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STANFORDVILLE — Stanford Community Day will again provide an opportunity for revelers to pick a favorite pair and cheer them to victory in what has become the traditional Push Cart Derby, organized by Helen Hamada and her husband, Kardsh Onnig of the Barraka Center for 3D Experimentation.

They began the event three years ago because, according to Hamada, “post election there was such a divide in this country that we thought, ‘Why don’t we try to do something in the community?’ Something that will be fun and bring everyone together — and it doesn...

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A day at the races

Ferrari Challenge returns to Lime Rock Park

LIME ROCK — After a four year break, the Ferrari Challenge returned to Lime Rock Park Saturday, July 30. The weather was good and the turnout was even better as fans examined models ranging from 1928 to 2012.
Ferrari aficionados and first-timers alike picnicked on the hillside while watching the race.
The event was considered to be a huge success by Skip Barber and the team at Lime Rock. They estimated that many more people attended this Ferrari Challenge than the previous one in 2005.

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State tax collections exceed expectations by $1.1 billion

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s top accountant announced Monday the state collected $1.1 billion more taxes than expected last fiscal year, the same day that Gov. Dannel Malloy’s $900 million retroactive income tax increase went into effect.
State officials underestimated tax revenue by more than 10 percent in the budget year that ended June 30, while spending was $256 million over budget. Since last month’s estimate, the state’s reported budget surplus went up $73 million to $159 million.

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Redistricting process aims to keep communities together

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NORTHWEST CORNER — With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see minimal upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance, e.g., “One person, one vote.”

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Arrest in Dover Plains stabbing

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DOVER PLAINS — A Dover man is in custody after he was arrested and charged with stabbing a fellow Dover Plains resident 10 times last week in the Four Brothers Restaurant parking lot. The assault occurred at approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20; at this time just one of the two assailants is behind bars.

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Statewide redistricting: Kent wants to join 64th

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By Michael Marciano
With testimony recently completed in Hartford for the 2011 redistricting process in Connecticut, residents of Litchfield County are hoping to see a minimum of upheaval as legislative members of the state Reapportionment Committee review population figures that have remained largely unchanged.
The Reapportionment Committee redraws district boundaries every 10 years. Federal law requires districts to have nearly equal populations, using data from the 2010 Census, so that everyone’s vote has equal importance: One person, one vote.

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Governor promises help for Corner — and tough choices

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TORRINGTON — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was at the Northwest Chamber of Commerce in Torrington Tuesday morning, July 19, to discuss business-related issues in the latest stop on his jobs tour. He introduced business owners to Catherine Smith, the new director of the Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).

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Wine, not whine, in Goshen

GOSHEN — The third annual Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association (CVWA) Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31, at the Goshen Fairgrounds.
A wide range of wines, specialty foods and live music will be featured at this year’s festival, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $20 in advance, available at any participating CVWA winery, online or by phone, or $25 at the door. Guests under 21 and designated drivers can attend for a reduced admission price of $10. 

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Cruising in Torrington

It was car heaven at McDonald’s in Torrington on Friday, July 15, with a 10th anniversary cruise night. Car owners brought their classic automobiles, including vintage Chevrolets, Trans-Ams and Cadillacs, to the restaurant’s parking lot as music from the 1950s and ’60s was played. The event celebrated the 10th year the Torrington McDonald’s has held cruise nights during the summer.

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Body discovered in parked car

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BOSTON CORNER — A body was discovered in a parked vehicle alongside Boston Corners Road sometime on Sunday, July 16, by the New York State Parks Police.
An area resident described the vehicle as an older, blue minivan with Connecticut plates, and said it was parked there late last week and through the weekend.
Another area resident provided similar information as the van was being searched by police after the discovery was made.

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Spellbound Potter fans swarm theaters

Harry Potter fans everywhere got out their capes, wands and spellbooks for the midnight premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the final movie in the series, which opened in local cinemas at 12:05 a.m. on Friday, July 15.
“It was an epic moment in the history of cinema,” said Carol Sadlon, owner of the Torrington Cinerom and the Millerton Moviehouse.
The tickets for The Moviehouse showing were sold out days in advance. Although the movie played in only one theater, crowds of people were lined up outside the doors.

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