A wandering peacock chose a beautiful late afternoon to walk into a backyard on Shepard Hill Road Thursday, July 24.
Looking outside that evening, Lex Nalley said, “I first thought it was a turkey. My cat Cinder went after it, and once it flew up and landed, I realized it was no turkey, and the next morning it was back.”
The first of at least two public hearings being conducted by Newtown’s newly seated Charter Revision Commission (CRC) only took about 12 minutes, but it provided two residents an opportunity to air ideas on changes they would like to see to the community’s constitutional document.
Commissioners Kevin Burns, Eric Paradis, Dan Wiedemann, Deborra Zukowski, Tom Long, James Ritchie, Chairman Jeff Capeci, and Vice Chair Robert Hall were in attendance for the July 28 hearing, which subsequently adjourned into a brief planning meeting.
A two-vehicle accident occurred at the four-way traffic signal that controls traffic flow at the intersection of Queen Street and the commercial driveways at 5 and 6 Queen Street at about 12:39 pm on July 22.
The collision involved motorist Louis Fico, 83, of 17 Bonnie Brae Drive, who was driving a 2005 Honda Accord sedan, and motorist Adam Schankman, 22, of 53 Mt Nebo Road, who was driving a 2001 Audi A-6 sedan, according to police.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.
Current openings exist on:
*The Conservation Commission has a vacant positions available to a Republican or unaffiliated voter.
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August.
IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on Wednesday, August 27. IWC hearings typically are held at 7:30 pm at the Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.
Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away.
A teacher who helped save the lives of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 has a book deal.
G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday, July 29, that Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.