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Salerno: State will enforce MBR

Town must find $1.5 million for schools
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WINSTED — The state has apparently sided with the Board of Education, and the town will potentially have to pay much more to fund education during the next school year.
According to Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno, the state has ruled that the town must fund the school district at the previously proposed minimum budget requirement (MBR) of $20,049,466, which was set in late April.
At a budget referendum in late May, voters approved the town’s budget proposed by the Board of Selectmen, which set education funding at $18,600,000 — $1,449,466 below the MBR.

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Peltier crowned Laurel Queen

Rebecca Nardi, the 2010 Laurel Queen, pinned a cape on Madison-Kelly Peltier, winner of this year’s Laurel Queen competition, Sunday at East End Park.

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State says town must pay school-related costs

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WINSTED — The State Department of Education has ruled that the town must fund the school district $51,000 for crossing guards or else be declared in violation of the minimum budget requirement (MBR) for the 2010-11 school year.
Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno announced the finding during a meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, June 14.

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Miss Connecticut visits St. Anthony School

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WINSTED — St. Anthony School received a special visit Tuesday afternoon when Miss Connecticut Brittany Decker dropped by to tell students about herself, sing songs and encourage children to follow their dreams.
Decker’s appearance came on the heels of her participation in the Miss America 2011 pageant in Las Vegas, Nev., in January. Despite not ending up with the crown, she ended up being the roommate of this year’s winner, Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska, and the two have remained friends since the pageant.

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Board votes to move first grade to Batcheller School

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WINSTED — During their meeting on Tuesday, June 14, the Board of Education voted to move the first-grade class from Hinsdale Elementary School to Batcheller School for school year 2011-12.
The vote was 6-2, with board members James DiVita, Richard Dutton, Susan Hoffnagle, Christine Royer and Joseph Hanecak voting for the move.
Board members Carol Palomba and Chairman Kathleen O’Brien voted against the move.
Board members Raymond Neal and Paul O’Meara were not present at the meeting.
Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno made the recommendation for the move.

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Heavy storms knock out power

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WINSTED — Blistering hail and spectacular lightning came down from the skies over Winsted during the band of storms that swept across the entire state Thursday, June 9, and knocked out power to more than 210,000 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers, some for more than four days.
Winsted was fortunate to be spared a major outage, but the lights flickered and at least 21 homes lost power as high winds and repeated lightning strikes came through, with battering rain and hail the size of shooting marbles.

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Man injured in crash

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A car traveling west on Hinsdale Avenue collided head on with a parked van in front of 50 Hinsdale Ave. Tuesday, May 31, around 10:30 p.m.
At least 15 residents came rushing out from their homes, some in their pajamas, to tend to the driver, who sustained injuries at the scene. The injured driver was seen lying flat on the front car seat after the car’s air bag deployed. Both the car and the van sustained heavy damage in the accident.

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Open Your Eyes studio tour June 25-26

WINSTED AREA — Thirty-five artists in five towns will be part of the Open Your Eyes studio tour Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26.
Studios will be open in the towns of Norfolk, Colebrook, Winsted, Barkhamsted and New Hartford, including the Whiting Mills studios on Whiting Street in Winsted, the Norfolk Artisans Guild and numerous home studios.
Art lovers and artists young and old are invited to see and hear firsthand about the creative processes on the Open Your Eyes tour, in which artists will show their workspaces and some of their latest pieces.

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East End fountain gets facelift

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WINSTED — This week, the town will put out to bid a project to restore the water fountain located at East End Park. According to Department of Public Works Director James Rotondo, the intent of the project is to restore the fountain to its condition when it was constructed in 1883.
“They will restore masonry and stone work around the fountain,” Rotondo said. “Also, they will be putting in a system that will recycle the water in the fountain. We will add a set of lights to the basin to light it up so it will look good at night.”

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Winsted to lay off 30 teachers

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WINSTED — By a unanimous decision, the Board of Education decided to lay off up to 30 teachers, two custodian positions, 2.5 clerical positions and one nurse during a special meeting held on Thursday, June 2.
There are currently 80 certified teachers employed in the school district. In recent years, the total has been as high as 100, but cuts have reduced that number each year.
The vote came a few days after the town approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2011-12.

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