The official free public kickoff rally for the 2015 Newtown Relay For Life is set for Wednesday, January 28, at 6 pm. The event is being hosted by LeReine Frampton at LeReine’s Cuisine, adjacent to the All Star Transportation offices at 31 Pecks Lane.
A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official is offering some ideas on how the Main Street flagpole intersection’s traffic problems can be alleviated through a redesign of the five-legged intersection.
William Britnell, principal engineer in DOT’s highway design unit, said that creating a “roundabout” at the flagpole intersection would improve traffic flow there, alleviating the vehicle-turning conflicts that occur at the intersection, which becomes congested at times.
HARTFORD — The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet Friday, January 16, at 9:30 am, at the Legislative Office Building.
The commission is Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s 16-member panel of experts tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.
NORWALK — Time is running out to cast a vote in the 13th annual Festival of Lighthouses Contest at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
The creative display of 24 large model lighthouses made by local artists, amateurs and students will close on Monday, January 19.
The exhibit, which has been open since November 22, works like a juried art show except that thousands of Maritime Aquarium visitors are the jury. Visitors can follow the homemade beacons through the galleries and cast a vote for their favorite.
Following a foot pursuit midday on January 7, police caught and then arrested a New York City man who allegedly stole nearly $1,200 worth of merchandise from a South Main Street drug store in a shoplifting incident.
Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said police received a call for help about 12:12 pm from Walgreens Pharmacy at 49 South Main Street, informing them that a shoplifting theft had occurred there. The store is on the northern corner of South Main Street and Mile Hill Road.
Tricia Guiry of Bethel started her new position as studio and community relations manager at Ben’s Bells Newtown in November, and has tackled the job with enthusiasm, and a determination to match the dedication of the dozens of volunteers at the 17 Church Hill Road studio, she said.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, will hold a one-hour community forum on Wednesday, January 28, starting at 2:30 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road.
During the gathering, the superintendent will share information on the present state of Newtown schools and will also share information on how the community can be an active partner with teaching and learning. In addition, Dr Erardi will share new initiatives that the Board of Education has introduced within the 2014-15 school year.