This report was updated August 8 adding comments from Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick.
Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.
The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.
Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.
During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) advises that normal dual-lane traffic flowing on eastbound Interstate 84 between Exits 11 and 13 will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 9 am to 3 pm, each day, to allow certain construction to proceed on an I-84 bridge replacement project.
The left lane on eastbound I-84 in that area will be closed during those periods.
HARTFORD —On Tuesday morning, August 6, state officials involved in the investigation into the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School met to discuss the progress of the state police probe and consider when a public version of the ongoing investigation’s findings would be disclosed.
Mark Ojakian, who is the governor’s chief of staff, met with Stephen J. Sedensky III, who is the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, and with Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.
Roadblocks to through-traffic initially were set up at the intersection of Berkshire Road and Toddy Hill Road (above), the intersection of Berkshire Road and Sherman Street, and the intersection of Pole Bridge Road and Jeremiah Road.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On Thursday, August 1, a Sandy Hook man was sentenced by a Berkshire Superior Court judge to serve 15 to 18 years in state prison, after the man pleaded guilty to nine charges stemming from a February 2012 multi-vehicle drunken driving accident in which a 24-year-old Sheffield, Mass., woman was killed.