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WOODBURY — The Board of Selectmen confirmed its recommended budget to the Board of Finance, heard from the Conservation Commission, accepted a donation for the library and proclaimed Girl Scouts Week, at its meeting on Thursday, March 14. The selectmen passed the recommended selectmen’s budg…

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The Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department recently entered the Mohawk Mountain firemen’s race with two teams. They helped raise more than $1,000 for the Bridgeport Burn Center and took home third place. Chief Brett Kales, Captain Ed Cavallaro, Lieutenant Nick Pelletier, Lieutenant Brian Proul…

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OXFORD — The Board of Education received an update on the superintendent search by JE Consulting during its meeting on Tuesday, March 12, and viewed a detailed presentation on the 2017-18 Next Generation Accountability Report.

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NEWTOWN — During a Board of Finance meeting on Monday, March 11, First Selectman Dan Rosenthal told the members that the town would be pursuing mediation with the architect and construction manager to resolve issues at the community and senior centers.

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SOUTHBURY — A team from the state Department of Transportation held a public information meeting on Thursday, March 14, in the Town Hall to present the plan projected for the Superstructure Replacement of Bridge Number 01157: Bucks Hill Road over Interstate-84.

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Woodbury Middle School’s National Junior Art Honor Society and Tech Ed Club students, including Hannah Searles (left) and Ashlyn Lavaway, created birdhouses to give back to the community. The birdhouses will be on display throughout March at the Senior Community Center, 265 Main St. South, W…

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SOUTHBURY — The Southbury Film Council will bring the historical film “Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis” to its hometown movie theater, Sunday, March 31. The special screening and panel discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Riverview Cinemas, 690 Main St. South.

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WOODBURY — Mitchell Elementary School has received the school of distinction benchmark from the state Department of Education’s Next Generation Accountability System. Connecticut’s Next Generation Accountability System is a set of 12 indicators that help indicate how well a school is prepari…

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Bullet Hill School will host its annual docent workshop from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the school, 233 Main St. North., Southbury. Board members will explain how to become a docent for the museum and will provide the necessary materials. Refreshments will be served. The snow d…

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WOODBURY — The Zoning Commission and the Historic District Commission had a joint meeting to discuss the Main Street Design district on Thursday, March 7.

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MONROE — The Town Council, meeting Tuesday, March 5, unanimously approved the 2019-20 town budget for a total of $29,310,431, as presented by the first selectman, with no changes, and a 0.9 percent increase from the previous year.

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SOUTHBURY — Having labored late into the night before to finalize proposed 2019-20 town budget numbers, which by the way seem to add up to a 1.34 percent tax increase at this stage, the Board of Selectmen returned to Room 205 on Thursday, March 7, for the regular bi-monthly meeting.

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BRIDGEWATER-ROXBURY-WASHINGTON — Region 12 has exceeded application expectations for the new Agriscience-STEM program, which has brought big smiles to school officials’ faces, Superintendent Megan Bennett told Voices.

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BETHLEHEM — The Board of Selectmen approved a contract with VNA Northwest Inc., designated a Girl Scout Day in town and made appointments at its meeting on Tuesday, March 5.

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OXFORD — The Board of Selectmen, meeting Wednesday, March 6, approved several large grant items for the library and the Oxford Main Street Project and listened to an update from the Oxford Addictive Substance Information Services.

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WOODBURY — The Planning Commission found a referral from the Zoning Commission consistent with the Plan of Conservation and Development and discussed the POCD update at its meeting on Wednesday, March 6.

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MIDDLEBURY — The Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting Thursday, March 7, unanimously approved a text amendment to the zoning regulations allowing for the expansion of car dealerships along Straits Turnpike.

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NEWTOWN — First Selectman Dan Rosenthal is seeking residents to fill openings on the following boards and commissions.

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WOODBURY — First Selectman Barbara Perkinson will host open office hours 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 16, and Saturday, March 30, at the Shove Building, 281 Main St. South.

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MIDDLEBURY-SOUTHBURY — Superintendent of School Joshua Smith presented his proposed 2019-20 budget to the Region 15 Board of Education, meeting Monday February 25. On the job only since the beginning of this school year, his presentation reflected a practiced hand and a sure eye, combined wi…

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BRIDGEWATER-ROXBURY-WASHINGTON — For more than 30 years, the Prevention Council of Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington has worked on initiatives to reduce the harmful effects of substance abuse and addiction on town residents of all ages. One of its major areas of focus this year is clearing…

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Winter Storm Wayne covered the Voices’ area with between six inches and a foot of snow between Sunday, March 3, and Monday, March 4, as shown from East Flat Hill Road near the Bent of the River Audubon Center in Southbury. The weather is projected to warm up for March 5 before dropping for t…

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NEWTOWN — The Board of Finance discussed the education and town budgets over several meetings on February 21, 25 and 27 before approving both budgets during the final meeting.

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OXFORD — The Board of Selectmen, at a Special Meeting on Monday, February 25, named Deb Sherman to the Board of Education despite the fact that the Democratic Town Committee put forward a different name.

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WOODBURY — The Zoning Commission accepted an application for a petitioned change in the zoning regulations, closed a public hearing for a major home occupation and opened a public hearing to extend parking at its meeting on Tuesday, February 26.

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OXFORD — Funding for three public works projects will come out of the capital non-recurring fund as approved during the Board of Finance meeting on Monday, February 25, along with computer infrastructure improvement at the schools.

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SOUTHBURY — In a busy week between holidays and with more snow storms forecast, on Tuesday, February 19, the Town Hall was really jumping as four separate meetings gathered to discharge their various obligations to the town before the next storm could blow in.

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BETHLEHEM-WOODBURY — The Region 14 Board of Education went into executive session, presented a Region 14’s Finest certificate and heard from Mitchell Elementary School students at its meeting on Tuesday, February 19.

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Southbury’s brand new volunteer Strategic Plan Commission held its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, February 19, and so began its charge to assist the Board of Selectmen with implementation of the approved Strategic Plan; (from left) John Reilly, Chuck Jones, Kathryn Smith, Frank Paura, alterna…

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NEWTOWN — When the Board of Education convened its meeting Tuesday, February 19, Chair Michelle Embree Ku noted that the legal firm Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford, will no longer represent a party against the town in a planning and zoning matter.

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OXFORD — The Planning and Zoning Commission, meeting Tuesday, February 19, closed the public hearing for the proposed Timberlake Apartments at Oxford Greens after listening to residents’ concerns about potential traffic problems.

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SOUTHBURY — Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT-D) and Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (D-5) spoke to approximately 150 residents about Social Security and proposed legislation at the Heritage Village Democratic Club’s meeting on Tuesday, February 19.

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WOODBURY — The town is asking residents to take a survey for the Plan of Conservation and Development update. There are two surveys, one for adults and another for children and teens.

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WASHINGTON — The Washington Environmental Council will present, as part of the Harwood Lecture Series, “Whose Water Is It? What to Know About CT’s Water and How to Protect It” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 28, at the Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Rd. Washington resident Hugh Rogers, a R…