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WINSTED — The Winsted Board of Selectmen decided at its meeting on Monday, July 2, to form a school building committee that will begin the solid planning toward a referendum vote in November on the renovation and reopening of the Hinsdale Elementary School.

“Our intent is to create a financing plan with little or no impact in terms of the town’s mill rate,” Town Manager Robert Geiger said. “We feel that we have a sufficient course to move forward with a minimal impact on taxes.”

Mayor Candy Perez said the committee will find an architect...

Winsted

Who doesn’t love an Easter bunny?

WINSTED — The Winsted Fire Police Department held its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at its Prospect Street Station on Saturday, March 17.
While members of the department served up breakfast, children could visit with the Easter Bunny and receive toys courtesy of the department.
This year the Easter Bunny was played by Paula Ross from Montville. 

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Marijuana dispensary gets P&Z OK

WINSTED — After two consecutive public hearings, the Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special permit application for a medical marijuana dispensary. The decision was made at a meeting on Monday, March 12, at Town Hall.
The location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road. The site was been approved for a dispensary in March 2014, but the state rejected Nutmeg State Health and Wellness Center’s application for a dispensary license in April 2015.

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Boucher has financial ideas for state

WINSTED —  State Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) spoke about her ideas for solving the state’s problems at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, March 17.
More than 30 people attended the talk, which was part of a series of visits by gubernatorial candidates to the store.
Boucher has not officially declared herself as a candidate in the governor’s race. She is campaigning as an exploratory candidate. Nonetheless, before her talk she handed out campaign leaflets.

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Centrella parole denied; Winsted officials ‘relieved’

WINSTED — Former Winsted Finance Director Henry Centrella was denied parole by the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles on Friday, March 9.
Centrella was the town’s finance director from 1977 until he was fired in January 2013. In August 2013 he was arrested by State Police on charges of embezzling funds from the town and he has remained in jail since then.

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Expanded medical services at CHWC soon

WINSTED — After almost a year of planning, along with a legal drama with the town that ended in a settlement, construction will soon begin on a new location for Community Health and Wellness Center of Greater Torrington (CHWC).
The nonprofit organization offers medical care to residents of Northwest Corner towns regardless of their ability to pay, including a sliding fee scale payment plan for patients in financial need.

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P&Z continues hearing on marijuana dispensary

WINSTED — More details on an application for a special permit to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Winsted were shared at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing in Winsted on Monday, Feb. 26.
Many issues were raised. The hearing has been continued to Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.

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Audit shows progress in cleaning up town finances

WINSTED — Winsted is recovering at last from the damage done to town finances by former Finance Director Henry Centrella.
Auditor Chris King reported to the Winsted selectmen at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 20, that the town’s financial outlook is very good.
King was at the meeting to present the town’s financial report for fiscal 2016-17.

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Cuts expected in tough budget year

WINSTED — With cuts in state funding and low enrollment, The Gilbert School in Winsted is anticipating that teaching positions will need to be cut.
The Gilbert School is a semi-private school that educates the Winchester School District’s seventh- through 12th-grade students. Winsted pays tuition to Gilbert for each student it sends.

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Owner’s name is a mystery: Hearing for marijuana dispensary scheduled

WINSTED —  The Winsted Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall to consider the application of a special permit for a medical marijuana dispensary.
The proposed location for the dispensary is the former Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) building at 100 New Hartford Road.
The restaurant has been closed and the building vacant for more than a decade.

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Lamont, first in gubernatorial candidate series, speaks at bookstore

WINSTED — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont made a pitch for his candidacy at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, Feb. 17.
More than 75 people attended what was the first in a series of talks by gubernatorial candidates at the store.
Lamont sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate against Joe Lieberman in 2006. He also sought the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010 against Dannel P. Malloy.

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