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Local Election Results
Readers should please note that these are initial, uncertified results from local registrars as of press time. We will publish the final results when the Secretary of State certifies them, along with local Registrar race results. We chose to run all local race results side by side so communities with the same candidates can see the vote differences by community.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

New Eversource Rate Increase Approved
On Thursday, November 5th Eversource requested, and on Friday, November 6th the Connecticut Public Utility Regulatory Authority approved a 14% rate hike in electric prices effective January 1st, 2021.
Read more... - Published on 11 / 07 / 2020

Covid Update - Case Increase Accelerates
The mid-Fairfield County communities of Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield continue to see increases in reported Covid cases. Every one of the 7 communities except Brookfield saw an increase in new reported cases in October versus September, signaling an uptick in new case growth.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Bagel Love
Uncle Leo's and Liz Sue Bagels continue to help Norwalk, Bridgeport and Stamford food pantrys and Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital. Stop in and leave a food donation at Uncle Leo's.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Mutual Aid
On October 15th, West Redding Volunteer Fire Department Engine 21 went in mutual aid to Bethel for a commercial structure fire.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Plein Air
Enjoying beautiful weather and the beautiful view at New Pond Farm.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Party Canceled,Treats Offered
The Georgetown Volunteer Fire Department regretfully announces the cancellation of their annual Halloween Party this year.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Troop 15 Hiking Along Appalachian Trail
Another amazing trip on the Appalachian Trail with the guys of Troop 15.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

POPCORN DRIVE
On Saturday, October 24th, Scout Troop 15 will be selling popcorn at the BGCRE Ball Fields from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And at Redding Ridge Market from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Signs Of The Times
Throughout the region, the political anger on social media has spilled into the community, most noticeably with removal of political signs in unprecedented numbers
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Zoning Regionalization Proposed
Proposed Statewide Zoning Changes Would Mean Loss of Local Control
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Election 2020
We asked candidates for State Senate and State Representative to comment on the Governor's extension of the Emergency Declaration through February 9, 2021


Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
Candidates Discuss TS Isaias Response, Outage Prevention and Utility Rates

We asked candidates for state office to provide their thoughts on the issues of storm preparation, response and utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Energy Hearing Testimony
A select number of public officials were invited to address an informal hearing about recent utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Local Health Data Discounted
County, Not Local Covid Data To Be Used In Making School Opening Decisions

The State of Connecticut Department of Education has revised guidelines for school districts in two key areas. Effective last week, school districts are to use only county-wide data and not local data as the primary determination factor in choosing whether to open in-person, in a hybrid mode or in distance learning mode. The state will monitor state Department of Public Health data weekly and update schools as to what they may or may not do. Secondly, even in the event that a school district determines that it is unsafe for students to attend in-person or in a hybrid mode, the data must be approved by a state review panel.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Local State Representatives Call For Reduced Storm Benefits
Proposal Would Exclude Families And Lower Benefits
Cost Would Be Moved To Ratepayers From Utility Companies

Redding's freshmen Representative Anne Hughes and freshman Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan have called for the legislature to pass a bill introduced but not passed in 2012 that would result in smaller benefits to fewer Connecticut families and would move the burden of paying for damages from the utility companies instead to utility customers.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Education In Confusion

Many School Re-Opening Plans Do Not Match Guidelines

Rolling 7 Day Assessments Make Planning Almost Impossible

If you are a parent weighing your options for the Connecticut school re-opening, you would not be alone in being confused by conflicting statements from state and local officials about the safety and requirements for the fall semester.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Local Covid Update
With the phased re-opening of businesses and services in CT well underway, we took a snapshot of how communities in northern Fairfield County are faring in fighting Covid. We accessed the Connecticut state data for each community and then, in order to compare how each community is doing, we normalized the data by 1,000 residents. This allows comparison of community rates in as fair and even a way as possible.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020
Congratulations to the Joel Barlow graduating Class of 2020!
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Topstone Park Has Reopened

Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Governor Releases New Executive Orders

Criminalizes gathering violations, Re-opens Phase 2 businesses, Extends ban on Off-track betting, Extends remote notarization authorization

