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A $300,000 shortfall in the Brookfield pension fund will be repaid over three years.  The Newstimes reports that the town will continued equal payments over the next three years to erase the shortfall.  $1.2 million was contributed to the pension fund last budget year, but it should have been $1.5 million. 


The discrepancy was discovered in 2013 by then-First Selectman Bill Tinsley.  The $300,000 covered retirement benefits to volunteer firefighters over several years, but that money shouldn't have been paid from the pension fund. 


The published report says repaying the money over three years will constrain future budgets because state law caps spending growth at 2.5-percent of the annual operating budget.

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A home invasion in Woodbury is under investigation.  State Police Troopers responded to Good Hill Road around 1:30 yesterday afternoon.  A 13-year old girl said that a white man entered her house through a back door while she was home.  The man then left after asking the girl who lived there.  Investigators searched the house to make sure the suspect was not still inside.  The man was last seen running away from the home along Route 371.  The white male was described as having dark hair and facial hair.  The juvenile believed the suspect to be 20 to 40 years old.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Woodbury Resident State Trooper's Office at 203-263-3400.

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The Connecticut State Library Board has approved a grant of more than 24-thousand dollars to the Easton Public Library for a high-speed fiber connection to the Connecticut Education Network.  The Connecticut Education Network was established in 2000 with a mission to deliver reliable, high-speed Internet access, data transport and value added services throughout Connecticut at equitable rates.  The Easton Public Library is one of the first libraries in the state to receive such a grant.  Bethel also was recently awarded such a grant.  The connection is expected to be completed just after the New Year.

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A political newcomer is looking to unseat a two term incumbent in Danbury's 109th State House District. 


Democrat David Arconti Jr. says there are a lot of things that he's been able to accomplish for Danbury. One was a project he took on at the request of Mayor Mark Boughton. That was increasing the reimbursement for the Danbury High School expansion project. Usually schools construction projects are guaranteed a 62% reimbursement rate. Arconti says Danbury schools are underfunded in the Education Cost Sharing formula and a growing district, so he was able to make the case for 80% reimbursement.

Arconti says he's been able to increase municipal aid funding to the City in his two terms. He wants to continue that work in a third term. He says education funding will be one of the top three issues the legislature needs to work on in the coming session. He says parents, teachers and other want change to how Danbury is funded by the state. He says the problem has been that legislators don't want funding decreases and that has led to a lot of other towns being overfunded, even though their enrollment is decreasing.


Republican Veasna Roeun has spent most of his life in Danbury. His family came to America in 1983 as a war refugee from Cambodia. He served in the United States Army National Guard and was deployed to conduct peace-keeping missions in the Balkans and then for combat operations in Afghanistan. He went on to earn a degree in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University.

Roeun then worked for the state Department of Labor. He promoted the Governor's Advanced Manufacturing Initiative by helping to create the Southwest Manufacturing Consortium and Greater Danbury Manufacturing Working Group. Roeun also served on the Military Occupation and Licensing Legislative Task Force. The group worked to pass a bill making it easier for returning veterans to obtain licenses and certificates needed to advance their careers.


When it comes to education, Roeun says there's a classroom shortage at Shelter Rock Elementary School that he would like to see remedied. He says the problem is two parts: students who live practically across the street are bused to another school in the City or they have to have classes in "pods", temporary mobile classrooms.


Arconti says it was a local decision not to expand the physical building, but to go with the portable classrooms. He says he did help secure the state funding needed for the City project.

Rouen worked with Henry Abbott Technical High School while he was with the state Department of Labor, and would like to see more funding for that school so more people can take advantage of that resource. He wants to foster a good environment to increase manufacturing jobs.


While there were significant budget cuts last year, but Arconti says Connecticut can't cut its way back to prosperity. He wants to grow the bioscience in the state to bring in good quality, high paying jobs. He says an educated workforce is needed for these high tech manufacturing and STEM jobs. In order to bolster those industries, Arconti touted the Entrepreneurship Learner's Permit. He says that allows new businesses to be reimbursed for fees associated with state filing, permitting and licensing. Arconti says that should help knock down one barrier the business community has told lawmakers about.


Roeun says the state is putting band aids on the economy, and those aren't the solutions needed in this economic climate. He says there's a lot of wasted spending in Hartford. He says cuts to services for people with special needs or mental health problems need to be reversed. Roeun agrees with some of the gun safety measures passed in 2013, but disagrees with other portions. He says the mental health side of gun control needs to be addressed.

Roeun says the state doesn't have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. He was critical of retroactive tax hikes placed on businesses. He called for a hiring freeze, and to take back some administrative raises that were issued in the last few years.


Arconti opposes border tolls. He called the idea an unfair fee on Danbury area residents. He notes that on a per capita basis, Danbury already contributes among the most tax dollars to the state. He supports a Transportation Funding Lockbox. He says transit orient development is a key policy idea that needs to be explored. Arconti says young people want to live near restaurants, stores and jobs that are easily walked to or easily reached by mass transit. He worked last year to make sure Danbury was included on a list of cities to receive grant money to spur residential and commercial growth near a transit hub. Danbury received a $225,000 grant, which he says that was great for CityCenter.


Transportation is a top priority that Roeun is hearing from people. He was critical of the New Britain to Hartford Busway. He would have preferred to see that money used to expand Interstate 84 from the state line all the way out to Waterbury. He says the Special Transportation Fund shouldn't be used to pay pensions and other bills. He is opposed to a proposed mileage tax and opposed to tolls. He called it a waste of taxpayer money to study a mileage tax if no one intends to implement it.


In 2014, the delegation from the five towns that surround Candlewood Lake were able to work on an invasive species grant program. The Lake is being stocked with sterile carp to eat milfoil. He wants to tackle the blue-green algae issue as well. Over the summer, municipal officials and the Candlewood Lake Authority told state lawmakers that if the blue-green algae bloom was bad this year, it could lead to a month long closure of the whole lake. He says that would be detrimental to the area. A program currently in existence, the Community Investment Act, provides funding for openspace and farmland preservation. He wants to explore if a revenue stream from that program to various lake authorities to help them get more resources to fight invasive species and algae blooms.


Roeun wants to make Connecticut a place where people can live, work and then retire. He called it shameful that the state taxes social security and inheritance.

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The Danbury Parking Authority could soon be writing fewer tickets for people who've let their meter expire.  Danbury has launched a program that will allow drivers to use their mobile phones to pay for parking at 400 on-street spaces throughout the city. Customers can pay for parking with their cell phone using Parkmobile’s mobile app for the iPhone, Android, and Windows smartphones.


Mayor Mark Boughton says this is an innovative service that will enable residents to experience downtown Danbury in a more convenient and accessible way.  He says the partnership with Parkmobile is helping to bring Danbury into the 21st century as a city of the future.



Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

To use the new Parkmobile system, customers register free at Once registered, they can use a mobile app, internet, or call toll free to pay for parking.  Enforcement officers will be able to see that a motorist has paid with Parkmobile using a wireless handheld device.  Mobile app users may also choose to receive alerts and reminders 15 minutes prior to expiration of their parking session.  Up to five license plates can be associated with each user profile. 


Time limits on meters still apply and the app will not allow users to purchase more time than allotted by the meters.

Parkmobile, LLC is the leading provider for on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility related services. The Parkmobile network spans across more than 2,000 locations. Parkmobile serves over 20 airports as well as provides reserved parking solutions for private operators, the Super Bowl, the College Football Championship Series, Fenway Park, and Nationwide Arena among others.

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An armed robbery in the Patterson Commons shopping center is being investigated.  The incident occurred yesterday evening at about 6:30pm at the Subway sandwich shop on Route 22 at the intersection of Route 311 in the Town of Patterson. 


Putnam County Sheriff's Deputies and New York State Police responded to a 911 call of a robbery.  The suspect displayed a knife and demanded money. 


The white male was described as being between 50 and 60 years old, approximately 5-foot-9 and 200 pounds.  The man fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department at (845) 225-4300.

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Brookfield Police are mourning the death of a longtime member of the Department.  Retired officer Kevin Seeley died at Danbury Hospital on Monday.  Seeley began his law enforcement career in Newburgh, New York before joining the Brookfield Police Department in 1977. 


He served with Brookfield for nearly 36 years, retiring as a full-time officer in 2013. Seeley then served as a Special Police Officer, until the time of his death. During his lengthy career with the Brookfield Police Department, Seeley was a member of the SCUBA Team, served as a Field Training Officer, was a police union official and received numerous awards and commendations for exceptional police work.

The Brookfield Police Department said Facebeook post that they will miss Seeley and bear his passing with heavy hearts as they hold his family uppermost in their thoughts and prayers.



The Seeley Family will receive friends at the Brookfield Funeral Home on Federal Road Thursday, 4pm-7pm.  Funeral Services will be held privately at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, NY.

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A Danbury man charged with murdering a motorist in 2000 has been sentenced to prison.  38-year old Alex Garcia was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for shooting and killing a motorist on Interstate-84 in a tragic case of mistaken identity.


On January 17, 2000, shortly after 11pm, Mark Rebong was discovered in the driver’s seat of an idling vehicle in the vicinity of Exit 2 in Danbury.  Rebong had been shot once in the head and died as a result of his injuries.


The investigation revealed that Garcia was a member of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation.  The month before Rebong's killing, there was an ongoing dispute in Danbury between the Latin Kings and another criminal gang, the Crips.  The dispute escalated on December 28, 1999 as a result of the shooting of a high-ranking member of the Crips.

Garcia was a passenger in a vehicle traveling westbound on I-84.  The driver, a high-ranking member of the Latin Kings, saw Rebong driving near them on the highway and told Garcia to shoot at Rebong’s vehicle. Garcia then used an assault rifle to fire two rounds at the vehicle.  As a result, Rebong was killed.

Mark Rebong was neither a member of a gang nor engaged in any criminal activity.

U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly says in a reckless act of brutal violence, Garcia murdered an innocent young man who was driving to work.  She commended the investigators from the Danbury Police, State Police and DEA who never stopped searching for Mark’s killer until he was finally brought to justice.

The 30-year federal sentence will run concurrently with an unrelated 40-year state sentence that Garcia is currently serving.


The state prison sentence stemmed from a 2004 attack on five men in Danbury.  Garcia and several other men, including the leader of the Danbury Latin Kings, ambushed the victims.  One of the victims was shot by Garcia and survived.  Two others who were seriously injured also survived, according to court documents.

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The Eureka water tank is now complete and delivering water to Bethel households.  First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker previously said the 750,000 gallon tank will provide better water pressure and volume needed for fire suppression.  That will in turn allow for further expansion of Clarke Business Park.  The tank is located on Long Ridge Road off Reservoir Road in Danbury on property owned by Bethel.

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Newtown emergency responders were called to a car versus motorcycle accident on Sunday.  Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue officials say a car travelling east on Berkshire Road and a motorcycle headed west came into contact.  A firefighter was a few vehicle behind those involved in the accident and therefore was on scene immediately. 


The sedan driver pulled into a nearby driveway and the motorcycle went off the road into a ditch. 


The car driver and the man and woman on the motorcycle were all examined on the scene and did not require transport to the hospital. 


Emergency responders say fire and ambulance crews have responded to multiple accidents in recent years in the section of Berkshire between Sherman Street and Old Mill Road.

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The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has voted unanimously on a property to recommend to town officials.  The group is proposing that Newtown discuss placing a memorial at the SAC Field.  Discussions will be transferred from the Permanent Memorial Commission to the Town. 


If the trustees and the town agree on the location, the Commission will move into the design stage of the project.  If the site is not feasible, a new location will need to be identified. 


Riverside Road residents near SAC Field were contacted to get insight and recommendations, and to address any concern with the proposed site.  The Commission is looking for a design that will have a minimal impact on the neighborhood while ensuring that the location is secure and safe for everyone. 


Not a definitive portrayal, meant as visual to help identify property under consideration

(Photo Courtesy: SHPMC)


Families directly impacted on 12-14 continue to be updated by the Commission to ensure the design guidelines are accurately constructed.  Once the town's Land Use Office and legal team update the Commission on the standing of using their recommended location, the group will give an update to the community.

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Redding has launched an initiative being called "vonate".  The Redding Town Clerk and Registrar of Voters are working with the Redding Food Pantry this election season to restock the shelves.  Supplies are low and the town officials are hoping that residents will help out. 


As Redding residents go to Town Hall to register to vote or apply for an absentee ballot and those voting at the Community Center on Election Day are being called on to bring an item to donate to the Redding Food Pantry. 


