The Sandy Hook families won a victory in the state Supreme Court that gives them a day in trial court, perhaps. But the barriers to an ultimate win over Remington, the historic gunmaker, are steep and many, with legal and financial issues as a roadblock.

WASHINGTON — On the same day the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a historic ruling allowing a lawsuit by victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to move forward, Connecticut lawmakers introduced resolutions that aim to block the use of federal education grants to arm teachers.

Two bills that would give legislators greater oversight of the Connecticut State Colleges and University system were endorsed with unanimous support Thursday, including one that would enable lawmakers to stop plans to merge the state’s 12 community colleges into a single statewide institution.

SHERMAN — The Sherman Playhouse will be holding auditions for Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” Monday and Tuesday, April 22 and 23, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Parts are available for 10 males and five females ages 16 to 65.

TORRINGTON — Northwestern Connecticut Community College Cultural Planning Committee, the History Association and the Torrington Historical Society are jointly sponsoring a free concert of authentic Irish-American music of the Civil War era.

RIP VAN WINKLE: Housatonic Musical Theatre Society’s Rip Van Winkle: The Musical! will be staged March 14, 15, 16, 7 p.m. at Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 246 Warren Turnpike Road, Falls Village. Info & tickets: www.HMTS.org

In honor of its first-year anniversary, New Brunswick Flea Market held a weekend celebration Feb. 23-24. The two day festivities included giveaways, door prizes, market-wide mystery sales, music by Juan DeGuzmanThe multi-vendor indoor flea market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.…

WOODBURY — Community Theatre at Woodbury is holding a casting call for “The Dixie Swim Club” written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten, directed by Maureen Denver, produced by Erika Dorio and stage managed by Samantha Gati-Tisi.

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WASHINGTON — It was a cold winter day, but construction workers were undeterred, bustling about Shepaug Valley High School in Washington in the initial stages of building a 52,000-square-foot Agriscience STEM center.

GOSHEN — Goshen Players, Inc, will be holding open auditions for its June 2019 production, “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde. The production will be directed by Wes Baldwin. Auditions will take place on Sunday, March 10 and Monday, March 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Goshen Old To…

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SHARON — On Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., the Sharon Historical Society & Museum will host a free public guided tour of their new three room exhibit entitled “Sharon Cures: Centuries of Medicine in One Small Town” with co-curators Marge Smith and Susan Shepard.

NEW HAVEN — Two patients with measles were released from Yale New Haven Hospital Monday, the state Department of Public Health reported, as public health and medical experts emphasized that vaccination is considered the best defense against the disease, which can develop into serious illness…

Retail stores change quickly right after Christmas, with employees stocking card racks and shelves with Valentine’s Day items.

WEST HARTFORD — Sliders Grill & Bar, an award-winning sports bar, popular for wings, craft beer and live sports, announced recently that it will be moving its West Hartford location to downtown Torrington.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with the town of Bethlehem to resolve allegations that its Town Hall and Memorial Hall buildings “were not operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,” according to a release.

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SALISBURY — The excitement returns to Salisbury from Feb. 8 to 10, when the Salisbury Winter Sports Association hosts the 93rd annual Jumpfest, a three-day celebration and competition featuring the best junior ski jumpers in the eastern United States.

NEW MILFORD — TheatreWorks New Milford is seeking two males and two females ages 60+ for Ronald Harwood’s comedy, “Quartet.” Auditions will be held on Saturday Feb. 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave., (20 Elm St. Extension for GPS), New…

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MORRIS — A large and lively crowd of cub scouts, mostly from Pack 28, and their supporters, lined up to present their unmanned, unpowered miniature cars made from a kit to assure uniformity, to official “inspectors” Nathan Meyer, who is also a Cub Scout den leader, and Mark Abbenante, a memb…

WOODBURY — Maple sugaring time, a New England tradition, will be starting soon. Each year Flanders Nature Center taps and collects sap from dozens of trees both at the nature center and around the town of Woodbury, and invites anyone with an interest in maple sugaring to attend a volunteer i…

WASHINGTON — Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Jampa Mackenzie Stewart of Valley Spirit and Wellness Center in Washington Depot, presents Tai Chi & Meditation an Introduction. This session will be Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Gunn Memorial Library. Snow date Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m.

TORRINGTON — Torrington Savings Bank reopened their Main Office at 129 Main Street on Dec. 19, 2018 after the completion of an extensive building renovation — a particularly fitting project for the bank as they conclude 2018 celebrating their 150th year in business.

There isn’t a day when a specific food is not celebrated. National Bagel Day arrived earlier than expected this year thanks to Thomas’ Bagels, the largest producer of grocery store bagels in the U.S.

GOSHEN — Goshen Players, Inc, will be holding open auditions for its Spring 2019 musical, “[title of show]” with book by Hunter Bell and music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen. The production will be directed by Colleen Renzullo, with co-direction by Jane Coughlin and musical direction by Scott Stan…