The text of executive order 7ZZ issued on June 16, 2020 includes:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Seeds of Survival – Composting
Ah, composting! You can compost practically anything organic. However, for garden purposes we usually compost kitchen waste (but not meat), leaves, grass clippings, and most commonly horse, cow and chicken manure. (I’m sure llama and alpaca manure would be just fine also.)
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Adopt-A-Rescue – Meet Ren
Ren is a 2 year old mixed terrier. He's good with dogs, kids and new people. He is house trained and has lots of energy to brighten up any home.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Real Estate News – Featured Listing
31 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Phase 2 Business Re-Opening Set
Governor Lamont has set June 17th as the date that businesses classified as phase 2 entities may re-open after undergoing a self-certification process and arranging to follow a set of operational guidelines.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Absentee Voting Now Allowed
Governor Lamont recently issued executive order 7QQ that permits absentee voting in Connecticut for the August Primary and the November general election, provided that a CDC approved vaccine is not then available. Here is the text of the executive order.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Gatherings Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7TT that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Alcohol Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7WW that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Seeds of Survival — Mulching Your Garden
Hello again! Mulching means less maintenance. Basically mulch, a soil covering, retards weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and encourages Nature’s aerator, earth worms. It saves you time and effort weeding and watering, as well as making it easier to mow around trees.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Some Businesses Expected To Reopen on May 20th


★ LATE UPDATE ★

On Monday, May 18th, two days before the May 20th re-opening date set by the Governor 2 weeks prior, Governor Lamont changed the opening date to June 1st for barbers and hair salons. The governor tweeted his decision at 1:19 p.m. "We've been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made."

Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Governor May Allow Some Businesses To Open
On Thursday, May 1st, Governor Lamont said he was hoping to allow a certain businesses to reopen on May 20th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Connecticut Only New England State To Ban Municipal Budget Town Meetings And Replace Them With Board Decrees
The Community Gazette surveyed all six New England States to determine how each state is addressing the public safety issues from the historic Town Meeting process of setting and approving municipal budgets.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Hundreds Petition For Right To Vote
On Friday, May 1st Governor Lamont issued a new executive order, 7HH, that forbids any municipality in Connecticut from allowing a Town Meeting or Referendum on the municipality's town budget for 2021, although other meetings and referendums will still be allowed. This is said to address previous executive orders that appeared to conflict with each other on the topic of budget meetings and referendum votes.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Emergency Orders Recap To Date
Governor Ned Lamont has issued 34 executive orders since issuing his emergency declaration about the Covid crisis on March 10th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Local Civil Rights Violations To Be Investigated
Last week U.S. Attorney General Barr issued a directive to state U.S. Attorneys to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of individual civil rights, including obstruction of voting rights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Uncle Leos Delivers To Our Heroes
Uncle Leo's gives a big thank you to front line workers. "You guys are the true HEROS without capes," they said in a recent release. Leo Spinelli of Uncle Leo's with food provided by Uncle Leo's, Liz Sue's Bagels Inc, Bagelman and Planet Pizza Norwalk.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Masks At Ridge Market
Ridge Market on Blackrock Turnpike has new, handmade masks with filter inserts for $15.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Spring Comes To Mark Twain
Redding patrons can visit www.marktwainlibrary.org to set up a free Hoopla account. Then visit Hoopla for free downloadable picture books that capture the joy of the season.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Governor Lamont Issued New Executive Order 7J On Sunday, March 22nd
The governors order includes a change in the previous order regarding non-essential businesses, allowing them to fulfill orders by email or phone.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

The Connecticut Department of Economic Development released the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the Stay Home stay Safe period.
The following business categories are defined as essential:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Significant New Restrictions And Waivers Enacted
Governor suspends town meetings, referendums and adds 20 additional changes to state and municipal regulation changes in 10th executive order since March 10th
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order
Stay Safe, Stay At Home

Governor Ned Lamont held a news conference on Friday, March 20th at which he reviewed his latest executive order, which he called Stay Safe, Stay At Home. In the order, he requires all non-essential businesses to close their offices on or before Monday, March 23rd at 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 20 / 2020

Friday Fest
The Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton and John Read Middle School PTA will be hosting Friday Fest on Friday, January 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. The drop-off program for children in grades 5 through 8 from Easton and Redding at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding. The event is open to all Easton and Redding children, whether home schooled or enrolled in public or private school. Activities include a DJ, 9 square in the air, four square, basketball, ping pong, volleyball, video games, movies, board games, arts and crafts and a basketball shooting contest with prizes.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Humvee Gone
The Redding Police Department Humvee has found a new home with the Norwalk Police Department.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Blue Santa
Operation Blue Santa made it possible for 11 Redding families to wake up Christmas morning to find something special under their tree.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Tree PickUp
As a courtesy to Redding residents, the Redding Highway Department will be picking up Christmas Trees on a house-by-house basis beginning January 6th through January 13th. Residents must call the Department to schedule a pick up at 203-938-2801.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Small Business Circle Open House
On Wednesday, January 8th The Mark Twain Library Small Business Circle and the Community Assets Network of Easton and Redding are joining forces to make new community connections in 2020.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Server Glitch
Powerschool reportedly moved the servers handling the system they use to manage attendance, and a number of residents received a robocall Thursday or Friday saying their child was not in school. If you receive an incorrect call, allow patience when calling the school to let them know your child is in fact at school.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

