Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29. The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Essays will be read by three local residents, who will be reading essays and judging on knowledge, theme and clarity, without knowing the names of any of the authors. The Newtown VFW Post-sponsored winner will go on to compete for the VFW District 1 title, and will have a chance to continue to a national title.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance. The expansion of the RAP program for veterans comes as part of Gov Malloy’s goal of ending chronic homelessness among veterans in Connecticut by the end of 2015. The governor also announced on Monday that the state is awarding a $2,976,000 loan to the Chrysalis Center for the purpose of assisting in the development of the Legion Court Veterans Housing project in Hartford.
Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease. At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Fire Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.
Newtown Action Alliance has announced that the ENOUGH Campaign and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will hold a peaceful demonstration, Tuesday, September 23, in Stamford on Main St. between Washington and Summer streets, in Columbus Park, at 5:30 pm.
Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season. Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design. In August the recreation commission was anticipating the current work. Parks & Rec had Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds available then and was ready to soon seek bids for building new courts.
Legislative Council members have unanimously approved providing a property tax break to a firm which plans to construct a gas station/convenience store on Church Hill Road at its intersection with Edmond Road. The site at 67 Church Hill Road formerly held a vacant Shell gas station/convenience store, which was long considered an eyesore and was recently demolished in preparation for the new construction. On September 17, council members approved the tax break for Consumers Petroleum of Connecticut, Inc (CPCI), which will call its new facility Wheels.
Since August 25, three billboards have been posted in the Bridgeport area seeking leads on the whereabouts of Sandy Hook resident Robert Hoagland, who has been missing for more than a year. The billboards are scheduled to be displayed until September 21. At the request of the Hoagland family to more broadly publicize Mr Hoagland’s July 2013 disappearance from his Sandy Hook home, police recently agreed to advertise his “missing person” status on three billboards in the Bridgeport area in the heavily traveled Interstate-95 corridor. The billboards list Mr Hoagland as a missing person, display photos of him, and provide the Newtown Police Department telephone number as a contact point for any information on his whereabouts.
Following discussion at a September 17 session, Legislative Council members, in an 8-2 vote, approved spending $29,000 in public funds to demolish a house and related structures at 31 Great Hill Road, which were heavily damaged in
After hearing several presentations and visiting site locations, the Board of Education unanimously approved a grant-funded school-based health clinic for Newtown Middle School. After two earlier presentations, and mentioning a few measures they would like to see happen before the clinic is implemented, the board gave Superintendent of Schols Dr Joseph Erardi the go-ahead vote during its September 16 meeting.