HARTFORD (AP) — Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed on 12/14 said Friday.
“Since almost the beginning I had an intuitive awareness that had the shooter in our case had access to social and emotional learning this tragedy would not have happened,” Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, said at a July 17 news conference with Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Following discussion and deliberation a week earlier by the Legislative Council’s Ordinance Committee, Chairman Ryan Knapp recommended July 15 that the full council suspend any plans to modify the town’s relatively new Firearms Ordinance.
SOUTHBURY — An off-duty Newtown police officer was involved in a one-car accident on Main Street South early on the morning of July 11.
Southbury police said that Michael McGowan, 42, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry sedan eastward on Main Street South, west of its intersection with Hollow Swamp Road, when he fell asleep at the wheel at about 12:39 am.
The Board of Finance on July 13 approved spending a $2.6 million state grant to complete a Toddy Hill Road bridge replacement and re-engineering of the intersection at Berkshire Road (Route 34). While that project is expected to ease weekday morning and afternoon gridlock in the area, the Toddy Hill Road work is among the preliminary, peripheral projects tied to a planned reconfiguration of Route 84’s Exit 11 interchange, according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.
In this July 15 view, which looks southward on Queen Street from its intersection with Glover Avenue, workers for Aquarion Water Company are seen using a roller, loader, excavator, and dump truck for a water pipe replacement project. In the coming weeks, the workers will be replacing sections of outdated pipe on Queen Street. During the construction, certain sections of Queen Street lying between its intersections with Glover Avenue and Mile Hill Road will be closed to through-traffic with detours provided for motorists.
Town police have received approval for a $23,800 grant from the state, with that money to be used for police overtime pay for speed enforcement and for the acquisition of speed-detection radar equipment.
Notably, according to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest rate of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
Current openings exist on:
*The Conservation Commission, with one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.
Newtown is slated to receive a $150,000 grant for investigation of the 30-acre former Batchelder site at 44 and 46a Swamp Road. The former industrial site is rife with a variety of environmental contaminants caused by past industrial activity and resulting contamination.