Shortly after he took his oath of office to represent Newtown in Connecticut's 116th District, Mitch Bolinsky came to The Newtown Bee with a stack of proposals, and to talk about what he hoped to accomplish in his freshman term. He returned to the newspaper a few days after the close of that historic session armed with a different set of documents. As he headed into his first few weeks at the Capital, Rep Bolinsky said he had "come out of the box with 16 or 17 bills. Most were based on constituent requests or issues that were Newtown centric," he said. "Nine wound up tabled, which is pretty typical." But Rep Bolinsky also saw about 35 percent of his proposals move forward, albeit as borrowed elements of larger mental health and privacy legislation. In that respect, Rep Bolinsky admitted, "As a newcomer, that may be unprecedented."
Newtown High School students are invited to join a mission trip to support the clean-up effort in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma from July 21-26. Airfare, ground transportation in Oklahoma and accommodations will be fully paid for by Ben’s Lighthouse. The trip is open to any person who is entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade or who just graduated from high school this spring. A mandatory meeting for all high school youth interested in attending, and their parents or guardians, will be held Saturday, June 29, at 7 pm, at Trinity Church, 36 Main Street.
Sam Irving gives a thumbs up from the seat of a race car ride on the opening night of the St Rose Parish Carnival, Tuesday, June 25. The annual event will continue on the parish grounds until Saturday, June 29, running nightly from 6 to 10:30 pm. carnival features rides and games by Stewart Amusement, as well as a kiddie tent with face painting and crafts, and nightly entertainment.
There are plenty of food offerings, and the St Rose Home and School Association will host a Friday Night Bingo on June 28. Admission for Bingo is $17 per person, which includes all regular and some special games.
Proceeds from this year’s carnival will be used to support parish needs.
Baro, the town police department’s German shepherd, who was retired from service recently due to health problems, died on Tuesday, June 25, while under medical care at Newtown Veterinary Specialists, police said.
Lieutenant George Sinko, the department’s patrol operations commander, said in a statement that the dog, which had been retired from service on June 5 due to an unforeseen medical condition, died at about 5 pm on June 25.
Less than a week into summer, Newtown has entered its first heat wave of 2013. There is a cooling trend in site by week’s end, but for today and tomorrow First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown’s Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and the the Newtown Health District are working to prevent local citizens from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures. The weather forecast is for daytime temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, with a heat index of 101 degrees, through Wednesday. Cooler air is anticipated by Thursday and continuing into the weekend. But officials say while the extreme heat is hanging over the region, residents have several locations from which to choose to seek relief.
Western Connecticut State University has announced it will make the first four-year award of a scholarship in memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall. It will continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university. Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. Days after the events of 12/14, the Greenes asked WCSU to create a scholarship fund as a way to honor Ana’s life, according to the university.
A special walking tour of Dickinson Park tour this week should be of particular interest to nature lovers, environmentalists, educators and others curious about the future of the town park. On Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 pm, guests will enjoy an open house tour of the fields and watercourses to learn about proposed improvements for the park, including wetlands restoration and an education center. Barbara Toomey, member of an ad hoc group formed to promote the park's improvements, called the plan "a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities." “It is a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities,” she said. “We hope to turn a plain lawn into a wetland with boardwalks, educational information, wildlife viewing areas, and much more.”
The 1214 Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Newtown has announced its official formation, charter and leadership. The foundation aims to build and operate a performing arts center in Newtown in remembrance of those lost in the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School with a focus “on improving the lives of our children and future generations,” according to information the group released June 25.Local and national philanthropists are mobilizing to support the foundation, and a growing community of organizations has agreed to donate products and services to bring the foundation’s broad vision to reality.
During the 2013 National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference & Expo, held June 15-20 in Charlotte, N.C., NENA recognized a number of 911 professionals who were forced to grapple with unprecedented, tragic events in their communities in the past year. The June 20 presentation of a NENA/The 911 Association Presidential Award to Newtown’s Emergency Communications Center was unexpected for its director.