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All information in this article was due to the incredible live coverage from Al Robinson, owner/editor of My Left Nutmeg. To watch his entire live stream, please click here.
DANBURY, CT—Danbury’s peaceful protest began with a crowd gathered in front of the Danbury Police Department (DPD) shouting the names of victims of police brutality and soon turned into chants of “F**k the police.” After about five minutes of chanting, one of the leaders invited the crowd to take a knee out of respect for the death of George Floyd.
“Let me speak, I’ve earned that. I don’t need to prove [inaudible], I wear it every day,” one of the speakers said. “Let the Chief speak.”
Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour addressed the crowd by saying he has been doing everything he can to address racial tensions because “it’s not right,” and “maybe this time will be different.”
While speaking, someone in the crowd interrupted the Police Chief yelling, “I am the victim of police brutality.” Another asked the question about what sort of diversity training the police does which was answered as “eight hours, every couple of years.”
Chief Ridenhour acknowledged that the diversity training protocols that are in place are not enough and they need to be changed.
As tensions grew, the shouts from the crowd made it difficult to hear the police chief. Mayor Mark Boughton also attempted to address the crowd, however, someone grabbed his microphone, according to Al Robinson of My Left Nutmeg, and the crowd and viewers were unable to hear what he had to say.
After about 20 minutes, the protesters split into two groups—one walking to the Danbury Public Library, and the other going to the highway.
The protesters who shouted, “Black Lives Matter” and “No justice, no peace” assembled on the highway, causing it to be temporarily shut down on I-84 at Exit 5. Police from Newtown, Danbury, and State Police kept control of the crowd and no one was hurt.
Danbury Police Sgt. John Krupinsky said, “Working together can always get things done.”
Robinson said for the most part people were peacefully demonstrating and expressing their frustration on the lives lost due to past incidents of police brutality. He ended his live stream by saying:
“We shouldn’t be here are looking for anything to pop off or anything violent. We should be here honoring why people are here in the first place—because a black man was murdered in broad daylight by the police again and enough is enough. Enough has been enough for a long time.”
The protest was organized by Solomon James and the Western CT Democratic Socialists.
Photo credit: Screenshot from Al Robinson’s Live video posted on My Left Nutmeg
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RIDGEFIELD, CT— The Ridgefield Republican Town Committee invites the public to meet the Republican candidates at the Ridgefield Country Club on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
This event is being held for the purpose of funding a Ridgefield RTC downtown campaign office for this election season. If residents cannot attend the fundraiser but would like to donate, click here.
99+ CT Town Jobs Available: Social Services; Therapist; Administrative Assistant; Maintenance Mechanic & More #CTJobs
Looking for a solid job with great benefits? Check out these city and town jobs posted on local municipalities’ websites in the Fairfield County area and surrounding towns. If you’re a local employer and you’d like to see your job posting featured on CT Buzz News, email us at CTBuzzNews@gmail.com. Happy hunting!
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- CASHIER: SALARY: $24.86 – $26.17/hour. The City of Danbury is currently seeking a Cashier. This position requires the receipt of cash checks, money orders, etc at the counter or through the mail in payment of taxes, water service and sewer assessments. Click here to apply.
- MAINTENANCE MECHANIC III – HVAC, Public Buildings, Salary: $32.16/hour. Work includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, electronics, electricity, painting, plumbing, lubrication, mechanical, building construction and renovations. Click here to apply.
- Part-time Position: Kennel Assistant, 19 hrs / week at $13.25 / hour. Responsible for maintaining proper disease control protocols, including cleaning of the facility and general maintenance of the facility. Click here to apply.
- Program Set-Up Assistant (Part-time). Elmwood Hall – Danbury Senior Center, Department of Elderly Services. Assists with all aspects of the set-up of programs for the Elmwood Hall Senior Center. Click here to apply.
- FLU Clinic, Part-time Nurses, Rate: $30 – $40 / hr. We have an immediate need for part-time nurses to administer Flu Vaccines during fall clinics. Click here to apply.
- FLU Clinic Community Health Worker Part-time – $16.00 / hr. Seasonal Position August to December or January. Performs assigned flu clinic duties including attending the clinic and working with residents, coordinating volunteers, reconciling clinic reports, and data entry and billing.Click here to apply.
