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WINSTED —  Sweet sounds filled the air at East End Park on Friday, Aug. 10 at the first-ever LaurelLive Benefit Concert.

The concert benefited three organizations that work extensively with the homeless population in the area: The Salvation Army and Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted and Friends in Service to Humanity (FISH) in Torrington.

Local bands and musicians from all throughout the Northwest Corner played at the seven hour event, including Axe Factory, The Matchstick Architects, Blue Yonder, Eric Paradine and Jim Moore.

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Mayor discusses school issues with Winsted parents

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WINSTED — Mayor Candy Perez fielded questions from parents at a meeting of the Winchester Parent Advocacy Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Hinsdale Elementary School. She acknowledged that there are still a number of issues to be worked out ahead of the 2011-12 school year.
Perez was joined by 13 other residents who expressed a range of concerns about educational issues in town, with committee chairman Caroline Christensen leading the discussion.

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Blumenthal to Winsted seniors: ‘I am still fighting for you’

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WINSTED — Newly elected Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited the Chestnut Grove Apartments on Wednesday, Feb. 23, for a question-and-answer session with the senior residents.
During the course of the discussion, the former state attorney general discussed topics ranging from the rumored potential U.S. government shutdown, Social Security benefits and Medicare benefits to dealing with senior fraud.

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Salerno seeks 11 percent increase in school budget

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WINSTED — Superintendent of Schools Blaise Salerno Tuesday night unveiled his proposed 2011-12 budget, which asks for an 11-percent increase of more than $2.2 million to $23,696,161.
Salerno presented the budget during a workshop with Board of Eduction budget subcommittee members and acknowledged that the spending package contains a wish list of items.
“It’s not going to sell,” he told board members.

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Malloy’s budget draws mixed reactions around the state

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CONNECTICUT — As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues a tour across Connecticut to discuss his proposed 2012-13 state budget, residents from opposing sides have complained about both higher taxes and proposed spending cuts that may affect public services. But supporters of the governor’s plan have called it an honest budget that puts the state on track for financial recovery.
The combination of taxes and cuts amounts to what the governor calls a “shared sacrifice” that will address the massive budget crisis that has left Connecticut with a $3.3 billion deficit.

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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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Community Health and Wellness Center opens office in Winsted

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WINSTED — Torrington’s Community Health and Wellness Center has opened an office at 115 Spencer St., home of the Winsted Health Center.
The organization gives low-income residents access to health services on a sliding scale based on federal poverty income guidelines.
Community Health also accepts some commercial insurance policies, Medicaid and HUSKY health care plans.
According to Chief Executive Officer Kathy Grimaud, the organization has been working for years to open a satellite office in Winsted.

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A night of Magic at Winsted Elks

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WINSTED — Members of the Winsted Elks Lodge 844 dedicated last Saturday evening, Feb. 26, to their primary mission — improving the lives of children — by hosting a magic show that raised more than $1,500 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center while entertaining a crowd of enthusiastic youths.

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Selectmen approve risk-based audit

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WINSTED — By a vote of 5-2, the Board of Selectmen last week approved a motion to conduct a risk-based audit of the Winchester Board of Education’s budget.
A risk-based audit scrutinizes accounting practices and procedures. Mayor Candy Perez and Selectmen Karen Beadle, Ken Fracasso, Lisa Smith and Glenn Albanesius voted for the audit, while Selectmen George Closson and Michael Renzullo voted against it.
The risk assessment audit will cost $5,600 and will come out of the Selectmen’s Contingency Fund.
While she voted for the audit, Perez said she was voting for it reluctantly.

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