WESTON, EASTON AND REDDING, Conn. – Tax increase led the news at both the local and state level for Easton, Weston and Redding this week. Here are some of the top stories from the past week:
? This July’s property tax rates are now set in all local towns. Easton and Redding will see slight increases on their bills this summer, while Weston’s taxes are set to decline.
? One commuter train derailed and hit another during Friday evening's rush hour near the Fairfield Metro train station. The National Transportation Safety Board arrived Saturday morning to lead the investigation. The wreck led to the cancellation of train service between South Norwalk and New Haven.
? At the state level, Connecticut’s gas tax is set to rise again this July. But a group of Fairfield County lawmakers is working to stop the increase before it happens.
? Residents in the area should prepare for a buggy summer. Cicadas are set to awake from a 17-year hibernation underground this year. And health officials warn that Lyme disease-carrying ticks will soon arrive as well.
? Congratulations are due again to Redding’s Sophie Ota, who was named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Redding-Easton for 2013.
? In other youth news, Weston Youth Services is continuing its lecture series for parents on difficult topics to discuss with kids. This month’s theme focuses on how parents act as role models for their children’s relationships.
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