A date has been set for Danbury's annual tree lighting event. There will be a lighted fire truck parade in Danbury this year for Danbury's Light the Lights celebration. The event on Saturday December 5th is from 5pm to 7pm.
Carolers from St Peter's Church Children's Chorus and St Joseph's Church Children Chorus will perform.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton will light up downtown with a new and expanded light show. The firetruck parade will move down Deer Hill Avenue to West Street, then on Main Street to Rogers Park. Santa will be at Library Plaza to take photos with children.
On Thanksgiving day last year, over 30,000 customers departed Grand Central between 10 am and 2 pm as they headed home from the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Metro North spokeswoman Meredith Daniels says Wednesday is traditionally the busy day of the year for the railroad.
When there are large crowds of train riders, Metro North has gate collection for tickets. Thanksgiving Day is one of those times where customers at Grand Central Terminal will have to show a Metro North ticket before boarding the train.
On Friday, Metro-North will operate on a Saturday schedule with additional inbound service in the morning and outbound service in the afternoon to accommodate the Friday workforce and Black Friday shoppers. Metro-North will round out the holiday weekend schedule with extra trains and additional cars on existing trains Saturday and Sunday.
The ticket can be used by more than one person, even when you are traveling together. The Family Fare costs $1 per ticket for up to four children (ages 5 to 11) when they are traveling with a fare-paying adult.
On Wednesday, November 25, extra service includes three additional trains on the Harlem Line between 2:18 pm and 3:34 pm, five extra trains on the Hudson Line between 1:38 p.m. and 4:11 pm, and ten extra trains on the New Haven Line between 12:58 pm and 4:00 pm.
Thanksgiving Day, Metro-North will provide additional inbound morning service for customers heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at 81st Street and Central Park West and ends in front of Macy’s at Herald Square (34th Street). There is also expanded outbound service starting in the late morning and continuing through mid-afternoon. There will be extra trains in the evening for customers returning to New York City after their Thanksgiving dinners.
Metro-North will round out the holiday weekend schedule with extra trains and additional cars on existing trains Saturday and Sunday.
A former Connecticut man has been sentenced operating two schemes that bilked people out of more than $200,000.
52-year old Joseph Morris, of Florida, defrauded the two co-founders and investors of his Wilton-based company developed for business opportunities in Iraq. Morris was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison followed by three years supervised release, and to pay $205,000 in restitution.
The company's initial focus was a pizza restaurant for the U.S. Consulate compound in Iraq, and establishing a business to distribute and install specialty window film on vehicles and at hotels, residences, and government buildings, which would protect windows and windshields from blast and breakage, and provide heat retention, ultra-violet shielding, and privacy.
Morris was the company's in-country manager in Iraq.
In pleading guilty, Morris admitted that he made false emails, with photos, to his co-founders that he knew would be relayed to potential investors to induce them to invest in the company. Morris implied that a lease had been signed to establish the pizzeria, that renovations were underway, and that progress was being made to open the restaurant. Morris also falsely claimed that an exclusive arrangement has been made with a specialty window film manufacturer to distribute and install the window film in all of Iraq.
About a dozen investors, most of whom were U.S. military veterans, invested $175,000 in the company. Morris allegedly diverted large sums of money for his own personal use.
One of the co-founders discovered that the company did not have a lease or an exclusive arrangement in the spring of 2012.
Morris also defrauded two people out of $20,000 in start up money that was supposed to help create an air cargo company in Ghana. He instead diverted the money for personal use.
Morris was ordered to report to prison on January 15th.
Small Business Saturday, a day to support small business and what they bring to the community, was created several years ago to add to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On Tuesday, Senator Chris Murphy was in Danbury to talk with small business owners. He was joined by Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and members of the Small Business Administration.
Murphy says this is a great opportunity to support businesses that support the community.
Murphy also spent time at the new Innovation Center-Hackerspace, connected to Danbury Library. The Innovation Center will host 5 companies that have used the Innovation Center/Hackerspace as well as SBA Resource Partners SCORE and SBDC to help counsel and/or launch their respective businesses GreenWell Financial, Born TM, Attention Holdings, Skyflix.com and Luke's Toy Factory.
The stops during the Small Business Walk included:
• At Home Care
• Antonia’s Beauty Salon
• Relvas Travel Center
• Bem Bonita Fashion
• City Center Danbury
• Faltom Jeweler
• Main Street Dental
• Benai Enterprises, Inc.
The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission may have narrowed down a location for where any future memorial to those killed on 12-14 would be located. The Newtown Bee reports that the group thinks a multi-acre site on the Fairfield Hills campus is a secluded spot, ideal for a memorial. The three to four acres is on a corner of the High Meadow.
The Permanent Memorial Commission has worked with the Deputy Director of Planning and Land Use, as well as working with the Newtown Conservation Commission. The Sandy Hook working group looked for a location that was secluded but accessible, had some infrastructure in place and natural settings or views. There is a nearby walking trail which Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy told the Bee could lead to concerns from people who use the trail but might not want to be exposed to the memorial.
