The Board of Education voted at its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, to direct its chair to look into hiring an investigator following an announcement by board Secretary Kathy Hamilton that she had shared a text message of a digital conversation by the board months ago.
The topic of the text message and an e-mail, both of which the board has referred to as “leaked communications,” have been discussed at multiple meetings in recent weeks.
Nearly two-thirds of the residents who took the a survey concerned a possible Newtown Community Center in September and October were women, and at least 50 percent of respondents were between ages 40 to 55 years old, according to a recent release.
For the first time in memory, the Newtown Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to make a referral to the local Board of Ethics after meeting in closed session garding what was described on their agenda as: “Attorney-Client privileged communication and discussion of employer rights and responsibilities regarding employee non-work related behaviors.” The closed session preceded the board's open meeting on Monday, November 2.
Members of the Newtown Commission on Aging (COA) will be available to help senior residents enroll in CodeRED, Newtown’s emergency alert system, this month.
COA members will be at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, each Monday for the rest of November starting at 3 pm. The CodeRED system sends phone or e-mail messages to inform residents about emergencies.
Police report an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and the Main Street flagpole.
Police said that trucker John Henry, 47, of Rolling Meadows, Del., was driving a tractor-trailer truck westward on Church Hill Road at about 11:54 am on October 13 and then attempted to make a left turn onto southbound Main Street, but in doing so the truck’s trailer struck the flagpole.
C.H. Booth Library’s driveway for handicapped drivers and guests is being repaved.
Work on the project began late last week, and was expected to be completed by late afternoon Tuesday, November 3.
Unexpected delays are slowing the project, however. Library Director Brenda McKinley announced on November 3 that the repaving is now expected to continue for another week and a half, until Friday, November 13.
Despite spectacular Indian Summer weather, less than one-third of Newtown's 16,597 registered voters had turned out to endorse a full slate of local elected officials as Newtown's polling locations closed at 8 pm on November 3.
And when all the ballots were counted, local Democrats who campaigned on a platform of balancing out party affiliations on a number of boards and commissions were ultimately successful. A close race in Legislative Council District 2 forced a recount which resolved Thursday, November 5 in favor of the declared winner.
Readers are invited to get to know each candidate running for office on the local ballot this year by accessing The Newtown Bee’s candidate profiles, available online here. Letters of endorsement can be reviewed at under the Opinions tab on The Bee's website.