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SALISBURY — Gwendolyn VanSant, an organizational change consultant, gave a version of the training program she uses to promote racial justice in communities at the Scoville Memorial Library on Saturday, Nov. 16.

VanSant is the founder of Multicultural BRIDGE (Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups through Education) in Lee, Mass.

She spent some time on definitions. She said “race” is not a biological term, but a term “created to get access to wealth and land.”

She defined “racism” as a combination of privilege...

Salisbury

‘It’s amazing how much we do online now’

The day the Internet konked out
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Businesses, town government offices and just plain folks all scrambled to find ways to make do without the worldwide web when a Comcast failure last Tuesday caused the loss of Internet and Comcast telephone service in Salisbury, Sharon, Falls Village, North Canaan and Norfolk from roughly 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cellphone service was unaffected, and that was ultimately what David Maffucci of Lake-ville’s Visionary Computer had to resort to.
“I was standing in the back of my office where I can get a signal, trying to answer email with my phone,” he said.

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Community workshop on Lime Rock planned April 19

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Residents of Lime Rock are encouraged to come to a special workshop session of the Planning and Zoning Commission that will be dedicated to the village and to the impact of the race track on the village.
The meeting will be held at Town Hall on Tuesday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.
“This is a beautiful section of town,” said Planning and Zoning Chairman Michael Klemens. “But in many ways it’s a part of town that’s out of the minds of other Salisbury residents.”

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Multigenerational concert

Rob Nellson, the band teacher at Salisbury Central School, conducted the combined SCS band and the Salisbury Band in a special concert Friday, April 1.

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Race track, bridge and affordable housing at selectmen’s meeting

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen gave First Selectman Curtis Rand the go-ahead to draft a letter of support for Lime Rock Park’s application for National Historic Landmark status from the U.S. Park Service at the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 4.
In response to a concern raised by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), the selectmen agreed the the letter should contain language that makes the selectmen’s endorsement conditional on the ability of a future owner of the property to have the designation dropped.

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Photo historian speaks at Salisbury Forum

leong@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Salisbury Forum turns away from its usual sessions on global and national issues into the world of photography on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. when Harvard’s Robin Kelsey presents “How Photography Has Changed Our Lives — Performing for the Camera” at the Salisbury School’s Seifert Theater.
Kelsey, currently a visiting professor at Williams College, is the Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography in Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture. Yet Kelsey followed an unusual, almost eccentric path to obtain that august title.

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31 February calls answered

At Your Service
tarak@lakevillejournal.com

The Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service (SVAS) is an all-volunteer organization whose members are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to emergencies in the community.
SVAS responded to 31 calls in February, which was the same number as in the previous month. These included five calls for a sick person, five falls, three for pain, one difficulty breathing, one seizure, one cardiac event, one motor vehicle accident and one for an unconscious person. In addition there were seven standbys (for the ski jumps and Junior Olympics) and one activated fire alarm.

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From prosperity to homelessness and back again

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

One man’s journey
LIME ROCK — In 2008 Peter Chiapetta was doing pretty well for himself, working as the chief financial and administrative officer for an equestrian travel business in Millbrook. The former hedge fund manager was happy to be out of that particular game and was enjoying living in the country.
“When I started, the economy was still OK,” said Chiapetta, who now lives in Lime Rock.
But in the fall of 2008, when the economy did its downward spiral, cancellations began to outnumber bookings, and by April 2009 the business was closed and Chiapetta was looking for work.

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Lakeville post office is on list of sites that U.S. Postal Service might close

Residents can speak out in survey, at meeting
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

LAKEVILLE — The Lakeville post office is on a list of facilities that might be closed by the United States Postal Service.
Maureen Marion, a public information official based in Syracuse, N.Y., said in a phone interview Friday, March 25, that Lakeville’s is one of a dozen Connecticut post offices under consideration.
“Clearly the Postal Service is in the news, we’re certainly evolving,” said Marion. “It’s incumbent on us to look at different ways to cut costs” — including fewer administrative personnel, five-day delivery and post office closings.

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Encore: consignments on Main Street

patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — Encore, a new consignment shop on Main Street in Salisbury, has been jumping right from the get-go — even during its soft opening on Friday, March 18.
Proprietor Dana Scarpa was whizzing around the shop, consulting with the customers (most of them were female), answering questions and doing it all in a pink blouse and green pants.
“I’m from Essex,” she said by way of explanation.
Scarpa sees Encore as a place where the entire family can find clothing and accessories “for a very reasonable price” — including items for men, kids and plus-size women.

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Parents ask for, get another teacher

Budget hearing will be April 14
patricks@lakevillejournal.com

SALISBURY — The Board of Education on Monday, March 28, voted to present a $4.7 million 2011-12 budget for Salisbury Central School to the Board of Finance next month.
The totals are $4,743,303, an increase of $117,143, or 2.53 percent.
The latest version of the budget calls for 22 teachers. Coming into the regular monthly meeting, the board was working with a budget draft that had 21 teachers, an additional $72,578 in spending (1.57 percent), for a total of $4,698,738.

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