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Economic development groups remain intact

BEACON FALLS — Beacon Falls is about as far from a bustling metropolis as it gets, but the small town presently has three different groups working toward the same elusive…

Board of Ed. proposes $1.6m savings

NAUGATUCK — After spending more than two hours behind closed doors Monday night at City Hill Middle School, the Board of Education emerged with a cost-saving plan it hopes will make up all but $372,000 of a more-than-$2 million budget deficit and prevent layoffs during the current school year.

The problem is the Naugatuck Teachers’ League won’t entertain the proposal until the board puts to public vote a concession package approved by the NTL Nov. 24.

Borough attorney to run for Congress

WALLINGFORD — Naugatuck attorney Jerry Labriola, Jr. announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination to the third U.S. Congressional district, in hopes of challenging 20-year incumbent Democrat Rosa…

BOE meeting canceled; rally goes on

NAUGATUCK — The meeting was canceled, but the rally went on. Hours before the Board of Education was scheduled to convene Monday, in an attempt to reconcile its more than $2 million budget shortfall, the school system’s governing body called off the gathering. But that didn’t stop the more than 100 people who planned a demonstration outside Tuttle House from picketing and chanting anyway.

A new community group that calls itself Our Kids Come First organized the rally in protest of a last-resort cost-savings plan proposed last week by Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Tindall-Gibson. The sweeping measure, which would save an estimated $2.26 million, includes cuts to K-8 music, K-6 physical education, K-8 art and freshman sports. Both Tindall-Gibson and members of the board have said they aim to avoid these programming rollbacks.

Embattled firm studying borough schools

NAUGATUCK — Four months after the borough hired the Hartford-based firm JCJ Architecture to perform a facilities utilization study of the school district, the company is preparing to make suggestions…

Facebook a catalyst for BOE unrest

NAUGATUCK — Social media sites like Facebook have proven to be not only a way for old friends to reconnect or current ones to stay in touch but also a…

Teachers vote ‘no confidence’ school chief

NAUGATUCK — Teachers overwhelmingly condemned the performance of embattled Superintendent Dr. John Tindall-Gibson Thursday, while the school board continued to search for ways to make up a projected $2 million…

NEDC hopeful about economic future

NAUGATUCK — Thursday’s news from the U.S. Department of Labor that unemployment in Connecticut had jumped from 8.4 to 8.8 percent lent an air of irony to that night’s Sixth…

Board of Education crisis coming to a head

NAUGATUCK — It’s three months into the academic year, approaching the halfway point of the fiscal year and the school board is without a definitive plan to bridge a projected…

H1N1 puts hospitals, patients in bind

WATERBURY — New rules implemented to combat the spread of the H1N1 virus at Saint Mary’s Hospital have at least one parent asking for answers. The hospital has restricted the…