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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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Superintendent talks future of schools

WINSTED —  Recently hired Superintendent of Schools Melony Brady-Shanley said she is looking forward to Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the new school year starts.
In an interview with The Winsted Journal on Monday, July 17,  Brady-Shanley, along with Winchester School District Receiver Freeman Burr, spoke about the upcoming year, including new programs and goals for the district.
The school district has been under state receivership since June 2015. Originally, Robert Travaglini was named as its receiver in August 2015, but resigned in September 2016.

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Guilty plea in connection with Winsted heroin death

WINSTED — According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the District of Connecticut, Waterbury resident Peter Haskell, 32, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin on Wednesday, July 12.
The plea was announced via a press release and included details of how Haskell’s case is connected to the overdose death of a Winsted resident in 2016.

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Book festival next week

WINSTED —  The second annual Booming Winsted Book Festival is scheduled for Friday, July 21, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23.
The event will be held at the Winsted Community Bookstore at 414 Main St.
The festival was organized by Ralph Nader, consumer advocate, former presidential candidate and president of the American Museum of Tort Law.

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P&Z approve regulation and map changes

WINSTED —  The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved various changes to its regulations and zoning maps during its meeting on Monday, July 10.
The changes were approved after a sparsely attended public hearing on the proposed changes.
The current zoning regulations were put into effect in October 2016. Before then, the regulations had not been updated since the 1950’s.

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New flag for Senior Center

Members of Winsted Senior Center commemorated Flag Day with a ceremony and luncheon on June 14. Also attending the event were members of both American Legion Post  No. 43 and VFW Post No. 296. Participants raised a new flag that was donated by center van driver Joe Landor and resident Janet Closson. 

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Charity golf tournament for Special Olympics

WINSTED — Winsted native and professional golfer Bobby Gage came home for a charity golf tournament for Special Olympics on Saturday, July 8 at Green Woods Country Club.
The day before the tournament on Friday, July 7, Gage conducted a clinic which was attended by a dozen Special Olympics athletes.
Gage took part in the tournament on July 8.

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Good times and good tunes at kickoff concert

WINSTED —  Friends of Main Street’s annual summer concert series kicked off with a concert by the Zolla Boys at Soldiers’ Monument on Thursday, July 6. 
Residents packed the park around the monument for the concert.
It was the second year in a row that The Zolla Boys kicked off the concert series.
The band played a combination of originals and cover songs by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Simon and Garfunkel.

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Larson talks about state of health care

WINSTED —  Congressman John Larson (D-1) spoke to an audience of more than 100 people at the Licia and Mason Beekley Community Library at a town hall-style meeting on Thursday, July 6.
The primary subject of the meeting was the continued debate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, in Congress.
One of President Donald J. Trump’s (R) campaign promises when he was running in 2016 was to replace the ACA with a new health care system.
In May, the House of Representatives passed a measure to repeal and replace the ACA.

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Case talks about state budget

WINSTED —  State Rep. Jay Case (R-63) spoke about the state’s budget woes at his discussion at the Winsted Senior Center on Thursday, July 6.
Fifteen residents attended the event and talked to Case about funding issues for programs, area transportation issues and community resources.
The official legislative session ended on June 7, and despite a special session, lawmakers failed to adopt an official biennial budget.

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NCCC building to open in August

WINSTED —  After several years of planning, construction on Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s (NCCC) Joyner Health Science Center, will be ready to open on Tuesday, Aug. 29, according to college President Michael Rooke.
Rooke said a ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 12.
The building will house NCCC’s Allied Health programs starting in the fall semester.
Plans for the center have been in place since 2008, when NCCC received a $4 million donation.

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