The mother of one of the 26 victims of 12/14 wished the country’s educators “courage, faith and love’’ Friday as they start a new school year. Nelba Marquez-Green’s 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ms Marquez-Green and her husband, Jimmy Green, also have a son who was at the school at the time of the shooting and was uninjured. In her letter published on the Education Week website, Ms Marquez-Green relayed how much the teachers at Sandy Hook impressed her by coming back to work after the tragedy.
A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14. Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard. The Wheeler family lived in the neighborhood where the street was renamed before moving to Newtown. David Wheeler said at the tearful gathering that Benjamin’s first glimpse of the world was around the intersection now bearing his name. Mr Wheeler was joined by his wife Francine and their older son, Nate, for the emotional gathering.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.
Seeking to eliminate what he called the “cumbersome” way the town accounts for administrative work being done for the Water & Sewer Authority, Finance Director Robert Tait sought and received Board of Selectmen approval to change the way the finance office handles its salary-related reporting for budgetary purposes. Mr Tait told selectmen September 3 that up to now, the $120,000 in annual services provided by town Finance Department staffers to the Water & Sewer Authority were broken out of his department’s budget lines and designated in the authority’s budget. A portion of town staffers’ benefits were also proportionately designated and broken out in the budget documents.
A local man who has long pursued traffic issues on Queen Street thanked the Police Commission this week for its efforts in that regard, especially the recent installation of speed tables on the southern section of that street. “Thanks for all your work on Queen Street,” Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street told Police Commission members at their September 3 session. Mr Geckle told commission members that it took “conviction and courage” for them to act correctly in addressing Queen Street residents’ concerns about the hazards posed there by speeding motorists.
Police last week arrested a current prison inmate on a warrant, charging him with robbery and larceny in connection with an incident that occurred nearly two decades ago at a gas station at 62 Church Hill Road. Police said they arrested Timothy Brelsford, 52, formerly of Bridgeport, on September 3 on a warrant charging him with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny stemming from a Saturday, August 13, 1994, incident at what was then known as Trudeau’s Amoco. Brelsford did not plead to the charges at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court. He is scheduled to return to court on October 10 to enter pleas. Brelsford has been held as an inmate in the state Department of Correction prison system since September 19, 1994.
A gentle rumbling grew louder around noon on Sunday, September 8 and soon a pack of motorcyclists, led by state police bikes, rode beneath a flag raised over Route 25.
Hook and Ladder and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Fire Company members flew a flag over Amaral Motors where it was visible to riders — in a pack that took 30 minutes to pass — as they turned from Route 302 onto Main Street in Newtown.
The 13th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest 9/11 tribute, started Sunday in Norwalk and moved through 11 towns where fire departments including companies in Newtown hung a flag over the route.
Newtown school officials must release records for the gunman who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Connecticut judge ordered Friday, September 6. Hartford Superior Court Judge Sheila Huddleston granted the request to release Adam Lanza’s records to the state’s child advocate office, whose Child Fatality Review Panel reviews unexpected child fatalities. Brian Smith, attorney for the school district, said officials were not resisting the release but wanted to make sure they complied with privacy laws. He said the records would be released to the child advocate’s office “expeditiously.”
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is ordering Connecticut and US flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, 22, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.
Newtown police said Friday, September 6, that they are pursuing a tip that Robert Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, who has been missing from his Glen Road home since July 28, may have been seen within the past few days in Rhode Island.Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said Newtown police received a tip that Mr Hoagland, whose photo has been widely circulated, was seen in the “Rhode Island area.”