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Bridgewater Memorial Day Services
5/28 at 8:20am
Volunteer Firehouse to the Town Green
 
Brookfield Memorial Day Parade
*** CANCELED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE ***
 
Danbury Memorial Day Ceremonies
5/28at 6:30 a.m.
Wreath laying Steps-off from St. Joseph's Church, will follow church services, followed by the parade
 
Easton Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 9:30am
Easton Firehouse on Center Road
 
Gaylordsville Village Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 8:00am
The Field (along Route 7)
 
Goshen Memorial Day Parade
5/27 at 2:00pm
Goshen Center School
 
Kent Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 9:30am
Main Street
 
Monroe Memorial Day Parade
5/27 at 2:00pm
Parade runs from Lower Elm Street and Route 111 to the New War Memorial located on the Town Hall Green
 
New Milford Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 10:00am
New Milford Library
 
Redding Memorial Day Parade
5/26 at 12 Noon
Redding Elementary School Auditorium
 
Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 11:00am
Steps off at from Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, goes up Main Street
 
Watertown Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 10:00am
Route 63 to the Oakville Green
 
Wilton Memorial Day Parade
5/28 at 10:30am
River Road to Old Ridgefield Road to Hillside Cemetery
 
Woodbury Memorial Day Parade
5/27 at 2:00pm
Woodbury Middle School, parade will follow Route 6 and end on Cannon Green.

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New York State Police Putnam County Sheriff deputies and Carmel Police are participating in a special enforcement effort this weekend to crack down on impaired driving.  The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts started yesterday and will end on Tuesday.  The departments say highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence of drunk and impaired driving. 

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A Newtown Police officer's name was added to the Connecticut Police Memorial this week.  Officer Steven Ketchum responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11 to assist in the recovery efforts.  He developed a fatal lung cancer after inhaling toxic dust at Ground Zero.  Ketchum died in March of 2016.  His name is now listed on the memorial for officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

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The Danbury High School expansion project, creating the Freshman Academy, is on schedule and on budget. 

 

The DHS 2020 project includes construction of a theater, two music classrooms, a new entrance way and an expansion of the existing cafeteria.  Most work is completed, except on the theater.  The Newstimes reports that installation of seats, stage equipment and other furnishing will be done this summer. 

 

All Danbury Public Schools will start after Labor Day for the upcoming school year.  The High School will have 5 new teaching positions, two new special ed teachers, a nurse and three new custodians.  If the $53.3 million project is done under budget, the balance will reportedly be put toward other campus improvements like resurfacing the outdoor track.

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Bethel school Superintendent Christine Carver has detailed construction plans for the Rockwell and Johnson renovation projects.  The school calendar calls for an August 29th start, with the last day scheduled for June 7th.  The following year will start the Tuesday after Labor Day, in order to maximize the time students are not in the buildings during construction. 

 

Carver told parents at the meeting Tuesday night that deliveries will be timed to avoid recess and drop-off times.  The loudest work will also be done after school hours, on weekends and school vacations.  When work is being done on the Johnson School gym, students will take phys ed in their classrooms, the cafeteria or outdoors.  Some Rockwell elementary students will be moved into portable classroom. 

 

The $65.8 million project is expected to take two years to complete.  

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The state Bond Commission is expected to approve money at their meeting next month for the Women's Center of Greater Danbury.  A nearly $1 million grant will be put toward renovations for upgrades and improvements to the Women's Center building.  The work includes a new roof and windows, masonry repairs and heating and cooling upgrades among other work.  The $991,056 allocation was requested by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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A tree fell on power lines in Brookfield Wednesday night and the lines started sparking and burning.  Brookfield Volunteer firefighters arrived at Merwin Brook Road and blocked the affected areas until Eversource arrived.  The tree was cleared form the primary lines and then the fire was extinguished.

 

(Photo: Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company)

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Members of the Danbury Fire Department received a request for assistance yesterday from the Emergency Operations Center in New Fairfield.  The Fire Department drone was needed to conduct a damage assessment mission by the New Fairfield Fire Marshal's Office.  The drone was used to take aerial imaging of neighborhoods sustaining damage in last week's storm.

 

(Photo: DFD)

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A report of gas odor at a Brookfield condo complex Wednesday night prompted a response from Brookfield volunteer firefighters.  Crews responded to an automatic alarm at Barnbeck condo complex on Candlewood Lake Road.  The building was evacuated until the source could be located.  Eversource, along with Brookfield police and firefighters searched floor by floor with gas meters.  No gas readings or smell was detected and no source found. 

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Woodbury Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the suspect who stole a car and broke into another vehicle.  State Police responded to a report of a purse found along a Woodbury roadway. 

 

Troopers determined that it was stolen from a car registered a Scuppo Road woman, who said cash and credit cards were missing.  One of the stolen cards was used at a store in Thomaston.  While officers were speaking with the victim, another call came in from a resident on the same road, reporting their vehicle was stolen.  A purse with a number of credit cards was in the vehicle at the time. 

 

The car was later located in Bristol. 

 

Anyone with information about the break-ins, stolen vehicle or suspect is asked to contact the Woodbury Resident State Trooper's Office at 203-263-3400 or Connecticut State Police Troop L-Litchfield at 860-626-7971. All calls will be kept confidential.

