School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, walked into the Newtown Middle School gymnasium just after 8 pm Tuesday, moments after the final few residents cast their budget votes, exuding quiet confidence and expressing no doubt that the 2015-16 budget proposals would pass – big time.
Apparently more superstitious, Board of Education Chairman Keith Alexander opted to wait for the final tallies, which affirmed the hopes of both officials.
Ahead of the town referendum on the budget on Tuesday, April 28, Head O’ Meadow Elementary School students had their own chance to make their voices heard on Monday, April 27, by voting for new books to be added to the school’s library.
Near the start of voting at Head O’ Meadow, Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton and Republican Registrar of Voters JoAnne Albanesi said they were ready for the entire student body at the elementary school to vote.
Four hours into today's budget balloting at Newtown Middle School, Republican Registrar JoAnne Albanesi had logged only 522 votes. Any registered voter or Newtown resident with at least $1,000 in taxable property on the current Grand List is eligible to vote on today's split budget proposal.
Polls remain pen until 8 pm, and Ms Albanesi said that if an unregistered property owner is motivated to head to the polls, they should make contact with the moderator to arrange to cast a ballot.
Today's split, or bifurcated, referendum asks the following budget questions:
Patricia Hubert’s devotion to seeing that the contributions of Maine’s soldiers, sailors, and one junior officer of the American Revolution, in particular, are finally recognized resulted in the publication of her book Major Philip M. Ulmer: A Hero of the American Revolution in August 2014, after six years of research, documentation, and writing.
The next meeting of The Genealogy Club of Newtown will be on Wednesday, May 13, in the meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.
The meeting will begin promptly at 7 pm. For those with a “brick wall” or other problems with research, arrive early at 6:45 for assistance at the club’s Help Desk. Socializing will also take place prior to the meeting’s start.
MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam at the Housatonic River, which has been in service for nearly a century.
In a statement, FirstLight Hydro Generating Company said the bridge’s closure will require that detours be used while maintenance work is underway.
Friends of Newtown resident and American Legion Auxiliary Third District President Alice Saxton are planning a benefit dinner to help Ms Saxton with medical expenses. Ms Saxton is recovering from esophageal cancer treatments and now needs surgery.
A pasta dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 7 pm, at American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court in Bristol.
Tickets are $20 and they must be purchased in advance, by May 10. Tickets will not be sold at the door.