents in November.

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WOODBURY – Zoning Commissioners continued their review of the zoning regulations at their meeting on Tuesday, January 28, with the assistance of consultant Francisco Gomes of Fitzgerald and Halliday.

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MONROE — The Town Council, a a special meeting on Thursday, January 30, voted to rescind its approval of a Memorandum of Agreement it had just voted at its regular meeting of January 27.

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MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY – Meeting on Monday, January 27, the Region 15 Board of Education turned its attention to the established rules and practices that, since the early 2000s, have evolved into accepted rules and regulations that run the standard issues of the school district.

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WOODBURY — Lou and Alice DeLuca will be honored as the 2019 recipients of the Planning Commission’s Bernard Rosenberg Award at a public reception for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at the Senior Community Center. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to i…

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MIDDLEBURY — Naomi Filipiak, a Westover School junior from Mansfield Center, received one of the five Youth Leaders Fellowships for the 2020 Hip Hop Youth Research and Activism Conference, which will be held May 19 at Rutgers University in Brunswick, N.J. According to the HHYRA website, the …

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SEYMOUR — At the Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, January 21, state Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, R-105, presented the Seymour High School girls’ varsity volleyball team with citations from the state General Assembly in recognition of its recent Class M state championship title.

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MONROE — After hearing a recommendation from town land use attorney Barbara Schoenberg, the Inland Wetlands Commission agreed on Wednesday, January 22, to accept her recommendation and deny intervenor status to a neighbor of 64 Cambridge Dr.

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MONROE — Board of Education Chairman Donna Lane began the board’s meeting on Tuesday, January 21, by reading a prepared statement that refuted rumors that had been circulating around town regarding the two administrators placed on leave at a January 13 meeting.

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MONROE – The Board of Education, meeting Tuesday, January 21, voted 6 to 3 to reduce the proposed 2020-21 budget by $500,000 in unspecified cuts to get to a level members felt would be more acceptable to voters.

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NEWTOWN — Three grants awarded in 2019 have provided the town of Newtown with almost $1 million in federal and state monies for the improvement and cleanup of Fairfield Hills campus and a property in Sandy Hook.

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MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Jason Hu and Kevin Jin, a two-member student team from Rochambeau Middle School, took second place in the statewide Cyber Robotics Coding Competition on Friday, December 6, at the University of Bridgeport, each earning a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Bridgepo…

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — Members of VFW Post 1607, representing Woodbury, Southbury and Middlebury, recently visited Nonnewaug High School to recognize 15 local winners of the VFW’s annual Voice of Democracy essay contest. Sean Coyle was awarded a $1,000 scholarship check for his outstanding eff…

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MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Eighth grade students from Memorial Middle School in Middlebury and Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury participated in the Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest sponsored locally by George Newton VFW Post 1607 in Southbury. First place winners of the local post level at…

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The Shepaug Valley School recently had four new sheep brought to stay at the school; the sheep are part of the Agriscience program. Their names are Dottie, Mystique, Westin and the lamb, who will be named soon. Currently one of the sheep is pregnant and due January 18 or 19.

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WOODBURY — Everyone sitting around a table in the Superintendent’s Conference Room on Thursday, January 16, was in agreement that there is a clear disparity in state funding between vocational-agriculture programs and other magnet-type schools, but the question was, what could be done to rev…

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SEYMOUR — The Board of Police Commissioners, convening at a special meeting on Thursday, January 16, formed a committee tasked with establishing a new and more effective employee evaluation system for the Police Department.

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MONROE — Planning and Zoning Commissioners, meeting Thursday, January 16, closed two Public Hearings, continued a third and discussed possible new regulation amendments that will enable Panera Bread and other applicable Monroe businesses to display preview boards in drive-up window lanes.