News briefs for March 16




hearing today

NAUGATUCK — The Board of Mayor and Burgesses will hold a public hearing for a cannabis ordinance today at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. The hearing will be immediately followed by a special meeting at 7:30 p.m.

One purpose of the ordinance is to impose limitations upon the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products in public and quasi-public places. The hearing will be a hybrid meeting where people can virtually attend the meeting through Zoom through the link,

The hearing comes after the Zoning Commission approved cannabis regulations in January. The regulations included that no that no land, building or structure may be used as a cannabis retail sales establishment for consumers or as a cannabis industrial production establishment unless a special-permit application is submitted. no cannabis establishment shall be within 500 feet from another cannabis establishment or within 500 feet of the property line of any borough school, public playground or public park The commission’s regulations went into effect on Feb. 6.

Beacon Falls

picks Raynor

as acting super

BEACON FALLS — Region 16 Board of Education unanimously approved at its regular March 8 meeting to appoint Region 16 Director of Curriculum Michele Raynor as the acting superintendent from March 9 through March 22.

The Region 16 Board of Education unanimously approved in February to suspend Superintendent Michael Yamin for two weeks without pay with some conditions after he was charged with reckless driving last September in Florida.

Those conditions include Yamin must provide proof of completion of an alcohol counseling program or similar training, and any reoccurrence of this or similar conduct would result in Yamin’s termination.

Raynor will still be director of curriculum during that time. She said she has a great team and will be in fine shape.

Black bears


March 22

PROSPECT — Prospect Land Trust will host a “Bears in Connecticut” interactive workshop on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Prospect Library.

The Prospect Land Trust has arranged to have President of the Hamden Land Trust Gail Cameron to give a presentation on Bears in Connecticut

Black bears can be found throughout much of the state. There are reports of annual bear sightings in about 140 of the state’s 169 towns.

Over 6,000 sightings were reported in 2016.

The “Black Bears in Connecticut” presentation focuses on the natural history of black bears in Connecticut, an overview of black bear habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and current research efforts. It also provides practical recommendations for optimum coexistence with the black bear population.