[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
Will he win the second time around? Democrat Raghib Allie-Brennan is once again running against Republican incumbent Rep. William Duff in Connecticut’s 2nd General Assembly District. The district covers parts of Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Newtown. In 2016, Allie-Brennan lost to Duff by about 280 votes out of a total of about 11,750 votes — getting about 49% of the votes. “I felt this was impressive since this is a Republican district historically and it was a Republican year,” he said. A Bethel native Allie-Brennan, 26, said he has always liked the idea of local public service. “Your hometown is where … Read more
To the Editor: One of the things we love most about Redding is its natural beauty, and we hope Redding will be as beautiful in the future as it is now. The fracking waste ban ordinance that is being considered and voted on at the special town meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, is an important step in making sure it is. This fall, our FIRST Lego League robotics team, the Polymechs, did research into fracking and how it can potentially contaminate drinking water. We were surprised to learn that Connecticut has not banned fracking waste statewide, like Vermont has. But … Read more
To the Editor: This Friday, our Board of Selectmen will be holding a budget workshop where each town department will present to the board. I suggest the board ask the following questions of the department heads: What metrics do you use to measure your department’s efficacy? How does your department compare on these measures against other similarly situated municipalities? What innovations are you applying in your department to reduce costs? What innovations are similar departments in other municipalities putting in place that Redding should consider? What changes in policies or procedures can Redding’s elected officials make to reduce costs? Wolf … Read more
From the town of Redding: The highway crew is working and has treated the roads before the snow began. As a reminder, they do not plow continuously during a storm. They will make an estimated three full rounds of the town before the storm is done. That’s 10 big plows plus small contractors covering roughly 100 miles of roadway. Roads will be slippery even when plowed. Do not expect to see blacktop until 24 to 48 hours after the storm ends, assuming Redding gets some sun. With this storm, there will be winds and drifting of snow, making it appear … Read more
The Easton Public Works Department will accept discarded Christmas trees for recycling. Residents are asked to remove lights, decorations, plastic bags and all foreign materials from the trees. Under state law, the trees are considered yard waste and must be recycled like brush, grass clippings and leaves. Residents should deposit trees in the marked area by the sand pile at the public works yard at 15 Westport Road, near Route. 59.
The Board of Selectmen listened to a presentation on proposed changes to the town’s elderly tax relief program at its Dec. 21 meeting. Paul Lindoerfer, Tax Relief for the Elderly Committee chairman, said the program’s “performance” is reviewed every three years. He said a limited number of changes are being recommended to the program for people age 65 and older. “It seems to be working fine,” Lindoerfer said. The program includes both a tax credit that reduces a senior’s property tax obligations, and a less-used partial tax deferral that eventually is paid back to the town when a home is … Read more
Two residents urged the Board of Selectmen at its Dec. 21 meeting to look into whether Aquarion Water Co. land in town should be assessed at a higher rate. They said because Aquarion doesn’t file paperwork annually with the town assessor for the property to be classified as forestland, the company may not be eligible to receive the state-sanctioned lower assessment for undeveloped forestland. Resident A. Reynolds Gordon, an attorney, said the pertinent law doesn’t indicate that making one initial forestland application “takes you through, year after year after year.” Resident Scott Charmoy, also an attorney, said there’s “at least … Read more