Clear skies and a cool breeze greeted the dozens of residents and students from Newtown Middle School attending the Veterans’ Day ceremony, Monday, November 11, at the VFW Post 308 property on Tinkerfield Road.
Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney tightened his hard hat. He and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve entered a construction site filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, the beginnings of concrete walls, and steel framework outlining what will be a new $4.5 million ambulance garage and facility for corps members. The project is being funded by the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association.
Heather Smith, communications director for Newtown Action Alliance (NAA), has announced that the organization hopes to rally support for a vigil in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the NAA sister organization, Newtown Foundation. The trip to Washington is meant to honor “the wants and needs of the Newtown community, as well as to honor the memories of those lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and across America.”
It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but there was a last detail that remained to be accomplished for Stanley Polcyn, a US Navy veteran who served with distinction in that Southeast Asian conflict.
In November 7 ceremonies held in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, Mr Polcyn received four medals for his service which were due him, but that he had never received.
Grass seed flew as Nelson Lopes pushed a spreader across sloping ground at the Park and Bark dog park site Wednesday, October 30. He worked with other Parks and Recreation Department crew members this week including Jim Tani, John Moore, Tom Pendergast, and John Benvenuti.
Across what will be a lawn area next spring, town crews were at work along the tree line clearing dead brush and trimming evergreens.
Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School.
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started.
Residents who wish to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, to fill out an open-burning permit form. A fee of $5 is required. Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.
“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier.
It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.