A rare Saturday referendum drew a higher than average number of voters to the polls at Newtown Middle School handily passing a referendum by about a 90 percent margin, and authorizing the town to move forward with the state-funded demolition and the rebuilding of Sandy Hook School.
Residents who turned out between 6 am and 8 pm Saturday cast a total of 5,062 ballots - 4,504 in favor versus 558 votes to reject the funding.
With a last-minute reminder to volunteers ready to plant small fruit trees Saturday, October 5, Victory Garden Founder Harvey Pessin asked participants to bring a long handled round faced shovel for planting the trees, and if possible, a metal rake for spreading mulch.
With an early glimpse at the trees which were in town and ready for planting on Friday, October 4, he said, “They’re quite beautiful.”
With local elections just over a month away, Newtown Democrats and Republicans have both been busy sounding a theme of balance to the party faithful and voters.
For Democrats, the advocacy is about restoring balance, while the first of several expected Republican releases focuses on how party incumbents have worked to maintain a balanced agenda over the previous two years — work they say yielded a number of accomplishments on behalf of residents.
DANBURY – A state prison inmate testified at the murder trial of John Heath on October 3 that while they were both incarcerated at the Bridgeport Correctional Center in January, Mr Heath told him that he had killed his wife in 1984 and then hid her remains inside a drainage structure at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.
Mr Heath is being held on bail and maintains his innocence.
Each election season in recent years, The Newtown Bee has presented a live candidates forum in the run-up to local and state elections, as well as detailed coverage and profiles of all candidates for office.
This year the newspaper is hosting a forum that will feature all the incumbents and challengers seeking a seat on the Board of Education. The editorial staff is also preparing detailed profiles of all Democratic and Republican contenders to help residents make informed decisions before elections on November 5.
An estimated 400 people attended the Connecticut Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night fundraising event held from late afternoon into the night on Saturday, September 28, at Fairfield Hills.
Kristen Angell, the LLS Light The Night/special events campaign manager, said September 30 that the organization is well on its way to reaching the $88,000 fundraising goal set for the Fairfield Hills event.
Referendum polls will be open for all registered and qualified voters Saturday, October 5, between 6 am and 8 pm, at Newtown Middle School to appropriate $50 million in state funding to rebuild Sandy Hook School.
Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia-Halstead said mailed in absentee ballots for the referendum will be counted if received by Saturday, October 5. Voters may apply for their own referendum ballots in-person up until 4:30 pm Friday, October 4.