HARTFORD — The charitable response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, was immediate, worldwide and exceptionally generous. But challenges emerged for both newly established and existing organizations as they struggled to manage the volume of donations, identify the needs of the community, and coordinate with other organizations.
Debbie Leidlein announced at the school board’s meeting on Monday, June 30, that it would be her final meeting as the board’s chair.
“I’ve had some experiences in my personal life recently that have made it difficult for me to focus 100 percent of my attention to the Board of Education and to being the chair of the Board of Education,” Ms Leidlein announced. “And so, after tonight’s meeting, I will be stepping down as chair at the Board of Education.”
Approximately 100 new laws are poised to take effect in the State of Connecticut today. The new collection includes a temporary moratorium on the storage and disposal of fracking waste, new requirements and Superior Court procedures related to the appointment of guardians ad litem and counsel for minors “in family relations and other matters,” and new limits on information concerning probation officers under the Freedom of Information Act.
In addition, the revised state budget takes effect today.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield officials said Friday that the company needs to raise rates on its individual-market policies by an average of 12.5 percent to account for rising pharmaceutical costs, particularly costly new Hepatitis C drugs.
During a public hearing at the Connecticut Insurance Department, Anthem officials also cited federal fees meant to cover the cost of subsidizing people’s premiums and reduced federal risk protection for insurers as reasons for seeking to raise rates.
UPDATE (Monday, June 30, 1:45 pm): This notice has been updated to reflect that Booth Library will remain closed all weekend, due to planned computer maintenance. Library Director Brenda McKinley expects the library to instead reopen on Monday, July 7.
Tuesday, July 1: This notice has also been updated to reflect the weekend hours for the transfer station.
Fire officials this week voiced concerns about the implications of a proposal to have the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls move about 25 miles from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc at Route 68 in Prospect.
Following a June 19 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members declined to revise the zoning regulations for the M-2A (Industrial) zone located in Hawleyville, as had been requested by the Economic Development Commission (EDC).
The EDC had sought to have the P&Z add three uses to the list of allowed land uses in the M-2A zone — distribution centers, warehouses, and/or wholesale businesses.