Newtown Republican Town Committee Secretary Carey Schierloh released the names of residents seeking local office or reelection following an RTC caucus at Edmond Town Hall on Monday, July 22. First Selectman Pat Llodra won her renomination handily, as did her running mate, Selectman Will Rodgers. The GOP Board of Finance nominees were incumbents John Kortze, Joe Kearney, Harry Waterbury, and John Godin, who previously chaired two recent Charter Revision Commissions. Republicans hope to fill a two-year opening on the Board of Education with newcomer David Freedman, while candidates for the four-year openings include incumbent Chair Debbie Leidlein, Keith Alexander, and former Legislative Council Education Committee chair Kathy (Fetchick) Hamilton.
Newtown's Democratic Town Committee announced its choices for November 's ballot following a caucus July 23 at Edmond Town Hall. The DTC is not planning to recruit a candidate to oppose Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra. Former First Selectman Herb Rosenthal, the DTC's candidates committee chair and an incumbent candidate for ZBA alternate, said after a challenging recruitment period, nearly two dozen "good people" stepped up to serve. "We were fortunate that most incumbents said they would run again," Mr Rosenthal said. "It was hard to find people to run this year, so we needed these good people."
UPDATE: Azryah Rhoden has reportedly been found, safe, in Bridgeport. Rickardo Rhoden has been taken into police custody. Sarah Burton's whereabouts are unknown, but she is reportedly safe, according to family members. ||| An 11-month old girl and her mother are believed to have been kidnapped from their home in New Haven this afternoon. An Amber Alert for the two has been issued. Police say the child and her mother, Sarah Burton, were taken from the home by Rickardo Rhoden, earlier this afternoon. Azryrah has brown hair, and brown eyes. She is black, weighs approximately 20 pounds, and is approximately two feet tall. Rhoden may be operating a blue 2002 Buick Century with Connecticut marker plates 410-ZVD. He is a black male, approximately 5’8” tall. Anyone with information should call 911 immediately.
Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money. The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation released a plan this week to give $7.7 million to the families and survivors and to have committees decide on uses for the rest of the money. A spokesman said decisions on how to spend the money were based on donor intent and the foundation tried to balance short-term and long-term needs. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy wrote a letter calling for the foundation and United Way of Western Connecticut, which helped raised the money, to implement an audit to determine how to divide the money based on donor intent. They said they appreciate the complexity of the issue and the good intentions of those who worked with the foundation, but share concerns that the determination that 70 percent of the money was meant to benefit victims’ families was not reached through a verifiable, comprehensive analysis of contributions.
Elizabeth Rallo, Newtown Recovery Team Project Manager, has announced that 100 Big Time Rush tickets will be handed out at Newtown Municipal Center on Saturday, July 20, at noon. Residents passing by Fairfield Hills in recent days can already see something big is coming to town. Additional fencing and a line of port-a-potties have already been installed for Monday’s concert by Big Time Rush. As of this afternoon, 3,500 tickets have been given out to Newtown residents. Admission to the concert is free, but the performance is for residents only.
The Board of Selectmen is planning a town meeting July 24 for consideration of $750,000 being offered by the State of Connecticut. According to a release from First Selectman Pat Llodra’s office this week, the $750,000 grant is part of a $50 million state funding package for the Sandy Hook School building project. The authorization for the first $750,000 of the total grant would recognize a separate action of the state to provide more immediate resources so Newtown may proceed with design and engineering preparatory work. The meeting will begin at 7 pm in the Council Chambers of Newtown Municipal Center.
On Monday, July 22, most town offices at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be closing at 4 pm. The early closing is presumably due to the heavy traffic expected on the Fairfield Hills campus for Monday night's Big Time Rush concert. Regular municipal center hours will resume on Tuesday, July 23. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Gallo, Newtown Recovery Team Project Manager, has announced that approximately 100 BTR tickets will be given away -- first come, first served -- on Saturday, July 20, at noon.
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As the days count down to the main event, and the number of tickets dwindles, organizers of the Great Newtown Reunion are requesting anyone interested in attending the July 27 event, or anyone with a ticket reservation in progress to complete their purchases. "Like with any event that is expected to draw in excess of 1,000, we need to know at least several days in advance the headcount to provide to our event support people," said event co-chair Wendy Lee Hewitt. "Right now we have several hundred reservations in progress, but we're getting closer to our capacity, and I want to be sure everyone who wants to attend gets a seat."
Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way, a Washington D.C., public policy think tank devoted to the advancement of “moderate policy and political ideas,” including gun safety laws, has worked with families directly affected by 12/14 and Sandy Hook Promise since January. As an advisor to those seeking changes to current gun laws in a way that could honor the loved ones they have lost, he has shown them how to make their ways through the tangle of legislation, and pointed out to them that there will be many disappointments and lessons to learn before their hopes are realized.