STATE AID CUTS COULD SEVERELY IMPACT SCHOOLS
The Bulletin reports local officials are bracing for a series of deep cuts to state education aid that some said would have a devastating impact on schools and that might force some unorthodox changes. In Norwich, nine teachers positions could be in jeopardy, according to Athena Nagel, the Norwich Public Schools business administrator. Franklin is considering merging school operations with a nearby town such as Lebanon or Sprague, its Board of Education chairman said. Those are just two scenarios of what could happen under the cuts ordered by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the absence of a two-year budget agreement soon by state legislators. Lawmakers hope it doesn’t come to that, and they say they are working to prevent it. Legislative leaders have been struggling to come up with a budget to deal with a projected two-year, $3.5 billion deficit. Their latest plan calls for the General Assembly to vote on a new budget during the week of Sept. 11, but lawmakers have already repeatedly missed budget-related deadlines.
OPEN HOUSE SHOWCASES JOHNSONVILLE “GHOST TOWN”
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) – Church organizers welcomed the neighborhood to their newly purchased land and property in East Haddam on Saturday for an “Open House.” The “Johnsonville” section of East Haddam, dubbed by locals as a ‘ghost town’ of sorts after it had fallen into a state of disrepair, was recently purchased by the “Iglesia Ni Cristo” church. The Neighborhood Appreciation Day was held on Saturday afternoon to showcase the renovations to the property. The event also featured arts and crafts for children, food, and entertainment. Officials said they are working to finalize other plans for the land including a house of worship.
I-395 SERIOUS MOTORCYCLE CRASH
WATERFORD, CT (WFSB) – A serious crash had Interstate 395 northbound closed in Waterford near exit 2 Saturday morning. State Police said the crash involved a motorcycle and said the operator suffered life-threatening injuries. A Life Star helicopter was called to the scene to transport the victim to a nearby hospital. The highway to reopen shortly after Life Star departed.
WOMEN’S RALLY FOR EQUALITY
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – In honor of National Women’s Equality Day, dozens of women took the Capital Steps on Saturday to raise awareness for issues, they said, women still face. Organizers said the rally was held as a way to speak out on issues that affect women directly including, economic justice, abortion rights, equal pay, and ending violence against women and girls. Organizers said a goal of theirs is to ratify the ‘Equal Rights Amendment’ and make it part of the Constitution. Similar rallies were also held in Washington D.C., as well as other states around the country.
FOSTER ROUTE 6 FATALITY
FOSTER, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island State Police say one person was killed and another injured in a two-vehicle crash near U.S. Route 6 in Foster. The crash near the Connecticut state line happened around 2:10 p.m. Friday when a vehicle heading westbound veered into the eastbound lanes and hit a roll-off truck. Police say the driver of the vehicle, 80-year-old Sylvia Johnson, of Foster, was killed.
DUMP TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island say no one was injured when a dump truck driver crashed into a home. Police say the driver, 22-year-old Zachary Nyblom, was heading southbound when the vehicle crossed through the northbound lane, left the road and hit the home Friday night in South Kingstown. Nyblom was taken into custody on a charge of suspicion of driving under the influence and it couldn’t be determined Saturday if he has an attorney.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Two sets of quadruplets are about to begin college at nearby schools in Connecticut. Michael, Vincent, Anna and Sofia Ciacciarella, of Naugatuck, will be the first quadruplets ever to attend Quinnipiac University. Ohio quadruplets Aaron, Nick, Zach and Nigel Wade will attend Yale. The 18-year-olds each requested to live in separate dorms and each is on a different academic track.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of University of Connecticut students are returning to campus this weekend to find some major road construction and traffic problems. About 19,300 undergraduate and graduate students will start classes Monday in Storrs and 12,400 are moving into the dormitories. The school was unable to complete scheduled road construction this summer, leaving one entrance to campus closed and several roads with altered or one-way traffic patterns.