With just under 4,500 of the town’s eligible voters casting ballots Tuesday, the first split town budget referendum failed on both sides. But most voters also took the time to express through ballot questions that the amounts tendered for next year’s spending plans were too high.
On the town side of the ballot, 2,207 endorsed the request with 2,273 voting No – a difference of 66. And on the school district side, 1,994 voted for the budget but 2,476 rejected it.
What happened to the trees at Treadwell Park? Nineteen of the existing locust trees have been removed, “much to the shock of many who visited [Monday, April 15],” said Parks Superintendent Carl Samuelson. After hearing concerns that the trees were “gone forever,” he said, “It is really the start of a better solution,” adding, “We are putting back more [trees] than we took down.”
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, has asked Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 pm today in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.
Following a week in which they had time to review a thick binder of options for a Sandy Hook Elementary School site, the 28 members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force met for the third time, Friday evening, April 19. The binder was compiled by members of a technical team that had walked the Task Force through its contents one week earlier.
HARTFORD — Forty-three charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting have informed Connecticut officials they have so far raised nearly $20.4 million and distributed close to $2.9 million of that money.
Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook School.
The school facility has been vacant since the mass shooting tragedy of 12/14. Following the holiday break, classes for SHS students resumed at the former Chalk Hill School in Monroe.
As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence.