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

This Weekend: Play & film premieres; art shows & sales; jazz, rock, folk & opera, plus festivals

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?’ opens on stage in Stamford Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Todd Kreidler’s adaptation of the 1967 film based on the Academy Award-winning screenplay by William Rose, will open Curtain Call’s 27th season on tonight, Sept. 7, in the Dressing Room Theatre, Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue, Stamford. The Connecticut premiere of this play, … read more

This Weekend: Musicals, art show openings, outdoor concerts, festivals & more

‘Nordic Tapestry’ in new exhibit Before the weekend starts, the Washington Art Association & Gallery in collaboration with the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens will open a new exhibit, The Nordic Tapestry Group: Weaving Knowledge into Personal Expression, on Thursday. The Nordic Tapestry Group consists of weavers from Sweden, Iceland and the United States who formed a decade ago … read more

This Weekend: Plays & improv, art fest & exhibits, Top 40, Sinatra & folk tunes, cruises & more

Meeting marine life on cruise Holding up a sea robin (the bottom feeding Triglidae) is Maritime Aquarium educator Kara Glezer on a Marine Life Encounter Cruise aboard the Norwalk aquarium’s R/V Spirit of the Sound, a 64-foot catamaran. TGIF Cruises Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Cruise each Saturday at 6:30 p.m., $29.95 ($19.95 members); Marine Life Encounter Cruises at 1 p.m., … 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

Shatterproof scores spot in National Brackets For Good Tournament

Shatterproof was founded by Easton resident Gary Mendell, who lost his son Brian to addiction.

After more than one month of competitive giving, Shatterproof has earned its place — out of 64 other nonprofit organizations — in the National Championship for the 2017 Brackets For Good Tournament. Shatterproof, the leading national nonprofit working to end the devastation addiction causes families, will face Allied Arts in the final round of the March Madness style competition for the … read more

Dog-killing disease makes comeback in Connecticut

Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch urges people to vaccinate their pets for leptospirosis, a dog-killing disease. — Susan Hunter archive photo

A disease that used to be prevented as part of routine dog vaccines but went dormant made a comeback and recently infected dogs in Easton and Monroe. Easton Animal Control Officer Kelly Fitch is advising all dog owners to get their pets vaccinated for leptospirosis, also known as lepto. “A 2-year-old dog passed away from lepto lost last week,” Fitch … read more

VIDEO: Father has plan to crush opioid crisis

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

Two men from different perspectives but with a common mission to beat the opioid epidemic met on a recent Friday morning at the Easton Police Department to deal with the crisis. Former hotel executive Gary Mendell leads Shatterproof, a national nonprofit he founded to end the devastation that addiction causes families. Before joining the Easton Police Department in 2015, Chief … read more

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