On January 1, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead became Newtown's first Veterans Contact Specialist. The state mandated position is charged with being a single point of contact and referral for any or all veterans issues at the local level. Ms Aurelia Halstead was the appointee to that position serving Veterans living in Newtown. She was recently informed of a new and successful job program specifically for younger veterans who have been most challenged in finding permanent full-time employment. The WorkPlace is looking to identify 20 individuals between late February and early March to participate. The program, "Platform to Employment," has been successful in seven cities across the country, and in Connecticut in obtaining jobs for those completing program, the agency states.
New York Road Runners Club (NYRR) announced on January 21 that The Newtown Memorial Fund, Inc, a sustainable fund created to support those affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, will be an official Charity Partner of the New York City Half Marathon, taking place on March 16. New York Road Runners is the world’s premier community running organization, seeking to improve overall health and well-being by championing a lifelong commitment to running. This honorable distinction provides a block of automatic entries in the race and enables individuals worldwide to join the Newtown Memorial Fund team to raise funds on the nonprofit’s behalf.
Permanent safety fencing and added vegetation will be included as part of an ongoing Interstate 84 bridge replacement project in the Sandy Hook section, according to a state legislator.In a statement issued on January 22, State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) said that those features will be included as part of the continuing project to replace two I-84 bridges which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.Last October, Rep. Bolinsky, First Selectwoman Pat Llodra, and Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner (DOT) James P. Redeker met about 30 concerned Riverside residents to tour the Center Street area and learn about their concerns in connection with the presence of I-84 in their neighborhood. Such concerns include highway noise levels and the hazards
At the January 15 meeting of Newtown VFW Post 308, the membership agreed that after the recent water damage at the town's library, they want to help residents in any way they could. Residents are reminded that the VFW is always open to the public, who is welcome to visit at any time and use Wi-Fi and facilities. The VFW, located at Freedom Defenders Way (formerly 18 Tinkerfield Road), is open daily from 10 am until 9 pm. In addition to Wi-Fi, the post has four large-screen TVs, and an upstairs and downstairs area with tables, chairs, and restrooms. A canteen is also on premises for beverages, soft drinks, coffee, etc.
Due to the snowstorm that is expected to bring a few inches of snow to Newtown before it ends early Wednesday, January 22, groups have begun announcing cancellations and postponements of meetings and programs that had been planned for today. Groups that are canceling and postponing events are invited to contact The Newtown Bee. We will update this story, and our social media, as announcements arrive. Call Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at 203-426-3141 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your information.
(AP) A children’s triathlon program inspired by the life a 7-year-old boy who was killed on 12/14 is expanding in Connecticut. The CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation has reached an agreement with the Greater Waterbury YMCA, Regional YMCA of Western Connecticut in Danbury, and the Central Connecticut Coastal YMCA in Trumbull to host the Race4Chase Kid's Tri program. The program honors Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski, who competed in his first triathlon the summer before he was killed.
Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein said as long as her colleagues support the idea, she is willing to have a dialogue with Board of Finance members and other town officials regarding budget and enrollment trends that were updated by finance board Vice Chair Joe Kearney this week. During his presentation January 13, Mr Kearney used a graph to illustrate what he described as an “unsustainable” trend of increasing school spending despite declining student enrollment. Plotting data from the last school enrollment study to predict anticipated future student population trends, and an assumed average 2.1 percent annual school budget increase, Mr Kearney believes local taxpayers could be facing a per student expenditure of $20,000 by 2019 unless district spending is dialed back.
A half dozen Newtown officials spent about 90 minutes on a recent visit to Ridgefield January 6, getting a tour and some advice on that town’s experience with operating its relatively new and extremely popular recreation center. The Newtown group was on one of several expected field trips to see a number of rec centers across the state, as the town begins preparing for a new facility here that will incorporate both recreational and senior services. First Selectman Pat Llodra, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Assistant Director of Recreation RoseAnn Reggiano, Parks and Recreation Commission Chair Ed Marks, Commission on Aging Chairman Curt Symes and Commissioner Sheila Torres, along with General Electric administrative assistant Anne Alzapiedi were hosted by Ridgefield Parks and Rec Director Paul Roche and Assistant Director of Recreation Robin Matthews on the visit.