The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational session on its project to create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. DOT officials will be available to discuss the project with the public starting at 6:30 pm. A DOT presentation on its plans to improve traffic flow in the Church Hill/Commerce/Edmond area is slated to start at 7 pm.
Following an hourlong briefing by members of the Sandy Hook School Design Team on July 8, members of the Public Building and Site Commission unanimously approved accepting construction plans and cost estimates, and voted to forward those documents to the state for final approval.
The PBSC is serving as the School Building Committee on behalf of the town.
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) this week conducted a public hearing on the wetlands protection aspects of the town’s proposal to construct a new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive to replace the school that the town demolished last year, following the December 2012 massacre there.
The July 9 hearing was sparsely attended, drawing four members of the public. None of those four people had any comments or questions on the construction proposal.
Editor's Note: Water quality tests following heavy rains earlier this week prompted officials to temporarily close Eichler’s Cove Beach. The Newtown Parks & Recreation Department Thursday morning announced that the beach was closed until further notice.
According to the Newtown Health Department, water testing takes place regularly, and the beach could potentially reopen for the weekend, based on results.
UPDATE: Eichler's Cove reopened for public use on Saturday, July 12.
EAST HARTFORD (AP) — Matthew Bell thought he would never again experience an event as momentous as the September 11 terrorist attacks, when he helped people evacuate lower Manhattan as a member of the Coast Guard.
Then came the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The Connecticut state trooper remembered the chaos and heartbreak of the Newtown massacre as he and dozens of other people received state police awards Tuesday for their outstanding and meritorious service in response to the December 14, 2012, shooting.
In two separate actions July 7 the Board of Selectmen approved a three-year contract for 24-hour paramedic services, and a two-year contract for the town’s emergency communications staffers. The action on the communications contract occurred following a brief executive or closed session, during which proprietary aspects of the labor negotiations were discussed.