BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (AP) — PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK HAS AGREED TO ACQUIRE THE HOLDING COMPANY FOR FARMINGTON BANK IN A 100 PERCENT STOCK TRANSACTION VALUED AT ABOUT $544 MILLION. PEOPLE’S UNITED FINANCIAL INC., THE HOLDING COMPANY FOR PEOPLE’S UNITED BANK, ANNOUNCED THE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE FIRST CONNECTICUT BANCORP INC. ON TUESDAY. THE DEAL IS SUBJECT TO REGULATORY APPROVAL AND APPROVAL OF FIRST CONNECTICUT BANCORP SHAREHOLDERS.

 

AT NEWS CONFERENCES IN HARTFORD AND NEW HAVEN MONDAY, U-S SENATORS CHRIS MURPHY AND RICHARD BLUMENTHAL WARNED THAT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN COULD END UP BEING HELD IN FEDERAL DETENTION BY THE END OF SUMMER UNLESS THE FORCED SEPARATION OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN ENTERING THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AT THE U-S/MEXICAN BORDER STOPS. THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN REPORTS THEY’RE DEMANDING AN END TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S POLICY, WHICH SENATOR MURPHY CALLS “BARBARIC.” A QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLL RELEASED MONDAY SHOWS U-S VOTERS OPPOSE THE SEPARATION POLICY 66% TO 27%.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — THE SECRETARY OF THE STATE’S OFFICE HAS CONFIRMED CONNECTICUT BUSINESSMAN BOB STEFANOWSKI HAS QUALIFIED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AUG. 14 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR. THE STATE AGENCY SAID MONDAY THAT 10,951 PRIMARY PETITION SIGNATURES HAVE BEEN TABULATED FOR THE MADISON BUSINESSMAN. HE NEEDED 9,081. THIS NOW MEANS THERE ARE AT LEAST FOUR GOP CONTENDERS. A FIFTH CANDIDATE, DAVID STEMERMAN, HAS ALSO SUBMITTED SIGNATURES.

 

REGION-6 RESIDENTS HAVE SPOKEN. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CHRIS LEONE SAYS THE MAJORITY – 42.6% – OF RESPONDENTS TO A SURVEY ON RECONFIGURATION OPTIONS TO ADDRESS DECLINING ENROLLMENTS AND SAVE MONEY FAVOR THE ONE WHICH CALLS FOR THE 3 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS TO KEEP THEIR PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN CLASSES, FOR THE WARREN SCHOOL TO HOUSE 1ST & 2ND GRADES, THE MORRIS SCHOOL TO HOUSE 3RD, 4TH & 5TH GRADES, GOSHEN CENTER SCHOOL THE 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADES, AND WAMOGO REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL TO CONTAIN GRADES 9 THRU 12. THE REGION-6 BOARD WILL STUDY THE RESULTS BEFORE DECIDING WHETHER TO SEND A PLAN TO REFERENDUM THIS FALL.

 

CONNECTICUT’S AVERAGE GASOLINE PRICES ARE DROPPING – SLOWLY. TODAY, THE NUTMEG STATE’S AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF SELF-SERVE REGULAR IS $3.11, 2-CENTS LESS THAN A WEEK AGO. NATIONALLY, GAS PRICES HAVE ALSO DROPPED 2-CENTS, THE AVERAGE NOW AT $2.90. STILL, CONNECTICUT’S AVERAGE PRICES ARE 64-CENTS HIGHER THAN LAST SUMMER, AND NATIONAL AVERAGES ARE 60-CENTS HIGHER. THE TRIPLE-A NORTHEAST SAYS IF SUMMER DEMAND INCREASES AND INVENTORIES DROP IN THE WEEKS AHEAD, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE PRICES CAN RISE AGAIN.

 

TORRINGTON HOLDS ITS ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION WITH AN IMPRESSIVE FIREWORKS SHOW & CARNIVAL FRIDAY, JULY 6TH FROM 4 TO 10PM AT TORRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL. RAIN DATE IS SATURDAY JULY 7TH. A CARNIVAL BY R.W. COMMERFORD & SONS WILL OFFER RIDES, GAMES & FOOD VENDORS. GATES OPEN JULY 6TH AT 4PM WITH THE FIREWORKS TO BEGIN AT DUSK. ADMISSION IS $10 PER VEHICLE AND $2 PER PERSON FOR WALK-INS. PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR $5 AT BISHOP DONNELLY FIELD. FEES AND DONATIONS WILL DEFRAY THE ESTIMATED $30,000 COST OF THE EVENT.