WinterWonderFest
Rising Starr Horse Rescue's Pixi and Snickerdoodle visited the Georgetown Winterfest Holiday Parade on Sunday, December 22nd.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Silly Sweaterbration
Mark Twain Library Staff and friends enjoyed their Silly Sweater Solstice celebration on December 18th with silly sweaters and refreshments.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Boxing Day Hike
Local hikers enjoyed a wonderful hike at the Plishner Preserve on December 26th, Boxing Day.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Blue Santa Spotted
Blue Santa was at Redding Elementary School on December 20th, wishing children Happy Holidays.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Winter Shakespeare At New Pond Farm
New Pond Farm Education Center presents a program with accomplished actress and educator Julia Levo who will create an exciting and positive environment in which actors will delve into a comprehensive exploration of scenes and monologues from some of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth. They will explore this play in an intensive eight-week acting program designed exclusively for middle and high school students.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Business Open House
The Mark Twain Library Small Business Circle (SBC) and the Community Assets Network (CAN) are joining forces to make new community connections in 2020.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Police Report Highlights From 12-16-19 to 12-23-19
From 12-16-19 to 12-23-19, There were 7 Motor Vehicle accidents no injuries and 1 Vehicle vs Deer with no injuries.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Referendum for 3 year road plan passes
At the referendum held on Monday, August 26, 2019, the Town Clerk has shared that the following question was approved by a vote of 320 YES to 188 NO:
Read more... - Published on 08 / 23 / 2019

Referendum Called
A Town Referendum has been called for Tuesday, August 26th as a result of the special Town Meeting that was held on August 13th.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Bud McQuade Passes
Henry "Bud" Scott McQuade, age 103 of Redding, CT died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of the late Florence K. (Ayers) McQuade.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Police Logs
July 29 through August 3
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

Local Eggs At Uncle Leo's
Uncle Leo's Not Just Donuts is now carrying eggs from local farm Little Meadow Farm, owned by Redding resident Kate Perry.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 09 / 2019

Principal Resigns
John Read Middle School, Principal Dr. Diane Martin has resigned, and a search for her replacement is underway.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

New Assistant Principal
Redding Elementary School has a new Assistant Principal, Mr. Joseph Amodio. Parents will have the chance to meet him at Back to School Night on September 5th.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Plastic Is Gone
Starting August 1st, Connecticut retailers are now required to charge a 10 cent fee for each plastic bag that they use for bagging customer's purchases. Many businesses have switched to paper bags and also encouraged customers to bring reusable bags, as the gentleman shown here at Caraluzzi's has done.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Soiree by the Stream
The Redding Land Trust will be holding their Soiree by the Stream on Saturday, August 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Dan Beard Lane. The event features live music, bites from Taproot Restaurant, local brews, wine and a signature cocktail. More information and tickets are available at reddinglandtrust.org for $50 per person.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Concerts On The Green
"Concerts on the Green" are held on the Redding Town Green from 6 to 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Commuter Advisory
The Redding Police have issued a commuter advisory.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Fall Election Candidates Announced
The following Democratic candidates will be on the ballot this fall:
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

Police Report
July 22 through 28
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

17th Annual Georgetown Day
The 17th annual Georgetown Day will be held on Sunday, June 9th from 12 noon to 6 p.m. The event celebrates the unique, small town qualities of Georgetown and its special place as the meeting point for Redding, Wilton, Weston and Ridgefield.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Memorial Day Parade
The Town turned out for a beautiful Spring Day on Saturday, May 25th for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Criminal Justice Club
The Joel Barlow High School Criminal Justice Club visited the Connecticut State Police Academy on May 20th. Pictured at left is School Resource Officer Signore and his team of future L.E. Officers.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

EMS Of The Year
Congratulations to EMT-Firefighter Dan Wixted who has been awarded Redding Fire District 1 EMS provider of the Year at Western Connecticut Health Network's annual EMS dinner.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

New Pond Farm Artist Week
New Pond Farm will be holding the week-long 2019 Invitational Art Show to benefit the Education Center. The show will be held June 1 through June 9 with a special Preview Party for artists and guests on Friday, May 31.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 26 / 2019

Unofficial Referendum Results
The May 7 unofficial referendum results have all ballot questions passing.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 12 / 2019

