- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 10:06 am
It appears, at least for this year, state labor unions will not agree to help some of the agencies their own members depend on for support when they are in times of crisis.
The idea of adjusting certain prevailing wage conditions, which some say adds as much as a 30 percent increase to state and government-funded building and capital projects, is apparently stalled in statehouse discussions even though some lawmakers say alternatives on the table could reward state laborers with even more jobs and higher earnings in the long run.
- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 9:24 am
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said May 6 he is investigating the cause of an accidental fire that destroyed a cape-style house at 4 Aunt Park Lane in Hattertown early on the morning of Monday, May 4. The fire did not start due to the presence of compressed propane within two large tanks near the house, but after the fire started, the gas intensified the blaze, fueling the flames, he said.
- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 9:10 am
As state budget cuts threaten to eliminate funding for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, efforts to preserve the more than 200-year-old militia unit continue.
- Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:37 am
Conneticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” Friday, May 8, due to predicted elevated ground-level ozone pollution for northern Fairfield, Northern New Haven, Litchfield, Hartford and Tolland counties.
A forecast of “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” indicates increased likelihood of respiratory symptoms and breathing discomfort in active children and adults with respiratory disease, such as asthma, and the elderly.
- Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 9:08 am
The “town within a town” that is the Borough of Newtown, an area centered around Main Street at the heart of the community, has 1,280 voters who were eligible to cast ballots on Monday, May 4. Borough elections for a completely unopposed slate of 13, however, drew just 35 electors who cast ballots at the Newtown Municipal Center between 6 am and 8 pm that day.
- Thursday, May 7, 2015
Police report that at about 9 pm on April 29, they were using a computerized “license plate reader” device on the Exit 11 off-ramp of Interstate 84 to check passing vehicles for any pending vehicular violations which are keyed to their license plate numbers.
Among the vehicles that passed the device were a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu sedan whose license plate number indicated that there was pending violation, police said.
- Thursday, May 7, 2015
The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:
Thursday, April 30: 9:07 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 12 Lone Oak Meadows, Sandy Hook responded.
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:09 am
Standing on the stage at Reed Intermediate School, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, estimated on Monday, April 27, that he was addressing the parents of the Newtown High School graduation Class of 2028.
The evening presentation was held as a forum for parents of incoming kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year.
Administrators, district teachers, Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander, and school board member John Vouros were present.
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 9:08 am
The VFW handicap ramp at the VFW Post 308 canteen, Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), is being overhauled. Donations are sought to offset the cost of the new planks. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant rails will be installed as well.
Each $25 donation will earn a “dog tag” to commemorate someone/something the donor wishes to honor, and the tags will be mounted on the walkway.
- Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Members of the Board of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda recently reflected on the work the group has accomplished and its future endeavors.