First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
Current openings exist on:
*The Conservation Commission has a vacant positions available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August.
IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on Wednesday, August 27. IWC hearings typically are held at 7:30 pm at the Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.
A teacher who helped save the lives of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 has a book deal.
G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday, July 29, that Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.
Under adult supervision, children were allowed to explore FunSpace II for a few hours on July 26. The new playground at Dickinson Park was dedicated on Saturday, but is now temporarily closed while town crews finish final safety installations. Parks & Rec is hoping to fully open the playground next week.
While the Board of Education held off making a decision on whether to implement a school-based health clinic at Newtown Middle School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15, it also promised to take the topic up again at a future date.
When Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, arrived in the school district in April, he told the school board during its meeting on July 15, the conversation about adding a school-based health clinic at NMS was already ongoing.
The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission has published a document in the form of questions and answers (Q&A) at the town website as an effort to guide people through the process, said commission chairman Kyle Lyddy.
Newtown is among a growing number of towns in recent years infested with the emerald ash borer, “a destructive insect responsible for the death and decline” of ash trees throughout the country, according to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. The ash borer was detected in Newtown in 2012-13. The damaging insect has now been detected in a total of 39 towns, the most recent being Bridgeport just last week.
Police report that during a sobriety checkpoint that they held on the evening of Saturday, July 19, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 20, at the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills, they charged a Southbury man with driving under the influence.
Police said that at about 8 pm on July 19, Tyler Hine, 19, of Southbury was driving eastward on Wasserman Way and then stopped at the checkpoint.