Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from what they described as an effort to conceal $35,000 in payments to former Gov. John G. Rowland for help with Wilson-Foley’s unsuccessful congressional campaign in 2012.Rowland, 56, who reinvented himself as a popular radio host on WTIC-AM in 2010 after serving 10 months in prison on a federal corruption conviction, was identified in court as a co-conspirator of the couple, meaning he is the target of a federal corruption investigation for the second time in a decade.The former governor was spared being on the air as the story broke: His afternoon drive-time program was pre-empted on WTIC AM by the season opener of the Boston Red Sox.Rowland, a three-term Republican governor, and his local lawyer, Bartley Halloran, did not respond to requests for comment.
C.H. Booth Library’s fine amnesty — the forgiveness on overdue books, videos, etc that were borrowed before January 4 and could not be returned while the library was recently closed — will end Tuesday, April 1.
Through an email to parents Thursday, March 27, Newtown Middle School Principal Thomas Einhorn announced that NMS Assistant Principal Anthony Salvatore is retiring.Dr Salvatore has worked in the Newtown school district for 15 years, as an assistant principal at Reed Intermediate School, and assistant principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and as the assistant principal at NMS.The Newtown Board of Education has yet to discuss and accept Dr Salvatore’s retirement request.
President Barack Obama is planning to honor two Newtown residents, including the father of one of the 12/14 victims and the daughter of a 12/14 survivor, as Champions of Change. Sarah Clements, founder and chairwoman for the Jr Newtown Action Alliance, and Mark Barden, director of advocacy for Sandy Hook Promise, are among nine honorees being recognized for taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence. The ceremony is set for Thursday, April 3. Although a minority of the Senate voted down common-sense legislation according to a White House release, the administration is continuing to take key steps to reduce gun violence by implementing more than 23 executive actions and elevating successful local efforts.
About 25 local volunteer firefighters attacked multiple brush fires along High Rock Road amid high winds on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 26, along an approximately 9,000-foot section of Grays Plain Plain Road near the Monroe border. There were no injuries. No houses, garages, or vehicles were damaged by the blazes, officials said. The first call reporting a fire was received at 3:24 pm from 49 High Rock Road. The last fire to be reported came in at 5:11 pm from the area near the intersection of High Rock Road and Great Ring Road. No evidence was found that the fires were intentionally set. The fires may have been sparked, said Fire Marshal Bill Halstead, by power lines that fell after a tree fell that afternoon, which resulted in sparking electricity in brush on the ground.
Newtown police working with police from other area towns will conduct an enforcement campaign against distracted driving from March 27 through April 2, according to Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police patrol division. Newtown police will be working with police from Bethel, Brookfield, Redding, and Ridgefield in the seven-day enforcement project. State police, as well as police from Monroe and Danbury, will conduct similar enforcement projects within their respective jurisdictions. The enforcement campaign will include use of unmarked vehicles, spotters, and roving patrols.
Tracy Heim, a Newtown resident and a St Rose of Lima School parent, appeared before the Connecticut Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on March 13.She was there, she said, on behalf of her three children, St Rose of Lima School Principal Mary Maloney, and all of the staff and parents of St Rose.“I appreciate this opportunity to offer my comments in support of amending Section 9 of Bill 29,” Ms Heim said before the committee in Hartford. “We applaud Governor [Dannel P. Malloy] and the General Assembly for their hard work in 2013 on the school security grant program, and Section 84 Public Act 13-3. Going forward we are respectfully requesting on behalf of all the Catholic schools in Connecticut that the law be amended to allow schools to access grants for school safety and upgraded security measures.” Ms Heim and Mrs Maloney explained this week that they are asking for the language of the bill to include nonpublic schools, to allow access to grants for all schools in Connecticut.
It may have been one of the shortest budget public hearings the Legislative Council has hosted, but its four participants brought the same degree of passion and advocacy for the school district budget proposal as dozens have in previous years. The four residents, plus Interim Superintendent John Reed, spent a total of about ten minutes Wednesday evening relating their support for the district’s spending plan, and calling for the council to move the budget request to referendum with no further reductions. Council members will be considering a spending plan that, according to town Finance Director Robert Tait, provides $111,066,204 to cover town and school services, along with the annual cost for debt service on bonding, which is carried in the Board of Selectmen budget.