Gov. Dannel P. Malloy presided over a bipartisan bill-signing ceremony Monday to mark the latest in what his administration says are underappreciated steps to reform how energy is procured, priced and delivered in Connecticut.
The ceremony reflects Malloy’s emphasis of energy policy since taking office in January 2011 – and his administration’s belief in the political value of lower energy costs as he prepares for a reelection run in 2014.
Making “another special trip to Newtown,” the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut’s Executive Director Lisa Scails presented a check for roughly $137,000 to First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday afternoon.
On behalf of the alliance, Ms Scails transferred the HealingNewtown Arts Support Fund money to The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC). The charitable fund had been established by the alliance to support Newtown, specifically through the arts and in partnership with NCAC following 12/14.
With the latest round of property tax bills arriving at Newtown homes in recent days, some local property owners saw fireworks a little earlier than Independence Day. According to local officials, many taxpayers may be facing significant increases in their property taxes now that a new fiscal cycle has begun with its newly set 33.32 mill rate, up from 24.54. But some of the largest or seemingly disproportionate increases are falling on three types of homes according to Assessor Chris Kelsey: over-55 condos, waterfront parcels and residences, and high-value properties scattered across town.
A public forum will be held to receive input on the disbursement of the first release of funds from the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation of $7.7 million. These funds are to be distributed to the families most impacted by the tragic school shooting on 12/14, identified first and foremost as those who lost a loved one, and additionally two wounded teachers and 12 children who escaped from the two classrooms the shooter targeted.
Nickelodeon is bringing Big Time Rush to Newtown for a free concert Monday, July 22. Kendall Schmidt, Logan Henderson, James Maslow and Carlos Pena will be performing for a few thousand residents on the Fairfield Hills campus. The concert will begin at 7 pm, pre-designated parking shuttles will begin at 4 pm that day, and gates will open at 4:30 pm. Tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday, July 5 to Newtown residents only.
HARTFORD – With heat index temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the approaching holiday weekend, Governor Dannel P Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.
Thirteen months ago, the Newtown Police Commission called for the Legislative Council to address a proliferation of complaints about private property shooting ranges and gun noise, mostly on weekends, sometimes extending from early mornings until well into the night. On Wednesday, July 10, the council's Ordinance Committee plans to move the overhauled ordinance to a public hearing. That hearing could happen as soon as the last week of July, although Ordinance Chair Mary Ann Jacob told The Newtown Bee this week, that the hearing could end up happening the first week of August depending on the timing of public notices that must be issued.
With thousands of locals and supporters heading to Newtown Day at Yankee Stadium Sunday, the team and Metro North are urging as many people as possible to commute in by mass transit. To make that a bit more convenient, the railroad is offering a "Yankees Express" train from Bridgeport or Fairfield, directly to the stadium. Metro North spokesperson Jim McCormack has provided a pdf showing all of the direct game trains on the Harlem and New Haven lines that are available for Newtown residents on Sunday. But the special train is the 10:37 am from Bridgeport, making stops at Fairfield Metro, and Fairfield before running express to the Yankees East 153rd Street Station, arriving a t11:53 am.