Teachers, town settle on salary increases under 3%

With salary increases costing the town 2.73%, 2.98% and 2.99% over the next three fiscal years, a new contract will govern the employment of Ridgefield’s roughly 460 teachers. The three-year cost to the town of the salary increases is projected at $129.6 million, based on the assumption the school system maintains the same teaching workforce. “…The board is pleased with … read more

First snowstorm of season forecast for Saturday

Daisy, the mighty frisbee hunter, returns with her trophy at the height of the storm. — Shannon Calvert photo

A winter weather advisory remains in effect for Fairfield and New Haven counties and the region from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, to 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Snow is expected, according to the National Weather Service, which advises the public to plan on hazardous travel conditions. Drivers should be prepared for reduced visibilities at times. Total snow accumulations … read more

Shaban, former GOP state rep, to run for attorney general

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Former Republican state Rep. John Shaban announced Tuesday his intention to form a candidate committee to run for Connecticut attorney general. Shaban will be filing paperwork with the State Elections Enforcement Commission, and has already spoken with most of the Republican gubernatorial candidates and the Republican Attorneys General Association about his plans. “Connecticut’s economy continues to underperform, starving our citizens … read more

Run to end the stigma of addiction

Gary Mendell and his son Brian, who took his own life in 2011 when he could no longer cope with the stigma of addiction.

As many of you know, after an almost 10-year battle with addiction, my son Brian lost his life on Oct. 20, 2011. More tragically, it was not just addiction that took my son’s life. It was also the shame and isolation he felt so often. I often think about Brian’s last visit home. One his last day home, we had … read more

Local legislators offer revised ‘no-tax increase’ budget plan

State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26), state Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28), and state Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) speak with constituents about resolving the state budget impasse.

State Rep. Adam Dunsby (R-135) and State Senators Toni Boucher (R-26) and Tony Hwang (R-28) have joined together to release a revised two-year state budget proposal with no new taxes that would put a stop to the governor’s executive order, restore funding for education and core social services, and provide stability for towns and cities, according to a joint statement … read more

Former U.S. comptroller general runs for governor

Republican Dave Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, makes a point about his candidacy for Connecticut governor. — Nancy Doniger photo

Dave Walker, Republican of Bridgeport and declared Connecticut gubernatorial candidate, uses colorful language to describe the shrinking population and fortunes of the Constitution state. “You remember when Ross Perot ran for president he spoke of a giant sucking sound,” Walker said. Perot, whom Walker described as “a friend of mine,” used the phrase in the second 1992 Presidential Debate for … read more

Live at 11: HAN Connecticut News, Wednesday, June 28

On Wednesday, June 28, the Coffee Break News crew brings you the latest Connecticut news, including an Easton EMT charged with illegal firearms possession and impersonating a police officer, a local mother and son stealing from their family member and much more. Frank Granito has a look at the forecast and a Nutmeg Sports Update. Donald Eng will take a look … read more

Newtown Savings Bank issues succession plan

Kenneth L. Weinstein of Easton, left, will succeed John F. Trentacosta as president & CEO. Anthony F. Giobbi of Ridgefield will assume the new role of chief banking officer.

The Newtown Savings Bank board of directors announced organizational changes resulting from yearlong succession planning efforts. Effective Jan. 1, 2018, Kenneth L. Weinstein of Easton will succeed John F. Trentacosta as president & CEO. Trentacosta previously announced his planned retirement, after 19 years with the bank, effective Dec. 31. Anthony F. Giobbi of Ridgefield will assume the new role of … read more

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