After social networks posts exploded with concerns, unhappy fans and those comparing Newtown to the fictional community in the movie Footloose, where dancing is illegal, a Newtown Police Supervisor told The Bee this week that “Dancing Traffic Agent” Kathy Ballwig Holick will “bop and weave” again.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on May 18 announced that the State of Connecticut has been awarded a $7 million federal grant to improve access to care for people seeking drug and alcohol treatment in the state.
In anticipation of Flag Day, State Reps. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Dan Carter (R-2), J.P. Sredzinski (R-112) and state Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) are helping Newtown residents dispose of their worn American flags in a dignified and respectful way.
The US Flag Code specifies that old American flags no longer in service must be properly disposed, and the lawmakers are offering this service free of charge, in conjunction with VFW Post #308.
Unassembled new balcony theater seating sat waiting in an upper lobby at the Edmond Town Hall Wednesday, May 13. There for its delivery that morning was Board of Managers Chairman Jim Juliano, who noted the many parts that would require assembly. Moving those parts that will soon add up to 158 new seats for the balcony was building staff member Joe Collins, who will put them together.
13-year-old Ethan Hanna carries a box of American flags, ready to visit Zoar Cemetery and decorate the graves of veterans there. Ethan was one of many volunteers placing flags on veterans’ gravesites, Thursday afternoon, May 14.
A nature walk and educational tour of the future site of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary was held on Saturday, May 9.
The event was open to the public and the tour was led by Andrew Mangold, a forest gardener and permaculture expert.
The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is the effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, dedicated to the memory of Catherine Hubbard, who was killed on 12/14. Construction on the animal sanctuary is set to begin in 2016.
From May 18 to May 31, town police will heighten their enforcement of seatbelt use by motorists as part of a state and national enforcement project known as “Click It or Ticket — Day & Night.”
Newtown, Redding, Bethel, and Brookfield police will join forces during the project, conducting heavy enforcement in each of those four towns. The four-town team of police will be in Newtown to hold three separate four-hour enforcement projects during the Click-It or Ticket campaign.
Police said that while near Walgreens Pharmacy at 49 South Main Street about 6 pm on Saturday, May 9, a police officer noticed what he considered to be suspicious activity outside, resulting in the arrest of three people in connection with an incident in which $1,200 of counterfeit money was allegedly used to make purchases inside the store.
BRIDGEPORT — A Wallingford man has pleaded guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court to two criminal charges stemming from his having placed multiple telephone calls on April 7 to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Fan Hill Road in Monroe. In those calls, the man claimed that events of 12/14 had been fabricated.
In Bridgeport Superior Court on May 6, Timothy Rogalski, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree harassment and to one count of second-degree breach of peace.
HARTFORD — A former Newtown police sergeant and a former town emergency communications dispatcher have pleaded not guilty to all federal drug charges against them, which allege that they were part of an anabolic steroids drug trafficking ring with others.
Former sergeant Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, and former civilian dispatcher Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport pleaded not guilty at their arraignment before US Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez on May 14 at US District Court in Hartford.