After several suggested but failed attempts to amend main motions, the Legislative Council voted to send a second round budget request to taxpayers with a $900,000 reduction. That will make the bottom line request $110,249,825, representing a 3.87 percent increase in spending over the current year. If approved, the increase will generate a 2013-14 mill rate of 33.42, reflecting a 4.29 percent increase in the tax rate. A second referendum is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, at Newtown Middle School, from 6 am until 8 pm. Absentee ballots will be available in the Town Clerk's beginning Friday, May 3, and a special Saturday session for absentee voting is set for Saturday, May 11 from 9 am to noon.
A June 18 national Electronic Security Expo (ESX) will be featuring Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe as the featured speaker of its Industry IceBreaker Luncheon. In times of tragedy public safety officials react. On 12/14, Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe had the extremely difficult job of reacting to an elementary school scene that no one could have imagined. ESX Chair George De Marco said he was looking forward to hearing Chief Kehoe’s thoughts on how the public and private safety sectors can work together to protect families and children.
Trees cut down at Treadwell Park in mid-April were quickly replaced thanks to a donation. The story started with a letter in December, and ended with donors and volunteers who are “forever changed,” after helping to plant trees over the weekend of April 26 and 27, said resident Laura King. Twenty-six Zelkova trees now stand where 19 locusts had been along the upper wall overlooking Treadwell’s fields.
Planting trees is “such a beautiful gesture,” Ms King said. “What’s more beautiful than to plant them and watch them grow? They will provide shelter and comfort for years to come.”
When Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) members respond to aquatic emergency calls, they soon will be doing so in a new custom-built dive boat designed to maximize the volunteer organization’s effectiveness on the water. NUSAR recently acquired the 20-foot-long aluminum dive boat, which replaces its 19-foot fiberglass dive boat. Viking Welded Boats of New Hampshire fabricated the boat to NUSAR’s specifications.
Kathy Suhoza was installed as the president of the Newtown Board of Realtors in January, a task she called “daunting.” Although one of the top selling realtors for eight of the ten years she has worked as a real estate professional with Coldwell Banker, and confident of her ability to lead local realtors out of a sluggish period, the Newtown resident was unsure what kind of situation she was stepping into, following 12/14. Ms Suhoza and local realtors had been warned by area colleagues that the Newtown/Sandy Hook real estate situation could expect to stagnate or take a loss. Instead, Ms Suhoza said on Tuesday, April 16, Newtown realtors have seen the resilience and courage portrayed by the town result in a positive response.
The town’s building official has sent the owner of a decaying Berkshire Road house a letter informing him that the vacant, rundown building has been condemned by the town due to its deterioration, and is asking him whether he intends to improve the structure to bring it up to habitable standards.
Chief Building Official John Poeltl said April 29 that he has sent homeowner Santiago Britt a letter requesting an immediate response about his intentions regarding the house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34).
After investigating a report of suspicious activity having occurred at that house, police determined on April 26, that unusual, but not criminal, activity had taken place there. Newtown Police Lieutenant Richard Robinson said that an investigation found that someone had deposited between 200 and 300 one-gallon plastic jugs filled with urine within two rooms in the house.
Come Have Coffee And Conversation Come Have Coffee is a small support group that meets once weekly at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering, 102 Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center. This is not a therapy session, just a chance for anyo...
Residents who stopped by the Office of the First Selectman during the early part of last week had the opportunity to sign a 4 x 6-foot banner to be sent to the mayor’s office in Boston. Municipal Center staff members and first responders, as well as solidarity between the two towns rocked by violence in the past months.
Newtown’s State Rep Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) has challenged lawmakers to block an automatic 16-percent gas tax hike, scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013. The wholesale gross receipts tax on petroleum is scheduled to go from 7 percent per gallon to 8.1 percent, percent, with Newtown residents paying some of the highest gas prices in the state.
When nominations for the Citizen Service Before Self Honors Award, sponsored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, were received in December, there were overwhelming nominations to recognize the valor and selflessness of the teachers and staff at Sandy Hook School during the events of 12/14.Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President Tom Wilkerson said the nominations for the award came from across the country. Nominations were received by December 28, and when judging was completed, General Wilkerson (US Marine Corps, Retired) said there was a unanimous idea between the judges to make an effort to visit Sandy Hook...