One of the final issues up for deliberation among local charter revision commissioners before wrapping up their yearlong overhaul of Newtown’s constitutional document involves the complicated task of determining voter intent as directed by budget questions, and whether a failed referendum, either in full or in part, should trigger Legislative Council actions currently not permitted by charter.While deliberation on the budget questions and how the council should handle failed budget votes was originally planned for Wednesday, June 10, Charter Revision Chairman Jeff Capeci said two of the commissioners on a subcommittee that researched budget issues were absent, so Mr Capeci decided to postpone the discussion until next week. Discussion and a decision on those matters will occur Tuesday, June 16, in a meeting set for 7:30 pm in either the lower courtroom or meeting room at Edmond Town Hall, according to Mr Capeci.
Newtown's Relay for Life — which for the unfamiliar, is not a sporting event — is taking place today, Saturday, June 13, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. After a decade of success hosting overnight Relays that have raised more than $2.5 million, local volunteers switched gears for 2015, taking advantage of the opportunity to host a more eclipsed event that will begin at 3 pm and end at midnight.
With the arrests of three more men on June 4, a drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by a former Newtown police sergeant has grown to 11 men, who are now under federal indictment on various drug charges. Also, new court documents expand the period during which former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci and a former Newtown civilian emergency services dispatcher Jason Chickos were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, increasing it from four years to six years. The drug ring was allegedly engaged in illegal anabolic steroid distribution. Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned a “superseding indictment” charging a total of 11 men. Santucci and Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. That offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
Shortly after posting new information on the town’s municipal website tracking survey responses, the chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission visited with local selectmen to update the commission’s progress toward possibly establishing one or more memorials in recognition of the lives lost on 12/14. Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy circulated a short report and survey responses.
Newtown Parks & Recreation, which is co-presenting the 2015 Mad Dash Adventure with NYA Sports & Fitness, announced on June 11 the open registration times and start times for those participating in this year’s event. The fourth annual Mad Dash will take place Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, June 12.
The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.
Within a week of a Facility and Enrollment Study Committee report presentation, the Hawley Elementary School community delivered a sharp response to the idea of closing the school.Parents and other community members gathered in the school’s gymnasium on Monday, June 8, for the first SOS meeting, a campaign endorsed by the school’s PTA, to “Save Our Schools.”The following evening, Tuesday, June 9, school advocates gathered again at Hawley to hear from and share concerns with the school superintendent and members of the Board of Education.The SOS campaign received unanimous support at the group’s Monday launch meeting, which included more than 100 school staff, parents, and Hawley School PTA members. The event introduced the initiative.The idea of seeing Hawley shut down due to declining enrollment has sparked a growing concern.
Newtown’s Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra, and her GOP running mate, Selectman Will Rodgers told The Bee June 10 that they would both be seeking reelection in November. In a prepared statement, Mrs Llodra looked back on the day she first took office as the community’s top elected leader nearly six years ago, following a successful tenure on the Legislative Council. “I knew on that first day that to serve as Newtown’s leader is an honor that must be earned and re-earned every single day,” she said – “earned through hard work, dedication to all tasks, whether small or large, commitment to people over politics, and genuine understanding of how governing is a subtle and careful mixture of leading and listening.”