Redding-Easton student walkout was a ‘call for change’

Although he’s young, Redding resident Buster Whaley, — a sophomore at Joel Barlow High School — already has strong views on school safety and gun control. On Friday, April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine School shooting, Buster was one of about a dozen students from Barlow and John Read Middle School to walk out of school. These students — six from John Read and eight from Joel Barlow — walked out without the permission of the school, according to School Superintendent Tom McMorran. They were outside for about 15 minutes. In an email after the walkout took place, … Read more

CyberPatriots featuring Redding students win state title

The Immaculate High School CyberPatriots team placed first in the Connecticut Regional National Youth Cyber Defense Competition sponsored by the National Cyber Education Program. This is the third year in a row the team has won the state competition. The IHS team came in first in the platinum division before going on to win the state competition in February. The winning first-place team was composed of seniors Jack Brooks of Ridgefield, Ben Fletcher of Redding, Kevin McCoy of Danbury, and John Palladino of Danbury, and juniors Colby Bellone of Redding and William Wang of New Milford. CyberPatriots is part of … Read more

Redding enjoys Topstone frog walk

A frog walk was held in Redding at Topstone Park on Saturday, April 14. The walk was led by local naturalists. John McLeran, a professional nature educator and ecologist, played sound recordings to match photos of the frogs living there. “I’m delighted to help people learn more about the species in Redding,” McLeran said. Susan Robinson of the Connecticut Botanical Society helped children learn about pond ecology and the aquatic vegetation that is so important for amphibians. Lifelong Redding resident and nature educator Bill Hill of Warrup’s Farm joined Robinson to lead a show-and-tell session at lake edge, identifying fish … Read more

Letter: Come to the Charity Golf Outing in Redding

To the Editor: The Redding First Church of Christ, Congregational, has announced its annual Charity Golf Outing Fundraiser. The outing is Monday, June 18, at the beautiful Redding Country Club.  Members of the public are invited to enjoy this fun event while helping worthwhile charities. Some local charities benefiting from the event include Redding Shares the Warmth, Ability Beyond, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen in Danbury. It’s a great way to host clients at a fun event, invite friends from out of town to enjoy a day on a beautiful golf course with fantastic food and … Read more

Redding first selectman hosts coffees

Aiming to improve communication between elected officials and town residents, Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton will co-host two Coffee and Conversation events this month. She will be joined by finance board Chairman Dr. Kimberly Yonkers, Region 9 Chairman Mike D’Agostino and school board Chairman Dr. Melinda Irwin. “I had been hosting coffees the first Saturday of each month but over time attendance dwindled,” said Pemberton. “This is, I think, the right time to double down and jump-start this as a regular occasion again.” The first Coffee and Conversation will take place Saturday, April 21, from 10 to 11:30 at Redding … Read more

Redding Land trust holds trail dedication

The Redding Land Trust is holding a trail dedication and hike on Sunday, April 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Stephenson Preserve, 68 Putnam Park Road in Bethel. To attend the trail opening, park at the Putnam Memorial State Park parking lot at the intersection of routes 107 and 58. Redding Land Trust will drive hikers to the Stephenson Preserve from there.

Redding and Easton students walk out of school Friday morning

Joel Barlow High School

About a dozen students who walked out of Joel Barlow High School and John Read Middle School Friday, without permission, will face punishment. Six students walked out of John Read and eight students walked out of Joel Barlow for about 15 minutes, according to School Superintendent Tom McMorran and John Read Principal Diane Martin. “This was without the permission of the school, without coordination by the school, and without being condoned by the school,” McMorran said. “I communicated with the families and parents on Monday and indicated that students who infracted our rules would face reasonable consequences and that’s what … Read more

‘Speak Up’ in Redding on Wednesday

Do you have questions you would like to ask state and local officials? Now is your chance. The Redding League of Women Voters (RLWV) is holding its first annual “Speak Up” on Wednesday, April 25, at the Redding Community Center from 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. “Speak Up” is an opportunity for dialogue between Redding residents and their elected and appointed officials. The league says citizen participation is vital to democracy and to keeping government transparent and effective. Panel at Speak Up:  Redding officials: First Selectman Julia Pemberton; Angelica Fontanez, Social Services; Kim Yonkers, Board of Finance; Health Officer Doug Hartline; … Read more

Redding woman leads event to support domestic violence prevention

Lisi and Neil Marcus, along with their dogs, Otis and Winston, at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding. Lisi Marcus is helping to lead a new fund-raiser for ARC called Bark for Arc, whose purpose is to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Family violence crosses all socioeconomic strata. “Even in affluent communities, domestic violence can occur,” said Redding resident Lisi Marcus, community liaison for the Association of Religious Communities (ARC). “Your neighbors, your co-workers or your friends may be victims.” In light of this, Marcus is helping to lead a new fund-raiser for ARC called Bark for Arc, whose purpose is to bring awareness to domestic violence. Bark for Arc will take place on the Danbury Green on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at 9:30. Those who are interested may also sign up on ARC’s Facebook page … Read more

Volunteers create ‘Pollinator Pathway’ in Redding and Weston

While it’s wonderful to admire and enjoy the many species of wildlife in the area, Louise Washer — president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association — doesn’t want people to take this for granted. For that reason, Washer and other like-minded people who support the environment have been leading a forest preservation effort in Redding, Weston, Ridgefield, and other area towns, called Pollinator Pathways. Pollinator Pathways is a series of connected pesticide-free private and public properties that are made safe for birds and for bees, butterflies, and other insects. “People see a plant in their neighbor’s garden and then want … Read more

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