On Saturday, September 20, at 7:30 pm, Mark Kozelek of Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters will headline the eighth show in the Live at the Edmond Town Hall series. Kozelek has been called one of the greatest songwriters to emerge from an exceptionally strong period for alternative music: the early 90s. The Live at Edmond Town Hall series was launched and continues to be organized by Newtown resident Hayden Bates. All profits from this show will go toward ongoing the renovation of the Edmond Town Hall Theater.
Two of Connecticut’s most accommodating municipal concert venues drew massive crowds recently hosting acts with broad appeal based on the multigenerational makeup of audiences who turned out to enjoy the music and perfect weather that has kissed the state throughout late summer. On Thursday, August 14, the Performing Arts Center at Simsbury Meadows and Premier Concerts brought in the Tedeschi Trucks Band with opening support form The Wood brothers. Both acts complimented each other as The Wood Brothers warmed up the Simsbury venue with their unique brand of rootsy ballads and rockers. Four night’s later, Danbury’s Ives Concert Park was equally packed – nearly selling out the second of two major headline shows hosted by the rustic venue this summer.
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has given preliminary approval to a firm’s proposal to install an automated car wash at the Newtown Mobil gas station/convenience store at 64 Church Hill Road, near Exit 10 of Interstate 84. At an August 14 WSA meeting, agency members endorsed an application from Satyam Sundaram, LLC, which is seeking to install a car wash on its property to increase the range of services that the firm offers customers at its one-acre site. Water used at the car wash would be discharged in the municipal sanitary sewer system. WSA’s endorsement of the project allows the firm to take the next step in this process: to apply to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) for an industrial discharge into the municipal sewer system. [read more]
There is enough compelling evidence that public safety could be improved and cost savings realized for a two-person advisory team to advise the Board of Selectmen to consider a formal study on turning local emergency communications over to a specialized regional dispatch organization. Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary have been researching that idea for several months, gathering data as well as hearing from local police, volunteer fire, and ambulance representatives. Mr Capeci is a former Legislative Council chairman, and Mr Chaudhary is a current councilman, although their participation in this project has nothing to do with their council service. Their recommendations come despite opposition from the local Police and Fire Commissions, and concerns voiced by Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps leadership.
Leigh Libero can round the bases with the best of ’em after putting the ball into play in Newtown Women’s Softball League action, but she certainly doesn’t take for granted being able to run well. Libero, a former soccer player at Boston University, tore her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a game more than a decade ago, and a graft made from her body’s tissue was used to get her back onto the playing field. The repair didn’t last. Libero tore her ACL again just one year later. Her surgeon suggested using donated tissue from a deceased donor.
As local officials and volunteers are about to begin a “memorial sidewalk” project that will eventually link Sandy Hook School to Main Street at the flagpole, Newtown’s planning agency announced it will be receiving an unanticipated grant that will underwrite additional sidewalks between Glover Avenue and Mile Hill South. Director of Planning George Benson told the Board of Selectmen August 18 that a $380,000 grant slated to go to Bridgewater through the regional council of governments has been declined, so it will now go to Newtown, the second ranked community on a priority list for a Connecticut State Transportation Enhancement allocation. Mr Benson said Newtown could possibly qualify for up to $500,000 under the program — and if that increase comes to fruition, it could help extend sidewalks even further, from the corner of Mile Hill South to Trades Lane near the entrance to Reed Intermediate School.
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