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SALISBURY — Chris George, executive director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) in New Haven, said that the U.S. government’s vetting process for refugees is the “most rigorous” in the world.

George spoke to an audience at the Scoville Memorial Library in Salisbury on Saturday, April 13.

He made the distinction between “refugees” and other categories of immigrants.

By international law, refugees are those forced to flee their home countries because they face persecution on the basis of race, religion,...

Salisbury

Hearing Aug. 9 on zoning rules

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SALISBURY — The next chapter in the Planning and Zoning Commission’s ongoing discussion over lakefront property is Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m., with a public hearing on a proposed change to the zoning regulations governing expansion of nonconforming structures.
The amendment would eliminate special permits for the enlargement of nonconforming buildings altogether, for the entire town.

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Construction, ethics and transfer station at selectmen’s meeting

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SALISBURY — The Board of Selectmen approved three contracts for work at Town Hall at its regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 1.
Lakeville Construction will handle replacing the Palladian-style window on the staircase for $2,850 and the work on the building’s cupola, including replacing the windows, replacing flashing and trim work, for $14,400.
The scaffolding for that job is handled by an outside firm, for $12,800. The contracts are all part of the state Local Capital Improvement program (LOCIP) funds approved at a town meeting last week.

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Hundreds at old-fashioned clambake

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SALISBURY — If you were feeling peckish Saturday, July 30, then Satre Hill was a good place to be.
The attendees at the annual Jane Lloyd Fund clambake went through 13 bushels of clams, more than 300 lobsters, 300 ears of corn, 150 pounds of potatoes and 25 bags of seaweed (used on the fire), according to Tanya Tedder.
Advance tickets sold out, 250 at $50 apiece.
And with the walkup crowd, Tedder estimated total attendance at between 300 and 400 people.
“It was a good day, very successful,” she added. “It was the community coming together to continue Jane’s legacy.”

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Gillian Aftel interns at The Lakeville Journal

LAKEVILLE—Gillian Aftel, 23, of Lakeville joined The Lake-
ville Journal July 26 for a summer internship.
Aftel is a 2005 graduate of The Hotchkiss School and a 2009 graduate of Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology.
As an undergraduate, her coursework was focused in the social sciences, with specific concentration on cross-cultural and women’s studies.

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No special permits for six months

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SALISBURY — A divided Planning and Zoning Commission approved a six-month moratorium on special permit applications for vertical expansions within the Lake Protection Overlay Zone after a contentious public hearing Tuesday, July 19.
The vote was three to two, with commissioners Cristin Rich and Dan Dwyer and Chairman Michael Klemens voting for the moratorium and commissioners Jon Higgins and Marty Whalen against.
The moratorium takes place immediately, running from July 20, 2011, to Jan. 20, 2012.

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Housatonic Child Care Center cools off

LAKEVILLE — The children and staff of the Housatonic Child Care Center took a trip to the town Grove on Wednesday, July 20.
The 15 preschoolers and 14 infants and toddlers started the day by going for a swim and playing in the sand. Later, they climbed the hill to play in the playground and had a picnic lunch in the shade in front of the senior center.
Staff member Jenn Crane said the trip to the Grove provided the children with “a different environment to play in.”

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Meeting July 27

Firehouse bids revealed
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SALISBURY — After several weeks of negotiations an offer for the old firehouse at 9 Sharon Road was made public by First Selectman Curtis Rand on Monday, July 25.
The offer is from Albert and Tim Mucka of Goshen, for $400,000. The brothers are the owners of the New West Main restaurant in Lakeville.
The letter accompanying their offer states that the intended use of the old firehouse “is as an investment to be used in accordance with current zoning regulations.”

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Visionary Computer looking toward the future

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LAKEVILLE — Tucked into a quiet corner of Lakeville is Visionary Computer, where David Maffucci has been selling and servicing Apple computers for four years at 29 Bissell St. (before that, he worked out of his home and used the offices of The Lakeville Journal for drop-offs and pickups).
It comes as a surprise to many people when they learn that they can buy an iMac from Visionary Computer at the same price as at the Apple store or by mail order, Maffucci said.
And Maffucci has big plans for his business, founded in 1994.

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HCCC’s Big Rig heats up community field

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LAKEVILLE — The sun (finally) shone for the Big Rig event to benefit Salisbury’s Housatonic Child Care Center, on Saturday, July 23.
The fundraiser had been doused by rain twice before. It was anticipated that the combination of heavy machinery and heavy rains would destroy the grass at the community ballfield.
While it was the last day of a heat wave for the Northwest Corner, there was enough shade from tents and trees, as well as some water games and cool beverages, to keep attendees from overheating.

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Board of Ed sees surplus

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SALISBURY — The Board of Education is looking at a projected surplus of $79,288 in the current budget, Chairman Roger Rawlings reported Monday, July 18.
Rawlings explained that the Salisbury Central School (SCS) budget was finalized before the Region One School District concluded its negotiations for health insurance. The net result for SCS was $65,043 less than the budgeted amount for health insurance.
The regional school district includes the elementary schools of Falls Village, Sharon, Salisbury, Cornwall, Kent and North Canaan and the regional high school.

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