Easton Democrats hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Wednesday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Easton Public Library in order to amend the bylaws of the DTC to establish alternate members and to define the make-up of the DTC executive committee.

Dirt & Debt has open call for artists in residency

Artists today are key actors in bringing vitality back to the land, taking back their towns, and staking an active claim in re-envisioning their communities’ future. Residency Unlimited invites applications from U.S.-based artists for Dirt & Debt, a three-month thematic residency, conceived and curated by Livia Alexander and Jane Philbrick, for artists whose medium is the built and/or natural world. Criteria of selection will include working at the community level in the global context. Dirt & Debt will take the form of a think-tank/street studio model of cross-discipline exchange and collaboration. Artists will work from RU’s headquarters in Brooklyn and … Read more

Easton, Redding moms and daughters work together for others

Mothers and daughter NCL members from Redding and Easton helped clean up a beach in Fairfield during the annual Save the Sound event. — Gwyn Blanton photo

Volunteering with the National Charity League has added a new dimension to the lives of local mothers and their daughters. “It helps with the mother-daughter relationship and gives us opportunities to do things together,” said Gwyn Blanton of Redding, whose daughter Lily is a freshman at Joel Barlow High School. “It’s a great way to do volunteer work.”          The National Charity League, or NCL, a philanthropic organization committed to community service, was founded in 1925 in Los Angeles and evolved into the nation’s first mother-daughter charity, according to its website. The Redding Area chapter of the NCL comprises more … Read more

Chris Coogan Quintet performs in Weston

The Chris Coogan Quintet will be performing at Music at the Barn on Sunday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston. The five-piece jazz band features Chris Coogan on vocals and keyboards, Rex Denton on trumpet, John Mobilio on base, Jim Royle on drums, and Jim Clark on saxophone. “We are thrilled to performing again at Music at the Barn,” said Coogan. “This unique venue is a fantastic way to enjoy music with family and friends in a beautiful, relaxed setting, and unwind before the next work week begins.” No reservations … Read more

Barlow graduates told to embrace ‘growth and change’

Joel Barlow High graduate Finn Navin urged his fellow students to embrace everything they experienced in high school, noting it’s all well-documented by social media in today’s world. “The past four years have been nothing but growth and change — both physically and mentally,” Finn said during his speech at the Barlow graduation ceremony on Sunday. “We have grown in ways we never would have anticipated at the beginning,” he said. Finn was one of 227 students to receive their diplomas in front of family and friends at the O’Neill Center on the Western Connecticut State University campus in Danbury. Graduate … Read more

Date change for Redding finance board meeting

The Redding Board of Finance regular monthly meeting for Monday, June 25 has been canceled. It has been re-scheduled as a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at The Redding Community Center. The special agenda contains the following items: 1. To approve minutes of BOF Meetings held on April 23, 2018, May 8, 2018, May 17, 2018, June 5, 2013, and June 13, 2018 2. Public Comment 3. Tax Collector’s Report 4. Finance Director’s Report 5. Treasurer’s Report 6. Discussion of 2018-19 Budget and Draft Mill Rate Schedule 7. To set Mill Rate for 2018-19 Budget, if approved at referendum 8. … Read more

Editorial: A new look at dads

In an early episode of the popular TV sitcom Modern Family, Jay Pritchett reacts to an off- screen question on what the key to being a great dad is. “Boy, that’s a tough one,” he says. Later, the intrusive camera, after getting humorous responses from other characters, turns back to the stumped patriarch whose success has been more in business than family life. “Still thinking,” he says. TV dads usually don’t have much of a clue. As a doofus, dazed or diffident, they make us smile and laugh. But real-life fathers know better. Fatherhood seems to actually bring on a … Read more

Letter: Easton selectmen usurped power of citizenry

To the Editor: The Easton Board of Selectmen usurped the Town Meeting by denying the public the right to take action on the proposed budget at the April 30 Town Meeting. Selectmen Dunsby, Lessler, and Colangelo unanimously voted to exclude the public’s right to lower the budget at its Annual Town Meeting and go directly go to a machine vote, through controlling the agenda/call of its Annual Town Meeting. While it is within the selectmen’s purview to set the agenda/call of the meeting, it is not within their purview to use their charge to prevent the public from adopting, lowering … Read more

Letter: Help make the dog park in Weston a reality

To the Editor: Over two years ago, the Weston Dog Park Committee proposed there be a dog park in our beautiful town. I’m so excited that the residents and town of Weston have chosen to move forward with this wonderful new addition to Weston. Thank you to all of our supporters — your votes and encouragements have made this possible. Now that the land use offices and the Board of Selectmen have approved the location, we are ready to raise the funds to get the park built. Weston Dog Park Inc. has committed to raising $85,000 to build the park, … Read more

About Town: Changes

How is Weston like Paris? I think there are quite a few similarities. One is that they are both beautiful places. Paris grew and developed over many centuries, though, while Weston initially grew for more like one century, starting in the 1700s, before shrinking in population rather dramatically, with the demise of industry. Yes, Weston once had industry, such as a mill and a toy factory. Fast forward to the end of World War II. Growth resumed as weekend residents built second homes here, and others who could not afford Westport settled in Weston. In the wilderness, defined here as … Read more

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