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Covid Update - Case Increase Accelerates
The mid-Fairfield County communities of Bethel, Brookfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Ridgefield continue to see increases in reported Covid cases. Every one of the 7 communities except Brookfield saw an increase in new reported cases in October versus September, signaling an uptick in new case growth.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Legal Notice
The Easton Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled the following public hearing to be held at a Virtual Meeting via ZOOM, on November 9, 2020, at 7:00pm. The Password is 5678 and Meeting ID is 5931313978 and the application will be posted on the Town web-site: eastonct.gov and the agenda when the agenda is filed. SP-20-02, Special Permit Application, Submitted on behalf of Marcus G and Karen B. Weinseiss, 81 Tranquility Drive, by SAVCAT, INC., to install a ground-mounted solar array, as depicted on a site map dated 10/09/2020, licensed electrician listed as Michael Joseph. The listed P.E. is James C. Douglas. A copy of the application is on file in the office of the Easton Town Clerk and on the Town web-site attached to the legal notice posted by Planning and Zoning.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Signs Of The Times
Throughout the region, the political anger on social media has spilled into the community, most noticeably with removal of political signs in unprecedented numbers
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Zoning Regionalization Proposed
Proposed Statewide Zoning Changes Would Mean Loss of Local Control
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

At The Library
October 15th was National Grouch Day.
Read more... - Published on 10 / 17 / 2020

Election 2020
We asked candidates for State Senate and State Representative to comment on the Governor's extension of the Emergency Declaration through February 9, 2021


Read more... - Published on 09 / 05 / 2020

Election 2020
Candidates Discuss TS Isaias Response, Outage Prevention and Utility Rates

We asked candidates for state office to provide their thoughts on the issues of storm preparation, response and utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Energy Hearing Testimony
A select number of public officials were invited to address an informal hearing about recent utility rate increases.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 29 / 2020

Local Health Data Discounted
County, Not Local Covid Data To Be Used In Making School Opening Decisions

The State of Connecticut Department of Education has revised guidelines for school districts in two key areas. Effective last week, school districts are to use only county-wide data and not local data as the primary determination factor in choosing whether to open in-person, in a hybrid mode or in distance learning mode. The state will monitor state Department of Public Health data weekly and update schools as to what they may or may not do. Secondly, even in the event that a school district determines that it is unsafe for students to attend in-person or in a hybrid mode, the data must be approved by a state review panel.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Local State Representatives Call For Reduced Storm Benefits
Proposal Would Exclude Families And Lower Benefits
Cost Would Be Moved To Ratepayers From Utility Companies

Easton's freshmen Representative Anne Hughes and Bethel freshman Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan have called for the legislature to pass a bill introduced but not passed in 2012 that would result in smaller benefits to fewer Connecticut families and would move the burden of paying for damages from the utility companies instead to utility customers.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 15 / 2020

Education In Confusion

Many School Re-Opening Plans Do Not Match Guidelines

Rolling 7 Day Assessments Make Planning Almost Impossible

If you are a parent weighing your options for the Connecticut school re-opening, you would not be alone in being confused by conflicting statements from state and local officials about the safety and requirements for the fall semester.
Read more... - Published on 08 / 08 / 2020

Police Issue Vehicle Alert
Chief Doyle has issued this alert:
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

At The Library
There are two new bestsellers, five new movies, five new audiobooks, ten new children's books, and nine other new books, including six that are available online. The new bestsellers this week are "All the Devils Are Here" and "Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America." The new movies this week include "Just Mercy," "The Gentlemen," and "Looking for Alaska."
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

EMTs Needed
The Easton EMS is looking for EMT certified candidates. They offer a one of a kind EMT live in experience. Contact them at jarnold@eastonems.com for more information.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Summer Safety Reminders
As summer temperatures and humidity are rising, readers are reminded to keep children safe in and around cars by following these safety tips:
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Local Covid Update
With the phased re-opening of businesses and services in CT well underway, we took a snapshot of how communities in northern Fairfield County are faring in fighting Covid. We accessed the Connecticut state data for each community and then, in order to compare how each community is doing, we normalized the data by 1,000 residents. This allows comparison of community rates in as fair and even a way as possible.
Read more... - Published on 07 / 03 / 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020
Congratulations to the Joel Barlow graduating Class of 2020!
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Summer Safety Reminder From The Easton Police

Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Governor Releases New Executive Orders

Criminalizes gathering violations, Re-opens Phase 2 businesses, Extends ban on Off-track betting, Extends remote notarization authorization

