Grass seed flew as Nelson Lopes pushed a spreader across sloping ground at the Park and Bark dog park site Wednesday, October 30. He worked with other Parks and Recreation Department crew members this week including Jim Tani, John Moore, Tom Pendergast, and John Benvenuti.
Across what will be a lawn area next spring, town crews were at work along the tree line clearing dead brush and trimming evergreens.
Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney tightened his hard hat. He and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve entered a construction site filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, the beginnings of concrete walls, and steel framework outlining what will be a new $4.5 million ambulance garage and facility for corps members. The project is being funded by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association.
Heather Smith, communications director for Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), has announced that the organization hopes to rally support for a vigil in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the NAA sister organization, Newtown Foundation. The trip to Washington is meant to honor “the wants and needs of the Newtown community, as well as to honor the memories of those lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and across America.”
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started.
Residents who wish to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, to fill out an open-burning permit form. A fee of $5 is required. Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.
“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.
It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
Police said that on the evening of October 27, they responded to a report that a motorist was driving erratically on Berkshire Road, so they went to the area to seek the driver.
Police said they located the driver on Toddy Hill Road and stopped him to investigate. Police said they then charged motorist Timothy McColgan, 47, of Bloomington, N.Y., with driving under the influence.
McColgan was released on $100 bail for a November 12 court appearance.
Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School.
DANBURY – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. has named a panel of volunteers to serve on a distribution committee to examine unmet needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14.
An absence of competition for numerous elected positions, including first selectman, Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance, Police Commission and a two-year post on the Board of Education, may have contributed to a lower than normal turnout in local voting at Newtown’s four precincts today.
According to local registrars, a total of 4,438 voters cast ballots across Newtown on Election Day, down from 5,225 total votes cast in 2011. A total of 17,346 registered voters were eligible to cast ballots in this year’s race.