DANBURY — The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers.
Dr Chris Kukk, founder of the Center and a professor of Political Science at WCSU, said organizers regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.
Following a public hearing on a proposal to greatly expand the Rand-Whitney Container factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road, P&Z members on September 17 conditionally approved the project for the 18.7-acre site.
P&Z members agreed that the plans to increase the factory’s size from 127,500 square feet to 308,000 square feet meet the standards and criteria for site development plan approval.
Newtown taxpayers and residents are encouraged to submit questions they may have about local financial practices, capital spending, bonding, town pensions, the looming “Cadillac Tax,” taxation or any other issues that involve the consultation or directive of the Board of Finance.
Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.
When former resident Colonel Robert Morris, Jr (Ret), returned to Newtown recently, he met Frank Colacurcio at VFW Post 308. The two subsequently met at the former home of Col Morris’s father, the late Robert C. Morris, Sr, where Mr Colacurcio noticed statues of soldiers — concrete stone men in military uniform, arms raised in salute. Col Morris and his father are both veterans. The men then had the idea that similar statues would be a good addition at the VFW.
Townspeople would love to see an expanded Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, said Jim Shortt, whose farmstand is one of the anchors there. Other markets in the state offer more variety and cater to the desires of today’s shopper, he said, with selections of jams, jellies, baked goods, wines, oils, prepared foods, and sandwiches.
But why Newtown’s market offers such a limited selection is complicated, both town officials and local farmers agree.
For every bottle of prescription drugs local police collect during a special Drug Take-Back promotion on September 26, and all the drugs collected year-round through a local secure dispensing site at police headquarters, Newtown’s drinking water potentially becomes a little bit safer.
A proposal to convert a South Main Street (State Route 25) site from its R-1 (residential) zoning designation to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zoning designation, with the goal of constructing a 19,097-square-foot store and adjacent outdoor sales area there, has drawn stiff opposition from some nearby property owners.