The Fairfield Hills Authority members emerged from a brief and at times volatile meeting Wednesday with a motion: to earmark Plymouth Hall as a potential future site for a children's museum, subject to approvals by all town boards and agencies, and fundraising. The motion passed with six in favor, and one opposed.
It would not be unusual for Board of Finance school budget deliberations to extend to three hours or more. But despite the intention to do so on March 6, finance officials never cracked open the school budget book.
Instead, they heard public comment and spent the rest of their special meeting originally scheduled to take up the district budget proposal, trying to get a better understanding about the scope and cost of future school security measures.
People interested in learning how the local lay of the land has changed during the past five years have a simple way to find out, now that the town has posted a new set of color aerial photos of Newtown’s terrain on the Internet.
The photos are posted on the town’s geographic information system (GIS) website, http://maps.newtown-ct.gov.
Newtown’s State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter, and DebraLee Hovey joined their colleagues March 6 in unanimously passing a bill to help the first responders of the Newtown tragedy. According to Rep Bolinsky, the vote was 143 to 0 with only eight lawmakers absent.
The Board of Education began its Tuesday, March 5, meeting with a brief announcement that it received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of the meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent.
A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill.
A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.
Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.
An annual event for Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), Independent Living Day allows low- to moderate-income seniors and disabled residents to remain in their homes independently for longer periods of time by receiving assistance with basic home upkeep, free of charge. Additionally, NYFS provides the seniors with a link to the outside community making them feel welcomed and cared for as part of the larger community.
Independent Living Day 2013 will be Saturday, April 27, and NYFS is looking for volunteers to help.