They are also collecting gift cards to grocery stores. 


The Food Pantry Needs: Ground coffee Tea Cooking Oil (Canola, Vegetable, Olive) Pasta Pasta Sauce Rice Fruit Cups Beets Apple sauce Cereals Box Milk Diapers (baby & adult) Dish Soap (Dawn, etc.) Laundry Detergent Household Cleaners Paper Towels Toilet Paper Shampoo Deodorant Toothbrushes Toothpaste Snacks (individual for student lunches - such as potato chips, goldfish, etc.)


There is also a large freezer at the Community Center so donations will also be collected of: frozen fruit and vegetables and individually packaged pieces of frozen chicken, beef, fish, etc.

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A two term Republican incumbent is being challenged by a community organizer to represent the 106th District of Newtown. 


Republican incumbent Mitch Bolinsky says he's proud of protecting funding for Newtown schools. He also helped to bring dollars back to the district to help with mental health needs following 12-14. Even though there's been significant help, the healing continues. Bolinsky says the funding has been subjected to budget cuts.


Democrat Eva Zimmerman works with the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group, ConnPIRG. She filled a vacancy on the Legislative Council in Newtown for part of a term.  The state deficit is one of her top concerns.  Zimmerman says Connecticut is at a crossroads of figuring out a strategic plan. Her other priorities include education reforms and senior tax relief.


A priority for 2017 will be to balance the budget. Bolinsky says the state needs to change the way government spending money. He wants to see more investments in critical infrastructure, education reforms and mental health initiatives, while attracting good jobs back to the state.  He called for using the resources Connecticut already has rather than raising taxes to get more resources. If the economy isn't turned around, Bolinsky says there may not be a Connecticut to come home to in a few years. Bolinsky says the alarm needs to be sounded because the recent tax policy has been so incredibly straining for residents and businesses. He says retirees, young people and businesses are all voting with their feet and looking for the exit.


Education funding is going to be a big topic in the new session. A more than decade old legal battle is headed to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Zimmerman wants to bring back education dollars to Newtown, including for social services. She says Newtown lost funding in the Education Cost Sharing formula. Zimmerman called the court ruling a perfect opportunity to make sure the state is doing the best for Connecticut children and those with special needs.


Zimmerman also wants to bring back funding to help seniors. She notes that a lot of seniors are leaving because taxes are too high. She would like to incentivize young people to stay in Connecticut as well.


Bolinsky is the ranking member of the Aging Committee. The Care Act has made Connecticut a leader in providing ongoing care and custodial services for people who are suffering from dementias such as Alzheimers. He says the Committee is also doing positive work for veterans and making Connecticut a leading place for allowing seniors to age in place. Bolinsky say a lot of the issues the Aging Committee are non-partisan. If more committees would work in a bipartisan manner, he says so much more could be done.


Bolinsky says Connecticut has passed the tipping point because each tax increase leads to decreased revenue as more companies and families leave.


While the General Assembly has implemented some school safety measures and gun control laws, mental health reforms have yet to be tackled. Zimmerman says she disagrees with Governor Malloy's decision to privatize group homes. Legislation has been considered to provide worker's compensation coverage for first responders needing mental health assistance for PTSD, but there were cost concerns. Zimmerman says that care should be covered.


When it comes to transportation infrastructure, Bolinsky says Connecticut has a long way to go. He says there are some good projects in progress now, but funding remains a concern. He says Connecticut has plenty of money; it's just not being appropriated correctly.

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A New Milford man has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms offense.  60-year old Leonard Sikorski of New Milford pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegal possession of a firearm bearing an obliterated serial number.  The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that Sikorski transported three rifles, two shotguns and 1,561 live rounds of ammunition to a pair of storage lockers he rented in Danbury last September. 


He admitted the next month to investigating agents that the guns and ammo were in those storage lockers.  One of the items, a 12 gauge Remington shotgun, had an obliterated serial number. 


Sikorski agreed to forfeit the items based on federal laws barring unlawful users of controlled substances from possessing firearms.  He also surrendered five additional handguns and two additional rifles seized by the Naugatuck and New Milford police during separate motor vehicle stops. 


Sikorski will be sentenced in January. 


