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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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Hundreds sign petition to support land trust

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WINSTED — Supporters of the Winchester Land Trust have collected 472 signatures on a petition that will be presented to the Board of Selectmen. The petition calls for the override of the selectmen’s rejection of the trust’s plan to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
According to Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie, who started the petition drive, enough people have signed to force the selectmen to set a special town meeting for residents to vote on the land trust’s proposal.

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Charlotte Hungerford to make Health Center decision this spring

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WINSTED — The Winsted Health Center Foundation is working with Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) on plans for a new building on the current health center campus, according to foundation Executive Director Jonathan Blum.
The hospital operates the emergency department and other facilities on the health center site.
Last fall, CHH announced that it was considering moving out of the Spencer Street facility.

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Town gets extension on brownfields grant

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WINSTED — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a three-month extension to Winsted to apply for an estimated $600,000 in federal brownfields grant money.
At a Board of Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, Feb. 7, selectmen approved the Winchester Housing Authority’s application for $200,000 from the grant to conduct soil remediation for a 32-unit apartment building on 80 Gay St. that has not yet been built.

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Anne Royko Dezzani

NEW HARTFORD — Anne Royko Dezzani, 93, died peacefully at home on Feb. 22, 2011, surrounded by her family.
She was a lifelong resident of the area who enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, travel and cooking, especially baking her famous banana nut bread. She was a kind and generous person who was devoted to her children, grandchildren and family.
She is survived by one son; two daughters; one sister, Pauline; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Green Room offers diversity in taste

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WINSTED — The Green Room Gourmet Cafe, located at 64 Main St., has opened in the former location of Karen’s Coffee and Sweets Cafe.
The cafe is owned by Winsted resident Sharry Revillini, who has an unusual way of looking at food.
“Growing up, I used to hate to eat,” Revillini said. “Everything I ate tasted the same. When I became a vegan, I had to start being creative.”
While Revillini said she “fell off the vegan wagon years ago,” she has decided to keep the creativity she learned from the experience and extend it to the meals she offers at the Green Room.

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Accusations fly over land trust proposal

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WINSTED — Heated accusations erupted between opposing parties Tuesday, Feb. 22, as the Board of Selectmen rejected for the second time in a row a proposal by the Winchester Land Trust to acquire conservation restrictions on 360 acres of town-owned land.
The plan included the trust acquiring a conservation easement on 356 acres surrounding Crystal Lake, which is the town’s main drinking water reservoir, and the Algonquin State Forest.
The money the land trust would have paid the town came from a state grant of $500,000, which was awarded in December.

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Principal: Pearson looks like a ‘ghetto’ school

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WINSTED — Pearson Middle School Principal Clay Krevolin did not mince words Thursday, Feb. 18, when the town’s School Building Committee visited for a tour.
Krevolin said the school “is beginning to look like a ghetto school,” but agreed that the building is generally structurally sound.
The School Building Committee has been discussing the possibility of closing one of the school district’s buildings to save money during the next academic year.

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New Hartford director inspired by life at home

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WINSTED — A Laurel City sandwich shop is the primary setting in a new movie by New Hartford native Jennifer DiMauro, who said this week that the autobiographical work has taught her a lot about art imitating life, and vice-versa.

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Friends, family aim to finish teen’s work

Dinner for Dale
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NEW HARTFORD — Two months after the tragic death of 16-year-old Jerry Dale Cox, friends and family came together at a benefit dinner in his memory Saturday, Feb. 19, at Brodie Park.
Cox, a Winsted resident, died in December in a one-car accident while travelling on Route 8 in Torrington.
He was a junior at Oliver Wolcott Technical High School. He was restoring a 1967 Ford Mustang but had not completed the work at the time of his death.
The event was a benefit to raise funds to finish restoring the car Cox was working on.

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Stray cats raising concern in Winsted

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WINSTED — A Winsted woman with a fondness for felines has begun working with a couple of out-of-town organizations in an attempt to curb a growing population of abandoned cats.
Amanda Carneski said Tuesday that she has taken in as many as six cats at a time during the winter months and that she believes dozens more are living in the Gay Street area, just north of downtown Winsted.
“I think it has grown to epidemic proportions here,” Carneski said. “It’s out of control.”

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