Paul Bastiaanse and Dan Hern of Valley Restoration in Torrington were above it all, Tuesday morning, April 16, as they repaired the stem and set a new gilded ball in place on the flagpole.
The gilded ball that formerly topped the flagpole was lost last August when a truck hit the pole, knocking the ball off its post. Despite a search in the area at that time, the 16-inch diameter ornament was never recovered.
Renovations to the flagpole are usually funded by efforts of retired Newtown Police lieutenant David Lydem.
What was supposed to be an avenue for Newtown runners to help in the healing process following the tragic events of 12/14, their participation in the Boston Marathon on April 15 turned out to open up even more wounds. At the same time, however, just as Newtown community members have come together to make something positive out of a negative circumstance before, they plan to do it again.
The annual Earth Day cleanup at Newtown Forest Association’s Nettleton Preserve will take place on Saturday, April 20. Residents, Scouts, and friends of the environment who wish to volunteer their time should meet at Old Castle Hill Drive off of Castle Hill Road at 9:30 am.
In response to the tragic events in Boston on April 15, the Town of Newtown is providing a space for the community to have an opportunity to gather for support, guidance, or simply to be with one another, Health District Director Donna Culbert has announced.
The Newtown Police Department and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled a prescription drug take-back session for 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, April 27, at Newtown Police Station, 3 Main Street.
The session will allow members of the public to properly dispose of unwanted prescription medications. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked, police said in a statement.
Newtown police this year will continue their longstanding affiliation with the Special Olympics of Connecticut (SOCT), participating in events designed to raise funds and also to raise public awareness of the Special Olympics movement.
Police Patrol Officer William Chapman will be leading a team in the annual “Ride For The Flame” event in which participants will bicycle 100, 50, or 25 miles along the Connecticut shoreline in June.
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South report the following fire calls and the responders:
Thursday, April 4: 5:27 pm, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Edmond Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 8:26 pm, wires down, near intersection of Washington Avenue and Pearl Street, Sandy Hook responded.
Francine Wheeler gave the Weekly Address from The White House on Saturday, April 13, one day before the four-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook shootings.
“Hi,” she began. “As you’ve probably noticed, I’m not the President. I’m just a citizen. And as a citizen, I’m here at the White House today because I want to make a difference and I hope you will join me.
“Dumbfounded” was the word that spilled from Sandy Hook resident Aimee Tabor’s lips, following a 2½-hour presentation to the members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force responsible for presenting a recommendation to the Board of Education as to the future of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ms Tabor was the first of several residents present to come to the microphone, at the Friday evening, April 12 meeting, the second in a series of four scheduled Task Force meetings.