The state’s Bond Commission announced its approval of $100 thousand in grants for upgrades to school security at the Newtown Children’s Adventure Center on Friday, July 26. The Office of Early Childhood grants-in-aid are for various capital improvements and facility repairs at state-funded early childhood facilities including CAC. CAC will use the money to install a comprehensive school alarm, silent alarm buttons, and to further secure doors and windows, according to the Department of Economic Community Development.
Jury selection started last week in Danbury Superior Court in the trial of John S. Heath, 69, of Bridgewater, whom the state has charged with murder, alleging that he killed his wife Elizabeth, 32, in 1984 and then hid her body beneath the floor of a barn on a property at 89 Poverty Hollow Road in Newtown, where the couple had lived. On Tuesday, July 16, Supervising Assistant State’s Attorney Warren Murray, who is the prosecutor, and attorney Francis O’Reilly, who is Mr Heath’s special public defender, selected two people to serve on the 12-member jury – a Bethel man and a Danbury woman. Judge Robin Pavia is the trial judge. On Wednesday, an additional three jurors reportedly were chosen, bringing the number of jurors to five.
Hours before the Board of Selectmen approved a $250,000 bonding resolution to tear it down, Public Works Director Fred Hurley was shoving the rotted front door of Danbury Hall open revealing a sensory collision. Within the long low brick structure that visually obstructs the front expanse of Fairfield Hills, Mr Hurley pointed to the crumbling plaster walls and collapsing ceilings amid beautiful two story high arch windows and artfully crafted woodwork and marble. By mid-October, he hopes to have salvaged as much valuable material as possible from the former hospital dorm. And then the rest will likely be gone forever.
A unanimous town meeting vote that approved the appropriation of $750,000 in funds from the state for planning and design work for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School was over in 11 minutes. A full parking lot and line out the door at a crowded Newtown Center Wednesday found attendees packing the building’s Council Chamber, where the meeting took place. Many residents stood, while others remained in the hallway unable to find a seat or even standing room inside. After calling the meeting to order, First Selectman and moderator Pat Llodra asked for a motion. Resident Christine Wilford moved to appropriate the sum, seconded by Kathy (Fetchick) Hamilton. When the 150-plus residents in the room soon voted on the motion it passed unanimously.
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Along with answering questions like “Do you have hash browns or home fries?” the counter help at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering have become adept at answering “How can I see Sandy Hook School?” or “Where is the Sandy Hook memorial?” The answers, said Deli cashier Zandra Thompson, are “There is no reason to go there” and “There is no memorial.” Employees continue to see people from as far away as Georgia or the Carolinas. The lazy summer days bring in three to four people a week seeking to explore the scene of the 12/14 tragedy; higher numbers of people visit Sandy Hook Center on weekends. Most visitors are looking for a memorial and wish to pay their respects to those killed that Friday morning. A few have less than honorable reasons to visit. Access to Dickinson Drive, which leads to Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been limited to officials since the shootings. On January 4, 2013, Public Works employees placed huge cement blocks across the driveway to increase security at the crime scene. Those barriers remain in place, along with surveillance equipment and numerous signs warning that trespassers will be prosecuted.
Knife Found Police report they continue to hold a found knife for safekeeping. The folding-style pocket knife was found on Canterbury Lane in Sandy Hook on April 15, police said. Canterbury Lane exten...
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, July 18: 9:10 am, investigation, 28 Lyrical Lane, Sandy Hook respo...
President Obama likes it, as do top congressional leaders, but Connecticut’s Democratic senators -– Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy -– say they can’t sign on to a deal that would reverse a sharp rate hike in a popular student loan. “It’s hard for me to get my head wrapped around the idea that the federal government is going to continue to make millions of dollars in profit from the student loan program,” Murphy said. Blumenthal is even more critical.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced his “Television Consumer Freedom Act” back in May, but Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the bill’s first Democratic co-sponsor Tuesday. The legislation would give Americans more control over what they watch on television by allowing them to buy individual television channels, instead of having to purchase the packages of channels offered by their cable providers.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters of Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be on Monday evening, July 29, at 6 pm. The event will be held at Fairfield Hills campus at the garage’s new location, across from Reed Intermediate School. The new building’s design has taken into consideration the need for increased integration with other Newtown-based health and wellness organizations, with a second floor devoted to education. Features of the building will include individual crew-member bunk rooms, office space for the executive board and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association Inc, three double-long garage bays, and technologically advanced electronic and security systems.