Church Hill Road Intersection Realignment Delayed One Year

The planned start of construction to create a signalized four-way intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road has been delayed, with the state Department of Transportation now expected to start in April 2017, one year later than was initially planned. That section of Church Hill Road has the highest local motor vehicle accident rate, with many rear-end collisions and numerous accidents caused by vehicular-turning conflicts. DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said several factors led to the delayed construction start.

Western CT Police K-9 Challenge Event Benefits Horse Guard

The horse ring on the grounds of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG), at Fairfield Hills, was occupied by dogs on October 3. But not just any dogs. Teams from area Connecticut towns, the MTA K9 unit in New York City, and the 928th Military Police Army National Guard tackled an obstacle course, apprehended suspects, and demonstrated their obedience skills at the inaugural Western CT Police K-9 Challenge. It was all part of a fundraising event, hosted by the Newtown Kennel Club and the Friends of 2GHG, to provide much needed funds to support keeping the 2GHG, one of the last active cavalry units, based here in Newtown. Pam Peral, who spearheaded the efforts to hold the event, said she was "very adamant that [the 2GHG] needed to stay here."

NMS DonorsChoose Project Raising Funds For Google Chromebooks

Newtown Middle School art teacher Leigh Anne Coles has set up a DonorsChoose fundraising campaign to acquire four Google Chromebooks for students to use. Ms Coles said on Thursday, October 8, the goal is to raise $814 for four Chromebooks. While the fundraising project will continue unto January, DonorsChoose is matching donations dollar for dollar for the next four days when donor use the code SPARK at checkout.

Bolinsky Speaks With Legislative Council On State’s Minimum Budget Requirement

The Legislative Council heard an update from State Representative Mitch Bolinsky during its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, regarding the state’s Substitute House Bill 7019, An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement. As Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reminded her board before the discussion began, Rep Bolinsky was there to discuss only changes to the law, and the council would not discuss how those changes would be applied to Newtown. “It’s a fact-finding mission to help everybody here understand … as is our responsibility, what the law says,” said Ms Jacob.

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