THE WINSTED VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT’S CARNIVAL CONTINUES WITH THE FIREWORKS SHOW THAT WAS POSTPONED FROM LAST NIGHT.  THE CARNIVAL RUNS AT ROWLEY FIELD. CHIEF DAVID SARTIRANA TELLS WZBG THE CARNIVAL IS A SUMMER FAVORITE, WITH THE FIREWORKS AND PARADE BOTH ON TODAY AMONG THE HIGHLIGHTS. THE PARADE STEPS OFF FROM MUNRO PLACE & MAIN STREET AT 6PM, CONTINUING DOWN MAIN STREET/ROUTE 44 TO THE CARNIVAL GROUNDS. THE FIREWORKS BEGIN AT 9:15PM.

 

NEW HAVEN, CONN. (AP) — A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MORE THAN 100 SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA OVERDOSES IN NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT. CITY POLICE CHIEF ANTHONY CAMPBELL SAID FRIDAY THAT 53-YEAR-OLD JOHN PARKER WAS CHARGED WITH DRUG CRIMES AFTER BEING CAUGHT WITH 32 BAGS OF “K2” SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA. CAMPBELL ALLEGED PARKER SOLD K2 ON THE NEW HAVEN GREEN, WHERE MOST OF THE OVERDOSES OCCURRED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — CONNECTICUT LOST 1,200 JOBS IN JULY BUT THE STATE’S JOBLESS RATE REMAINS AT 4.4 PERCENT, UNCHANGED FROM JUNE. ANDY CONDON, THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S OFFICE OF RESEARCH, SAID THURSDAY THAT THE DECLINE “DOES NOT MATERIALLY AFFECT THE GROWTH THAT WE HAVE SEEN TO DATE.” ON A PERCENTAGE BASIS, CONDON SAYS CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING REMAIN THE STATE’S FASTEST GROWING SECTORS.

 

HARTFORD, CT (AP) – CONNECTICUT’S 18TH ANNUAL SALES TAX-FREE WEEK BEGINS SUNDAY. CONSUMERS WON’T HAVE TO PAY THE STATE’S 6.35 PERCENT SALES TAX ON RETAIL PURCHASES OF MOST CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ITEMS PRICED UNDER $100. THE WEEK RUNS THRU SATURDAY AUGUST 25TH. REVENUE SERVICES COMMISSIONER SCOTT JACKSON SAYS THE WEEK, WHICH COSTS THE STATE ABOUT $4.8 MILLION IN LOST REVENUE, HAS BECOME “AN ANTICIPATED TRADITION.” IT’S TIMED FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING. RETAILERS OFTEN OFFER ADDITIONAL CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DISCOUNTS DURING THE SALES TAX-FREE WEEK.

 

CONNECTICUT U-S SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY WILL HOLD AN OPEN ‘TOWN HALL’ MEETING IN KENT THIS AFTERNOON. THE STATE’S JUNIOR SENATOR WILL PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON HIS WORK IN CONGRESS AND TAKE QUESTIONS. ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND, AND ARE ENCOURAGED TO ARRIVE EARLY. AGAIN, SENATOR MURPHY’S ‘TOWN HALL’ MEETING IS THIS TODAY AT 3PM AT KENT TOWN HALL, AT 41 KENT GREEN BOULEVARD.