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MERIDEN — Four K-9 Teams specially trained to detect the presence of firearms graduated on Friday, Oct. 25, at the Connecticut State Police K-9 Training Unit as part of the very first Firearm Detection K-9 Training Class.  

The four graduating K-9s have been specially trained to detect and alert their handlers to the presence of firearms and spent ammunition shell casings. These K-9 teams will assist police in combating gun violence.

Graduating K9 Teams are as follows: Connecticut State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations-Organized Crime Task Force Detective...

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Benefit held for Pleasant Valley Children’s Center

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BARKHAMSTED — The Pleasant Valley Children’s Center held its sixth annual wine tasting and silent auction at the Barkhamsted Senior Center on Saturday, May 5.
The Children’s Center is a nonprofit preschool that was opened in 1972 by a group of neighborhood parents.
Head Teacher Molly Read said the school is operated as a parent cooperative preschool.

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Prelli gets served comedy style May 19

CHESHIRE — The Connecticut State Grange is serving up a feast and the main dish will be Connecticut State Grange Past President F. Philip “Phil” Prelli.
Taking a cue from the old Dean Martin roasts and other televised comedy roasts, the Grange will bring a host of friends and family members to honor Prelli on Saturday, May 19, 6 p.m., at the Cheshire Grange Hall. The event is hosted by the Social Connection Committee of the state Grange.

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BOE elections and budget vote May 15

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HARLEM VALLEY — Polls will open Tuesday, May 15, for community members to vote on their local school district budgets for the 2012-13 school year, as well as on Board of Education seats up for election.
The North East (Webutuck), Pine Plains and Millbrook districts have all proposed budgets that have been carefully calculated according to the newly legislated 2-percent tax levy cap.

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Real estate: cautious optimism

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Recent interviews with real estate sales professionals and brokers in the Northwest Corner revealed a cautious glint of optimism. Maybe.
In summary, some real estate professionals are experiencing more activity and sales in 2012. Still, no one who was interviewed would say a real estate market turnaround is underway.
Paul Dooley, owner of Dooley Real Estate in Kent, said, “Housing starts and building permits are still low. Land sales are in the tank.”
Chris Garrity, partner in Bain Real Estate in Sharon, predicted that “sales will be up and down for the next 10 years.”

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New law clarifies taxing of homes without COs

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Is it legal to tax partially completed building projects that do not have a certificate of occupancy?
The question has been debated in the courts and the state Legislature. A court ruling says no. A bill passed in Hartford last month says municipalities can collect tax relative to the percentage of construction completed.
Local assessors said the new law is simply making an existing law clear.

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Dog licenses, shots are due in June

Rabies clinic May 12 at high school
karenb@lakevillejournal.com

June is coming. Dog owners have 30 days to renew or get a new license for their canines.
It’s a simple process. Any dog six months or older through June 30 needs to be licensed at the town clerk’s office in the town where the owner lives. A rabies vaccination is required.
For pet owners who haven’t had their dog vaccinated yet, there will be a one-day clinic May 12, noon to 2 p.m., at Housatonic Valley Regional High School for $20 per pet (dogs and cats).

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GOP candidates play nice in Torrington

5th District debate
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TORRINGTON — There was no sparring Monday afternoon, April 30, at Torrington City Hall, where the five Republicans running for Connecticut’s 5th District U.S. House seat participated in a 90-minute debate, sponsored by the Journal Register Company.

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Romney dominates GOP primary

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DUTCHESS COUNTY — The national Republican presidential primary election for New York state was held on Tuesday, April 24.

In addition to New York, primaries were also held in Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island that same day.

According to the the Dutchess County Board of Elections, candidate Mitt Romney took an overwhelming lead in Dutchess County with 64.152 percent of the votes.

Ron Paul came in second, by a large margin, with 14.330 percent.

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GOP candidates face off in Torrington

5th District debate
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TORRINGTON — There was no sparring Monday afternoon, April 30, at Torrington City Hall, where the five Republicans running for Connecticut’s 5th District U.S. House seat participated in a 90-minute debate.

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No big surprise: Connecticut Republicans favor Romney in the April 24 primary

cynthiah@lakevillejournal.com

Registered Republicans voted in a national primary on Tuesday, April 24, for the party candidate for the presidential election.
In addition to Connecticut, primaries were held in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware.
In all six Northwest Corner Connecticut towns, Mitt Romney garnered the most votes; Ron Paul came in second (but by a wide margin).
Results for individual Northwest Corner towns appear here.

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