Police said midday on Monday, February 23, that they arrested a boy under age 18 on charges of first-degree threatening and first-degree falsely reporting an incident. Police allege he wrote a suspicious note discovered at Newtown High School, which resulted in the school temporarily entering a “lock-in open” security mode.
Police Lieutenant Richard Robinson said both charges are Class D felonies. It was initially unclear whether the boy is a student at the school. Also, it was unclear whether other arrests would be made in the case.
Police did not disclose the boy’s identity because he is under age 18.
Although the C.H. Booth Library Children’s Department remained closed to the public, as of Monday, February 23, Library Director Brenda McKinley had a positive outlook on the imminent reopening of that area, badly affected by water damage last Tuesday, February 17, when frozen sprinkler system pipes burst.
“I would say it’s weeks,” said Ms McKinley, as opposed to the months it took to reopen the library after the January 2014 flood. “J.P. Maguire [remediation company] is moving so quickly.”
New carpet and ceiling tiles are already ordered, she said, and workers from J.P. Maguire were busy disassembling shelving in the Children’s Department, moving furniture out of the way, and packing books not water damaged into boxes.
After a preliminary, exploratory report trying to quantify costs and potential savings if the Board of Education decided to close a local school, Board of Finance member John Godin reviewed the issue recently, updating information with the district’s own data and some school closing assumptions developed under former Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson.
The Newtown Police Department will offer its 20th Citizen Police Academy program on law enforcement and the criminal justice system for the general public.
The free program, which will start on April 1, is open to people who are at least age 18.
Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood will serve as coordinator for the academy sessions, which will be held weekly.
The program provides participating residents and business owners with an overview of local law enforcement. Through classroom sessions and through hands-on instruction, participants will be shown how local law enforcement operates.
Following review, the Water & Sewer Authority has conditionally approved providing sanitary sewer service to the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company for the firehouse that it plans to construct at 12 Church Hill Road. The fire company plans to build an approximately 16,000-square-foot firehouse with a partial second story on the 3.16-acre site on the south side of Church Hill Road, across that street from Wendover Road.
The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.
Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
“We welcome anybody to come up and speak on any item in the budget,” said Board of Finance Chair John Kortze at the start of the public hearing.
In January 2014, Mary Kate Halmose raised the idea for creating lending libraries at several town parks. Although she initially meant to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, her plans for the scouts have changed, but her ideas for the libraries have not. During a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week she told board members, “I did not go through with the project,” and has since graduated high school. She is no longer a scout, but she does want to go through with the project, Mary Kate told commission members Febeuary 10.
An unusual two-vehicle head-on accident on Interstate 84 late on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 18, resulted in several people being injured, with one man requiring extrication from an SUV involved in the crash, officials said. The collision occurred on I-84, about one mile west of the Exit 9 interchange, in the area where the boundaries of Newtown, Brookfield, and Bethel meet. The incident resulted in extensive travel delays on both sides of the highway during the evening rush.
Statistics on the incidence of property crime that occurred during 2014 compiled by town police indicate that the number of reported burglaries in 2014 more than doubled compared to 2013, and the number of reported thefts decreased. According to those statistics, police received reports of 52 burglaries during 2014, compared to 24 burglaries in 2013, representing an almost 117 percent increase in that crime category. The town police department statistics do not include the various criminal and motor vehicle violations issued by the state police in Newtown. State police enforcement occurs in areas including Interstate 84, state-owned sections of Fairfield Hills, and Garner Correctional Institution.
In a population of more than 320,000,000 people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes.Within the walls of residences, homes, and anywhere large numbers of senior citizens gather, a pecking order plays out. At its best, it allows leaders to lead. At its worst, it is bullying, no different than that seen in adolescent circles. Unless witnesses speak up or managers intervene, bullying is a behavior that can compound the sometimes already fragile mental and physical health of others. People live longer, and the number of senior citizens living in congregate housing has increased greatly since the 1980s, said Donna Fedus, MA, gerontologist, founder of eldercare resource Borrow My Glasses, and director of elder programs at The Consultation Center, Yale University School of Medicine.