With the snip of an oversized pair of shears, a group of about a dozen local and state officials, supporters, and local school staffers celebrated the opening of a new and independent health center at Newtown Middle School March 13.
HARTFORD — Freshman State Senator Tony Hwang, who represents Newtown, understands the long-term effects the Sandy Hook tragedy will have on the community.
Among his strongest initiatives in Hartford so far this first session is trying to ensure that posttraumatic fallout from 12/14 is not continually exacerbated by individuals who initiate threats resulting in lock-ins, evacuations, and other disruptive reactions at local schools, as well as in other school districts across the state.
The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.
After hearing from one member of the public who spoke in support of the school district budget, the Board of Finance on March 12 unanimously recommended a 2015-16 budget proposal of $111,730,513 to the Legislative Council, representing a 0.6 percent increase over the current year.
Finance Board Chairman John Kortze subsequently presented those recommendations to the council on March 18.
A partnership between C.H. Booth Library and Newtown Public Schools will offer library cards for all kindergarteners entering the district next school year.
“I’m really pleased with the partnership and the willingness from the Booth Library pertaining to Newtown Public Schools, particularly with the early childhood initiative,” said Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.
As officials prepare to move into the final stages of finalizing the 2016 budget proposal, selectmen on March 16 were forced to amend the current year spending plan by nearly $300,000 to accommodate the materials and overtime costs required to keep Newtown’s roads clear and safe this winter.
Police report a two-vehicle accident about 1:21 am on March 16 on Hattertown Road in Hattertown Center.
Police said motorist Victor Bazikov, 51, of Danbury, who was driving a 2011 Cadillac Escalade SUV, parked in the northbound lane of Hattertown Road and then exited the vehicle, leaving its driver’s door open such that the door extended over the southbound travel lane.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on March 17 announced that he is selecting Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson to serve as the state’s Under Secretary for Intergovernmental Policy, a position that will be responsible for the streamlining the delivery of targeted state investments into urban communities and regions in order to maximize their output and extend those improvements across surrounding areas.