Day: July 8, 2018

Book donations accepted until July 31


REDDING, CT, July 7, 2018–Mark Twain once said, “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” Find wisdom and good company during the Mark Twain Library’s 58th Annual Book Fair — one of the oldest and largest in New England, and one of the Library’s most celebrated fundraisers.

For four days over Labor Day weekend, from Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3, the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road is transformed by an army of volunteers into a “storehouse” of more than 65,000 bargain priced books and items, organized and categorized for convenient shopping.

“Thanks to some amazing donations from the Mark Twain Library’s friends and neighbors, the Book Fair during Labor Day weekend is more like a bookstore than a few library discards priced for sale,” said Book Fair co-Chair Midge Loery. “We’ve got 75 categories of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl albums, sheet music, games and puzzles—something for everyone.” The last day to donate books to the Library for the Book Fair is July 31.

Opening day is Friday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the first hour, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., there is a $20 admission charge and tickets for that hour will be available starting at 8 a.m. Book dealers start lining up the night before for a chance at first dibs! There will be a children’s after school event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with an ice cream truck from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 1, the Fair will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 2 will be “Half-Price Day” and the Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, September 3, the Fair will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday will be “Boxing Day” and items will be sold for $10 a box or half-price.

Refreshments will be available for sale, there is plenty of free parking, and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Mark Twain Library.
“The Mark Twain Library Book Fair is one of the jewels of Redding,” said co-Chair Catherine Riordan.  “It’s an opportunity to recycle our books for others to enjoy, a reminder of our devotion to thoughtful discourse, a chance to connect with neighbors new and old — and the perfect way to support the Library while buying more books!”

The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association.  It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents. Visit, for more information.

Photo by Sandi O’ Reilly.
The Back Room Volunteers are, from left to right,
Jane McCaffrey; Co-Chair Midge Loery; Rita Stirling; Suzanne Gordon; Ruth Wolsch; Eileen Honey; and Co-Chair Jeanne Wendschuh (not pictured: Co-Chair Catherine Riordan).

Beacon of Hope

Join Mikey’s Way Foundation on Friday, July 20, 2018 for our “Beacon of Hope” seaside event. The night will feature amazing food and drinks, and live music held in a beautiful waterfront venue overlooking spectacular views of Long Island Sound. Be treated to a casual seaside dining experience at Penfield Beach Pavilion that includes food and dessert stations from local restaurants, and signature drinks and beer from local breweries.

Music provided by ETA will serve as the perfect ambiance for the starlight night. Silent auction items will be available as exciting, bidder-war worthy items are featured in the live auction.

Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Penfield Beach Pavilion
323 Fairfield Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

Individual Tickets: $125
Mikey’s Way Supporter – Program Recognition (no ticket): $350

Can’t make the event? Consider becoming a Mikey’s Way Supporter, and you’ll received recognition in our event program. Let everyone know that you support children dealing with the stress of childhood cancer.

Sponsorships are still available, please contact Nikki Kaldawy at or call 203-873-0671 for more information.

To learn more about our event and featured restaurants, go to

Mikey’s Way Foundation is dedicated to enriching the lives of children suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses by providing diversion and connection. Mikey’s Way Foundation started by Mikey Friedman in 2005, gives laptop computers, tablets, and other internet ready electronics to pediatric patients providing them a means to escape the misery of long-term treatment. In its 13 years, Mikey’s Way has helped more the 6,500 children cope with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Proceeds from the event will benefit the childhood cancer heroes of Mikey’s Way Foundation.

Mikey’s Way Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 charity

Chief O’Donnell to the rescue!

Mark O’Donnell named Interim Police Chief

Mark O’Donnell said he was touched and overwhelmed by the beautiful messages and calls he received from Reddingites who were sad he was retiring and wished him the best on his new adventure working at Monroe’s Masuk High. Leaving was bittersweet for the 33 year Redding police department veteran who calls our little town his second home.

About a week after he gave his notice, O’Donnell was called to a meeting with First Selectman Julia Pemberton ostensibly to talk about the SRO and SSOs. After that topic was discussed, Pemberton told O’Donnell, “We want you to stay.”

O’Donnell was receptive to the idea because “There was still a part of me that wanted to stay.” He conferred with his wife who said as long as the terms made him happy, she was on board.

Masuk’s Principal said that he appreciated the notification. He wished Mark luck and said that he understood.

At Friday’s special Board of Selectman meeting, Mark O’Donnell was unanimously voted to be the interim Chief.

Now the cheering in Redding has begun. Mark O’Donnell is universally well loved and thought of as an honest and professional police officer and a caring and generous human being.

Selectman Peg O’Donnell said she is very pleased about our Captain being promoted to Interim Chief.  She said, “Mark has been at the helm of our police department for 8 months, and has performed admirably.  His steady leadership has been appreciated and now we can all call him Chief.  He has been doing this job and now we can recognize that.” She added, “I look forward to working with Mark.  His intelligence and work ethic shine through every interaction with residents.”

Sgt Mark Deluca said, “The appointment of Mark O’Donnell as Redding’s Police Chief is great for the Town, the officers of the department and our community partners. He is well respected and cares deeply about our residents and the Department.  I am honored to call Mark a long time friend and mentor. This is a really good day for Redding!”

Chief O’Donnell will be sworn in soon. He has ideas on changes in the department, including reorganizing some of the responsibilities of the sergeants. He gives credit to retired Police Chief Doug Fuchs who built the department from scratch and plans to build on the framework in place.

“I’m just looking forward to continue to lead the Department!” he said modestly.

Redding is happy that Chief O’Donnell is getting the recognition he deserves.