As childhood friends, Riverside Road resident Susan Oberstadt and her future husband, George, used to play in the cow fields that were eventually developed to build Sandy Hook School.
She became one of the first students to attend that new school back in the 1950s. Ms Oberstadt never dreamed that six decades later she would be sitting in a packed town council meeting fighting to keep her homestead from being taken by eminent domain so the town could enhance the development of a new Sandy Hook School. But after hearing some impassioned pleas from neighbors, some the Oberstadt family never met, as well as a lengthy testimonial from the long-time property owner herself at a December 18 meeting, the Legislative Council unanimously rejected the notion of taking the property.
Congregation Adath Israel and The Jewish Federation will present “A Young Israeli Speaks Out,” a talk by Nadav Weijel, on Sunday, December 29, at 2 pm, at Adath Israel Mr Weijel was a member of the Israeli Defense Forces for three years, including time patrolling the West Bank. In his 60-minute program, he will offer his views on the Israeli mentality, the challenges of being a soldier, and Israeli perspectives.
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation is seeking residents’ input through an anonymous online survey about how to go about distributing the remaining approximately $4.3 million, which has been set aside to support unmet needs in the community in both the short and long term.
Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Barahona, LCSW, told The Bee December 18 that in the first 24 hours the survey has been available to residents, more than 1,000 have already responded. But she is hoping for a much more significant representation from the community before closing out the survey in a few weeks.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, December 20, at 10 am, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The commission is expected to receive a presentation from the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association regarding the response of law enforcement to Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14. Following the presentation, the commission members will discuss the State’s Attorney’s report on the tragedy.
At 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, in a super-efficient industrial furnace, it takes about three hours for four tractor trailer loads of materials to be reduced to one three-foot -square box of ashes — or “sacred soil,” as the cremated remains of the hundreds of thousands of items sent to the Town of Newtown after 12/14 are known.
Newtown resident Yolie Moreno accompanied Fred Hurley, director of public works, and the four truckloads of items to the waste-to-energy facility, Wheelabrator, in Bridgeport, Saturday night, October 26, bearing witness for the community to the respectful incineration of the items.
A Superior Court judge has sentenced John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, Elizabeth, who was then 32 years old. A jury convicted Heath in October of beat his wife to death, wrapping her remains in bedding and garbage bags, and then stuffing them into a dry well located beneath the floor of a barn at the Heaths' 89 Poverty Hollow Road property in Newtown.
Newtown Public Schools are closed Tuesday, December 17, due to the weather. Additional cancellations and postponements have been received from Newtown Parks & Rec, Newtown Municipal Center (concerning meetings), C.H. Booth Library, Newtown Chamebr of Commerce, and NYA. Additional notices will be posted as they are received.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.