DANBURY — Newtown’s “diver doctor,” David Charash, DO, is poised to host the next in a series of annual Dive Medicine Conferences on April 11 at Danbury’s Ethan Allan Inn at 21 Lake Ave Extension. Welcoming vendors and exhibitors including Newtown Underwater Search And Rescue (NUSAR), Dr Charash told The Newtown Bee that he is honored to be bringing in one of the world’s foremost authorities on deep water diving.
Bill Halstead was honored by the Board of Fire Commissioners at the conclusion of the board’s meeting on March 23.
Mr Halstead, who serves as chief of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and is also the town’s fire marshal, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a firefighter in January. Once the business meeting was finished Monday night, the commissioners surprised Mr Halstead with the honor.
Commissioner Kevin Cragin spoke on behalf of the board.
After nearly three hours of responding to a room full of raised hands inquiring and commenting about a community center project, March 24, First Selectman Pat Llodra shared a few quiet words with resident Jenny Avari.
Feeling “much better about the phased approach” to current concepts for a project to include senior, aquatic, and community center spaces, Ms Avari said she is “ready to promote it. Now I’m excited.”
Karyn Holden and Kinga Walsh, co-chairs of the Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG), were the sole representatives of more than 6,000 Newtown taxpaying households at this week’s annual Legislative Council public hearing on the 2015-16 budget proposal.
Ms Walsh, reading from a prepared statement, took a little more than two minutes to relate the group’s collective advocacy for the education budget request, and the session adjourned a few moments later with nobody else in the sparse audience opting to come to the microphone.
State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and representatives from The Arc Connecticut will attend an information session at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, April 9. The discussion will concern proposed cuts in the 2016 and 2017 state spending plan that were presented by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 18, to the Voluntary Services Program, within the Department of Developmental Services.
Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.
The Newtown Republican Town Committee is calling all party members who may currently, or at some point in the future, consider serving their community in an elected or appointed capacity. And for the first time, the GOP is actively recruiting unaffiliated voters who may have expertise or knowledge they can contribute by filling Republican vacancies on appointed boards.