Oil from an industrial accident created slicks for miles along the Naugatuck River.

                                      Story By John Murray

             Photographs By Sondra Zak and Geraldo Reyes Jr.

  Joe DeMatos was enjoying his Saturday afternoon at the Polish American Club in Naugatuck when he noticed an oil slick on the Naugatuck River floating past. The slick was large and it kept on coming. After several minutes DeMatos decided to contact "the river guy", and alert him to a possible oil spill up river.

   Sam Beamon flew helicopters in Vietnam for the U.S. Marine Corps, and after returning home to Waterbury he rose to the rank of Lieutenant in the Waterbury Police Department. For his commitment to community and justice, Sam Beamon today was awarded the Grace Baptist Church's 1st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award.

   Excellent job by Sam Beamon and the Grace Baptist Church. Dr. King would be proud. Bravo, and Happy MLK Day. Photograph by Geraldo Reyes Jr.

The Bantam River has flooded the soccer fields along Route 63 in Litchfield. The melting snow, heavy rain and sub-freezing temperatures have created treacherous driving conditions on some back roads of Litchfield County. Pools of water from yesterday's thaw are now sheets of ice. Be careful and be safe. Photograph by John Murray

Sunset tonight over Mt. Tom in Litchfield, Connecticut. Photograph By John Murray

   Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo provided area media a first in-person look today at the rare Amur tiger cubs born at the Zoo. Two of a litter of four cubs survived after their mother, Changbai, neglected them, causing Zoo staff to step in. Since their birth on November 25, 2017, they have been cared for around the clock at the Zoo’s Animal Health Care Center.

   Democrat Dita Bhargava, a former senior trader and portfolio manager who is exploring a run for statewide office, announced today that she has raised over $125,000 from 787 individuals since launching her exploratory committee in September.


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