GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE FOUR PEOPLE RESCUED AFTER FALLING THROUGH THIN ICE WHILE ICE FISHING ON BURR POND IN TORRINGTON SUNDAY – CHANNEL-3 REPORTS THE TWO FLOWN TO HARTFORD HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE HYPOTHERMIA WERE REPORTED IN STABLE CONDITION MONDAY. THE TWO TAKEN TO CHARLOTTE HUNGERFORD HOSPITAL WERE TREATED AND RELEASED. NONE HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE INCIDENT PROMPTED A WARNING FROM FIRE CHIEF PETER TOWEY THAT ICE ON AREA WATERWAYS IS “DECEPTIVELY THIN AND UNSTABLE” DUE TO RECENT WEATHER AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED.

 

A WATERBURY HOMELESS SHELTER IS REBUILDING AFTER A MASSIVE FIRE DESTROYED IT FRIDAY NIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN TODAY, FIRE INSPECTORS BELIEVE FAULTY WIRING LIKELY CAUSED THE BLAZE, WHICH EVERY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN WATERBURY RESPONDED TO. LUCKILY, NO ONE WAS HURT. THE ‘WATERBURY HOSPITALITY CENTER’ AT WALL & EAST MAIN STREETS OFFERED MANY SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS. IT HAS RECEIVED MANY DONATIONS SINCE THE FIRE, BUT STILL NEEDS HAND WARMERS, CLOTHING, BLANKETS, AND OTHER ITEMS TO KEEP PEOPLE WARM.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE HAS ADVANCED A BILL TO THE FULL GENERAL ASSEMBLY THAT WOULD ELIMINATE THE STATE’S RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN CHILDHOOD VACCINES. MONDAY’S NARROW PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE VOTE OF 14-11 CAME DESPITE VOCAL OPPOSITION FROM HUNDREDS OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN WHO PACKED THE CONNECTICUT CAPITOL COMPLEX. AFTER THE VOTE, PARENTS CHANTED “WE WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER.” SOME OPPONENTS OF THE BILL BOOED AND SHOUTED AT LEGISLATORS AS THEY LEFT THE HEARING ROOM. LAWMAKERS PASSED WHAT THEY HOPED WOULD BE ACCEPTED AS A COMPROMISE, GRANDFATHERING STUDENTS WHO ALREADY HAVE A RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION. BUT OPPONENTS STILL OPPOSE THE LEGISLATION.

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (AP) — A CONNECTICUT MAN WHO SPENT TIME BEHIND BARS ON A CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION HAS BEEN SENT BACK TO PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO NEW CHILD PORN CHARGES. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY 45-YEAR-OLD BRIAN HERNDON, OF NEW BRITAIN, WAS SENTENCED MONDAY TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON AND 10 YEARS OF PROBATION. HE PLEADED GUILTY IN NOVEMBER. PROSECUTORS SAY HERNDON WAS FIRST CONVICTED OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY POSSESSION IN JANUARY 2009 AND WAS SENTENCED TO SIX YEARS IN PRISON. HE WAS RELEASED IN MAY 2014. AUTHORITIES FOUND MORE CHILD PORN ON HIS LAPTOP IN 2015.

 

STATE OFFICIALS ARE ASKING RESIDENTS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR BOBCATS, AND THOSE HINGED METAL TRACKING COLLARS MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN WEARING. FROM NOVEMBER 2018 TO MARCH 2019, 50 BOBCATS IN THE STATE WERE TRAPPED BY THE STATE D-E-E-P AND FITTED WITH G-P-S MONITORING COLLARS. THE COLLARS DON’T HARM THE ANIMALS AND ARE PROGRAMMED TO FALL OFF AFTER 300 DAYS. THE LAST OF THE COLLARS ARE EXPECTED TO FALL OFF OVER THE NEXT MONTH. ANY RESIDENT WHO FINDS A COLLAR IS ASKED TO CONTACT D-E-E-P WILDLIFE CENTER AT (860)424-3000.

 

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 1ST, MARKS THE 41ST ANNUAL ‘TIM DRISCOLL’ ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL TELETHON. THE GOAL IS TO SUPPORT THE MEMPHIS HOSPITAL FOUNDED IN 1962 BY ENTERTAINER DANNY THOMAS TO TREAT CHILDHOOD CANCER. THE TELETHON RUNS 9AM TO 10PM AT TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AND WILL BE CARRIED LIVE ON CABLE-5. FOR THE FIRST TIME, WZBG WILL BROADCAST LIVE, FROM 10 TO NOON. SO, TUNE IN, VISIT TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE LUNCH AT THE ‘SUPER FOOD AND BAKE SALE,’ BUT PLEASE CALL IN A PLEDGE AT (860)489-0612.

 

SENIORS – DO YOU NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING THE ‘MEDICARE ADVANTAGE’ OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD? IT CAN BE CONFUSING, BUT CHARLOTTE HUNGERFORD HOSPITAL AND HARTFORD HEALTHCARE WILL A ‘FREE’ SEMINAR NEXT WEEK TO HELP THOSE ON MEDICARE NAVIGATE THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD. IT’S THURSDAY, MARCH 5TH, 2 TO 3PM, AT CHARLOTTE HUNGERFORD’S MEMORIAL BUILDING CONFERENCE HALL. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CALL 1-(855)-442-4373.