Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, November 14, at 9:30 am. The commission announced on November 12 that it will be in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library. On the agenda are presentations by three parents of children killed on 12/14.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, held a response meeting for community members on Tuesday, November 11, following a threat made on social media against the high school a few hours earlier. Dr Erardi was joined by Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. The evening event offered explanations and answers to questions voiced by parents, who wanted to know why only the high school was affected by the lock-in, how to talk to their children about the situation, and how the situation would end. Parents also sought additional information about the threat, which remains under investigation.
Town police have enlisted the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in their investigation into a threat made against Newtown High School on Tuesday, November 11. Although it was Veterans Day, town schools were in session and a holiday commemoration program was underway in the school auditorium when it was learned that the threat had been made. The threat was received on the high school’s Facebook page. The threat reportedly was made from out of state and made reference to a gun and to shooting. NHS School Resource Officer Liam Seabrook reported the threat to police headquarters at 12:59 pm. Seven town police were involved in the investigation at the school and adjacent areas. In a statement on the incident, Police Chief Michael Kehoe said, in part, that the lock-in was put in place to ensure the safety of students, staff, and visitors at the school.
The ever-popular Newtown Bee calendar for 2015 is now available at The Bee’s offices at 5 Church Hill Road. Many people like The Bee calendars for their large print and simple design. The calendars are free, but the supply is limited.
Town police are warning local residents about a series of ongoing scams conducted by criminals generally via telephone calls and sometimes through interactions on the Internet. Police Sergeant Steven Santucci said that one of these scams which has been ongoing problem nationwide involves an aggressive telephone caller who falsely tells the person receiving the call that he is a US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent who requires the immediate payment of an outstanding tax debt. Police are also warning the public about another criminals who falsely claim to work for the Connecticut Light & Power Company, Yankee Gas, or some other utility company, and who have telephoned local businesses, telling them that their service will be shut off due to unpaid bills.
On November 6, police learned of a trespassing incident that had occurred on Wednesday, October 29, at the town Parks & Recreation department building located at 2 Trades Lane. Police said that between 9 and 9:10 am on October 29, a heavy-set white man with a white beard, who was wearing blue jeans and a grey sweatshirt bearing a logo, walked through an open door and entered the building. Police believe that the man then defecated on the floor in the basement and left the area.
In honor of Veterans Day, The Men’s Breakfast Club of Newtown Senior Center hosted former Newtown First Selectman and World War II veteran Joseph Borst as its guest speaker on Thursday, November 6. Mr Borst shared his reminisces on his time in the service with club members, including several who are also veterans. Arthur Zierzow served with the Marines in Vietnam. Bud Ullmann was stationed on Governors Island in New York, a sergeant in the Army. John Obyrne and Jack Robb served in the US Army, as well. Mr Robb is a veteran of the Korean conflict. Dominick Barillari, Sr, is a World War II veteran, and served in England and Africa.
Outside VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road in Newtown lies a stone laid to remember “Comrades in the silent land beyond,” reads part of its inscription. Honoring fallen veterans, “Wherever your mortal remains may rest,” as the stone’s inscription continues, were VFW members and supporters Tuesday morning. “There the ground is hallowed,” finishes the message. Placing a wreath and carnations at its base were VFW officers, who turned away with a salute. The annual service, which began, per tradition, at 11 am on Veterans Day, celebrated Newtown’s veterans past and present.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Newtown High School was placed on “lock-in” status due to an unspecified threat which was made on Internet-based social media directly against the high school, School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr, said in a statement.At about 1:10 pm, the school was placed in a “lock-in closed teaching and learning environment,” he said. During such situations, visitors are not allowed on school grounds and all people in the school remain inside the building. During the NHS Veterans Day assembly, when students, faculty, administrators, and visiting veterans filled the school auditorium, high school staffers were already dealing with the response to the threat against the school. The lock-in status was lifted at the school at 1:55 pm, he said.
November 11 was originally designated to honor the end of World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Known as Armistice Day for many years, the date has become a day to honor all veterans of all of the wars in which this country has been engaged since World War I.