Newtown School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, joined US Representative Elizabeth Esty, Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and US Department of Education Office of Safe and Healthy Schools Director David Esquith on a conference call Wednesday announcing the local school district will receive an additional $3.1 million grant under the School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program.
After months of research and analysis, a former and current Legislative Council member, who stressed they were not working for the council, recommended to the Board of Selectmen last month that the town go forward and determine “the best path” for joining a regional emergency dispatch system. In making their recommendation, Jeff Capeci and Neil Chaudhary emphasized that the town could potentially save 30 percent of the $1.03 million it now spends by consolidating Newtown’s dispatch services with the operations of a regional service in Torrington.
The Society of Creative Arts of Newtown (SCAN) will welcome Robert Noreika, a prominent watercolorist and illustrator, for a demonstration of landscape painting in watercolor during its meeting on Wednesday, September 10.
The meeting and subsequent program will begin at 7:30 pm. It will be at Newtown Meeting House (lower level), 31 Main Street. The demonstration is open to the public and admission is free.
Two local volunteer fire companies have received approvals for their federal grant applications to acquire firefighting equipment.
Botsford Fire Rescue, at 315 South Main Street (Route 25) has received approval for $99,988 to buy portable fire radios, and Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company #1, 34 Hawleyville Road (Route 25), has received approval for $37,487 to buy breathing apparatus for firefighters, according to a statement from US Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District).
AVON — The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) is taking steps to ensure that love will always win.
In an effort to recognize the caring and compassionate nature of 12/14 victim Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, CREC announced on September 2 that it will rename the CREC Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Elementary School. The school, which is located in a temporary facility in Avon, will now be called The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School.
The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN) announces “Essentials First,” a workshop on essential oils and their effects on emotional and physical health, to take place Thursday, September 4, from 1 to 2:30 pm.
Kristen Van Wey will present the program, which will share the therapeutic values of essential oils and supplements. Attendees will learn how to cleanse, support, and heal from the inside out. The program will have a focus on supporting emotional health and PTSD through the use of essential oils.