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WINSTED — After many years of planning, the Mad River Lofts at 40 Bridge St. in Winsted finally opened for business this year.

The building, which is visible throughout a significant portion of downtown Winsted, was built in 1887 and was home for many years to Winsted Furniture.

It was vacant for some time after Winsted Furniture went out of business. 

The building is now owned by Marty Goldin of Brooklyn, N.Y., who originally announced that he would turn the building into artists’ lofts in 2012.

Goldin changed his mind in 2013 and announced...

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NCCC opens science and vet tech center

WINSTED — Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) in Winsted celebrated the opening of the new Joyner Health Science Center on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Hundreds of people, including town and state officials, attended.
The building has been open since the beginning of the fall semester on Aug. 29.
Planning began in 2008 when NCCC received a $4 million donation to create the science center. The state authorized $24.7 million for the project in 2015.

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Author’s theory on Malaysia crash, and other aviation tragedies

WINSTED — Christine Negroni, author of the book “The Crash Detectives: Investigating the World’s Most Mysterious Air Disasters,” gave a talk at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Sept. 9.
In the book, Negroni writes in depth about well-known aircraft crashes throughout aviation history, offering analysis on how the crashes took place.
The main focus of her talk was the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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Understanding laws, protecting our freedoms, at museum talk

WINSTED — On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed and formally ratified the United States Constitution.
Last weekend, 230 years later, the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted celebrated Constitution Day with a discussion featuring former television host Phil Donahue and Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar.
The discussion was held on Sunday, Sept. 17, at the Winsted United Methodist Church, which is next door to the museum.

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Co-op and art bar to open at Lambert Kay site

WINSTED — Almost two months after purchasing the former Lambert Kay property, Parker Benjamin Real Estate Services of Unionville, Conn., has announced two new reservations for spaces in the building.
“Seventy percent of the first floor of the building has now been reserved,” Parker Benjamin managing broker Brian Lyman  said. “We still have space on both the first and second floors.”
Winsted residents approved the purchase of the property at a special town meeting 15 years ago, after the Lambert Kay company went out of business.

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Bubble machines, hero music, and high hopes for school year just begun

WINSTED — Students returning to Batcheller Early Education Center in Winsted were greeted with chalk drawings saying “Welcome to school!” The cheery decorations had been provided by the school’s PTO for the first day of classes in the Winchester School District, which  was Wednesday, Aug. 30.
The PTO also provided welcome-to-school balloons, a bubble machine and, as students walked into the entranceway, “superhero” music played as teachers greeted incoming students.

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New teachers in Winchester schools

WINCHESTER — The first day for students in the Winchester Public School District was Wednesday, Aug. 30.
This year, in the Batcheller Early Education Center and Pearson Middle School, the district has hired six new teachers.
For Batcheller, the school’s new employees are art teacher Susanna Martinez-Bauer (long-term sub pending certification), pre-kindergarten teacher Ashley Holland (salary: $$22,263.54, .5FTE) and library media teacher Jarrad McGlamery (long-term sub pending certification). 

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Bringing the arts to Winsted and its Mad River Lofts

WSINTED — A former industrial building in the center of Winsted has been converted to a Main Street work center. Although it’s designed to welcome all types of small businesses, the Mad River Lofts complex is meant to be particularly welcoming to artists. 
It was appropriate, therefore, that a ribbon cutting ceremony there on Wednesday, Aug. 30, had an arts component, with the debut of a show of work by artists from Winsted, Torrington, New Britain and Granby.

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Winsted spared from ECS cuts

WINSTED —  While other surrounding towns are scheduled to lose Education Cost Sharing (ECS) funds from the state, Winsted is currently safe from any cuts, according to Town Manager Robert Geiger and Superintendent of the Winchester School District Melony Brady-Shanley.
Education funding for the coming fiscal year is scheduled to be $8,024,957.

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Three courts now under one (new) roof in Torrington

TORRINGTON — The new Litchfield Judicial Courthouse opened for business on Monday, Aug. 28, at 50 Field St., the site of the former Torrington Co.
According to state Judicial Branch spokeswoman Rhonda Hebert, the courthouse consolidates judicial operations that were formerly spread out among three locations: the courthouses in Litchfield and Bantam and the juvenile matters court in Torrington.

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Winchester schools have emerged from state control

WINSTED — The Winchester Board of Education held its first official meeting in two years on Thursday, Aug. 24, at Town Hall.
The board last held an official meeting in July 2015.
The schools managed by the Winchester board are Batcheller Early Education Center  (grades pre-kindergarten to two) and Pearson Middle School (grades three to six).
Back in July 2015, the state took receivership over the Winchester School District, which included heavy state oversight of its budget, staffing and programming.

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