Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from what they described as an effort to conceal $35,000 in payments to former Gov. John G. Rowland for help with Wilson-Foley’s unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012.Rowland, 56, who reinvented himself as a popular radio host on WTIC-AM in 2010 after serving 10 months in prison on a federal corruption conviction, was identified in court as a co-conspirator of the couple, meaning he is the target of a federal corruption investigation for the second time in a decade.The former governor was spared being on the air as the story broke: His afternoon drive-time program was pre-empted on WTIC AM by the season opener of the Boston Red Sox.Rowland, a three-term Republican governor, and his local lawyer, Bartley Halloran, did not respond to requests for comment.
Besides statistical data collected for the recent Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation survey, 369 respondents provided narrative feedback. Many reiterated the importance of one of the priority services listed. This was especially true for the importance of short- and long-term mental health support as well as preventative mental health services to promote a culture of kindness and caring as well as early detection of mental health issues. The need for more programming for youth was another area frequently mentioned in the comments. This included the need for other positive opportunities for young people who are not interested in sports or arts.
C.H. Booth Library’s fine amnesty — the forgiveness on overdue books, videos, etc that were borrowed before January 4 and could not be returned while the library was recently closed — will end Tuesday, April 1.
Through an email to parents Thursday, March 27, Newtown Middle School Principal Thomas Einhorn announced that NMS Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore is retiring.Dr Salvatore has worked in the Newtown school district for 15 years, as an assistant principal at Reed Intermediate School, and assistant principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and as the assistant principal at NMS.The Newtown Board of Education has yet to discuss and accept Dr Salvatore’s retirement request.
President Barack Obama is planning to honor two Newtown residents, including the father of one of the 12/14 victims and the daughter of a 12/14 survivor, as Champions of Change. Sarah Clements, founder and chairwoman for the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, and Mark Barden, director of advocacy for Sandy Hook Promise, are among nine honorees being recognized for taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. The ceremony is set for Thursday, April 3. Although a minority of the Senate voted down common-sense legislation according to a White House release, the administration is continuing to take key steps to reduce gun violence by implementing more than 23 executive actions and elevating successful local efforts.
About 25 local volunteer firefighters attacked multiple brush fires along High Rock Road amid high winds on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 26, along an approximately 9,000-foot section of Grays Plain Plain Road near the Monroe border. There were no injuries. No houses, garages, or vehicles were damaged by the blazes, officials said. The first call reporting a fire was received at 3:24 pm from 49 High Rock Road. The last fire to be reported came in at 5:11 pm from the area near the intersection of High Rock Road and Great Ring Road. No evidence was found that the fires were intentionally set. The fires may have been sparked, said Fire Marshal Bill Halstead, by power lines that fell after a tree fell that afternoon, which resulted in sparking electricity in brush on the ground.
One day every year, local parents and people who care about Newtown’s children go back to school to learn about the latest trends, issues and concerns facing families and the community at the Parent Connection’s Parent Empowerment University. This year’s event, presented on march 22 in partnership with Brookfield CARES, was by far the best attended in its history according to Parent Connection Co-Founder Dorrie Carolan. She said she saw more than 220 registered attendees on hand, and at least 100 children tagging along for fun activities.
Police said that several roads will be closed to traffic at and near Fairfield Hills on Saturday, March 29, while the Sandy Hook 5K Road Race is being held in that area. Police will be stationed along the race route to prevent traffic flow there. Traffic will be prohibited from part of the main Fairfield Hills campus, as well as a section of Mile Hill Road South and a portion of Nunnawauk Road.
Police said they conducted special roving patrols for traffic enforcement during the St Patrick’s Day holiday period. Law enforcement grant money subsidized the extra patrols. Lieutenant George Sinko said that police issued no violations for driving under the influence. Other traffic and motor vehicle violations were reported by the local police department, however.
Newtown police working with police from other area towns will conduct an enforcement campaign against distracted driving from March 27 through April 2, according to Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police patrol division. Newtown police will be working with police from Bethel, Brookfield, Redding, and Ridgefield in the seven-day enforcement project. State police, as well as police from Monroe and Danbury, will conduct similar enforcement projects within their respective jurisdictions. The enforcement campaign will include use of unmarked vehicles, spotters, and roving patrols.