UPDATE: Due to anticipated weather, this event has been postponed to Wednesday, January 4. || Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, will hold a one-hour community forum on Wednesday, January 28, starting at 2:30 pm, at Newtown Senior Center. During the gathering, the superintendent will share information on the present state of Newtown schools and will also share information on how the community can be an active partner with teaching and learning. In addition, Dr Erardi will share new initiatives that the Board of Education has introduced within the 2014-15 school year.
Sandy Hook Promise, the community organization founded in the days following 12/14, announced Monday, January 12, its partnership with Beyond Differences, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending social isolation in schools across the country. Together, they are promoting February 13 as National No One Eats Alone Day, and urging schools to participate in tackling the epidemic of social exclusion by holding lunchtime events at their schools with activities that encourage students to engage with one another. In time for National No One Eats Alone Day, schools can request a toolkit of materials, games, icebreakers, and ideas that help students engage with others at lunchtime and create a more inclusive environment in their school and community. The toolkit comes in the form of a backpack filled with game ideas, conversation starters, ways to publicize their events, and more. The backpacks are sent free of charge.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Current openings exist on the Board of Ethics, Commission on Aging, Conservation Commission, Cultural Arts Commission, Design Advisory Board, Hattertown Historic District, Inland Wetlands Commission, Lake Lillinonah Authority and Sustainable Energy Commission.
Kids from across the country will be honored by Newtown Kindness at the non-profit’s Third Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards on Saturday, February 21. The ceremony will honor eight to ten finalists and 15-20 runners up from across the country who have demonstrated the Newtown Kindness mission, to “think kindly and act boldly” through outstanding acts of kindness. The deadline to register for the awards is this Thursday, January 15.
DANBURY — The estates of two of the first-graders who were killed in the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School are the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the town that seeks money damages. The civil action is dated December 12, 2014, on court papers. The lawsuit seeks unspecified money damages exceeding $15,000. The case is filed in Danbury Superior Court. Named as plaintiffs in the suit are the estates of Noah Pozner and Jesse Lewis, both of whom were among the 26 people killed by gunman Adam Lanza, 20, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Named as defendants in the legal action are the Town of Newtown, represented by Ms Aurelia; the Board of Education, represented by Schools Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr; and Sandy Hook Elementary School, represented by Principal Kathleen Gombos.
The Newtown Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its state reaccreditation process. A team of inspectors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) is scheduled to visit the police station on January 23 to examine its policies and procedures documents as they relate to the state’s Tier 1 police accreditation process. The police department has had Tier 1 accreditation since 2005 and is seeking reaccreditation for the third time.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road. The fire company has not yet responded to an email from the commissioner concerning the requested traffic report, Mr Mangiafico said this week. Hook & Ladder has been trying to build a new firehouse for years, to replace the town-owned building at 45 Main Street that has long been considered structurally unsound.
State police report that at about 6:40 pm on January 4, they received a report from the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution there had been an inmate assault. State police said their investigation found that inmate George Montanez, 42, had struck his 25-year-old cellmate in the chest and the face.
Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond. By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members. Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.