Day: January 1, 2018

First Day Hikes across the State

First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states. Kids and adults all across America will be participating in First Day Hikes, getting their hearts pumping and enjoying the beauty of a state park. CFPA is excited to sponsor these three First Day Hikes on January 1st.

CFPA Ramble: New Year’s Day Hike, Westwood Trails, Guilford from 11 am to 1:30 pm
First Day Hike at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Center, Hampton from 12 pm to 2 pm
First Day Hike at Kettletown State Park, Southbury from 1 pm to 3 pm

Not able to get away on January 1st for a hike? The first week in January also offers these great guided events:

Jan 2: Wolf Moon Night Hike (7:30 pm) and Campfire (8:30 pm) at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Center, Hampton
Jan 7: Long Distance Guided Hike (12 pm) at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Center, Hampton
Jan 9: New Year Senior Walk at CFPA (10 am), Highlawn Forest, Rockfall

For more information click here.

Easton Police Activity Log Week 12-18-17 / 12-25-17

Activity Log

Week 12-18-17 / 12-25-17


Total Calls:  162 Suspicious MV 8
Accident 3 Suspicious Person 1
Aided/EMS 8 Suspicious Activity 0
Alarm 22 Criminal Arrest 1
Animal Control 8 MV Summons 2
Assist other Dept. 4 MV Clear/No Action 1
Fire Call 3 Infraction (MV/Accident) 2
MV Stop 16 Written Warning (MV Stop/Accident) 14
Verbal Warning (MV Stop/Accident) 1

Brendan Rotondi
401 Black Rock Road
Easton, CT

On 12/19/17 at 1929 hrs. Officers were dispatched to the residence at 401 Black Rock Rd after a call from someone at the residence requesting help.  The victim was not hurt but needed assistance with Brendan Michael Rotondi who became angry when he was not allowed to take the car and as stated by the victim, he was already upset from previous incidents that had recently occurred.  Brendan was issued a Misdemeanor Summons charging him with Disorderly Conduct.  He was assigned a court date of 12/20/17 at GA#2, Bridgeport Court.

Marisa Barnes
31 Karen Drive
Monroe, CT

Ms. Barnes was issued a Misdemeanor Summons for Failure to Drive Right and Operating MV Under Suspension on 12/21/17 when she was involved in a single car MVA rollover on Bibbins Rd at Sport Hill Road at around 11:25 AM.  Ms. Barnes had to be extricated from the vehicle, after her it came to rest at approx. 20-30 feet from roadway, down a slight embankment and surrounded by stonewall. She was taken to St. Vincent’s to be checked for any injuries.

K-9 TJ:
On 12/22/17 K9 TJ assisted State Police in search for missing CSP K9 Texas at Wooster Mountain in Danbury.

Missing Dog:
Caller reports his female Golden/Husky mix named Luna has been missing since 12/18/17. Dog is gray, black and gold with blue eyes. Caller lives on the Trumbull

Winter/Spring Classic Movie Series at the Library

The Winter/Spring Classic Movie Series at the Easton Public Library begins on Thursday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. with the cult classic movie from 1943, I Walked With a Zombie, which was directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Frances Dee.   In tribute to Frances Dee, there will be a special presentation by her son, Peter McCrea.  The film series continues on Wednesday, March 14th with the Howard Hawks 1939 masterpiece, Only Angels Have Wings, with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur.  On Wednesday, April 18th, the film series concludes with a Howard Hawks comedy from 1952, Monkey Business, starring Cary Grant and Marilyn Monroe. The film series is hosted by film historian and former Library Board of Trustees Chair Jon Sonneborn, and sponsored by the Easton Arts Council. Registration is suggested. For more information, please contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at


The Easton Yarnsmiths is a group for knitting enthusiasts of all ages. Beginning on January 4th, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., the group will meet twice a month to work on personal and group projects as well as to share techniques, ask questions, and get to know one another.  All knitters of any age and level of experience are welcome.

Easton Yarnsmiths was born out of Knitting for a Cause, a service project that brought together women of all ages to create blankets for children in need.  The blankets were then sent to Project Linus, an organization that gives blankets to sick children and children in emergency situations, like floods, fires, foster care, and others.

Something else happened when these teens and adult women of all ages came together to contribute to the cause. These women, from age 9 to 96 – children, teens, young mothers, and grandmothers — found common ground through knitting. They shared stories and hints and helped those who were just learning how to knit. The program was designed for teens up through adults, but a young girl aged 9 asked if she could join in and she did. She learned how to knit, a skill and hobby she will have for a lifetime.

“This is a great opportunity to be part of helping people while doing what I enjoy. I was so glad I went because it was a lot of fun. It shows no matter how small our part is, we can make a difference,” says Helen Keller Middle School student Ashley Salvatore.

Even people who could not attend any of the three sessions contributed squares they had made at home. Members of the staff also helped to teach beginning knitters and also helped to finish the blankets by sewing them together and creating the finished edge. “What impressed me most was the enthusiasm and the number of people who responded. There were seasoned knitters and beginners, everything across the board. Everyone was happy to do something for children who needed something extra-special for themselves,” remarked Barbara Fitchen, a longtime Library employee and local Easton Resident.

Elizabeth Portillo, the Youth Services Librarian is pleased with the success of Knitting for a Cause. She proudly sent three completed blankets to Project Linus, and created a program that will continue what she started.   “It’s a unique opportunity for the community and the Library to have people of all generations come together for such a timeless and engaging pastime,” she says.  “It’s amazing to see it continuing beyond the first project.”


Midterm Study Nights

The Easton Public Library will be open until 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, January, 11th, Tuesday, January 16th, and Wednesday, January 17th to help Joel Barlow students prepare for their midterm exams. Food will also be provided.

“We’re pleased to be offering this opportunity to the students,” says Mary Beth Rassulo, Assistant Director/Head of Youth Services. “Midterms can be a stressful time for all involved, and we can help alleviate that during exam week with longer hours, food, and a comfortable place to study.”
Please register for each night so we can determine how much food to order. To register, please use the Library’s Online Event Calendar, or contact Elizabeth Portillo at 203-261-0134, or via email at