From “ambulance driver” Stuart Smith, who was an active responder in Newtown for more than a half-century, and local community leaders to Danbury Hospital emergency physicians and state officials, dozens and dozens of well-wishers, supporters, and curious community members poured into the shiny new Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters on Wasserman way for grand opening activities the weekend of October 18 and 19. Saturday was focused on thanking many of those local officials and supporters with a soiree that included a variety of food and refreshments, tours, and a 45-minute speaking program. Sunday opened with time for the town's first responders to visit the new building, and then the facility was opened to members of the public.
Following an architectural review, the Borough of Newtown Historic District Commission on October 16 granted Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, a “certificate of appropriateness’ for the new firehouse that the fire company proposes for construction at 12 Church Hill Road. The commission unanimously approved issuing the certificate following a public hearing. The volunteer fire company, which serves the borough and adjacent areas, recently received a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the three acres where the company plans to construct a new firehouse to replace the decaying town-owned firehouse that it now uses at 45 Main Street.
It has been a long time coming, but the new Poverty Hollow Road bridge that spans the Aspetuck River near Centennial Watershed State Forest is now open to traffic. Although detour signs were still posted in the area on Tuesday, October 21, the bridge was open to traffic.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc has broken ground for Newtown’s new 87,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Sandy Hook Elementary School. With offices in Hartford, Consigli was selected as construction manager to build the new $50 million school, which will accommodate 500-plus students from prekindergarten through fourth grade. “There has been a tremendous outreach to allow everyone impacted to have a voice,” said First Selectman Pat Llodra, “and the beginning of construction will be a turning point in the community.”
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) this week concluded its public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. IWC members closed the hearing on Wednesday, October 22, following 25 minutes of discussion among IWC members and the developer about technical aspects of the project.
The panel created to develop policy recommendations in the wake of 12/14 is expected to hear this morning from the parents of two children who were killed. The parents making presentations to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Marquez-Greene.
The Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Middle School PTA are set to host a Parent Lecture titled “Internet Safety for Parents of Teens & Tweens,” on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 pm, in the Memorial Room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that all Connecticut acute care hospitals have conducted an Ebola preparedness drill per his directive last week. The governor gave hospitals one week to complete the exercise to make sure their procedures were up to standard. “The announcement last night of a New York City doctor who tested positive for Ebola underscores that we’re doing the right things to prepare for a potential case in Connecticut,” said Governor Malloy, who was briefed today on the Ebola situation by State Department of Public Health (DPH) Commissioner Dr Jewel Mullen. “Making sure our hospitals and first responders are prepared is critical to our efforts.”
When it comes to both advocates for and protectors of Newtown’s public health, it could be argued that there are no two more highly visible or responsive individuals than Dr Thomas F. Draper and Dr Robert S. Grossman. Although they will tell you to refer to them as “Tom” and “Bob,” these two physicians have been giving back to Newtown for well over 100 years collectively, according to information developed by Health District Director Donna Culbert. Their boundless support of the community will be recognized on Sunday, October 26, with a public “open house” event from 2 to 4 pm in The Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church. All are to the event, which will include an opportunity to visit with both physicians, light refreshments, a brief recognition ceremony at 2:45 pm, and entertainment from Impromptu Duo.
The Newtown Bee Editor Moderator Curtiss Clark welcomed five state candidates to the newspaper’s annual pre-Election Day Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 21, at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. With a Charter Public Access filming for broadcast, Second District Republican incumbent Dan Carter, 112th District GOP contender J.P. Sredzinski, 28th Senate District challenger Representative Tony Hwang, 106th District incumbent Republican Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and his Democratic challenger Matt Cole each articulated positions on taxation, transportation infrastructure, Common Core standards for state educators, and recently enacted gun legislation. Mr Clark served as moderator for the event.