Day: January 6, 2018

The Creative Side of town

A new children’s art school opened on Route 7 on the Redding/Ridgefield town line in early November and has been buzzing with activity despite the fierce weather Mother Nature has unleashed. The Arts & Nature School offers art, musical theater classes, birthday parties, “Splatterday” splatter painting events and one-of-a-kind glow parties. The studio features a wide variety of offerings for children and families including paint and sip, teen paint and pizza night, Mommy & Me Music & Movement, Kid’s Karaoke, knitting, workshops and much more.

The Arts & Nature School of Ridgefield was opened by Wendy Mitchell, local resident and a member of the Ridgefield Arts Council and Ridgefield Youth Commission. Wendy, a singer/bass player and writer, was the founder of the nonprofit healing arts studio Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK), founded by her after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in her hometown in 2012. She has taught musical theater in the Greater Danbury area for the last 15 years, and will continue to do so at her new school.

“My philosophy centers around the concept that each child is different with unique talents and abilities. My job is to help develop those talents while building their self-esteem in a nurturing environment. Through theater games, improvisation, vocal and theater instruction, we’re helping kids develop lifelong skills,” Mitchell said.

Art activities are largely based on using recycled and upcycled materials and items found in nature.

“When I was little we used to play outside all day long making tree forts and collecting pine cones and leaves in the woods. Now kids are hooked up to technology and studies show this can be detrimental to their health. We want to create projects and experiences that make kids ask questions about the earth and bring them back to nature to encourage imaginative and creative play, collaboration with their peers and social interaction between children.”

In the two months since she has opened, Wendy has held fundraisers and events for the greater Danbury Women’s Center, Dylan’s Wings of Change, Newtown Strong Therapy Dogs, Family & Children’s Aid and Meals on Wheels. You many have seen Wendy and her 17-year-old daughter volunteering under the tent doing face painting at the Georgetown Winter Festival to raise funds for the Redding Fire Department and Rising Starr Horse Rescue.

The next Splatterday splatter painting event for kids ages 2-10 is on Friday, Jan. 19 from 4-6pm, Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10am-12pm or 3-5pm and Sun. Jan. 22 from 12-2pm.

The Arts & Nature School’s Winter Session begins on Monday, January 8, 2018. Click here for class offerings and registration information.

Email
https://artsandnatureschoolofridgefield.com/
475-215-5582
Facebook
Instagram: @artsandnatureschool

ERCCC Meeting

Come join us on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm for the
Easton Redding Community Care Coalition Parent meeting

Are you, your teenager or a family member struggling with stress and anxiety?

Our meeting will include a presentation by Kathy Katts, Holistic Wellness Counselor, and Mindfulness Expert.  Kathy will discuss the root of anxiety and introduce HOW TO strategies to allow for immediate shifts in mindset. Scientific research from a holistic and consciousness perspective will be presented.  The presentation will end with a guided technique to allow all participants to experience a physical and mental shift.  To learn more about Kathy, go to her website: www.innersourceayurveda.com

In this ever-changing landscape, the time is now for us to learn and implement new strategies to evolve and grow with equanimity.

Race SOLD OUT

by John McCleary

Thank you for selling out the Redding Road Race, “A Run For The Cows” super-fast, as usual!!

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We’re going to have a lot of fun in the upcoming months.  While I’m busy ordering gifts and assigning bib numbers here are a few race notes:

 

  • Joan Benoit Samuelson will be our very special race guest this year.  The last two year we had the greatest American male long distance runner at the race, so, it’s only fair that we now get the greatest American female long distance runner to join us!!
  • Newsletters – we publish about 10 newsletters prior to the race – send me your human interest stories as these are the heart of the newsletters.  Past newsletters can be viewed on the website.
  • Sponsors – we’re always looking for Mile Marker Sponsors
  • Pasta Dinner – We’re planning on doing some type of pre-race party with a band, a bar and a chance to meet Joan – stay tuned.
  • Giveaways – Complimentary giveaways are better than ever – with registration, you will be getting: a coolmax shirt, coolmax hat, coffee mug, insulated lunch bag, cow bell, bumper sticker and personalized bib.  Mighty Cow participants will also be getting an extra gift or two.
  • Own an aid station – If you’re willing to get 4 or more volunteers together to “own an aid station” you registration will be refunded.
  • Waiting list – The registration site has started waiting lists for all races.  I don’t envision being able to accommodate any more 7 milers, but will be able to take in a few more half marathoners and Mighty Cowers. So, feel free to tell any friends who may have missed registration.
  • Documentary – Check out our documentary, starring Bill Rodgers, Liz, Ann, Sharon and Heather.  It’s on the front page of the website (along with other videos) and, if you haven’t watched it, it’s worth the 23 minutes.
  • Host Hotel – La Quinta Inn, $94 night I think??  116 Newtown Rd, Danbury CT 06810,  203-798-1200, tell them you’re running the race.

Easton Police Activity Log Week 12-26-17 / 01-01-18

Total Calls:  141 Suspicious MV 12
Accident 4 Suspicious Person 1
Aided/EMS 4 Suspicious Activity 0
Alarm 18 Criminal Arrest 0
Animal Control 14 MV Summons 2
Assist other Dept. 4 Infraction 4
Fire Call 1 Written Warning 8
MV Stop 14 Verbal Warning 3
Criminal Mischief:
On December 26, 2017 a resident on Crossbow Lane arrived home, after being away all weekend, to find his neighbor’s Christmas decorations smashed at his front door.
His property was not vandalized. The owner of the decorations was unaware of the missing items and had not heard or seen anything out of the ordinary.

