Another main piece of the Fairfield Hills skyline is gone: Danbury Hall this week is reduced to just rubble as Bestech crews work to separate and remove or reuse the debris. Ground-down concrete will fill the empty hollow where Danbury Hall once stood, making a home to then-state hospital staff. The building, which sat to the east of Trades Lane when entering the campus through its main entrance off Wasserman Way, had been constructed to house male staff. Bestech crew member Fred Brace had set aside a few relics this week, as the building, less than two weeks after demolition began, sat in crumbling heaps behind him. Reaching into an open dumpster he found some broken wooden siding stamped with the original contractor’s information. Also within reach were some old brass doorknobs that he set aside.
Dannel P. Malloy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday exchanged some of the strongest words yet in their continuing debate over Connecticut’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with the candidates accusing each other of grandstanding on issues that arose from the massacre.
Republican Tom Foley and Democrats supporting Governor Dannel P. Malloy agree that Quinnipiac University’s poll declaring the race a tie is accurate — and that last month’s survey giving Foley a six-point lead was faulty. Foley, who did not publicly disavow a six-point lead a month ago, is not being magnanimous. The GOP nominee is trying to disabuse the press and voting public of the impression that Malloy has momentum by turning his deficit last month into a dead heat in Wednesday’s poll.
In this sidebar, The Bee digs deeper into the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut's state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills. This companion article breaks down the bills upon which legislators were scored, as well as detailing their individual votes, by bill, that were tied to Newtown Delegation members Rep Mitch Bolinsky, Rep DebraLee Hovey and Rep Dan Carter. Sen John McKinney's votes are also detailed.
During its second meeting in as many weeks, the Newtown Charter Revision Commission met October 7 at Newtown Senior Center to continue laying out plans to enhance the effectiveness, integrity, and user-friendliness of the community’s constitutional document. Members picked up where they left off last week reviewing a new draft of Section 7-90 related to the acquisition and disposition of town-owned land. Robert Hall, a former town attorney who handles land use litigation and who volunteered last week to begin drafting a new version of that charter chapter, reported this week that he decided instead to start with a fresh slate rather than try to recast existing language. The group also reviewed and discussed charter charge items categorized under “Board Composition,” along with some suggested changes to the rules of the commission.
An intense storm that passed through the state early on the morning of Tuesday, October 8, resulted in more than ten calls to local volunteer fire companies for utility lines and trees having fallen due to high winds, translating into more than 150 local electric outages at the height of power failures. Volunteer firefighters responded to 11 calls for service, but no injuries were reported due to the weather.
Newtown’s three current state representatives – Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter and DebraLee Hovey - scored 67, 56, and 44 respectively on the latest Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) Environmental Scorecard. But each of the lawmakers defended their positions on environmental issues that came before them in the past session, as well as their scores. This year’s CTLCV Scorecard represents the latest in a 15-year series of documents that rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills. Lori Brown, Exec. Director said that the Scorecards tally votes on major issues and show a numerical score for each legislator.
Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, announced that its School of Criminal Justice will host a symposium titled, “Keeping Safe and Alert: Responding to Active Shooter Incidents,” which will be held at the college Bronx campus on October 16. Leading the discussion will be several distinguished public figures who have the experience and expertise to provide valuable knowledge and insights on the issue at hand, including Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe.