This week marked the formal launch of Newtown’s “Recovery and Resiliency Team,” which is poised to work in partnership with local recovery providers, community organizations, and town employees in response to continued needs in our community post-12/14. The six-member team is led by community outreach liaison Melissa Glaser, LPC, who has a background in community behavioral health and clinical treatment. The other team members consist of project manager Margot Robins; clinical recovery leader Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC; and three case managers — Catherine Gaida, LCSW; Eileen Rondeau, RN; and Suzy DeYoung, MsEd. The team office is located in the former engineer’s house and security building at the main gate of Fairfield Hills, 28 Trades Lane.
A first of its kind survey to assess the needs and interests of Newtown seniors is getting a great reception according to Commission on Aging member LeReine Frampton.
“The surveys just started going out by mail, and we already have 122 back in the first five days,” Ms Frampton said.
Newtown residents age 60 or older are being asked to participate in the survey, which started going out earlier in August to all registered voters in this population. The mailing also included a return envelope, which likely improved the speed and rate of responses.
Participants have been asked to send back the survey by August 31.
WATERBURY – Tom Foley will get a second crack at Dannel P. Malloy.Foley, 62, the Greenwich businessman who lost to Malloy by half a percentage point in 2010, easily won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, weathering a late push by state Sen. John P. McKinney of Fairfield, the challenger he preferred to ignore until recently.The identity of his running mate was uncertain. Heather Bond Somers led the three-way primary for lieutenant governor ahead of Penny Bacchiochi and David M. Walker, but her lead was fewer than 1,000 votes, the trigger for a recount. That did not stop the Foley victory party.“Change is on the way!” Foley told supporters at 10 p.m., sticking to the same talking points that carried him throughout the campaign.
State police report they learned at about 2:28 pm on August 7 that an assault had occurred involving a Garner Correctional Institution inmate and prison staff members, so they responded to the high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road to investigate the incident.
The Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Company has received approval for a federal grant of more than $100,000 for 13 air masks and spare air-supply equipment for firefighting.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $107,540 Assistance to Firefighters grant for the volunteer fire company.
Late Tuesday morning, after a day-long search, an elderly man who had been missing since Monday from his 162 Hattertown Road home was found uninjured, sleeping a farm field off Head O'Meadow Road.The search for Martin Lee Allen, 71, of 162 Hattertown Road had been underway since police learned at 12:47 pm on Monday that he was missing.Mr Allen had last been seen at his home about four hours before he was reported as missing.Police said that Mr Allen was "disoriented" and thirsty when he was found at about 11:15 am on Tuesday.Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said that police had asked town highway department workers to drive through the area looking for Mr Allen from the high vantage point that their large trucks provide.Two highway staffers -- Andrew White and Buddy Ingram -- who were riding in the same truck entered eastbound Head O' Meadow Road from Sugar Street and drove about 100 yards when they looked to the north and spotted what at first appeared to be a large boulder in a field.After checking the object, the two men discovered that the "boulder" actually was Mr Allen who was asleep, Sgt Bahamonde said.
As of 1 pm August 12, only 351 of the 5,138 registered Newtown Republicans had cast ballots according to the Registrars of Voters Office. Local Republicans are being called to the polls to cast ballots to determine which of two GOP challengers, State Senator John McKinney and Tom Foley, will face Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman for the state’s top elected offices come November. The primary ballot also includes a rare primary challenge between two GOP contenders for the office of state comptroller. Polls will be open on Tuesday from 6 am to 8 pm. This primary includes a couple of other unusual situations that local voters should note. From a statewide perspective, the lieutenant governor’s race has three candidates. The ballot has been developed placing David M. Walker on his own line, not positioned alongside his running mate Sen McKinney. Challenger Heather Somers is located in the ballot position beside Sen McKinney, while Penny Bacchiochi is positioned beside Mr Foley on the primary ballot.
The new FunSpace II, Dickinson Memorial Park Playground is now open, but with some sections that still need work.
Anthony and Julian Bello chased through wooden ramps and tunnels, slipped down slides, and peered over the railing leading to the central turret Monday afternoon. Also out enjoying the warm August sunshine were young friends Julia Dimyan and Sara Ruddy who paused in their play on the newly opened and freshly turfed play space. Beyond the central structure, reminiscent of the original FunSpace’s wooden construction, were Tyler and Morgan Drap, swinging on a hammock-like round structure.
The brand-new playground, within the town park at 50 Elm Drive, had been dedicated on July 26. The new playground, called FunSpace II, is a replacement for the former FunSpace, which was built in 1989. The former playground was razed last year due to age and deteriorating condition.
Newtown’s State Rep Mitch Bolinsky remembers vividly the day when one of his high school chums was killed by a drunk driver. “I won’t call it an accident because it wasn't an accident,” Rep Bolinsky told The Newtown Bee as he joined Governor Dannel Malloy state lawmakers and representatives of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for a commemorative bill signing in Fairfield August 11. “He wasn't even driving a motor vehicle at the time – he was just walking home from school when a drunk driver pinned him up against a telephone pole,” he recalled, “so at the ripe old age of 15, I lost a friend to a drunk driver. Ever since, I’ve taken this issue very seriously.”