From “ambulance driver” Stuart Smith, who was an active responder in Newtown for more than a half-century, and local community leaders to Danbury Hospital emergency physicians and state officials, dozens and dozens of well-wishers, supporters, and curious community members poured into the shiny new Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters on Wasserman way for grand opening activities the weekend of October 18 and 19. Saturday was focused on thanking many of those local officials and supporters with a soiree that included a variety of food and refreshments, tours, and a 45-minute speaking program. Sunday opened with time for the town's first responders to visit the new building, and then the facility was opened to members of the public.
Following an architectural review, the Borough of Newtown Historic District Commission on October 16 granted Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, a “certificate of appropriateness’ for the new firehouse that the fire company proposes for construction at 12 Church Hill Road. The commission unanimously approved issuing the certificate following a public hearing. The volunteer fire company, which serves the borough and adjacent areas, recently received a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the three acres where the company plans to construct a new firehouse to replace the decaying town-owned firehouse that it now uses at 45 Main Street.
The panel created to develop policy recommendations in the wake of 12/14 is expected to hear this morning from the parents of two children who were killed. The parents making presentations to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Marquez-Greene.
The Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Middle School PTA are set to host a Parent Lecture titled “Internet Safety for Parents of Teens & Tweens,” on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 pm, in the Memorial Room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut acute care hospitals have conducted an Ebola preparedness drill per his directive last week. The governor gave hospitals one week to complete the exercise to make sure their procedures were up to standard. “The announcement last night of a New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola underscores that we’re doing the right things to prepare for a potential case in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy, who was briefed today on the Ebola situation by State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr Jewel Mullen. “Making sure our hospitals and first responders are prepared is critical to our efforts.”
When it comes to both advocates for and protectors of Newtown’s public health, it could be argued that there are no two more highly visible or responsive individuals than Dr Thomas F. Draper and Dr Robert S. Grossman. Although they will tell you to refer to them as “Tom” and “Bob,” these two physicians have been giving back to Newtown for well over 100 years collectively, according to information developed by Health District Director Donna Culbert. Their boundless support of the community will be recognized on Sunday, October 26, with a public “open house” event from 2 to 4 pm in The Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church. All are to the event, which will include an opportunity to visit with both physicians, light refreshments, a brief recognition ceremony at 2:45 pm, and entertainment from Impromptu Duo.
The Newtown Bee Editor Moderator Curtiss Clark welcomed five state candidates to the newspaper’s annual pre-Election Day Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 21, at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. With a Charter Public Access filming for broadcast, Second District Republican incumbent Dan Carter, 112th District GOP contender J.P. Sredzinski, 28th Senate District challenger Representative Tony Hwang, 106th District incumbent Republican Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and his Democratic challenger Matt Cole each articulated positions on taxation, transportation infrastructure, Common Core standards for state educators, and recently enacted gun legislation. Mr Clark served as moderator for the event.
In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Michael Collins says emergency medical volunteers and the town’s paid paramedic will know as they are rolling to almost any call whether a person involved might be at risk of infection, because of a series of questions that will be asked to callers by local communications dispatchers.
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has announced that the annual open burning season is scheduled to start Saturday, November 1. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued Wednesday, October 29, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center. Permits are $5 each, and are for the burning of brush only.
A rough path at the end of Old Farm Road leads to the top of a hill overlooking a property filled with beds of past-season goldenrod, milkweed pods exuding feathery seeds, and waist-high grasses. Jenny Hubbard, Monica Roberto, and Harmony Verna pause there. They are looking beyond the overgrown brush to a vision they have held close to their hearts for the last year and a half. It is here that they hope The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary will rise from the ground, providing a safe and healing space for domestic and farm animals, people, and as a place honoring the land itself.