Imagine World science fair in Redding features STEM projects

The Redding Elementary School PTA is sponsoring an interactive science and art fair called Imagine a World on Saturday, Jan. 27. This year, students are also encouraged to exhibit their own STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) projects at a revived STEM Fair. “In past years, there has been a science fair at RES that students and parents loved. We decided to bring it back and hold it in conjunction with Imagine a World, said Jim McDevitt, a member of the IAW committee and co-chair of STEM Fair. The deadline for STEM Fair registration is Jan. 22. The public is invited … Read more

Weston student earns top prize in GBYO Concerto Competition

Trumpeter and Weston High School senior Jane Paknia won the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra (GBYO) 2018 Concerto Competition. The finals of the competition were performed for the public recently at the Pequot Library in partnership with Music for Youth. GBYO’s most accomplished young musicians auditioned in November to advance to the final round and vie for the chance to perform as soloist with the Principal Orchestra at GBYO’s annual Spring Concert in May. Ten students auditioned, with six competing in the final round. Each musician played one movement of a concerto for the panel of judges. Judges this year included GBYO Music … Read more

Save the Children holds winter party in Weston

Save the Children’s Fairfield Leadership Council is holding a Winter White Party at Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 8 to 11 p.m.   The event features cocktails, small bites and dancing. Proceeds from the event and gifts will support Save the Children’s mission to give every last child a chance at a brighter future. To purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit SavetheChildren.org/WinterWhiteParty, email [email protected], or call 475-999-3219.

$1.8 million school budget increase proposed for Weston

Weston Schools Superintendent William McKersie is proposing an education operating budget of $51,705,609, an increase of $1,798,088, or 3.60% from the current fiscal year. McKersie made his presentation to the Board of Education at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16. He said the main reason for the increase is “addressing the financial shortfall in special education.” Approximately $1,616,329, or 90% of the proposed budget increase for the 2018-19 fiscal year is allocated to Special Education and Pupil Services. In the current year, he said, the Weston school district faces $1,402,564 in an out-of-district tuition deficit for Special Education. He … Read more

Easton may conduct survey to get resident input on master plan

The Easton Planning and Zoning Commission may organize a citizen survey to gauge public opinion on issues being addressed in the town’s new master plan. The P&Z is finalizing a draft of the new plan and will hold a public hearing to get feedback on it in the coming months, but could also use some type of survey to get the opinion of a wider group of residents. Member Ross Ogden brought up the survey idea, which has been discussed before by members, during the Jan. 17 P&Z meeting. The master plan — known as the Plan of Conservation and … Read more

Photographer Daryl Hawk presents Cuba program at Mark Twain Library

Explorer and author Daryl Hawk will present a program about his trip across Cuba at the Mark Twain Library in Redding.

International documentary photographer, Daryl Hawk, will present his latest photo documentary and lecture, Into the Heart of Cuba, at the Mark Twain Public Library at 439 Redding Road in West Redding at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. In April 2016 and then again in the spring of 2017, Hawk embarked on a 2,700-mile circumnavigation of the entire country of Cuba. Hawk was one of the first Americans to travel alone without any restrictions and with unlimited access to all areas. Riding in a 1953 Chevrolet for two weeks, he fell in love with this unique country within hours of … Read more

Norfield Grange hosts barn dance and chili dinner

The Norfield Grange in Weston is hosting its sixth Annual Barn Dance and Chili Dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20 starting at 7 p.m. The event will kick off with a pot of the Grange’s award-winning chili. This is a fun potluck event too and the Grange asks guests to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share with all. Also, bring a list of  ingredients in the dish. After dinner it will be time to throw on your dancing shoes, boots or sneakers and kick up your heels for the main event featuring acclaimed caller Billy Fischer whom will … Read more

Weston Schools Superintendent discusses goals, challenges

William McKersie

Weston’s school superintendent, Dr. William McKersie, is convinced that creating global citizens is the district’s highest priority. A global citizen is defined by the district as someone with “the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes to achieve their personal goals and contribute to society.” In September 2017, McKersie launched a web page outlining how achieving the ultimate vision of creating global citizens can be achieved. The page lists five “goals” that are designed to “cultivate empowered citizens of the global community.” The five goals are “academic excellence,” “digital learning,” “healthy learning environments,” “gauging district progress,” and “resources for learning.” “Global citizenship was … Read more

Police Log for Weston, Redding, Easton

Police log

DWI in Weston town center Weston police arrested Gunars Dreifuss, 63, of Orange for DWI on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:45 p.m. He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence. Officers were dispatched about a vehicle crossing the double yellow line on Georgetown Road as it was traveling toward Weston Town Center. They followed the vehicle into Weston Center and approached the car. According to the police report, officers noticed “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from the inside of the vehicle.” They noted that Dreifuss’s eyes were “glassy and bloodshot” and there was an empty … Read more

Area health officials react to sudden flu death

By Greg Reilly HAN Network In light of Sunday’s death of 10-year-old New Canaan boy Nico Mallozzi which has been traced to the flu, health officials in many towns are educating residents about this serious illness. Nico, who was a fourth grader at West School, left an ice hockey tournament because he was not feeling well, and died on his way home. The cause of the death was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, New Canaan Director of Health Dr. David Reed said Tuesday, relaying information he received from a New York State medical examiner. The boy started feeling … Read more

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