Category Archives: Top Stories


Officials fear blight hurting development

BEACON FALLS — Officials are worried that blight may be hindering economic development in town. The Economic Development Commission has expressed concerns that blight could drive away potential businesses looking…


Hess era begins in borough

NAUGATUCK — Although Mayor N. Warren “Pete” Hess didn’t officially take office until Nov. 17, the first-term Democrat says he’s been hard at work since the votes were tallied on…


Funds transferred for improvements  

REGION 16 — The Region 16 Board of Education approved budget transfers last week totaling $390,350 with an eye on making facility upgrades. The money was transferred from accounts that…


‘Corporate refugees’ celebrate anniversary

BEACON FALLS — On Nov. 5, 2005 a small independent pharmacy opened its doors for the first time in Beacon Falls. A decade later, Beacon Falls Pharmacy has become a…


Betkoski takes national leadership post

NEW BRITAIN — A state utilities regulator from Beacon Falls has accepted a national-level leadership post and is next in line to become president of his professional fraternity. Public Utilities…


Mezzo’s tenure marked by difficult decisions

NAUGATUCK — Robert Mezzo sat at the desk in the Mayor’s Office early last week putting the final touches on his six and a half years as the borough’s leader….


Zone change approved for restaurant

NAUGATUCK — A plan to transform the former train station on Water Street into a casual dining restaurant has cleared some early land use hurdles. The Zoning Commission and Planning…


Theater proposal revived as drive-in

NAUGATUCK — In 2002, Bob LaFlamme proposed a six screen movie theater on a long vacant downtown land tract known as Parcel C. Officials turned down the proposal and instead…


Challenges don’t diminish confidence in campaign

NAUGATUCK — The United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls’ annual campaign is facing some challenges, but Executive Director Lisa Shappy has confidence in the campaign team. “This year has…


New school offices nearly ready

NAUGATUCK — The Board of Education is getting ready to move its offices from Church Street to Rubber Avenue. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Christopher Montini said last week that the…