UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning that went with this afternoon's storm has been cancelled. || The National Weather Service (NYC) is tracking a “strong thunderstorm [that] will affect eastern Putnam and Northern Fairfield counties” within the hour. A special Weather Statement has been issued for Fairfield County; and the area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:15. NWS expects the storm will be in Newtown before 4 o'clock. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with the storm.
Newtown Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood and Patrol Officer Felicia Figol, who is the police department’s dog handler, were named as award recipients at MADD’s 29th Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony, which was held on May 20 at Central Connecticut State University. “The Newtown Police Department is extremely proud of these two officers for being leaders in this area and for their continued commitment to safety of the motoring public and the citizens of Newtown,” said Newtown Police Lt Christopher Vanghele said.
The Newtown Prevention Council closed out its final meeting of the season, on May 21, with a presentation by resident Catherine Larson, owner of Tech Training CT. Also during the meeting, Newtown Prevention Council Grant Coordinator Kim Killoy briefly discussed the council’s plans to use up its Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant through the federal Department of Health and Human Services funding, which she said the council has available until the end of September, and Council Co-Chair Judy Blanchard highlighted some efforts the council will be focusing on when it starts meeting again in September. One of the first things the council hopes to do is looks at the results of the 2015 Youth Survey Report, which was administered to students just prior to the school district's April break.
On Wednesday, May 20, the Newtown VFW Post 308 inducted new officers for the 2015-16 term. Walter Dolan became the new post commander. Mr Dolan served in the US Army in the Military Police Corps, and was overseas during Desert Storm. At the Newtown VFW, he has served as post junior vice commandant and adjutant. Mr Dolan is taking over from James Rebman, who served as post commander for the past three years.
A sampling of Newtown’s population gathered on the grounds of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 on Monday morning, May 25, to honor the memories of service men and women who have died, as well as to recognize the service of current troops. In the crowd was a number of veterans from earlier wars including World War II, Korea and Vietnam, as well as more recent efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered on Memorial Day Monday, May 25. In accordance with US Flag code, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon on the day that Americans honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the Armed Forces. President Obama and Governor Malloy each issued their annual Memorial Day proclamations this week.
Ferris Acres Creamery, a family-operated ice cream stand that opened for business at 144 Sugar Street in 2004, has become a popular destination for both residents and out-of-towners, seeking to enjoy the pleasures of ice cream amid the bucolic setting of a working dairy farm. The creamery has become so popular that, at times, the site becomes overcrowded, attracting dozens of vehicles, many more vehicles than the vehicular capacity of its parking lot.
Honoring veterans both living and deceased was a small group of residents, setting out flags to surround the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a/k/a the War Memorial, on Main Street Friday, May 22, in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Among the efforts that the Newtown Woman’s Club GFWC makes on behalf of veterans during the year, member Millie Anderson said, “Our veterans do a lot for us.” Gathering on the small lawn surrounding the monument at the intersection of Hannover Road and Main, the group set flags in the ground for the fifth year. Newtown’s VFW Post 308 has donated the flags for the past three years, said public issues representative Marion Thompson. The small, decorative flags stay out until Flag Day in June. Working steadily on a breezy and
NOTE: This is an extended version of a story published on May 19, with comments from Kathy Ballwig Holick. || “Dancing Traffic Agent” Kathy Ballwig Holick said she tried to convey everything was fine after social networks exploded with negative posts from friends, followers, and fans — even some comparing Newtown to the fictional community in "Footloose," where dancing is illegal. This was after a Newtown Police Department supervisor instructed her to stop her routine following one particularly irate complaint alleging her dance moves distracted another passing driver while children were crossing the street at Ms Holick’s Hawley School post May 8. But that police official said Ms Holick is being allowed to “bop and weave” again, albeit with a few minor modifications.
After failing to reach an acceptable settlement with the owner of a private residential road adjacent to Sandy Hook Elementary School, the town has sought and received court authorization to take an underground right of way to stretch new gas utility pipes to the school site by eminent domain. According to Columbia University Law School, “Traditionally the power of eminent domain has been exercised for the construction of large public projects, but its use is beginning to be broadened to projects involving not ‘public use’ but ‘public benefit.’” This latest action, which was revealed during action by the Board of Selectmen on May 18, is the second time the use of eminent domain has been proposed related to the new school project.