NORTHWEST CORNER STATE REPRESENTATIVES MICHELLE COOK, JAY CASE AND BRIAN OHLER ARE APPLAUDING THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE’S PASSAGE OF A BILL FRIDAY TO ESTABLISH A SOBER HOME REGISTRY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTIONS SERVICES. REPRESENTATIVE COOK SAYS IT’LL HELP COMMUNITIES KEEP TRACK OF SOBER HOMES AND ASSURE THEY FOLLOW SAFETY PROTOCOLS TO PROTECT THOSE SEEKING ADDICTION RECOVERY AND GIVE PEACE OF MIND TO COMMUNITIES WITH A SOBER HOME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. REPRESENTATIVE OHLER, A FIRST RESPONDER, SAYS THE REGISTRATION PROCESS WILL CUT DOWN ON PUBLIC SAFETY RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FAST GROWTH OF SOBER HOMES, SUCH AS OVERCROWDING. TO QUALIFY FOR REGISTRATION SOBER HOMES WOULD HAVE TO MAINTAIN A SUPPLY OF NARCAN, AN OPIOID OVERDOSE REVERSAL DRUG, AND PROVIDE TRAINING IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF NARCAN TO ALL OF ITS RESIDENTS. THE LEGISLATION NOW HEADS TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.

 

THE BURRVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT AFTER MORE THAN SEVEN DECADES SERVING THE CITY OF TORRINGTON, IT WILL CLOSE.  MEMBERS OF THE VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENT VOTED THURSDAY TO DISSOLVE NEXT MONTH AFTER STRUGGLING FOR DECADES TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN NEW MEMBERS. THE CITY STOPPED DISPATCHING BURRVILLE ON MARCH 10TH DUE TO DIMINSHED FORCES. CITY FIRE CHIEF GARY BRUNOLI TELLS WZBG THE CLOSURE IS UNFORTUNATE, SAYING IT APPEARS TO REFLECT A TREND FOR VOLUNTEER DEPARTMENTS NATIONWIDE. HE THANKED MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT FOR THEIR SERVICE THEY PROVIDED TO THE CITY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — DEMOCRATIC LEADERS OF THE CONNECTICUT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE CHANCES FOR A BILL THAT ATTEMPTS TO LIMIT OUTSIDE MONEY SPENT ON STATE ELECTIONS. THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION AND ELECTIONS COMMITTEE WAS SCHEDULED TO VOTE MONDAY ON THE BILL, WHICH WOULD PLACE AN AGGREGATE LIMIT OF $70,000 PER CALENDAR YEAR ON GROUPS THAT MAKE SO-CALLED INDEPENDENT EXPENDITURES.

 

THE COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER, WITH LOCATIONS ON MIGEON AVENUE IN TORRINGTON & SPENCER STREET IN WINSTED, WANTS TO MOVE ITS WINSTED LOCATION TO THE WINSTED ‘SUPER SAVER’ SITE AT 372 MAIN STREET. STORE OWNER JOHN DWAN REPORTEDLY WANTS TO RETIRE AFTER 36 YEARS AND HAS AN AGREEMENT TO SELL THE MAIN STREET PROPERTY TO THE WELLNESS CENTER CONTINGENT ON PLANNING AND ZONING’S APPROVAL OF A PERMIT FOR THE CENTER’S PROPOSAL. THE COMMISSION WILL TAKE UP THE MATTER TONIGHT AT 7PM AT TOWN HALL.

 

LOOKING FOR A JOB? BE SURE TO VISIT THE NORTHWEST CONNECTICUT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S 13TH ANNUAL JOB FAIR THURSDAY FROM 10AM TO 3PM AT TORRINGTON CITY HALL AUDITORIUM. THE CHAMBER WILL HELP JOB SEEKERS AND EMPLOYERS NETWORK BY GATHERING OVER 30 EMPLOYERS REPRESENTING HEALTHCARE, MANUFACTURING, BANKING, TRANSPORTATION, COMMUCATIONS, INSURANCE, EDUCATION, SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER FIELDS. CHAMBER OFFICIALS SAY DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND BRING COPIES OF YOUR RESUME. FOR DETAILS CALL THE CHAMBER AT (860)482-6586.

 

THE STATE JUDICAL DEPARTMENT WILL SOON BEGIN MOVING LITCHFIELD AND BANTAM SUPERIOR COURT AND TORRINGTON JUVENILE COURT OPERATIONS INTO THE NEW $81 MILLION DOLLAR LITCHFIELD COUNTY COURTHOUSE ON FIELD STREET IN TORRINGTON, WITH THE FIRST DAY OF BUSINESS THERE NOW SLATED FOR JUNE 2ND. A JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN TELLS WZBG FURNITURE AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARE BEING INSTALLED IN THE 174,000 SQUARE FOOT COURT, FOR WHICH GROUND WAS BROKEN IN AUGUST 2014. LITCHFIELD COURT OPERATIONS MOVE IN JUNE 2ND, TORRINGTON JUVENILE COURT JUNE 9TH AND BANTAM COURT OPERATIONS JUNE 16TH.