There is an abandoned farm road that could provide access to the High Meadow proposed site.
The Commission plans to put out a request for proposals for design ideas in January.
$130,000 earmarked for a memorial donated to Newtown after 12-14 could be transferred from the town to a 501c3 if fundraising is needed for the memorial.
A 27-year old woman has been arrested for stalking a police officer. Danbury Police report that Kelly Ferenz had been harassing the officer for the past several months. The issue came to a head on November 12th at a construction site on Crosby Street when the officer was working a private duty traffic job. A Sergeant was called to the site by the officer who said Ferenz was there.
She had been stopping in the police station and calling the officer numerous times on non-police related matters. She was asked to stop contacting the officer, but refused. Ferenz stopped at the officer's other road jobs and sometimes interfered with his ability to properly direct traffic.
She was found on one occasion wandering in the secure employee parking lot of the Danbury Police Department.
Ferenz faces charges of disorderly conduct and stalking. She remains held on $5,000 bond and is due in court on December 16th. A protective order has been issued by the court.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) The girlfriend of a Connecticut man charged with killing his parents has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder.
Jennifer Valiante remains held on $2 million bond after Tuesday's court appearance.
Her boyfriend, Kyle Navin, made a brief appearance but did not enter a plea. His lawyer asked for a continuance.
Navin will be back in court on December 16th. Valiante will return on January 12th.
Navin is charged with shooting his parents, Jeffrey and Jeanette Navin, of Easton. They were reported missing in August and their bodies were found last month.
Prosecutors say Navin killed his parents because they were planning to cut him out of their will.
Investigators say Navin and Valiante exchanged text messages before his parents vanished.
Valiante's lawyer says the texts were taken out of context and his client played no role in the killings.
The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents has named their 2016 Superintendent of the Year. Weston school leader Colleen Palmer has been honored with the recognition. The statewide nonprofit organization represents public school superintendents, assistant superintendents and other educational leaders across the state.
Palmer became Weston Superintendent in 2011, having previously served three years in the same position in Monroe.
The organization cited Palmer for leading Weston High School to be named top Connecticut High School this year, and ranked 47th nationally by Newsweek.
The Weston Board of Education will be holding a reception for Palmer before their meeting on December 21st.
A number of Greater Danbury area police departments will be stepping up patrols this Thanksgiving weekend. Ridgefield Police are reminding drivers that they will be strictly enforcing occupant protection laws. Ridgefield Police say the use of seatbelts has been proven to protect drivers and passengers if they are involved in a collision. The stepped up enforcement campaign started yesterday and will continue through Monday.
A Ridgefield man who was driving while intoxicate with children in the vehicle has collided with a police patrol car. State Police say a car northbound on Route 67 around midnight on Sunday turned left while the traffic light was red.
The driver, 47-year old Todd Schoenherr, was headed to the Exit 15 westbound on-ramp when he hit a Southbury Police car headed southbound.
The Ridgefield man told officers he had a couple of drinks and failed field sobriety tests. The three children, between ages 5 and 10, were uninjured in the crash.
The Officer was transported to St Mary's Hospital with minor injuries.
Schoenherr was charged with DUI, risk of injury to a minor and failure to obey a control signal.
The federal government earlier this month declared 8 counties in Connecticut as disaster areas due to drought conditions and the agricultural losses. City Councilman Paul Rotello recently asked for an update on reservoir levels in Danbury. He said some constituents on City Water wondering about the status of water levels.
Public Utilities Superintendent David Day says the City is no where near advisory levels.
Reservoir levels are checked on the first of each month. Historically at this time of the year it's around 77-percent. Day says it's about 1.5-percent below normal.
Republican Clark Chapin announced Monday he would be retiring from the legislature when the term ends next year. Litchfield GOP Representative Craig Miner has announced his intention to seek the 30th Senate position.
Miner says it saddens him that Chapin has decided not to seek another term, as he is one of the more respected person in Hartford. Miner says Chapin has a keen understanding of the district and the many issues which face this state.
Miner has worked in both the private and public sectors, in what he says is a blend of careers that has provided him with the tools necessary to serve the people of the 30th district. But he says that comes with a caveat. He says he is keenly aware of the important business at hand and plans to be fully engaged in the upcoming session. The deficit negotiations continue and Miner is a Deputy Minority Leader who is involved in that process.
Miner said he wanted to make his intentions known from now, but that representing those in the 66th district will remain his highest priority. The district includes Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren and Woodbury.
Ridgefield Police are warning residents about a home to home canvas of Ridgefield being done by the Citizens Campaign for the Environment through January. Police say they are raising public awareness of this petition drive which is also featuring a letter writing campaign and fundraising.
The canvassing will be done 4pm to 9pm on weekdays and 11am to 4pm on certain Saturdays. The group received approval from the town to conduct the canvas, and will carry ID. Ridgefield residents are being encouraged to call police if they have any questions or concerns.
The same group is also going door to door in Newtown. Officials there say they have heard concerns of Newtown residents, but that efforts to curtail the campaign have been disregarded by the organization.
