On January 1, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead became Newtown's first Veterans Contact Specialist. The state mandated position is charged with being a single point of contact and referral for any or all veterans issues at the local level. Ms Aurelia Halstead was the appointee to that position serving Veterans living in Newtown. She was recently informed of a new and successful job program specifically for younger veterans who have been most challenged in finding permanent full-time employment. The WorkPlace is looking to identify 20 individuals between late February and early March to participate. The program, "Platform to Employment," has been successful in seven cities across the country, and in Connecticut in obtaining jobs for those completing program, the agency states.
A new website has been launched to provide the public with updates on building the new Sandy Hook School, according to a brief release from First Selectman Pat Llodra. The website will provide project updates, a look into the design process, and a photo feed of the project under construction. The Svigals +Partners design and construction team will be making periodic presentations to the Board of Education and the Public Building & Site Commission, and those dates will be posted online as well. Meeting minutes and presentation materials will also be posted as they become available.
First Selectman Pat Llodra, in coordination with Newtown’s Health District and local emergency management officials, announced that residents who may require a place to warm up over the course of the coming days can do so at two locations in town. Mrs Llodra said the Newtown Municipal Center main meeting room will be accessible as a warming center for residents until 9:30 pm every evening until further notice — including over the weekend. In addition, residents are invited to another warming center at the Senior Services office at 14 Riverside Road in Sandy Hook between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm weekdays only.
The opening session of the Board of Selectmen’s 2013-14 budget deliberations were as much an analysis of municipal spending over the past seven years as it was a review of anticipated spending for the upcoming fiscal cycle.
And for the seventh consecutive year, it appears funding for local road improvements will come up short — further building a deficit officials fear could trigger future bonding to cover the mounting costs, possibly as soon as next year.
Selectmen headed out of the gate during their January 22 budget session requesting a budget increase of 0.3 percent, or a increase of $117,014 from the current approved budget of $39,024,523.
New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) announced on January 21 that The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, will be an official Charity Partner of the New York City Half Marathon, taking place on March 16. New York Road Runners is the world’s premier community running organization, seeking to improve overall health and well-being by championing a lifelong commitment to running. This honorable distinction provides a block of automatic entries in the race and enables individuals worldwide to join the Newtown Memorial Fund team to raise funds on the nonprofit’s behalf.
Permanent safety fencing and added vegetation will be included as part of an ongoing Interstate 84 bridge replacement project in the Sandy Hook section, according to a state legislator.In a statement issued on January 22, State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) said that those features will be included as part of the continuing project to replace two I-84 bridges which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.Last October, Rep. Bolinsky, First Selectwoman Pat Llodra, and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner (DOT) James P. Redeker met about 30 concerned Riverside residents to tour the Center Street area and learn about their concerns in connection with the presence of I-84 in their neighborhood. Such concerns include highway noise levels and the hazards
At the January 15 meeting of Newtown VFW Post 308, the membership agreed that after the recent water damage at the town's library, they want to help residents in any way they could. Residents are reminded that the VFW is always open to the public, who is welcome to visit at any time and use Wi-Fi and facilities. The VFW, located at Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), is open daily from 10 am until 9 pm. In addition to Wi-Fi, the post has four large-screen TVs, and an upstairs and downstairs area with tables, chairs, and restrooms. A canteen is also on premises for beverages, soft drinks, coffee, etc.