Redding's HamletHub Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:05:15 -0400 Redding Home for Sale: 43 Stepney Road, Take a Virtual Tour

For Sale: 43 Stepney Road, Redding

Gracious county colonial set back privately on 3.91 picturesque acres with Belgian block lined driveway, native field-stone walls, charming arbors and pergola, deer fencing, plus extensive professional landscaping including flowering perennial gardens, specimen trees and rolling lawn.
The highest attention to detail with welcoming 2 story entry foyer, crown moldings, custom built-ins, French doors, hardwood floors, ceiling fans and 3 fireplaces. Total 4,646 sf with 4 bedrooms and 3/1 baths including main level beamed and vaulted guest, in-law, or au-pair suite which also makes a perfect bonus room or studio.
Light, bright and open, the main level offers an ideal flow for living and entertaining including the sun-drenched living room with a wall of windows, custom fireplace and French doors; open to the adjacent dining room with atrium door to the rear deck; plus expansive great room including the inviting family room with 2nd fireplace, breakfast room for casual dining, and updated kitchen featuring impressive Garland 6 burner professional range, stainless steel appliances, granite counters and pantry.
The second floor showcases a balcony overlook; elegant master bedroom suite with 3rd fireplace, and remodeled spa-like bath featuring beadboard wainscot, jetted tub, frame-less shower and double vanity; 2 additional generous bedrooms with updated hall bath; plus walk-up attic for ample storage. Total 718 sf in walk-out lower level rec room; lower patio with hot tub; and many updates throughout including a newer roof and A/C. Sublime privacy, yet only 65 miles to Midtown!  

Take a virtual tour of the property here.
To learn more about this property, or to schedule visit, contact Laura Freed Ancona here.
]]> (Laura Freed Ancona) Places Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:02:30 -0400
Congratulations to the Redding residents named to the Dean's List at WCSU

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) has announced the names of students named to the Dean's List for the spring semester 2020. Congratulations to the following Redding residents:

Nikolas Brannan, Performance, Classical; Luigi Catterino, Business Administration; Charlee Cordle, Exploratory Studies; Adrian Franzino, Art; Emily Haug, Psychology; Grace Hubbard, Psychology; Marian LeLash, Psychology; Julia Mullin, Pre-Nursing; Alizabeth Neville, Biology; Stephen Osika, Psychology; Alexa Owen, Psychology; Emma Paltauf, Justice and Law Administration; Alexey Pilyugin, Psychology; Emily Shaw, Pre-Nursing; Tomas Tavares Zlock, Communication; Valerie West-Rosenthal, Art; Lukasz Zbroszczyk, Economics.

Learn more about WCSU => Western Connecticut State University

]]> (HH) Neighbors Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:46:58 -0400
Tropical Storm Fay is on the Way

Friday, July 10th: Southern Connecticut, including most of Fairfield County, Northeast New Jersey, and southeast New York have all been issued a tropical storm warning for Friday evening. (Subject to change)

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT ALL DAY FRIDAY: The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a … 

  • Flash Flood Watch for Southern Connecticut, Northeast New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.

  • From Friday morning through Friday evening.

  • Heavy rain showers and embedded thunderstorms are forecasted

Friday into Friday evening. A total of 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is forecast with locally higher amounts possible. Torrential rainfall within a short period of time will be possible and this could lead to flooding of low lying, urban and poor drainage areas. Some smaller streams and rivers could overflow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued.

*Images courtesy of The National Weather Service and The Weather Channel

]]> (HH) Public safety Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:32:13 -0400
Fairfield Police Arrest Easton Man in Connection with Fatal Hit-and-Run Involving Pedestrian

Suspect Arrested in Hit and Run Crash that Killed Pedestrian

Chief Christopher Lyddy reports that the Fairfield Police Department has arrested and charged a man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian over the weekend.

DECLAN P. KOT, AGE 22, OF EASTON is charged with:

• Misconduct with a Motor Vehicle (Class D Felony)
• Evading Responsibility in Operating a Motor Vehicle Resulting in Death (Class B Felony)
• Failure to Drive in Proper Lane
• Operating a Motor Vehicle without Fenders
• Tampering with Evidence
• Operation of a Motor Vehicle with Tinted Windows without Tinting Sticker
• Operation of Vehicle with Tinted Windshield

On Saturday, July 4 between 7:30-7:45 p.m., a pedestrian was struck and killed in the area of 2000 Redding Road. The operator of the vehicle fled the scene prior to the arrival of police.

The victim was visiting family in Fairfield and was walking her dog at the time of the crash. Two passing motorists found the victim lying in the roadway and called 911. She was later identified as Marileidy Morel Araujo, age 32, of Matamoras, Pennsylvania.

During the initial investigation, police were looking into the possibility of a dark-colored Jeep Wrangler being involved in the crash. Upon further investigation and based on additional evidence, it was determined that the suspect vehicle was not a Jeep Wrangler, but likely a larger vehicle.

A clear marker lens and other debris from the suspect vehicle was located by police at the scene.

On Monday, July 6, members of the Fairfield Police Quality of Life Unit, Crash Investigation Unit and Easton Police canvassed the Redding Road area and made contact with residents on Redding Road who were able to provide video of the roadway during the timeframe that the crash occurred. The video revealed a White Dodge Ram pickup truck with black rims fleeing the area north on Redding Road with a large American flag flying from a pole attached to the rear tow hitch.

Evidence located at the scene was then identified by a local dealership as likely being from a Dodge Ram 2500 or 3500 between the model years of 2010 and 2016. Further investigation revealed that the truck likely had passenger side mirror damage and would likely be missing the lower plastic portion of the mirror and the corner light.

Additional video was obtained of the same vehicle at other locations throughout the day on July 4. Images of the vehicle were analyzed by detectives and a complete description and images of the suspect vehicle were distributed to law enforcement personnel. Crash Investigation, Traffic Unit and Detective Bureau personnel continued their investigation and developed several leads and possible suspect information.

On Tuesday, July 7, Patrol Division personnel located a Dodge Ram fitting the description traveling on North Benson Road and conducted an investigative stop of the vehicle.

The operator of the vehicle was identified as KOT. KOT was subsequently interviewed at Fairfield Police Headquarters. Based on information obtained during the interview, an arrest warrant was issued for KOT on Wednesday, July 8. He was arrested at Fairfield Police Headquarters on July 8 at 8:45 p.m.

KOT is scheduled to appear at Bridgeport Superior Court on Wednesday, July 15. He was released after posting $150,000 bond with a condition that he not operate any motor vehicle pending arraignment before the Superior Court and permission being granted by the court.

"The collaborative and resolute efforts of all involved personnel are a shining example of the persistence, dedication and professionalism continually exhibited by the men and women of the Fairfield Police Department," Chief Lyddy said. "We would like to again thank the several hundred individuals who provided potential leads and tips throughout the investigation."

This incident remains under investigation by the Fairfield Police Crash Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with additional information or surveillance video is asked to contact Crash Reconstruction Supervisor Sgt. Michael Paris at or 203-254-4862.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

]]> (Fairfield Police) Public safety Thu, 09 Jul 2020 10:16:42 -0400
Sparklicious Makes Summer Sensational for Kids with Sparkle Club Home Delivery!

Make it a Sparkle Club summer!

The award-winning company Sparklicious has just announced some dazzling news! "We are bringing our 5-star experience directly into your home! Virtually experience our famous Sparkle Club this summer," says Sparklicious owner, Kristin McGuinness.

Sparklicious will now deliver their one of a kind Sparkle Club, a bounty of crafts and creative fun, directly to your home! McGuinness explains, "We will provide step by step instruction and all supplies with a burst of SPARKLE FUN!

Sign up by July 10th and your supplies will be delivered in time for Sparklicious online classes which kick off on July 20. Choose from 3 or 5 classes designed for 3-7 year olds and 8-12 year olds.

"We will keep children engaged while painting, making slime, creating jewelry, cookie decorating, and more! Sparklicious even offers pre-teen tips and tricks. "Our Sparkle Club classes always deliver the message of positivity and kindness because kindness makes you sparkle," says McGuinness.

Want to keep the kiddos happy and creative all summer long? Sign up to have Sparkle Club delivered directly to your child on a monthly basis.

"We can’t wait to sparkle with you!" says McGuinness.

Visit for information on Sparkle Club, online classes, to sign up for the virtual camp week or to join the Sparklicious monthly subscription plan.

You are also welcome to email with any questions.

]]> (HH) Places Thu, 09 Jul 2020 06:13:00 -0400
Strawberry Fields Forever: Your Guide to Berry Picking in CT, Summer 2020

Are you looking for a fun summer activity that is also safe for your family during the pandemic? Try berry picking! It is a great outdoor activity where families can remain socially distanced from one another while also getting to pick their very own sweet treats. Connecticut has many farms open and ready to welcome your family for a fun day of berry picking. See below for descriptions of some farms in the area including their hours of operation, products, COVID-19 protocols, and additional information. 

Recently, the van der Beek family enjoyed a fun-filled day of berry picking at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, CT (see below). Mirelle van der Beek shared that her children ate most of the berries before the days end! She also shared that the farm was extremely well-equipped to safely serve the numerous families that visited that day. The farm enforced social distancing and mask-wearing while waiting in line but allowed masks to be taken in the fields while families were completely separated from one another in the fields. The van der Beek children picked three full baskets of strawberries and shared that “it was fantastic!” 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm located in Sharon, CT and is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. For the Summer 2020 season, you can expect …

  • Strawberries from mid-June to early July

  • Cherries, weather permitting, from late June to mid-July

  • Raspberries from early July to mid-August

  • Plums for the entire month of July

  • Blueberries from early July to early September 

  • Peaches from mid-July to mid-August

Please visit Ellsworth’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, schedule updates, recipes, directions, and a brief history of the property. 

Evergreen Berry Farm located in Watertown, CT expects its Summer 2020 Harvest to begin July 7th (today!). Masks will be required at the Weigh Station and social distancing is required in the fields. The season is starting off with blueberries from July to August. Black raspberries will be available from early to mid-July and red raspberries in early July and early September. The farm will be open from 8 AM to 8 PM every day starting July 7th to early August, however, please check their website as hours are subject to change. Visit Evergreen Berry Farm’s website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, directions, recipes, the history of the farm, and much more!

Jones Family Farm in Shelton, CT is home to berry fields, a winery, and The Harvest Kitchen studio. The farm offers strawberries and blueberries during the summer months, pumpkins in the fall, and Christmas trees come winter. In concern with COVID-19, the farm requires masks while waiting in lines, social distancing, and also requires online reservations. Visit the Jone’s Family Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, recipes, directions, schedule updates, and the history of the farm.

Litchfield Hill Blueberry Farm located in Plymouth, CT opens tomorrow, July 8th, at 8:00 AM for the 2020 Season. Masks will be mandatory under the Pavilion. Their weekly hours are as follows: Tuesday - Friday: 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9 am to 4 pm, and they are closed on Mondays. The farm is open rain or shine with the exception of thunderstorms. Please visit the Litchfield Farm website for more information on the Summer 2020 season, COVID-19 protocols, directions, recipes, and more!

Silverman’s Farm located in Easton, CT is open for the blueberry and raspberry season. Peaches are expected to be ready mid-July. This farm also is home to some furry friends whom you can visit at their animal farm (following their updated guidelines in concern with COVID-19). The farm is open 7 days a week. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Animal Farm is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (restrictions apply please visit our Animal Farm page for more information). Raspberry picking is available from 9 AM - 4 PM. Blueberry picking is open from 9 AM-5 PM. As always, please call ahead of time for updates and visit the website for additional information, recipes, rules, and much more.

]]> (Sara Hecht) Neighbors Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:47:18 -0400
How To Train Your Dragon on screen tomorrow at The Ridgefield Playhouse, free tickets for kids 12 and under!

How To Train Your Dragon on the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse tomorrow! Free tickets for kids 12 and under!

Soar to a faraway land this Wednesday at 2pm & 7pm when How To Train Your Dragon returns to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse! FREE tickets for kids 12 & under! Reserve your spot here.

See how we're keeping you and your family safe and socially distanced at The Playhouse.

Learn more, purchase, or reserve your free ticket here.

This event is part of the Bruce Bennett Nissan Family Series sponsored by Recess Playworks

]]> (The Ridgefield Playhouse) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:37:50 -0400
Christine O’Leary & Friends Headline Virtually LIVE! Comedy Show July 22

Christine O’Leary has always been funny. But, it wasn’t until she won a stand-up contest in Maine that she quit her day job to pursue a career in comedy. O’Leary is now an award-winning stand-up comedian, professional host, corporate consultant, and coach to budding adult and teen comics and improv enthusiasts enrolled in her classes at The Ridgefield Playhouse. Her advanced stand up students will take center stage — via Zoom — at Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! on Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30. O’Leary will host from the Ridgefield Playhouse, while her team delivers stellar sets from home, to allow for a large capacity online audience.

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

Ticket purchasers will be e-mailed a Zoom show link and given instructions the day of the show. At check out, attendees also have the opportunity to donate to The Leir Foundation Arts for Everyone program, which helps make performing arts shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse and elsewhere available to economically disadvantaged area residents.

O’Leary has taught over 50 sold-out comedy classes (182 graduates) at her post at the Playhouse, with many repeat students, who take an 8-week program to develop a tight, economized, 5-minute set -- the first increment of time given to new stand ups at comedy clubs. The students bring weekly material to “Rip and Read” in class to determine winning content, then video conference one-on-one with O’Leary to finalize their material and hone their set. After two months, they’re ready for an audience. This semester, Christine made what she calls a “pandemic pivot,” and continued classes for nearly 3 months past the original schedule. Knowing the Zoom sessions provided connection for her “tribe”during an uncertain time, Christine was determined to check in with students — not only about comedy — but also about their well-being, as they collectively quarantined. Following the new stand up model, she ’s adapted and created Virtually LIVE! to deliver her team’s signature entertainment to a more inclusive virtual audience; fans can universally enjoy comedy from their couches. A true win-win.

“Comedy is a way to tell the truth, solve a problem and sell the material with a feeling. I love and live to share with people the greatest ‘high’ and joy I know -- standing up and getting paid in laughs! Anyone can do this; there’s enough for everyone. For me, stand up is liberation and freedom. You can ‘up your game’ in life whether you’re a parent or a podiatrist,” said O’Leary, Founder, Team Green Light Comedy.

“You’ll never see anything like it...they’ll be born as comics before your eyes,” O’Leary added.

O’Leary’s stand up class has been a staple at The Ridgefield Playhouse since 2013. The July 22 lineup includes comedians: Eileen Fickes, Dimitri Giatrakis, Laura Isler, Laurie Newkirk, Judy Eckert, Frankie Fuhrman, Stefanie Rosenberg, Jerry Kuyper, Michael Mast, Micky Pasquarella, Bill Green, Laura Von Stein, Barbara Miller, Lee Scharfstein, and Aline Weiller. They include sales people, writers, designers, electrical engineers, creative marketers, insurance brokers, social workers, actors, teachers, activists, and non-profit mavens, among others. The exciting evening will feature surprise visits by celebrities and a door prize to complement the timely Zoom format.

Christine O’Leary has worked with headlining comedians to include Gilbert Gottfried, Joy Behar, Chevy Chase, Sinbad, Tracey Morgan, Robert Klein, Margaret Cho, and Janeane Garofalo. She takes her Team Green Light Comedy comrades to area shows and also hosts and performs at companies, colleges, and charitable, club and pride events nearby and nationally. Christine recently appeared on the Bravo Network pilot, Camp Getaway in April. She can be contacted via and on all social media platforms.

The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding area that they can enjoy and experience at a varied price point. The Playhouse presents national and local acts and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

For details regarding Christine O’Leary & Friends: Virtually LIVE! tickets and comedy classes, visit

Tickets are on sale now ($20 each) and can be purchased via the phone (203) 438-5795 or online: here

]]> (Aline Weiller) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 11:32:26 -0400
Ben's Lighthouse No-Touch Drive Thru Food Drive on July 11th

On Saturday, July 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ben's Lighthouse will have another no-touch drive thru food drive to benefit the FAITH Food Pantry. 

The food drive will be located at Reed Intermediate School at the bus loop behind the school. 

Items needed include: non perishable food, personal items, pet food and household supplies. 


]]> (Hannah Latorre) Charities Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:44:10 -0400
Lamont Puts Pause on Phase 3 Reopening

During his news conference yesterday, Governor Ned Lamont said that while the numbers in Connecticut are trending in the right direction with COVID cases and hospitalizations down significantly, he will not move forward with Phase 3 which would have opened bars and increased the number of people allowed to be both inside and outside of restaurants and other gathering places.

Lamont said, "Let's not get too big for our britches". He referred to Arizona, Florida, and Texas states that are now seeing surges of COVID cases after opening bars. 

Watch Lamonts press conference by clicking the arrow in this post. 

Read the most recent Press Release from Lamont here.

Learn about rules for Phase 1 and Phase 2 reopening here.



]]> (HH) Politics Tue, 07 Jul 2020 09:01:01 -0400
New Canaan Library Webinar with Dr. Larry Leibowitz: Is Telehealth Here to Stay?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way physicians are seeing healthy patients these days. New Canaan Library is pleased to present a live webinar by Dr. Larry Leibowitz, joined by Michael Turpin, Executive Vice President at USI Insurance Services, who will explore the topic and seek to answer the question of whether telehealth is here to stay. The webinar is presented on Tuesday, July 14th at 6:30pm EST.

Dr. Leibowitz will craft his presentation around attendees’ questions; he encourages the submission of questions prior to the event through the listing on the Library’s calendar, Zoom sign in information is provided upon registration.

Through the power of technology, most routine medical appointments can be carried out without setting foot in a medical office. And, when an in-person visit is required, medical offices are taking new, necessary precautions to keep everyone safe. Dr. Leibowitz will discuss how he structures telehealth visits and the effectiveness of telehealth in comparison to in-person visits.

Practicing since 1999, Larry Leibowitz, MD is board-certified in family medicine and serves as the Director of Health for the town of Redding. He launched his concierge practice, Matrix

Personalized Medicine, in 2017. He has been recognized as a 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Castle Connolly Top Doc in Fairfield County. Prior to launching Matrix, he was the Medical Site Director of Stamford Health Medical Group in New Canaan. He continues to serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, a position he has held since 2009. In 2015, he completed an Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona, acknowledged as the leading integrative medical education program in the world.

Michael Turpin, Executive Vice President, USI Insurance Services, brings over 35 years of experience in benefits and business insurance brokerage and consulting. Mike started his career with the brokerage firm Marsh & McLennan and served in various management national roles. In 2005, he joined United Healthcare (UHC )as President of Key Accounts for the U.S. and was promoted to CEO of the Northeast region, UHC’s largest retail business with over $8B in medical spend.

In 2008, Mike came to USI as a corporate EVP responsible for the U.S. benefits strategy, operating structure, people and processes. He is a published author of three novels, contributing columnist for national industry and healthcare blogs and periodicals, frequent speaker to employer and investor groups and a pundit opining on issues relating to health care market reform, employee benefits, and business insurance issues.

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Events Tue, 07 Jul 2020 05:50:34 -0400
Town of Redding Food Pantry Actively Serving Community, Welcome Donations

Social Services and the Food Pantry are actively open and serving the community

The drop off hours continue to be on Tuesdays, from 1-3 pm and Food Pantry pickups are on Thursdays, from 2-4 pm.

Gift cards can be mailed to Social Services, PO BOX 1118, Redding, CT 06875.

There are about 102 students who are part of the free and reduced lunch program which ended on June 30, 2020. Any resident going through hardship and needing assistance, please contact our office at 203-938-9725 or via email at

Important Data Regarding Redding Residents SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps)

The net income limit for 1 person is $1041 a month and a family of 4 is $2146.00. If someone is disabled or over 60 years of age, then the gross income limit for 1 person is $1926 and family of 4 is $3970. There is an asset limit test.

The annual gross income for a family of 4 for the free meals is $33,475 and the annual gross income for the reduced-price meals for a family of 4 is $47,638.

Prior to the pandemic: There were 67 students in both the Elementary and Middle schools on this program.

There were 38 Redding high school students and 40 Easton students on this program.

Husky/Medicaid Program

March Medicaid enrollment was 620 individuals.

April Medicaid enrollment was 670 individuals. 65+ = 8 people 18-64 = 488 people 0-17 = 174 children

]]> (Redding Social Services) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:53:22 -0400
Absentee Ballots Available in Redding Beginning July 21

Apply for an Absentee Ballot for August 11 Primary in Redding

The Presidential Preference Primaries of both the Democratic and Republican parties are scheduled to be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, along with primaries for State, District and Municipal Offices. 

Absentee ballots will be available in the Town Clerk’s Office starting Tuesday, July 21, 2020.  Due to the pandemic, the Office of the Secretary of the State will be mailing applications for absentee ballot to all party-enrolled voters. 

Anyone who is will be requesting an absentee ballot is encouraged to return the completed application as soon as possible by mail to the Town Clerk, P.O. Box 1028, Redding Center, CT 06875 or in person by dropping it in the front door mail slot at Town Hall .  If you have already filed an application for absentee ballot the town clerk, you do not need to complete another form.  To confirm we have received your application, please email us at

Applications can be mailed to electors upon request or downloaded by clicking here.

Registered Voters can vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to appear at the required polling place during the hours of voting of the election for any of the following reasons:  active service in the armed forces; absence from the town during all hours of voting; illness; physical disability; religious tenets; or duties as a primary official at a polling place other than their own during all hours of voting.

An application must first be completed, and then the ballot can be issued to the applicant in person or mailed to the address indicated to on the application.  A ballot cannot be issued in person to anyone other than the applicant.

Applications for Absentee Ballots may be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office Monday-Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.., may be mailed upon request, or can be downloaded by clicking here. Complete application, date, sign and return in person at Town Hall, 100 Hill Road, Redding or by mail to: Town Clerk, P.O. Box 1028, Redding, CT  06875.  An application can be completed and delivered to the Town Clerk at any time, and ballots will be mailed as soon as they are available.

Military or Overseas Voters may register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Upon receipt of the completed application, we will mail your absentee ballot.  Please contact the Town Clerk if you have any questions.  Phone: 203-938-2377 – Fax: 203-938-5000  – email:

To check your voter registration status or to register to vote online, click here. 


Apply for an Absentee Ballot for  Referendum

Absentee balloting is available for those individuals who cannot vote in person for one of the following reasons:  active service in the armed forces; absence from town during all hours of the referendum; physical disability; illness; or religious tenets.

An application must be delivered to the Town Clerk’s Office at which time the ballot will be given to the applicant.  If the applicant is unable to come in person, he or she can designate a member of their family to pick up their ballot and return it to the town clerk.  An application must still first be completed and delivered to the Town Clerk with the designation of a family member to hand carry the ballot.  Since this referendum is being held with less than 3 weeks notice, absentee ballots cannot be mailed by the town clerk.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are designating someone to pick up your ballot, you can complete the application and file with the Town Clerk at any time.  The ballot will then be issued to your designee.

An Application for Absentee Ballot for Referendum Authorized to be Held with Less Than 3 Weeks Notice – Form ED-3R, can be picked up at the Town Clerk’s Office or downloaded by clicking here.  The completed and signed form must be presented to the Town Clerk’s Office at which time an absentee ballot will be issued to either the applicant or the applicant’s designee.

Completed absentee ballots may be either hand-delivered or mailed to the Town Clerk’s Office, but must be received no later than 5:30 p.m. on the day of the referendum.

]]> (Town of Redding) Politics Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:46:49 -0400
GPC and Ethan Allen Prep Athletes Complete Week 1 of Summer Achieve Program, Play at Salem Country Club, GPC National

The Golf Performance Center and Ethan Allen Prep Kick off Summer Session #1

The first week of The Golf Performance Center’s Summer Achieve program is now complete!  The athletes have been training at GPC, playing GPC National, playing rounds at Salem Country Club and enjoying meals, recreational time and enrichment at Ethan Allen Prep (EAP) and Main Campus.  This year, new guidelines have been put in place to strictly adhere to the CT State guidelines relative to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Ethan Allen Prep team has led dynamic enrichment exercises designed to get the athletes thinking about who they are as humans and their goals as student-athletes.  The collective mood of each of the groups is very positive as they are fully engaged in golf, enrichment, and recreational activities.  The food, provided by Raffaelle Gallo of the renowned Gallo Restaurant in Ridgefield, has been excellent and the athletes cannot get enough of it. The program is off to a great start illustrating that if you provide a balance of hard work and fun in a positive environment, kids will thrive. 

Next week, athletes ages 14+ will have the opportunity to participate in SAT prep, college essay and resume writing workshops led by Ethan Allen Prep faculty.

Session 1 is full but limited space is still available in session 2 of GPC’s Summer Achieve program, beginning on July 27.

For more information, visit

]]> (GPC) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:28:32 -0400
Redding Residents Graduate from Wooster School

Wooster School held its Commencement Exercises on Monday, July 6, 2020 to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020. These seniors join more than 3,000 alumni who have graduated since Wooster's founding in 1926.

Congratulations to the Redding residents who graduated from Wooster, Class of 2020: Redding Resident Graduates Include: Maggie Bevier, Meghan Bourgeault, Alexandra Lecher, Max Morales-Thomason.

President of the Wooster School Board of Trustees, Leon Weaver offered kind words to Wooster's soon-to-be graduates. “I bring warm greetings and congratulations, and recognition of all your hard work and success. The Class of 2020 is unique in that you are the first class to graduate from Wooster School that were born entirely in the 21st century.”

Class orator Sartaj Singh ‘20 delivered some heartfelt remarks. “I do love this school and I know that each and every person here is going to go on to do something great with their lives, and that is in large part because of the values that Wooster has instilled in us.”

Before the seniors received their diplomas, Head of School Matt Byrnes spoke to the graduating class. “Our goal here at Wooster School has been to do as much as possible to prepare you to make meaning in your lives. To make meaning is to have a set of skills and ways of thinking and communicating which allow you to use what you already think you know to better understand that which you don’t,” Byrnes remarked. He added, “This is what I wish for you. Be a learner always. Learn about the world and learn about yourself. Practice listening to others so that you can be more honest with yourself. But be strong and believe in yourself -- even in times of doubt. Do this and when the storms come -- and they will -- you’ll be ready to act, but also to find that place of refuge which you’ll need to survive and thrive.”

Congratulations to the Great Class of 2020 for all of their accomplishments!

Wooster School Class of 2020

Marguerite Bevier

Luke Borrero

Meghan Bourgeault

Alexandra Bratter

Sean Breen

John Burke

Jack Caiola

Emily Cavenagh

Max Chelso

Colin Costigan

Erron Cushnie


Riley Damiano

Sophie De Leo

Emma Delattre

Benjamin Everett

Oliver Felicione

Isabella Ferrigno

Andrew Fortson

Isabella Friedman

Temidayo Garritano

Andrew Greeley

Andrew Griffin

James Hoban

Braden Langis

Alexandra Lecher

Shiyuan (Zack) Liu

Yike (Echo) Ma

Fiona McBride

Monisha Mohan

Max Morales-Thomason

Alicia Nicoletti

Morgan Nolan

Georgiana O'Connell

Mehmet Ozcakar

Suhui (Summer) Qian

Xuanrun (Chris) Qu

James Rapp

Morgan Reilly

Sartaj Singh

Charles Stuhr

Nicole Van Pelt

Melanie Vazquez

Jonathan Voves

MengYu (Michaela) Yang

Michaela Zahner

About Wooster School

Wooster School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school, serving students from Fairfield and Westchester Counties. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, the School serves students from grade 4 through grade 12. A leader in classroom innovation and teaching, Wooster School is a place where thinking and learning are personal, meaningful, and visible; 

and where faculty work closely with students in small classes and cohorts to think and communicate critically and creatively. At Wooster, every student participates, every student contributes, and every student learns and develops the necessary skills to be a life-long learner and leader in college and beyond.

To learn more, visit or contact Wooster School Admissions at (203) 830-3916.


]]> (Lori Kriegel) Neighbors Mon, 06 Jul 2020 09:46:51 -0400