Fifteen of Newtown’s businesses are hosting US Marine Corps Toys For Tots collection bins this holiday season. Residents are invited to donate a new, unwrapped book or toy for the annual campaign, now in its 66th year. Drop-off of new and unwrapped toys needs to be done regular business hours. All toys will be collected and distributed to the needy in the area by members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Detachment of Ridgefield. All those helping the program are volunteers.
Foundry Kitchen & Tavern has designated its Warner Loft as a drop-off and donation center to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut and The Newtown Fund and help children and families in need have a brighter holiday season. The restaurant will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys and gifts for children ages 6-18, daily, between 11 am and 8 pm, through December 10. Items appropriate for kids ages 10-14 are in most need specifically, board games, sports equipment and movie gift cards. In addition, the restaurant will be accepting monetary donations in support of The Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. All donations will be forwarded to the fund, to be used to support Newtown families in need during the holiday season with food, fuel assistance, utility bills, rent and medical expenses.
The town has constructed a large berm at a commercially zoned vacant property at 75 Church Hill Road where a locked gate will soon be added to control vehicle access to the 1.1-acre site in a high-traffic location. First Selectman Pat Llodra said this week last week that the site at the corner of Church Hill Road and Edmond Road has posed various problems over the years, including unapproved large-vehicle parking and littering, among others. Various vehicles had been left parked on the property for days at a time without the property owner’s approval to do so. Also, vehicles with For Sale signs affixed to them have been left there by people seeking to sell autos, the first selectman pointed out. The site is in a B-2 (Business) zone. It formerly was the location of Highway Cleaners, a dry cleaning business that closed more than 25 years ago.
Connecticut Yankee Council’s 21st Annual Greater Danbury Good Scout Award luncheon honored two outstanding leaders in the greater Danbury area: Peter D’Amico, chief executive officer and president of SCB International; and Mark Principi, president of Caldwell and Walsh Building Construction, Inc. Both gentlemen were recognized for their understanding of the importance of setting an example, investing in, and giving leadership to programs for young people in the local community. Special recognition was also given to the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company for their 75 years of service to the community. The event was held Monday, November 4, at The Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury.
(AP) A newly elected school board member in Brookfield has apologized for saying on Facebook that he’ll observe the anniversary of the Newtown shooting by distributing ammunition. Gregory Beck of Brookfield was referring to a tribute known as “26 Days of Kindness,” which began November 19 and runs through December 14. Beck said last week his comment was not intended to be malicious and that he recognizes it was insensitive and indefensible.
Nearly a year after Sandy Hook tragically lost one of its biggest commercial traffic generators with the closing of Sandy Hook School, property owners, economic development officials and members of the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) are about to launch a marketing initiative with hopes of bringing more shoppers and patrons back to the local village district. Earlier this month, Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, Associate Director of CT Main Street Center and consultant Tripp Muldrow completed a series of meetings and focus group sessions bringing residents, business owners and community leaders together to brainstorm about promoting Sandy Hook. The resulting multi-tiered marketing program launches during the Sandy Hook tree lighting celebration December 7.
HARTFORD (AP) — With a deadline fast approaching, a Connecticut task force charged with reviewing ways to balance victim privacy with the public’s right to know on Wednesday began discussing proposals offered by members, some hoping to reach a consensus on what to recommend to the General Assembly. One suggested possible compromise is the creation of a new archive or central repository at the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission where sensitive or graphic information about crimes, such as photos and video, could be reviewed but not recorded or removed. The task force was created earlier this year by the legislature in the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. The group must report its findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by January 1. The legislation creating the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know says the panel terminates that day or when it submits its report, whichever is later.
Newtown’s police department will review its response to last year’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to the police chief, who said a report released this week by the lead investigator showed his officers acted properly. The summary report by State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III said that nearly six minutes passed between the arrival of the first officer outside the school and the time officers entered the building, but it also said police were operating under the belief there may have been more than one shooter. Police Chief Michael Kehoe said his officers had to make sure several unidentified people encountered outside the school did not pose a threat to police or others.
The New York non-profit organization Tuesday’s Children has announced its support for The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN), established to help the Newtown community cope with the event of 12/14. Founded by Sandy Hook resident Stephanie N. Cinque, MSW, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Resiliency Center of Newtown officially opened its doors to the public in late September. In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tuesday’s Children was also created by friends and families in the community. The organization was built to foster the long term healing in families directly impacted by the events of 9/11. It recently has evolved to supporting those from around the globe who have lost a loved one due to an act of terrorism. The Resiliency Center of Newtown is the first outside organization Tuesday’s Children will aid with funding and this direction.
This morning's heavy rain arrives with some warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service. NWS in Upton, N.Y., issued a Flash Flood Warning at 5:41 am this morning for Fairfield County. The warning will remain in effect until 9:30 am. In addition, a Flood Advisory is in effect until 7:45 am, and a Flood Watch is in effect through the afternoon. NWS says the storm will move through the area in time for a sunny Thanksgiving, however.