Medical Director: Complications from flu caused death of New Canaan 10-year-old boy

[UPDATED 10:39 a.m JAN. 16] The cause of the death of the 10-year-old New Canaan fourth grader was flu complicated by pneumonia followed by sepsis, according to New Canaan Director of Health Dr. David Reed on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. Reed reported to the Advertiser information that he received from a New York State medical examiner. “It had nothing to do with hockey,” Reed said, responding to question about the boy’s participation in a hockey event trip to upstate New York. The boy, Nico Mallozzi, started feeling ill last Thursday, Jan. 11, Reed said, and he went to … Read more

Weston Board of Education budget meeting schedule

The Weston Board of Education is holding several meetings to discuss the upcoming 2018-19 school budget. Tuesday, Jan. 16 Budget presentation, 7 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Presentation of requested operating and capital budgets. Thursday, Jan. 18 Budget Question & Answer Session, 7 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Monday, Jan. 22 Budget Question & Answer session if needed, 6 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Wednesday, Jan. 24 Board of Education meeting, 6 p.m., Weston Middle School Library (televised). Approval and adoption of the budget.

Easton officials mull rise in special education students

The sprawling former Samuel Staples Elementary School building on Morehouse Road houses the Speech Academy, Easton Country Day School, Board of Education central office, Parks and Recreation and Senior Center. — Nancy Doniger archive photo

The number of elementary school children in Easton qualifying for special education services has risen in town, and education officials are pondering the reasons for the increase. Since the beginning of the school year, a half a dozen students have been identified with disabilities, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas McMorran. Some of those may have entered the school system from other towns with IEPs (Individual Education Programs) already in place. A total of 88 students at Samuel Staples Elementary School were identified in early December as having special education needs, up from 82 the previous month, officials said. “It’s … Read more

Easton’s Wingman program offers new outlook

Wingman program co-leaders Annie Mohr and Tim Sather will help launch an initiative that aims to enrich empathy at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton. — Susan Hunter photo

Students at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton are about to launch a program that aims to enrich the school climate by enhancing the atmosphere of empathy and inclusion. The Wingman program was launched in conjunction with the Connecticut Association of Schools as part of Dylan’s Wings of Change, an organization founded by the parents of Dylan Hockley, a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. Dylan was a child with autism, and Nicole and Ian Hockley started Dylan’s Wings of Change in memory of him as a way of helping children with autism. The Wingman program moves in a … Read more

Quinnipiac University students visit Probate Court

Quinnipiac University Probate Law Journal students visit the Trumbull Probate Court.

The Trumbull Probate Court recently hosted the members of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Probate Journal during a day of hearings held in the courtroom at Trumbull Town Hall. T.R. Rowe is judge of the District of Trumbull Probate Court, which includes the towns of Easton, Monroe and Trumbull. He wanted to build on the success of last year’s visit and has made the day an annual tradition. It is an opportunity for Probate Law Journal members to gain real-life experience of the legal issues they typically deal with only in a law school setting. The members reached out … Read more

Weston sports scene busy in 2017

The year 2017 brought a number of championships as well as other notable achievements in Weston at all different levels. Continuing its dominance of the South-West Conference, the Weston High girls indoor track team captured its fifth straight league championship. The Trojans also won their 11th conference crown in the last 12 years. The Weston boys indoor track team also had a strong finish, tying Immaculate for first for the team title. Defeating New Milford 30-8, the Weston seventh grade girls basketball team won the Fairfield County Basketball League championships. The fifth grade girls team won the league’s Group C … Read more

Six new teachers at RES share their insights

Six new teachers have joined the Redding Elementary School staff this year. Erica Ambrogio and Michaila Emonds teach first grade, Nicole Eckardt teaches third grade, Leigh Anna Kamin and Jennifer Marandola teach fourth grade, and Sarah Peronace is a media specialist. Erica Ambrogio I live in Greenwich with my family. I have a younger brother and older sister. When I’m not teaching, my interests include playing — coaching — and watching sports. I love being outdoors and spend a lot of my free time being as active as possible. I graduated from UConn with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a … Read more

Superintendent proposes ‘starting point’ school budget increase of $1.8 million

In the earliest stages of budget deliberation, where “everything can change,” school superintendent Thomas McMorran announced a starting point budget increase for the 2018-19 school year for grades K to 8, of $1,862,334. This is an increase from the 2017-2018 school year budget —which was $20,752,623 — of 8.97%, to total $22,614,957. At Redding’s Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2, McMorran said, “We are at the beginning of a deliberative two month process of determining the appropriate budgeting request for the 2018-2019 school year.” At the meeting, McMorran referred to a starting point budget as a “point of … Read more

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