Redding family thankful to Ridgefield police for helping them in snow

If you're headed out today, watch out for icy roads.

A Redding couple is very thankful to Ridgefield police for coming to their rescue during Saturday night’s snowstorm. Joe and Emily Hooke were headed home from having dinner in Ridgefield on Saturday night, Feb. 17, at about 8:15 p.m., when their car got stuck in the snow. They were at the point where Great Pond Road in Ridgefield and Picketts Ridge Road in Redding converge, according to Emily Hooke. “The snow had accumulated a lot faster than what we expected,” she said. “The road has a series of three hills. We got up the first one and the second one … Read more

Editorial: Black History is American History

At a time when discussions of diversity and inclusion dominate America’s cultural sphere, we celebrate Black History Month. Not just to remember the triumphs of a select few or the country’s progress in civil rights over the last 60 years, but to acknowledge a historical narrative that is uniquely black and undoubtedly American. Harvard alumnus Dr. Carter G. Woodson is credited with originating Negro History Week in 1926, intentionally choosing the week between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln to focus on the study of African Americans. Woodson was just the second black man to earn a doctorate … Read more

About Town: Circus

The circus is coming to town. At least the political “circus” known as the Connecticut General Assembly. Opening Day has just occurred as this column is being written. Gov. Malloy gave his annual lecture to the House and Senate on “fairness” and on what a great state we live in. He called for ever more socially responsible programs, and outreach to those deemed “most in need.” Of course, “those most in need” is a relative matter, that is subject to differing opinions. One reason we have elections is to determine how needs and resources to pay for meeting them should … Read more

Letter: What’s next in Weston, a uranium ban?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: At first I thought our paper had jumped to April 1 when I read that a majority of Weston’s Board of Selectmen had recommended a town ban on fracking waste. Unfortunately, only Selectman Stephan Grozinger was sensible enough to point out (unsuccessfully) that fracking is banned in Connecticut, fracking waste is banned in Connecticut (most recently in May 2017), there is no oil or gas to drill in New England or Connecticut, and (minor point) there are no wastewater facilities in Weston. Luckily, the proposed ban will be subject to public hearing, which means that fracking, a … Read more

Letter: Mark Twain Library honors its staff

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: This week, appropriately in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, the Mark Twain Library is celebrating Staff Appreciation Week. Hosted by the board of trustees, it’s an opportunity for the users of our town treasure to thank the staff for their tireless work at making it as perfect as possible for the patrons. Please stop in and thank your librarian (there is a seven-day supply of chocolate kisses on the front desk for staff and patrons to share in the love). Three cheers to Library Director Beth Dominianni, Mary Hoskinson-Dean, children’s and teen librarian, Janet Ivaldi, adult services librarian, … Read more

Juried art show calls for artists

The Rowayton Arts Center, which features art by local Fairfield County artists, is holding an open call for its 2018 spring juried exhibition. There will be a $250 cash award for Best in Show. All media is eligible for this exhibition and the theme is open. There is a limit of two works per artist. Exhibit dates are March 4 through March 31. Opening reception is Sunday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. Chair is Andrea Letters, co-chair is Kathleen Weinstock, judge is Kimberly Henrikson. Receiving dates are Monday, Feb. 26, and Tuesday, Feb. 27. For more information about … Read more

Broadway Bound features Weston students

Cast members from WHS Company rehearse songs from South Pacific, their spring musical slated for March 23-25. — Matthew Figliola photo

Emmanuel Church in Weston is presenting its third annual Broadway Bound: A Tribute to WHS Company. This year’s event will feature the cast from Company’s spring musical, South Pacific, preceded by a short musical program by the faculty of Weston Music Center. The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 25, in the Emmanuel Church parish hall, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston, from 4 to 5:30. This is a family-friendly outing with door prizes and a bake sale. Admission is free and the community at large is invited to attend. Donations are welcome. The faculty of Weston Music Center will … Read more

WGTV Channel 79 broadcast schedule

WGTV Channel 79, Weston’s government access channel, has daily showings of recent Weston governmental and board meetings as well as community events. Current broadcast listing of local events on WGTV Channel 79: Board of Finance Jan. 24 meeting, 9 a.m. LWV Speak Up, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. CT DOT public meeting on Route 57 closing in 2020, noon Board of Selectmen Feb. 1 meeting, 2 p.m. Board of Selectmen Feb. 6 meeting, 3 p.m. Board of Selectmen Feb. 12 meeting, 6 p.m. Live broadcasts will pre-empt rebroadcasts. Channel 79 has started broadcasting and recording Board of Finance meetings in addition … Read more

Adam’s House hosts ‘Painting With a Purpose’

Adam’s House founder Allison Wysota of Weston invites the public to spend a relaxing evening “Painting With a Purpose” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 to 9 at Painting With a Twist at 1480 Post Road East in Westport.   The event is being held in preparation for Fairfield County Giving Day. Enjoy a glass of wine or two while painting. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased online at paintingwithatwist.com/studio/westport/event/1429122/. Adam’s House is a nonprofit grief support and education center in Shelton, offering no-cost programs to grieving families and children in Connecticut.

School chief presents ‘path’ to 3.5% increase

Samuel Staples Elementary School. — Nancy Doniger photo

Easton school officials are whittling away at a “point of departure” budget to reach a proposed 2018-19 budget with a 3.5% increase over the current $15.8 million plan. School Superintendent Dr. Thomas McMorran has presented the Easton school board with possible cuts to arrive at the 3.5% hike that represents a $554,327 increase and a $16.3 million overall school budget. “We’re showing you a path,” McMorran said, addressing board members at their Feb. 13 meeting. Officials emphasized their efforts at reaching a fiscally responsible budget went along with maintaining current class sizes. “Class size means everything,” said Easton resident Claire … Read more

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