At 6 pm, with just two hours before polls close, 3,421 residents had converged on Newtown Middle School to cast ballots for the 2013-14 town wide budget. This referendum marks the first time in recent history that residents are being asked to cast separate ballots on the school district and municipal budget proposals. Polls remain open until 8 pm.
With just under 5,000 of the town’s eligible voters casting ballots today, the first split town budget referendum failed on both sides. But most voters also took the time to express through ballot questions that both budget requests failed because residents felt the amounts tendered for next year’s spending plan were too high. On the town side of the ballot, 2,207 endorsed the request with 2,273 voting No – a difference of 66. And on the school district side, 1,994 voted for the budget but 2,476 rejected it.
A number of locusts were recently cut down at Treadwell Park on Philo Curtis Road. While residents may have been surprised to see the trees suddenly gone, Parks & Recreation Director of Parks Carl Samuelson says it was actually time for the trees to be taken down. And now, through a generous donation at no cost to the town, the trees will soon be replaced by 26 Zelkova trees, to be planted on a future date. The trees are a donation stemming from 12/14.
The Newtown Registrar of Voters office will have special hours today for those who still need to register to vote in tomorrow’s referendum. Residents who do not own property assessed at more than $1,000 as posted on the October 2012 Grand List can still vote on Tuesday, April 23, by registering to vote today. The Registrar of Voters office, located within Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be open today from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, has asked Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 pm today in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.
Following a week in which they had time to review a thick binder of options for a Sandy Hook Elementary School site, the 28 members of the Sandy Hook School Task Force met for the third time, Friday evening, April 19. The binder was compiled by members of a technical team that had walked the Task Force through its contents one week earlier...
The Motion Pictures Association of America is changing its rating system to better inform parents about violence in movies. CEO Christopher Dodd announced the tweaks in Las Vegas April 16 at the annual movie-theater convention, CinemaCon. The White House has called on the movie industry to give parents better tools to monitor violence in media since the Newtown school shooting.
Forty-three charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting have informed Connecticut officials they have so far raised nearly $20.4 million and distributed close to $2.9 million of that money. The money already distributed has gone to the families of the 26 victims at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, including 20 first graders and six educators, as well as a variety of related causes. The list includes the local police union and fire companies, equipment for a faculty room at the new Sandy Hook school (the former Chalk Hill School, in Monroe, where SHS students are currently attending classes), mental health care for first responders and Sandy Hook families, and materials for teachers’ classrooms.
Following a pair of meetings April 15 and 16, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she has secured a commitment from state officials that they will waive certain procedural requirements to help fast-track any reconstruction or new construction the town proposes related to Sandy Hook S...
As parents, Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel were plunged into grief when their only child, 6-year-old Avielle, was killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As scientists, they wanted answers about what could lead a person to commit such violence. The couple believes it is unlikely there ever will be a full answer explaining why a man gunned down 26 people inside the school late last year. But they feel more research into brain health — and how a propensity for violence is manifested — could help prevent future tragedies.