Expert offers fiction writing workshop in Redding

Upcoming events at the Mark Twain Library include a talk by Cracked, Not Broken author Kevin Hines and a Smal Business Circle Open House.

For seven hours on Saturday, March 3, a group of people at Redding’s Mark Twain Library will learn everything that goes into writing a fiction novel. Fiction author Susan Breen will teach a free, one-day writing workshop, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program is open to writers of any level, and writing material will be provided. “The workshop is a way to jump-start people into writing,” said Breen, of Irvington, N.Y. Breen teaches fiction and novel writing at Gotham Writers Workshop in Manhattan, N.Y. She is the author of The Fiction Class and the Maggie Dove series of … Read more

‘The One and Only Ivan’ chosen for Redding’s One Book, One School event

The anticipation was heavy Thursday morning, Feb. 15, in the Redding Elementary School gym as about 500 children tried to guess the title of this year’s selection for the One Book, One School event. Rocky the Raccoon — Redding Elementary School’s mascot — was up on stage, doing a little dance with Principal Natalie Hammond, to build excitement about the book. “Wait for it, wait for it,” said fourth grade teacher Brian Dayton, before revealing the title: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. All at once, the crowd — made up of children in pre-K to fourth grade … Read more

Notable Neighbors: Redding, Easton, Weston

Fellowes makes Clemson dean’s list Miranda H. Fellowes of Weston was named to the dean’s list at Clemson University for the fall 2017 semester. Cusick, Hassett and Rogers named to President’s List at Clemson Allison Veronica Cusick of Easton and Natalie Rose Hassett and Julia Laine Rogers of Weston were named to the President’s List at Clemson University for achieving a 4.0 grade point average for the fall 2017 semester. Ledbetter makes dean’s list at Bucknell Jenna Ledbetter of Redding was named to the dean’s list at Bucknell University for the fall 2017 semester. Glatzel named to Seton Hall’s dean’s … Read more

Redding family thankful to Ridgefield police for helping them in snow

If you're headed out today, watch out for icy roads.

A Redding couple is very thankful to Ridgefield police for coming to their rescue during Saturday night’s snowstorm. Joe and Emily Hooke were headed home from having dinner in Ridgefield on Saturday night, Feb. 17, at about 8:15 p.m., when their car got stuck in the snow. They were at the point where Great Pond Road in Ridgefield and Picketts Ridge Road in Redding converge, according to Emily Hooke. “The snow had accumulated a lot faster than what we expected,” she said. “The road has a series of three hills. We got up the first one and the second one … Read more

Art classes, laser tag trip in Redding

Winter art classes Paint, Draw & More! Is holding winter session art classes with Redding Parks & Recreation. Drawing Mixed Media, March 1 through April 5, Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room. Thursdays, 3 to 4 p.m. for ages 5-8. Cartooning, at Community Center, March 1 through April 5, Community Center, Multi-Purpose Room. Thursdays, 4:10 to 5:10 p.m. for ages 8-13. To register, call Redding Parks & Recreation at 203-938-2551 or visit townofreddingct.org/. Laser/tag bowling trip Redding Park and Recreation is holding a laser tag/bowling bus trip on Friday, Feb. 16, for students in grades K-6. Cost is $60 with pizza lunch … Read more

Upcoming meetings for Redding, Easton, Weston

Redding Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Democratic Town Committee, Town Hall Hearing Room. Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Historic Review Committee, Old Town House. Monday, Feb. 19, town offices, transfer station, recycling, closed, Presidents Day. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4:30 p.m., Board of Assessment Appeals, Town Hall Hearing Room. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., Region 9 Facilities & Fields Committee, JBHS Career Center. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission, Old Town House. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Hall Hearing Room. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Region 9 Board of Education, JBHS Learning Commons. Wednesday, Feb. … Read more

CORRECTION: Cracked, Not Broken author to speak in Redding

Upcoming events at the Mark Twain Library include a talk by Cracked, Not Broken author Kevin Hines and a Smal Business Circle Open House.

There are two upcoming events in Redding — A talk by Kevin Hines, the author of Cracked, Not Broken, and the Small Business Circle’s third anniversary Open House. Cracked, not broken: Kevin Hines in his own words On Monday, Feb. 26, Joel Barlow High School, in partnership with the Mark Twain Library, the Redding League of Women Voters, the JBHS PTSA, the Redding PTAs, the Easton Redding Community Care Coalition, Silver Hill Hospital, and the Mountainside Treatment Center, will join forces on behalf of Mental Health Awareness to present Kevin Hines, a national spokesperson for suicide prevention. Hines is a … Read more

Redding Board of Education discusses $700,000 increase

The Redding Board of Education has discussed an increase in the 2018-19 budget of $700,000, or about 3.5%, over the current budget of $20.75 million, according to Chairman Melinda Irwin. “We have numerous items pushing the budget up,” Irwin said, adding that the largest one is special education, which alone amounts to an increase of 3.5% over the current year. Much smaller increases in the budget pertain to contractually obligated costs, she explained. They include an increase of about 2.5% in certified teachers’ salaries, a 1.75% increase in certified medical insurance, a 1.7% increase in transportation, and a 1.35% increase … Read more

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