Firefighters battle brush fire across from John Read in Redding

Tankers from five fire departments were called today to the scene of a small brush fire on Route 53, across from John Read Middle School. The fire, which took about 30 minutes to put out, occupied one-third of an acre, one-quarter of a mile from the entrance to the hiking trail. The cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported. According to Redding Ridge Fire Department Deputy Chief Ron Van Oostendorp, at around 2:30 p.m., a passerby noticed smoke coming from the woods. Fire departments from Ridgefield, Bethel, Georgetown, West Redding and Redding Ridge all responded to the … Read more

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

Date change for Redding finance board meeting

The Redding Board of Finance regular monthly meeting for Monday, June 25 has been canceled. It has been re-scheduled as a Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at The Redding Community Center. The special agenda contains the following items: 1. To approve minutes of BOF Meetings held on April 23, 2018, May 8, 2018, May 17, 2018, June 5, 2013, and June 13, 2018 2. Public Comment 3. Tax Collector’s Report 4. Finance Director’s Report 5. Treasurer’s Report 6. Discussion of 2018-19 Budget and Draft Mill Rate Schedule 7. To set Mill Rate for 2018-19 Budget, if approved at referendum 8. … Read more

Town of Redding Legal Notice, Warning of Referendum

The Legal Voters in the Town of Redding, Connecticut, and those entitled to vote therein, are hereby warned and notified to vote on a referendum to be held at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding, Connecticut on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the following purpose: To consider and take action upon the recommendation of the Board of Finance to appropriate the sum of $49,226,160 as the annual budget for the Town of Redding for the fiscal year July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Absentee balloting for those persons unavailable to vote … Read more

Redding teens create interactive hiking page

Two Barlow teens have taken the expression “Take a hike” to heart. For their senior project for their wellness class, Joel Barlow High School students Ryan Costenbader and Dylan Kloiber created an Instagram called likes4hikes, which promotes the hiking trails in the Redding and Easton area. To date, the page has 85 followers. Likes4hikes can be found at instagram.com/likes4hikes. “We have so many good trails in Redding and Easton that we feel are underutilized,” Ryan said. Through the page, they “are trying to spread the word about them.” The way the page works is, first, the boys go on a … Read more

Redding Board of Finance approves proposed town budget

The Redding Board of Education taking $70,000 from its budgeted medical insurance contributions was one of the top items in contention at Wednesday night’s Board of Finance meeting. However, by a vote of 5-1, the Redding Board of Finance approved the revised proposed Board of Selectmen and Board of Education budgets. The new revised proposed operating annual budget for fiscal year July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, is $49,226,160. This amount, which is a 2.06% increase from the current year’s budget of $48,233,326, represents all three proposed revised budgets: Board of Selectmen, Board of Education, and Redding’s portion of … Read more

Upcoming meetings for Redding, Easton, Weston

Redding Thursday, June 14, 5 p.m., Long-Range Financial Planning Committee, Town Hall Conference Room. Monday, June 18, 7:30 p.m., Board of Selectmen, Town Hall Hearing Room. Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission, Old Town House. Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall Hearing Room. Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Water Pollution Control, Town Hall Hearing Room. Easton Tuesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Board of Education, Helen Keller Middle School. Wednesday, June 20, 7 to 9 p.m., Public meeting to discuss Master Plan of Development, Helen Keller Middle School Cafetorium. Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m., Energy Task … Read more

Notable Neighbors: Redding, Easton, Weston

Crumpton named to dean’s list at Lafayette College Ingrid Crumpton of Weston was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Lafayette College. Lee named to dean’s list at SUNY Geneseo Alice Lee of Redding was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at SUNY Geneseo. Walker named to dean’s list at DeSales University Joshua R. Walker of Redding was named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at DeSales University. Area students graduate from Bucknell University Chloe Shapiro and Jon Buddenhagen of Weston, and Paige Collins of Easton, graduated from Bucknell University. Conlin named … Read more

Concerts on the Green kicks off on June 17 in Redding

The Concerts on the Green series starts this Sunday, June 17 with Yippee Coyote. The series runs every Sunday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Redding Town Green and is funded by donations from residents and local businesses.   The Park and Recreation page on the town of Redding website, townofreddingct.org, has links to the performers’ websites. In case of inclement weather call the Park and Recreation cancellation number at 203-938-5036 Ext. 3. Concert series schedule: June 17: Yippee Coyote, sponsored by Redding Fire & EMS Company #1 (Co-sponsor RES PTA ). June 24: Bone Dry, sponsored by … Read more

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