Cassandra Day, The Middletown Press

Cassandra Day

The Middletown Press

Middletown, CT, United States

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Past articles by Cassandra:

Costs to ready Middletown riverfront building for new restaurant rise again to $5 million

Post-pandemic material and supply issues have pushed budget up 233 percent, 'frustrating' Eli Cannon's Tap Room co-owners eager to launch new eatery. → Read More

Middletown may propose DOT add downtown exit on Route 9, shifting traffic from 'liability' to 'economic driver'

The plan, now in concept phase, would shift "traffic from a liability into an economic driver" by improving access to the Connecticut riverfront, officials say. → Read More

Officials: Students accuse Cromwell fire staff of sexual misconduct: ‘Shocked at the unprofessionalism’

An attorney is investigating the Cromwell Fire District after On Scene Training members alleged instances of sexual misconduct, officials said. → Read More

Developer withdraws contested application for apartments near Middletown school, wetlands

D&V Development is addressing public and city official's concerns, including excess parking and the apartments' proximity to Lawrence Elementary School. → Read More

Children's book written by Middletown nurse based on tales he told young son in car

When his animal-loving son was young, Drew said "when we were in the car, especially," making up stories, “I would spin tales to keep him entertained." → Read More

Ex-Middletown official pleads guilty to DUI, 6-month jail sentence suspended

Alice Diaz, former chief of staff to Middletown Mayor Ben Florsheim, received a suspended six-month sentence and will be on probation for 18 months. → Read More

CT education board grants initial approval for Middletown charter school

Members granted initial approval, despite Commissioner Russell-Tucker's recommendation that, in light of "substantial and ongoing interest,” it be put off. → Read More

Democrats retain CT 100th District House seat in Middletown with Kai Belton's special election win

The Middlesex Health youth crisis social worker took home 1,716 votes to Republican and onetime councilwoman Deborah Kleckowski's 773. → Read More

Activists gather at former CT Juvenile Training School, calling for state to 'bulldoze' building

Although the proposed Capital Preparatory Middletown Charter School founders were considering locating a facility at the closed prison, the plan was abandoned. → Read More

Middletown polling place without signs for 4+ hours during special state election for 100th district

Situation in the 100th House District was rectified by mid-morning at North End polling station as deputy registrar says none were needed in the past. → Read More

Middletown pair vying to fill late CT lawmaker's seat in Feb. 28 special election

Former Common Council member Deborah Kleckowski and Middlesex Health youth crisis social worker Kai Belton are on the ballot in the special election Tuesday. → Read More

Proposed Capital Prep charter school in Middletown raises concerns among parents, educators

Parents and educators worry about funding being drawn from public schools, and say little notice of the state board of ed hearing prevented them from attending. → Read More

New Middletown Big Y supermarket to bring 150 jobs, $2 million to grand list

The $22 million project off South Main Street will be the largest commercial development in many years, and is expected to create 150 new jobs. → Read More

Middletown looks to keep spending flat after revaluation boosts property taxes

A spike in real estate values could see property owners' tax bills jump, and leaders are looking at spending to offset that increase. → Read More

Review: 'Calling Puerto Rico' a powerful form of theater at Seven Angels

Pa'lante Theater troupe, Connecticut’s first Afro-Latino black box theater company, presents a powerful reminder of nature’s wrath. → Read More

Fundraiser aims to help former Middletown woman mauled by pet dog

Olivia Quast has a positive outlook on life despite losing her nose and having her arm "mangled" when her dog was "triggered" by a light. → Read More

Middletown schools chief presents sobering data on student aggression, other 'serious' behavior

Middletown Board of Education sees presentation of sobering data regarding student behavioral violations. → Read More

Middletown parents: 38 'Hollywood' movies shown in teacher absences; district cites nationwide educator shortage

As parents worry about Beman Middle School students receiving inadequate education, the district points to a nationwide shortage of teachers. → Read More

'It's a great feeling,' says CT teacher whose Arrigoni Bridge photo graces new USPS stamp

Amateur photographer Joe Gowac, who captured the Portland bridge with a drone camera three years ago, will have his work featured in a stamp series. → Read More

Cromwell residents worry about fewer paras as school board passes $36.4M budget — with cuts

In crafting her proposed package, Superintendent Enza Macri balanced rising costs with boosting student achievement, and mental health and well-being support. → Read More