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  • Senate Proposal Eliminating Subdivision Hearings Draws Local Opposition

    Three Newtown residents are among the latest to add their signatures and support in opposition to Connecticut Senate Bill 405. According to the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) the bill would eliminate the ability of a planning commission to conduct public hearings on subdivisions to determine whether they comply with applicable law and regulations. Former Newtown Wetlands Enforcement officer Ann Astarita along with Newtown Forest Association officers Guy Peterson and Robert Eckenrode have joined dozens of other individuals, municipalities, forest, land trust, and environmental groups standing against the proposal. One group that is supporting the bill is The Home Builders & Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Connecticut, Inc, who says SB 405 addresses only the unnecessary hearings held to make the purely administrative decision on whether a subdivision application complies with the subdivision regulations.

  • Library Board Loses Longtime Member

    Daniel Cruson, a longtime member of the C.H. Booth Board of Trustees, has submitted a letter of resignation to the president of the board. The letter, mailed to Board President Martha Robilotti “over two weeks ago,” Mr Cruson said on Monday, April 14, was to be “effective upon the receipt of the letter.” He has currently served on the board of trustees for seven years, and had two more years remaining to serve. He had also served for several years previously, since the 1980s, he said. Mr Cruson has been cutting back on involvement in a number of activities in order to devote more time to his writing and research, he told The Newtown Bee this week. The final straw however, the move that pushed Mr Cruson to discontinue his involvement with the library's board of directors, was the treatment given to one of his books meant to be sold to support future Newtown Historical Society publications.

  • Malloy Touts Success Of CT Jobs Program

    Governor Dannel Malloy is touting the success of a state program that promotes job creation by providing wage subsidies and training grants to small businesses. The initiative, known as the Subsidized Training and Employment Program or Step Up, help cover the costs of training new hires during the first six months of employment. Gov Malloy announced Friday that the initiative has led to the hiring of 2,200 new workers.

  • Right To Record Police A Focus Of Connecticut Bill

    (AP) When East Haven police officers arrested a Catholic priest who was videotaping them in 2009, it sparked calls for the state legislature to better protect the public’s right to record the actions of law enforcement officials. Five years later, additional safeguards to that right have yet to make it to the governor’s desk.

  • New Superintendent Begins Work

    Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, officially assumed his new post as Newtown superintendent of schools on Monday, April 14. Dr Erardi was unanimously chosen for the position in January, following a months-long superintendent search, which used a consulting group from the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) led by Jacqueline Jacoby, community surveys, and focus group meetings. The January 17 decision also followed a January 10 site visit to Southington, where Dr Erardi had served as superintendent for the previous eight years, by Board of Education members. Former superintendent of schools John Reed returned in May 2013 to act as interim superintendent following the resignation of former superintendent Janet Robinson.

  • Library Board Hears Report On Director Search Focus Groups

    Dawn La Valle, Division of Library Development from the Connecticut State Library, reported to the C.H. Booth Library Board of Trustees, April 8, on the results of focus groups convened to comment on the library’s search for a new director. Ms La Valle and Mary Engels, director of the Middletown Library Service Center for the Connecticut State Library, conducted five different focus groups over the past two weeks, at the request of the new director search committee. Each group, she said, was posed two initial questions to help determine what skills and personal characteristics are considered most important in a new director of the C.H. Booth Library. Additional dialogue was encouraged in the course of the conversations. Input was received from a total of 31 people.

  • Regionalized Emergency Dispatching Proposal Draws More Fire

    The Newtown Police Union opposes a town proposal that would have municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls regionalized at a privately owned dispatching center in Prospect. The town has proposed regionalization as a cost savings measure.

  • New Community Center May Prompt Relocating Some Town Services

    Discussion during an April 7 Board of Selectmen meeting revealed that the eventual development of a community center being funded by a $15 million gift from General Electric may set up a domino effect of town department relocations. Shortly after a motion was made and unanimously approved to officially accept the GE donation, and a separate motion was approved to appropriate $450,000 for preconstruction and design work, First Selectman Pat Llodra initiated a discussion on strategic planning for municipal facilities. The selectmen also took up and approved a number of transfers, which will now go to the Board of Finance and Legislative Council for consideration.

  • Prosecutor Explains Criminal Justice System At Citizen Police Academy

    The chief law enforcement officer for the Judicial District of Danbury described the state’s criminal justice system to participants at a recent Citizen Police Academy session, explaining the workings of the state’s criminal courts, which annually handle thousands of cases forwarded to them by police. Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III gave a talk, “Criminal Justice After An Arrest: The Prosecutor’s Perspective” to about 20 academy participants.

  • GE Logistics Expert Elizabeth Rallo Moving On

    For more than a decade preceding the Sandy Hook tragedy, Easton resident and GE Capital staffer Elizabeth Rallo engaged herself in the business of producing or analyzing numbers, systems, and data. But those analytical talents translated expertly into the many hands-on skills she brought to bear on behalf of Newtown in the nearly one year she served the community coordinating special projects and facilitating communications among various groups and project managers post-12/14. On April 7, just a few days before the end of her formal period of service in town, Ms Rallo was honored by First Selectman Pat Llodra, the Board of Selectmen, and a number of town department heads and agency representatives who worked beside the GE logistics expert during the past 12 months.