The text of executive order 7ZZ issued on June 16, 2020 includes:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, NED LAMONT, Governor of the State of Connecticut, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the State of Connecticut, do hereby ORDER AND DIRECT:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Seeds of Survival – Composting
Ah, composting! You can compost practically anything organic. However, for garden purposes we usually compost kitchen waste (but not meat), leaves, grass clippings, and most commonly horse, cow and chicken manure. (I’m sure llama and alpaca manure would be just fine also.)
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Adopt-A-Rescue – Meet Ren
Ren is a 2 year old mixed terrier. He's good with dogs, kids and new people. He is house trained and has lots of energy to brighten up any home.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Real Estate News – Featured Listing
31 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown
Read more... - Published on 06 / 18 / 2020

Phase 2 Business Re-Opening Set
Governor Lamont has set June 17th as the date that businesses classified as phase 2 entities may re-open after undergoing a self-certification process and arranging to follow a set of operational guidelines.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Absentee Voting Now Allowed
Governor Lamont recently issued executive order 7QQ that permits absentee voting in Connecticut for the August Primary and the November general election, provided that a CDC approved vaccine is not then available. Here is the text of the executive order.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Gatherings Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7TT that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Changes to Alcohol Order
Governor Lamont recently released an updated executive order, number 7WW that states:
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Seeds of Survival — Mulching Your Garden
Hello again! Mulching means less maintenance. Basically mulch, a soil covering, retards weed growth, retains moisture in the soil, and encourages Nature’s aerator, earth worms. It saves you time and effort weeding and watering, as well as making it easier to mow around trees.
Read more... - Published on 06 / 07 / 2020

Some Businesses Expected To Reopen on May 20th


★ LATE UPDATE ★

On Monday, May 18th, two days before the May 20th re-opening date set by the Governor 2 weeks prior, Governor Lamont changed the opening date to June 1st for barbers and hair salons. The governor tweeted his decision at 1:19 p.m. "We've been hearing a lot of feedback, and at this time I think the best approach is that we hit pause on the reopening of hair salons and barbershops, take a step back, and allow some more time as preparations continue to be made."

Read more... - Published on 05 / 17 / 2020

Governor May Allow Some Businesses To Open
On Thursday, May 1st, Governor Lamont said he was hoping to allow a certain businesses to reopen on May 20th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Connecticut Only New England State To Ban Municipal Budget Town Meetings And Replace Them With Board Decrees
The Community Gazette surveyed all six New England States to determine how each state is addressing the public safety issues from the historic Town Meeting process of setting and approving municipal budgets.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Hundreds Petition For Right To Vote
On Friday, May 1st Governor Lamont issued a new executive order, 7HH, that forbids any municipality in Connecticut from allowing a Town Meeting or Referendum on the municipality's town budget for 2021, although other meetings and referendums will still be allowed. This is said to address previous executive orders that appeared to conflict with each other on the topic of budget meetings and referendum votes.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Emergency Orders Recap To Date
Governor Ned Lamont has issued 34 executive orders since issuing his emergency declaration about the Covid crisis on March 10th.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Local Civil Rights Violations To Be Investigated
Last week U.S. Attorney General Barr issued a directive to state U.S. Attorneys to aggressively investigate and prosecute violations of individual civil rights, including obstruction of voting rights.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Walk A Mile Fundraiser Held
On Thursday, April 30th, the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes fundraising walk was held. Easton Police Chief Doyle and fellow officers have raised more than half of their $1,000 goal. Visit www.tinyurl.com/ctwalkamile
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Easton Library Virtual Art Exhibit
The Easton Public Library's Virtual Art Show is now live. Visit it at www.eastonlibrary.org/art-exhibits/.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Mothers Day Gifts At Greisers
Easton’s Greiser’s Market has a number of Mothers Day gift options, including the two shown here.
Read more... - Published on 05 / 03 / 2020

Governor Lamont Issued New Executive Order 7J On Sunday, March 22nd
The governors order includes a change in the previous order regarding non-essential businesses, allowing them to fulfill orders by email or phone.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

The Connecticut Department of Economic Development released the list of essential businesses that may remain open during the Stay Home stay Safe period.
The following business categories are defined as essential:
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Significant New Restrictions And Waivers Enacted
Governor suspends town meetings, referendums and adds 20 additional changes to state and municipal regulation changes in 10th executive order since March 10th
Read more... - Published on 03 / 22 / 2020

Gov. Lamont Issues Executive Order
Stay Safe, Stay At Home

Governor Ned Lamont held a news conference on Friday, March 20th at which he reviewed his latest executive order, which he called Stay Safe, Stay At Home. In the order, he requires all non-essential businesses to close their offices on or before Monday, March 23rd at 8 p.m.
Read more... - Published on 03 / 20 / 2020

