Starting on Monday, June 9, the town will close the southern section of Poverty Hollow Road to through-traffic for a construction project that will replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge that crosses above the Aspetuck River, just south of the parking lot entrance for Centennial Watershed State Forest.
That parking lot provides access to the 15,300-acre state forest which lies in Newtown, Redding, Easton, and Weston. The parking lot is expected to remain open to forest users during the bridge construction project.
Those lost to cancer were remembered: “To my lovely sister who I miss so much, I love you,” said one handwritten message on the Wall of Remembrance displayed during this year’s 2014 Relay for Life on May 31, its tenth in Newtown. The message continues, “You are missed every day.”
Pictures of brothers, sisters, and other family members are written on the wall, with many messages to grandma or grandma drawn by a child’s unpracticed hand.
The Board of Education honored both Newtown’s retiring educators and students within the top five percent of the graduating Class of 2014, including valedictorian Anne Beier and salutatorian Amisha Dave, at its meeting on Tuesday, June 3.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, announced each retiring teacher or administrator before they were greeted by Board of Education members and handed a gift by school board Chair Debbie Leidlein.
VFW Men’s Auxiliary President Robert Arnold, left, participates in a formal flag retirement ceremony at Newtown VFW Post 308. The post is inviting the public to drop off old, worn out flags for a proper retirement. A public ceremony will be held at the post on Flag Day.
More than a few people at Newtown’s milestone 10th Relay for Life brushed away tears while viewing photos of loved ones lost on the event’s wall of remembrance, during the poignant opening ceremonies, and during the luminary procession.
But the combination of fair weather, camaraderie, and nonstop, upbeat activities helped put smiles on most faces throughout the 12-hour American Cancer Society fund and awareness raiser that was on hold for more than a year.
Town police last week reported yet another theft of copper pipe from a residential property, marking about 15 such copper thefts locally since the beginning of the year.
Police said that they learned at about 5:40 pm on May 17 that someone at some time had burglarized a vacant house for sale on Jeremiah Road in Sandy Hook. The burglar then stole many sections of copper piping from baseboard heating equipment inside the house.
Police had no estimate of the value of the stolen copper.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has directed State of Connecticut flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of State Representative Lawrence G. Miller. The Associated Press is reporting that State Rep Miller, who argued passionately on behalf of Connecticut's place in aviation history, has died at the age of 78. The cause of death has not yet been reported.
Rep Miller, a Republican who was first elected to the legislature in 1990, represented Shelton, Stratford and Trumbull. He has been re-elected every two years since.