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Bethel Library's sole fundraiser of the year coming up


The Bethel Public Library is holding its one and only fundraiser of the year soon.  It's the fifth year that the library has held the Wine Tasting and food fundraiser, but the first time it's at the library.  Board of Directors chairman Tia Murphy says in the past, they done a lot of smaller events to raise funds, but by pooling their efforts into one big fundraiser, they would be more successful.

 

The fundraiser on Tuesday September 16th is from 6-9 pm, at the Bethel Public Library.  Admission is $40 per person.

 

Murphy says they also want to say thank you to residents for their support in the newly-renovated space.  They want to reintroduce the newly renovated library into the general public.  A number of Bethel restaurants will also be serving food at the fundraiser.

 

All of the money raised is used for programs, new equipment and items to add to the library's collection.

 

Guests will receive a complimentary commemorative wine glass and the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, which includes three trips: a ski getaway at the Whistler BC Fairmont Chateau, NCAA Final Four Championships tickets, and U.S. Open Golf Tournament passes. All trips include airfare.  Reservations are required. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 203-794-8756 x6, or visit the Library website at www.bethellibrary.org.

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Full lifeguard force on duty at Squantz Pond this holiday weekend


The number of lifeguards at state park swimming areas will be significantly reduced over Labor Day weekend, but not at Squantz Pond state park in New Fairfield.  At this time of year, many lifeguards leave their positions to return to college, but Director Tom Tyler says they try to maintain coverage wherever possible.

 

At Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, where electronic highway signs direct people when Squantz Pond fills up, there will be no lifeguards at West Beach.  The East Beach swim area though will have lifeguards. 

 

After Labor Day, Monday, there will be no lifeguards on duty at any of Connecticut’s state park swimming areas.

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'The Prospector Theater' highlighting employment for adults with disabilities


The soon to be opened Prospector Theater in Ridgefield is a non-profit theater that's dedicated to providing job training and employment for adults with disabilities.  Ridgefield resident Valerie Jensen founded the Prospector, which is located on the site of the old Ridgefield Playhouse.  The idea came from her work leading SPHERE - Special People Housing Education Recreation and Employment - which helps people with disabilities. 

 

The Prospector currently has 10 full-time employees, with a goal of hiring about 60 people to work part-time jobs by the end of the first year at the theater’s concession stand, the restaurant, or working behind the scenes on the film projectors or sound systems.  The theater will also house a small production center that will train people with disabilities to produce, shoot and edit films.

 

“The answer to the unemployment epidemic among adults with disabilities is in our own backyard, on every Main Street in America,” Jensen said. “Employment opportunities are in our local movie theaters, restaurants, and shops. Small businesses are missing out on a huge resource that lies in the incredible talent pool of the 44 million talented Americans with disabilities, who are willing, competent, and able to work.”

 

“The Prospector represents the best of private investment in our community,” First Selectman Rudy Marconi said. “It’s a new movie theater built by a private family that will not only bring economic vitality to our downtown but also create a work environment for people with developmental disabilities. We're excited and extremely appreciative to the Jensen family for their investment in and caring for our community."

 

"Far too often, Americans with disabilities who have the ability and desire to work don’t have access to job training and employment opportunities,” 4th District Congressman Jim Himes said. “The Prospector Theater is a remarkable private investment that will create jobs and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in Ridgefield’s community. It’s also an economic asset for downtown Ridgefield that the entire community will be able to enjoy.”

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Brookfield Economic Development Commission launches new website


The Brookfield Economic Development Commission has launched a new website to feature information for local businesses.  The group's goal is to also have the site be a resource for businesses looking to move to the town. 

 

The website will include a Brookfield Business Directory. 

 

This comes as the Brookfield Board of Finance votes down a proposed tax incentive deferral program for a developer building in the Four Corners area.  The vote by the Board is not binding, just a recommendation back to the Board of Selectmen.  The incentive was proposed by First Selectman Bill Tinsley.

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Southbury police investigating phone scam


A possible telephone scam has been reported to Southbury Police.  A caller saying they are an associate of Microsoft  tells the victim that their computer is infected with a Trojan virus, and that they know this because automatic updates are being returned to Microsoft uninstalled. 

 

Police say the caller charges the victim's credit card $250 for the fix and gains remote access to the computer and all documents on it.  The scammer has represented themselves as WiseTuneUp, and when asked for a refund will not provide one.  Police say that's a conflict with their online policy of a 30-day money back guarantee for all orders. 

 

According to the Microsoft Safety and Security Centre, Microsoft and it's partners will never call to charge you for computer fixes.  The statement says there are some cases where Microsoft will work with internet providers and call to fix maleware infected computers.

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Civil suit filed in case of seized Redding horses


A civil suit has been filed by the state Department of Agriculture to officially seize custody of two horses taken from a Redding woman last month.  75-year old Lisa Lind-Larsen is fighting the custody suit in Hartford Superior Court. 

 

Two emaciated horses were seized in July from an unkempt barn and have been recuperating at a state facility in Niantic. 

 

The civil case continues September 4th.  Lind-Larsen will be back in Danbury Superior Court on September 17th to face the two animal cruelty charges.

