On the prowl

A bobcat was recently spotted in Weston. — Alison Wachstein photo

Alison Wachstein spotted a bobcat near her home in Weston taking down a deer in the woods. Over the course of three days, the bobcat was seen guarding and eating its kill in rain and snow until turkey vultures and hawks came by to finish it off. One of the bobcat’s eyes was cloudy, most likely injured. Wachstein said in the 38 years her family has lived in Weston, she has spotted foxes and deer, but this was her first bobcat sighting.

Editorial: Don’t doubt teens

We’ve seen a lot of teenagers thrust into the national spotlight in the past few weeks. Some have dazzled audiences by winning medals in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, while others have commanded the attention of the nation by calling for stricter gun laws following the senseless tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 dead. Lately, teens have continually shown overwhelming strength, compassion, and drive. Not bad for a generation that is often accused of being self-obsessed and lazy. To start on a light note, American teens have repeatedly showcased athletic excellence during the … Read more

Letter: Ban on fracking waste will protect taxpayers

To the Editor: I am writing in response to the Feb. 5 article, “Weston selectmen vote to send fracking waste ban to counsel.” Selectman Stephen Grozinger suggested there “may be harm” in putting prohibitions in place against fracking waste from other states because it would cost money to have Weston’s town counsel review and consider the ordinance. However, this small investment would begin the process of protecting town taxpayers permanently from any future costs associated with remediation and/or restitution costs. All we have to do is look at our neighbor Greenwich, which had to close its high school athletic fields … Read more

Letter: Reinstate Doug Fuchs as Redding police chief

To the Editor: I just read a piece published in The Pilot which was written by one of Redding’s officers, Sgt. DeLuca, and I would like to comment. First, my views emanate from more than 30 years as a professor in the largest public criminal justice program in Connecticut and 25 years in Redding town government. Sgt. DeLuca makes some great points concerning the organization of the Redding Police Department. Indeed the department is, in my opinion, top notch. But of particular interest to me is the fact that while police staffing seems to have grown slightly to keep pace … Read more

Letter: Size of Redding police force should be reduced

To the Editor: Last Monday evening, when I presented a petition signed by almost 120 Reddingites to reduce the size of the police force, I presented an analysis that showed a jump from 12 officers plus a leader in 2001 to 16 officers plus a chief in 2012. What could the justification have been? Everything points to the Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill redevelopment, which, as we all know, didn’t occur. Meanwhile, we have, what is now a 17 officer police force, while New Fairfield, with a population 50% larger than Redding, has a 13 officer police force. When are … Read more

Large structure fire reported in Georgetown

West Redding firefighters are working to put out a large structure fire in Georgetown, according a report from the West Redding Fire Department.

West Redding firefighters are working to put out a large structure fire in Georgetown, according a report from the West Redding Fire Department. The fire, which was reported at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, is in a multi-family apartment complex at 56 Portland Ave., according to the report. One resident of the home, who had minor burns and smoke inhalation, was sent to Danbury Hospital, according to the report. No injuries have been reported as of this time. Members of all three Redding volunteer fire departments, plus members of Wilton, Weston, Bethel and Ridgefield fire departments, were called to … Read more

‘Leaving a Legacy’ discussion in Redding

The Redding Heritage Center will host a “Lunch ’n’ Learn” on Monday, Feb. 26, at noon in the Redding Community Center. The speaker, Ryan Ventura of First Light Home Care, will present a program called “Leaving a Legacy.” Ventura, a former youth minister, has ideas about how older adults can impart a lasting set of values and knowledge to younger people in their community. His informational program will offer strategies and inspiration for making a better life for residents. Register for this event by contacting the Heritage Center office at 203-938-9725. A suggested donation of $3 will go toward the … Read more

Broadway veteran brings acting classes to Weston

Broadway veteran Jodi Stevens of Weston, who was in the original Broadway casts of Jekyll and Hyde and Urban Cowboy: The Musical, is teaching master classes. The three-class spring series will be held at Emmanuel Church, 285 Lyons Plain Road, Weston,  on Mondays, March 5, April 2, and May 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. The classes are for experienced adolescents and adult performers and for those pursuing a professional career in musical theater. The fee is $100 per class or $250 for all three. A brief phone interview for assessment is required to register. To schedule a phone interview … Read more

About Town: Information

Freedom of Information (FOI) is a term of art. For those of us who are followers of what is going on at town hall and in Hartford, it means being able to know what government is doing. I always prefer to start at the bottom and work my way up when following such things. So what is most important for me is to know where local government is at. Thanks to living in Weston, where a favorite word is “transparency,” doing so is a piece of cake. Do you want to know what any board or commission is up to? … Read more

Redding forum on the budget process is March 6

The Redding Civic League has rescheduled an informational forum on this year’s town budget process for Tuesday, March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at First Church of Christ, 25 Cross Hwy, in Redding Featured guests are Redding First Selectman Julia Pemberton and Board of Finance Chair Dr. Kim Yonkers. All interested members of the public are invited to attend. The Redding Civic League is a relatively new group looking to promote a culture of cooperation in town. It includes Democrats, Republicans, the unaffiliated, couples, singles, seniors, and parents with and without children in the schools. If you are interested … Read more

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