Letter: Wilton vs. Ridgefield school budgets, taxes

To the Editor: Both Wilton and Ridgefield have wonderful school systems and high schools that rank in the top 10 within all Connecticut towns. Wilton’s proposed budget increase for next year is only 1.3% while Ridgefield’s increase is 3.43%. The difference is actually huge and the impact extends to the overall viability of our town. In Ridgefield’s case, if this … read more

Haskell introduces three gun safety bills

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State Sen. Will Haskell (D-26) announced today, Jan. 22, he has submitted three new gun safety bills to the General Assembly. If enacted, these proposals would ban untraceable ghost guns, allow law enforcement to request proof of a gun permit of anyone carrying a weapon, and limit bulk purchases of guns. “Ending gun violence wasn’t just something I talked about … read more

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

Rail lines will have positive train control by year’s end

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Branch line commuters will start the new year on safer trains. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office announced on Dec. 19 that every passenger rail line in Connecticut will have positive train control (PTC) installed on their systems by Dec. 31, fulfilling a recently enacted requirement by the Federal Railroad Administration for every passenger rail line in the country to implement … read more

Vigil remembers victims of gun violence

The vigil on Dec. 8 to remember those lost to gun violence was fraught with emotion as the deaths of three young people — two were murdered and one was killed in a firearms accident — were recounted by their families. Some 75 people packed the Quaker Meetinghouse in Wilton to hear from the families, Westport Selectwoman Melissa Kane, and … read more

Haskell readies to serve all in Senate

Will Haskell visits Wilton Center last week where he discussed his ideas for the next legislative session. — Jeannette Ross photo

State Sen.-elect Will Haskell acknowledged that while he received 53% of the vote in the November election to represent Connecticut’s 26th District, 47% of electors voted for his opponent. “I want to be their state senator, too,” the Democrat said in an interview in Wilton last week. He recognized they are “intelligent, honest and compassionate members of this community.” “I’m … read more

Election 2018: Haskell defeats Boucher for 26th district seat

Will Haskell, the 22-year-old Democrat from New Canaan, has defeated longtime Republican incumbent Toni Boucher for the 26th district state senate seat. Throughout his campaign, Haskell said his top three priorities will be gun violence, paid family leave, and transportation funding. Boucher, 68, a Republican from Wilton, was running for a sixth term. She served as the Senate’s chief deputy … read more

GOP chairman complains Haskell is abusing election funds

Democratic 26th Senate District candidate Will Haskell in the Old Post Office Square in Wilton Center. — Kendra Baker photo

State Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano has filed an election complaint against Democrat Will Haskell, the 22-year-old challenging Republican Toni Boucher for her state Senate seat representing the 26th District, alleging Haskell has misused campaign funds by paying his roommate. “There’s a simple answer that may not have occurred to Mr. Romano, and that is that my roommate, Jack Lynch, … read more

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