Road Paving set for Next Week in Wilton Center, Wolfpit Rd. and Rte. 106
The Town of Wilton DPW will begin milling and paving Horseshoe Rd. and River Rd. on Monday, Oct. 12. This section is expected to take four days (through Thursday, Oct. 15). Work will be performed between 7:20 a.m. and 5 p.m.. This will require alternating traffic with police and flaggers assisting with traffic. The section in question is the area from 5 River Rd. (Wilton Hardware south driveway) to the intersection of Wolfpit Rd..
The State Department of Transportation will be paving Rte. 106 on October 14, 15, 18 and 19. Their work will be performed during overnights, between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.. They will begin on Hurlbutt St. and work their way through Sharp Hill Rd. and then onto Wolfpit Rd..
Wilton Police will be utilizing variable message signs if they are available.
Lavielle and O’Dea to Host Legislative Update for Wilton Seniors
State Representatives Gail Lavielle (R-143) and Tom O’Dea (R-125) will host a legislative update for Wilton seniors on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3-4 p.m. at the Wilton Senior Center (180 School Rd.). Residents interested in finding out about new laws affecting seniors that were passed during the previous legislative session are invited to attend for a presentation and a brief Q&A. All interested Wilton residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
“Valley Forge Washington” Sculpture Dedication Set, Public Invited
A dedication ceremony of the Gifford Proctor “Valley Forge Washington” sculpture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Middlebrook School Auditorium Lobby (131 School Rd.).
All citizens are cordially invited to attend this event. Invitations have been sent to the many contributors, whose generosity helped to save this historic and inspirational sculpture.
Members of the Proctor and Keiser families who graciously gifted this sculpture to the Town of Wilton will also be attending, along with town and school officials.
Senator Boucher Named a 2015 Children’s Champion
Senator Toni Boucher (R-26), the Senate ranking member on the Education Committee, was named a 2015 CT Early Childhood Alliance Children’s Champion at the Regional YMCA of Western CT in Bethel on Monday, Oct. 5. Senator Boucher is one of 26 state legislators honored this year by the CT Early Childhood Alliance, an outreach and advocacy organization.
Every year, the Alliance recognizes legislators who worked closely with early childhood advocates to shape legislation that impacts the well-being of Connecticut’s young children in the areas of healthy development, early care and education, nutrition and safety.
Sen. Boucher, who represents Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport and Wilton, has been named a Children’s Champion twice previously, in 2009 and 2012.
“I am truly honored to be named a Children’s Champion,” Sen. Boucher said. “This is the fifth time I have received this honor, and each time is so special and meaningful to me. Young children and educational quality and access have always been top priorities in my public service work. I commend the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance for its strong advocacy surrounding pre-school and early childhood education and promoting best practices in child development.”
“We value Senator Boucher’s knowledge and commitment to early childhood and to the success of all of Connecticut’s children,” said Merrill Gay, executive director of the CT Early Childhood Alliance. “It’s been a pleasure to present a Children’s Champion award to the senator, who exemplifies the role of a champion for children.”
Much of this year’s early childhood success centered on programs and services that were saved from elimination or major cuts in the biennium budget, including Community Plans for Early Childhood, HUSKY A, Early Literacy, Parent Trust Fund and the Children’s Trust Fund. Among the legislation passed, a bill that gives early childhood educators additional time to obtain their degrees, a bill that addresses safe sleeping practices for infants, a bill that implements a comprehensive mental, emotional and behavioral health plan; a bill that expands School Readiness seat eligibility by allowing programs to serve children who don’t live in the district; and a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to inform child care centers in emergency conditions.
“Most of the focus this year was on the budget, but some good legislation passed,” said Karen Rainville, CT Early Childhood Alliance co-chair and the executive director of CT Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC). “Advocates worked with legislators, including those named as Children’s Champions, to craft effective policies for Connecticut children and their families.”