An attorney with Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission has recommended the release of 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, siding with The Associated Press in a dispute over records withheld by investigators. The full, nine-member commission is to hold a September 25 hearing before issuing its final decision on whether the recordings should be handed over to the AP. The AP requested documents, including copies of 911 calls, in December as it does routinely in news gathering, in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in US history.
Bit by bit, piece by piece, police and a group of volunteers are separately seeking to assemble a jigsaw puzzle of sorts that would point the way to the missing Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland, 50, of Glen Road, Sandy Hook, a man who went missing from his home in late July and has not been heard from since.
On Sunday, September 1, police, working with Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR) and the Lake Zoar Authority Marine Patrol, searched a section of Lake Zoar lying north of the Rochambeau Bridge in seeking any evidence of Mr Hoagland.
The Newtown Board of Education announced Tuesday that it is starting its search for a permanent superintendent, while also expressing its gratitude to John Reed for serving as interim superintendent of school.
The school board has chosen CABE Search Services, an executive educational search firm to facilitate the process. CABE Senior Consultant Jacqueline Jacoby will lead the CABE [Connecticut Association of Boards of Education] team and will be assisted by George Goens, and Mary Broderick. Dr Broderick’s work with community conversations through the William Caspar Graustein Fund has brought her to Newtown previously.
The first step in the search process is to seek comments through focus groups to learn about strengths and challenges of the Newtown schools as well as leadership qualities desired in the next educational leader.
What's a little rain - when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, parade goers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.
But Mother Nature took mercy on the hundreds of friends and families lining the parade route from the top of Main Street to its finish on Queen Street, holding off her downpour until the final moments of the parade. A brief mid-parade shower had umbrellas blossooming like flowers, only to be quickly put away when the sun decided to play hide-n-seek.
Prior to the 10 am start of the parade, feelings along the parade route ran from exuberant to tentative. "It's a community feel," was a common sentiment voiced, with one gentleman saying he thought more people were turning out to support the town as much as to watch the parade.
In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions.
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that visit has finally been announced.
Mr Dumais received a letter on Friday, August 30, announcing the visit. NEASC Director Janet D. Allison wrote, “The school’s application for its decennial accreditation visit has been processed, and we have scheduled Newtown High School for a visiting committee on October 4, 2015, through October 7, 2015.”
As a police search for a missing local man moved through its fifth week, the man’s wife said his disappearance presents a situation that is “very scary, tricky, bad, mysterious.” Lori Hoagland said this week that she and others are “perplexed” by her the disappearance of her husband, Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland’s. Mr Hoagland, 50, was last seen on Sunday, July 28, at his home. Mr Hoagland is a real estate appraiser, who is self-employed and also works for an attorney in Bridgeport. Newtown police have provided only basic information on Mr Hoagland in publicizing his disappearance and in seeking information from the public on his possible whereabouts. Mr Hoagland was last publicly seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28.
According to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, only one graduating class from Sandy Hook School, the Class of 1980, has sought her help finding a time capsule buried on the property. Class member Wendy Mitchell says the time capsule for the Sandy Hook Sc...
The 8th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike, will take place at Dickinson Park at 9 am on Saturday, August 31. Benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), this race annually draws 500 to 600 runners plus another 200 children in the fun run. Race organizers are expecting a larger than usual turnout this year. The race and fun run will result in the temporary closure of a section of Sugar Street, and related detours around the area.
The 52nd Newtown Labor Day Parade is scheduled to start at 10 am on Monday, September 2. The parade will start at the head of Main Street and then proceed southward on Main Street to eastbound Glover Avenue, and then to northbound Queen Street. Staging the parade will require that roads in the town center be closed to traffic, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele. Affected road sections will be closed to through-traffic from about 9:40 am to about 1:15 pm, he said.