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.
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.
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.
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:
A storm of motorcycles rumbled through Newtown from Shelton, on their way top Trumbull Sunday, May 5. Nearly 3,000 bikes took more than 30 minutes to pass by on the Green Ribbon Ride (riding to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels) sponsored by Newtown’s five fire companies. Tickets cost $20 per person to join the ride, with proceeds being paid out directly to children’s charities, the 26 Sandy Hook families, Newtown funds supporting survivors, the EMS, fire departments, police union, Al’s Angels, and the Center for Women & Families.
Members of Newtown Conservation Commission are again offering their services to residents who want help identifying invasive plants for private homeowners. Invasive plants have become an ever-increasing problem for Newtown, both in landscaped areas a...
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.”