One of the graphics Newtown’s recently hired technology director Al Miles projected during a February 24 Board of Finance meeting illustrated why he was advocating for the quick hire of an additional full-time staffer for his department.
In the months before Mr Miles was hired to replace departing IT boss Scott Sharlow, the backlog of work began accumulating and overwhelming the remaining, single full-timer left on staff to support and maintain the 500 computer devices Newtown’s government and public safety departments depend upon.
The Newtown-based National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms industry, announced that 1,000 manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunter safety instructors, and conservation groups have joined in promoting Project ChildSafe, a national program to encourage responsible firearms ownership and provide safety materials to all gun owners.
The extended period of extremely cold weather is believed to have caused several water main breaks in town, the most recent one occurring this week on Church Hill Road, just east of its intersection with Wendover Road.
Police received a report on that water leakage about 7 am on Wednesday, February, 25.
Peter Fazekas, spokesman for Aquarion Water Company, said that frost has penetrated the ground to a depth of 42 inches, reflecting frigid subterranean conditions which can result in buried water lines failing.
A 40-minute drug sweep at Newtown High School the morning of February 27 resulted in the arrest of three students and the issuing of an infraction to a fourth, according to a press release from Newtown Police Department.
Following detailed review during the past several months, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have conditionally approved The Preserve at Newtown, a planned 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown.
Notably, about half of the subdivision site would be preserved as undeveloped open space land which will be open to the public and reserved for low-intensity passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study.
MIDDLETOWN — Newtown officials offered constructive comments along with members of the local legislative delegation at a public hearing in Middletown Tuesday, February 24, urging lawmakers in Hartford to grant municipalities relief from having to hire workers under a nearly quarter-century-old threshold that mandates prevailing wage consideration on most large municipal or state subsidized construction projects.
The late Judith Beaudreau, a very active registrar of voters from Vernon and longtime mentor of Newtown’s Democratic Registrar LeReine Frampton, often referred to those local elected officials as the “gatekeepers to democracy.” But those Democratic and Republican gatekeepers may be losing their posts if a new election reform measure from Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is successful.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., in partnership with the district’s PTA presidents, is set to hold a community forum, “An All-School Parent Conversation Focused On Teaching, Learning, and the Proposed 2015-16 Spending Plan,” on Tuesday, March 10. The one-hour event, starting at 7:30 pm, will take place in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School, 12 Berkshire Road.
The meeting is co-sponsored by the PTA Leadership Council, which includes all Newtown Schools.
There are so many medical and health care-related projects planned for, or already operating, along Mt Pleasant Road just east of the Bethel town line that Newtown’s Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter has nicknamed the stretch “Medical Mile.”