Dunsby: Regionalize to save money? Okay, show me the numbers

Today, it is often stated that pushing municipalities to share services is critical to solving the state’s financial problems. I doubt that. First, municipalities have already regionalized services more than many realize. Second, while the term regionalization is hastily deployed, business plans showing the savings and who gets them are rarely seen. I suspect many of the ideas floated would not stand up to analysis. Municipal officials are under constant pressure to keep spending down. This leads them to look for savings everywhere, including sharing services with other towns. For example, Easton and Redding share a high school, school administration, … Read more

Hoppy days are here again at the Frog Frolic

The chirping spring peepers are a sign that it’s time to get ready for Mark Twain Library’s Children’s Country Fair — the Frog Frolic. The Frog Frolic is scheduled for Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road. Admission and parking are free. Tickets are available for purchase to play games, make crafts and ride giant inflatables. All proceeds from the Frolic go to support the Mark Twain Library. Library president Jen Wastrom said the Frolic’s heart and soul comes from Mark Twain’s short story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras … Read more

‘Speak Up’ in Redding on Wednesday

Do you have questions you would like to ask state and local officials? Now is your chance. The Redding League of Women Voters (RLWV) is holding its first annual “Speak Up” on Wednesday, April 25, at the Redding Community Center from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. “Speak Up” is an opportunity for dialogue between Redding residents and their elected and appointed officials. The league says citizen participation is vital to democracy and to keeping government transparent and effective. Panel at Speak Up:  Redding officials: First Selectman Julia Pemberton; Angelica Fontanez, Social Services; Kim Yonkers, Board of Finance; Health Officer Doug Hartline; … Read more

Easton to replace bridge over Mill River

The public heard details on replacing the northern South Park Avenue bridge over the Mill River at the April 9 Easton Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The new bridge, near Buck Hill Road and Marich Drive, will be almost 53 feet long and 35 feet wide and will include a sidewalk. It will have a slightly larger opening at river level than the current structure, improving water flow. “I’m happy you’re putting in the sidewalk,” P&Z member Ross Ogden said. The town now plans to build this bridge rather than the one farther south over the Mill River on the … Read more

Redding woman leads event to support domestic violence prevention

Family violence crosses all socioeconomic strata. “Even in affluent communities, domestic violence can occur,” said Redding resident Lisi Marcus, community liaison for the Association of Religious Communities (ARC). “Your neighbors, your co-workers or your friends may be victims.” In light of this, Marcus is helping to lead a new fund-raiser for ARC called Bark for Arc, whose purpose is to bring awareness to domestic violence. Bark for Arc will take place on the Danbury Green on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30. Those who are interested may also sign up on ARC’s Facebook page … Read more

Weston finance board approves police vehicles, reviews overtime

The Weston Board of Finance has authorized the purchase of two new patrol vehicles for the police department. The specially equipped Ford SUVs should cost $45,000 each, with the money coming from the department’s Special Duty Vehicle Fund. The fund gets money from an extra $18-an-hour charge paid by utility companies and private contractors when an officer on special duty has a patrol car. Special duty can include roadwork and tree cutting, with outside entities paying the department for an officer’s time as well. The police department has three marked patrol vehicles and additional vehicles used for school campus monitoring, … Read more

Volunteers create ‘Pollinator Pathway’ in Redding and Weston

While it’s wonderful to admire and enjoy the many species of wildlife in the area, Louise Washer — president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association — doesn’t want people to take this for granted. For that reason, Washer and other like-minded people who support the environment have been leading a forest preservation effort in Redding, Weston, Ridgefield, and other area towns, called Pollinator Pathways. Pollinator Pathways is a series of connected pesticide-free private and public properties that are made safe for birds and for bees, butterflies, and other insects. “People see a plant in their neighbor’s garden and then want … Read more

E. Coli Alert: CDC says throw out all chopped romaine lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning urging people who bought chopped romaine lettuce to throw it away immediately because it could make them sick. The CDC said Wednesday that a nationwide E. coli outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma, Ariz. So far, 53 people in 16 states have been sickened by the lettuce. Pennsylvania has reported 12 cases of E.coli from tainted lettuce, 10 have been reported in Idaho. There have also been cases reported in Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and … Read more

Shred paper this Saturday in Redding

Redding’s annual spring residential paper shredding day is set for Saturday, April 21, at the Recycling Center at 84 Hopewell Woods Road from 9 a.m. to noon. The shred day is open to all Redding residents — no businesses or in-home offices. Residents must have proof of residency. Residents can bring old papers, receipts, bank statements, tax returns, checks, paper medical records (no X-rays) and more. There is a limit of five file boxes or equivalent per shred day. Staples and paperclips are are allowed, but remove binder clips and file hangers. Residents should be prepared to wait up to … Read more

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