Newtown was notified April 16 that it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant, which Director of Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker said will be applied to assessing nine remaining buildings at Fairfield Hills for hazardous materials. The assessments will help the town estimate the cost of eventual hazmat remediation whether the building in question is slated for possible reuse or for demolition. Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday that the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has awarded $3,821,000 in grants to 21 communities to advance the development of brownfield sites throughout the state.
Daniel Cruson, a longtime member of the C.H. Booth Board of Trustees, has submitted a letter of resignation to the president of the board. The letter, mailed to Board President Martha Robilotti “over two weeks ago,” Mr Cruson said on Monday, April 14, was to be “effective upon the receipt of the letter.” He has currently served on the board of trustees for seven years, and had two more years remaining to serve. He had also served for several years previously, since the 1980s, he said. Mr Cruson has been cutting back on involvement in a number of activities in order to devote more time to his writing and research, he told The Newtown Bee this week. The final straw however, the move that pushed Mr Cruson to discontinue his involvement with the library's board of directors, was the treatment given to one of his books meant to be sold to support future Newtown Historical Society publications.
Governor Dannel Malloy is touting the success of a state program that promotes job creation by providing wage subsidies and training grants to small businesses. The initiative, known as the Subsidized Training and Employment Program or Step Up, help cover the costs of training new hires during the first six months of employment. Gov Malloy announced Friday that the initiative has led to the hiring of 2,200 new workers.
(AP) When East Haven police officers arrested a Catholic priest who was videotaping them in 2009, it sparked calls for the state legislature to better protect the public’s right to record the actions of law enforcement officials. Five years later, additional safeguards to that right have yet to make it to the governor’s desk.
Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, officially assumed his new post as Newtown superintendent of schools on Monday, April 14.
Dr Erardi was unanimously chosen for the position in January, following a months-long superintendent search, which used a consulting group from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) led by Jacqueline Jacoby, community surveys, and focus group meetings. The January 17 decision also followed a January 10 site visit to Southington, where Dr Erardi had served as superintendent for the previous eight years, by Board of Education members.
Former superintendent of schools John Reed returned in May 2013 to act as interim superintendent following the resignation of former superintendent Janet Robinson.
Dawn La Valle, Division of Library Development from the Connecticut State Library, reported to the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, April 8, on the results of focus groups convened to comment on the library’s search for a new director. Ms La Valle and Mary Engels, director of the Middletown Library Service Center for the Connecticut State Library, conducted five different focus groups over the past two weeks, at the request of the new director search committee. Each group, she said, was posed two initial questions to help determine what skills and personal characteristics are considered most important in a new director of the C.H. Booth Library. Additional dialogue was encouraged in the course of the conversations. Input was received from a total of 31 people.
The Newtown Police Union opposes a town proposal that would have municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls regionalized at a privately owned dispatching center in Prospect. The town has proposed regionalization as a cost savings measure.
For more than a decade preceding the Sandy Hook tragedy, Easton resident and GE Capital staffer Elizabeth Rallo engaged herself in the business of producing or analyzing numbers, systems, and data. But those analytical talents translated expertly into the many hands-on skills she brought to bear on behalf of Newtown in the nearly one year she served the community coordinating special projects and facilitating communications among various groups and project managers post-12/14. On April 7, just a few days before the end of her formal period of service in town, Ms Rallo was honored by First Selectman Pat Llodra, the Board of Selectmen, and a number of town department heads and agency representatives who worked beside the GE logistics expert during the past 12 months.
While driving westward on Interstate 84 on the morning of Wednesday, April 9, an unidentified tractor-trailer truck driver looked into his rear-view mirror and noticed that a load of lumber positioned on his flatbed trailer had caught fire, so he stopped the truck about 2,000 feet east of the Tunnel Road overpass. Newtown Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo, who was incident commander, said that the truck driver then smartly disengaged a forklift that was mounted on the full-size trailer and loosened the large load of lumber so that he could remove the burning wood from the trailer.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), in its role as the town’s planning agency, has approved a resubdivision of land at 176 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville. At an April 3 session, P&Z members unanimously approved an application from Toll CT III, Limited Partnership. P&Z members decided that the application is consistent with the town’s resubdivision regulations and also with the terms of BPO (Business Professional Office) zoning. The approval takes effect on April 14.