Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.
It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14, but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch. "Sons of Anarchy" has never shied away from brutal depictions of illegal activities. What viewers may not want to view, however, is that at the end of the sixth season opener, the show reportedly offers a scene that echoes the events of 12/14.
A police spokesperson told The Newtown Bee September 10 that one possible lead in the case of missing Newtown resident Robert Hoagland turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police said that it was another individual, not Robert Hoagland, who was seen walking with a backpack near Interstate 95 and Route 117 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Lt Richard Robinson clarified the following day, however, that the local department is still following other leads in the neighboring state. The missing 50-year-old was last seen in Newtown on July 28.
In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.
At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.
Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.
The mother of one of the 26 victims of 12/14 wished the country’s educators “courage, faith and love’’ Friday as they start a new school year. Nelba Marquez-Green’s 6-year-old daughter Ana Grace was one of the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. Ms Marquez-Green and her husband, Jimmy Green, also have a son who was at the school at the time of the shooting and was uninjured. In her letter published on the Education Week website, Ms Marquez-Green relayed how much the teachers at Sandy Hook impressed her by coming back to work after the tragedy.
A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14. Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard. The Wheeler family lived in the neighborhood where the street was renamed before moving to Newtown. David Wheeler said at the tearful gathering that Benjamin’s first glimpse of the world was around the intersection now bearing his name. Mr Wheeler was joined by his wife Francine and their older son, Nate, for the emotional gathering.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.
Seeking to eliminate what he called the “cumbersome” way the town accounts for administrative work being done for the Water & Sewer Authority, Finance Director Robert Tait sought and received Board of Selectmen approval to change the way the finance office handles its salary-related reporting for budgetary purposes. Mr Tait told selectmen September 3 that up to now, the $120,000 in annual services provided by town Finance Department staffers to the Water & Sewer Authority were broken out of his department’s budget lines and designated in the authority’s budget. A portion of town staffers’ benefits were also proportionately designated and broken out in the budget documents.
A local man who has long pursued traffic issues on Queen Street thanked the Police Commission this week for its efforts in that regard, especially the recent installation of speed tables on the southern section of that street. “Thanks for all your work on Queen Street,” Robert Geckle of 35 Queen Street told Police Commission members at their September 3 session. Mr Geckle told commission members that it took “conviction and courage” for them to act correctly in addressing Queen Street residents’ concerns about the hazards posed there by speeding motorists.
Police last week arrested a current prison inmate on a warrant, charging him with robbery and larceny in connection with an incident that occurred nearly two decades ago at a gas station at 62 Church Hill Road. Police said they arrested Timothy Brelsford, 52, formerly of Bridgeport, on September 3 on a warrant charging him with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree larceny stemming from a Saturday, August 13, 1994, incident at what was then known as Trudeau’s Amoco. Brelsford did not plead to the charges at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court. He is scheduled to return to court on October 10 to enter pleas. Brelsford has been held as an inmate in the state Department of Correction prison system since September 19, 1994.