Amid a late spring thunderstorm on the evening of Friday, May 23, firefighters from three local volunteer fire companies responded to a report of a house fire caused by a lightning strike on Jeremiah Road in Sandy Hook.
Sandy Hook, Botsford, and Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to the incident at 5:55 pm at 27 Jeremiah Road, on the corner of Jeremiah Road and Fox Hollow Lane. There were no injuries.
State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers last week took subsurface core samples at Sugar Street (Route 302), at its intersection with Elm Drive, for geological information on the soil there to be used in the design of a new, wider Sugar Street bridge.
The new span will replace the existing Sugar Street bridge which becomes a traffic bottleneck during commuter rush periods.
About a decade ago, Connecticut started getting serious about reclaiming and reusing former and abandoned, environmentally tainted industrial sites known as brownfields. Around that same time, Newtown’s Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker began compiling an informal list of local brownfield sites.
A severe thunderstorm, which passed through the area Tuesday evening, focused its strongest wind energy in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, causing many trees to fall, resulting in extensive property damage and electrical outages in that neighborhood along Lake Zoar, near Interstate 84.
In the final hours of the 2014 state legislative session, lawmakers overwhelmingly supported a proposal that mandates all Connecticut police agencies adopt a policy on the use of Tasers. These handheld devices resemble firearms, and shoot barbed darts that contact combative suspects allowing police officers to subdue them using jolts of electricity instead of other, more potentially dangerous means.
“It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.
As Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski said at the Tuesday, May 20, Board of Education meeting, members of the teachers’ union were there to deliver what Mr Kuroski called a “State of the Union.”
Mr Kuroski said he has taught for his entire career, 29 years, in Newtown.
“We have assembled a cross-section of teachers from each school who have volunteered to provide you with a perspective of what has been happening in our district over the past few years,” Mr Kuroski said.