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Proposal would build new stage in Stratford

ctpost.com — Piccolo -- and his so-far unnamed financial backers -- want the community to know they honor the Bard and the 15-acre site's theatrical tradition. [...] they said, their budget sheets only balance if the nonprofit stage operation and the planned education wing are accompanied by two for-profits -- a 120-unit independent- and assisted-living facility and a five-star restaurant and catering building.
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Trumbull passes budget for 2014-15

ctpost.com — The first selectman's budget, in turn, had already reduced Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gary Cialfi's requested allotment. The overall town budget will increase 2.97 percent over last year's $152.3 million budget, meaning property owners will see an increase in their tax bills to cover the expenses.
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Task force takes on Common Core challenge

ctpost.com — The new requirements are something the suburban district of 5,878 kids, 938 staff members and 12 schools has been working to make happen since shortly after the state approved the standards in 2010, Wallingford Superintendent Salavatore Menzo told members of the Governor's Common Core Task Force on Wednesday.
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Finch not giving up on chickens

ctpost.com — The city's "green" mayor pledged Wednesday to move ahead with implementing his initiative encouraging residents to raise chickens for eggs, even though the City Council's Ordinance Committee voted the proposal down the night before. [...]

Disney's Sofia and Jake take the stage for Bridgeport extravaganza

ctpost.com — "Here I am, standing next to Minnie Mouse, and all I can do is sit there and stare," she recalled, laughing. Campbell, who stars as Sofia the First, will join a cast of Disney characters on stage for a stop on Disney Junior Live On Tour!
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Tips, serious and not, for keeping squirrels away

ctpost.com — Squirrels have long been a source of fascination and frustration for gardeners and bird enthusiasts engaged in a near-constant battle to keep them away from the nuts and seeds put out for birds.
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BOE committee reluctantly takes deal

ctpost.com — The city school board's Finance Committee doesn't like it, but will recommend that the full board accept a budget deal brokered between the city and state for this year and next that includes additional money from the state.