In a post to the high school blog on November 19, Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais announced a Morning Traffic Experiment.“Morning traffic at Newtown High School is replete with challenges — parents dropping off students, student drivers, buses, commuters accessing I-84, two traffic lights, and a traffic control officer who tries to coordinate it all. It has been suggested that, even with all of the challenges, traffic conditions might be smoother without a traffic control officer directing the flow of traffic on Route 34 at the high school entrance,” Mr Dumais wrote.
Every time Nina and David Stout run a home appliance or flip a light switch, they can thank the sun.
Solarize Newtown celebrated its first solar installation at the Stout residence at 9 Grand Place on Saturday, November 9. With a yard clear of trees, Mr Stout said, “I have always known I had a really good house for solar.”
The 40-panel, 10kw system now in place on the Stouts’ roof is expected to generate more than 100 percent of their electricity needs. Mr Stout said estimates that his system is at 108 percent, which means CL&P would cut him a check for the difference at the end of the year.
There is a curving section of Wasserman Way, just east of its intersection with Mile Hill Road South, which is especially hazardous during wet conditions, with many westbound motorists having been involved in accidents there. Most typically, the incidents are one-vehicle crashes in which westbound autos travel off the road, sometimes rolling over and sometimes ripping down sections of chain-link fence at the southwest corner of the Reed Intermediate School grounds. On the afternoon of Thursday, November 7 amid rainy, wet road conditions, yet another accident happened in the area, which has a posted 30 mph speed limit. That afternoon, a westbound SUV that encountered slick conditions went out of control, entered the eastbound lane and collided head-on with a full-size eastbound coach bus, resulting in heavy damage to the Honda. Police said that if the dynamics of the collision been somewhat different, the SUV driver could have been much more seriously injured.
Monday evening, Newtown gave General Electric a standing ovation. It came as several dozen residents attending a series of municipal meetings heard the announcement that the community will receive a $15 million multi-year grant from GE for the development, construction and operation of a community center. A release provided at the November 18 Board of Selectmen's meeting from First Selectman Pat Llodra stated that "it became increasingly clear during the recovery from last year’s tragedy that (Newtown) lacks a central meeting space for the whole community." The community center will be funded by GE, which has more than 150 employees living in Newtown. Of the $15 million, $10 million will be...
Newtown Lions Club member Dick Kovacs recently presented a check to Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) President Colette Ercole and Vice President Audrey Locorotondo to support the local group’s efforts. WIN benefits Newtown all year round; the club’s November program, “Thanksgiving Baskets,” is a townwide event involving Newtown’s Department of Social Services, Girl Scouts, various churches and businesses, and individuals. The benefits go well beyond Thanksgiving Day. Social Services provides WIN with a list of families in need, and the program provides food not only for their Thanksgiving meal, but also for an entire month.
Chase Kowalski loved to run, bike and swim. Most of all he loved to race. The summer before he was killed inside Sandy Hook Elementary School with 19 other students and six staff members, the 7-year-old competed in his first triathlon. Wearing swim shoes and riding his red Lightning McQueen bicycle inspired by the speedy character from the movie Cars, Chase competed in a 20-yard swim, a half-mile ride and a third-of-a-mile run. He finished first in his age group. Now Chase’s family has started a foundation in his memory that will help other children experience the thrill of the race. The Chase Kowalski Memorial Fund is teaming with the Greater Waterbury YMCA to support that organization’s existing triathlon program for kids, and work to spread the program across the country.
The regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library was delayed Tuesday evening, November 12, when a malfunctioning boiler set off fire alarms, evacuating the barely seated board members, staff, and patrons into the cold night. Hook & Ladder Fire Company, responding to the alarm, swept the building, gave it the okay, and within 20 minutes, everyone was back in the building and back to business.
The business of the evening for the Board of Trustees focused primarily on the report from the search process committee and fundraising efforts, with an executive session at the end of the evening resulting in current Assistant Library Director Beryl Harrison being named “acting director.”
About 60 people, many current or former armed service members, turned out Saturday morning for a brief unveiling ceremony of a memorial mural created for the Newtown Municipal Center by local artist David Merrill honoring all residents who have served since 1971.
The new work, which has been in process since April 2012, is a companion piece to a mural Mr Merrill created at Edmond Town Hall honoring all Newtown’s vets who served prior to 1971. The artist was feted by a number of guests at the November 9 event..
Sandy Hook Promise has announced the launch of Parent Together, a national grassroots campaign to educate and empower parents to prevent gun violence in their communities. Emphasizing mental wellness, connection to community and gun safety, the campaign will bring parents together around their common love for all children to help prevent not just the next Sandy Hook tragedy, but also thousands of other acts of gun violence every year.The campaign launches November 14, one month before the one-year mark of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, in an effort to ensure that Sandy Hook is remembered as a place where real and lasting transformation began. Sandy Hook Promise will begin to roll out proven tools and programs for parents to implement in their communities that focus on mental wellness, community connectedness, and gun safety.
A town police officer diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), who has not worked since the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook School, has been informed by the town that he could be fired as a police officer.
Town officials have nothing to say on the topic, declining comment and terming the issue a personnel matter. In an August 9 letter to Officer Bean, Police Chief Michael Kehoe wrote, in part, that under the terms of the police department’s rules and regulations, termination of his employment is warranted and would be recommended to the Police Commission.