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Cat found in car being towed had been dead for weeks


The decomposing cat found in a car being towed from a Danbury condo complex had been dead for one or two weeks before being discovered.  Animal control officers say they are still trying to determine whether the cat died before being placed in the car or after. 

 

A private tow truck company responded to a call from the Brookside Condo Complex on Padanaram Road Tuesday afternoon about a car in violation of their rules.  The tow truck operator spotted the animal and called police.  No other details about the cause of death were immediately released. 

 

There was no information provided about the vehicle's owner.

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54th annual Mark Twain Library book fair


The 54th annual Mark Twain Library book fair is being held this weekend.  The book fair continues through Labor Day, when area residents can pay $10 for a box to fill up. 

 

Book Fair organizers say there are some new features this year, including an After School Spree.  From 2pm to 4pm today, library staff will be in the Children's Room of the book fair to help kids select age appropriate books.  Kids buying books during that time will be treated to free ice cream. 

 

The book fair is being held once again at the Redding Community Center.  The Mark Twain Library Association was founded in 1908 by Redding resident Samuel Clemens--Mark Twain.

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Area vote machines part of election result audit


Voting precincts have been selected at random for an audit of the August 12th primary results.  10-percent of all polling precincts used in an election are subject to the state mandated audit.  They were selected at random by the Secretary of the State's office. 

 

Among the 68 that will go through hand recounts are the machines from the Stony Hill Fire House in Bethel, Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield and the Community Building in Southbury. 

 

Secretary Denise Merrill says Connecticut has the toughest elections audit laws in the country, officials don't just take the machines' word for it.  The audits must be completed by September 12th.

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Annual Newtown Road Race 5k, Kids Run to be held Saturday


Two road races are being held Saturday to benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services.  The 9th annual Newtown Road Race 5k is being sponsored by Nike.  The Newtown Prevention Council is sponsoring this year's Kids Run.  Both races will be held at Dickinson Park.

 

The first race kicks off at 8am.  Parts of Route 302 will be closed from 7am to 10am.

 

The race features individual awards the top female and male runners in each of the eight age brackets.

 

Newtown Youth and Family Services is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau.  They provide programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

 

Registration information can be found here.

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Attorney: Wilton aide inappropriately touched child


The attorney for a Wilton family says their child was inappropriately touched by a preschool aide who recently was charged for possession of child pornography.  33-year old Eric Von Kohorn worked as a paraprofessional at the Miller Driscoll School and resigned in June when district officials learned of the police investigation.  District officials said Von Kohorn passed state and federal background checks and had no criminal record when he was hired. 

 

At a meeting held Monday night, Superintendent Kevin Smith said the alleged misconduct took place at the former employee's home in Bridgeport.  According to a statement from Attorney Paul Slager physical evidence proved that the man inappropriately touched a preschooler while helping the child in the bathroom last January. 

 

Slager also says going into a bathroom with a child is against school policy.  He should have waited outside, but the attorney quoted a written report that the man admitted to help the child in the bathroom, while staying outside the stall.

 

Von Kohorn is free on bond for a court appearance Tuesday.

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Conn. bank teller in court for allegedly stealing from accounts


A Connecticut man has had his court case continued on allegations he withdrew money from a Monroe resident's bank account. 

 

Monroe police received a complaint last month from a town resident saying more than $23,000 in five transactions had been made without her permission from her People's Bank account.  The investigation led to 25-year old Robert Walker of Bridgeport, a teller at the People's Bank branch in a Trumbull Stop and Shop.  He was arrested August 18th by Monroe Police and released on $50,000 bond for arraignment yesterday. He faces charges of conspiracy to commit forgery and larceny, accessory to larceny, illegal trafficking of personal information and two counts of identity theft. 

 

His case was continued to October 1st.

 

The investigation revealed additional victims.  Police say Walker processed actual checks and looked at the balance to see if there was enough to make counterfeit withdrawals .  He recorded the account information and made fake checks that so-called "runners" would bring to his teller station at a later date to cash. 

 

People's Bank issued a statement saying they have spoken with all affected customers and reimbursed them for losses.  The bank went on to say this was isolated to a single teller, and that employee has been fired.

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Weston woman's child endangerment case continued


A Weston woman has had her court case on a felony risk of injury to a minor charge continued.

 

Police arrested 32-year-old Christina Failla of Weston early Sunday morning on allegations she left her 22-month-old child alone in a vehicle outside a Norwalk bar as she drank with friends.  She was released on a promise to appear in court Wednesday, where her case was continued to October 1st. 

 

A witness called police after finding the child sleeping alone in a locked sport-utility vehicle.  Police say Failla told officers she had only been gone a few minutes, but a witness said she had several alcoholic drinks at the bar.

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Driver siedeswipes tractor trailer, charged for DWI


A Danbury man involved in a car accident has been charged with drunk driving.

 

Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an accident on Route 22 in Patterson early Wednesday morning involving a car and a tractor trailer.  Police say 33-year old Hector Cruz-Diaz of Danbury sideswiped a tractor trailer around 3:45am. 

 

He was injured and transported to Putnam Hospital Center where he was treated and released.  Cruz was charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated.  He was held for arraignment. 

 

Cruz's passenger and the driver of the truck were uninjured in the accident.

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Lawmakers want to know if program delay 'politically motivated'


A number of questions are being raised about a delay in a state service for undocumented immigrants to after the election.  The General Assembly enacted legislation last year allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.  The website to apply for the license was supposed to launch in a few days, but won't be ready until December. 

 

Wilton Senator Toni Boucher says there was no explanation given. for why the site would not be ready for next week, and why a three month delay was necessary.  Boucher and others have written to the DMV Commissioner asking for all communication between her office and the governor’s administration, including the Office of Policy and Management, concerning this issue.

 

Advocates of the law say the idea was to make it easier to register cars and obtain insurance.

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More foot traffic across White Street as WCSU classes start


A number of orientation events have been held at Western Connecticut State University.  Today is the first day of classes for students.  Welcome Week continues through Labor Day weekend.  New students took part in a RecFest on the quad which included a rock wall, a water war and a dodgeball game in the gym.  They also learned about student organizations at Western through a Clubs Carnival. 

 

Coordinator of University Events Helen Bechard says the traditional Entering the Gates ceremony was once again held at the gates put up to celebrate the school's 100th anniversary in 2003.

 

A flag is passed off from the Alumni Board to a student who's been selected from the freshman class.  In order to connect them to the first ceremony of their academic career at Western, the flag is then displayed at Commencement.  In this case, it will be on the graduation stage in 2018.

 

There's expected to be a return of pedestrian activity across White Street as commuter students go back to school. Bechard says they are joining students who moved in on Monday.

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Long bus routes, school employees directing traffic


The start of the school year generally comes with some glitches.  Double parked parents, parents new to the drop off process and generally more cars on certain roads because of the student drop off, caused some interesting sights on Monday along Park Avenue in Danbury.  Superintendent Dr Sal Pascarella says the principal, janitor, and others were outside helping to direct traffic.

 

Pascarella says the line of cars dropping off students was backing up onto the main road.  The next day, it was a complete 180 with everything running much smoother.  Each fall, drivers have gotten used to not having school traffic on the roads with them.

 

8,000 to 9,000 students are transported to and from school on a fleet of some 90 buses in Danbury.  On Monday, some parents expressed frustration that their children had a one hour, one way ride.  The students were part of the redistricting done at the end of last school year.  The former Mill Ridge Elementary students are now attending Shelter Rock Elementary.

 

The first day or two, he says bus runs can be a bit erratic.  Every year the bus routes are reevaluated with the bus company to see if the stops can be moved to other routes.

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Dog found dead in car was actually a cat


Police reported that a dead dog was found in a car in Danbury yesterday , but police have now said it was actually a cat.

A Honda was illegally parked at the Brookside Condos in Danbury yesterday afternoon, as the car was being towed witnesses saw a dead animal in a carrying case in the back of the car.

While police first said the animal was a dog, it was in fact a cat, which was in stages of decomposing. The cat was taken to a veterinarian to decided how long the cat had been in the car.

Animal Control is investigating, but police will not release the name of the person who owns the car

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Ridgefield Selectmen approve land sale, reject vendor permit


The Ridgefield Board of Selectmen has denied a vendor permit for a mobile flower truck in town.  The application request led to a larger discussion of mobile vendors in Ridgefield.  According to minutes of the meeting, Selectmen called for a template to be worked out so the process can be more formal.  Permits are issued for one year, all of the ones granted in Ridgefield so far have been for food trucks such as ice cream, coffee and lunches. 

 

Seasonal permits were brought up that would be for just the summer.  Some members of the Board expressed concern with the effect on brick and mortar businesses.

 

A strip of land owned by Ridgefield has been approved for sale by the Board of Selectmen.  A special town meeting was held last week about the 1,316 square feet of land on Sunset Lane to be sold to resident Tom Salvestrini.  Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi gave background on the proposal, saying that Sunset Lane was originally further north, closer to the homes there now.  When the railroad pulled out, that left 15 feet of frontage. 

 

The issue had been brought up about putting in deed restrictions, but Selectmen Andy Bodner expressed concern that the property being discussed could be sold to enhance the properties already there.  It was said that under no condition would the property owners be allowed to subdivide.

 

The Town had the property surveyed, and the Assessor's evaluation put a price of $4.55 a square foot on the property.  The total was $5,987.80.  The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously for the sale. 

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Danbury, Ridgefield fires investigated


The Danbury Fire Department has responded to a house fire on Grove Street.  The home is near Osborne Street and witnesses say the flames appear to be coming out of the roof.  No other details are available at this time.

 

 

The cause of a June fire that ripped through and destroyed a house on Standish Drive has been ruled “undetermined". The Ridgefield Fire Department investigated the blaze, which started in the home’s garage on June 22, along with the state’s fire marshal office and specialists representing Chubb Specialty Insurance.  Fire Chief Kevin Tappe says there was an injury the blaze.  The home's owner was treated at Danbury Hospital for burns.  Tappe says despite the ruling, the case remains open.

 

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