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HRRA Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event this weekend

Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority is hosting another Household Hazardous Waste drop-off event this weekend.  Anyone in an HRRA town can bring unwanted fuel, household cleaners, pool and lawn chemicals, paint and electronics to John Pettibone School in New Milford on Saturday, the 8th, from 9am to 2pm.  More details about items that can be brought to the drop off event, and those not being collected can be found on the HRRA website.


Flu, COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled in region

The state Department of Public Health mobile COVID-19 vaccination team will be in Weston and Roxbury today.  Yellow minivans will be at Weston Intermediate School from 3pm to 6pm for a walk up clinic for those 6 months and older, and at Roxbury Senior Center until 4pm for those 12 and older.  Booster doses, including pediatric boosters, will also be available at all clinics.

 

The City of Danbury Department of Health & Human Services is hosting a drive-thru flu vaccine clinic next weekend.  No appointment is needed for the clinic at Danbury High School on Saturday the 15th from 10am to 2pm.  There is no cost for the flu shot.  All insurances will be accepted.  COVID-19 Boosters will also be available.


Monroe Police officer promoted

Monroe Police Officer John McAulay has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  He has been with the department for over a decade and during that time has served as a firearms instructor, a K-9 Handler and an Operator, and Assistant Team Leader on the regional Southwest Regional Emergency Response Team.


Kent Streetscape Project more than halfway complete

The Kent Streetscape Project is more than halfway complete.  With the leaves starting to change and more people driving in the construction area, officials are reminding motorists to slow down.  First Selectman Jean Speck says increased pedestrian traffic and unfamiliar traffic patterns increase the potential for accidents. She says getting through town will continue to take a little longer and drivers should plan to sit in line while the flaggers are routing traffic. There is also increased traffic in the area of Bridge and Elizabeth Streets at Kent Center School drop-off and pick up times.


Region 12 hosts college reps for meetings with juniors, seniors

The Region 12 School District last month hosted 16 college and university admissions representatives for information session in the College and Career Center.  Juniors and Seniors engaged in the post-secondary planning process, learning about a variety of programs and asking questions directly to the representatives who review applications.  The Shepaug Valley High School counselors plan to host more info session with admissions representatives this month and next.  Students can view the schedule for college visits and register for the sessions through their school accounts. Once registered, all students should get a pass from guidance prior to the session and check in with their classroom teacher for approval.


FirstLight seeks to stop some annual reporting to FERC

FirstLight Connecticut Housatonic has filed a 2021 critical habitats management plan annual report with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and requested to discontinue future annual reporting requirements at the Housatonic River Hydroelectric Project Falls Village.  In the letter, FirstLight said changes to the annual report were discussed with stakeholders over the last two years, but FERC noted that the filing does not provide documentation of consultation with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service.  FERC asked that FirstLight consult with the agencies on the proposal, providing them a month to respond to the request and send the information to FERC.


Ribbon has been cut at Caraluzzi's new market in Danbury

The ribbon has been cut at Caraluzzi's new market in Danbury. Officials gathered at the Mill Plain Road location yesterday for the ceremony. Specific to the new Danbury location are features like traditional wood fired pizzas, expanded café offerings of soft serve ice cream, acai bowls, and smoothies to compliment gelato and a variety of specialty brewed coffees and teas.


DOT cancels planned closure of I-84 exit 11 ramps

The state Department of Transportation has cancelled a planned closure of the Interstate 84 Exit 11 ramps scheduled for later this month.  The closure of the on and off ramps was slated for the weekend of October 28th, having already been delayed from the 14th.  The DOT says the cancellation is due to a new construction sequence, details to be finalized this week.  This is part of a larger project to improve the ramps and the surrounding area.  Crews this week are paving at the intersection of Route 34 and Wasserman Way, and at the ramps.  They are also installing new curbs and sidewalks along Wasserman Way.


New Fairfield Fire Marshal's Office to mark Fire Prevention Week

The New Fairfield Fire Marshal's Office is marking Fire Prevention Week October 9-15.  Officials say having a home escape plan  critical in an emergency, with families sometimes having  as little as two minutes to escape the from the time a fire alarm sounds.  Children, older adults, and people with disabilities may need assistance to wake up and get out safely. Smoke alarms are required in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas, and on each level of the home.  Anyone who needs help setting up a home escape plan is encouraged to contact the New Fairfield Fire Marshal’s office at 203-312-5731.  The National Fire Protection Association has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week since 1922.  The national observance is the longest-running public health observance in the country. It's observed this particular week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8th 1871, killing more than 250 people, leaving 100,000 homeless, destroying more than 17,400 structures, and burning more than 2,000 acres of land.


Special Town Meeting scheduled in Redding on ARPA projects

A special town meeting is planned in Redding for residents to vote on American Rescue Plan Act project funding.  The Board of Selectmen previously approved the items to present to residents.  The ARPA allocations include $100,000 for improvements to the Redding Easton Boys and Girls Club, nearly $93,000 for pickleball courts, $200,000 for Mark Twain Library's proposed patio project, and $150,000 for improvements to Topstone Park.  The Special Town Meeting on October 20th is at 7pm at the Redding Community Center.
Other ARPA projects are:
--Georgetown Signs, $15,000
--Redding Grange, $45,000
--Heritage Center, $60,000
--ER9 LOTS Program, $83,000
--New Pond Farm Restoration of Wetlands Project, $200,000


Smash & grab robbery under investigation in Southbury

Southbury Police are investigating more smash and grab robberies from unoccupied vehicles.  Police were called to Church Road last Wednesday on a report of vehicle that had a window smashed overnight. The Connecticut Post reports that the vehicle had been rummaged through but nothing of value was taken.  There have been 4 other incidents since late August of windows being smashed in order for the suspects to gain entry and steal items left inside. Police say the cases do not have any evidence to show they are connected, but there is always the possibility there might be a chance they are  Anyone with information is asked to call the Southbury Police Department at 203-264-5912.


