With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents. The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm. Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits. Ms Roche said many of the people she spoke with on Sunday had few questions, and most of the people were simply happy to see Dr Reed out speaking with residents about the upcoming budget referendum and Newtown’s educational system in general. “Everybody was thanking him for coming on board,” said Ms Roche, who also noted people thanked Dr Reed for taking the time to visit the ballfields...
The families of those massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School are calling on legislators to amend state law so that photos and audio of the 911 phone calls from the December incident are not released to the public.“They are offensive and an invasion of my son’s right to dignity,” said Dean Pinto, whose 6-year-old son, Jack, was fatally shot along with 25 other students and educators at the Newtown school. A bill that the legislative leadership has been secretly negotiating with the governor's office would block future release of crime-scene photos...
The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will be shifting the lanes of traffic flow on the two Interstate-84 bridges which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.
The construction work required to shift the location of traffic flow on the two 100-foot-long bridges is scheduled to start on Sunday, June 2, and continue to Friday, June 21. The parallel bridges lie about 90 feet apart from one another.
The New York Yankees will host Newtown Day when the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, July 7, at 1:05 pm. Tickets are offered to all Newtown residents on a first-come, first-served basis (limit of five tickets per person). Included is a food ...
Twenty parents and spouses who lost loved ones at the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on 12/14 gathered together at the Capitol in Hartford on Friday, May 31, to call on legislators to pass House Bill 6424, “An Act Concerning Fees for Searches of Accident and Investigative Reports of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection.” They were joined by sisters, a brother, a son, a teacher, and others directly affected by what happened 5½ months ago today. The bill, which is being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly, contains an amendment that would ensure the privacy of crime scene information depicting the gruesome circumstances of the tragic mass shooting that resulted in the murder of 20 first grade students and six educators.
Following a similar appeal by Acting Superintendent John Reed via a two-part video broadcast on The Bee’s YouTube channel, a number of other local officials requested to post face-to-face messages to local taxpayers.
Those officials — First Selectman Pat Llodra, Selectman James Gaston, Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze, Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein, and Legislative Council Chairman Jeff Capeci, Vice Chair Mary Ann Jacob and Education Committee Chair Kathryn Fetchick — all voiced support for passing the latest district request.
Those awaiting the release of the long-awaited public investigatory report on the criminal actions of Adam Lanza, who shot and killed 28 people including himself in Sandy Hook last December 14, likely will need to wait somewhat longer than initially thought, possibly until October.
State police spokesman Lieutenant J. Paul Vance said May 29 that the release of that report sometime in June is unlikely, with its disclosure coming at some later point. Lt Vance declined to say when that might be.
“We will do a complete investigation,” he stressed, explaining that state police want to be thorough in probing the mass murder.
After the police investigation is complete, it will be sent to Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III, who would then write a public report on the case, Lt Vance said.
Before any investigatory information is made public, state police plan to discuss the results of their probe with the survivors of those killed by Lanza, according to Lt Vance.
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is forecasting unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups” on Thursday, May 30, through Saturday, June 1, due to predicted elevated concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution. Southern sections of Middlesex and New London counties will experience unhealthy air quality for “sensitive groups on Thursday May 30th. This area of unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups is expected to expand to include Fairfield, New Haven, Hartford and Tolland counties on Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1.
Newtown Action Alliance, a local grassroots organization committed to reducing gun violence, is sponsoring an all-day event in Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 13, to demand that Congress vote on and pass comprehensive background checks. The events will commemorate the six-month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
A thunderclap campaign will take place at 9 am, June 13. A thunderclap is a social media crowd-sourcing event, and can be accessed at www.thunderclap.it/faq.