HARTFORD — A private charitable fund created to help pay for the mental health care of first responders, teachers and other workers affected by the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school falls short of what is needed to help those with long-term problems, including one police officer who cannot return to work, a union lawyer says.
Police report they arrested two alleged burglars inside Cochran House at Fairfield Hills early on the morning of Monday, October 28, after receiving a call informing them that light and noise were emanating from the third-floor of the massive masonry building.
Police said they charged Paul Longo, 28, of New Haven, and Dale Hanley, 28, of Northford each with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal mischief.
A couple hours into the weekend collection hours for this year’s Great Pumpkin Challenge, pumpkins were already arriving at 14 Main Street, where the entire collection will be displayed on Halloween.
This is the third year Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page has challenged residents to carve a pumpkin, drop it off for display at her home at 14 Main Street, and offer a suggested donation of $5.
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members last week unanimously approved the wetlands/watercourses protection aspects of a proposed 42-lot cluster-style residential subdivision on a 158-acre site in Sandy Hook.
The project would be the largest residential subdivision locally in more than a decade.
As many have heard, another school shooting took place on October 21, this time at a middle school in Sparks, Nev. A 12-year old student wounded two fellow students and killed a teacher before taking his own life. The eighth grade math teacher, Michael Landsberry, was a former Marine and an Air National Guard Master Sergeant. He reportedly tried to shield students from the young shooter.
Town Attorney David Grogins has released his formal opinion on a relatively recent charter revision stirring up controversy a few days ahead of local elections. And two Democratic Board of Education candidates caught up in the issue also weighed in on the prospect of pursuing legal action if they do not each win seats under the “bare majority” rule currently in question.
(See NewtownBee.com for a link to the full text of the town attorney’s opinion.)
With half the playground at Dickinson Park razed behind them, and a sign displaying the future playscape nearby, a small gathering of officials and playground supporters held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new playground at Dickinson Memorial Park on Tuesday, October 22. Construction will begin as soon as the old play area is removed. Recreation crews began disassembling Funspace earlier this month.
Robert Mitchell, chairman of the Newtown Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC), said his panel heard and discussed new information regarding the ongoing remediation and demolition plans for Sandy Hook School during a meeting held on October 22. Speaking to The Newtown Bee following the meeting, Mr Mitchell said preliminary demolition was set to commence on Thursday, October 24.