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REASON GONE MAD: The history of Great Barrington’s first roundabout

Editor’s note: The following column takes place sometime in the distant future. Not long ago, one of my great-great-grandchildren asked me, as the last remaining local who was alive at the time, how people reacted to the construction of Great Barrington’s first traffic roundabout in 2022. And while my blessed life of 105 years, and counting, has been filled with many otherwise memorable things that I’ve since forgotten, there was never a chance I wouldn’t remember every detail of The Great Roundabout War of 2022 to 2024. And that is not just because the story was memorialized in prolific local historian Bernard Drew’s six-volume, 1,700-page, detail-rich epic, “Rage and Roundabouts: The Battle of Routes 7, 23, and 41,” which became a popular film starring Tom Cruise and that featured Drew in a legendary, scene-stealing cameo filmed at Mason Library.
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Register Citizen

New Milford rocks the block with family-friendly summer event

NEW MILFORD — The skies threatened rain all day - but cleared just in time for this summer’s first Rock the Block celebration in downtown New Milford. Several hundred people turned out for the gathering, which took place on the evening of Thursday, June 23. With Bank Street cordoned off between Main and Railroad Streets, the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored event gave people of all ages a place to set up chairs and listen to the music of the Mighty Ploughboys, a New Milford band that blends classic and contemporary rock with Irish folk tunes. The series will continue on July 21 with Nashville Drive and Aug. 18 with Pop Rocks CT.
NBC Connecticut

Hollywood Shines the Spotlight on Connecticut in ‘Code Name Banshee'

It’s got some of Hollywood’s hottest stars, Antonio Banderas, Jamie King and Tommy Flanagen and the backdrop for ‘Code Name Banshee’ is the State of Connecticut. “It was controlled chaos, I think it’s the best way to describe it,” Sarah Floroski Nielsen, Executive Director of Simsbury Main Street Partnership said.

Rhinebeck horse farm once owned by Mafia boss listed for $1.5M

A Rhinebeck horse farm once owned by one of the most notorious chieftains in organized crime has been listed for sale at $1.5 million. The Real Deal reported the 98-acre Rhinebeck property 214 Oriole Mills Road was once owned by Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, the late boss of New York’s Genovese crime family. Although Salerno died in prison in 1992, his connection to the property has persevered – the property is being marketed as “Tony’s Horse Farm.”

Cats rescued from Winsted 'hoarding' house go up for adoption

WINSTED, Conn. — Dozens of cats rescued from a home in Winsted Friday went up for adoption. Animal control found more than 150 cats, and counting, two dogs, and a ferret at the home on Moore Drive. The Winchester police chief called the situation "cat hoarding." Winchester Town Manager...
Bristol Press

Concert to raise funds for Mum Fest

BRISTOL - Fundraising is in full swing for the 60th annual Mum Festival. Linda Salisbury, the fundraising chair, said she is holding events to decrease the festival’s expenses. “We’ve already had a car wash, a pampered chef party, bingo, and we are having a dance on July 30,” Salisbury...
Bristol Press

Veterans, active service members invited to 'Military Appreciation Night'

BRISTOL – Veterans and active service members are invited to attend the “Military Appreciation Night” at Saturday’s Bristol Blues game. Military Appreciation Night, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Muzzy Field, is one of many “promo nights” the Bristol Blues have scheduled this year. The event, sponsored by the Bristol Army Recruiters, will provide free admission for active service military members and veterans.
Register Citizen

Winsted road to be closed for tree removal

WINSTED — The Department of Public Works is closing a section of West Wakefield Boulevard, in the area of 812, to remove a tree that has fallen into Highland Lake. The road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30.
NBC Connecticut

Multiple People Displaced, Pet Rescued After House Fire in Avon

Multiple people are displaced and a pet was rescued after a house fire in Avon late Sunday night. Fire officials said emergency crews were called to a home on Secret Lake Road around 11:30 p.m. after getting a report of smoke. A police officer arrived first and reported smoke showing....

Kamp Keller

JamBase is pleased to give away one (1) pair of GA passes to Kamp Keller happening Sept 23-25 in Kent, CT!. Enter by Aug 15, 2022 for a chance to win.

BUSINESS MONDAY: Barrington Outfitters on Main Street in Great Barrington

GREAT BARRINGTON — Peter Drucker spent the spring semester of his senior year in college driving back and forth between Boston and the Berkshires, preparing to open a clothing store on Main Street. In May 1994, diploma in hand, he flung the doors of Barrington Outfitters open to the public, in what had been the Turner Hardware Store. Drucker started his business with the backing of his family, and was ultimately inspired by his father Bob—who in 1961, at the age of 19, opened the Canaan Army and Navy Store just south of town in Canaan, Conn. The elder Drucker went on to grow a 10- by 10-square-foot venture into a 5,000-square-foot operation over the years that eventually become Bob’s Clothing and Shoes. It was the kind of place his son calls “a ma and pa type store”—and the only place to shop locally (save for driving to the mall).
Bristol Press

Bristol's Parks Department hires two residents

BRISTOL – The Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services has announced the hiring of two residents for positions as park maintainer and heavy truck driver. Kevin Dragon will assume the role of park maintainer effective Tuesday, June 28 with starting pay of $23.40 per hour. Carlos Rivera...