State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials this week provided more details on their plans to improve a 1,100-foot-long section of Church Hill Road, including realigning the broadly offset intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road to make it a conventional four-way signalized intersection. Six DOT officials attended a July 22 informational session to answer questions on the approximately $4 million construction project, which is slated to start in April 2016. Approximately 20 people attended the session, about half of whom were local officials, with affected property owners also present.
About 2:33 am on Sunday, July 20, police received a call reporting that a vehicle had driven off the road and gone down an embankment alongside Hawleyville Road (Route 25), near the Brookfield town line. Police responded to the area to investigate and that motorist Robert Pallo, 62, of Brookfield, who was driving a 1991 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, was trapped inside the sports car amid trees and brush on an embankment on residential property at 63 Hawleyville Road. There were no passengers. Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company firefighters and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps were called to the scene.
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the zoning aspects of the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 31, at Newtown Municipal Center. The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) had been poised to review and possibly act on the wetlands protection aspects of the school project at a July 23 session, following a public hearing the commission held two weeks earlier. IWC did not reach a quorum on July 23, however, so it has scheduled a special meeting on the application for review and possible action for 7:30 pm on Monday, July 28, also at Newtown Municipal Center.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Robert Klee this week announced that as part of the ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, will be "Free State Parks Weekend” in Connecticut. For the weekend, all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout Connecticut’s state park system.
The public is invited to join Newtown Parks & Recreation Department staff and supporters for a grand opening celebration for the new Dickinson Memorial Playground (FunSpace II) on Saturday, July 26. The celebration will take place at 11 am at Dickinson Park. “We are very excited to be moving forward with our playground celebration,” Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold said recently. The day will be a celebration of a “creative and fun” play area that has “come to its full fruition due to hundreds of donations” following 12/14. Saturday will be a “wonderful community celebration with some special speeches, music, refreshments, and lots of excitement,” said Ms Mangold.
Absentee ballots are available for the Republican Primary to be held in Newtown on Tuesday, August 12. Any qualified registered voter may vote by absentee if unable to vote in person due to any number of reasons. Special hours will also be available for those who wish to apply for an absentee ballot on Saturday, August 9.
The Annual Friends of the C.H. Booth Library Book Sale ended Wednesday, July 16, and while the final tally is not yet in, Friends spokesperson Denise Kaiser said that she is optimistic that the numbers generated this year will be comparable to last year’s sale, which generated $108,000. Bills and reimbursement by the book recycling center discoverbooks.com, which takes away the very last of the books for resale or pulp, will determine the final numbers. “If all is perfect,” Ms Kaiser said, both the gross and the net “should be about equal to last year’s sale.” Despite not knowing the exact amount raised, she said that there is no doubt that the Friends will be able to keep its annual donation commitment to the library, and be able to fund another round of the Vision Project at C.H. Booth Library this year.
A Newtown man, who is a former National Football League player accused of having illegally sold potent prescription painkillers at his home in April and May, on July 15 had his case continued to August 5 in Danbury Superior Court. Gennaro DiNapoli, 39, in June pleaded not guilty to two counts of illegal sale of narcotics. Those charges stem from a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation. DiNapoli, who is represented by attorney Gerald Hecht, is free on $150,000 bail on the drug charges.