Is there any town that loves its parade more than Newtown? If the thousands that turn out to celebrate the end of summer each year are any indication, the answer is “No,” and Parade Committee members are prepared to present another spectacular affair for 2014. Preparations for the 53rd Annual Labor Day Parade are right on schedule for the event, said Parade Committee President Beth Caldwell and fellow organizer Robin Buchanan. “We’re thrilled to be presenting it again,” said Ms Buchanan. “We’re hoping for a perfect day,” said Ms Buchanan, but rain or shine, the parade will step off at the head of Main Street at 10 am, Monday, September 1.
The picturesque but asbestos-ridden former staff homes that dot the northwestern end of the Fairfield Hills campus will apparently be around a while longer. A plan to remediate and demolish them, after being utilized for local company department exercises, has been halted because of rapidly escalating costs to demolish Danbury Hall on the opposite side of the campus. The ongoing saga of trying to raze the homes and dorm building took a new turn this week as the Board of Finance and Legislative Council approved adding $100,000 to a previously approved bonding authorization. First Selectman Pat Llodra said that the added funds will only be enough to ensure Danbury Hall demotion could be finished.
Newtown’s front line patrol officers will be adding a new tool in the coming weeks that is proven to prevent the type of domestic violence tragedies that have been escalating in Connecticut in recent years. Governor Dannel P. Malloy also announced a new statewide program to improve policies and training to respond to domestic violence that may affect state employees. The Newtown Bee reported last week that the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) released the 2014 findings and recommendations of the Connecticut Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee. It revealed that since 2000, 188 Connecticut residents — an average of 14 per year — have been killed as a result of intimate partner violence, including 11 individuals (seven women, four men) who were killed in 2012.
A first of its kind survey to assess the needs and interests of Newtown seniors is getting a great reception according to Commission on Aging member LeReine Frampton.
“The surveys just started going out by mail, and we already have 122 back in the first five days,” Ms Frampton said.
Newtown residents age 60 or older are being asked to participate in the survey, which started going out earlier in August to all registered voters in this population. The mailing also included a return envelope, which likely improved the speed and rate of responses.
Participants have been asked to send back the survey by August 31.
My Place Restaurant’s tap room is welcoming a special guest Friday, August 15 at 6 pm. On his Pour Tour through Connecticut’s 169 towns to raise funds to benefit pediatric cancer research is Todd Ruggere of Massachusetts. One dollar from every pint sold will support his cause.
Late Tuesday morning, after an extensive daylong search, a frail elderly man who had been missing since Monday from his 162 Hattertown Road home was found unharmed, sleeping in a farm field off Head O’ Meadow Road. The search for Martin Lee Allen, 71, had been underway since police learned at 12:47 pm on Monday that he was missing. At about 11:15 am Tuesday, two highway crew members — Andrew White and Buddy Ingram — who were riding in the same truck entered eastbound Head O’ Meadow Road from Sugar Street when they spotted what they first thought was a boulder, but upon closer examination, turned out to be Mr Allen, who was asleep, police said.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Inquiries should be made through Sue Marcinek, executive assistant, Office of the First Selectman, 3 Primrose Street, or call 203-270-4203.
Only 842 of Newtown’s 5,138 Republicans cast votes in Tuesday’s GOP primary — the majority supporting candidates who were unsuccessful in races that were expected to draw low numbers at polling places statewide. Locally, State Senator John McKinney received 520 votes to statewide victor Tom Foley’s 322. Mr Foley was ultimately victorious, however, taking the lead as polls closed. Locally, Sen McKinney’s running mate for lieutenant governor, David M Walker, generated 319 votes to beat Penny Bacchiochi, who received 257 votes, and Heather Somers who logged support from 257 Newtown Republicans. Statewide, the lieutenant governor’s race was headed to a recount until Ms Bacchiochi conceded the race to Ms Somers Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Walker came out third in statewide polling.