Following review, Planning and Zoning Commission members have approved a request from Fairfield Equine Associates to expand the terms of its existing special permit to allow the firm to create two more apartments for veterinary students at its 32 Barnabas Road facility in Hawleyville. Nancy Stevens, representing Fairfield Equine, presented the apartment proposal to P&Z members at a brief February 5 public hearing. Under the plan, Fairfield Equine would create two apartments in existing attic space for veterinary students, known as “externs,” who work at the hospital for short periods.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, introduced the idea of a district staff child care program at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, February 17.
Dr Erardi said the program presented to the school board comes “with the energy from [Monroe Learning Center Director Dawn Ryan], hoping that the Newtown board will look to support the opportunity.”
Ms Ryan, Dr Erardi explained, offers a similar program for Monroe, and that program is based at Chalk Hill Middle School, where Sandy Hook Elementary School is also currently housed.
Following review, the Water & Sewer Authority has conditionally approved providing sanitary sewer service to the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company for the firehouse that it plans to construct at 12 Church Hill Road. The fire company plans to build an approximately 16,000-square-foot firehouse with a partial second story on the 3.16-acre site on the south side of Church Hill Road, across that street from Wendover Road.
The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.
Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
“We welcome anybody to come up and speak on any item in the budget,” said Board of Finance Chair John Kortze at the start of the public hearing.
In January 2014, Mary Kate Halmose raised the idea for creating lending libraries at several town parks. Although she initially meant to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, her plans for the scouts have changed, but her ideas for the libraries have not. During a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week she told board members, “I did not go through with the project,” and has since graduated high school. She is no longer a scout, but she does want to go through with the project, Mary Kate told commission members Febeuary 10.
An unusual two-vehicle head-on accident on Interstate 84 late on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 18, resulted in several people being injured, with one man requiring extrication from an SUV involved in the crash, officials said. The collision occurred on I-84, about one mile west of the Exit 9 interchange, in the area where the boundaries of Newtown, Brookfield, and Bethel meet. The incident resulted in extensive travel delays on both sides of the highway during the evening rush.
(AP) The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gunmaker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.
Police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Huntingtown Road, near its intersection with Brushy Hill Road, at about 10 am on February 12. Police said one motorist was driving an SUV that ran off the road. A passenger received minor injuries. Police charged the motorist with driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor, and making a restricted turn. Learn more about recent police activity in this week's report.
With about a dozen residents on hand to represent the entire community, a brief town meeting February 17 sealed plans to demolish the home at 36 Yogananda Street, where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza and his late mother Nancy resided. Following that meeting, the Board of Selectmen also acted to initiate foreclosure on a key commercial parcel adjacent to eastbound I-84 on Church Hill Road.
The Parks & Recreation Commission and the Commission on Aging are coordinating a series of public information sessions regarding community center planning and construction prior to a March 21 referendum to approve project funding. Providing “the big picture” for people to understand, and “to hear their input on the possibilities of this phased project,” is the main goal of forums to be hosted by the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold.