What's a little rain - when it stays up in the air, that is. Preparing for a predicted rainfall, parade goers for the 52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2, set up not only chairs along the parade route, but a number of portable tents, as well. Raincoats and umbrellas were stashed nearby, just in case the rumble of marchers turned into the rumble of thunder.
But Mother Nature took mercy on the hundreds of friends and families lining the parade route from the top of Main Street to its finish on Queen Street, holding off her downpour until the final moments of the parade. A brief mid-parade shower had umbrellas blossooming like flowers, only to be quickly put away when the sun decided to play hide-n-seek.
Prior to the 10 am start of the parade, feelings along the parade route ran from exuberant to tentative. "It's a community feel," was a common sentiment voiced, with one gentleman saying he thought more people were turning out to support the town as much as to watch the parade.
In recent budget cycles, Newtown High School has prioritized needed preparations for an anticipated 2015 New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) visit, including additional teaching positions.
Newtown High School Principal Charles Dumais said on Friday, August 30, the date of that visit has finally been announced.
Mr Dumais received a letter on Friday, August 30, announcing the visit. NEASC Director Janet D. Allison wrote, “The school’s application for its decennial accreditation visit has been processed, and we have scheduled Newtown High School for a visiting committee on October 4, 2015, through October 7, 2015.”
As a police search for a missing local man moved through its fifth week, the man’s wife said his disappearance presents a situation that is “very scary, tricky, bad, mysterious.” Lori Hoagland said this week that she and others are “perplexed” by her the disappearance of her husband, Robert “Hoagy” Hoagland’s. Mr Hoagland, 50, was last seen on Sunday, July 28, at his home. Mr Hoagland is a real estate appraiser, who is self-employed and also works for an attorney in Bridgeport. Newtown police have provided only basic information on Mr Hoagland in publicizing his disappearance and in seeking information from the public on his possible whereabouts. Mr Hoagland was last publicly seen inside the convenience store at the Mobil gas station at 62 Church Hill Road at about 6:45 am on Sunday, July 28.
According to Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra, only one graduating class from Sandy Hook School, the Class of 1980, has sought her help finding a time capsule buried on the property. Class member Wendy Mitchell says the time capsule for the Sandy Hook Sc...
A Flash Flood Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service in New York City for Fairfield and Westchester counties. It is in effect until 5:45 pm. In addition, the National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Fairfield County, along with Putnam County and Westchester County in southeast New York, in effect until 5 pm.
Stepping across new, pressed concrete sidewalks Monday afternoon, Senator Chris Murphy saw improvements that the streetscape project has brought to Sandy Hook Center. He was also in town for a bite to eat at The Villa with Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Vice President Joe Hemingway — a lunch date that Mr Hemingway won in a recent SHOP fundraising event. Mr Hemingway wanted to thank the senator “for all his support,” noting that he “has been visible, and has been around” to help the community.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Wednesday, August 28, that the Town of Newtown will receive more than $600,000 of an overall $2.5 million grant to be provided to law enforcement agencies in Connecticut to cover the costs for police coverage stemming from the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In a statement, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will provide $2.5 million overall in funding to the Connecticut State Police, Newtown police, and the many municipal police agencies that provided law enforcement assistance after the shooting incident. The funding is intended to compensate the agencies and jurisdictions for costs related to overtime, forensic investigation, and security during and in the aftermath of the crime.
The C.H. Booth Library’s new director completed this past week a series of three public forums billed as “Vision Quest” and designed to help the library chart a course for the future. His audience at the two final sessions on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening, however, focused more directly on the director himself and their concerns over recent and imminent changes at the library since his arrival on July 1.
At an occasionally contentious 90-minute session on Saturday, August 24, a number of library patrons, unhappy with changes already made, urged Shawn Fields, the library’s new director, to slow the pace of change at the town’s iconic Main Street library since his appointment as its administrator.
The 8th Annual Newtown Road Race 5K and Kids Fun Run, presented by Nike, will take place at Dickinson Park at 9 am on Saturday, August 31. Benefiting Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS), this race annually draws 500 to 600 runners plus another 200 children in the fun run. Race organizers are expecting a larger than usual turnout this year. The race and fun run will result in the temporary closure of a section of Sugar Street, and related detours around the area.