Mark Twain Library's 2019 Frog Frolic
A frolicking good time was reportedly had by all at the 2019 Frog Frolic at the Redding Community Center, hosted by the Mark Twain Library, this past Saturday, April 27th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

New Pond Farm Run For The Cows
The New Pond Farm Run For The Cows is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 5th. The Redding Community Gazette will provide some additional coverage in next week's issue.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Tax Benefit Deadline Is May 15
Tax reduction program applications for tax payers who meet certain criteria must be filed by May 15th to qualify for this year. Residents 65 years or older who have lived in Redding 3 years or more and have Redding as Their Domicile Residence may apply to the Redding Assessor's office from February 1, 2019 through May 15, 2019 for a reduction on their property tax. Please bring a photo ID. Applications are also available on the Redding website at : www.townofreddingct.org under the forms link. For the state program, those 65 years of age or over who have become property owners in the Town of Redding by October 1, 2018, and have a spouse domiciled with resident, occupy real property as home, have an adjusted gross income, including Social Security not more than $43,900 for married or $36,000 for single tax filers. They must also be a resident of the State for six months and a day.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Missing Teen Safe
On the morning of Saturday, May 4rd, officers from the Redding Police Department responded to a residence, for a report of a 13 year old female who had run away sometime overnight. She was upset over being grounded and having her cell phone taken away.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Town Budget Referendum May 7th
Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, May 7th to vote in the town referendum on the 2019-2020 budget. The budget was approved at the Annual Town Budget Meeting on April 23rd. The Town budget runs from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Please see page 3 for a republishing of the Public Notice and a modified analysis that includes percent change for each line.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

At The Mark Twain Library
A spirited group learned the art of Japanese Stab Binding and each participant left with their own unique book. Participants were able to choose from colorful papers to make their book covers and a wide variety of book thread to bind their pages together. It was a fun morning led by expert book artists Chris Perry and Alice Walsh, who provided all the supplies.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Adopt A Rescue
Dakota is a medium sized mixed breed that was surrendered to a high kill shelter because he has heartworm. He is being treated and will be clear after a full course of medications. A foster home for him to convelesce in during the process is needed. He will be available for adoption as well or foster-to-adopt as well. He is sweet, good with dogs, kids and people. He loves to play and is always looking to be with his people. He will make an excellent family pet and is patiently waiting for someone to give him the chance he deserves.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Redding 2019 First Quarter Real Estate Report
By Daniel Radmanovic
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

On The Road Again!
Engine 3 is back in service, having been equipped with a brand new "Muscle pump" Hale pump by Northeastern Fire Associates, Inc.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Helping Hand
One of our Redding Fire and EMS team happened upon this scene of a police officer changing a tire for a stranded motorist in Monroe.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Dining Spotlight: Milestone
We stopped into the Milestone and had a wonderful time. The Popeye pizza had spinach (of course!) and pancetta with garlic and, despite best intentions, there was no doggie bag. The Black Truffle pizza was generous with the truffle and robiolina cheese, and no doggie bag there, either. This is a fun venue for a date, a family outing or just delicious food.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

Things To Do
Sun., 05/05, 12PM - 5PM , 3D Printing/MakerSpace Training Drop I, Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

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Concerts On The Green
"Concerts on the Green" are held on the Redding Town Green from 6 to 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

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Plastic Is Gone
Starting August 1st, Connecticut retailers are now required to charge a 10 cent fee for each plastic bag that they use for bagging customer's purchases. Many businesses have switched to paper bags and also encouraged customers to bring reusable bags, as the gentleman shown here at Caraluzzi's has done.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

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Directory of Local Restaurants
Black Cat Grille
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

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Brake For Their Sake And Yours, Too
Recently neighboring Brookfield avoided a serious tragedy when a work truck did not slow down as it approached rescue crews working at an accident scene. At the last moment, the driver veered off and ran off the road, causing property damage to a nearby home but thankfully no injuries.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2018

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Meet Monty
Monty is a lover! If you sit down anywhere near him, he will be right in your lap. He has been happy to meet everyone - people, cats and even ferrets!
Read more... - Published on 08 / 16 / 2019

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New Assistant Principal
Redding Elementary School has a new Assistant Principal, Mr. Joseph Amodio. Parents will have the chance to meet him at Back to School Night on September 5th.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 02 / 2019

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Things To Do
Sun., 05/05, 12PM - 5PM , 3D Printing/MakerSpace Training Drop I, Mark Twain Library, 439 Redding Road, Redding
Read more... - Published on 05 / 05 / 2019

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