- Part-Time Youth Services Programming Assistant
- Request for Qualifications (RFQ) – Land Use Consultant
- Easton School District – Armed School Security Officer
- Administrative Staff Assistant II
- Beach Crew
- Building Maintenance Mechanic, Nathaniel Witherell
- Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center (BANC) Counselor
- Certified Nursing Assistant (Part-Time)
- Children’s Librarian (Part-Time 15 hours/week)-Greenwich Library
- Custodial Aide (Part-Time 15 hours/week) – Greenwich Library
- Custodial Aide – Board of Education – Temporary/Seasonal
- Director of Labor Relations
- Field Hockey Assistant Director
- Field Hockey Director
- Field Hockey Instructor
- Food Service Worker (Part-time) @ Nathaniel Witherell Skilled Nursing Facility
- Gatekeeper/Ticket Seller
- Highway Superintendent
- Housekeeper-Part-Time Nathaniel Witherell approx 19 hours/wk
- IT Support Technician – Greenwich Library
- Librarian- Information Services- (Part-time/Up to 15hrs/wk)
- Library Technical Assistant-Public Relations Office @ Greenwich Library (Part-time 15 hours/week)
- Pickleball Director – FALL
- Pickleball Instructor – FALL
- Power Washer
- Process Control Manager (Temporary)
- Sewer Plant Operator II
- Shellfish Boat Operator (Part-Time – Approx. 8 hours/month)
- Site Supervisor – Two Positions
- Skate Park Instructor/Guard
- Staff Nurse RN (Part-Time)
- Swimming Instructor (Spring)
- Switchboard Helper (Part-Time – Sundays)
- Utility Worker
- Social Services Behavioral Health Therapist, Part-Time
- Director of Recreational Programs and Events(Parks and Recreation)
- Town GIS/Information Technology Specialist
- Police Department – Traffic Agent
- Office of the Tax Collector –PT Clerk
- Welcome Desk Representative – Community Center
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- Assistant to the Building Official. Part-time, 18 hours per week, $30.00 per hour. Under the direction of the Building Official, administers and enforces all State of Connecticut Building Codes, Statutes, Town of Southbury Ordinances and Regulations relating to construction, and all related codes to ensure the public safety, health and welfare affected by building use and construction. Click to view the job description.
- Front Counter Service Clerk for the Senior Center. Performs clerical and customer service related duties, including but not limited to answering phone and scheduling and confirming appointments. Salary starts at $15 per hour, 20 hours per week. Graduation from high school plus one year customer service experience. Click to view the job description.
- Laborer at the Southbury Transfer Station – Per Diem. $16.50 per hour. Performs manual labor duties at the Transfer Station including monitoring and assisting in deposit of recycling and solid waste materials, cleaning up debris and litter. Applications are available online.
- Bus Driver – Per Diem. To transport elderly and/or disabled Southbury residents to and from appointments and the Senior Center. No prior experience necessary, although must hold State of Connecticut license with appropriate endorsements (minimum “F” endorsement) and current medical certificate from your physician. May also be used as a utility person to help with various tasks at the Senior Center. $13.00 per hour. Applications are available online or at the First Selectman’s office, 501 Main Street South, Southbury. ADA/EOE.
- Poll Worker. Residents needed to work at the polls on an election day. Click for more information.
- Administrative Support I (Floater-Part Time)
- Assistant Swim Instructor
- Civil Engineer I
- Groundskeeper Positions (Seasonal)
- Part Time Administrative Assistant
- Substitute School Nurse
- Water Superintendent Closing When Sufficient Applications are Received
- Audit Director Closing when Sufficient Applications are Received
- Land Use Officer Closing when Sufficient Applications are Received
- City Planner Closing when Sufficient Applications are Received
- Interpreter for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Closing when sufficient Applications are Received
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- Clerical Assistant – Police
- Assistant Animal Control Officer
- Administrative Assistant – Selectman’s Office
- Youth Services Program Assistant
- Conservation Commission Clerk: Approximately 12 morning meetings per year. Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month at 8:00 a.m. Attend meetings, type motions and minutes from home. File motions and minutes with the Town Clerk’s Office within the statutory timeline. Post legal notices as required. Send notifications and correspondence to commission members and applicants as needed. Pay rate is $17.00 per hour. Click here to apply.
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DANBURY, CT — The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services and Danbury Public Schools are hosting an Opioid Awareness & Prevention Forum at Danbury High School, Black Box Theater located at 43 Clapboard Ridge Road in Danbury, Conn. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to educate residents about opioid drug prescriptions, opioid misuse, and opioid addiction treatment resources in an effort to prevent opioid-related deaths in our community.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 130 lives are lost daily to opioid-related drug overdoses. In 2017, The State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) reported that approximately 1,038 deaths were attributed to opioid overdose in Connecticut.
The misuse of, and addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl, is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The CDC estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is approximately $78.5 billion a year. This includes the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
To address the opioid epidemic in Connecticut, Governor Ned Lamont, the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) recently announced efforts to address the rise of opioid addiction across the State of Connecticut.
The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services and Danbury Public Schools are collaborating with medical professionals, community groups and police authorities to provide guidance on how to address the opioid crisis as a community.
