Falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. The most common type of walking accidents is the slip and fall, which happens when someone falls while walking on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or on a street not clear of snow or ice. "The most dangerous part of a snowstorm may be the day or days following the snow when sunny skies and higher temperatures during the day melt the snow, and lower temperatures at night refreeze the melted snow, creating a cycle that could continue for days, a hazardous condition for walking and driving,” said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, executive director of Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA). SIMA, the North American nonprofit organization representing the snow removal industry, has a few tips on safe winter walking.
An approaching winter storm is expected to impact the tri-state region during the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state of Connecticut. The warning covering northern Fairfield County will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 am Friday, February 14. Snow accumulations are predicted to reach between 8 and 12 inches. Winds will be northeast 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Visibilities will be one-quarter of a mile or less at times. Snow will develop late tonight and continue during the day Thursday before tapering off Thursday night. Some sleet may mix with the snow. Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events, and businesses that will have their hours of operation affected by the storm are invited to contact The Newtown Bee to get that information out.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an afternoon event on Sunday, March 2, beginning at 1 pm. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, a fraternal organization, began in 1899 after the Spanish American War. As of today, there almost 7,000 VFW posts in the United States. Newtown’s post, founded in March 1939, is the eighth oldest in Connecticut. The public is invited to join members of VFW Post 308 for the March 2 celebration. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and cake will be served. Also, Past Connecticut State Commander Ed Zamm (1960-61) will present a citation from the National VFW Commander-in-Chief at the celebration.
Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he’d use for his housewarming party. He’d seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. But last year, they learned that was unlikely to happen. His mother, Collette Bement Langner, said they were told that DDS no longer has the money to provide him residential supports, and that Scott would likely live with his parents until they die. Now Scott, 27, is reluctant to even consider developing skills that would help him live more independently. When his mother suggested learning to cook, he told her, “I don’t want to talk about that anymore. That makes me really sad. I don’t want you to die.”
Police are investigating “a suspicious incident,” in which a man, who was driving a dark-colored sedan near the intersection of Glover Avenue and Main Street, stopped and unsuccessfully offered a ride to a lone 13-year-old boy who was walking home from Newtown Middle School on the afternoon of Monday, February 10.
There were no injuries in the incident.
Police Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police department’s patrol unit, said February 11 that police have no suspects in the case, but are working with police in other towns in the probe.
“We have a couple of leads we’re looking into,” Lt Sinko said.
After turning down the ride, the youth ran home, where he called a parent, who then called the school, which then called police about the brief incident.
According to its Facebook page, the 2014 Relay For Life of Newtown kickoff meeting has been rescheduled to tonight. The event, which was originally scheduled for Monday, February 3, was postponed last week due to the first of two snowstorms that blanketed the region with snow during the week. The kickoff will now take place Monday, February 10, at 7 pm, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall.
Ready to answer selectmen’s questions about their Park Gift Fund, a small account that has swelled due to a flood of post-12/14 contributions, Parks and Recreation Department Chairman Amy Mangold and commission Chairman Ed Marks spoke with selectmen Monday, February 3.
As of January 31 this year, an influx of funds supporting a playground project, dog park, trees, gardens, and scholarships, the Park Gift Fund total is $299,785.88.
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.
A vacant, deteriorated building on Church Hill Road that town officials have long considered to be an eyesore was demolished this week following the town’s pursuit of its removal through the provisions of the recently enacted municipal anti-blight ordinance.Workers using heavy equipment demolished the decayed 2,840-square-foot wood-frame structure at 57 Church Hill Road, which formerly was the location of Apex Glass. The glass firm is now located on Riverside Road.The Church Hill Road structure, which was built in 1940, initially was the site of American Wire. American Wire’s current abutting location at 57-A Church Hill Road (a/k/a 1 Wire Road) lies just northwest of the demolition site.Both 57 and 57-A Church Hill Road sites are owned by Wilnin Capital, LLC, whose general partner is Ray Chodos of Greenwich.George Benson, town director of planning and land use, said that the building’s demolition represents the town’s anti-blight ordinance in action.
At one point late in the Board of Selectmen’s 2014-15 budget deliberations, Selectman James Gaston, Sr, observed, “You have to be disciplined when times are good and you have to be disciplined when times are bad.”His comment came as he and fellow Selectman Will Rodgers along with First Selectman Pat Llodra prepared to move a municipal budget request to the Board of Finance representing a 0.3 percent overall increase above the current year.