Community Center

  • 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? 

  • Seniors Aren’t Separate From The Community

    To the Editor:

  • A Community Center That Is Dividing The Community

    To the Editor:

    In October 2013 GE and the town announced a gift to develop a stand-alone Community Center because ”Newtown lacked a central meeting place for the whole community.”

  • Community Center or Senior Center?

    To the Editor:

    I am concerned about the town’s plan to require voters at next month’s budget referendum to approve using GE’s $15 million gift to finance the construction of a Senior Center and Aquatic Center, rather than a Community Center.  It is my understanding that the intention of the caring and very generous people at GE was to provide Newtown with a Community Center.  Personally, I’d like to accept GE’s gift knowing that it will be used only for the purpose GE intended. 

  • GE Envisioned A Facility For The Entire Community

    To the Editor:

    I work for GE.  The proudest moment of my career was when our CEO brought the Newtown GE residents together to express his sorrow and his commitment to help our town heal after the tragic events.

    In a one day workout, the Newtown GE employees got together and made several recommendations to GE on how to help the town.  Within weeks three GE employees were donated to Newtown to help with anything the town asked.  We also spoke extensively about a community center.

  • Questions Raised About Senior Center And Community Center Plans

    Plans for a community center, which would begin with a Phase I senior and aquatic center construction, are cause for concern to former Commission on Aging chairman Ross Carley.

  • Make It A True Community Center

    To the Editor:

    I feel very strongly that the town is being misled. I haven't been here as long as some, but I feel a great passion for the town. I feel the ol’ squeaky wheel syndrome is at play here.