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WINSTED —  Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC’s) lawsuit against the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission continues in Litchfield Court.

The suit was filed at the Superior Court of Litchfield on Thursday, April 27.

The lawsuit is over the commission’s decision to deny CHWC a special permit application to convert the Winsted Super Saver IGA building on 372 Main St. into a medical clinic.

In the court filing, Shipman & Goodwin attorney Joseph Williams who is representing CHWC, is accusing Commission...

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P&Z stands firm with Community Health and Wellness decision

WINSTED — After a 50-minute executive session with Town Attorney Kevin Nelligan on Monday, April 24, the Planning and Zoning Commission reaffirmed its previous decision to deny Community Health and Wellness of Greater Torrington’s (CHWC) special permit application.
The commission originally rejected the application at its meeting on April 10 by a vote of 3-2.
Commission members Barbara Wilkes, George Closson and Art Melycher all voted against the application, while Chairman Craig Sanden and member Jerry Martinez voted for the application.

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Ojakian’s concerns

While he did not offer specific details on how he would go about the administrative consolidation of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, CSCU President Mark Ojakian wrote about why the strategies are being implemented in his presentation to the Board of Regents on April 3.

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Ojakian to meet with NCCC community

WINSTED — Mark Ojakian, president of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU), is scheduled to hold a discussion of CSCU administrative consolidation at Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC).
The discussion is tentatively scheduled to be held in Greenwoods Hall at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2.
Ojakian’s concerns
On April 3, Ojakian gave the Board of Regents a proposal to consolidate the administrative operations among the 17 colleges and universities governed by the board, which includes NCCC.

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Town holds Earth Day cleanup

WINSTED —  More than 100 residents volunteered to help clean up areas of town on Saturday, April 22, for Earth Day.
Volunteers gathered at the American Museum of Tort Law for tools and trash bags.
Community groups involved in the clean up included students from The Gilbert School, Boy Scout Troop 1027 and representatives from energy company Viridian.
The event was co-organized by local organizations Winsted Trails and Friends of Main Street.

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Annual spring fair at church

WINSTED —  The Winsted United Methodist Church, located on 630 Main St., held its annual spring fair on Saturday, April 8. 
At the fair, vendors and church members sold a variety of handmade items and baked goods, including pies and cookies.
Volunteers also cooked up pulled pork sandwiches for fair attendees.
According to Church Pastor Rev. Florence Eddins, the church hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as a thrift shop and a food pantry. Sunday morning services are at 10 a.m.

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State Native American history topic of discussion at NCCC

WINSTED — Dr. Lucianne Lavin, director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, gave a talk at Northwestern Connecticut Community College about Connecticut’s indigenous peoples on Tuesday, April 11. 
She has written a book on the subject, “Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples,” which was published by Yale University Press in 2013.

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Thrills and chills at Beardsley and Memorial Library’s magic show

WINSTED — The Beardsley and Memorial Library welcomed professional magician and balloon sculptor Ed Popielarczyk for his spring vacation magic show, “Magical Moments,” on Saturday, April 15. With audience participation, Popielarczyk performed unique tricks and stunts as a large audience of children laughed and yelled.
Popielarczyk said he has been a professional entertainer for more than 30 years. He currently teaches magic and balloon sculpting workshops all over New England. 

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Children on the hunt for Easter eggs

WINSTED —  Hundreds of children, along with their parents, participated in the Recreation Department’s annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15.
The event was held at the Rowley Street playground and included a bounce house for children to play in, along with games and activities and an Easter egg decoration contest.
As for the Easter egg hunt itself, hundreds of plastic Easter eggs containing candies were strewn all over the field next to the playground for children to collect.

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Group wants to create Winsted co-op

WINSTED —  A discussion of a possible co-op store for the town was held at the Winsted Community Bookstore on Saturday, April 15.
More than 100 residents attended the discussion, which was led by Community Lawyer Charlene LaVoie and Economic Development Commission Chairman Phillip Allen. 
Both are leading the efforts to open a co-op store in town.
Both LaVoie and Allen, along with other members of the community, have preliminarily started The Mad River Market.

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Selectmen approve budget, sent to town meeting

WINSTED — On Monday, April 17, the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a proposed budget for fiscal 2017–2018.
The budget, as proposed in March by Town Manager Robert Geiger, totals $33,438,506.
Geiger’s budget is an increase of $337,332 from the town’s 2016–2017 budget of $33,101,174.
If passed, Geiger said that the mill rate will remain the same as last year, at 33.7.

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