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  • Four-Minute Budget Hearing Calls For School Support

    Karyn Holden and Kinga Walsh, co-chairs of the Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG), were the sole representatives of more than 6,000 Newtown taxpaying households at this week’s annual Legislative Council public hearing on the 2015-16 budget proposal.

    Ms Walsh, reading from a prepared statement, took a little more than two minutes to relate the group’s collective advocacy for the education budget request, and the session adjourned a few moments later with nobody else in the sparse audience opting to come to the microphone.

  • Info Session Scheduled On Proposed Cuts To State’s Voluntary Services Program

    State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and representatives from The Arc Connecticut will attend an information session at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, April 9. The discussion will concern proposed cuts in the 2016 and 2017 state spending plan that were presented by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 18, to the Voluntary Services Program, within the Department of Developmental Services.

  • P&Z Endorses Hawleyville Sewer System Extension

    Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

  • GOP Meet & Greet Invites Unaffiliated Voters

    The Newtown Republican Town Committee is calling all party members who may currently, or at some point in the future, consider serving their community in an elected or appointed capacity. And for the first time, the GOP is actively recruiting unaffiliated voters who may have expertise or knowledge they can contribute by filling Republican vacancies on appointed boards.

  • Newtown Prevention Council Focusing On Resiliency

    At the Newtown Prevention Council meeting on Thursday, March 19, members reviewed a workshop conducted in January and worked on ways to continue its efforts to foster a resilient community.

    Prevention Council Vice Chair Donna Culbert said the January event involved 75 people gathering to work on the effort, “and there was a lot of really thoughtful discussion and a lot of concrete suggestions and ideas that were shared.”

  • Public Works Covers $205K In Winter Storm Shortfalls Internally

    The Board of Finance was expected to approve $205,000 in internal Highway Department transfers at its March 26 regular meeting. 

    But Town Finance Director Robert Tait said beforehand that such transfers are routine, particularly when the funds come from other lines within the same department.

  • HealthVest Makes Bid To Build Behavioral Health Facility At Fairfield Hills

    Psychiatric hospital developers have submitted a formal letter of intent (LOI) for a land lease to establish a roughly 100-bed facility at Fairfield Hills, which the campus authority members moved to accept Monday.

    Speaking with the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) this week was CBRE First Vice President Randy Eigen, who introduced himself as the real estate broker representing Richard Kresch, MD. Dr Kresch is the CEO of US HealthVest, a behavioral health care venture.

  • Mulholland Elected To Second Term As P&Z Chairman

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)  held its annual election of officers on March 19, naming Republican Robert Mulholland of Sandy Hook to a second one-year term as the agency’s chairman.

    Mr Mulholland had served as the panel’s vice chairman before first becoming its chairman more than a year ago.

    Named to a second one-year term as vice chairman was Republican Michael Porco, Sr.

  • Lanza House Demolished By Town

    The former home of Nancy Lanza and her son Adam was demolished on March 23. By about 9:45 am on Monday, the house had disappeared and a large excavator was loading the demolition debris into dumpsters positioned on an earthen terrace at the Yogananda Street site.

    The house was the initial crime scene where Adam Lanza shot his mother in the tragic series of events that ultimately led to the deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • Council Committees Begin Budget Meetings Monday; Hearing Set For Wednesday

    Although Legislative Council committees are not permitted to deliberate actions on the proposed 2015-16 budget request until after a planned Public Hearing Wednesday, March 25, two of those three committees are planning to meet beforehand to begin collecting data.