In early December, the town expects to seek competitive bids for the construction of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project, a town official said this week. Fred Hurley, director of public works, said that bidding documents for the project being refined to explain to bidders the work required for the project. At a February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development.
Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online. Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College. According to the university, the school's presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of "extraordinary accomplishments and performance."
The appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee has nearly completed its initial charge, advising the Board of Selectmen to abandon a more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South so the Newtown Police Department can eventually expand into the entire facility. Instead, the commission is advising town officials to proceed with plans to design and build a new police facility. That recommendation assumes the less expensive option of building new would transpire on publicly-owned property, presumably at Fairfield Hills.
The annual Fill the Fire Truck Food Drive is just around the corner. Newtown firefighters will be spending time outside two of the town’s markets this weekend, accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry just in time for Thanksgiving. Members of Hawleyville, Newtown Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook fire companies will be at Big Y, at 6 Queen Street, on Saturday, November 21. Then on Sunday, members of Botsford and Dodgingtown will be outside Stop & Shop at 228 South Main Street.
In view of a recent rash of motor vehicle thefts, as well as thefts of items from vehicles, police are urging residents to employ some basic deterrents to decrease the likelihood of such crimes occurring. Since September, there have been five thefts of vehicles, as well numerous cases of thefts of items from vehicles.
The Newtown Foundation, in partnership with St Marks Episcopal Church and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, will host a Third Annual National Vigil Service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence in America, Wednesday, December 9, at the Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. Registration is required. In addition, those in need of transportation from Newtown, on a chartered bus, are asked to register by November 16.
President Barack Obama on Sunday issued a proclamation honoring the victims of shootings in Paris, France, on November 13 that took the lives of more than 100 people. His declaration, which also ordered that American flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Thursday, November 19.
The Newtown Fund has for many years helped Newtown’s residents in need around the December holidays. Most referrals come through the town’s Social Service Department or local clergy. Families, couples, and individuals — who are referred to The Fund by Newtown Social Services — receive emergency donations throughout the year but the holiday season is the time when the fund, and residents, provide the most help to make their holiday and their lives brighter. The Holiday Basket Program holds its collection and distribution on what is referred to as Depot Day — a Saturday, approximately ten days prior to Christmas, when all donations are sorted and then delivered to the families who will receive food and gifts in time for the holiday. This year’s Depot Day has been scheduled for Saturday, December 12.