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.

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

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

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

Resident steps up role on agricultural commission

Lisa Cochran-Dougall was appointed as a full member of the Easton Agricultural Commission by the Board of Selectmen on June 1. She had been an alternate. Cochran-Dougall said she enjoys serving on the commission and now can make the commitment to be a full member. She praised the commission for “representing farmers on multiple levels. It can be a bridge between farmers and the town, and a place to disseminate information to and from farmers.” The agricultural commission is chaired by Jean Stetz-Puchalski. The town is somewhat unique for having such a commission in this part of the state. Easton … Read more

Petitions could force election for selectman’s seat

An Easton resident is collecting petition signatures in an attempt to require a special election to fill the selectman’s seat that opened up with the resignation of Republican Carolyn Colangelo. The Board of Selectmen (BOS) appointed Kristi Sogofsky, also a Republican, to the selectman’s position on June 1. However, state law allows anyone to collect the signatures of 5% of registered voters to force a special election to fill the seat after the appointment takes place. Ira M. Kaplan, a Democrat, hopes to gather the required 274 signatures. He has shared petitions — the forms have been approved by Town … Read more

Public meeting scheduled for Town Plan

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public meeting to get input from residents as part of updating the Plan of Conservation and Development for Easton. The public meeting is scheduled for: Wednesday, June 20, from 7-9 p.m.   Helen Keller Middle School cafeteria 360 Sport Hill Road The Commission is seeking feedback on the Draft Plan of Conservation and Development. The Draft Plan is available on the Town website at eastonct.gov. Following the public meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission will review the comments received and further refine the Draft Plan of Conservation and Development before considering it … Read more

Legislators, candidates discuss guns

A panel of local legislators and candidates answered questions about gun violence and what Connecticut has done, and could and should do when it comes to gun laws during a town hall-style meeting in Wilton High School’s Little Theater on June 9. The meeting was organized by Wilton High School junior and Connecticut Teens Against Gun Violence (CTTAGV) founder Isabella Segall, and moderated by Connecticut Against Gun Violence’s executive director, Jeremy Stein. Participating in the event were: Toni Boucher, Republican senator of the 26th State Senate District. Bob Duff, Democratic senator of the 25th State Senate District. Adam Dunsby, Republican … Read more

Alexandra Forte to wed Christopher Howell

Wayne Forte of Easton has announced the engagement of his daughter, Alexandra Forte of Virginia, to Christopher Howell of Maryland. The couple is planning a spring wedding in 2019 in Maryland, where they will reside. Alexandra Forte is a middle and high school educator. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College and a master’s from New York University, specializing in English education. Christopher Howell is a software engineer, and is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. The couple met while cycling with friends in Virginia. They enjoy racing, casual cycling, traveling and drinking craft beer.

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