Raising glasses in a champagne toast on Friday, October 4, officials and residents seated along a decorative stone wall and standing on a new stamped concrete walkway on the corner of Riverside Road and Washington Avenue cheered as antique-style lampposts suddenly lit.
Flipping a switch in a circuit box across from the intersection, First Selectman Pat Llodra watched the lamps light, then quickly returned to the crowd for a sip of champagne. Friday celebrated the completion of Phase II streetscape in Sandy Hook Center.
DANBURY – A man who was incarcerated in the Bridgeport Correctional Center with accused murderer John Heath told a 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on October 8 that Mr Heath, 70, in January had matter-of-factly told him that he had murdered his wife Elizabeth, 32, in April 1984 at their Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.
Craig Rosenoch, 40, was the second person to have testified in court that Mr Heath had admitted to killing his wife.
DANBURY – The defense attorney for John Heath, 70, the Bridgewater man who is accused of murder in the 1984 death of his wife Elizabeth, 32, challenged the thoroughness of the Newtown police investigation that was conducted after John Heath reported to police that his wife was missing.
At about 11:45 am on Monday, a “lock-in” security condition was lifted at both the Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School campuses in response to a police emergency that occurred on Jo-Mar Drive in Sandy Hook.
Interim School Superintendent John Reed said the lock-in had followed a request from police to do so.
A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School.
Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding.
With a last-minute reminder to volunteers ready to plant small fruit trees Saturday, October 5, Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin asked participants to bring a long handled round faced shovel for planting the trees, and if possible, a metal rake for spreading mulch.
With an early glimpse at the trees which were in town and ready for planting on Friday, October 4, he said, “They’re quite beautiful.”