Following a few minutes of discussion and tweeking the fine points of its language, the Board of Selectmen this week completed the charge to its soon-to-be-seated Permanent Memorial Commission. First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston, Sr decided September 4 that instead of mandating a routine for the commission to regularly report to the board, the panel should be available to appear when and if the selectmen required an update to its efforts. The Board of Selectmen will appoint a commission of nine residents to lead the community through the process of determining the nature, location and funding of a permanent memorial(s) to honor the memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook School shooting on 12/14, and to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and provide interim requests for information as required.
Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) will travel to Washington, D.C., along with gun violence victims and family members from places like Chicago, Hartford, Colorado and other communities, on September 17-18. An information session is planned for students and parents this weekend. Junior NAA will host a meeting on Sunday, September 8, beginning at 2 pm, at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street. They will share information about the planned trip to the nation’s capitol.
The 13th Annual CT United Ride, Connecticut’s largest annual 9/11 tribute, is scheduled for Sunday, September 8. The ride starts in Norwalk at 11:30 am and goes through Fairfield County, ending in Bridgeport with an afternoon party at the beach. Motorcycles travel through 11 towns, covering 60 miles with police motorcycle escorts providing passage through signal lights and stop signs, before ending with a five-mile parade through Bridgeport. In all of the towns visited by the ride, fire departments display American flags over the roadway, including all five of Newtown's volunteer companies.
An attorney with Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission has recommended the release of 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, siding with The Associated Press in a dispute over records withheld by investigators. The full, nine-member commission is to hold a September 25 hearing before issuing its final decision on whether the recordings should be handed over to the AP. The AP requested documents, including copies of 911 calls, in December as it does routinely in news gathering, in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in US history.
Bit by bit, piece by piece, police and a group of volunteers are separately seeking to assemble a jigsaw puzzle of sorts that would point the way to the missing Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland, 50, of Glen Road, Sandy Hook, a man who went missing from his home in late July and has not been heard from since.
On Sunday, September 1, police, working with Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) and the Lake Zoar Authority Marine Patrol, searched a section of Lake Zoar lying north of the Rochambeau Bridge in seeking any evidence of Mr Hoagland.
The Newtown Board of Education announced Tuesday that it is starting its search for a permanent superintendent, while also expressing its gratitude to John Reed for serving as interim superintendent of school.
The school board has chosen CABE Search Services, an executive educational search firm to facilitate the process. CABE Senior Consultant Jacqueline Jacoby will lead the CABE [Connecticut Association of Boards of Education] team and will be assisted by George Goens, and Mary Broderick. Dr Broderick’s work with community conversations through the William Caspar Graustein Fund has brought her to Newtown previously.
The first step in the search process is to seek comments through focus groups to learn about strengths and challenges of the Newtown schools as well as leadership qualities desired in the next educational leader.
What's a little rain - when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, parade goers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.
But Mother Nature took mercy on the hundreds of friends and families lining the parade route from the top of Main Street to its finish on Queen Street, holding off her downpour until the final moments of the parade. A brief mid-parade shower had umbrellas blossooming like flowers, only to be quickly put away when the sun decided to play hide-n-seek.
Prior to the 10 am start of the parade, feelings along the parade route ran from exuberant to tentative. "It's a community feel," was a common sentiment voiced, with one gentleman saying he thought more people were turning out to support the town as much as to watch the parade.
In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions.
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that visit has finally been announced.
Mr Dumais received a letter on Friday, August 30, announcing the visit. NEASC Director Janet D. Allison wrote, “The school’s application for its decennial accreditation visit has been processed, and we have scheduled Newtown High School for a visiting committee on October 4, 2015, through October 7, 2015.”
As a police search for a missing local man moved through its fifth week, the man’s wife said his disappearance presents a situation that is “very scary, tricky, bad, mysterious.” Lori Hoagland said this week that she and others are “perplexed” by her the disappearance of her husband, Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland’s. Mr Hoagland, 50, was last seen on Sunday, July 28, at his home. Mr Hoagland is a real estate appraiser, who is self-employed and also works for an attorney in Bridgeport. Newtown police have provided only basic information on Mr Hoagland in publicizing his disappearance and in seeking information from the public on his possible whereabouts. Mr Hoagland was last publicly seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28.