Animal:
On 12/25/17 at approx. 5 pm caller reported a bat in his house. He was advised to open a window and let bat out. The caller had called back on 12/27 and stated that he caught the bat today and let bat out. ACO advised him to contact children’s pediatrician and their physician to speak to them about rabies vaccination.

Dumping / Littering:
Concerned citizen came into the department to report clothes spread out along South Park Ave. The person was unsure of the exact location. They also turned in a tan colored purse which contained only an empty wallet. Officer reports it to be miscellaneous women’s clothing. Debris removed from the road. No identifying items found.

* 911 * call
On 12/31/17 at approx. 11:55 am caller reports three small children on a pond at the corner of Bibbins Road and RT 136. Caller is concerned the ice may not be safe and there are no adults in sight.  No one seen on ice or in area when police arrived.

Easton Library Mini-Golf Fundraiser Sponsors Needed

The Friends of the Easton Public Library is looking for local businesses to help sponsor “Links for Literature,” a Mini-Golf fundraiser to be held at the Library on Saturday, March 10th, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Several levels of sponsorship are available, including Title Sponsorship for $1,500, Hole Sponsorship for $100, a donation of an item, gift certificate, or gift basket for the Silent Auction, or a donation of refreshments for the event. Sponsors and donors will be mentioned in all publicity for the event, which will include flyers, website posts, Facebook, Instagram, and local newspapers. In addition, hole sponsors will have the opportunity to decorate their hole in any manner they wish.

An 18-hole miniature golf course will be set up inside the Library, creating a family-friendly event where people can play a round of golf, enjoy refreshments, socialize, and have fun. There will also be a Silent Auction. “We are looking forward to offering this fun and unique family event. I hope the community will embrace it and help to make it a success,” says Library Director Lynn Zaffino. Proceeds from this event will go towards enhancing the Library’s collection of print, audiovisual, and digital resources. For more information, please contact Lynn Zaffino at 203-261-0134, or via email at lzaffino@eastonlibrary.org.

Recycle your tree

The Town of Easton accepts old holiday trees for recycling.

Please remove from the tree all foreign material such as lights, decorations and plastic bags.

Under state law, the trees are considered yard waste and must be recycled like brush, grass clippings and leaves.

Please deposit trees in the marked area – by the sand pile near Rte. 59 – at the public works yard at 15 Westport Road.

Please note: they do not accept holiday wreaths.

Upcoming in 2018

by Adam Dunsby, Easton First Selectman

Here are some things I think we will see in Easton in 2018.

The mill rate will be reduced. Last year’s budget process was chaotic because of Governor Malloy’s proposal to shift a portion of teachers’ pensions from the state to the towns. The proposed charge to Easton was $1.3 million (our budget is a bit over $40 million). The state budget process dragged on through October, and, not knowing what would become law, Easton’s Board of Finance decided to set the mill rate assuming the governor’s proposal would mostly be implemented. Ultimately, the legislature did not implement the proposal to shift the cost of teachers’ pensions, so the town over-taxed. Members of the Board of Finance have made it clear they intend to reduce taxes and return this money to the taxpayers.

Central Easton will get cell service. The center of town—including our schools—does not have reliable cell service. That will change in early 2018. A tower is being erected near the animal shelter and Verizon should have its antenna in operation by March. Easton will be safer and residents will enjoy a step forward in communication technology.

The Solar array behind SSES will be expanded. Two years ago the town installed a solar array behind Samuel Staples Elementary School that provides about half the school’s electricity. We are in the process of expanding the array to the north and may be able squeeze in enough panels so that 100% of the school’s electricity comes from solar. All Easton residents should be proud that we are doing our part to promote clean energy.

One of the South Park bridges will be replaced. Two of the bridges on South Park Avenue need to be replaced. The one near Riverside Drive, which is only open to one lane of traffic, will be replaced in the summer of 2018. The bridge near Buck Hill Road will be replaced in the summer of 2019. The bridges cost about $1.5 million each. We have been awarded most, but not all, of the money through various state grants. If the state reneges on its commitment, now a possibility due to the state’s financial position, we will need to re-evaluate how we are going to pay for them.

Also . . . We could see the completion of the addition to the library to accommodate an expanded children’s section. Several groups in town are thinking about how to promote Easton, and we can look forward to seeing their results. I hope to continue moving forward on a plan to construct a restroom facility by the Morehouse fields. Financial considerations have slowed this down, but I am hopeful we can get it back on track.

A couple of things that probably won’t happen. I don’t expect anything to happen with the South Park property in 2018. While I believe town government should fulfill its commitment to taxpayers to recover their money, as they were promised would happen before they voted to buy it, The New England Prayer Center did not exercise its option to purchase and no other project has yet to convince the Board of Selectmen or the town. The Board of Selectman does not want to take any action in the short term that may prevent the town from a better use in the future.

I also don’t think a bus depot will be built behind SSES in 2018. A while back the Board of Education asked the Board of Selectmen to construct a bus depot for the district’s busses. Enthusiasm for this project was muted, but at the time the BOE was facing the loss of their current space, and the Board of Selectmen was convinced of the project’s necessity. As time has gone on, however, the Board of Education has been able to extend its current lease, and it appears the Easton and Redding Boards of Education are pursuing other options.

One of the best things about Easton is how committed we all are to improving our town. So I am sure we will see much, much more than listed above. Happy New Year!