The award of approximately $380,000 reached in settlement between former Newtown Police Officer Thomas Bean and the Town following a State Board of Mediation & Arbitration ruling will be reduced substantially by Social Security disability payments and other possible future earnings, creating a total liability to local taxpayers of no more than $31,156.
UPDATED (Thursday, May 21, 2015; 5:25 pm) || The State Board of Mediation & Arbitration has awarded long-term disability pay extending to 2025 to a former Newtown police officer, who left his job after the December 2012 shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Officer Thomas Bean was unable to continue work as a policeman after having suffered the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the intensity of the shooting incident.
Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., named Sarah Lynch and Hannah Grant as the Newtown High School Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Sarah plans to attend the University of Connecticut at Storrs, as an undecided business major. Sarah said she is thinking of choosing between “multiple directions” in the field when she begins classes there in the fall. Hannah has decided to attend Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., to study chemical engineering. She is also thinking about studying international relations for her minor.
The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) is continuing its review of Aquarion Water Company’s proposal to build an above-ground water pumping station at 12 Church Hill Road, the address where the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company plans to construct a new firehouse. BZC members held a second public hearing on the pumphouse application on May 13. The volunteer fire company plans to construct an approximately 16,000-square-foot firehouse at the 3.16-acre site on the south side of Church Hill Road. Aquarion wants to construct an 1,100-square-foot pumphouse adjacent to the planned firehouse.
Newtown High School’s girls’ golf team improved to 11-0 with a win over Immaculate of Danbury, on May 18, and a victory over Masuk of Monroe, on May 20 — both at Rock Ridge Country Club. The NHS boys’ golfers improved to 10-3 with a victory at Weston, on May 17, and a home triumph over Bunnell of Stratford, on May 20. Against Immaculate, the Newtown girls shot a 189 and Mustangs fired a 228. Sarah Houle shot a 40 to lead the Nighthawks.
It appears while a Connecticut State Police pilot program attempting to regionalize related dispatching operations is being scrapped, a legislative effort to force communities like Newtown to regionalize emergency communications systems is still very much alive. First Selectman Pat Llodra has recently reported to the Board of Finance and Legislative Council, that HB 6970, a proposed bill she referred to as the “Speaker’s Bill,” because it is being promoted for passage by Democratic Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, is likely to become law this session.
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