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Newtown firefighters will be accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry on Saturday.  This annual event helps put food on the table for Thanksgiving for Food Pantry clients served by the nonecumenical organization located at 31 Pecks Lane.  Food items and financial donations will all be accepted, and delivered to the food pantry that afternoon.  Members of all five of Newtown's volunteer fire companies will be participating by taking collections outside Big Y on Queen Street and Stop & Shop on South Main Street tomorrow from 9am to 2pm.

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A Conquer the Forest Trail Run is being held tomorrow by a non-profit in New York.  Green Chimneys is a non-profit specializing in animal-assisted therapy and educational activities for children with special needs.  The first community trail run challenge will wind through Green Chimneys’ scenic Clearpool Campus in Carmel.  The 5-mile run will take place through open terrain and forest trails of various skill levels.  A 1-mile “fun run” for kids and families will also be held.  

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The Danbury Health and Human Services Department is hosting an informational session tonight about some rule changes. The new FDA food code means some changes for Danbury restaurants, caterers, school cafeterias, nursing homes and others. Tonight’s food regulation informational session is from 7 to 8pm at City Hall.


One change is that a Qualified Food Operator will now be known as a Certified Food Protection Manager. Hot and cold holding temperatures will be changing.  A new inspection form will be used to better align with the FDA Food Code.


Starting next July, restaurants cannot be issued a permit to operate a food establishment unless the applicant has registered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health in addition to the Danbury Department of Health. 


Another session will be held on December 6th.

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The state Department of Public Health is accepting public comment through Monday on the State Water Plan.  A presentation was made recently to the Western Connecticut Council of Governments about the State Water Plan. The Public Health’s Drinking Water Section was presented to the regional planning agency for cities and towns from Sherman down to Stamford.


The draft report found that while Connecticut leads the nation in protections of drinking water quality, the state lags in its water conservation ethic. It says the key to preserving the integrity of that quality is to have e an increased awareness among consumers about its value and vulnerability.  


The draft report found that climate change is likely to have a significant effect on potential flooding in Connecticut and could also result in drier summers in the next 25 years.

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The state Supreme Court will hear arguments today in the appeal of a decision to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit.  The suit was filed by some families of those killed at Sandy Hook School against the maker of the rifle used by the gunman.


A Superior Court judge dismissed the civil case last year. At issue were exceptions to a federal ban on most lawsuits against gun makers. The judge rejected the families' argument that the suit is allowed under the exceptions.


Lawyers for Remington have said the rifle was made, distributed and sold legally. The NRA and the Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation have filed briefs on behalf of Remington.


The Brady Center against Gun Violence and the state’s attorney generals office have filed briefs on behalf of the families. 


Only three sitting full-time justices and a senior justice will hear the case. 3 appellate court judges will join them. Chief Justice Chase Rogers is unavailable today and Gregory D’Auria has recused himself. Two recently retired judges haven’t been replaced yet.

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Brookfield residents have approved three revisions to the town's Charter.  Three questions were presented to voters during last week's municipal election. 


One change was to require a 10-day minimum waiting period from the date of the vacancy to the appointment of a replacement.  The change was made to allow all residents the time to be notified of the vacancy and put their name forward for consideration on the Board of Education, The Planning Commission and the Board of Finance.  The revision passed on a 2878-672 vote.


Another change was to increase the maximum amount for special appropriations under certain conditions from 10% or $20,000, whichever is greater, to 10% or $40,000, whichever is greater.  The new monetary level for special appropriations was recommended because of the growth in the town budget over the years.  That revision was approved on a 1881-1618 vote.


The last proposed change on the ballot was to clarify the powers and duties of the Board of Ethics, and voters overwhelmingly supported the amendments.  The language clarifies that the Board of Ethics will review alleged ethics violations in accordance with state statutes and the Charter. 


The role of the Board of Selectmen in reviewing recommendations from the Board of Ethics was clarified when acting as a temporary Board of Ethics to review complaints filed against Ethics Board members.  The role of the Town Attorney or the retention of special counsel in advising the Board of Ethics was also made more clear.  These changes were approved on a vote of 3158-421.

