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AMENIA — On Sunday, Nov. 5, Congregation Beth David invited the community to come explore the abundant history of Afghanistan’s Jewish culture, with a lecture by author Sara Y. Aharon.

All were welcomed to the lecture by the congregation’s president and treasurer, Sherry Frankel. Rabbi Jon Haddon first delivered a touching statement regarding the Manhattan terror attack that took place on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

“We are determined to live our life in that special New York way,” he said. “Our hearts go out to the families of the victims…...

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Rigby says ‘Captive Audience’ legislation is bad for business

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HARTFORD — State Rep. John Rigby (R-63) said this week that he opposes legislation recently passed in the state House of Representatives that limits the ability of employers to call meetings regarding “political” issues.
Rigby led the debate for Republicans last week against H.B. 5460, An Act Concerning Captive Audience Meetings, which he said would limit freedom of speech for employers. Debate on the measure lasted 11 hours.

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Eleanor Jackson Piel, activist lawyer, now a doctor of law

LAKEVILLE — When Columbia University awarded Eleanor Jackson Piel an honorary doctor of law degree Wednesday, May 11, they recognized her decades-long career fighting for civil rights and against injustice. But Piel is still surprised by the honor.
Small, elegant, soft spoken and modest, Piel sits in her Fifth Avenue apartment with its incomparable view of the Central Park reservoir and its continuous geyser, across the park the fabled buildings of Central Park West — and spins stories from her 68-year career as an activist lawyer.

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Federal health-care law termed ‘significant change’

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LAKEVILLE — The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is already the law of the land. The effort to explain it — and promote it — is ongoing.
The effort continued Friday night, May 13, as Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund, spoke to an audience of about 200 at The Hotchkiss School as part of the Salisbury Forum series.
Davis began by describing the health-care reform law as the most significant change in American health care since the advent of Medicare during Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society of the mid-1960s.

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Chamber sends out a call to action on steep gas prices

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HARLEM VALLEY — The Harlem Valley Chamber of Commerce (HVCOC) is joining forces with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (DCRCOC) in its campaign to lower prices at the pump. The chambers are providing an online petition for both members and nonmembers to complete, which will then be sent to federal elected officials in hopes of encouraging them to find effective ways to lower gas prices.

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Journal’s new website offers more features

The Lakeville Journal has upgraded its website and given it a new name. It is no longer online at www.tcextra.com. The new web address is www.tricornernews.com.
The site was designed by Lakeville Journal Co. Production Coordinator James Clark and was built and is maintained by Surf New Media in Saco, Maine.
Photos are now included with articles and each of the pages was designed to increase ease of use. All content from www.tcextra.com (which goes back to 2006) will be available at the new site.

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Back in business

Five months after closing, the Pleasant Valley General Store has re-opened. The store, which sits at the corner of River and Ripley Hill roads, was closed unexpectedly at the end of 2010. A story about the grand re-opening of the store will be in next week’s issue of The Winsted Journal.

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Passed state budget is missing pieces

First layoff notices go out to state employees
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HARTFORD — Marathon sessions last week in the state Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the swift passage of the Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year 2011-13 budget, but details regarding specific spending cuts remained unclear this week as the governor negotiated givebacks from state employees.
As expected, Malloy began issuing layoff notices to state employees Tuesday morning, in preparation for the possibility of a stalemate.

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Fate of FOI commission still uncertain

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The passage and signing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2011-13 biennial budget last week did not ease uncertainty for many state employees and entire commissions, which stand to be reduced and/or eliminated when lawmakers begin figuring out how to distribute the money — and supporters of at least one commission are hoping to survive the shuffle.

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No closure yet on new state budget

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First layoff notices go out to state employees
HARTFORD — Marathon sessions last week in the state Senate and House of Representatives resulted in the swift passage of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s proposed two-year 2011-13 budget, but details regarding specific spending cuts remained unclear this week as the governor negotiated givebacks from state employees.
As expected, Malloy began issuing layoff notices to state employees Tuesday morning, in preparation for the possibility of a stalemate.

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Artists mingle at clay exhibit

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LAKEVILLE — Local artists and those connected to the arts gathered to mix and mingle at the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council’s mixer on Wednesday, May 4.
The mixer was held at The Hotchkiss School’s Tremaine Gallery, where a new exhibit of South African pottery, entitled “Clay — The Art of Earth and Fire,” has recently opened.

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