A state auditors report has revealed that a nonprofit subsidiary of the state teachers union may have mishandled or misappropriated funds originally donated to support school workers and police responders affected after their involvement with the Sandy Hook tragedy.
By Shannon Hicks
Published: Dec 03, 2019 12:01 PM
The local unit of the Salvation Army is less than a week away from its 2019 Red Kettle Campaign and is still seeking volunteer bell ringers.
Red Kettle Campaign Bell Ringers NeededThe local unit of the Salvation Army is less than a week away from its 2019 Red Kettle Campaign and is still seeking volunteer bell ringers.The local unit of the Salvation Army is less than a week away from its 2019 Red Kettle Campaign and is still seeking volunteer bell ringers.This year’s campaign is scheduled for Friday evenings, December 6 and 13; and Saturday mornings and afternoons, December 7 and 14.As of Tuesday, December 3, volunteers were still needed for both weekends. Individuals, couples, families, groups of friends, and members of organizations and businesses are all welcome. Volunteer Co-Coordinator Anna Wiedemann told The Newtown Bee on December 3 that she is really hoping to hear from people who can spend at least one hour ringing a bell this Friday night.“One hour shifts will benefit so many of our neighbors,” she said.Around the world, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign collects public contributions/donations to help people in need. Funds raised by the Bethel-Newtown Salvation Army Committee go to Newtown Department of Social Services, which provides assistance to residents in need.Ninety percent of the donations received during the Red Kettle Campaign remain in Bethel and Newtown.Spots left on Friday, December 6, are as follows:Bottle Stop, beginning at 6 and 7 pm start times;Pizza Palace, 5:30 and 6:30 pm;Stop & Shop, both entrances, 7 pm (so two openings available);Walgreens, 7 pm; andYankee Wine & Spirits, 4, 5, and 7 pm.Saturday, December 7Bottle Stop, 2 pm;Walgreens, 11 am, noon, 1 pm and 3 pm; andYankee Wine, 2 and 3 pm.Anyone interested in signing up can do so directly through signupgenius, or by calling Ms Wiedemann at 203-426-1035. The online link also includes the December 13-14 schedule for those who would like to volunteer for one of those available times.
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By Shannon Hicks
Published: Dec 02, 2019 08:49 AM
Schools are closed and a few businesses are opening late this Monday morning, while a slow moving snow-sleet-rain storm continues to move through the region.
Wintry Mix Opens First Week Of DecemberSchools are closed and a few businesses are opening late this Monday morning, while a slow moving snow-sleet-rain storm continues to move through the region. NOTE (3:11 pm): This story has been updated to include cancellation notices for Board of Education and Board of Selectmen meetings.(3:31 pm) The story has been updated to reflect changes to the Class LL football schedule, including Newtown High School's quarterfinal hopes.(5:03 pm) ...and the early closing of Edmond Town Hall, the cancellation of tonight's "Downton Abbey" screening in ETH Theatre, and the cancellation of tonight's Design Advisory Board meeting.(Tuesday, December 3): This story is being updated with today's late openings. * * * * *An ice-snow mix has welcomed commuters to the roads this morning, thanks to a slow moving storm that arrived in the region early Sunday afternoon.Primary roads are wet, but very passable this morning. Many secondary roads have slush/snow mixes on them, along with sand and/or salt, thanks to Town and State plows that have been out for hours. Eversource crews have been alerted to a few areas were utility wires have fallen due to wind and ice. Newtown — along with much of northern Fairfield County and all of Litchfield County, and much of southeastern New York — remains under a National Weather Society Winter Storm Warning that is in effect until 7 am Tuesday, December 3.Heavy snow is expected, with accumulations of 5-10 inches now being forecast for interior southern Connecticut, according to the weather service. That forecast also includes portions of northeast New Jersey and southeast New York.The weather service is calling for rain and snow to continue until late Monday morning, and then becoming all snow after noon. Temperatures are expected to fall to around 31 degrees by 3 pm, also according to the weather service.Wind chill values will be between 20-25 degrees, with north winds around 14 mph. The chance of precipitation for Monday afternoon is 90%, with total daytime accumulation of 1-3 inches possible.For the overnight of December 2-3, snow will continue under “steady temperature around 29,” NWS said Monday morning. Chance of precipitation remains at 90%, with new snow accumulation of 2-4 inches possible.Tuesday has a 20 percent change of snow before 10 