Standing outside the local referendum voting place April 23 promoting the BLAST program to help protect residents from tick bites and the possible association with tickborne illnesses, Health District Director Donna Culbert was approached by several residents who had already been bitten by ticks this year.
Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) is participating in the 6th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event by providing free sight-saving eye exams to qualified service dogs in May. To sign up, service animal owners and handlers must register online at www.ACVOeyeexam.orgbefore April 30.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twelve years ago, Zillah High School in Washington state had no engineering classes. The science curriculum was lagging behind, and students had to go off campus to take technology classes.
Jeff Charbonneau, who returned to his hometown 11 years ago to teach at Zillah High, was determined to change that. And he did. Science enrollment is way up. Kids are graduating with college-level science credits. The school expects to have to hire more teachers now to meet the demand.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has announced the opening of the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program, a fund set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14.
Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program provides grants to families in Newtown that need financial assistance for their family member living with autism. The Flutie Foundation anticipates offering two grant cycles per year through Joey’s Fund with plans to expand the geographic focus in future grant cycles.
Polling is open in Newtown Middle School’s gym, 11 Queen Street, from 6 am to 8 pm today, April 23, for qualified residents and property owners to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request.
The referendum marks the first time budget voters can extend approval or denial to the town and school proposals separately. A charter revision splitting, or bifurcating, the budget ballot was approved in 2012 and is now in effect.
With just under 4,500 of the town’s eligible voters casting ballots Tuesday, the first split town budget referendum failed on both sides. But most voters also took the time to express through ballot questions that the amounts tendered for next year’s spending plans were too high.
On the town side of the ballot, 2,207 endorsed the request with 2,273 voting No – a difference of 66. And on the school district side, 1,994 voted for the budget but 2,476 rejected it.
What happened to the trees at Treadwell Park? Nineteen of the existing locust trees have been removed, “much to the shock of many who visited [Monday, April 15],” said Parks Superintendent Carl Samuelson. After hearing concerns that the trees were “gone forever,” he said, “It is really the start of a better solution,” adding, “We are putting back more [trees] than we took down.”