Teachers’ jobs could be safe
NAUGATUCK — The kids have spoken, and they’re not happy. On Monday night, when the picketing, marching and chanting before a Board of Education meeting lasted longer than the meeting itself, students criticized financial mismanagement that last year left the school system $1 million in the red and this year has given it the unsavory distinction of being the only district in Connecticut without an operating budget. The board’s most recent deficit projection for the 2009-10 fiscal year is $1.07 million, down from the $1.3 million projected last month. When the board last met, two weeks ago, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson said closing the gap could require laying off as many as 14 teachers, including the dozen hired over the summer.
Hawks record 4-3 loss against Watertown
BEACON FALLS — The Woodland girls’ soccer squad took on the Watertown Indians, the defending NVL champs, at home Friday night and suffered a heartbreaking loss after an inspired rally in the second half. The Hawks were competitive in the first half but seemed no match for the Indians, who dominated possession and pummeled them with shot after shot. Woodland keeper Alma Rizvani let by only two of 10 on-target tries in the first half, one from Nikky Martino in minute 26 and another from Jessica Spezzano in the 29th, and Woodland brought a 2-0 deficit with them to the bench at the half, having taken only two shots in the 40-minute period.
CN Sportsflash 10-02-09
Hawks top Kennedy; sit in first-place tie
BEACON FALLS — In a meeting of two unbeaten teams—one power and one upstart—power won out in the end. After dropping the first game, Woodland (6-0) staved off Kennedy (6-1) Wednesday night, 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-23), to remain atop the Naugatuck Valley League standings. The Eagles won 10 of the match’s first 14 points, prompting Hawks coach Jim Amato to call time out, in an effort to regroup. But his squad rarely strung together consecutive points and the Eagles, though not a big-hitting team, made few errors, constantly keeping the ball in play en route to a 10-point win.
Black and Gold boys’ soccer ties Seymour
BEACON FALLS — It wasn’t quite an upset, but it sure was close. The Woodland boys’ soccer squad took on Seymour Tuesday afternoon at home and, for the first time in Woodland’s history, took something home from the matchup that wasn’t a loss. The game ended in a 2-2 draw after two overtime periods, and the boys seemed to be glad for the change. And it almost wasn’t a change. For almost 70 minutes, the game rolled by scoreless. In the first half, the ball—not to mention the game—was up in the air as much as it was on the ground.
Naugy D grounds Torrington in 25-6 win
CN Sportsflash 9-25-09
Naugatuck stuns No. 4 Seymour, 27-13
SEYMOUR — The Greyhounds scored the first touchdown of the game then came back from a 13-12 fourth-quarter deficit to upend the No. 4 Wildcats, 27-13, at DeBarber Field last Thursday night.
Senior Center welcomes fall with block party
The Union City Challenge
NAUGATUCK — Concerned Union City constituents shared their thoughts about cleaning up the blighted area Tuesday night at a public forum of the Union City Revitalization subcommittee, an initiative spearheaded by Second Deputy Mayor Mike Ciacciarella, burgesses Bob Neth and Hank Kuczenski, and local residents and business owners.