Shadows cast by a wide-brimmed hat shielded her eyes form late morning sun as Symba Nuruddin, from Berkley, Calif., pulled at weeds crowding a row of beets at Shortt’s Farm & Garden Center Wednesday, August 26. An art history major in her senior year at Yale University, she and five other students this week participated in Harvest, a Yale preorientation program pairing the young men and women with family-owned farms.
Residents Kristen Bonacci, Aaron Carlson, and Casey Ragan are behind an effort to launch a Newtown Education Foundation to support the local learning environment.
The Newtown Education Foundation’s mission is to “enrich the learning experience for our students by promoting innovation and creativity through collaboration with the community,” according to a press release.
As the co-founders, Ms Bonacci, Mr Carlson, and Ms Regan announced the foundation on Wednesday, August 26.
It appears Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is poised to recommend the current Hook & Ladder headquarters behind Edmond Town Hall be abandoned for future town use once the volunteer fire company relocates to new quarters next year. The panel, however, agrees the community should invest in several key improvements to the Multipurpose Building on Riverside Road — currently housing the town’s Senior Center and the Adventure Center preschool.
A major Hawleyville development proposal, which would include a 180-unit multifamily housing complex, a diner, and a church on land off Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has drawn many traffic-related questions and comments from residents of that area.
Those residents spoke at a heavily attended August 20 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) meeting that included two public hearings on different aspects of the development project proposed for land near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.
Following discussion at an August 20 meeting, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved the construction of the River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, a 65-unit condominium complex planned for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, near the Pootatuck River.
Voting in favor of the housing project were P&Z Chairman Robert Mulholland and members Michael Porco, Sr, Jim Swift, Frank Corigliano, and Fredrick Taylor.
Police report an accident involving a school bus in Sandy Hook Center at about 7:15 am on Thursday, August 27, which was the first day of school.
Police said motorist Jared Fiala, 18, of 49 Main Street was driving a 1995 Mazda Miata two-seat convertible sports car eastward on Church Hill Road near the Sandy Hook Diner, when the right side of the Mazda struck the left rear section of a parked All-Star Transportation school bus. The school bus was unoccupied, police said.
Police report that at about 10:44 pm on August 21, they spotted motorist Omar Silva-Cedillo, 40, of Danbury driving northward on Main Street, after which they saw him cross over the road’s center line on Mt Pleasant Road.
Police said they stopped him at the interaction of Mt Pleasant Road and Blackman Road to investigate.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that nighttime milling and resurfacing will be done on Route 25 in Newtown for three and a half weeks, starting Thursday, August 27.
The project consists of milling and resurfacing a 3.9 mile segment of Route 25 in Newtown between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am. The project is scheduled to be completed by Monday morning September 21, 2015.
This project is included in the Department of Transportation’s 2015 Vendor Resurfacing Program.