HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on April 25 that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, April 26, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Friday morning, the group will continue hearing presentations from behavioral health professionals on mental health services, specifically on the topics of violence and trauma.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Twelve years ago, Zillah High School in Washington state had no engineering classes. The science curriculum was lagging behind, and students had to go off campus to take technology classes.
Jeff Charbonneau, who returned to his hometown 11 years ago to teach at Zillah High, was determined to change that. And he did. Science enrollment is way up. Kids are graduating with college-level science credits. The school expects to have to hire more teachers now to meet the demand.
FRAMINGHAM, MASS. — The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism has announced the opening of the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program, a fund set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14.
Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program provides grants to families in Newtown that need financial assistance for their family member living with autism. The Flutie Foundation anticipates offering two grant cycles per year through Joey’s Fund with plans to expand the geographic focus in future grant cycles.
Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) is participating in the 6th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event by providing free sight-saving eye exams to qualified service dogs in May. To sign up, service animal owners and handlers must register online at www.ACVOeyeexam.orgbefore April 30.
Polling is open in Newtown Middle School’s gym, 11 Queen Street, from 6 am to 8 pm today, April 23, for qualified residents and property owners to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request.
The referendum marks the first time budget voters can extend approval or denial to the town and school proposals separately. A charter revision splitting, or bifurcating, the budget ballot was approved in 2012 and is now in effect.
With just under 4,500 of the town’s eligible voters casting ballots Tuesday, the first split town budget referendum failed on both sides. But most voters also took the time to express through ballot questions that the amounts tendered for next year’s spending plans were too high.
On the town side of the ballot, 2,207 endorsed the request with 2,273 voting No – a difference of 66. And on the school district side, 1,994 voted for the budget but 2,476 rejected it.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, has asked Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 pm today in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.