Volunteers serving the Dodgingtown Fire Company are not only concerned about Newtown residents they are charged with protecting, as taxpayers themselves, they are always looking for ways to pinch pennies. As a result, the fire company, tucked into a mid-1950s-era building on Dodgingtown Road, has just completed the latest phase of energy improvements to help save taxpayer dollars. According to Dodgingtown’s Green Committee Chairman Kirk Blanchard, following the successful and economically advantageous changeover from an oil- to gas-fired boiler, Chief Steve Murphy charged the committee with upgrading electrical lighting fixtures and bulbs to achieve even more energy savings. The result was a successful partnership with Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and an approved application to the utility’s Small Business Energy Advantage Program.
School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr said in a prepared statement issued at 2:22 pm Friday, November 14 that, “Earlier this afternoon, St. Rose School received a threatening call.”
“That school was placed on a “lock-in closed” status,” he said. The parochial school is located at 40 Church Hill Road.
During such situations, visitors are not allowed on school grounds and all people in the school remain inside the building.
“Newtown Middle School and the Hawley School have been placed on “lock-in open” status because of their proximity to St. Rose,” he added,
“No threat was received at the Middle or Hawley schools. School dismissal will occur at the regular time,” he said.
“All students and staff throughout the district are safe,” he said.
According to its Facebook page, the Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be screening "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in place of the originally planned "Guardians of The Galaxy." A problem with the theater’s projector has apparently led to the need to screen a Blu-Ray DVD edition of the April 2014 release in which Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, November 14, at 9:30 am. The commission announced on November 12 that it will be in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. On the agenda are presentations by three parents of children killed on 12/14.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, held a response meeting for community members on Tuesday, November 11, following a threat made on social media against the high school a few hours earlier. Dr Erardi was joined by Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. The evening event offered explanations and answers to questions voiced by parents, who wanted to know why only the high school was affected by the lock-in, how to talk to their children about the situation, and how the situation would end. Parents also sought additional information about the threat, which remains under investigation.
Town police have enlisted the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their investigation into a threat made against Newtown High School on Tuesday, November 11. Although it was Veterans Day, town schools were in session and a holiday commemoration program was underway in the school auditorium when it was learned that the threat had been made. The threat was received on the high school’s Facebook page. The threat reportedly was made from out of state and made reference to a gun and to shooting. NHS School Resource Officer Liam Seabrook reported the threat to police headquarters at 12:59 pm. Seven town police were involved in the investigation at the school and adjacent areas. In a statement on the incident, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said, in part, that the lock-in was put in place to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors at the school.
The ever-popular Newtown Bee calendar for 2015 is now available at The Bee’s offices at 5 Church Hill Road. Many people like The Bee calendars for their large print and simple design. The calendars are free, but the supply is limited.
Town police are warning local residents about a series of ongoing scams conducted by criminals generally via telephone calls and sometimes through interactions on the Internet. Police Sergeant Steven Santucci said that one of these scams which has been ongoing problem nationwide involves an aggressive telephone caller who falsely tells the person receiving the call that he is a US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent who requires the immediate payment of an outstanding tax debt. Police are also warning the public about another criminals who falsely claim to work for the Connecticut Light & Power Company, Yankee Gas, or some other utility company, and who have telephoned local businesses, telling them that their service will be shut off due to unpaid bills.