am, after which precipitation should be ending. Skies will be cloudy, gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 36 degrees. Wind chills, however, will be between 15 and 25 degrees thanks to a northwest wind moving 10-13 mph.Readers are invited to share weather photos from their homes and/or businesses. Send them to Associate Editor Shannon Hicks.Closings & Cancellations, Delays & PostponementsC.H. Booth Library has announced it will open two hours late, at 11:30 am.Newtown Community Center opened at 8 am.Newtown Public school officials closed schools during the early hours of December 2, creating the first cancellation of the season.As a result of that closing, the Newtown Middle School 8th Grade Winter Concert scheduled for tonight will be rescheduled to Wednesday, December 4, it snow date.The Resiliency Center of Newtown, according to its Facebook page, will be closed all day.Newtown Youth & Family Services has also announced it will be closed today.A late afternoon Board of Education special meeting and tonight's Board of Selectmen meeting have both been canceled.Newtown High School's Class LL football state playoff quarterfinal-round game, along with those of other postseason qualifiers, has been postponed a day, to December 4, because of snow. Additionally, the semifinal date has been moved one day. Read more here.Edmond Town Hall has closed early, which means tonight's screening of Downton Abbey has been canceled.Tonight's Design Advisory Board meeting has also been canceled.Tuesday, December 3:Newtown schools are on a three-hour delay.C.H. Booth Library will open two hours later than usual, at 11:30 am.FAITH Food Pantry will open at 10:30, and The Resiliency Center of Newtown will open at 11 this morning.Businesses opening late, or planning to close early if the inclement weather continues, are invited to send e-mail to Associate Editor Shannon Hicks at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update this list and add notes to our social media feeds as they are received.
Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) appeared to have a lot to be thankful for.
After months of uncertainty with the future of its permanent memorial design...
In the case of the example given, CP Western Studies, grades move from 89 to 86 from 2017/18 to 2019/2020. Would be interesting to know if this is a statistically significant change. In the case of an 89, the students' corresponding GPA is 3.33. For the 86, it is 3.0. With colleges having hard and fast cutoffs for scholarships where as little as a 0.1 GPA difference can be make or break, small percentage differences in a grade can have an outsized impact if they fall near a breakpoint in GPA. That is, the GPA conversion isn't a smooth function, but rather a step function. If average grades are "in line", is 2 points lower considered "in line?" Many classes are said to have higher grades. What has the distribution been? Is the median class grade higher or lower overall in the school? Not advocating for grade inflation, and I don't have any students in the system. It is important to consider whether the resulting changes in grade distributions might affect competitiveness for scholarships.
from this Senator Tony Hwangs website.
"8-30g law has become an emotional issue for many communities because of the broad latitude it gives developers to build under the auspices of increasing affordable housing inventory. Developers can place dense, multi-family projects into single-family neighborhoods, or take land set aside for office buildings and make it into residential properties with set aside percentages far below median income housing. These sometimes controversial development projects often change the town’s character and disrupts neighborhoods."
Looking forward to next meeting. I encourage at the next public hearing there should be a serious discussion of the 8.30g option and the realities of what Main Street and Newtown could face at this site. By not working with the potential developers what this site could face. How well the Historic District question can sustain a challenge. Is there an option to trade land at FFH and the town to take control ot 19 Main Street in a fair trade deal as well. There needs to be continued talks to come to a solution. I personally feel this is an ideal location for residence, not rentals, either condominiums and or townhouses that have some age restrictions if needed. Maybe for seniors or our aging population who may want to downsize. Hope to see more residents there who resiide outside of the Borough since this impacts the entire town and its appeal.
Just want to point out how "Nicer in Newtown" isn't taken seriously by others when the tell a government council that it would be okay to build these apartments, but not near where they live. They want to push it off on someone else. Make it someone else's problem. "Nicer in Newtown" ? ...not so much.