West Nile Virus detected in mosquitos trapped in Wilton

More mosquitoes in Connecticut have been identified as being infected with West Nile Virus, including in Wilton.  The State Mosquito Management Program is warning Connecticut residents about the increased risk of infection this season. Dr. Philip Armstrong of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station says they are continuing to see high numbers of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus especially in coastal Fairfield and New Haven counties and in the greater Hartford area.  August and September are the months when people are at greatest risk of West Nile virus infection, but people can take simple steps to prevent mosquito bites, such as using insect repellent and covering bare skin, especially during dusk and dawn when biting mosquitoes are most active.  So far, WNV has been detected in mosquitoes in Branford, Bridgeport, Cornwall, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Hartford, Ledyard, Meriden, Milford, New Canaan, New Haven, Newington, Norwalk, Stamford, Stratford, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Haven, Westport, Wilton, and Woodstock. 


Danbury woman sentenced for connection to fatal skate park dispute

A Danbury woman has been sentenced for her allegedly helping two people avoid police following a deadly fight at the skate park in 2020.  39-year old Shalina Tallman received a suspended  jail sentence plus three years probation when she was sentenced on Thursday in Danbury Superior Court.  Police said at the time of her arrest that Tallman knowingly rendered criminal assistance to two of the young men involved in the fatal stabbing of Willy Plasencia, including her 16-year old son.  Police said the fight stemmed from “an ongoing feud between rival Danbury groups.”  Tallman was originally charged with hindering prosecution, but pleaded guilty to five counts of interfering with an officer.


Danbury continuing negotiations for proposed Career Academy property

The leader for the planned Danbury Career Academy has been welcomed to the City.  Brent Dean serves as the director of academy partnerships and is the school district's liaison between local businesses and community-based organizations.  He worked for five years at the Academies of Nashville, the model of Danbury's Career Academy.   Superintendent Kevin Walston says Dean's experience and proven track record in ensuring collaborating with local businesses and maintaining long-range partnerships made him the ideal candidate for this position.  The Career Academy is expected to open in fall 2024.  The program will be introduced to freshmen beginning in next fall, with some of those students moving into the new school when it opens the following year at the former Cartus headquarters.  The Danbury City Council is being asked at their meeting later this week to allow Mayor Dean Esposito to continue extensive negotiations for the former Cartus property so it can be turned into the academy.


Firefighters respond to Bethel chimney fire

The Stony Hill Volunteer Fire Company and Bethel Fire & EMS responded to a chimney fire at a home this weekend. The resident started a fire in the fireplace without first cleaning or inspecting his chimney.  Severe creosote build up caused a significant fire inside the chimney. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to extinguish the stubborn blaze. The Bethel Fire Marshal is asking residents to brush up on home heating safety as cooler temperatures set in.


Carmel Fire Department issuing warning about Lithium-ion batterie

The Carmel Fire Department is issuing a warning about Lithium-ion batteries, which supply power to many kinds of devices including smart phones, laptops, scooters, e-bikes, smoke alarms, toys, Bluetooth headphones, and even cars.  Fire officials say with the increased use of this technology, there's been an increased number of fires related to these batteries.  The Department recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions for charging and storage, not to charge a device under a pillow, on the bed, or on a couch--and to use the manufacturer’s cord and power adapter made specifically for the device.


Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company reminding political candidates they don't make endorsements

Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company has been made aware of two interactions involving perceived endorsement of candidates for office, one via a flyer and one via speaking with a member of the fire company at a door to door campaign. It is the policy of the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company not to endorse any candidate for any political office.  The department also does not permit the use of their logos, apparatus or members to be featured in political advertisement.  The Brookfield Volunteer Fire Company has remained and will continue to remain neutral in the political environment as they need to work with all elected officials to provide the best service for the community.


MADD honors local law enforcement officers

A number of members of local law enforcement agencies have been honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, during the 36th Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony.  Ridgefield Police Officer Mike McKnight and Lt Shawn Murray were recognized for their continued efforts in keeping the roads safe. New Milford Police Officers Petersen and McIntyre were honored for their diligence in drunk driving enforcement. Newtown Police School Resource Office Matt Hayes received a certificate of recognition from MADD.  Southbury Police Officer Ezzo and Officer Brianna Critelli were selected as 2022 MADD Award Recipients.  Ezzo was also recognized as a recipient of this award 5 years in a row. 


New Milford looks to mark 250th anniversary of America's founding

New Milford Mayor Pete Bass has met with members of the Daughters of the American Revolution Roger Sherman Chapter to discuss events and projects the organization will be doing in the coming months and years honoring America's 250th anniversary in 2026. One project is the Revolutionary War Patriots plaque in honor of those who helped achieve American Independence.  The Plaque will be set at New Milford Town Hall.


Brookfield Police to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Brookfield Police Department is teaming up with The Center for Empowerment and Education, formerly the Women's Center of Greater Danbury, to stop the violence and bring awareness to the issue.  In an emergency, victims of Domestic Violence should call 911 immediately. Victims can also call the local 24 hour Hotline at 203-731-5206, the State 24 hour Hotline at 1-888-774-2900, the National 24 hour Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit www.thehotline.org.


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