The Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG) has released an updated budget fact sheet to share information about the proposed 2015-16 school budget. The fact sheet was prepared by NEAG in collaboration with the school district’s Central Office, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, and with Newtown’s PTAs and its PTSA. As the fact sheet summarizes, the 2015-16 proposed school budget totals $71,587,946, which represents a $242,642 or .34 percent increase over the current fiscal year. The school budget was approved unanimously by the Board of Finance to the $71,587,946 after a reduction to budget of $665,542, during its meeting on Thursday, March 12.
On February 12, 2007, single mother Carolyn Tuft and her 15-year-old daughter, Kirsten Hinckley, of Salt Lake City, Utah, walked into a card shop in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City. They were shopping for humorous valentines and birthday cards for her son, Scott Hinckley,
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is reviewing a request for sanitary sewer service at an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, where a local developer/builder proposes the construction of a 74-unit apartment complex known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village. WSA members agreed on March 12 that the sewering proposal would be the subject of a WSA public hearing on April 1. Developer/builder Michael Burton wants the WSA to designate 9,250 gallons of sewage treatment capacity at the sewage plant for wastewater disposal. The project would include an affordable housing component. Mr Burton is proposing the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 Overlay Zone (IH-10), a zoning designation that was recently created by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).
Mother Nature is not letting go of winter easily today. Newtown, and the region, is expected to see a little more snow before the Vernal Equinox arrives at 6:45 this evening. According to the National Weather Service (New York, NY Office), snow is expected to arrive in Newtown “mainly after 1 pm,” and will continue well into the overnight hours. Accumulation of up to 5 inches is possible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 2 am Saturday for northern Fairfield County and other parts of the state. Reduced visibility and slippery roads are expected, according to the advisory. Due to the impending weather, early closings and cancellations are being announced. Groups, organizations, clubs and businesses with plans that will be affected by today's weather are invited to contact The Newtown Bee to have their announcement shared. Listings will be added to this story as they arrive, and also shared through Facebook and Twitter.
Opponents of a controversial proposal to construct a large multifamily housing complex at a 35-acre site near Exit 10 of Interstate 84 are urging the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) to reject a developer’s requests to provide the project with sanitary sewer service and to designate certain wastewater treatment capacity for its use. The WSA conducted a public hearing on March 12 on 79 Church Hill Road, LLC’s, application submitted on behalf of developer Sirjohn Papageorge of Trumbull. About 30 members of the public attended the lengthy hearing. It continues to remain unclear how many dwellings the developer is actually seeking to construct.
With the snip of an oversized pair of shears, a group of about a dozen local and state officials, supporters, and local school staffers celebrated the opening of a new and independent health center at Newtown Middle School March 13. Newtown resident Melanie Bonjour, the school health center manager for the Danbury-based Connecticut Institute for Communities, organized a brief speaking program ahead of the ribbon-cutting festivities, which included remarks from local and state supporters. Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Janet Brancifort told those gathered for the event that the center is a “fine product today, and tomorrow will be even better."
Freshman State Senator Tony Hwang, who represents Newtown, understands the long-term effects the Sandy Hook tragedy will have on the community. Among his strongest initiatives in Hartford so far this first session is trying to ensure that posttraumatic fallout from 12/14 is not continually exacerbated by individuals who initiate threats resulting in lock-ins, evacuations, and other disruptive reactions at local schools, as well as in other school districts across the state. On Friday, March 20, flanked by Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe and School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, Sen Hwang will formally introduce Senate Bill 1108 — The Zero Tolerance Safe School Environment Act. If successful, the bill would elevate Threatening in the First Degree to a Class C felony from a Class D felony, and Threatening in the Second Degree to a Class D felony from a Class A misdemeanor.
The Police Commission has scheduled a special meeting for next week to discuss the traffic safety issues that exist at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority.
The meeting is slated for 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24, at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street.
Police Commission members have been reviewing traffic data which indicate that during a six-year period, representing calendar years 2009 through 2014 inclusive, there were 94 reported traffic accidents in the area of the five-legged flagpole intersection.
After hearing from one resident, who spoke in support of the school district budget, the Board of Finance on March 12 unanimously recommended a 2015-16 budget proposal of $111,730,513 to the Legislative Council, representing a 0.6 percent increase over the current year. Finance Board Chairman John Kortze subsequently presented those recommendations to the council on March 18.