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After Danbury Police completed a raid on a Wildman Street property, they contacted the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team about the possibility of unsafe bedrooms in the attic.  UNIT found two bedrooms accessible only by a small steep staircase entered from a bathroom.  Inspectors on the top step found that there wasn't room to stand or even kneel without hitting the ceiling.  A whole home inspection, with the Fire Marshal, was scheduled for the next day. The homeowner was not aware of the additional use of attic space and locked access to that part of the house.

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In response to a complaint by a Danbury City Councilperson, the Unified Neighborhood Inspection Team started an investigation into an abandoned boat on a vacant city lot on Cross Street.  The large boat was dumped there by someone and UNIT officials say the cost of disposing it would have been left on the backs of taxpayers. 



But they recognized the vessel as having been previously stored in a commercial neighborhood.  Security camera footage was reviewed to trace the timeline of when the boat may have been moved and by whom because the owner of the boat was unknown and registration wasn't available.   


A truck was seen hauling it away, though the license plate was not identifiable, other parts of the vehicle were. 


The boat was removed.

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Aquarion Water Company is continuing maintenance on their infrastructure.  Water mains in Redding will be cleaned today. 


Aquarion cautioned that customers may notice some discoloration in their water because the process stirs up naturally occurring minerals that settle in water mains.  Aquarion recommends customers refrain from washing laundry if water is discolored.  Before using water again, customers should run their cold faucets until the water appears clear.  Several streets will be affected during the cleaning.


Church Street, Georgetown Road, Highland Avenue, Main Street, Meadow Ridge, Old Mill Road, Portland Avenue, Redding Road, Smith Street, Weston Road and Woods Way will be affected during the cleaning.

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Danbury will hold the City's annual Veterans Day Ceremony.  Mayor Mark Boughton says it's hosted by the Danbury Council of Veterans at the War Memorial.  It's the final day for the Danbury Museum and Historical Society exhibit focusing on Danbury's contributions at home and abroad during World War I.


The town of Kent is holding a Veterans Day Service today at the Kent Veterans Memorial.  The Monument is located at the intersection of Route 341 and Swift Lane.  The ceremony is at 11am.


Due to the predicted strong winds and cold temperatures the Monroe Veterans Day Ceremony today will be moved in doors.  The ceremony will be held at the Baptist Church across from the Stepney Green at 11am in the newly remodeled Chapel.


The New Fairfield Veterans Association will hold their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Green on Route 37 at 11am.  The anniversary of the signing of the armistice that took place at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, to end the war of all wars, will be marked.


VFW Post 308 in Newtown will also host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 am. Post 308 is on Tinkerfield Road, off Mile Hill South. The public is encouraged to attend the program honoring veterans of the American armed forces.


The Danbury Railway Museum will honor all past and present military personnel, and their families, with free Railyard Local train rides tomorrow.  The short train ride is in a 1920's passenger coach or a vintage caboose pulled by a vintage, first-generation diesel-electric locomotive and takes visitors through the historic rail yard and past over 60 vintage railroad cars and locomotives.

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Mental Health Connecticut is offering free Mental Health First Aid in New Milford.  The program offers tools and answers questions, like "what do I do" and "where can someone find help?". Training is being offered Sunday and on the 19th at New Milford Public Library.  The program helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.  Registration is required.

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Brookfield firefighters are reminding people to take some cold weather precautions and make sure a home furnace, fireplace, hot water heater and wood/pellet stove are serviced.  They recommend yearly service on any fuel burning appliance in order to prevent carbon monoxide discharge and fires.  Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless so if the CO alarm does go off, leave windows closed so the source of the leak can be located and then leave the house.

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During the Wilton Police handicapped parking campaign, officers are finding several instances of expired permits. The Department is reminding people that even Permanent Parking Permits require renewal.  The permit is valid for the same duration as a license or identification card, typically six years.

