“It’s all coming together in February,” said Mary Fellows, a member of the Board of Managers at Edmond Town Hall, referring to the upgrades to the infrastructure of Edmond Town Hall. The cornerstone of the historic building at 45 Main Street was laid in 1929.
“When Edmond Town Hall was built, there was a part-time first selectman and a town clerk — that’s it,” Ms Fellows said in a phone interview December 30.
The Legislative Council voted 17-0 January 4 to approve a resolution “censoring” First Selectman Rod Mac Kenzie for violating the town charter by overspending certain line item accounts without having authorization. Mr Mac Kenzie did not comment at the council meeting. But he said afterwards that he considered the motion illegal, because, he maintained, the council lacked the authority to censure anybody.
For several days before the somber anniversary of 12/14, First Selectman Pat Llodra led a panel of community leaders through a half-dozen press conferences that were attended by state, regional, and national media.
Donna Kern Ball cleared the shelves at two local supermarkets of Hostess products when it was time to start collecting baked goods for her third entry in the annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium. Hundreds of Twinkies, Ho Hos, and Hostess cupcakes went into the creation of this year’s entry, which remains on view at the South Norwalk venue until January 20.
Those with a taste for the outdoors can step across the Pootatuck River at an old bridge meant years ago for foot traffic between Glen Road and Dayton Street. The bridge is just a few steps away from the entrance to Rocky Glen State Park. The location is one of many that offers the opportunity to walk through a scenic part of Newtown’s history.
Occupation: I’m a teacher, but right now I’m taking time off to be with my kids. Most recently, I was teaching fifth grade at St Rose School. I’ve taught just about every elementary grade over the years, at various schools.
Letters from Sandy Hook — Newtown to the World, compiled and edited by Sandy Hook resident Suzanne Davenport, has been released. The book is available at The Newtown Bee office, C.H. Booth Library, and Everything Newtown. The cost of the book is $30 and when purchased at any of the abovementioned locations, all of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Newtown Memorial Fund. The book is available on Amazon, but the foundation gets only three percent of the proceeds in that case.
The town will formally take on ownership of the former Newtown Congregational Church on December 30. The transfer of the property to the town and a simultaneous signing of a lease by the Heritage Preservation Trust of Newtown, Inc is the culmination of nearly four years work to preserve the 180-year-old building.