After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of a Newtown Board of Education employee, saw a picture circulating from Karachi, Pakistan, with children lighting candles next to a sign that read, “Connecticut school killing, [we] feel [your] pain as [you] would feel our pain.” So when she learned about the devastating school attack in Peshawar last week, Ms Vaughn quietly organized a candlelight vigil that featured messages in Urdu translated onto posters by a Pakistani acquaintance.
As shoppers, travelers, and commuters passed by or parked overhead during the rainy Christmas holiday, storm water infused with surplus pesticides left over on lawns mixed with sand and ice melt chemicals, as well as liquids from those passing or parked vehicles, and slowly seeped into the ground below.
All town offices and agencies will be closed from noon on Wednesday, December 24, until 8 am on Friday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday. The following week, offices will close at noon on Wednesday, December 31, and remain closed until 8 am Friday, January 2, for New Year’s.
The transfer station at the former landfill on Ethan Allen Road will be closing at 11 am on Wednesdays, December 24 and December 31. It will be closed on Thursdays, December 25 and January 1.
HARTFORD — State Senator-elect Tony Hwang, along with Representatives Mitch Bolinsky (R-106), Dan Carter (R-2), and State Representative-elect J.P. Sredzinski (R-112), were given their respective committee assignments for the next two years.
Rep Bolinsky was tapped to head the Republican caucus on the legislature’s Aging Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over of all legislative matters relating to senior citizens in Connecticut.
Geralyn Hoerauf, consultant to Newtown’s Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee, reviewed the panel’s plans for the coming weeks and months during her monthly reporting to the Board of Selectmen December 15.
The committee, consisting of residents Bill Brimmer, Walt Motyka, Jay Maher, Paul Lundquist, Jim Filan, Scott Cicciari, Mike Marinaccio, Michelle Ku, Kathy Hamilton, and Rebekah Harriman, has met once since Ms Hoerauf’s last report to selectmen in mid-November.
Although the Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) last week unanimously approved Newtown Hook & Ladder’s proposal to build a firehouse at 12 Church Hill Road without a traffic study having been performed, the Police Commission this week, in its role as the local traffic authority, told the volunteer fire company that it wants a traffic study done before it would review and make a recommendation on th
The Legislative Council heard from police and land use officials during its December 3 meeting, as the one-year mark passed on implementing local firearms and blight ordinances.
Newtown Police Captain Joe Rios and Director of Planning George Benson each spent a few minutes reporting to the council on how the ordinances are working, and responding to whether either or both ordinances need further refining by council members.
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has rejected, without prejudice, a developer’s application for preliminary approval to extend municipal sanitary sewer lines to serve a currently undeveloped 35-acre property near Exit 10 of Interstate 84, where the developer wants to construct a high-density, multifamily housing complex which has an “affordable housing” component.
HARTFORD—Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by State Department of Education (SDE) Commissioner Stefan Pryor and Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) Commissioner Catherine Smith, today announced the recipients of a new Arts in Education grant program designed to strengthen arts instruction by facilitating partnerships between schools and artists and arts organizations.
Governor Malloy announced the grant program, making a total of $250,000 available with individual awards up to a maximum of $50,000, in August.