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An afterschool club at the Academy of International Studies in Danbury are raising $1,000 to help a school in Zambia, Africa.  The 38 4th and 5th graders in the Bridges of Peace & Hope Club at the Danbury magnet school are paying for playground equipment.  Gaga is a softer form of dodge ball that is played in an octagonal pit generally constructed from wood.  AIS has had a relationship with the African school for five years and has shared in pen pal letter writing and video exchanges. Past fundraisers have helped add two more grades to the school that now includes eighth and ninth graders.

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50 music teachers gathered at Broadview Middle School in Danbury on Tuesday during a professional development day to learn how to get students even more excited about music class. The day of instruction was part of a grant to bring Little Kids Rock into the Danbury schools. A few teachers from other districts were also invited to participate.  Over the past year, Little Kids Rock has trained and equipped six Danbury schools music teachers with $24,000 worth of guitars, keyboards, drums and technology, and recently provided an additional $80,000 worth of instruments.

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The family of a Brookfield woman killed in a hit-and-run crash Monday night is raising funds for her funeral.  The GoFundMe page for Linda Richardson says the 55-year old was was disabled, did not have a will and did not have funds for funeral arrangements.  The page surpassed its goal in two days.  Brookfield Police are still searching for the driver.

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During last night's Danbury City Council meeting, members spoke about the late Gregg Seabury, an at-large Councilman who died on Saturday.  He was 67.



Councilman Fred Visconti served 14 years on the legislative body with Seabury.  He says they were able to do a lot of good work and called Seabury a person who cared a great deal for the City of Danbury.


Council President Joe Cavo says he learned a tremendous amount from Seabury about providing public service and says he had a great spirit and will be sorely missed.


Council Minority Leader Tom Saadi said for him, the measure of Gregg Seabury was how devoted he was to his family and the pleasure he took in his grandchildren.  Saadi also said that Seabury was someone whose public service transcended party and politics to make good policy.


Councilman Joe Scozzafava noted that this is the time of year when Council members retire or leave because they've lost an election, but that this is the first time in his memory they've lost a person in this way. Scozzafava says he's heart broken.


Councilman Andrew Wetmore had Seabury as a teacher when he was a student at Danbury High School.  Wetmore says he probably wouldn't be a college graduate without Seabury.


Councilman Vinny DiGilio's wife had Seabury as a teacher.  DiGilio says he was honored to get to know Seabury over the last two years when they worked together in leadership and said what he missed most was not seeing his truck parked terribly out back of City Hall.


Councilman Phil Curran says Seabury was a popular teacher at Broadview Middle School, Rogers Park Middle School and Danbury High School.  He noted that Seabury worked with a lot ot troubled kids who were proud to tell him they made it because of him.

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The state will reimburse Brookfield for an emergency repair to the high school auditorium roof, which happened a few years ago.  The roof developed leaks during storms.  The state has a fund for these kinds of repairs, but Brookfield never received reimbursement.  First Selectman Steve Dunn and state Representative Steve Harding met with the Department of Administrative Services, which then agreed to the $300,000 reimbursement.  The funding was included in the recently approved state budget.

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Danbury is looking to reduce the flooding on West Street near the existing overhead railroad bridge.  The City has hired a consultant to prepare plans and submit the required permits.  The project will involve removing sediment from the channel and under the bridge.  Protecting the channel embankment from further deterioration will also be looked at.

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A Patterson family has donated two pure-bred German Shepherds to the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.  The Stilwells have also paid to have Lex and Kato flown from Holland, along with their obedience trainer.  The donation included money to train the dogs and their handlers in narcotics detection, tracking and patrol. 


In addition, the donation included funds for replacement of two unserviceable police vehicles with two new K-9 equipped vehicles and for the purchase of bullet-proof vests for the dogs.  The overall donation is estimated to be about $120,000. 


Lex is assigned to Deputy Sheriff Vincent Dalo and Kato’s partner is Deputy Sheriff Christopher Irwin. 


Ms. Stilwell told the Sheriff that she emigrated years ago from her native Poland to the United States and that she never takes the freedoms and the safety of this country for granted. She went on to say that her family was making the donation for the K-9 Unit because they wanted to give something back in gratitude for and in support of community safety.

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