The number of burglaries and larcenies that were reported to town police in 2013 dropped significantly compared to 2012, based on a set of crime/motor vehicle enforcement statistics Police Chief Michael Kehoe presented to the Police Commission this week.
Garner Correctional Institution, the state Department of Correction’s (DOC) high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road, which opened in 1992, now has its sixth warden, a man who served as a deputy warden there before being promoted late last year.
Henry Falcone, 51, who grew up in Bridgeport, is the new warden. Warden Falcone became a captain when he was assigned to Garner in 2006. He then became a deputy warden there in 2011.
Earlier in his career, he had worked at the Bridgeport Correctional Center.
Final preparations were under way at the C.H. Booth Library this week, as staff worked long hours to prepare for the reopening of the library, Saturday, March 8, at 9:30 am. The library has been closed since flooding from broken sprinkler pipes caused extensive damage the afternoon of Saturday, January 4.
Interim School Superintendent John Reed knows there is a natural tendency for residents to believe rapidly declining local school enrollment in recent years translates into expectations of downtrending across all aspects of local school district operations.
But in the months prior to the Sandy Hook tragedy, and especially in the months since 12/14, Dr Reed has been seeing an alarming increase in crisis interventions within the district, as well as referrals to an emergency mobile psychiatric team for all Newtown youths age 18 and under.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to include Ben’s Bells Newtown and The Resiliency Center of Newtown, which will also benefit from Fairfield County Giving Day. The story has also been updated to indicate the correct number of Newtown-based groups that will benefit from the 24 hours of online donations.
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Every hour of March 7 could prove to be beneficial for area non-profits.
On Wednesday, March 5, Facebook announced a “series of new educational and enforcement efforts for people discussing the private sale of regulated items.” Offers posted on Facebook that indicate a “willingness to evade or help others evade the law, including private sellers of firearms in the US specifying ‘no background check required’” will be prohibited.
Newtown Permanent Memorial Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy and members of the commission met Thursday evening, February 27, with Joe Daniels, president and CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and 9/11 Memorial Project Manager Abigail Mullins for what Mr Lyddy called a continuation of the information gathering process.
At about 7:38 am on February 19, motorist Ian McIntyre, 52, of 76 Marlin Road, who was driving a 1998 Toyota 4-Runner SUV, stopped for traffic during heavy traffic conditions on westbound Interstate 84 near Exit 10 and was then struck from behind by motorist Lawrence Arpino, 67, of Torrington, who was driving a 2009 Nissan Maxima sedan, state police said.
There were no injuries. Enforcement information was not available.
Newtown residents and visitors to Sandy Hook have undoubtedly noticed recent improvements in the business district. Phase II of the new streetscape, with sidewalks, pedestrian-oriented lighting and amenities, was recently completed, enhancing the visual impression and creating a more enjoyable and walkable environment.