On Sunday, October 5, a Scrabble tournament will be held at The Inn at Newtown to benefit the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, a teen-led group working to reduce gun violence in America. Two playing options are available: a three-game unrated tournament for new new players and those rated under 1000, and a seven-game rated tournament for players ready for a longer day. Both tournaments will start at 10 am, with registration opening at 9:30.
The School Counseling office at Newtown High School is sponsoring an evening presentation called “Financing College” on Wednesday, October 8, starting at 7 pm. The program will be conducted by Charles Wareham, a financial advisor with Valark Financial Services in Hartford. According to a release from NHS, the presentation will not be a sales presentation, but will offer “high value information that will benefit you.”
First Selectman Pat Llodra, Director of Planning George Benson, Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter, and Grant Coordinator Christal Preszler have renewed the community’s “Newtown is Open for Business” initiative. This new team of economic development leadership is committed to supporting responsible, environmentally sound development, creating a strong local economy and increasing the tax base to offset the residential tax burden for residents. According to Ms Paynter, Newtown is committed to providing a reliable and friendly development process, including a Fast Track Permitting Process for appropriate large-scale commercial and industrial developments.
HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68).
The new cases are all pediatric patients from three Connecticut hospitals, including two at Danbury Hospital, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. All patients have recovered and been discharged. It is not known if the two Danbury Hospital cases were from the Newtown District. DPH advises parents and health care providers to be aware of the symptoms of this respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.
Near the start of the Newtown Prevention Council’s first meeting of the new school year, held on Thursday, September 18, Co-Chair Judy Blanchard announced, “We’re moving ahead on some new ground, and we’re going to need everybody on board.” In January, Ms Blanchard said First Selectman Pat Llodra proposed that the Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) would have a role in the town’s resiliency efforts moving forward. “We’ve come a long way since then,” said Ms Blanchard.
Crews began the demolition of Danbury Hall on the Fairfield Hills campus at approximately 10 am on Monday, September 29.
The long awaited final steps in removing the structure and opening up sight lines of the campus from Wasserman Way, officials were told, would take hours.
Initially, the Danbury Hall demolition was supposed to be part of a larger project to include razing the eight single-family former staff homes, but earlier this summer, the project funds were refocused just on Danbury. The price tag for complete abatement and removal of Danbury Hall is $511,000, according to First Selectmen Pat Llodra’s documentation.
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