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WINSTED — A comprehensive report on the Hinsdale Elementary School building and the Batcheller Early Education building will be issued in January or February, according to Winsted Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley.

Brady-Shanley discussed the report at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12.

At a board meeting in September Brady-Shanley discussed the possibility of re-opening the Hinsdale building and closing Batcheller.

Hinsdale was closed in June 2016 as part of former School District Receiver Robert Travaglini’...

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Gilbert Trust awards nearly $70,000 in scholarships

WINSTED — At its annual scholarship awards event Monday evening, June 13, The W.L. Gilbert Trust Corporation awarded almost $70,000 in higher education assistance to 59 Gilbert School seniors and alumni.
More than 170 award recipients, parents, board members, faculty and staff attended the trust-sponsored awards event in the school auditorium, followed by a coffee and dessert reception. The Gilbert Jazz Combo provided pre-event entertainment.

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Speedy special town meeting approves removal of easement

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WINSTED — It took less than three minutes for residents at a special town meeting to release a water line easement on Lakeview Road.
The vote to approve the release was 12-0.
There was no debate or discussion before the vote was taken.
The eliminated water line easement affects the properties of Marion Vaccari at 52 Lakeview Road, Joan Carrozzo at 54 Lakeview Road and Douglas Griswold at 56 Lakeview Road.
The three residents contacted interim Town Manager Mark Douglass asking for the elimination of the easement back in December 2010.

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Asbestos removal to begin

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WINSTED — A long-planned asbestos abatement project for Pearson Middle School will begin within weeks, according to Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno.
At the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 14, Salerno said the project has been approved by the State Department of Education.
The project was originally discussed and developed by the town’s School Building Committee back in February.
The asbestos abatement will include the demolition of 34,262 square feet of asbestos-containing floor tile located in classrooms and hallways throughout the school building.

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Northwestern students score a ‘10’

Northwestern Regional High School honored the top 10 ranked students in the senior class and the annual Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) Leadership Award recipients at its Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 8. Pictured, back row, from left, are Lindsay Dezi, Kyle Smith, Samuel Hess, Lior Trestman and Melissa Traub; middle row, Amanda Lee, Olivia Vitali, Kelly Morrissey, Catherine Beaudoin; and front row, Lauren Silverio and Emily Tassinari. Ashley Sullivan, not pictured, was also among the students honored.

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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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