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WINSTED —  The Winchester Public School District held two focus group meetings at Founders Hall auditorium on Monday, March 20.

The groups discussed topics relating to the district’s search for a new superintendent.

At the meetings, former Glastonbury school district superintendent Jacqueline Jacoby, who now works as a private consultant, moderated a lively conversation with the groups about the strengths and weaknesses within the school system, as well as what it means to be a successful superintendent.

Jacoby said she started as a public school...

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NCCC installs digital signs

WINSTED —  During the first week of the month Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) installed two separate digital signs.
The first digital sign is installed on Main Street in front of Founders Hall and on top of the college’s main brick sign facing the street.
The second digital sign is in front of Greenwoods Hall at Park Place.
Both signs advertise the college’s programs and events, and include a “Welcome to Winsted” message.

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Old Man Winter bears down

WINSTED — Two snowstorms within days of each other impaired travel and road conditions in Winsted.
On Thursday, Feb. 9, residents had to deal with more than a foot of snow that fell throughout the day. 
A second storm, which left an estimated seven inches of snow, blew in on Sunday, Feb. 12.
Due to the storms, the town instituted two separate parking bans — one that started on Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 10 and a second one that started on Feb. 11 and lasted until Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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Town website launched

WINSTED —  A new version of the town’s website went online Wednesday, Feb. 8, at www.townofwinchester.org.
The website originally went online in 2001 and has undergone three redesigns in the past five years.
While the previous website was designed with brownish and gray hues, the new website is designed in an aqua blue theme. 
A rotating banner on top of the page displays various town pictures including scenes from the annual Gator Parade, the Beardsley and Memorial Library and Highland Lake.

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Capitol Products: Eviction proceedings continue

WINSTED —  During its Monday, Feb. 6, meeting, the Board of Selectmen went into an executive session to discuss the pending foreclosure case against former Selectman Michael Renzullo.
After spending an hour in executive session with Town Manager Robert Geiger and Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan, Mayor Candy Perez announced in the public session of the meeting that the board would not take any action and that the foreclosure case against Renzullo would proceed. 

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Meatball cookoff at Elks Lodge

WINSTED — In celebration of Super Bowl Sunday, the Winsted Elks Lodge held a meatball cookoff Sunday, Feb. 5.
Contestants brought their homemade “super balls” to be judged and enjoyed as attendees watched the big game on TV at the lodge.
Lodge member Sue Jasch, who helped judge the meatball cookoff, donned a Patriots sweatshirt at the bar as she awaited the kickoff. 

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New restaurant to open at old Cackleberries location

WINSTED — A new restaurant, Foxtail Fine Catering and Cafe, will open in March to take the place of Cackleberries at 242 Main St.
Cackleberries shut down in January 2016 after 15 years of business.
Foxtail Fine Catering and Cafe and is co-owned by Barkhamsted resident Armand Lattizori and chef Jay Plourde.
“I’m a local kind of person, and there are a lot of things going on in Winsted,” Lattizori said. “This includes Whiting Mills and the upcoming Mad River Lofts. Also, the rent here is still kind of affordable.”

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Delicious delights at annual Bubbles and Truffles

WINSTED — The 11th annual Bubbles and Truffles event was held at 406 Main St., the former site of Kathy’s Cupboard, on Friday, Feb. 3.
The event is a benefit for local organization Friends of Main Street.
This year, the organization donated a portion of proceeds from the event to the Soldiers’ Monument Restoration Fund.
Hundreds of people attended the event. The site of the former store, which has been vacant for several years, turned into a ballroom of sorts where attendees enjoyed wine and fine food from several area vendors.

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‘Say cheese’

Several of the attendees at the annual Bubbles and Truffles event stopped for a moment to take part in a selfie. The event, a fundraiser for Friends of Main Street and the Soldiers’ Monument Restoration Fund, was held on Friday, Feb. 3. For the full story and another photo, visit Delicious delights at annual Bubbles and Truffles.

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Receiver briefs town board on school district

New assistant principal, Watson case, Board of Education meetings, among updates

WINSTED — Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the school district at the selectmen’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 6
In his update, Burr spoke about the hiring of a new assistant principal for the school district, the current state of the Winchester Board of Education and the recently settled case between the district and Superintendent of Schools Anne Watson.
New assistant principal

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Town roads, education funding discussed at Senior Center

WINSTED —  Mayor Candy Perez and Selectmen Steven Sedlack and Todd Arcelaschi sat in for a meet and greet at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Ten members of the center attended the meet and greet which is part of a series scheduled by Senior Center Director Jennifer Kelly.
Last month, Town Manager Robert Geiger spoke to senior center members about pressing town issues, and in March, Winchester Police Chief William Fitzgerald is scheduled to meet with members.

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