A July 29 letter from a state historic preservation official suggesting the remaining structures at Fairfield Hills could have historic value is riling local officials and could delay the planned demolition of Danbury Hall and the cluster of vacant residential homes adjacent to Mile Hill South.
The letter from Daniel Forrest of the State Historic Preservation Office was dispatched after the office was asked to comment on the demolition as part of qualifying criteria set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, which provided the town a $200,000 grant that would cover most or all of the anticipated razing of Danbury Hall.
“On time and under budget” was the mantra being chanted by several presenters August 19 as the Board of Selectmen heard a report on a group of major projects in town either nearing completion or well under way.Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell was first up to talk about the Hawley School boiler replacement project.
State police report that extended travel delays on Interstate 84 that occurred through the area on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 21, were caused by a police investigation into an apparent suicide that happened on westbound I-84, near Exit 5 in Danbury.
State police said they received reports that a 52-year-old man had been spotted walking eastbound against the flow of westbound traffic on I-84 at about 12:45 pm, after which the man was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer truck.
Newtown police this week continued seeking to find a missing man, Robert Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, who was last seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 5:30 am on Sunday, July 28.
Police said on Thursday, August 22, that they have been unable to locate the man.
The clopping of hooves echoes in the barn as Major Gordon J. Johnson leads Morgan, a latte-colored Rocky Mountain mix gelding, from the pasture to his stall. Morgan, said the major, is most likely to be the lead horse for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard when it steps off in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2.
Since occupying the barns off of Trades Lane in Newtown in the early 1990s, Major Johnson, commandant of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, said he believed the mounted militia had ridden in nearly every Newtown Labor Day Parade.
With two unanimous votes, the Board of Education hired an interim assistant principal for Newtown High School and an acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook Elementary School during its meeting on Tuesday, August 20.As Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed explained, the US Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant is funding Brian Kirmil’s position as acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook School for the 2013-14 school year.
The Board of Selectmen learned August 19 that a large metal gate will replace the masonry barriers on Dickinson Drive that prevent vehicles from entering the former Sandy Hook School grounds.Prior to the meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra told The Bee that the gate will be more of a visual deterrent to the occasional visitor or group that arrives hoping to see or access the now infamous site.
Police report a vandalism spree happened during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 18, when someone intentionally damaged motor vehicles that were either parked in driveways or parked on roads near homes in Sandy Hook.
Police received the first call about vehicular vandalism from a Founders Lane resident at 3:11 am Sunday.
Other areas where such vandalism occurred include Far Horizon Drive, Bennetts Bridge Road, Charter Ridge Drive, Paugussett Road, Jeremiah Road, and Clapboard Ridge Road, police said.
The vandal or vandals used an unknown blunt object to smash windows on the vehicles, police said. The locations at which the damage occurred appear to be random, police said.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified or interested residents to consider filling several vacant posts on municipal boards or commissions. These are appointed, not elected, positions.
There are openings on the following panels:
C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields held the first of three public focus group meetings, Thursday, August 15, in the meeting room of the library.In the position of library director since July 1, Mr Fields hopes that the focus groups and comments delivered to him via social media will provide him with insight into what changes patrons would like to see, or not see, in the short term and in the long term, he said. The session, however, also produced questions about changes at the library since the library director began on July 1.