Day: January 27, 2018

Roadhouse Opens on Jan 31

by Susan Winters           

This evening I had the pleasure of attending the soft opening of the Redding Roadhouse. Count the days, Redding! Just a few more until the public opening will be on January 31.

The building itself is sparkling and inviting. All of the old favorites are still there… the mural, the train, the fireplace. But, the furniture has been refinished, the couches recovered and the train oiled so it chugs smoothly around the track.

The dining room has been painted and renovated. A clever addition is a glass topped tree trunk table that will be used as a bread station or to introduce chef treats.

Erin and Shawn Reilly are the new owners of this local favorite and they are very excited to be opening the doors to old fans and new friends.

The couple moved to Easton when they were looking for a place to raise their two young sons. When the Roadhouse went up for sale, the Reilly’s took the opportunity to work on a project together.

Shawn is a restaurateur from New York City, specializing in eco-friendly concepts. Erin’s background as a fashion designer is evident in the light and airy redecoration. She incorporated all of the must-keeps like the pool table upstairs and added comfortable seating and conversation nooks.

The Reilly’s took great care to staff their new venture with people who understand quality and service.

At the bar, head mixologist Nikki has created a roster of inventive and delicious cocktails. Margaritas are made the old fashioned way with egg whites and citrus. Nikki hand infuses gin with hibiscus tea for a drink she calls the Easy Wind.

Chef Caesar cooks what Shawn calls “New England Pub Fare.” Delicious, innovative and hearty comfort foods will be offered.

Tonight I tried the black bean burger and it was delicious! Its very hard for a pescetarian (almost vegetarian… I eat fish) to find a really delicious veggie burger. The black bean burger with chipotle jam hit the spot.

The freshly made churros were crispy and just the right amount of sweet with a delicious chocolate dipping sauce.

Redding’s favorite gathering spot will be open in just a few days.

The new Redding Roadhouse is located at 406 Redding Rd, Redding, at the intersection of 53 and 107.

The bar… the mural, light fixtures and antler light fixtures are still there


Train still chugging away…


New communal tables in the enclosed patio bring the outside in


The main dining room


“Good omens” Spiced Rum, Grilled pineapple,
lemongrass syrup, all spice dram, tikki itters over ice


Black bean burger with chipolte jam. Crispy and hot french fries


“Easy Wind” red tea infused gun, honey, lemon, grapefruit liqueur, ginger syrup


House made Cheese steak Egg rolls, Pulled Pork Nachos


The pool table is ready for a game


Julia and Adam Pemberton having a night out


Head mixologist Nikki




Aspetuck Land Trust

Aspetuck Land Trust is a land preservation group, but we’re also a community.  We invite you to join a great bunch of active outdoors people  You don’t have be a lumberjack or PhD to be involved!  You can help out in all sorts of ways.  Here are a few to consider:

We have an exciting new initiative to track wild animal populations on Aspetuck Land Trust properties. While you are out walking in any of our preserves and you see wildlife fill out our smart phone optimized ALT Mammal and Bird Observation Form. The form is located on our website under Get Outdoors in the main menu. If you’re not tech savvy, print out the form and send it to us in the mail to tell us what you saw. Wildlife spotting is a great family, or scout group activity that will help children learn to identify what animals can be found in Connecticut. If you see something really cool like a bear, mountain lion, bobcat or fisher please post your picture on our Facebook Page in Ranger Jim’s Photo Exchange for all to see.

We have lots of fun ways to get involved! Sign up for any or all of the following:

Trails:  This subcommittee makes sure our trails are physically up to par.  They monitor the trails and perform reroutes when necessary.  They view our trails as an entire system and determine where and how our trail system should function.

Trail Stewards:  This subcommittee organizes the trail stewards and trail steward events.  The trail stewards are a great group of people who are the bedrock on which ALT stands.  This subcommittee makes sure these dedicated volunteers have everything they need and organizes social gatherings for the group.

Invasives:  ALT is committed to fighting invasives using best scientific practices.  This subcommittee is to keep abreast of the latest scientific research on invasives to inform our on-the-ground invasive warriors.

K-College:  Although we are a land preservation group, because we hold our properties in perpetuity, we also seek to engage young people in our work.  Our K-college subcommittee runs our youth and family programs.

Haskins Preserve Project: Our preserves are intricately connected to all the property in Fairfield County.  The Haskins Project helps protect ALT land by setting up demonstration areas for landowners to learn ecologically sustainable private land management practices.

Grants Committee:  There are numerous local, state, and federal grants that the we would like to pursue.  This committee researches those grants and may evolve to help write them.

The bedrock of Aspectuck Land Trust consists of about 70 amazing volunteer Trail Stewards who walk, monitor, and help maintain our trail system.  They are the heavy lifters, both literally and figuratively, of Aspetuck Land Trust.  They are also our first point of contact and outreach to trail users.

To volunteer in any of the areas above, please complete our quick and easy


PS: New Aspetuck Land Trust members will receive our 4-town hiking map, membership decal and members-only access to our delicious blueberry patch. Yummy.

Easton Police Activity Log Week 1-16-18 / 01-21-18

Total Calls:  128 Suspicious MV 8
Accident 1 Suspicious Person 0
Aided/EMS 4 Suspicious Activity 1
Alarm 17 Criminal Arrest 0
Animal Control 12 MV Summons 0
Assist other Dept. 2 Infraction 1
Fire Call 1 Written Warning 10
MV Stop 11 Verbal Warning 1

On 1/6/18 caller reports several garbage bags and the head of a deer dumped behind a tree on Everett Rd.

On 1/17/18 caller informed department that a possible sick raccoon was on in her yard all day on Tuckahoe Road.  Raccoon could not be located.

Assist other Depart. / WARRANT
Adelaide Carly Egan of Stratford, CT

On 1/17/18 Ms. Egan called the police department to report she struck a dog on Sport Hill Road between Austin Drive and Ridgeway Road. Police officer on site discovered that Ms. Egan had a warrant out for her arrest out of Waterbury. Ms. Egan was held at the EPD until Waterbury Police took her into custody.

1/19/18 caller from Beers Road reports 7 of her chickens missing.

Larceny Theft from MV:
Resident from Morehouse Road called the department on 1/20/18 to report her daughter’s car had items removed from the unlocked vehicle sometime overnight.

On 1/20/18 caller reports seeing a turkey vulture eating a large carcass out of a black garbage bag on Maple Road in the area near North Park Avenue and Paine open space. Police Officer in the area, reports 2 bags of deer remains found.

Dog Attack:
On 1/21/18 a resident of Stones Throw Road reported that while he was walking his dog, his neighbor was also walking his dog at the time, let his dog off the leash and his neighbor’s dog attacked his dog. The caller reports he was knocked down in the scuffle but was not injured. The caller also states that his neighbor knows his dog is aggressive and still intentionally let it off leash.

The neighbor claims his dog slipped his harness and went after the dog and it was not intentional. However, the complainant reports this isn’t the first time this dog has attacked his dog.

On 1/21/18 Caller reports there are 3 cows on Center Road in the area of Shaggy Coos Farm. Police Officer reports owner retrieved animals.