Loud cracking sounds came from the corner of Funspace at Dickinson Park playground on Thursday, October 10. But the slides, swings, and wooden playscape were empty. The playground was silent except for popping noises and the hum of hydraulics. Jim Tani with the Parks and Recreation Department worked the jaws of a backhoe bucket, unearthing sunken beams and tearing apart wooden platforms on playground equipment that served the town for more than two decades, and will soon be replaced by new play features. Parks & Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks & Recreation Commission members in past months have said they wish to replace the existing playground with something just as unique: play features to incorporate nature, education, and an interactive experience for visitors to the park. A groundbreaking for the new playground has been scheduled for October 22, and Ms Mangold is looking forward to a late spring or early summer 2014 opening for the finished project.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced plans for a project that will resurface a 4,000-foot segment of the I-84 Exit 11 ramp. The project is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Monday, October 21, and continue until 5 am Tuesday, October 22. Motorists can expect lane closures on I-84, Exit 11, between Wasserman Way "and Bridge #02985 in Newtown,” according to the announcement. Traffic control personnel and signing patterns will be utilized to guide motorists through the work zone, which will cover the on- and off-ramps.
Hundreds of pumpkins’ carved faces came to life with inner lights as darkness fell Saturday, October 12. Glow sticks inside the hollowed pumpkins created an eerie twinkling across the Fairfield Hills grounds, making a magical scene of the first Newtown Pumpkin Festival....
More than 100 local seniors and a handful of other residents concerned about escalating local property taxes and the role the latest town revaluation played in tax increases converged at Newtown High School Tuesday, October 15, for an informational forum hosted by the Board of Finance.
First Selectman Pat Llodra, Interim School Superintendent John Reed, Finance Director Robert Tait, Assessor Chris Kelsey, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education were also on hand.
Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented an enrollment report to the Board of Education during its meeting on Wednesday, October 16.Dr Reed said the report demonstrates that it is best to use its enrollment numbers rather than projected enrollment numbers when planning the next budget.“I think they will be more helpful, because they will reflect more of what is happening now,” said Dr Reed.Later the interim superintendent warned that it is important not to make assumptions based on the 2013-14 school year, due to the unique circumstances of the year.At the school board’s October 1 meeting, Dr Reed spoke briefly to prepare the school board for the then-future report. He said, when comparing actual enrollment to projections made by Hyung Chung of H.C. Planning Consultants of Orange in 2010, 73 percent of the difference could be accounted for by a decline in students at Sandy Hook School. He later pointed out the 73 percent difference between the projected number of students and the actual number of students is a matter of five children.“It is quite clear to me that the tragedy itself has had an impact on the people who live in town,” said Dr Reed at the...
A 12-person jury in Danbury Superior Court has found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 death of his wife, Elizabeth. Her remains were found in 2010 in a dry well beneath the floor of a barn at the Heath property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown.
Sentencing of John Heath has been set for December 3. His bail was raised from $1 million to $2 million, and he was returned to Bridgeport Correctional Facility where he has been held since his arrest in 2012,
More details to follow here and in the print edition of this week’s Newtown Bee.
A 12-member jury in Danbury Superior Court on Wednesday, October 16, found John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater guilty of murder in the 1984 killing of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32. The eight-man, four-woman jury determined that the former Newtown resident beat his wife to death, wrapped her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffed them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at their 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown. Sentencing is scheduled for December 3.
HARTFORD – A New York City woman was sentenced in US District Court on Tuesday, October 15, to serve eight months in prison, with two years of probation to follow, on convictions for wire fraud and for making false statements in connection with a scam fundraising scheme that she created on the Internet stemming from the Sandy Hook School shooting incident last December.
The New England Newspaper & Press Association honored The Newtown Bee and its Editor Curtiss Clark at the 2013 New England Newspaper Conference October 10.The Bee was one of three weekly newspapers among NENPA’s more than 400 member publications recognized with a 2013 Publick Occurrences Award for the special edition that was published on December 17, 2012. That edition was devoted exclusively to coverage and reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy three days earlier. The editorial that appeared as part of that special section, entitled “Answering For Our Town,” also earned Editor Curtiss Clark the 2013 Allan B. Rogers Editorial Award, which recognizes the best editorial written on a local subject in New England.