Following a successful Community Connections gathering at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel just over a year ago where Newtowners and others affected by 12/14 met with dozens of groups and support agency representatives, organizers are planning another event locally for June 11.
Misty Morning Children’s Center, 10 Commerce Road, is collecting for the three Macaroni Kid publishers in Fairfield County’s Diaper Drive, which began on May 15, through June 12. Drop off times are weekdays between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.
According to Macaroni Kid, more than 20 town coordinators between Stamford and Newtown are overseeing the drive. The Macaroni Kid Diaper Drive runs through June 15, but the local collection will conclude on through June 12.
State Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session Wednesday of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion.
With less than an hour until the midnight adjournment deadline, Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney stood to call the question, a move to end debate that is considered the nuclear option in legislative process, to stop a five-hour debate that had morphed into a Republican filibuster to kill the proposed two-year budget.
The Board of Selectmen heard presentations by two key town staffers June 1, detailing a number of comings and goings.
Brief presentations by Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter and Planning Director George Benson revealed a number of new commercial projects going up or being planned for development, as well as buildings that have or will be coming down after being cited under Newtown’s Blight Ordinance.
Anne Scarpa on May 26 thought she saw a dog in her yard from an upstairs window, then realized it was a bear. She and her daughter quickly took pictures as the bear “ate some vegetation, then went through a split rail fence.” She said it went in the direction of Bennetts Bridge. Ms Scarpa described the bear as “very cute and mellow.” She said its movements were slow and it was “doing nothing too destructive.”
Police report they arrested a Sandy Hook man on May 28 on a warrant, charging him with four offenses in connection with a January 26 incident.
Newtown police said they received a call from Milford police informing them that they had in custody Frank Edwards, 53, of 27 Yogananda Street, for whom Newtown police held an arrest warrant. Milford police had stopped Edwards there for an alleged motor vehicle violation.
A facility and enrollment study, presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, recommends closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment.
While Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, cost estimates were also provided for the closure of the middle school.
“This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy,” said Dr Erardi.
Members of the Newtown Police Department and staff members from Garner Correctional Institution are scheduled to participate on Friday, June 5, in the Connecticut Special Olympics Torch Run segment to be held in Newtown.