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Jahana Hayes appointed to Congressional education committee

The onetime National Teacher of the Year described herself as “optimistic of the work we will do to ensure that America’s youth are prepared to compete on a global stage for generations to come.”

Public input absent as WestCOG works on transportation plan

The group is working hard to get public comment ahead of writing its long-range transportation plan: “We’re on track to exceed the number of people who attended our meetings for the last plan, in 2015,” said WestCOG Executive Director Francis Pickering. That number, however, was just 10.

State senator from county seeks auditor review of UConn

Sen. Michael McLachlan's move comes after UConn announced that a professor and his assistant violated travel and compensatory time policies that cost the university more than $100,000.

Newtown vet moves ahead with ‘one-stop shop’

Pleasant Paws Pet Center will encompass a veterinary clinic, “luxury” boarding, obedience training and a retail store, among other features.

Union Savings Bank announces new corporators

The new corporators include Martin Handshy, president of Brookfield’s Charter Group Partners LLC, who has been a builder in the area since 1985.

O’Brien Insurance Agency opens New Fairfield office

New Milford-based O’Brien Insurance Agency LLC has opened its first Fairfield County office at 88 CT 37 in New Fairfield.

State Rep. Richard Smith calls for release of Town Aid Grants

The legislator, whose district includes Danbury, New Fairfield and Sherman, has accused Gov. Dannel Malloy of using the funds as a political football.

Role Model Mentors built on kids teaching kids, in school and...

The Ridgefield-based company is rapidly growing in both Fairfield and Westchester counties, and is expanding into Long Island and New Jersey.

Three Fairfield County towns awarded $400K housing grants

Twenty municipalities are receiving a total of $11.5 million through the federal Community Development Block Grant program administered by the state.

Cultural Alliance of Western Conn. nets $12,500 award

Housed at 287 Main St. in Danbury, the organization promotes and advocates for arts, history, and culture as a primary driver of the economy.

Mattress recycling program saves $1.5 million in disposal costs

The initiative is intended to help Connecticut reach its goal to divert 60 percent of materials from disposal by 2024.

Land trusts of New Fairfield, Danbury merge

The resulting entity, The Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust, will be overseen by executive director Christiana Thompson.

Financial manager charged

A New Fairfield man was charged with misappropriating $600,000 over a decade from a dozen clients.

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