Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School. Diversified Project Management is assisting the Public Building and Site Commission in managing the Sandy Hook School Project, Svigals + Partners was chosen to be the architect/engineers of the new school, and Consigli Construction was chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs. Aaron Krueger, project manager for Consigli Construction, reported that the project is proceeding according to schedule. “So far it is going very well,” said Mr Krueger. Julie McFadden, project manager for Svigals + Partners...
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started. People who want to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center to fill out an open-burning permit form. There is a $5 fee for permits, and open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.
“Sandy Hook School — 1956 — Visitors Welcome.” The white sign is now iconic, having appeared in countless news video clips and photographs following 12/14. The date, 1956, was the year the school opened, but its story began a couple of years earlier. It was January 28, 1954, when the Board of Education conducted a special meeting to address the town’s rising population. Reports predicted such an overwhelming increase of school-aged children that another educational facility would be needed.
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, October 31: 10:25 am, motor vehicle accident, near 85 Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook r...
DANBURY – The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc. has named a panel of volunteers to serve on a distribution committee to examine unmet needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. The distribution committee will make recommendations to the foundation board of directors regarding the release of funds from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Close to $4 million is available to help with short-term and long-term needs. An additional $7.7 million was previously distributed to the families most impacted by the tragedy.The committee, made up entirely of Newtown and Sandy Hook residents, includes...
John Voket, Kendra Bobowick & Andrew Gorosko
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
An absence of competition for numerous elected positions including First Selectman, the Board of Selectmen, the finance board, the Police Commission and a two-year post on the Board of Education may have contributed to a lower than normal turnout in local voting at Newtown's four precincts today. According to local registrars, a total of 4,438 voters cast ballots today across Newtown, down from 5,225 total votes cast in 2011.
A new mural with the name of Newtown's veterans who have served in the Armed Forces will be formally unveiled on Saturday, November 9, at Newtown Municipal Center. Local artist David Merrill has been working on the project for over a year. Following the unveiling, light refreshments will be served at nearby VFW Post 308.
“It’s up,” said Laurie McCollum, who has been working for months to coordinate a new veteran’s mural by artist David Merrill. And, “it’s amazing,” she said. The mural is now covered and hanging in the Newtown Municipal Center, awaiting its unveiling at a small ceremony on November 9 at 11 am.
Since April 2012 Mr Merrill has designed and painted the mural, which contains the names of Newtown’s men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since 1971. An earlier remembrance for those who served prior to 1971 is in Edmond Town Hall. Looking forward to the unveiling and the culmination of much hard work, she said, “I can’t believe it’s almost over. We have put so much into this.”
Newtown is well on its way toward meeting a nine percent fund balance goal by the end of fiscal year 2015 as a result of unforeseen revenue surpluses and curtailed spending by various town departments in the fiscal cycle that ended June 30, 2013.
Finance Director Robert Tait has been reporting on the fund balance progress during recent meetings with the Boards of Selectmen and Finance. He told The Bee this week that the unaudited revenue enhancements and savings combine infuse the fund by $916,963 – bringing the account to $9,296,713 or 8.76 percent of budget.
“It’s a good lease,” said Fairfield Hills Authority member Ross Carley, regarding an agreement now being finalized between Newtown Parent Connection (NPC) and the town.
Its terms have been approved by the Fairfield Hills Authority, but the lease is still in draft format, said Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker.