New carpet tiles cover the floor of the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library and ceiling tiles were being placed Tuesday, March 3, as the library moves toward a quick recovery from a second dousing in just over two years, from frozen and burst pipes. Approximately 10,000 books of the 45,800 juvenile book collection were ruined when overhead pipes of the sprinkler system sent a shower of water over the rear section of the Children’s Department, Tuesday, February 17. Despite a swift response by firefighters and library staff members, nearly three inches of water covered the floor before the flooding was halted.
A referendum originally scheduled for March 21 for voters to approve a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation has been changed to April 28 to coincide with the annual budget referendum. The Board of Selectman during a special meeting on February 27 moved to make the change.
Senior citizens and residents interested in learning more about the new senior center, a phase I component of a larger Community Center project, filled every available seat in the main room of Newtown Senior Center on Thursday, February 26, as First Selectman Pat Llodra, architects, and planners offered information and answered questions. The purpose of the afternoon meeting, Mrs Llodra said, was “to help you understand possibilities going forward.” Mrs Llodra said the planners “want to share their visions,” and indicating a power point display she introduced seniors to the concepts and possibilities, she said. Earmarked for construction is a site at Fairfield Hills adjacent to NYA Sports & Fitness Center.
The Water & Sewer Authority has scheduled a public hearing Thursday, march 12, at Town Hall South, for a development firm’s controversial request that the sewer district be expanded in Sandy Hook to provide sewer service for a proposed large multifamily housing complex. A Trumbull developer is proposing a large housing complex for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook. Only three acres of the site, which has a street address of 79 Church Hill Road, lie within the sewer district. The developer wants the WSA to redraw the sewer district boundary lines to include all 35 acres in the sewer district.
A Winter Weather Advisory is currently in effect for Newtown, and the entire state. The sun may be shining at midday, but a Hazardous Weather Outlook is also in effect, with the National Weather Service calling for snow to begin falling after 4 pm Tuesday, March 3. Local organizations, groups, businesses, et al — anyone whose plans will be affected by the weather — are reminded that The Newtown Bee will post closing, postponement and cancellation notices as soon as they are received.
HARTFORD (AP) — Parents’ rights organizations from across Connecticut, including homeschoolers, contend they would be treated unfairly by some public policy recommendations prompted by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Believing their parental rights are at risks, the various groups have joined forces to form the new Parental Rights Coalition. Coalition members are opposed to legislative proposals they consider to be an infringement. Members of SHAC say there has been a misunderstanding of the report's recommendations, however.
(AP) The panel of experts reviewing the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown is officially wrapping up its work after two years. Members of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are scheduled to finalize their report to Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Friday.
Kathleen Orfitelli, director of volunteer services for the Southern New England division of the Salvation Army, as well as members of the Newtown chapter, recognized the generosity of four local businesses, Wednesday, February 25, in a ceremony at Newtown Municipal Center. Stop & Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Walgreens, and Yankee Wine & Spirits received plaques for their many years of hosting bell ringers in front of their Newtown stores during the holiday season.
The driver of a passenger vehicle escaped serious injury Monday morning after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended a tanker truck with a load of gasoline. The accident occurred just north of the intersection of South Main Street and Pecks Lane, around 6:20 am. The vehicle, a dark colored Toyota sedan, hit the rear of the tanker hard enough to dislodge some of the tanker's couplings. The impact created a break in the tank, and gasoline began spilling, initially reported at approximately a gallon a minute. Botsford Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Ciaccia said the accident and resulting scene could have been much worse.