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  • School Board Hears Report On Expected Enrollment Decline

    An enrollment report was presented to the Board of Education on November 5 confirming the expected decline in student populations over the next decade.

    Each of the three projection models reported an enrollment decrease over the next ten years, ranging from roughly 28 percent to 17 percent, based on local economic and other conditions.

    Milone & MacBroom representatives Rebecca Augur and Michael Zuba, a principal planner, presented the enrollment report Wednesday evening.

  • Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crash Closes I-84, Creates Local Traffic Snarl

    An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks on eastbound Interstate 84 early on the morning of Friday, November 7, resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania trucker and his pet dog.

    The collision caused non-hazardous cargo spillage from both trucks, a six-hour closure of a section of I-84 for accident reconstruction by state police, and extensive travel delays on local secondary roads as morning-rush motorists took detours off I-84 to get around the accident scene.

  • Search For Missing Man Turns To South Carolina

    In their longstanding effort to find a missing Sandy Hook man, town police are probing a tip they received which indicates that the man may be working at a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.

    Myrtle Beach is a tourism center that has a subtropical climate and extensive beaches on the Atlantic Coast known as the Grand Strand.

  • Nourishments: All The Colors Not In A Rainbow

    Green lentils, brown lentils, red lentils — I love them all. So how could I resist when I saw a bag of black lentils on the shelf of an Italian specialty store?

    Also known as Beluga lentils, a nod to the bean’s caviar-like look, black lentils are as delicious and nutritious as their more commonly found counterparts.

  • Vandals Strike During Halloween Period

    Police report they received nine calls from residents concerning cases of minor vandalism which they  had discovered at their properties on and after Halloween.

    The incidents reported to police were typical of the vandalism that occurs during the Halloween period, including cases such as intentionally damaged curbside mailboxes, according to police.

  • Player Appreciation Night At Tonight’s St Rose Bingo

    There’s a chill in the air, so it must be time for chili.

    Friday, November 7, will be Player Appreciation Night at St Rose Bingo. Along with the usual Bingo fun, organizers are planning chili and other hot foods for sale at the concession stand, together with homemade dessert treats and complimentary coffee.

    The evening will feature an expanded free raffle with even more prizes and goodies.

  • Networking Group Talk On Self Branding Slated

    The Northern Fairfield Professionals, a networking group focusing on people in transition, will meet Tuesday, November 11, from 5:30 to 8 pm, at the Knights of Columbus building at 46 Church Hill Road (east of the St Rose Church sanctuary, in the second floor meeting room).

    Professionals and entrepreneurs are invited for networking, followed by a speaker presentation at 6 pm by Stacey Cohen, founder of Co-Communications, Inc, on “Keys To Build A Winning Personal Brand.” 

  • Police Probe ‘Distraction Burglary’ At Local Home

    Police are investigating a recent crime in which an elderly man was lured out of his Appleblossom Lane home and into his backyard, during which time a burglar or burglars secretly entered his house and swiftly stole an estimated $4,500 worth of valuables from within, escaping without the man realizing that crimes had occurred.

    Police Detective Jason Frank said November 3 that the crime took place at about 3 pm on Friday, October 17.

  • Public Art Project Seeks Display Location

    Splattered with multicolored paints that in some spots took days to dry, the many pieces of a large, handmade flower — each petal the size of a skateboard — are waiting for assembly and public display.

    Artist Dave Brooker coordinated the public art project, completed during the Newtown Arts Festival. The helping hands of nearly 400 children and adults all added their dashes of paint to the roughly 14-foot, 34-part artwork, which is now looking for a home.

  • Major Brush Fire Scorches Forest Floor In Sandy Hook

    Several dozen firefighters from eight volunteer fire companies mobilized midday on Wednesday, November 5, in response to an extensive brush fire of suspicious origin in Sandy Hook, which spread across about five acres of rugged terrain, blackening the forest floor near Sugarloaf Road and Sherman Street.