Day: December 17, 2018

Redding Police Lead Charge to Help Connecticut Cancer Patients

Press Release

The Connecticut Cancer Foundation announced the successful results of their first statewide No Shave November campaign, which raised over $91,000 to benefit CT cancer patients and their families. Forty police departments participated in No Shave November in 2018.  They were joined by one fire department, one school, and one company, for a total of 43 teams.

The money raised during No Shave November will provide financial assistance to CT cancer patients and their families to help with everyday living expenses, such as rent, mortgage, and utilities. The Redding Police Department, led by Officer Michael Livingston, raised $1,445 for this cause!

During the month of November, police departments across Connecticut relaxed their facial hair requirements and allowed their officers to grow beards.  Instead of shaving, the officers fundraised in their department and in the community – 100% of the funds will go to CT cancer patients to help with basic living expenses. Terri Eickel, the Director of Development for the CT Cancer Foundation said that the response from the police officers and their communities was inspiring.  “The police officers were so excited to participate, especially since the money they raised will stay in Connecticut, helping our residents who are fighting cancer,” she said. “Because of No Shave November, CT cancer patients throughout our state will be able to focus on their health and recovery, not worry about their bills.”

Officer Mike Livingston, who organized the fundraising efforts of the Redding Police Department, echoed Eickel’s appreciation.  “On the behalf of the Redding Police Department we would like to extend our gratitude to the community, local s

AIS School openings

An Information Session about the Western CT Academy for International Studies (AIS) School in Danbury will be held at the Mark Twain Library on Monday evening, December 17th, at 6 p.m., to answer any questions you may have regarding enrollment at the AIS School.  

For the next school year of 2019-2020, there are 3 openings for Redding students in kindergarten through grade 5 at the AIS School in Danbury, CT.  The students must reside in Redding and may participate in a lottery to enroll in the magnet school.  Interested parents should contact Carly Pugliese at the Easton, Redding, and Region 9 School District’s Central Office at 203-261-1513; or Deborah Stanton, Danbury Public Schools, at 203-797-4710. The Redding Board of Education pays tuition and transportation for Redding AIS students.  

Mary Anne Guitar Portrait installed

by Jane Ross

Friends and admirers of the late Mary Anne Guitar, former six-term First Selectman and Redding Land Trust founder and long-time president, gathered at Town Hall on December 6 to celebrate the unveiling of Guitar’s photograph on the wall outside the Hearing Room. The covering curtains were pulled by her cousin Mary Guitar and good friend Laurie Heiss who paid tribute to one of Redding’s outstanding civic and conservation leaders.

Champagne and cake enlivened the gathering into the early evening hours. while in the late afternoon hearty souls had met at Guitar’s property to walk the four acres she left to the Land Trust and to plot a future important trail.

Photos: left: Gordon Loery, Mary Guitar and Laurie Heiss at the unveiling of the Mary Anne Guitar Portrait 
right: Mary Guitar with portrait of her cousin Mary Anne Guitar. Photos by Ann Taylor