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  • Selectmen ‘Reset, Refocus’ Community Center Process With New Committee

    Residents who had expected to vote on a local community center project at the upcoming budget referendum may not see that question come up until Election Day after the Board of Selectmen agreed to remove the local advisory question from the April 28 ballot.

    By unanimous vote of the selectmen April 6, and on the recommendation of First Selectman Pat Llodra, the planned ballot question requesting to build a planned senior center and aquatic complex using a $15 million gift from General Electric will be put off.

  • Finding Common Ground On A Community Center

    To The Editor:

    As Newtown looks forward to the next steps in the process of finding common ground regarding the Community Center perhaps it would be good to take a deep breath and ask ourselves some key questions.

    What is the vision and mission of this project?

    How do we make the decision making more inclusive, guided by an advisory committee more reflective of the community at large?

  • An All-Inclusive Conversation On The Community Center

    To the Editor:

    I'd like to encourage Pat Llodra, the Board of Selectmen and all others who have focused their effort on this topic to gather new organizers and plan a series of forums over the next 9 -12 months.  There needs to be new residents brought into manage this conversation with a renewed broader focus on this most generous gift of the GE Foundation.

  • The Community Center Long Game

    When people start talking about “rebranding” something, one of two things has gone wrong: the original something in need of rebranding has obvious inherent flaws that require significantly altered perceptions to hide those flaws from view; or that same original something has been so successfully mischaracterized by adversaries that a new light is required to illuminate the truth of it.

  • Llodra: Pause Will Help Town To Find A Way Forward With Community Center

    Only two men attempted to attend a community center information session Tuesday evening, March 31. They didn’t get word that it had been canceled several hours earlier.

  • Llodra Recommends Delay On Community Center Project Vote

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is recommending to the Board of Selectman that action on the community center project “not go forward as planned” on April 28, in a statement released Tuesday, March 31. “It is my belief that our community is best served if we allow ourselves and the community the time necessary to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard,” she wrote.

  • New Location For Next Community Center Info Session

    Organizers announced that the next Newtown Community Center Phase I Information Session will be held at an alternate venue on Tuesday, March 31.

    Originally scheduled to take place at Newtown Senior Center, the session will be in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.

    Andy Clure, a member of the Community Center Advisory Committee, said the decision to move was made after the committee held a meeting late in the week.

  • Residents Prompt Q&A On Community Center Planning

    After nearly three hours of responding to a room full of raised hands inquiring and commenting about a community center project, March 24, First Selectman Pat Llodra shared a few quiet words with resident Jenny Avari.

    Feeling “much better about the phased approach” to current concepts for a project to include senior, aquatic, and community center spaces, Ms Avari said she is “ready to promote it. Now I’m excited.”

  • Getting All The Facts On The Community Center

    To the Editor:

    I attended the Community Center Phase I Info Session held at the Newtown Municipal Center on March 24, and when I left the meeting I felt much more educated.  Pat Llodra and her committee staff members gave excellent presentations.  They explained the project in lengthy detail and answered numerous questions presented by the audience.  By the questions asked, it was apparent that many of the residents were uninformed or misguided. They had formed opinions based on inaccuracies and erroneous facts.

  • Questioning Community Center Priorities

    To the Editor:

    The question that keeps me up at night is: Will the graduating classes of Newtown High School from 2021 to 2025 be okay?  Major events tend to shape an individual’s life and influence the decisions they will make.  What life decisions will the children who walked out of Sandy Hook School on December 14th, 2012 make?  How long is the healing process? Does our town have the resources to help these children make healthy mental and physical judgments in their lives?