He is currently in state custody on charges of illegally possessing explosives.  New Milford Police charged Sikorski last October and he was sentenced to 90 months in jail, suspended after 30 months.  He will also be on probation for the next 5 years.

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Danbury officials have met with state agencies about the City's plan for creating a walled garden at Hearthstone Castle.  The concept was developed in a 2013 study partially funded by the state.  A Historian/Environmental Reviewer/Freedom Trail & W3R coordinator from the state Department of Economic and Community Development State Historic Preservation Office and members of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation agree that the proposal is the best use for the historic ruin.


Danbury residents will be voting on Election Day in a Bond referendum.  The $10 million Public Improvement Bond contains $1.6 million for improvements to Tarrywile Park.  Some of that funding will go toward preparation of detailed design and construction plans for the walled garden.  If approved, the funding will also pay for removal of the contaminated debris, stone removal, and stabilization of adjacent rock retaining walls.


Stability of the exterior walls of the Castle has to be analyzed once the debris is removed.  Initial structural reports have shown that the interior floors and roof collapsed into the basement leading to a continued deterioration of exposed interior masonry.


State officials agreed that final wall height can only be determined after analysis once the debris is removed.  Additional funding from state or federal sources will be sought for the work.

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A Mahopac man has been arrested for sexually abusing a 14-year old girl.  The Putnam County Sheriff's Office was alerted to the allegations by the victim, who was described as a family friend of 30-year old Daniel Moloney Jr. 


A search warrant was carried out at Moloney's home last Wednesday, where the alleged victimization happened.  The Mahopac man turned himself in the next day.  He was arraigned and released on $40,000 bail. 


Moloney was charged with two counts of sexual abuse and one count of criminal sexual act, all felonies.

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Ridgefield Police are looking for two men wanted as part of a larceny investigation.  Police are asking to the public's help in identifying the suspects.  The men entered a business in Copps Hill Plaza and a bank on Main Street October 11th, and both men spoke with unknown foreign accents. 




The men entered the business around 4pm last Tuesday and handed the clerk $500 in $100 bills, asking for $20s in return.  The clerk made the change, but the men then asked for $50 bills instead.  After being told that wasn't possible, the clerk handed back to the $100 bills and the men gave back the $20s.  The store clerk realized a short time after the men left that they only handed back $340.  The store lost $160 through the larceny.


Around 4:50pm last Tuesday, the same men handed a bank teller $3,600 in $100 bills, asking for $50s in return.  The teller made the exchange, but the men said they needed $5 bills not $50s.  The bank teller said that couldn't be done and gave the $100 bills back to the men who handed the teller the $50s.  It was later determined that they only handed back $1,900, causing a $1,700 loss to the bank.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgefield Police Department Detective Division at 203-431-2794 or the Anonymous Tip Line at 203-431-2345.

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A National Guard soldier has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor he met at Danbury Mall.  21-year old Christopher Wright was in court yesterday on two counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.  He remains held on bond. 


Danbury Police responded to Danbury Hospital on a report of a 14-year old being treated after a sexual assault.  The girl told police that she was at Danbury Mall with a friend when Wright approached them.  He drive the girl to his Bridgeport home where they watched a movie.  He then escalated the situation and the two had sex. 


The teen told police Wright took a video of the assault and sent it to her.  Officers confirmed the assault by viewing the video.

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A New Jersey teen has been charged with manslaughter for the crash that killed a Brookfield man in Connecticut last year.  19-year old Erica Weinman was driving on I-84 in Middlebury last October 25th when she lost control, crossed the center median and collided with a car driven by 59-year old Kevin Klein of Brookfield. 


Her vehicle rolled onto its roof.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Weinman was also charged with driving under the influence and a traffic violation. 


She was taken into custody in New Jersey as a Fugitive from Justice and transported to Troop A in Southbury on Friday.  She was released on $100,000 court set bond for an appearance in Waterbury Superior Court on the 26th.

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) - The Mount Van Hoevenberg sliding track outside Lake Placid is open for the season.

Despite temperatures hovering around 50 degrees, USA Luge's Tucker West of Ridgefield took the first run of the season on Monday morning on the mile-long track.

The U.S. skeleton squad and bobsled teams also are scheduled to start sliding on the track later in the day.

Top competitors are due at the 16-year-old Adirondack Mountain venue on the first weekend in December for Luge World Cup racing.

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