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News in Brief: Dr. Suess, Crimereports.com and Open Space

Also, there is still an opportunity to collect school supplies.

Trumbull Gets More Open Space: The Trumbull Land Trust, started under then-First Selectman Kenneth Halaby, has given several properties to the town. The sites are located at 209 Oakland Drive, 167 Southgate Road, 9 Friar Lane, 11 Foxwood Road, 75 Huntington Road, 254 Stonehouse Road and 264 Meadow Road West.

The trust, suffering from diminishing membership, is concerned that if it is dissolved the land will be sold.

School Supply Drive Continued: Town Council Member Rob Pescatore Jr. is continuing his school supply drive. Contact him at robpescatorejr@gmail.com or via phone at 203-650-5348.

“Dr. Seuss” Throwdown Book Drive Provides 101,000 Books to Area Children (According to a press release): the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County announced the results of the “Dr. Seuss” Throwdown Book Drive which began in the Spring. The goal was set for 100,000. The book drive challenge was established specifically to reduce the “summer slide,” the reading loss (sometimes as much as 3-4 months) that occurs when students do not read over the summer. The students receiving the books are allowed to select five from a variety of titles at their reading level. Evidence has shown that a student is more likely to read a book if he/she selected the book. 

The community rallied around the book challenge and ultimately exceeded the goal and the number of new or gently used books totaled over 101,000. There were 77 book drives held by individuals and businesses and the generosity in Trumbull has been tremendous.  Those who participated in Trumbull include Beverly Erickson, , , Fuss and O’Neill Inc., Gardner Denver Nash, Gloria Chen, Margaret Kaeser, Nichols Improvement Association Kids Care Club, Nigro Family, Océ Corporate Printing, United Healthcare, Waldenbooks, and .

Books were distributed in several ways. The Books for Babies Program included books for new mothers at area hospitals, the Books for Kids Program which provides lower-income families and literacy programs to support early literacy, and summer reading programs. Books were also distributed to United Way of Coastal Fairfield County’s Schools of Hope, McKinley School in Fairfield, Franklin School in Stratford, and Geraldine W. Johnson School in Bridgeport. Approximately 4,200 books have been distributed to students grades pre-K to second grade at these schools as well as Thomas Hooker School in Bridgeport. Each student picked five books to take home and read for the summer, and will complete a reading log that he/she will turn in at the end of the summer.

To learn more about the book drive challenge, please visit www.unitedwaycfc.org/throwdown.

Trumbull Police Reactivate Crimereports.com: Residents can again gain access to neighborhood level crime incident data in real time. "Providing reliable, timely information to our citizens is one of our top priorities becase an informed public is a safer public, said Trumbuill Police Chief Tom Kiely. “Partnering with crimereports.com gives us the ability to keep the public informed on a regular basis as to what is going on in the community."

The public can access the free crime report through the website or through the crimereports iPhone app, available for free download in the Apple iTunes store. The new service even lets local citizens sign up for free customizable email alerts, so they can monitor crime in their neighborhood.

"Information is power," Kiely added. “And we hope that giving the community this information will help them understand crime trends and lower crimein their neighborhoods.”

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