Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen issued a notice to the United Way of Western Connecticut and The Newtown-Sandy Hook Foundation on August 7 indicating the agency and foundation honored donor intent in its decision to distribute $7.7 million of the more than $11 million collected in the wake of 12/14 to immediate victims and their survivors, in the amounts that were designated by the foundation.The letter states in part: “…the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc did not act contrary to donor intent in determining the distribution allocation for direct payments to the families most affected by the tragedy.” United Way CEO Kim Morgan and Fund Chairman Dr Charles Herrick both offered responses to Mr Jepsen's statement.
The Board of Education moved one step further in its search for a superintendent during a special meeting on Tuesday, August 6, when it unanimously voted to hire the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) to act as a consultant.
Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said, following the meeting, that it was a tough decision between CABE and Cooperative Education Services (CES), based out of Trumbull, as both firms were good contenders.
Now that CABE has been chosen, Ms Leidlein said the school board will begin negotiations regarding a contract with the school district and exact costs.
During a brief special meeting August 5, the Board of Finance unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the town to appropriate $49,250,000 for the planning, design and construction of a new Sandy Hook School. The finance board also voted to add that construction project – which will be underwritten by state grants – to the Town Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Prior to the vote, finance Board Chairman John Kortze called on First Selectman Pat Llodra to explain the plans and timeline for moving forward on the new school project.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) advises that normal dual-lane traffic flowing on eastbound Interstate 84 between Exits 11 and 13 will be reduced to one lane of traffic on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week from 9 am to 3 pm, each day, to allow certain construction to proceed on an I-84 bridge replacement project.The left lane on eastbound I-84 in that area will be closed during those periods.The first day of such lane closures on Monday created lengthy traffic backups on eastbound I-84 that extended back to Danbury.Both the eastbound and westbound I-84 bridges that cross above Center Street in the Riverside section...
HARTFORD —On Tuesday morning, August 6, state officials involved in the investigation into the 12/14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School met to discuss the progress of the state police probe and consider when a public version of the ongoing investigation’s findings would be disclosed.Mark Ojakian, who is the governor’s chief of staff, met with Stephen J. Sedensky III, who is the State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Danbury, and with Chief State’s Attorney Kevin T. Kane.“The Sandy Hook investigation is progressing and involves both state and federal law enforcement agencies,” Mr Sedensky said Tuesday afternoon.Mr Sedensky added that he expects to issue his public report “in the fall.” He declined to be more specific about the target date for the report’s release.
The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard will welcome The Unity Riders to the 2GHG headquarters today. The group is expected to arrive by late morning, and welcoming ceremonies are scheduled to begin right around noon. Although a note on the website for the riders indicates a ride around Newtown will take place, the spokesperson for the guard says all of today's events will in fact be taking place at 4 Wildlife Drive. The website notice, said Lt Ken Fay, was posted a few months ago, before today’s schedule was finalized.
At about 11:45 am on Monday, July 29, motorist Michael Verini, 25, of Oxford was driving a 2002 Honda CRV SUV westward on Berkshire Road (Route 34), when the vehicle went off the right road shoulder at the parking lot for Misty Vale Deli & General Store at 51 Berkshire Road. The Honda then squarely smashed into a utility pole, snapping it into two pieces, one of which remained suspended in the air from utility lines. The driver received a minor injury in the crash and he refused treatment, but the accident caused isolated power outages and the closure of Berkshire Road for a few hours.
Newtown Police were dispatched to Newtown High School on Wednesday, July 24, around 12:20 pm, on a report that a person there had pulled a knife on another person. Police report that an incident that involved the threatening display of a knife occurred among a group students who were working summer jobs at Newtown High School. There were no injuries, police said. The unidentified youth who displayed the knife was reportedly a boy, under the age of 18.
Police received a report at about 9:30 am on July 25 that someone had vandalized a rear athletic field at Newtown High School, so they went there to investigate. The probe indicated that someone had used some type of vehicle to rip up some turf and damage an irrigation system, police said. The damage is estimated at $1,000 in repair value. Police are investigating and ask anyone with knowledge of who vandalized the property to contact them.
On Thursday, August 1, Sandy Hook resident Frederick J. Weller was sentenced by a Berkshire (MA) Superior Court judge to serve 15 to 18 years in state prison, after he pleaded guilty to nine charges stemming from a February 2012 multi-vehicle drunken driving accident in which a 24-year old woman was killed.