All Registrars of Voters offices in Connecticut will hold a statewide voter registration session on Saturday, October 17, from 10 am to 2 pm. Newtown’s office is within Newtown Municipal Center, at 3 Primrose Street.
Attorney General George Jepsen is encouraging all Connecticut residents affected by the recent T-Mobile and Experian data breach to take advantage of the free credit monitoring services being offered. “This breach is especially concerning because sensitive information, including Social Security numbers were compromised, and my office has launched an investigation into this breach,” said Attorney General Jepsen, who sent letters on October 7 to both companies seeking information as part of his investigation. In the wake of the breach, the companies are providing two years of free credit monitoring and identity resolution services to affected consumers.
The planned start of construction to create a signalized four-way intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road has been delayed, with the state Department of Transportation now expected to start in April 2017, one year later than was initially planned. That section of Church Hill Road has the highest local motor vehicle accident rate, with many rear-end collisions and numerous accidents caused by vehicular-turning conflicts. DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said several factors led to the delayed construction start.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, shared a brief update with the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, October 6, about this week’s visit to Newtown High School by representatives for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
“I remain very positive that the end result will be a celebration within that building,” said Dr Erardi, after explaining the NEASC representatives had arrived on Sunday, October 4.
Following a visit during the 2005-06 school year, NEASC placed NHS on warning status, mostly due to overcrowding. By March 2011, then-principal Charles Dumais received a letter announcing the warning status had been removed, thanks in large part to the completed high school expansion.
The Legislative Council heard an update from State Representative Mitch Bolinsky during its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, regarding the state’s Substitute House Bill 7019, An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement. As Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reminded her board before the discussion began, Rep Bolinsky was there to discuss only changes to the law, and the council would not discuss how those changes would be applied to Newtown. “It’s a fact-finding mission to help everybody here understand … as is our responsibility, what the law says,” said Ms Jacob.
Following lengthy discussion at an October 6 session, Police Commission members, in their role as the local traffic authority, made several traffic recommendations concerning a proposed mixed-use development in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church. The 42-acre development site lies west of Hawleyville Road and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. Police Commission members are recommending to the Planning and Zoning Commission that: the three-way intersection of Covered Bridge Road and Hawleyville Road have a traffic signal installed to better control traffic flow to and from the Covered Bridge Road site; that the section of Hawleyville Road lying between Exit 9 and Mt Pleasant Road be expanded from its current two lanes to four lanes; and that the mixed-use complex have an emergency accessway extending onto the site.
A 50-meter pool is what swim supporters and parents suggested would be ideal as a new community center component, Newtown Community Center Commission members heard Tuesday night during the commission’s latest meeting. Several of the roughly ten meeting attendees had recently at open forums, where commissioners have encouraged residents to discuss community center concepts including a pool/aquatic center, ice rink, senior services, cultural arts activities, and a community place to gather. Two public forums have already taken place, and two more are still on the calendar.
Police report that sometime between 7 and 10 pm on Friday, October 2, someone stole a tan 2007 Mercedes-Benz GL-450 SUV from a residential property on Hanover Road, near its intersection with Echo Valley Road.
The keys were inside the unlocked SUV when it was stolen, police said.
Police said the vehicle had a white temporary New Jersey marker plate with unknown numbering on the rear end and had no marker plate on the front end. The vehicle has an extended-length trailer hitch which has a red light attached to it, police said.
Police ask anyone with knowledge of the vehicle’s whereabouts to contact investigating Officer Matthew Pirhala at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841. Read about more recent police activity in this week's report.
A Sherman man pleaded guilty on October 6 to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids in a drug trafficking case which has 11 defendants, including a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency services dispatcher. Michael Mase, 32, of Sherman pleaded guilty in US District Court, reversing his earlier not guilty plea in the case, according to spokesman for US Attorney Deirdre Daly.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Openings are available on the Board of Ethics, Conservation Commission, Commission on Aging, Hattertown Historic District, and Sustainable Energy Commission.