Toni Boucher: Tolls more complicated than public is led to believe

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) issued a press release today saying proponents gloss over the details when promoting tolls as the answer to Connecticut’s transportation funding issues “In their zeal to bring tolls to our state, legislators are not talking about the cost to plan for and build tolling gantries. They don’t talk about the fact that the federal government would have to approve any proposals before construction could start, and once that hurdle is crossed, that it will take years before the work is completed and the state sees one dime,” said Boucher, who serves as co-chair of the … Read more

Son of Hollywood legend to discuss his mother’s career

Frances Dee may well be the most beautiful, talented actress that you never heard of from Hollywood’s golden age. She was considered for the roles of both Scarlett and Melanie in “Gone With the Wind.”   During the 1930s, ’40s and into the ’50s, Dee had an active career, co-starring in dozens of movies with such stars as Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Joan Bennett, Maurice Chevalier, Leslie Howard, Irene Dunne, and Lionel Barrymore, to name a few. She also appeared opposite her husband of 57 years, Joel McCrea, in several classic films.  Late in life, James … Read more

Kennedy Center dedicates building to retiring CEO

For 39 years, Martin D. Schwartz’s presence has loomed over The Kennedy Center, as its first president and CEO. Now, with his retirement nearing, the Kennedy Center board is making sure his name remains connected with the center, as the agency’s Trumbull headquarters was named after him in a Monday morning ceremony attended by dozens of staff members, volunteers, clients, and elected officials from throughout the region. “All our board members felt it was fitting to commemorate Marty’s many achievements and dedicate the Reservoir Avenue headquarters in his honor,” said Kennedy Center board Chairman Michele Macauda of Monroe. “He has … 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

HAN Network’s cartoonist exhibits at library

HAN Network cartoonist Doug Smith.

The work of HAN Network’s editorial cartoonist, Doug Smith, will be on display at the Easton Public Library, 691 Morehouse Road, through Feb. 14. A reception will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. He will make a presentation at the library on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Smith hosts a weekly segment on HAN Network’s podcast Connecticut Pulse, called Drawing Conclusions.

Connecticut’s job decline continues

The November employment report signals a job crisis requiring bold economic reforms to jump start Connecticut’s stalled economy, an economist with the state’s largest business organization said last week. “We’ve lost 15,300 jobs since June,” Pete Gioia, an economist with The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA). Connecticut lost 3,500 jobs in November, according to the state Department of Labor, while the unemployment rate rose to 4.6%, the highest in the region. “It’s difficult to define the glass as half full when we see continued job losses like this,” Gioia said. After hitting a post-recession high in June, Connecticut’s year-over-year … Read more

Democratic Town Committee to hold caucus

The Easton Democratic Town Committee will hold a caucus on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the community room at the Easton Public Library. The purpose of the caucus is to select party-endorsed candidates for the town committee. Nominations will be accepted between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Voting, if necessary, will begin at 8 p.m. Residents interested in serving on the Easton Democratic Town Committee may attend the caucus or send an application with a proxy. Applications may be obtained by emailing Adam Halberg, [email protected] The primary date for the election of town committee members is March 6.

Local group wants Tesla in Connecticut

Some area residents, including Westonite Demetri Spantidos, have started a group hoping to bring Tesla to Connecticut. The Connecticut Tesla Owners Club is the brainchild of Spantidos, Fairfield resident Phil Levieff, and Westport resident Dawn Henry, each the owner of a Tesla automobile. The Tesla car company focuses on sustainable energy. It was founded in 2003 by a group of engineers who wanted to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric — that electric vehicles can be better, faster and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. In 2008, Tesla launched its Roadster electric vehicle followed by … Read more

Easton accepts Christmas trees for recycling

The decorated Christmas tree at Town Hall brightened the holidays but will be recycled soon along with residents' discarded trees. — Nancy Doniger photo

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.

Easton police log: Christmas decorations dumped at neighbor’s house, bat call

The Easton Police Department responded to 141 calls from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.   Criminal mischief A resident on Crossbow Lane arrived home on Dec. 26 after being away all weekend to find his neighbor’s Christmas decorations smashed at his front door. His property was not vandalized. The owner of the decorations was unaware of the missing items and had not heard or seen anything out of the ordinary, police said.   Bat in house A caller reported a bat in his house on Dec. 25 at about 5 p.m. He was advised to open a window and let … Read more

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