Newtown’s State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter, and DebraLee Hovey joined their colleagues March 6 in unanimously passing a bill to help the first responders of the Newtown tragedy. According to Rep Bolinsky, the vote was 143 to 0 with only eight lawmakers absent.
Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.On March 9,at 8:30 am, a large rally at Reed Intermediate School will send off Team 26, a group of 26 cyclists, on a Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a 400-mile, four-day ride to the US capitol.
The Board of Education began its Tuesday, March 5, meeting with a brief announcement that it received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of the meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent.
Also during the meeting, the school board supported its previous motion, made at a January 23 meeting, not to remove days from this school year’s set April break, and voted on calendars for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, with some caveats.
School board Chair Debbie Leidlein said Dr Robinson’s letter of resignation will be effective on June 28.
Filming under the direction of The Artists’ Company, New York City, began Wednesday, March 6, at Edmond Town Hall, for public service announcements sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The public service announcements, focused on taking action for change, will feature family members of victims of 12/14, said SHP spokesperson Tim Makris, as well as a cross section of Newtown residents.
A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill.
A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.
Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) is seeking volunteers for Independent Living Day 2013. The annual event helps low- to moderate-income seniors and disabled residents to remain in their homes independently for longer periods of time by receiving assistance with basic home upkeep, free of charge.
The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.
The “Night For Newtown At Fenway Park” is a special fundraiser for the anticipated EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown, coordinated by Newtown High School graduates currently living in Boston.
In response to the tragedy of 12/14, nine young people found themselves pulled together, and like so many others, began asking what they could do to help ease the pain in their hometown.
“After all of us went home for the holidays and experienced what the rest of the town was going through, there was a huge disconnect upon returning to Boston,” recalled Will Jacob, a 2006 graduate, adding, “I think it was a tough thing for us to come to terms with — to feel like the sorrow from our small corner of the world was already forgotten.”
Newtown’s departing School Superintendent Janet Robinson will begin her new job in Stratford no later than July 1, according to her new contract, which was provided to The Bee following a Freedom of Information request. The contract also affirms that Stratford will be compensating Dr Robinson at a rate significantly higher than what Stratford’s interim superintendent apparently earned, but less than the same individual earned when she was the contracted superintendent.
Patricia Campbell is organizing an event she hopes will allow residents of all ages to relax and let go of their worries for a few hours. An evening of community dancing, sea chanteys, and chorus songs are on the itinerary for March 22 at HealingNewtown Arts Space.