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.
According to its Facebook page, the Edmond Town Hall Theatre will be screening "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in place of the originally planned "Guardians of The Galaxy." A problem with the theater’s projector has apparently led to the need to screen a Blu-Ray DVD edition of the April 2014 release in which Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
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.