Following the SOS (Support Our Schools) meeting on Monday, September 28, at Reed Intermediate School, campaign Co-Founder Kristen Bonacci said the event was an informational meeting and forum for the community to hear about upcoming events and ways to get involved.
“It was also to help people know that SOS is no longer just about Hawley,” said Ms Bonacci. “It is about the entire town and being involved in the upcoming budget.”
Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday argued procedure for more than 30 minutes before voting to decline to engage in negotiating a lease agreement with US HealthVest, a psychiatric health care facility.
In past months US HealthVest President and CEO Richard A. Kresch, MD, had submited a letter of intent to occupy space on the Fairfield Hills campus and tear down Norwalk Hall, where the company hoped to build an approximately 100-bed hospital. Dr Kresch had attended Monday’s meeting on September 28.
In their latest pre-election position paper, local Republicans recognize the “special kind of person” who steps up to volunteer and serve Newtown on a board or commission. The local GOP also takes the opportunity to affirm how many Republicans and unaffiliated voters the party has met, interviewed, and helped successfully transition into some area of local public service.
“Finding people willing to serve is not an easy task,” the paper points out. “Often times, serving the town means many hours spent away from family and friends with no compensation other than the satisfaction of trying to make Newtown a better place.”
The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers. Organizers say they regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.
Following a public hearing on a proposal to greatly expand the Rand-Whitney Container factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road, P&Z members on September 17 conditionally approved the project for the 18.7-acre site. P&Z members agreed that the plans to increase the factory’s size from 127,500 square feet to 308,000 square feet meet the standards and criteria for site development plan approval. Also, the project meets the terms of the M-1 (Industrial) zoning regulations and conforms with the 2014 Town Plan of Conservation and Development, P&Z members decided. P&Z members approved the zoning aspects of the project on the condition that the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) approves the environmental protection aspects of the proposal.
The Newtown PTAs and PTSA are scheduled to host an informational forum of Board of Education candidates running for election in November. The event is set for Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8 pm, in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School. The forum participants will be Republican Andrew Clure, Republican David Freedman, and Democrat Rebekah Harriman-Stites. A brief statement will be read on behalf of candidate Democrat John Vouros, who is unable to attend.
The Newtown Education Foundation (NEF) has scheduled an open public forum for Monday, October 5, from 7 pm to 8 pm at Reed Intermediate School for the entire community.
According to a press release from the NEF, work is continuing to form the foundation, and the next step is community engagement.
The NEF was co-founded by Kristen Bonacci, Casey Ragan, and Aaron Carlson. According to the release, work and efforts on the foundation have included research, a meeting with Newtown educators and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr, a meeting with community members, which was held to gauge community interest, and generating ideas from within the district and community.
Newtown taxpayers and residents are encouraged to submit questions they may have about local financial practices, capital spending, bonding, town pensions, the looming “Cadillac Tax,” taxation or any other issues that involve the consultation or directive of the Board Finance. Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates. Forum host and Bee Editor Curtiss Clark said that while the newspaper’s previous local pre-election forums have focused on top of ticket races, the 2015 First Selectman and Board of Selectmen races this November are all uncontested.
Tuesday evening, September 15, found a small gathering of VFW Post 308 members with Col Robert Morris Jr (Ret) as he donated four 20-inch statues representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Each statue carries a flag for its respective branch of the service. They now stand in the Newtown VFW, part of a display that honors POWs and those still missing in action.