A wooden tower and series of ramps rose last Wednesday at Dickinson Park, filling the place where FunSpace used to be. The old playground, built in 1989, that had offered a place for recreation until it was closed in early October and razed soon after, is being replaced by another play space.
An aspiring recording artist whose first single is available on iTunes is committing his talents to help lift the spirits of attendees at this year’s Newtown Relay For Life. Gregori Lukas, also an accomplished dancer and actor, has committed to donating all April and May proceeds from the sale of his single, “Stay,” on the iTunes digital music service to benefit this year’s tenth Newtown Relay.
With the endorsement of the Connecticut Senate in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation is one step closer to establishing a permanent animal sanctuary in Newtown.
Provided Governor Dannel Malloy signs off on the action and subsequent administrative reviews and approvals occur, the foundation established in the memory of the young 12/14 victim will receive a conveyance of 34.44 acres of state agricultural property adjacent to Newtown’s animal control facility and newly christened dog park.
Hawley Elementary School teacher Stephanie Dunshee is fighting cancer, and her friend Renee Wilson wants to help. Ms Wilson has established a fundraising effort through her business, Total Performance Sports & Fitness, which is donating 100 percent of proceeds for members and nonmembers who attend certain boot camp workout sessions.
With its brick façade going up, the six-bay garage slab in, and interior drywall giving the structure shape, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association’s new headquarters is moving forward and starting to look like a new building. It is still several months away from completion, however. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve said that mid-August will “hopefully” see the project, which broke ground last July, primarily finished.
The mother of one of the girls killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting says she does not consider the graffiti found on a Sandy Ground playground built in Hartford in March for her daughter to be vandalism.
The message found spray painted May 4 at the Ana Marquez Greene Memorial playground read “Peace to Sandy Hook,” using a peace sign and the numeral 2. The spray-paint message found Sunday and later removed also included a graffiti tag.
Back in 2004, when Dianne deVries established the nonprofit Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Educational Funding (CCJEF), two Fairfield County community leaders were among the first to throw support behind the cause — then-Stamford mayor Dannel Malloy, and former Newtown First Selectman Herb Rosenthal.
After many, many hours of work by Legislative Council Ordinance Chair Ryan Knapp and his colleagues, several information forums on the proposal, and a sparsely attended public hearing, the full council unanimously approved an upgraded senior tax relief program May 7.
Police are seeking to return to its owner a Mercury-brand car key that was found on the side of Poverty Hollow Road, near the Redding town line, on March 30. Police are holding the key for safekeeping. The owner should contact Officer Benjamin Mulhall to claim the key.