Friday Fest
The Boys & Girls Club of Redding-Easton and John Read Middle School PTA will be hosting Friday Fest on Friday, January 10th from 4 to 7 p.m. The drop-off program for children in grades 5 through 8 from Easton and Redding at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road, Redding. The event is open to all Easton and Redding children, whether home schooled or enrolled in public or private school. Activities include a DJ, 9 square in the air, four square, basketball, ping pong, volleyball, video games, movies, board games, arts and crafts and a basketball shooting contest with prizes.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Paddington Project
The staff at the Samuel Staples Elementary School thanked everyone who supported the Paddington Project, led by the Student Senate last month. The students collectively raised $3,210.43 to be donated to the Be Homeful for the Holidays campaign by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. The effort provides stuffed Paddington bears, books and
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Art Reception
On Saturday, January 11th at 4 p.m., the Easton Public Library will host a reception highlighting Robert Brennan's "Along the Shoreline" exhibit, which will be on display through February 8th.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Book Discussion
Join the Easton Public Library for a lively book discussion of "Found" by Margaret Peterson Haddix and yummy snacks at the Junior Book Club (grades 4 through 8) on Wednesday, January 8 at 4:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the Library Circulation Desk. To register, go to: https://www.eastonlibrary.org/calendar-list.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Community Network Open House
On Wednesday, January 8th The Mark Twain Library Small Business Circle and the Community Assets Network of Easton and Redding are joining forces to make new community connections in 2020.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Meet Frisk
Frick and his 4 brothers were abandoned at a high kill shelter in Louisiana without their Mom and left to fend for themselves. Thankfully they were pulled into foster care there so they have been able to get strong and just be kittens while they wait for their forever family. We couldn't resist this little family and they will be coming up to the Northeast in mid December. Frick is a true ginger boy and loves to play with his siblings and run up his scratching post, and loves human companionship just as much.
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Meeting Minutes - Regional Board of Education
Minutes from the Regional Board of Education Special Meeting
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Calendar of Events
Arts
Read more... - Published on 01 / 03 / 2020

Holiday Miracle Rescue
Earlier this month EMS members on the day shift responded to the report of a 92 year old female possibly having a stroke. Due to a language barrier, the dispatcher had trouble getting details. Ambulance 851 with EMT's Peter and Josh arrived on scene with home responder EMT Andrew. Along with the Easton CT Police Department and the Easton Volunteer Fire Department, they found the patient not breathing and with no pulse. CPR was immediately administered. After opening the patient's airway and two cycle's of CPR the patient had a return of spontaneous circulation.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Officer Festa Citation
On Wednesday Chief Shaw presented Officer Festa with an Excellent Arrest Citation for his investigative work leading to an arrest in 3 separate church burglaries, as well as, an attempted home invasion.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Santa Visit
Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Easton EMS brought Annette a sweet holiday treat for Christmas.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

Dress Down Fundraiser
The Easton Country Day School student council recently organized a dress down day to raise money to purchase new soccer cleats for every 4th grader at Theodore Roosevelt School in Bridgeport.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 27 / 2019

In The Dec. 20th Edition of
The Easton Community Gazette

Meteorite Event At Greiser's

Attendees learned about the meteorite in 1807 that changed how we look at and understand meteorites
Read more... - Published on 12 / 20 / 2019

Easton Hiker Rescued
At 1:44 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26th the Easton Police received a 911 call from a cell phone from a woman located somewhere on the trails in Trout Brook Valley. She explained she had broken her ankle while walking her dogs, but did not know her exact location on the trail system. Using the enhanced 911 system and global positioning system (GPS) Easton Emergency Medical System EMT's Peter, Josh, Stephen, Andrew and Max along with officers from the Easton Police Department and staff from Easton's Volunteer Fire Department were able to quickly locate the woman. The use of the EMS rescue terrain vehicle allowed for quick and easy removal from the woods with out causing further injury. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Her condition was not considered life threatening.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

Selectmen Change Public Input Policy
At The November 21st Board of Selectmen meeting, Selectman Robert Lesser made a motion to change the policy on Board of Selectmen meetings to include a second comment. First Selectman David Bindelglass seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. Prior to this change, Easton Town policy was to only allow public comment at the beginning of the meeting.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

Easton Connects With Kindness Awards
On Saturday, November 23rd Easton Police Chief Timothy Shaw was one of four recipients of Easton Connects with Kindness' Boomerang Award. This award is given to Easton residents and members of the community who "epitomize kindness in the hope that kindness that goes around, comes around". Chief Shaw was awarded the Boomerang Award for his leadership in running a family- and community-centered police department that keeps residents safe in their homes, on the roads and throughout the town. After the ceremony attendees helped assemble care packages for homeless veterans.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

New Paper Comes To Easton
Easton regains a weekly newspaper this week with the debut of the weekly free distribution paper The Easton Community Gazette. Publisher and Editor Brad Koltz launched a sister publication, The Bethel Community Gazette last year, and then The Ridgefield Community Gazette and The Redding Community Gazette this summer.
Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

Board of Selectmen Minutes Nov. 21, 2019
MEETING MINUTES
Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

Community Notes

Stuff-A-Cruiser


Read more... - Published on 12 / 06 / 2019

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