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  • Newtown Prevention Council Focusing On Resiliency

    At the Newtown Prevention Council meeting on Thursday, March 19, members reviewed a workshop conducted in January and worked on ways to continue its efforts to foster a resilient community.

    Prevention Council Vice Chair Donna Culbert said the January event involved 75 people gathering to work on the effort, “and there was a lot of really thoughtful discussion and a lot of concrete suggestions and ideas that were shared.”

  • Public Works Covers $205K In Winter Storm Shortfalls Internally

    The Board of Finance was expected to approve $205,000 in internal Highway Department transfers at its March 26 regular meeting. 

    But Town Finance Director Robert Tait said beforehand that such transfers are routine, particularly when the funds come from other lines within the same department.

  • HealthVest Makes Bid To Build Behavioral Health Facility At Fairfield Hills

    Psychiatric hospital developers have submitted a formal letter of intent (LOI) for a land lease to establish a roughly 100-bed facility at Fairfield Hills, which the campus authority members moved to accept Monday.

    Speaking with the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) this week was CBRE First Vice President Randy Eigen, who introduced himself as the real estate broker representing Richard Kresch, MD. Dr Kresch is the CEO of US HealthVest, a behavioral health care venture.

  • Mulholland Elected To Second Term As P&Z Chairman

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)  held its annual election of officers on March 19, naming Republican Robert Mulholland of Sandy Hook to a second one-year term as the agency’s chairman.

    Mr Mulholland had served as the panel’s vice chairman before first becoming its chairman more than a year ago.

    Named to a second one-year term as vice chairman was Republican Michael Porco, Sr.

  • Lanza House Demolished By Town

    The former home of Nancy Lanza and her son Adam was demolished on March 23. By about 9:45 am on Monday, the house had disappeared and a large excavator was loading the demolition debris into dumpsters positioned on an earthen terrace at the Yogananda Street site.

    The house was the initial crime scene where Adam Lanza shot his mother in the tragic series of events that ultimately led to the deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • Council Committees Begin Budget Meetings Monday; Hearing Set For Wednesday

    Although Legislative Council committees are not permitted to deliberate actions on the proposed 2015-16 budget request until after a planned Public Hearing Wednesday, March 25, two of those three committees are planning to meet beforehand to begin collecting data.

  • A Snowy Start To Spring

    This photo, taken at 6:45 Friday evening in Sandy Hook — at the time of the Spring Equinox 2015 — shows accumulating snow in place of ground that had begun making an appearance as winter came to an end. By Saturday morning, Newtown had 4-5 inches of fresh snow on the ground. 

  • Advocacy Group Releases New School Budget Fact Sheet

    The Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG) has released an updated budget fact sheet to share information about the proposed 2015-16 school budget.

    The fact sheet was prepared by NEAG in collaboration with the school district’s Central Office, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and with Newtown’s PTAs and its PTSA.

  • Utah Shooting Survivor Brings Message Of Appreciation, Awareness, And Celebration

    Standing, from left, Kait Hinckley Wood and Scott Hinckley, and seated, Carolyn Tuft, all of Salt Lake City, Utah, and NAA President Po Murray listen to a guest speak at a private luncheon held Monday, March 16. Ms Tuft, a survivor of a 2007 shooting in which her 15-year-old daughter was killed, and Ms Wood and Mr Hinckley, two of her three surviving children, are guests of Newtown residents Nicole and Richard Friedrich.       

  • Developer Proposes 74-Unit Housing Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is reviewing a request for sanitary sewer service at an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, where a local developer/builder proposes the construction of a 74-unit apartment complex known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village.

    WSA members agreed on March 12 that the sewering proposal would be the subject of a WSA public hearing on April 1.