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Duck Day

this Sunday

NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 18th Annual Duck Day which will include the usual Duck Race and Festival on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Raffle tickets will be sold in person at Duck Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. The two ION Bank locations, Liberty Bank on Church Street, M&T Bank in the Stop & Shop on Rubber Avenue are expected to still sell raffle tickets. People can also buy tickets online on at least until Saturday, June 3.

The duck race where small floatable duckies will be dumped into the Naugatuck River at the Maple Street Bridge will begin at 2 p.m. There will be 20 prizes with the first, second and third prizes to be $5,000; $1,000 and $500 respectively.

The event will also include live music, the roaming railroad train ride, strolling entertainment, a bounce house, food and business vendors and mini golf. The event will take place rain or shine.

Woman faces

kidnapping charges

NAUGATUCK — A borough woman faces a slew of charges after she allegedly kidnapped her daughter from a family member’s home in town.

Just after midnight Sunday, a 5-year-old girl was taken from her bed without permission by a family member who didn’t reside in the home, police said.

Danielle Lombardi, 41, had left in a stolen vehicle, according to a police news release.

The child’s safety was in jeopardy due to past mental health concerns and statements made by the mother earlier in the evening, police said. After several hours, the child was returned.

Lombardi attempted to flee on foot and assaulted an officer as she was being arrested, police allege.

She was charged with risk of injury to child, first-degree custodial interference, second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, assault on police personnel and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Lombardi was held on a $250,000 bond.

Stories of

War memorials

shared Sunday

NAUGATUCK — Richard Franklin Donohue will present the story of the myriad of memorials in Connecticut honoring the Veterans of World War I at 1 p.m. June 4, at the Naugatuck History Museum at the Tuttle House, 380 Church St.

At the end of the presentation, we will walk to Naugatuck’s own World War I monument, weather permitting.

This program is free and open to the public but donations are welcome.


Arrest made

in road rage


MIDDLEBURY — A Naugatuck man was arrested May 23 after police said he brandished a firearm during a road rage incident on Interstate 84 West between Exits 17 and 16 in Middlebury.

Luis Angel Ortiz, 25, of 30 Tutor Lane, was arrested shortly after the 7:43 a.m. incident.

State Police said they located Ortiz’s vehicle on the Exit 16 offramp near its intersection with Strongtown Road in Southbury.

Police said they located a black handgun under the driver’s seat.

Ortiz was charged with first-degree threatening with a firearm and second-degree breach of peace, and later released on a $10,000 cash bond to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on June 6.

Rupsis joins PZC

BEACON FALLS — The Planning and Zoning Commission voted to appoint commission member Michael Rupsis as the new chairman, commission member Michael Pratt as the new vice-chairman and Marc Bronn as the commission secretary at its May 18 meeting. The Board of Selectmen accepted a letter of resignation from the previous Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Donald Molleur.

Trails Day

BEACON FALLS — The Beacon Falls Conservation Commission is hosting the 2023 Trails Day on Saturday, at Lantern Ridge Park located at 496 Skokorat St.


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