Newtown officials hope to receive about $4.3 million from a US Department of Justice grant that is being administered through the Connecticut Judicial Department’s Office of Victim Services (OVS). The total amount of that grant application stood at about $8 million as The Newtown Bee went to press February 20, according to an OVS spokesperson. The grant, which officials initially hoped would be ready to submit this week, will be delayed by about a week as the remaining agencies and organizations applying for part of the $4 million balance submit final documentation, and the OVS refines the total based on other logistical issues, according to Linda Cimino.
Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz is suggesting that members of the public with comments or concerns about their experiences with electric suppliers consider attending one of the remaining regional hearings being held on the topic. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold Public Comment Hearings on February 24 at Brookfield Town Hall and February 27 at City Hall in Waterbury. All Connecticut residents are invited to attend. PURA opened a docket in light of recent legislative changes and due to the spike in customer complaints against various electric suppliers in recent months.
A week after presenting the first designs for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School to members of the Public Building and Site Commission and the Board of Education, representatives of Svigals + Partners were back with more concepts on Wednesday, February 19.
Svigals + Partners representatives explained they had advancements to share on the concept of one of three schemes the company presented for the boards during the joint meeting on February 11.
At the February 11 meeting it was explained that from mid-October until mid-November representatives of Svigals + Partners met with community members during workshops and interviews. The Board of Education approved the educational specifications for the new Sandy Hook School in December.
BBB Military Line is sharing information from the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CIC) warning about a new website scam in which criminals are attempting to take advantage of soldiers and their families. The “My Army Benefits” website at usmilitarybenifit.org is a fraudulent site designed to “collect soldiers’ Army Knowledge Online, e-mail accounts and passwords,” according to BBB Military Line. The site also falsely claims that “the US military has granted access to unclaimed and accumulated benefits for active duty soldiers, and that benefits not claimed within the stipulated period will be available for claims after 60 months,” according to investigators. The website is not affiliated nor endorsed by the US Army.
When Charles Dumais first arrived in the Newtown school district in January 2008, he was the fifth principal to take the helm at Newtown High School in four years.“There were kids that were graduating that year for whom I was the fifth principal,” said Mr Dumais, while reflecting on his last six years spent at NHS.Mr Dumais was chosen to be the new superintendent in Amity Regional School District #5 and is set to assume his new responsibilities on March 1.On February 11, the Newtown Board of Education unanimously selected former Ridgefield High School principal Jeffrey Jaslow to be interim principal at NHS, effective February 19.
Residents are reminded that while C.H. Booth Library is undergoing its restoration following water damage last month, an information desk is being offered twice each week at Edmond Town Hall. Library staff is available, Thursdays from 2 to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am until noon, to help locate books are area libraries. Tax forms and other help is also available. The staff is situated in the building’s old courtroom, which is easily found by using the entrance on the southern side of the building at 45 Main Street.
Residents are called to a special town meeting scheduled for 7 pm, February 26 in the Newtown Municipal Center’s main council chambers to approve or deny a special appropriation of $2.8 million for the construction phase of a Hawleyville sewer line extension, and to authorize the town issuing bonds to cover those costs.
In recent weeks, the Boards of Selectmen and Finance and the Legislative Council all endorsed the project, which is expected to serve as a catalyst for significant economic development in the Hawleyville area.
Officials believe when large-scale commercial developments tie into that new sewer extension, it will help offset residential taxation in the coming years.
State police report they responded to Garner Correctional Institution, the state’s high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road, about 11:10 am on February 11, after receiving a complaint that an inmate had had assaulted a correction officer there.
State police said that after investigating, they charged inmate Jose Matos, 36, with assault on a public safety officer for allegedly having assaulted a 36-year-old male correction officer. Matos was scheduled for arraignment on the charge in Danbury Superior Court.
Just two days after making a case based on Newtown’s adherence to new financial management policies and evidence that new commercial development will be supplementing the community’s grand list in the coming years, officials learned February 12 that Standard & Poor’s awarded the community a AAA bond rating.Town officials also learned February 19 that Newtown’s rating from Moody’s Investors Service will be maintained at its current Aa1 status, the agency’s second highest rating.A group of officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, Finance Director Robert Tait, Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, and Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze traveled to Boston February 10 for presentations to S&P and Moody’s.Their trip comes ahead of Newtown offering a $6.5 million bond initiative, which is expected in early March,