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9/11 Tribute Ride Rolls Through Newtown

Sirens and flashing emergency vehicle lights were the first hint that more than 2,000 motorcycles were about to raise a long rumble past bystanders Sunday, August 30, for the 15th Annual CT United Ride. The ride, which started after 9/11, is both a tribute and fundraiser for family emergency relief funds for state police and firefighters and two local United Way agencies. Newtown Hook & Ladder Co. #1 and Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company had used their ladder trucks to suspend a large American flag over South Main Street, near Amaral Motors. Firefighters were also stationed outside the firehouses in Botsford and Dodgingtown, both of which were again passed during the 60-mile ride through ten towns.

P&Z Considers New Format For ‘Elderly Housing’

A local builder/developer is proposing a new set of zoning regulations for “elderly housing,” which would allow detached single-family houses on relatively small lots in a subdivision, with each lot having its own water well and septic system. Kim Danziger of Danziger Homes, Inc., presented his regulatory proposal for elderly housing to the Planning and Zoning Commission at an August 20 public hearing. Mr Danziger told P&Z members that having such zoning rules in place would serve to improve the local housing stock. Elderly housing, also known as age-restricted housing, refers to housing designated for people at least 55 years old. P&Z members will continue the public hearing on the zoning proposal at their September 3 meeting.

Public Comment Sought; Community Center Planning Has Been ‘Cautious’

After several months of meetings, the Community Center Commission is “still being very cautious and not voicing too much of an opinion” about specific ideas for the facility’s use, said Commission Co-Chair Andy Clure. The group is awaiting feedback from the public, for which there are several upcoming opportunities, including a survey, and open forums, he said. “After we get data back,” he said, “we will begin discussing where interests are and hone [ideas] and talk about features, a business model.” Tasked with deciding how a $15 million gift from The GE Foundation should be used, Mr Clure recently clarified “We are not designing the community center. We are tasked with coming up with features and programming and to maximize that budget."

School Board Celebrates Former Reed Students For Science Project

Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced a “neat celebration” during the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, August 18. Reed Intermediate School students Mitchell Doherty, Tyler Hill, Maddie Hintze, Justin Peck, and Jillian Reilly were introduced to the board members for completing a science project during the 2014-15 academic year.

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