John Trumbull Primary School in Watertown recently celebrated summer reading by awarding incentives designed to encourage students to read over the summer. All students who participated in the Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge received a summer reading relax ball. Members of Judy White’s first-grade class was awarded highest participation and each child received a book. Pictured are the top readers with (back) Assistant Principal Matthew Paylor and Principal Laura Meka. Reading winners are (front, from left) Calvin Free, Grade 2, 454 books; Jake Guiliano, kindergarten, 167 books, and Ava Guiliano, grade 1, 286 books.

OAKVILLE — What should have been a year of celebration for the Oakville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7330 in Oakville, has instead turned into a nightmare. What should have been a year of solemn remembrance and reflection of the 75th anniversary of World War II, possibly the last milestone for most of the remaining heroes who are passsing at a rate of thousands per day, has instead turned into a mind-numbing, devastating period of mourning due to the loss of many to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Every business and organization has had to answer the same question over the past 6 months: do we close, cancel, scrap it all – or do we adapt? The creativity and resiliency of our community has amazed me time and again as I’ve watched everyone from business owners to school teachers pivot to meet these unprecedented challenges. With our affiliate Waterbury Regional Chamber, we grappled with how to shift the upcoming Business Women’s Forum, an event that has inspired and educated thousands of women from across Connecticut over the past 37 years. 

CHESHIRE – After what seemed like an eternity of dilly-dallying with the emotions of so many people, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference finally arrived at a what seemed like the end-game all along. Literally. On September 16, the CIAC Board of Control reaffirmed their earlier decision to cancel full contact football for the 2020-2021 school year. Under severe pressure from an unyielding state Department of Health, which (In the strongest possible terms) recommended that, as a ‘high-risk’ sport, football should not be played in its traditional fall spot.

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WATERTOWN — Paul J. Fitzgerald, 85, passed away peacefully at …