Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced September 24 that the state is pledging its support to the Town of Newtown to facilitate the building of a replacement of Sandy Hook Elementary School and is prepared to approve the first round of funding toward its construction at Friday’s meeting of the State Bond Commission. In a letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra, state Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes has requested the town provide cost estimates and supporting documentation for review. Utilizing a bond allocation that the state legislature authorized earlier this year, the funds will be placed as needed on upcoming Bond Commission meeting agendas in several phases to be considered for final approval.
In an interview granted to The Newtown Bee prior to his resignation Monday, September 16, former C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields shared comments he had received from the public regarding the future of the town library. Three focus groups hosted by Mr Fields in August to elicit ideas on changes the public would or would not like to see at the library provided limited input, he said. Mr Fields said he had also received many comments from board members, staff, members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, and the public, through interactions with the public, telephone, e-mail, and letters. A compilation of those comments was provided to The Newtown Bee, and Mr Fields noted that people “run the gamut” in ideas, most of which are very interesting.
A bittersweet ceremony Thursday afternoon bid farewell to K-9 officer Baro, and welcomed Saint Michael, a nearly all black German shepherd, to the Newtown Police Department. Chief Michael Kehoe started the afternoon ceremony at Newtown Municipal Center by asking for a moment of silence to remember Baro, who retired earlier this year then died of cancer in late June. The afternoon, Officer Matthew Hayes later said, marked "the dawn of a new era" for the department. Police Officer & K-9 Handler Felicia Figol addressed a crowd that included town officials, residents, police department members, AKC club members and a host of K-9 units and handlers from surrounding towns, before Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead swore the new K-9 into service.
With the October 5 referendum on the town accepting state financial assistance to demolish the Sandy Hook School building and to design and build a new facility, the Board of Education took up a few related topics during its meeting on September 17.
“As we discussed at a couple of other meetings,” Business Director Ronald Bienkowski told the school board Tuesday evening, “we are interested in retrieving useful items from Sandy Hook School before it is demolished.”
The state Labor Department threw some cold water Thursday on Connecticut’s optimistic job outlook. The department not only reported a 6,000-job decline in August, but scaled back the 11,500-job gain it announced in July by more than 16 percent. Despite the job losses, Connecticut’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in August at 8.1 percent. That’s because the number of people actively seeking employment also fell last month.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced today that Connecticut is taking another step forward toward achieving a cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy future for residents and businesses with the selection of two projects that will generate large amounts of electricity from clean energy sources, helping to achieve renewable energy goals at lower costs to ratepayers. The governor said the cost of power from the two projects — a solar installation slated for land in Sprague and Lisbon, and a wind energy farm in Maine — will average under eight cents per kilowatt hour (k/Wh), a price close to matching the cost of power generated from conventional fossil fuel plants and some of the lowest costs ever obtained for solar and wind power in the region.
Berkshire DUI Police said they responded to a report of an auto having driven off the roadway near 51 Berkshire Road at about 11:46 pm on September 12. Police said their investigation determined that ...
The Town of Newtown and the Newtown Public School District have partnered to offer a series of informational meetings for the public to answer questions about the referendum scheduled for Saturday, October 5. The referendum is to authorize the town government to spend money which has been granted by the State of Connecticut. First Selectman Pat Llodra and Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed have each arranged for extended office hours during the next few weeks. In addition, three meetings with both officials have been scheduled, where they will answer questions from the public.
Two members of a panel charged with overseeing the town's new animal control facility spent most of their presentation to the Board of Selectmen September 16 detailing design and construction issues that are affecting the facility's operation nearly a year after it officially opened. Adria Henderson and Robin Olson, who lead the seven member Animal Control Advisory Board, appeared to present their annual report which is required as part of the board's charge. In introducing the pair, First Selectman Pat Llodra said the panel was appointed to be both a support system and “policy bridge” between the animal control center and the town. The group is also charged with developing and maintaining policies and best practices, the first selectman said. Ms Henderson and Ms Olson had both good news and bad news for the selectmen this week.