WASHINGTON, DC – On December 12, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and U.S. Representative Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) announced a $775,914 grant from the US Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to victims and their families, first responders, and members of the Newtown community in the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
From festooned fire trucks and the “Mini Rockettes” from Dance Etc, to fresh-baked fire truck-shaped cookies and special guests Mr and Mrs Claus, the annual Hawleyville holiday tree lighting December 7 was packed with fun and festivities befitting the season.
All the merchants at 23 Barnabas Road pitched in with refreshments, but Donna Ball’s (pictured with Hawleyville Captain Bill McAllister) custom-baked fire truck cookies seemed to be the big hit of the event.
A group of Walnut Tree Hill Road residents is monitoring the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) efforts to create a new zoning designation for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.
The group is paying close attention since one of the two local sites now being eyed by developers for such growth is land lying between Walnut Tree Hill Road and Interstate 84.
Police report an accident about 6:40 pm on December 5 at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street.
In the incident, motorist Deborah Johnston, 56, of Fairfield was driving a 2008 Nissan Versa sedan southward on Main Street and approaching the flagpole, as motorist Mary Malin, 17, of 76 Great Hill Road was driving a 2004 Dodge Stratus westward on Church Hill Road, police said.
On behalf of the Ram Pasture Christmas Tree Lighting Committee, member Diana Johnson, on Monday, December 8, issued “sincere apologies to the whole town” for the abject failure of a new lighting option in the luminarias provided by the Chamber of Commerce and placed down Main Street, adjacent streets, and around Hawley Pond, a traditional prelude to the annual tree lighting.
HARTFORD — Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, of El Hatillo, Venezuela, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on December 11 in federal court to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown shortly after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy in December 2012.
HARTFORD — Court documents indicate that the parents of several of the children killed on 12/14 intend to file wrongful death lawsuits.
Probate court records show that parents of 11 of the 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have created estates for their children, which would be required to file lawsuits on their behalf. The documents do not say who they intend to sue.