A community tag/vendor sale being planned for October 11 has been postponed by two weeks. The event, to raise funds for the Ayles family of Sandy Hook, will now take place Sunday, October 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. Openings are still available for those who wish to participate in the event. Tag sale tables can also include crafts or vendors. Organizers are requesting vendors each donate a basket for fundraising purposes.
Newtown’s three current state representatives – Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter and DebraLee Hovey - scored 67, 56, and 44 respectively on the latest Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) Environmental Scorecard. But each of the lawmakers defended their positions on environmental issues that came before them in the past session, as well as their scores. This year’s CTLCV Scorecard represents the latest in a 15-year series of documents that rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills. Lori Brown, Exec. Director said that the Scorecards tally votes on major issues and show a numerical score for each legislator.
In this sidebar, The Bee digs deeper into the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut's state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills. This companion article breaks down the bills upon which legislators were scored, as well as detailing their individual votes, by bill, that were tied to Newtown Delegation members Rep Mitch Bolinsky, Rep DebraLee Hovey and Rep Dan Carter. Sen John McKinney's votes are also detailed.
During its second meeting in as many weeks, the Newtown Charter Revision Commission met October 7 at Newtown Senior Center to continue laying out plans to enhance the effectiveness, integrity, and user-friendliness of the community’s constitutional document. Members picked up where they left off last week reviewing a new draft of Section 7-90 related to the acquisition and disposition of town-owned land. Robert Hall, a former town attorney who handles land use litigation and who volunteered last week to begin drafting a new version of that charter chapter, reported this week that he decided instead to start with a fresh slate rather than try to recast existing language. The group also reviewed and discussed charter charge items categorized under “Board Composition,” along with some suggested changes to the rules of the commission.
An intense storm that passed through the state early on the morning of Tuesday, October 8, resulted in more than ten calls to local volunteer fire companies for utility lines and trees having fallen due to high winds, translating into more than 150 local electric outages at the height of power failures. Volunteer firefighters responded to 11 calls for service, but no injuries were reported due to the weather.
Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, announced that its School of Criminal Justice will host a symposium titled, “Keeping Safe and Alert: Responding to Active Shooter Incidents,” which will be held at the college Bronx campus on October 16. Leading the discussion will be several distinguished public figures who have the experience and expertise to provide valuable knowledge and insights on the issue at hand, including Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe.
Police have arrested a Danbury woman on multiple charges in connection with a serious nighttime motor vehicle accident on Berkshire Road near the Monroe town line in June, in which that woman and two passengers in her vehicle were injured when it tumbled down a ravine along the roadway. Police said that after learning that they held a warrant for her arrest, Carissa Ashley Russo, 24, of Danbury went to the police station on the night of October 3 and was charged with two counts of second-degree assault with a motor vehicle. The assault charges are felonies.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing State of Connecticut flags to half-staff in honor of the Hartford firefighter who died Tuesday night while fighting a house fire in the city. Flags will remain at half-staff until services are held, the date of which has not been determined. According to the Associated Press, the firefighter — whose name has not yet been publicly released — died and three others were injured in a house fire.