“Just close your eyes and listen,” said Newtown Forest Association President Robert Eckenrode. He stood on an overgrown old farming road beside a stream; its splashing sounds mingled with birdsong and a gentle breeze. Referring to a 1934 aerial photograph of the 27.6-acre parcel at 196 Hattertown Road that the NFA recently purchased, member Bart Smith observed that the area where he and Mr Eckenrode explored Wednesday morning, probably once meadows, remains unchanged.
Representatives of Cos Cob’s Kids in Crisis stood with Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) Executive Director Candice Bohr, second from left, during NYFS’s Annual Meeting, held on Monday, June 24. Kids in Crisis earned NYFS’s H.D. Bassett Award.
The Board of Selectmen is due to take up several capital and wage related transfers Monday night, July 1 at one of two regular summer meetings planned before September.
The two highest profile actions on the agenda are the transfers of $161,579 from the Capital budget line to Contingency. Then a combination of two transfers from contingency will provide wage and benefit bumps totaling $67,477.
Members of the Hurley family crowd around the flagpole in front of Lorraine and Mike Hurley’s South Main Street home, Sunday, June 16, to cut a yellow ribbon, signifying son-in-law Lieutenant Colonel Ben Wallen’s safe return from Iraq. From left are Rusty and Grace Kuehling, Micaela McMurrough and Mike Hurley. Maggie Kuehling reaches for the yellow ribbon, while brother Shawn gets tough.
Imagine an Old Sturbridge Village-like complex complete with a farrier/blacksmith shop, general store with a potbelly stove, farm animals, and several horse barn structures for riding lessons and performances … right here in Newtown.
George Mason is trying to make what he believes will be a $30–$50 million project a reality. He has been doing legwork for months with the purpose of setting up a living tribute to those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings this past December.
Dozens of people gathered at a special reception, Friday afternoon, June 26, to honor departing C.H. Booth Library director Janet Woycik. Hosted by the library Board of Directors, guests included many who have rubbed shoulders with Ms Woycik over the years, including staff, former staff, and town officials. All were there to celebrate Ms Woycik’s three decades plus of dedication, and to send her off knowing how much she was appreciated.
Dr Gerard Brooker, second from right, a retired teacher and former Newtown Board of Education member, was invited to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony on June 13 for the first memorial that will honor teachers and education personnel who died protecting children while on the job.
First Selectman Pat Llodra’s latest post at OneNewtown.org indicates it is time for all residents to move “into a quiet period of rest, recuperation, and healing.”
On Thursday, June 27, Mrs Llodra used her blog to announce that while countless offers have been extended to residents in the days, weeks and months following 12/14, the town has decided that no additional special events will be added to the town’s calendar.