 

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The Danbury Housing Authority has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The nearly $ 817,000 must be used for capital improvements to various properties.  The work can including building, repair, renovations or modernization.  Some examples of how the funding could be used are to complete large-scale improvements like replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to plumbing and electrical systems. 

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A regional response team moved street by street through Brookfield checking for injured people after last Tuesday's macroburst.  They then spray painted the word "checked" or "searched" on the pavement at the end of each road.  Brookfield Police Chief Jay Purcell says the destruction was extensive and many homes sustained damage.   

 

Police released video of the storm hitting the department, knocking over trees.

 

 

Purcell says the community has been outstanding, coming together to help neighbors.  He also thanked people for their generosity toward police and fire with food and monetary donations.

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The New Fairfield Town Beach and Marina will be closed until further notice for repairs from storm damage.  New Fairfield Public Works employees will be at the marina on Saturday from 9am to 2pm to help boat owners remove vessels from damaged slips.  The town is looking for a contractor from outside the immediate area to repair damage to the marina. A New Fairfield official will hold special listening hours after Memorial Day for residents who have questions or comments about the storm and response.  Selectman Khris Hall will hold the listening hours on Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30 in the Selectman conference room in Town Hall.

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In an effort to streamline a process for Newtown residents whose property was devastated by the storm, municipal Departments created a one-sheet notice with answers to frequently asked questions.  There is information about the permit application from the building department, notes from the Health District about septic systems and wells, along with contact information for the Newtown Fire Marshal’s Office for questions about in ground oil tanks. 
 
Newtown officials asked for patience as each department will need time to review documents and sign off, but they say every effort will be made to review permits in a timely manner.  They are anticipating an overwhelming amount of applications.
 
Newtown will soon be applying for FEMA financial aid for storm damage sustained last week.  In order to substantiate the claims, town officials are asking residential and business property owners to submit pictures of damage to any structure, along with the address and a brief description of the extent of damage sustained. The information can be emailed to rob.sibley@newtown-ct.gov.  
 
The Transfer Station in Newtown will be open for extended hours Saturday from 7am to 6pm.

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A driver found slumped over the wheel of a running car had a Blood Alcohol Content more than twice the legal limit.  Putnam County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to the Brewster Mobile on Route 22 early last Saturday and saw a man passed out in the drivers seat of his car.  24-year old Dante Frazer had his foot on the brake.  A deputy tried several times to wake the Mahopac man, and was eventually able to rouse Frazer.  He failed field sobriety tests and was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.  Frazer was released without bail and is due in Southeast Justice Court on a future date.

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A grant has been awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Danbury-based FuelCell Energy.  The $1.5 million is for hydrogen production research and development, compatible with nuclear energy sources.  Connecticut's Congressional delegation says the grant is meant to help keep FuelCell on the forefront of innovation, while advancing an effort that supports Connecticut jobs and promote a cleaner, more energy-efficient future.  The research and development will be aimed at reducing the operating temperature of solid-oxide high-temperature electrolysis to levels more compatible with advanced nuclear energy heat sources.

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More than 120,000 pounds of food was collected last weekend during the U.S. Postal Service annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  That was about 17,000 pounds less than last year.  All of the food collected in the Greater Danbury area is being distributed to local food banks.

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The state General Assembly has approved a bill allowing the town of Wilton to delay for a year the revaluation, until October 1st.  This allows the town to defer the cost of the revaluation, estimated to be $54,000. It also defers any changes in assessments in Wilton as a result of revaluation. 
 
Wilton officials requested the bill to be introduced after the town's Assessor retired mid-revaluation.  It was determined that there was insufficient time for a new Assessor to accurately complete the revaluation within the statutory time requirements.  Wilton officials also expected a large number of appears, which also would not have likely been reviewed within the statutory time requirements.
 
The bill also validates certain votes taken at town meetings in the town of Monroe held last January and this February appropriating funds for various capital projects. 
 
The measure has no fiscal impact on the state.

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Ridgefield Police are seeking the public help in identifying a man who robbed a Subway restaurant at knifepoint earlier this month.  The man was caught on surveillance video May 20th at the shop across from the Branchville train station.  The suspect fled on foot with more than $ 300 cash.  No one was injured during the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call Ridgefield Police at 203-431-2794 or the anonymous tip line at 203-431-2345.

 

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New Fairfield town crews will be back canvasing neighborhoods today, documenting storm damage to homes and roads.  The employees are wearing bright colored New Fairfield vests and are using mobile devices to collect data and images.  This is being done to quality New Fairfield's public and private property for possible FEMA funding.
 
The Drop Off Center in New Fairfield will be open 4pm to 7 tonight and on Saturday from 8am to 3:45pm.  New Fairfield residents can dispose of brush, under 8-inches in diameter, free of charge.  The size of brush is limited by the size of the chipper.  New Fairfield officials say they are working on getting a larger machine, and may be able to accept bigger brush in the future. 
 
Contractors will be charged $10 for a pick-up truck of brush or $20 for a box truck.  Wood chips are free. 
 
Material should not be dumped on other town properties.  New Fairfield will pick up brush from curbsides, but a date has not yet been determined.

New Fairfield town crews will be back canvasing neighborhoods today, documenting storm damage to homes and roads.  The employees are wearing bright colored New Fairfield vests and are using mobile devices to collect data and images.  This is being done to quality New Fairfield's public and private property for possible FEMA funding.

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