WEST HARTFORD — Hoping to re-energize pro-gun safety efforts on Capitol Hill, President Obama visited Connecticut on Monday, using this state's sweeping new reforms as a catalyst.
The president told an audience of thousands that packed the University of Hartford’s Sports Center that gun safety advocates must speak loudly — and immediately — if substantive federal legislation is to have any chance.
At about 8:17 pm on March 17, motorist William Velez, 17, of Trumbull was driving a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica SUV southward near 96 Great Ring Road, when the vehicle went off the left road shoulder and collided with a garage, heavily damaging the structure, police said.
There were no injuries. Police said they issued Velez a written warning for failure to drive to the right.
In a 2½-hour meeting that took place in Council Chambers at the Newtown Municipal Center, Friday evening, April 5, facilitator Richard Harwood of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation led a group of 27 people representing the Board of Education, Legislative Council, Board of Finance, and the Board of Selectmen — collectively, The Sandy Hook School Building Task Force — through the beginning of what will be a four to five week process to reach consensus for the Board of Education, as to the future of the Sandy Hook Elementary School buildin
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is planning a trip to Connecticut April 8 to step up the pressure on a reluctant Congress to pass gun control legislation.
The president is scheduled to speak at the University of Hartford, a White House official said Tuesday on condition of anonymity since the trip had not yet been officially announced. Families of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 are being invited to attend.
HARTFORD – In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation's most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation's worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Newtown Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season through May 5.
Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.
Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
In anticipation of hiring additional police officers next fiscal year, police officials are starting to plan for the police hiring process, which is a sequence of events required to bring new officers onto the police staff, Police Chief Michael Kehoe told Police Commission members this week.
At an April 2 session, Chief Kehoe said that depending upon how the town’s budgeting process for the 2013-14 fiscal year transpires, the police department may hire three or four additional officers.
In a 9-3 vote April 3, the Legislative Council moved a budget request of $111,149,825 to an April 23 referendum. If approved the budget would increase spending about 4.7 percent over the current year, while generating a 5.24 percent tax increase according to Town Finance Director Robert Tait.
Because of this year’s revaluation, with average property values dropping markedly, an approved budget would bump the current 24.54 mill rate to 33.77. A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in taxable property.