With just eight of the 12-member Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission present, community members were still outnumbered Thursday evening, January 29, at the second of two scheduled public hearings for input on a permanent memorial to honor the lives lost on 12/14. Six non-commission members were scattered about the Lecture Hall room at Newtown High School, as the 7 pm meeting got underway. The commission is currently in Phase 3 of a four-phase information gathering process to solicit ideas and review offers. One important point of information received to date is that 92.5 percent of those responding support a permanent memorial of some sort, according to Commission Chair Kyle Lyddy. He repeated, however, what the commission members have said since beginning their task: they are not yet at the point where they are actively considering any of the many ideas for a permanent memorial they have received.
Closings, cancellations and delayed openings are being announced for Monday, February 2. This list is being updated when new information is received. Groups, businesses and organizations are invited to contact The Bee to have their announcements added to this listing.
While there is no travel ban in place this morning, Governor Dannel P. Malloy and local officials are encouraging state residents to stay in place if possible while the current snow storm moves across the state. All eight counties of Connecticut are under a Winter Storm Warning until at least 6 pm tonight. Newtown Municipal Center is closed until at lest 10:30, and Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will is asking everyone to stay of the roads if possible. An icy mix may make this storm more difficult to contend with than the storm that moved through the region a week ago. Superintendent of Schools Joseph E. Erardi Jr took a proactive approach on Sunday, announcing by mid-Sunday afternoon that Newtown’s public schools would be closed today. Businesses and organizations that are being affected by today’s snow are encouraged to contact The Newtown Bee to share news of delayed openings or cancellations. Announcements will be posted on The Bee’s website, and shared through social media.
Newtown Public Schools will be closed Monday, February 2, due to the anticipated weather. The announcement was made around 4 pm on Sunday, February 1. The district also announced that all district offices will be closed on Monday, and all afternoon activities have been cancelled.
A storm system in the central part of the country will push east, setting the stage for a widespread precipitation event across the central and eastern United States through Monday. A wide swath of accumulating snow is forecast from Nebraska to New England. That’s the word this morning from the National Weather Service (NWS), who has issued a Winter Storm Warning for northern Fairfield County that will be in effect from 7 pm tonight until 6 pm Monday, February 2. Heavy snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected to affect interior portions of southwestern Connecticut and the lower Hudson Valley. Newtown could see between 10 and 14 inches of snow, adding to what remains in place from Winter Storm Juno. Businesses and groups that may have events cancelled or postponed due to Monday’s weather are encouraged to contact The Newtown Bee with this information, which will then be posted on The Bee’s website, and shared through social media.
HARTFORD (AP) — The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission debated Friday whether the victims counted in the dedication should include the shooter’s mother, a woman who has been faulted for contributing to the tragedy by fostering his fascination with guns as he grew increasingly socially isolated. A draft of the dedication for the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report references 26 victims, but Commissioner Harold Schwartz asked during the January 30 commission meeting why Nancy Lanza, the mother of the shooter, should not also be considered a victim. He suggested mentioning her name at least in a footnote.
On Monday, January 26, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) released revisions to a proposed permit for the management and oversight of municipal stormwater systems. The agency touted the draft as offering municipalities and institutions less costly and more flexible requirements for compliance. State officials and representatives from some of those municipalities still voiced concerns and objections to DEEP’s attempt to protect Connecticut’s waters at a lower cost than was originally estimated from an earlier, poorly received proposal. DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said that after carefully reviewing those draft requirements with earlier concerns of local officials in mind, the agency developed new approaches to achieve environmental and public health objectives with lower costs for municipalities.
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has awarded a $40,000 competitive grant to Newtown Youth & Family Services Inc. This grant will provide funding for an NYFS case manager, help support NYFS social groups programs, be used to hire and train two new mentors for those social groups, and assist with community communications.
At a brief, windswept press conference staged at the I-84 Exit 2 Welcome Center January 22, Governor Dannel P. Malloy said widening Interstate 84 in both directions through Danbury is critical for economic growth in western Connecticut, as well as easing rush-hour traffic along that heavily congested section of the highway to improve quality of life. The governor, joined by Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker, noted in a post-event release that the I-84 corridor through the western part of the state carries more than 125,000 vehicles on an average weekday, resulting in busy morning and evening peak hours. “Congested roads are bad for business and bad for families — and we need to fix them,” Gov Malloy said.
John Voket, Kendra Bobowick & Andrew Gorosko
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Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:30 am
This summary of Winter Storm Juno also appears in The Newtown Bee print edition of January 30, 2015. Stories by Bee Editorial staff were also posted online as the storm approached, arrived and then dispersed earlier this week. || Residents were well prepared this week for Winter Storm Juno, which was billed as a storm that would be historic in proportions. Fortunately Newtown was spared the worst of the snow storm, which arrived Monday, January 26, and dropped about a foot of snow before continuing on its easterly path.