Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.
The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.
The annual Fill The Fire Truck Food Drive is just around the corner. Newtown firefighters will be spending time outside two of the town’s markets this weekend, accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry just in time for Thanksgiving.
Members of Hawleyville, Newtown Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook fire companies will be at Big Y, at 6 Queen Street, on Saturday, November 21, from 9 am until 2 pm. Then on Sunday, members of Botsford and Dodgingtown will be outside Stop & Shop at 228 South Main Street, during the same timeframe.
The intricate trusswork of the 308-foot-long Silver Bridge has been repainted, with the span again having a silvery color. Until recently, the bridge had been painted brown. The new paint job is part of an ongoing $4.47 million state renovation of the 1936 bridge, which spans the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, connecting Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury. The bridge, which has carried alternating one-way traffic for the past several months, will soon carry two-way traffic again.
Police report they responded to a call about 4:30 pm on November 11 informing them that that there was an erratic driver traveling in the area near the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills.
Police said they located the vehicle in question at the town’s Park & Bark dog park at 21 Old Farm Road, after which they investigated. Police said they charged motorist Robert Mosessian, 60, of 7 Round Hill Road with driving under the influence.
Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online.
Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in the health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College.
According to the university, the school’s presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of “extraordinary accomplishments and performance.”
Newtown's appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is advising the Board of Selectmen to scrap the more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South to permit the growing police force to expanding into the full town-owned facility — a former tractor sales and service business. Instead committee members are advising officials to move forward with plans to build a new facility, presumably on public land at Fairfield Hills.
Lee Paulsen, left, director of FAITH Food Pantry, recently met with Sandy Hook EMS Captain Karin Halstead, to go over what the pantry needs this year. The food pantry will receive a pre-Thanksgiving boost this weekend when the public responds to the annual request for Fill The Fire Truck.