Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members this week approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for Grace Family Church, Inc, which proposes the construction of a church on Covered Bridge Road to replace its existing church about one mile away at 174 Mt Pleasant Road (US Route 6).
The IWC unanimously approved the permit on November 18, with members Kristen Hammar, Craig Ferris, Suzanne Guidera, and John Davin voting in favor.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.
The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.
The two trees in the center of Sandy Hook are shown shortly after both were lit for the first time last December. This year’s trees lighting ceremony, an event hosted by Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity, has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5.
The intricate trusswork of the 308-foot-long Silver Bridge has been repainted, with the span again having a silvery color. Until recently, the bridge had been painted brown. The new paint job is part of an ongoing $4.47 million state renovation of the 1936 bridge, which spans the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, connecting Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury. The bridge, which has carried alternating one-way traffic for the past several months, will soon carry two-way traffic again.
UPDATED Friday, November 20, 2016: This story has been updated to include comments by Newtown resident Pat Tenney. Additional photos have also been added to the story.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Residents of Charlotte gathered recently for a special ceremony in a park that features a playground built to honor those killed on 12/14. This time the gathering was to formally dedicate a sculpture, The Sandy Hook Memorial Tree, which was created to honor people most in Charlotte had never met.
Ashley Petersen (née Bochino), who attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a child, started 26 Days of Kindness two years ago, encouraging people to do something to honor the memory of the women and children who were killed on 12/14, for 26 days in a row. Each day is dedicated to one of the educators and first grade students who died at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
New England’s woodlands stand naked now with all their fine summer attire strewn across the forest floor by an October fatigued by its own flamboyance hurrying off to bed. Darkness arrives early and lingers late to cloak the scene, the prudish emissary of a cold, dispassionate winter on its way. At the margins of the day, dawn and dusk throw up a cool blue scrim that blurs perceptions and blends shadows with substance.