BEACON FALLS — Woodland’s growing Hawk Productions continued to spread its wings as the group won a number of awards for two short films. The group, which operates in Ralph Riello’s digital media production courses, earned honors at the Connecticut Student Film Festival and the Connecticut Student Innovation Expo held earlier this year. At the Connecticut Student Film Festival, Woodland won the People’s Choice Award for their short film, “Checkmate,” a short drama entered in the 84-Hour Film Challenge. The challenge required films to be produced in fewer than four days.
BEACON FALLS — History can go one of two ways: It’s either lost forever in time or kept alive so the stories can be passed through generations. Woodland’s Preserving Our History group wanted to make sure it helped with the latter. Nine students, along with group advisor Meghan Hatch, recently produced an award-winning short documentary chronicling the military career of Staff Sgt. Christopher Shea, a 2004 Woodland graduate and a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard.
The sluggish economy continues to make things difficult on people trying to manage their money. That goes for local mayors during the budget season, too. Prospect Mayor Bob Chatfield and Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo spend plenty of their springs on crafting a budget that they think will best balance taxes with progress in their communities.
Renovation plan for NHS athletic facilities taking shape NAUGATUCK — The scene at Naugatuck High School last Monday was splendid. Every spring athlete enjoyed the near-perfect weather on the first full day of practice, which usually necessitates a jacket and a wool hat. Of course, not everything was picturesque. Those fields and that track the Greyhounds use are by no means the best around. But if this scene is fast forwarded to just three years down the road, everything — without exaggeration — will be perfect. That’s because in spring 2015, the Naugatuck athletic complex will finally be totally complete, according to the latest timeline of athletic director Tom Pompei.
BEACON FALLS — The Naugatuck River didn’t freeze this winter, but construction on the Beacon Falls streetscape project did. Warm weather returning, though, means work is set to resume soon on the downtown greenway. The project was originally slated to be finished in December but a number of issues, including guardrail excavation, draining issues, and contamination removal, ran construction past deadline and forced its winter hibernation. First Selectman Gerry Smith said that work should begin again in early April with a target completion date of May 15, but it could stretch as long as the end of May.