A woman who bilked an elderly Redding resident out of $60,000 has been identified as a suspect in the case. After a year long investigation by Redding Police, 61-year old Linda Lou Anderson-Fowler of Tulsa, Oklahoma has been taken into custody.
The telephone scam happened last November and the suspect convinced an 81-year old Redding resident to send $60,000 via the mail. The pick up was tracked to Oklahoma, where local police obtained surveillance video of the suspect.
Anderson-Fowler has been held by Tulsa Police since Friday and will be extradited to Connecticut to face a charge of 1st degree larceny.
Sherman Republican First Selectman Clay Cope is exploring a run to challenge Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Esty for the 5th Congressional District seat. The Newstimes reports that Cope could become the first openly gay Republican in Congress.
The 53-year old was elected First Selectman in 2011, having previously served as vice president and marketing director of a QVC fashion label.
Connecticut GOP party chairman JR Romano said in a statement that the Republicans have a variety of candidates including minorities and women. He continued by saying that the Democrats like to play identity politics, appealing to interest groups rather than leading.
New Milford State Senator Clark Chapin will not seek re-election to the 30th District seat. Chapin was first elected to the State Senate in November 2012 after serving 12 years in the State House of Representatives.
Chapin says now it s the right time to start exploring new opportunities. He says it's been a privilege to serve in the legislature for the past 15 years.
Chapin co-chairs the Regulation Review Committee, serves as Ranking Member of the Environment Committee, and is a member of the Appropriation Committee. Chapin previously served at the local level as a member of the New Milford Town Council, Traffic Authority Chairman and as a member of the Water Pollution Control Authority.
During his time in the legislature, Chapin has received statewide recognition for his leadership on a multitude of issues. This past Tuesday, he received his third Legislative Leadership Award from Working Lands Alliance for his work on farmland preservation. He has also received leadership awards for his work on issues involving agriculture, veterinary medicine, domestic violence, responsible dog ownership, children’s issues, protection of public drinking water and recreational boating.
House and Senate Clerk records show Sen. Chapin has had 100% session attendance 14 out of 15 years he has served in the General Assembly. During the 2015 session, Chapin cast his vote on each of the 485 roll call votes taken in the State Senate, making it his 9th consecutive year not having missed a session vote.
NORTH SALEM, N.Y. (AP) Divers towed a large portion of a plane found about 60 feet deep in a New York reservoir to shore.
Authorities said Sunday they may have found the front of the 1971 Beechcraft Bonanza and the bodies of the pilot and his wife in the Titicus Reservoir in North Salem. Authorities identified them as Val and Taew Horsa of South Salem.
The plane crashed in the reservoir as the pilot approached the Danbury Airport in Connecticut shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday.
A spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection says a dozen divers battled cold water while scouring the reservoir. Searchers also were using sonar on boats to check the water for plane debris.
KENT, Conn. (AP) -- Authorities have released the name of the Stamford man who died after falling off a fishing boat in a Kent lake.
Environmental Conservation Police said Monday they got a report of two men overboard from a 12-foot boat on Lake Waramaug at about 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
One man, 31-year-old Grzegorz Rajkiewicz, was quickly found and taken to the hospital with mild hypothermia.
But the body of 50-year-old Ihor Korol was not recovered until about 4:30 p.m. in the same vicinity as where he went overboard.
The death remains under investigation.
Danbury Music Centre began selling tickets to their annual production of Nutcracker to the general public November 16th. For the first time, Danbury Music Centre will offer an additional performance, providing the community with two matinee options -- one on Saturday and one on Sunday.
This is the 48th year the production will be performed. The tradition started in Danbury in 1967.
Performances of Nutcracker will take place at Danbury High School. Show times are: 7:30 pm Friday, December 11th; 1:30 and 6 pm Saturday, December 12; 3 pm Sunday, December 13. Each performance lasts approximately 2 hours including intermission.
Danbury Music Centre's Nutcracker, directed by Arthur Fredric, features about 200 dancers from the greater Danbury region, ages seven to adult. Danbury Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Ariel Rudiakov, accompanies the ballet, live, with Tchaikovsky's original score.
About 20 students will be performing as the Snowflake Chorus. The Snowflake Chorus comes out during the end of Act 1 and sing for just one scene. They will also perform during intermission.
Executive Producer Barbara Adams Jaeger says it's amazing how many people tell them they fell in love with dance, or with a particular instrument in the orchestra, when they saw their first Nutcracker.
Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday is coming up next month and to honor the Chairman of the Board's centennial birthday, the Women of Danbury’s St. Gregory the Great Church is hosting a concert. Frankie Sands, who truly captures the voice essence, class and style of Sinatra will be performing. The group's Vice President, Denise Valerie, says the event December 5th will be at the Palace Theater on Main Street in Danbury.
The entertainer was chosen to perform at Regis Philbin’s retirement party because of his likeness to Sinatra. $40 admission includes lite bites and cash bar. Show commences at 8. After the performance there will be a “The Bluest Eyes” contest, along with gratis coffee and dessert, plus a raffle.
For tickets, call the Palace Danbury Theatre at 203-794-9944, or online.