Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29.
The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance.
Newtown Action Alliance has announced that the ENOUGH Campaign and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will hold a peaceful demonstration, Tuesday, September 23, in Stamford on Main St. between Washington and Summer streets, in Columbus Park, at 5:30 pm. The rally is meant to call attention to GOP gubernatorial challenger Tom Foley’s pro-gun stance, and will coincide with the Foley campaign event to be attended by Gov Chris Christie (R-NJ) and baseball manager and restaurateur Bobby Valentine.
Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.
At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.
A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.
Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season.
Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design.
Legislative Council members have unanimously approved providing a property tax break to a firm which plans to construct a gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road at its intersection with Edmond Road.
The site at 67 Church Hill Road formerly held a vacant Shell gas station/convenience store, which was long considered an eyesore and was recently demolished in preparation for the new construction.
Newtown police said this week that the presence of electronic and conventional billboards in the Bridgeport area, which seek information on the whereabouts of missing Newtown man Robert Hoagland, have prompted one tip from the public.
But an investigation into that lead proved fruitless because a person who was thought to be the missing Mr Hoagland was ruled out, based on surveillance video evidence, according to police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson.
Mr Hoagland has been missing for more than a year.
Following discussion at a September 17 session, Legislative Council members, in an 8-2 vote, approved spending $29,000 in public funds to demolish a house and related structures at 31 Great Hill Road, which were heavily damaged in a 2011 fire of suspicious origin.
In the action, council members approved spending up to $29,000 by transferring the money from a contingency account to a contractual services account.