The goal of organizers is to prevent opioid overdose-related deaths in the community by raising awareness. Residents in Danbury and surrounding areas are invited to join in the community-wide effort to prevent opioid overdoses.
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DANBURY, CT — Dozens of marching units, thousands of spectators, and even a visit from Lady Liberty made Monday, May 27, 2019, a picture-perfect day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our nation’s freedom. Photographer Al Robinson of My Left Nutmeg captured the colorful spirit and diverse culture of the City of Danbury beautifully in the photos below. Thank you to all the brave men and women, our country’s true heroes, for your selfless service.
Photos: Al Robinson, My Left Nutmeg
BETHEL, CT — Town of Bethel voters are notified of the reconvened Annual Town Budget Meeting to be held at the Bethel High School Auditorium, 300 Whittlesey Drive in on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7: 00 p. m. to consider the appropriation of $29,536,242, which sum includes debt service of $ 3,939, 238 and the school’ s building maintenance account of $500,008 as recommended by the Board of Finance.
The meeting will also include consideration of a resolution to appropriate the sum of $ 1,140,000, as recommended by the Board of Finance, for capital item expenditures, and the issuance of short-term notes and/ or bonds of $ 1, 140,000, to finance the appropriation of said sum for all costs incurred for the following capital item expenditures:
Highway Elgin Street Sweeper $230,000
Education High School, HVAC $250,000
Bethel Fire Dept: Replace BFD Engine $660,000
TOTAL CAPITAL $1, 140,000
Finally, consideration to establish the date on which the machine vote on the annual town budget shall take place in accordance with the provisions of the Bethel Town Charter.
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HARTFORD, CT – State Representative Michael Ferguson (R-138) has joined a new bi-partisan legislative school safety and security working group to better address the effectiveness of current school security-focused legislation and programs, as well as a canvass of current attitudes, concerns and trends in securing our schools.
Ferguson is a former Danbury Board of Education member and a member of the legislature’s Education committee who has cognizance over education policy in Connecticut.
“This school safety and security working group will allow for a full examination and evaluate the effectiveness of current school security-focused legislation and programs throughout the state. Recent national school violence has created unease among state students and parents regarding their safety in our schools. We, as legislators, have an obligation to talk and consult security experts and education stakeholders to reassure state residents that our institutions of learning throughout our state are as safe as possible,” said Rep. Ferguson.
Ferguson and other legislators on the working group are looking to analyze:
- Summarize current school safety legislation;
- Measure school districts’ knowledge of current legislation;
- Use and availability of existing state and federal funds;
- Review of whether regulations and associated programs have been implemented;
- Availability of school-based mental health professionals;
- Parents’ knowledge and understanding of their district’s security measures;
- Local educators’ view of the effectiveness of legislation and related programs;
- Determine viability of school security measures installed years ago;
- Identify new trends and techniques in school security;
- Collect recent concerns of educators, students and law enforcement;
- Determine what other states are doing
The legislators also intend to communicate with their districts, teachers, superintendents, and students to get feedback on what has been done, how things have changed and what they still feel needs to change.
Among the working group’s proposed participants:
- Republican and Democrat legislators;
- School superintendents;
- Law enforcement personnel;
- Mental health professionals for children.
- Federal agency liaisons
- School security consultants
- Students and parents
A recent report showed Connecticut was above the national average in the percentage of high school students who have been threatened or injured with a weapon at school, in the percentage of teachers who were threatened or attacked, and in the percentage of high school students who said they carried a weapon during the past month, among other categories.
From the Office of John M. Dooley IV, CT House Republicans
DANBURY, CT — Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton’s campaign manager said the Republican gubernatorial candidate is recovering at home after a scary scene at a campaign stop in Avon. State Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, another candidate running for governor, is one of three doctors who came to Mayor Mark’s rescue, performing CPR chest compressions on him, according to WFSB.
Team Boughton sent out the following email Friday:
UConn Health Center officials announced that Mayor Mark Boughton was released from UConn Health this afternoon.
“Last evening Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton was brought to UConn Health where, according to his doctors, he was treated for dehydration. He was released a short time ago. Before he left, Mr. Boughton asked me to extend his thanks to the people of UConn Health for their care. He said, and I quote “we are lucky to have a place like this.” We thank Mr. Boughton for his comments and UConn Health will have no further updates on this matter.”Thank you for your continued support.– Team Boughton
Doctors said the collapse was due to dehydration and was unrelated to his medical issues stemming from a benign brain tumor he had removed last year.
Photo: Mayor Mark Boughton photographed March 3, 2018, t the Danbury St. Patrick’s Day Ball, presenting Tom McAuliffe with the Men’s Hibernian of the Year award. Photo by Wendy Ann Mitchell.