First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since the tragic shootings of 12/14.
She said the town was in line to receive funding “not to exceed $50 million.”
“This is not a typical school construction bond but a special bonding provision,” she told The Bee. “And while the proposal is for $50 million, we will try to not have to use all those resources.”
The General Assembly approved a measure June 3 making several technical changes to the gun control statute enacted this April in response to last December’s fatal shooting at a Newtown elementary school.While they enacted a statute two months ago that imposes numerous new restrictions on firearm purchases, tightens school security and expands insurance coverage for mental health, lawmakers have since discovered numerous problems with that measure.The House and Senate adopted a series of technical changes Monday with broad bipartisan support.The changes:Allow people who purchased assault weapons on large-capacity magazines on April 4 – the day the governor signed the gun control measure – to register and lawfully possess them.Allow sworn and duly certified state and local police officers...
A statewide study conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research two days ago finds that an overwhelming majority of voters surveyed oppose the release of graphic photos and audio from emergency calls related to the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook School to the public. Meanwhile, eight families who lost children or loved ones on 12/14 are making a final plea to Connecticut lawmakers through an online petition that has collected more than 78,500 signatures since June 1.
On Saturday, June 15, from 10 am to noon, a low-cost rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held at the Edmond Town Hall gymnasium at 45 Main Street. The cost for rabies vaccinations is $20 per animal with cash being only payment accepted. For information, contact the town clerk’s office at 203-270-4210. Shown on a stairway at Edmond Town Hall are: at top, Rakesh Vali, DVM, of Mt Pleasant Hospital For Animals; veterinary assistant Mary Simpson, who is holding Porsche, a seven-month old female brindled Great Dane; and Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia.
Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7.
The event is intended to raise public awareness of the Special Olympics Summer Games which will run from June 7 through 9 in New Haven and Hamden.
At approximately 11:15 am on June 7, Bethel police will hand off the Special Olympics torch to Newtown police at the Dodgingtown Firehouse at 55 Dodgingtown Road (Route 302).
Newtown police and Garner Correctional Institution staffers will be running in the Newtown leg of the annual Special Olympics of Connecticut Torch Run on Friday, June 7. Police encourage Newtown residents to come out and cheer for them along the Newtown leg of the event, which will come into town from Bethel on Route 302, travel across Glover Avenue, onto Queen Street, and then down Church Hill Road before heading into Southbury to continue its route into Hamden and New Haven.
There was muted enthusiasm, but enthusiasm nonetheless as referendum moderator Carol Mattegat read off the third round referendum results Tuesday evening about 30 minutes after the polls closed at Newtown Middle School.
After two disappointing failures, the district finally found overwhelming support as its twice modified budget request passed by a margin of 1,181 votes.
With the third round school budget referendum set for Tuesday, June 4, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and others ventured to ballfields around Newtown last Saturday and Sunday to speak with residents. The single polling location for Tuesday's referendum is at Newtown Middle School from 6 am until 8 pm. Residents Michelle Ku and Michelle Hankin along with Board of Education Vice Chair Laura Roche accompanied Dr Reed for part of the visits. Ms Roche said many of the people she spoke with on Sunday had few questions, and most of the people were simply happy to see Dr Reed out speaking with residents about the upcoming budget referendum and Newtown’s educational system in general. “Everybody was thanking him for coming on board,” said Ms Roche, who also noted people thanked Dr Reed for taking the time to visit the ballfields...
State Reps Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Dan Carter (R-2) invite Newtown residents to a legislative wrap-up on the legislative session that ends on Wednesday, June 5. The legislative update will be held Tuesday, June 11, from 7 to 9 pm, at Newtown Municipal Center.
A former librarian has organized and launched an on-line auction in the memory of one of the 12/14 victims.Bobbie Pyron’s appeal to more than 30 authors — many who penned award-winning and New York Times best sellers — was answered as they joined to autograph their works in honor of Catherine Vio-let Hubbard, a little girl with a dream to provide a sanctuary for homeless animals. In the months since the shooting, Catherine’s parents and The Animal Center in Newtown have set up a fund to raise money for the Catherine Violet Hubbard Sanctuary.