Police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Huntingtown Road, near its intersection with Brushy Hill Road, at about 10 am on February 12. Police said one motorist was driving an SUV that ran off the road. A passenger received minor injuries. Police charged the motorist with driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor, and making a restricted turn. Learn more about recent police activity in this week's report.
With about a dozen residents on hand to represent the entire community, a brief town meeting February 17 sealed plans to demolish the home at 36 Yogananda Street, where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza and his late mother Nancy resided. Following that meeting, the Board of Selectmen also acted to initiate foreclosure on a key commercial parcel adjacent to eastbound I-84 on Church Hill Road.
The Parks & Recreation Commission and the Commission on Aging are coordinating a series of public information sessions regarding community center planning and construction prior to a March 21 referendum to approve project funding. Providing “the big picture” for people to understand, and “to hear their input on the possibilities of this phased project,” is the main goal of forums to be hosted by the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold.
The Legislative Council moved a package of ordinance requests to its Ordinance Committee February 18. Those requests come from the Police Commission and the Board of Selectmen. First Selectman Pat Llodra told her board the night before about the amendment to the local Firearms Ordinance, and another suggestion designed to prevent the littering of unsolicited mail and materials being left at residential properties. Mrs Llodra said those requests were developed from requests from residents she processed while sorting through a backlog of materials that had been piling up on her desk for several weeks.
Following a presentation by members of a community center advisory committee that held similar meetings with the Boards of Finance and Selectmen in recent weeks, the Legislative Council voted February 18 to send an authorization to spend a $15 million community center grant from rom General Electric to a public referendum on Saturday, March 21. The referendum authorizing the expenditure is required by charter, even though it does not represent a taxpayer generated appropriation. The council also finalized its budget calendar Wednesday, with plans to hold a public hearing on March 18, followed by presentation by Board of Finance.
In a population of more than 320 million people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes. Within the walls of residences, homes, and anywhere large numbers of senior citizens gather, a pecking order plays out. At its best, it allows leaders to lead. At its worst, it is bullying, no different than that seen in adolescent circles. Unless witnesses speak up or managers intervene, bullying is a behavior that can compound the sometimes already fragile mental and physical health of others.
First Selectman Pat Llodra and Public Works Director Fred Hurley sat down with the Board of Finance on February 9 to try to unravel some confusion that has developed regarding premature road “delamination,” which originally resulted in postponed spending for local road projects in the coming year's budget. Mrs Llodra said last week that with an understanding of the problem, and a proposed fix, it was time to boost capital investments in road repairs by $1 million. The Board of Finance also learned that an administrative error on a grand list personal property declaration resulted in a significant drop in anticipated revenue next year.
The brilliant sunshine outside the C.H. Booth Library Wednesday morning, February 18, was in sharp contrast to the dark cloud hovering over the staff of the Children’s Department inside, where frozen sprinkler system pipes burst Tuesday, February 17, causing damage to thousands of books in the collection.
“The sprinkler system burst in the west corner of the Children’s Department,” said CHB Board of Trustees President Robert Geckle. “There was localized damage to books in the immediate vicinity of the break,” he said, although the extent of that damage is still being assessed.
Working as one, responders from all of Newtown's five volunteer fire companies stood shoulder to shoulder fighting a dramatic trailer fire at the Meadowbrook Terrace Mobile Home Park at 55 Sugar Street Tuesday morning. As assistance with water shuttles and coverage for local fire houses poured in from Monroe, Southbury and Brookfield, local crews doused the 30 by 10-foot residential trailer as resident Frank Rocca, Jr. and his pet dog, stood a few feet away watching as the structure became fully engulfed in flames. The call was initially reported as a possible furnace fire. Fire Marshal Bill Halstead was first on the scene, and reported fire showing through the front door of the mobile home. Hook & Ladder Assistant Chief Jason Rivera arrived shortly thereafter and assumed command of the scene.