On January 1, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead became Newtown’s first veterans contact specialist. The state-mandated position is charged with being a single point of contact and referral for any or all veterans issues at the local level.
Ms Aurelia Halstead was the appointee to that position serving veterans living in Newtown. She was recently informed of a new and successful job program specifically for younger veterans who have been most challenged in finding permanent full-time employment.
First Selectman Pat Llodra, in coordination with Newtown’s Health District and local emergency management officials, announced that residents who may require a place to warm up over the course of the coming days can do so at two locations in town.
The opening session of the Board of Selectmen’s 2013-14 budget deliberations were as much an analysis of municipal spending over the past seven years as it was a review of anticipated spending for the upcoming fiscal cycle.
State police report that motorist Alvaro Alberto, 22, of New Milford was driving a 2006 Nissan Sentra eastward on Interstate 84 in the area between the Exit 10 off-ramp and on-ramp, when he lost control of the auto on the icy pavement, spun out, and then struck the median guardrail.
Alberto was not injured. Enforcement information was not available.
New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) announced on January 21 that The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by 12/14, will be an official Charity Partner of the New York City Half Marathon, taking place on March 16.
Evergreen tree plantings intended to improve aesthetics will now be included as part of an ongoing Interstate 84 dual-bridge replacement project in the Sandy Hook section.
State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) in a statement on January 22 said that “noise mitigation” and a permanent safety barrier will be part of the project where I-84 crosses over Center Street in the Riverside section.