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: 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

‘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

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

Redding Elementary School holds International Festival

From left, Redding Elementary School students Avery Baker, Alessandra Costello, Mila Baker, and Emma Ramirez are getting ready for the school’s International Festival on March 10.

The Redding Elementary School PTA is hosting its fifth annual International Festival. The event provides an opportunity for students and their families to “travel” the world by learning about, tasting and experiencing many different cultures.   “Each year is a little bit different because new families or volunteers share a country we haven’t seen at the festival before,” said Lisa Goldstein, one of the event organizers. “It’s always so fun to see the various costumes, try the different foods and watch the kids as they get excited to have their passports stamped.” Families from the Redding community will be presenting … Read more

Redding songwriter creates unusual sounds with his voice

Some songwriters create safe music they know will be popular with large audiences. Then there is Redding resident Derek Piotr, who writes songs that are off the beaten path. Piotr, 26, performs what is called experimental music, which he defines as “mostly about the search for truth but also about having an open attitude to new musical expressions and experiences,” he said. Many times in his songs, his voice is unrecognizable as a human voice. He uses it more as a musical instrument and works with electronic as well as acoustic sounds. “I try to find ways of combining styles … Read more

Eversource conducts infrared helicopter inspection over Redding

Eversource's blue and silver helicopter may be seen conducting aerial inspections over Redding and other parts of the state.

Eversource is currently conducting aerial inspections of high-voltage electrical equipment on rights of way throughout Connecticut, including Redding. The energy company said in a press release that this semiannual inspection is an important part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing reliable electric service. The work involves the use of a helicopter equipped with heat-sensing, infrared scanning technology which can detect potential equipment issues before they occur. The aerial inspections started this week and continue through Feb. 28. Weather permitting; flights will take place from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The helicopter used for the inspections is blue and silver with tail … Read more

Meeting schedule for Easton, Redding, Weston

Easton Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands, Town Hall Conference Room A. Redding Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 a.m., BOE Facilities Planning Committee (special meeting), JRMS Library Reading Room. Monday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., motivational speaker and mental health awareness advocate, JBHS auditorium. Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Zoning Commission, Town Hall Hearing Room. Weston Thursday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., Board of Selectmen (special meeting), Meeting Room. Thursday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m., Conservation Commission (dog park public hearing), Meeting Room. Friday, Feb. 23, 3 p.m., School facilities, high school walk-through, Weston High School. Monday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., Board … Read more

Property transfers for Easton, Redding, Weston

Property Transfers

The following is a list of property transfers for the month of January for Easton, Redding and Weston. Easton 39 Fairview Avenue, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to Kenneth L. McCoy, $405,100. 26 Elm Drive, Richard A. and Janie L. Muir to Richard J. Adams and Debrah Farentino, $668,000. 36 Rocky Ridge Road, Bank of America, et al., to 36 Rocky Ridge Road LLC, $320,000. 100 Ferndale Drive, Harold and Linda Shaw to Christopher Sznopek, $595,000. 48 Reilly Road, Eleanor M. Baldyga to Leann Skalkos, $1.00. 48 Reilly Road, Leann Skalkos to Barrett L. Christie and Loria Elliott, $550,000. … Read more

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