The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.Mr Bienkowski noted that at the time of his last monthly financial report for the school board, the district’s projected balance for the 2012-13 fiscal year was approximately $1,700.“We know that there has been a confluence of events that really dictate at this time that we use extreme caution,” Mr Bienkowski said.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
In a ceremony at Newtown High School on Monday, May 6, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients presented Citizen Service Before Self Honors Medals posthumously to the fallen Sandy Hook School staff from 12/14 and presented a Certificate of Commendation to all teachers and staff at the school who acted courageously that day.
A venue that had opened its doors to help, to heal, and to make a home for donated artwork and sculptures in the wake of 12/14 may soon lose its storefront space. “I run on the notion that we may have only two weeks from today to leave,” said Robert Rabinowitz, a volunteer director for HealingNewtown, on May 1.
Approximately 2,000 motorcycles participated in The Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride, a special motorcycle ride-fundraiser that thundered through Newtown on Sunday, May 5. The event was a fundraiser for ten local funds, including the 26 families who lost a loved one on 12/14. The route took riders from Shelton into Derby, Seymour, and Oxford, crossing Stevenson Dam into Monroe, north on Route 34 into Sandy Hook, over Wasserman Way. The route then turned south on Route 25 back into Monroe, and then into Trumbull, concluding at Trumbull Westfield Mall. “It was amazing how smooth everything went,” said Greg Gnandt, one of the ride's co-chairs. “The volunteers who pulled this together were fantastic. It was so well organized.”
Despite some incorrect media reports about a town wide election that are generating confused calls to Newtown Registrars of Voters this morning, only the 1,311 residents of the Borough of Newtown are being called to the polls today.
Borough residents are being asked to endorse an unopposed slate of borough officials who govern the separately designated area around the center of town. Voting is being held in the Registrars Office inside the Newtown Municipal Center today until 8 pm. The polling location has been open since 6 am.
The board of directors of the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced Monday that it has asked the Foundation’s Distribution Committee to postpone the public hearings that were scheduled to take place in Newtown on May 7 and 8.
Vincent J. Russo, manager of communications and intergovernmental relations for the Office of the Probate Court Administrator of Connecticut has issued an announcement that the Probate Courts “expect to complete work this summer on a new database for use by state and federal authorities in checking the mental health backgrounds of citizens who seek to buy or own firearms.”
The Mental Health Adjudication Repository (MHAR) will list those individuals who have had firearms eligibility rights terminated due to mental health adjudication in the Probate or Superior Courts, within the last 14 years. The Connecticut Probate Court website states that “When a Probate Court finds a person to be mentally incompetent, he or she may not buy, sell, own or possess a firearm, and his or her name is listed with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”
MONROE – Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed notified Sandy Hook School parents Monday afternoon that on the advice of the Monroe Police Department, recess was held indoors today at the Chalk Hill School, where the Sandy Hook children currently attend classes.
Dr Reed forwarded the following message to the Sandy Hook parents: