Scores of pieces of heavy equipment, which had been used by JF Walsh Mulch & Logging Co. for years at its Sandy Hook work yard at 4 Toddy Hill Road, were sold at auction there on November 20. About 300 people attended. The mulch yard’s section with frontage on Berkshire Road held dozens upon dozens of heavy pickup trucks driven there by bidders at the auction. Approximately 185 items were reportedly sold, but auctioneer Sammy Petrowski was not at liberty, he told The Newtown Bee, to disclose the financial aspects of the sale.
Newtown's Public Building and Site Commission met November 24 and received updates on a number of ongoing projects. The volunteer board that manages most local municipal and school building projects heard reports on the Edmond Town Hall boiler replacement, Newtown High School auditorium renovation, and Sandy Hook Elementary School construction.
When Jennifer D. Barahona, LCSW, executive director of the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation learned about an opportunity to partner with the Ana Grace Project on two events promoting healing and recovery through community connections, she saw a viable way for the foundation to continue exploring alternatives to Newtown’s heavy reliance on one-to-one counseling post 12/14. To date, the underwriting of that counseling and other more individualized recovery and post traumatic therapies has been draining away funds that poured into the community in the weeks and months following the Sandy Hook tragedy, and is now continuing at a trickle with several significant grants on the verge of eclipsing.
The Newtown Prevention Council discussed its upcoming work at its meeting on Thursday, November 19. Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who is retiring in January, was acknowledged at the meeting for his service on the council. While he could not attend the meeting, it would have been his final meeting with the council. The Council last week also covered the upcoming use of a Department of Mental Health & Addictions Services grant, and began thinking about upcoming council elections.
Butcher’s Best delivered all the makings of a home-cooked Thanksgiving feast — turkey, potatoes, stuffing, and green beans — to Families United in Newtown (FUN) for a Thanksgiving Pot Luck meeting Saturday, November 21, at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Newtown High School National Honors Society members and other volunteers mentored special needs students while they ate, danced, and painted Ben’s Bells Project ceramics. The event also provided their families an opportunity to socialize, eat, and relax while volunteers supported the students.
All town offices will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The transfer station at 4 Ethan Allen Road will be closed both days; it will reopen on Saturday on its regular schedule (7 am to 3 pm). Newtown Senior Center, C.H. Booth Library, schools and the US Postal Service will also be affected by Thanksgiving.
Newtown Police Department is reminding motorists to “Click It Or Ticket.” As part of a national seatbelt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. The current campaign was launched November 23, and will continue to November 30.
Fairfield County Giving Day will return on March 10, 2016. The event is an intense 24-hour online fundraising competition that unites the community around local causes close to the hearts of those who live in or support Fairfield County groups and organizations. Next year will mark the third annual Fairfield County Giving Day effort, a project of Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Sixteen Newtown-based nonprofits participated in the 2015 FCCF Giving Day, raising a combined total of $24,770.