The long-duration snowstorm on Monday, February 9, dropped several inches of snow on Newtown. It was less snow accumulation than in some other parts of the state, but it was enough snow to cancel school for the day. Fred Hurley, town director of public works, said, “We were very fortunate,” noting that worse weather, in the form of icing conditions, occurred in southern sections of Fairfield County. It was a snowy Monday for the second week in a row, in fact. Another three-day weekend for students and faculty of Newtown’s schools, as well as for a number of residents. Some opted to work from home, or just had to stay home due to road conditions. More snow may be on the way within the next few days.
(AP) The family of a 12/14 victim has applied to trademark her name in an attempt to stop others from misusing it on social media. Victoria Soto was one of the teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the shootings there 26 months ago.
What started as a projected savings of around $925,000 ballooned to more than $1 million on January 29, as Newtown refunded or refinanced 16 of its general obligation bonds. According to documentation provided by Newtown Finance Director Robert Tait, the total savings generated to offset debt service costs for local taxpayers is $1,013,258.22 to be precise. Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze said the latest refunding windfall is the result of many volunteers and government officials pulling together to create, enhance, and stick to well-documented financial policies and practices in recent years, which also yielded the community its first AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s in 2014.
Should the State DOT sell surplus lumber from tree trimming to generate revenue for road repairs instead of just chipping it up for mulch? Should state municipalities be able to establish donation funds to supplement their social services efforts? Should lawmakers be permitted to remove state department heads? Should Connecticut officials be required to explain violations to local businesses before levying fines for certain statutory violations? These are just a few questions that could be answered if Republican State Representative Dan Carter is successful in seeing a number of his proposed bills in the current legislative session become law.
In October 2013, Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) joined a special club: those who regularly provide items to FAITH Food Pantry. WIN members had long been encouraged to bring donations for the secular food pantry to meetings (the organization’s acronym stands for Food Assistance Immediate Temporary Help). During late summer/early autumn of 2013, WIN member Corey Kondas suggested the club set up an outreach project that would offer visitors to a popular location in the center of town the opportunity to also help the food pantry. By early October the new project was in place. For 15 months, customers of Starbucks on Church Hill Road have found a small basket to the left of the cashier’s counter. Inside the basket is a sign with a list of suggested items that customers can leave for FAITH Food Pantry. At least twice each week members of WIN stop in at Starbucks to collect the items and take them to St John’s Church, where the pantry is situated.
“We are the central place for support and resources for all community members, whether 12/14-related or not,” said Melissa Glaser. Ms Glaser is the community outreach liaison for the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team, funded through December 2015 by a Department of Justice grant. She was distressed to read a December 8 letter to The Newtown Bee from Steven Feinstein, who identified himself as the husband of a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher. “They suffer PTSD and all manner of emotional injury,” Mr Feinstein wrote about SHS teachers, “making every day a challenge, yet they are largely forgotten," Mr Feinstein wrote in part.
Due to the weather today, Newtown Historical Society has decided to postpone tonight’s scheduled program, “Women’s Work In WWII.” A new date for the program will be announced. Groups, organizations and businesses that will be affected by today’s snow are invited to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks to have that information shared on The Bee’s website and social media.
(AP) In the latest update to information concerning a major data breach of Anthem Inc that may have compromised personal information of millions of its customers across the state, Connecticut’s tax commissioner is urging taxpayers expecting federal or state income tax refunds who may be affected by the Anthem data breach to file their taxes quickly. Kevin Sullivan, head of the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, said the personally identifiable information apparently hacked at the Anthem health insurance company “is exactly what tax fraud thieves use to make false refund claims that appear to be legitimate.”