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WINSTED — Seventeen roads in Winsted will get repairs this year, at an estimated cost of $2,285,885.

In June 2016, Lenard Engineering completed a report on road conditions, which included an analysis of all 76 miles of asphalt roads owned by the town.

The report concluded that 53 percent of the town’s asphalt roads are in poor or failed condition.

“The study gave us a generalized template of where to allocate our funds to work on the roads,” Department of Public Works Director Jim Rollins told the Winsted Board of Selectmen at their...

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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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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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Anne Royko Dezzani

NEW HARTFORD — Anne Royko Dezzani, 93, died peacefully at home on Feb. 22, 2011, surrounded by her family.
She was a lifelong resident of the area who enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds, travel and cooking, especially baking her famous banana nut bread. She was a kind and generous person who was devoted to her children, grandchildren and family.
She is survived by one son; two daughters; one sister, Pauline; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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Green Room offers diversity in taste

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WINSTED — The Green Room Gourmet Cafe, located at 64 Main St., has opened in the former location of Karen’s Coffee and Sweets Cafe.
The cafe is owned by Winsted resident Sharry Revillini, who has an unusual way of looking at food.
“Growing up, I used to hate to eat,” Revillini said. “Everything I ate tasted the same. When I became a vegan, I had to start being creative.”
While Revillini said she “fell off the vegan wagon years ago,” she has decided to keep the creativity she learned from the experience and extend it to the meals she offers at the Green Room.

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