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Karen Tensa

Managing Editor, Connecticut

Karen has lived and worked in Connecticut for more than two decades. Her professional experience includes more than a decade of work as the news editor at The Advocate in Stamford and reporting and editing stints on the staff of The Hartford Courant, among others. She is dedicated to writing local news, enjoying winter sports and reading nonfiction books.

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  1. Easton Police Officer Suffers Smoke Inhalation While Rescuing Dog From Fire

    Easton Police Officer Suffers Smoke Inhalation While Rescuing Dog From Fire

    EASTON, Conn. — A veteran Easton police officer suffered smoke inhalation injuries after he entered a burning home in town to rescue a trapped dog, police said.The homeowner called 911 at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, and said that his house was on fire and that he could not control it, police said.The Easton Police and Fire Department, along with numerous other fire departments from ...

  2. Stratford Teachers’ Union Votes To Accept Furlough Days To Avoid Layoffs

    Stratford Teachers’ Union Votes To Accept Furlough Days To Avoid Layoffs

    STRATFORD, Conn. — The teachers' union in Stratford voted Monday to accept two unpaid furlough days to avoid more than 40 layoffs by cutting $700,000 from the school budget, according to the Stratford Star. The Stratford Education Association said the teachers "voted to sacrifice for their students and colleagues" but said the Stratford Board of Education must find a long-term ...

  3. Trumbull Police Investigating Thefts From Unlocked Cars Over Weekend

    Trumbull Police Investigating Thefts From Unlocked Cars Over Weekend

    TRUMBULL, Conn. — Trumbull police are investigating thefts from several unlocked vehicles that were parked in the driveways of homes in the Long Hill section of town.The thefts occurred late Friday night and into early Saturday morning in frigid temperatures, police said.The thieves "gained entry" into unlocked cars and took cash and valuables that had been left in the ...

  4. SNEW Repairing Water Main Break On Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk

    SNEW Repairing Water Main Break On Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk

    NORWALK, Conn. — One of the problems in the aftermath of the weekend's bitter cold is water main breaks. That was the story for South Norwalk Electric & Water‏ on Monday, as crews went out to make repairs. Heavy machinery was at the scene of a water main break on Connecticut Avenue between Scribner Avenue and Stop & Shop in Norwalk all day. "Customers can expect service ...

  5. Stamford's McDonald Nominated To Be Nation's First Openly Gay Chief Justice

    Stamford's McDonald Nominated To Be Nation's First Openly Gay Chief Justice

    STAMFORD, Conn. – Longtime Stamford resident Andrew J. McDonald will be nominated in the coming weeks to serve as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Monday.If confirmed, McDonald will become the first openly gay Supreme Court chief justice of any state in the countryCurrent Chief Justice Chase Rogers last year announced her plans to retire from ...

  6. Consumer Reports: Avoid Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Cases In Connecticut

    Consumer Reports: Avoid Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Cases In Connecticut

    Food safety experts at Consumer Reports are advising people in the U.S. and Canada to stop eating romaine lettuce after an outbreak of E. coli, including at least two cases in Connecticut.In the past seven weeks, at least 58 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from E. coli believed to be linked to romaine lettuce. One person in each country has died. In the U.S., the ...

  7. Police: Shelton Man Found With Crack, Pipes During Traffic Stop

    Police: Shelton Man Found With Crack, Pipes During Traffic Stop

    SHELTON, Conn. — A 51-year-old Shelton man was arrested after officers found two glass smoking pipes containing crack cocaine in his car during a traffic stop, Milford police said. Harry Ridgway of 13 Horseshoe Drive was stopped for speeding at about noon on Jan. 3 on Wheelers Farm Road in Milford near the border with Orange, police said.  During the stop, officers found the pipes and ...

  8. Griffin’s Wonderland Of Trees Raises $9,300 For Spooner House In Shelton

    Griffin’s Wonderland Of Trees Raises $9,300 For Spooner House In Shelton

    SHELTON, Conn. – Griffin Hospital’s annual Holiday Wonderland of Trees fundraiser collected more than $9,300 for Spooner House in Shelton to help feed and shelter area families in need this winter.As part of Griffin’s Planetree Person-Centered Care Philosophy, the Holiday Wonderland of Trees calls on hospital departments to decorate 3-foot artificial evergreen trees that are raffled ...

  9. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Announce Political Future On Tuesday

    Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton To Announce Political Future On Tuesday

    DANBURY, Conn. — After a snowstorm cancellation,  Mayor Mark Boughton is inviting supporters to attend a "special election announcement" in downtown Danbury where he is expected to launch his campaign for governor. "After a year of exploring a run for statewide office, I have reached a decision on participating in the 2018 election," Boughton said on his Facebook ...

  10. Fairfield Firefighters Help At House Fire, Frozen Pipe At SHU, Oil Delivery

    Fairfield Firefighters Help At House Fire, Frozen Pipe At SHU, Oil Delivery

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — During the cold snap in the past several days, the Fairfield Fire Department has responded to numerous weather-related incidents. On Friday evening, several Fairfield fire units assisted the Easton Fire Department with a house fire that sent the homeowner to the hospital for smoke inhalation, according to a fire department statement. On Saturday, the Fire Department ...

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