Following Board of Selectmen action August 18 to send the town’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to the Board of Finance, Chairman John Kortze has asked First Selectman Pat Llodra, School Superintendent Dr Joseph Erardi, as well as members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education to attend the August 28 finance board meeting.
The Board of Selectmen moved quickly to reorganize Newtown’s Land Use, Planning, and Economic Development functions following the recent departure of Director of Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, who has taken a new job with similar responsibilities in Norwalk.
Town police have received approval for an almost $17,000 grant, and plan to use the money for traffic speed enforcement now through the end of September, and also to acquire some new radar-based speed detection equipment.
Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele said August 15 police received word on August 13 that the state Department of Transportation’s (DOT) High-Risk Rural Roads Speed Enforcement Program has endorsed Newtown receiving the funds.
A “fragile resource” running quietly through town needs protection, especially after past oil spills and a fish poisoning in 2013 diminished its health.
At the end of Old Farm Road below the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard is a section of Deep Brook, designated as Deep Brook Open Space — a strip of land bordering the section of stream that “tries to protect” the waterway said Conservation Commission Chair Ann Astarita.
Is there any town that loves its parade more than Newtown? If the thousands of people who turn out to celebrate the end of summer each year are any indication, the answer is “No,” and Parade Committee members are prepared to present another spectacular affair for 2014.
Preparations for the 53rd Annual Labor Day Parade are right on schedule for the event, said Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell and fellow organizer Robin Buchanan.
HARTFORD (AP) - Teachers felt they were rushed into returning to the classroom following the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the president of the local teachers union said Friday.
Tom Kuroski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, told members of a state commission that some teachers, still struggling with their own emotions, felt ill-prepared to deal with their returning students.