Thank you John and the Newtown Bee for providing this information from Emergency Management - Communications - Health - Fire & EMMS and the Town to our community. Your article here and the information recently posted on News and Announcements with links to state and local resources, has provided vital information to our residents.
Be Aware - Be Prepared - and if you have questions anyone on the Emergency Management team will be happy to help you.
It is ridiculous that we've watched this intersection fail for decades for anyone who is trying to turn left whether they are traveling on Route 25, approaching from Church Hill, or from West Street. Many drivers approaching from Church Hill trying to turn left on Route 25 engage in a dangerous game of chicken, pulling out into traffic until travelers on Route 25 are forced to yield their right-of-way. Those travelers on Route 25 who attempt to coax Church Hill traffic into the busy intersection "to be nice" are putting as many at risk as those passing on the right. This will always be a busy intersection and a rotary is a great answer but unfortunately we'll see little change. See article from 2015 -"Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review - Again"
I was saddened to learn of the passing of our old friend, David, a famous bon vivant and a wonderful friend and host to our family when we visited David and Dale in London or Olmet. I recently re-read David’s completely charming memoir, "Wake Up Running." His spirit lives on every page, his voice captured in his graceful writing. So often I had the sense of listening to his recounting yet another amazing Egee experience over a pretty good glass of Vin de Table - a remarkable accomplishment as any professional author will attest. David’s book attests to his deep love of Dale and their children, and his enthusiasm for the adventure of his remarkable life.
David and I met when we were healthcare executives, working for competing international corporations. Then, we became collaborators when our firms joined forces to bid for a multi-billion dollar hospital management contract in Saudi Arabia. David and I formed a new corporate entity, United States Health Services Company, of which we were Co-CEOs (and its only employees.) As it happened, our little venture fell apart, and David’s company, HCA, was awarded the contract. But David and I remained friends, and he invited me and my family several times over the years to visit Chateau d’Egee in Olmet. We have very fond memories of those days with David and Dale, days consumed with preparing and then consuming amazing meals overseen by Dale’s expert culinary eye and David’s flair for presentation. Our young daughters, Molly and Katie, practiced the art of the sous-chef, dealing with whatever fresh produce we would find in the market stalls.
Later, my wife Carol and I visited David and Dale in their expansive romantic flat in Sloane Square, their home and site of Dale’s art studio. The dining room was dominated by large portraits of David and Dale, the work of the portrait painter for the Royal Family, including a famous painting of Princess Diana. Their home was full of art and artifacts of their travels in Europe and the Middle East.
David had a special fondness for bespoke transportation, including a sporty English roadster in which he zipped around London, a SmartCar for Olmet’s tiny streets, and a Harley Motorcycle, for which he acquired a dashing leather cap for rides around the French countryside.
It was exhilarating to walk around London with David on summer days, as he would note in Knightsbridge, Green Park, and Mayfair, David points of historic interest, and also places with scandalous past. He cut a jaunty, stylish figure in the city, and I was honored to be his walking companion.
David’s memoir, "Wake Up Running," beautifully captures his vivid life, his joy, and his love for Dale.
Thank you for covering this story. I want to clarify something in the article above. Mr. Gaston was only aware of my owning a dog because when he knocked on our door, I told him I was going to stay on the other side because of the dog. (Dutch door, split in half) I did not know what he was going to tell me initially. We did not discuss the reasons for installing the fence at that time. Mr. Gaston was a complete stranger to me and we did not speak very long at all other than to say I got the ok prior to install to which he shared they didn't have jurisdiction and provided me Ms. Gaston's contact information.
Further, the certificate of appropriateness application did not ask me to state my reason for installing the fence.
I want to make it clear to everyone reading, that people with disabilities don't need to go around announcing it to everyone they meet. When it does become known, it is important to be flexible in policies to allow for reasonable modifications as required by federal law.
I too believe this was a very unfortunate situation and that we have come to an agreement that is satisfactory to both sides. We very much look forward to working with the Historic District Commission in the future.