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.
Intense thunderstorms coupled with the high winds that passed through Newtown Monday night resulted in 556 local power outages being reported to the Connecticut Light & Power Company (CL&P) as of 9 pm on July 7, according to CL&P spokesman Mitch Gross.
By 2 am on Tuesday, July 8, the number of outages climbed to 572.
As of 9 am on Tuesday, there were 11 outages.
CL&P crews were continuing work to restore power, Mr Gross said.
Last fall, 250 grass carp were placed in the waters of Taunton Lake, a scenic 124-acre spring-fed, glacial lake in the Taunton District whose waters drain into Pond Brook and eventually to the Housatonic River.
The grass carp, which are not native to the lake, were released into it as part of a project designed to curb the growth of the weed known as aquatic milfoil. Grass carp eat milfoil.
The art of decisionmaking, involving the use of judgment to reach suitable conclusions, is a skill that comes slowly through one’s experience amid the situations of a lifetime.
A volunteer group known as Thresholds Connecticut has been working to provide such decisional education for some inmates at Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at Nunnawauk Road.
Diane Thompson was attracted to the old home’s charm.
The 1899 Victorian at 54 Main Street, with its quaint front porch ideal for sitting and sipping iced tea on summer evenings, had been on the market for a long time. In the last couple of years she had watched the tan-colored house as its paint slowly crumbled and moss grew on the roof. She waited for the price come down.
A former Legislative Council chairman who helped direct Newtown’s last Charter Revision Commission and the individual who helped draft the original Charter in 1974 will lead the latest group of appointees charged with reviewing and revising the community’s constitutional document.
Jeff Capeci and Robert Hall were unanimously elected chair and vice chair, respectively, during a brief initial meeting of the new Charter panel July 1.