The Police Commission has promoted three police officers following promotional testing and interviews with the candidates. On Tuesday, December 2, following a two-hour executive session for deliberations on the promotions, the commission promoted David Kullgren from the rank of sergeant to lieutenant, Matthew Wood from the rank of patrolman to sergeant, and Scott Ruszczyk from the rank of patrolman to sergeant. Two of the three were sworn in during a December 5 ceremony at Town Hall South.
With forecasts calling for more rain this weekend, organizers of the Sandy Hook Village Tree Lighting say this weekend’s event will go on rain or shine. The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, December 6. Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Marketing Director Melissa Lopata that SHOP is expecting “many visitors” for the annual event, and the business organization is taking additional steps to make sure people enjoy the event regardless of the weather.
In honor of Sunday, December 7, being the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, “an unprovoked act of war against the United States,” President Barack Obama said December 5, all United States flags are to be lowered on Sunday in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Likewise, Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Friday directed US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff on Sunday.
Police report that a burglary occurred in Hawleyville on the morning of Tuesday, December 2, at a home on Old Bethel Road, near the Bethel town line. At some time between 10:35 and 10:45 am, a white man estimated to be 35-to-40 years old with short brown hair, who was wearing a blue jacket and blue pants, forced his way into the house by kicking in a rear door, apparently believing that no one was inside the building at that time, said police Detective Jason Frank.
Residents at a public hearing next week will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions about Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1’s proposal to build a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site with frontage on Church Hill Road.
The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has scheduled the public hearing for 7 pm on Wednesday, December 10, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Under the proposal, the fire company would buy undeveloped land for firehouse construction from Trinity Episcopal Church at 36 Main Street. After selling the fire company the 3.16 acres for $500,000, the church’s property would then decrease from 8.06 acres to 4.9 acres.
Residents are invited to attend this weekend's tree lighting celebrations on Friday night at Ram Pasture, Saturday evening in Sandy Hook Center, and again on Sunday in Hawleyville. Saturday's festivities include illuminating two trees, one of sentimental value and tradition, and a newer tree covered in green and white lights.
Despite some assertions on social media, rumors that the town is planning to acquire NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills with $10 million earmarked in the Capital Improvement Plan are simply that — rumors — according to First Selectman Pat Llodra. On November 29, Democratic Registrar of Voters and Commission on Aging member LeReine Frampton posted on Facebook that the town “is buying it for 10 million.” Mrs Llodra said that such a decision may be years away. “We just don’t know how it will unfold,” she said as the town moves forward with Phase One of three, which will utilize a generous $15 million grant provided to the town last year by General Electric to construct and operate a new recreation facility.
Town police plan to conduct two charitable drives for the needy during the holiday season — one for toys and one for food. On Saturday, December 6, police will conduct a Toys For Tots drive from 10 am to 2 pm at two locations in Newtown. Then on December 13 Newtown police will be joined by officers from Redding for a Stuff-A-Cruiser event that will benefit food pantries in both towns.
Tax relief for Newtown’s senior citizens, commercial development and student enrollment are among the topics to be discussed with John Kortze, chairman of the Board of Finance, and members of the Legislative Council and Board of Education during a special meeting with senior residents on Tuesday, December 9.
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on December 5 that Connecticut has received two federal grants totaling more than $3.5 million to create safer, more nurturing environments in schools. Connecticut was one of 12 states out of more than 3...