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Danbury Winter Festival Postponed To Sunday

Because of the weather forecast, the Danbury Winter Festival has been re-scheduled. It now will be held on Sunday from 1 to 7pm. The entertainment includes the Mad Hatters Chorus; Holiday Music by LC Entertainment; ERA Productions & Inneract Theater; and The Immaculate Inspire Choir & The St. Joseph School Singers. At 5pm Sunday, the mayor will light the lights. Then there will be a firetruck parade & Santa will arrive. There will then be opportunities for pictures with Santa. The entire event is free, and there will also be free hot chocolate and cookies.


Southbury Police Toy Drive Said To Be Successful This Year

The Southbury Police Department wants to thank everyone who contributed to make the toy drive so successful this year. They say your generous donations help continue the great tradition of the toy drive, and you help to make the holiday season a little brighter for many children on the gift list. Toys are being shipped directly to the police station, from which they then will be distributed. Southbury Police say they appreciate each and every person who contributed this year.


Still No Motive In Danbury Murder Suicide

As the investigation continues into that murder-suicide that took place in Danbury early this week, police on Thursday issued a statement in which they said they still have no clear motive for what caused the deaths of two people… a mother and a father to three young children. Danbury police arrived at the home on Clayton Road just after 3pm on Monday, where they found the bodies of 39 year old Korene Davis-Smith and her husband, 38 year old Preston Smith lying dead on the floor of a bedroom. Korene Davis-Smith died from gunshot wounds to the head, neck and torso, and her death was ruled a homicide. Preston Smith died from a single gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide. Police say there was no note left behind, and they still can’t find a motive.


Bridgewater Reassessments Now Complete

In Bridgewater, Vision Government Solutions… the contractor hired by the town to update property tax assessments… has completed their work, and the updated assessment notices have been mailed. By now, you should have received yours. If you still have not gotten it in the mail, or if you have any other questions, you need to contact Vision Government Solutions no later than Monday. For full details, visit the assessor’s website or stop in the Bridgewater Town Hall.


Connecticut State Police Put In A Lot Of Overtime

It seems employees of the Connecticut State Police put in a lot of extra hours. Auditors recently reported that for the years ending in 2020 and 2021, state police employees worked what those auditors called “excessive amounts of overtime.” So much overtime in fact, that the overwhelming majority of the 25 employee sample reviewed, 20 of them… 19 troopers and one dispatcher… earned more in overtime than they did in regular wages. The audit revealed that they each averaged $107,635 in annual salary and $170,788 in overtime.” Some reported working more than 13 hours a day for as many as 14 consecutive days. Some now say the excessive overtime poses a threat to day-to-day state police operations and safety.


Ridgefield Man’s Death In Florida Results In Arrest Of Man From Alabama

An arrest has been made after a local man died from a drug overdose at a bachelor party that was held in Florida. 26 year old John Nabors of Alabama has been charged with distributing a controlled substance causing death in connection with the fatal overdose of 26 year old Thomas Gleason of Ridgefield. The Walton County, Florida Sheriff’s Office says it happened last May in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, where deputies arrived to find three men stricken. They were all taken to the hospital, where Gleason later died of what was determined to be a lethal dose of fentanyl.


More Details Now Released In Danbury Murder Suicide

We have an update now on that Danbury murder/suicide… According to the state medical examiner’s office, Korene Davis-Smith, died from gunshot wounds to the head, neck and torso. Preston Smith died from a single gunshot wound to the head. His death has now been ruled a suicide. Their bodies were discovered Monday afternoon by Danbury Police who had been called to a Clayton Road home by family members for a wellness check. The Smiths had three children ranging in age from 9 to 13. Those children were not home when it happened and they are now being cared for by family members.


State Treasurer Accepts New Job In January

Apollo Global Management, an asset management firm based in New York City, announced that it has hired State Treasurer Shawn T. Wooden as a partner and chief public pension strategist for the company’s institutional client and product solutions group. The 52 year old Wooden will begin in the newly created role following his retirement as the 83rd state treasurer in January 2023. Wooden says he decided to step away from politics as he has one son in college and another one coming along fast behind. Wooden will continue to live in Connecticut after leaving his state office. He will be based at Apollo’s Greenwich location. Wooden spent 21 years as an investment attorney before being elected state treasurer in 2019.


Brookfield Zoning Issue

In Brookfield, the Zoning Commission has ordered that something needs to be done in a case where they claim a resident has improperly dumped fill and performed grading work on his property without obtaining necessary approvals from town officials, for years. Scott McGovern is the owner of a property on Greenknoll Drive. He is accused of violating zoning regulations limiting the amount of fill used for grading purposes to no more than 100 cubic yards within one year, building a second driveway without approval, and other violations. McGovern appeared at the Zoning Commission meeting, saying he’s not trying to cause trouble, he just wanted to make his backyard more usable.


New Rules In New Milford

A fire back in July that broke out on the roof of New Milford High School, has prompted the New Milford Town Council to unanimously approve a hot work ordinance during their meeting earlier this week, aimed at ensuring better for commercial projects. The new rules mean any commercial project involving sparks, flames or heat will need to track hazards and safeguards to ensure a fire like that won’t start again. The school fire caused major damage and sent six firefighters to the hospital.


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