Fire officials from the town’s five volunteer fire companies are reviewing a controversial proposal to move the town’s radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center (NECC) at Town Hall South to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, in Prospect. Town Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will, who heads the NECC, and the two members of a town study panel that is researching possibly having Newtown emergency calls dispatched from the Prospect center -- Jeffrey Capeci and Neil Chaudhary -- attended an April 28 Board of Fire Commissioners meeting. First Selectman Pat Llodra ultimately will make the decision on whether local emergency services radio dispatching should be regionalized.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan, whose mission is to speak to as many students as possible in order that they hear stories of the Holocaust from a survivor, will offer a public program at Congregation Adath Israel on May 18. Mrs Lazan spent six years with her family in a Nazi concentration camp. Today she asks people to be tolerant of others, and encourages positive thinking. Her program will begin at 3 pm. She will provide a moving, firsthand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany from the events preceding Kristallnacht and then imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April 1945.
A changeover for the phone system at Town Hall South is complete this evening, but there are still a few technical issues being worked on, according to Newtown Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will. “Voicemail is still being worked on, so there may be an issue if anyone calls the police department, Social Services or Parks & Rec tonight,” Ms Will said Wednesday evening. “Have patience, try to leave a message, or remember that everyone will be back in tomorrow morning if you can’t reach them tonight,” she said.
A changeover to a new phone system at Town Hall South will be taking place this morning around 9:30 am, according to Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will. The system change will cover the police, Parks & Rec and Social Services departments. There will be no disruption in emergency 911 service and calls during the system changeover.
While the Board of Education interviewed Christopher Moretti for the position of principal of Hawley Elementary School in an executive session on April 29, a group of district personnel, Hawley staff members, and current principal Jo-Ann Peters Edmondson waited outside the Council Chambers at Newtown Municipal Center. When the school board returned and opened its session to the public, it unanimously voted to hired Mr Moretti for the position. He will begin his tenure at Hawley on July 1. His salary will be set by the existing administrator’s contract, according to the board’s motion.
Thoughtful, diligent, thorough, and complete are a few of the words Michael Talluto chose to describe the work being done by the New Director Search Committee of the Board of Trustees of C.H. Booth Library. The role of the search committee is to qualify candidates for the position of director of the C.H. Booth Library through a process that includes formulating interview questions, advertising for and promoting the position, reviewing resumes, and conducting the initial interviews. There is a difference between this search committee, according to Mr Talluto, and the last director search in 2013, when a smaller committee made up exclusively of board of trustees members selected a new director who was not embraced by staff or community and who left after less than 12 weeks on the job.
After lengthy discussion at a February town meeting, voters by an 81-to-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system as a means to spur local economic development. An informational session to explain the construction aspects and cost implications of the planned expansion of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system is scheduled for Thursday, May 8. The meeting, which is sponsored by the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA), is slated for 7 pm in the lower level conference room at Town Hall South. A regular meeting of the WSA will immediately follow.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) will dedicate the Memorial to Fallen Educators on June 12, at 2 pm, on the Emporia State University campus. The memorial and dedication ceremony will honor fallen educators and provide a permanent tribute to their sacrifice. The inspiration for the memorial came from the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy that killed six educators on December 14, 2012. Members of the NTHF then began to research, and found reports of 112 fallen educators, dating back to 1764.
Thanks to $200,000 in grant funds, hazardous materials abatement in the single-family houses at Fairfield Hills has begun, with abatement and demolition of Danbury Hall to follow. An additional $200,000 in Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds through the town will cover any additional costs incurred when Danbury is demolished. According to Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, hazardous materials abatement is under way on the single-family houses “to be paid in full” with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup grant of $200,000. Next will be the cleanup and demolition of Danbury Hall, she confirmed. Any remaining grant funds from the houses remediation will be used for the cleanup on Danbury. If the grant cannot pay for the full cost, then the $200,000 of CIP will cover costs, plus pay for demolition. No EPA funds will be used for the demolition, Ms Stocker said; the EPA funds are to be used for the cleanup only.