Month: March 2018

Mark Twain Library Family Frog Walk

Saturday, April 14th | 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Get your Frog Frolic on! Bring the whole family to a guided nature talk at Topstone Park. Participants will look for and learn about Redding’s local plants and animals while strolling around the Topstone Pond beach area with two knowledgeable nature guides: John McLeran, Redding Open Space Manager, environmental educator and dragonfly expert; and Susan Robinson, a naturalist with the Redding Conservation Commission and the Connecticut Botanical Society. Register Here.

Co-sponsored by: Redding Department of Parks and Recreation
Co-collaborators: The Redding Conservation Commission, The Redding Land Trust, and the Connecticut Botanical Society

International Fest was a worldwide hit

RES celebrated its 5th year hosting the international festival. Twelve countries and Puerto Rico were represented with costumes, history, food and fun.

Live music from K and 1st grade students was lead by Mrs. Weiss. Mia Callot and Maya Tedawes performed a string duet.

Food included ice cream from Australia, a hibiscus drink from Mexico, and baklava from Albania. A bead craft from South Africa and a wooden game for all ages from the Netherlands also kept folks busy.


Avery Baker, Alessandra Costello, and Mila Baker represented Italy.

Saanvi Savith, Avery Baker and Zahra Jabbari busy doing bead crafts at the South African table.

BoF approves budget

March 26’s Board of Finance meeting saw both the town and school budgets approved and sent on to the voters in a referendum on May 8.

A Facebook livestream video (thank you, Bob Moran) can be found here.

The Board agreed that the Selectmen’s budget was very tight. It includes a 7% reduction in the police department and it was noted that 80% of the cost of the new SRO at Barlow will be paid on the Region 9 budget. The SRO at Barlow will be replaced with an SSO.

The uncertainty about State aid was discussed. The probability that we will not receive any for the near future has been taken into account when formulating the budget.

On the motion of Mr. Mazzucco and the second of Mr. Dean, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Selectmen’s Budget of $14,796,773.

The Board of Education budget as presented represented an increase of 4.34%. Dr. McMorran  noted that the budget goal is to spend 99% and funds will only be used if needed.

Miller and Barickman were in favor of passing the budget as presented. Mazzucco noted the difference between what we want vs. what we can reasonably afford to do.  He cited the loss of state aid, risk of teacher pension costs, change in federal tax law, decline in assessments and grand list and decline in housing prices as factors suggesting caution in setting budgets.

Mr. Barickman moved and Mr. Miller seconded to approve the Board of Education budget as presented at $21,652,623.  Miller and Barickman approved.  Dean, Mazzucco, Clark and Yonkers opposed, so the motion failed.

Mr. Mazzucco moved and Ms. Clark seconded to approve the Board of Education budget of $21,167,676. Mazzucco and Clark approved. Dean, Barickman, Miller and Yonkers opposed, so the motion failed.

Mr. Dean moved and Mr. Barickman seconded to approve the Board of Education budget of $21,552,623.  Dean, Barickman, Miller and Clark approved. Mazzucco and Yonkers opposed. The motion passed.

On the motion of Mr. Mazzucco and the second of Ms. Clark, the Board voted unanimously to approve the combined budget of $36,349,396.