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  • Finance Board, School Officials Discuss Next Round Budget Preparation

    For a little more than an hour during their October 24 meeting, members of the finance board, Acting School Superintendent John Reed and Board of Education Chair Debbie Leidlein conducted a candid discussion about the upcoming budget process. Finance board Chairman John Kortze said he had asked the school officials to visit with his board early on in the process. “I was hopeful you could give us a 10,000 foot view, your thumbnail game plan at this point,” Mr Kortze said. Ms Leidlein began the conversation by reviewing an October 1 enrollment report that indicated the district has lost 250 students since last year. She said the drop did not come as a complete surprise to the school board, and that both Dr Reed and the last independent enrollment study had indentified the declining enrollment trend.

  • Agility Course Goes In At Dog Park

    At the base of a gentle slope a crew from Pat Corsetti Inc. contractors Wednesday, November 6, prepped the ground for an agility course for dogs. Newtown’s new Park and Bark dog park, currently under construction at the end of Old Farm Road below the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, will include the agility equipment with its hoops, ramps, weave poles, jumps, tunnels, and imitation logs to crawl through. Park installation and site work done in part by Parks and Recreation personnel include a concrete slab, pavilion, water features, fencing, and more.

  • Veterans Honored At VFW Ceremony

    Clear skies and a cool breeze greeted the dozens of residents and students from Newtown Middle School attending the Veterans’ Day ceremony, Monday, November 11, at the VFW Post 308 property on Tinkerfield Road. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem sung by Jennifer Clark, and a benediction, VFW Post Commander James Rebman stepped up to the podium and thanked the “patriotic citizens and students” in attendance. He noted that the benefits of Newtown children attending school on Veterans’ Day meant that they were learning more “about veterans and what we did,” than if they had the day off of school.

  • NAA Planning December 12 Volunteer Day, Vigil At National Cathedral

    Newtown Action Alliance hopes to rally support for a vigil in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the NAA sister organization, Newtown Foundation. The trip to Washington is meant to honor “the wants and needs of the Newtown community, as well as to honor the memories of those lost to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and across America,” according to Heather Smith, communications director of NAA. On Wednesday, December 11, participants will deliver letters and holiday cards, and ask lawmakers to join NAA members and gun violence victims from across the nation, the next day, in performing acts of kindness and volunteer work in the DC area.

  • 60 Years Later, Navy Vet Receives Korean War Service Medals

    It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but there was a last detail that remained to be accomplished for Stanley Polcyn, a US Navy veteran who served with distinction in that Southeast Asian conflict. In November 7 ceremonies held in the Alexandria Room at Edmond Town Hall, Mr Polcyn received four medals for his service which were due him, but that he had never received. Representing the federal government, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty presented to Mr Polcyn those medals, putting some closure on his service with the US military.

  • Holiday Celebration Will Be Twice As Bright In Sandy Hook

    The annual holiday tree lighting in Sandy Hook Center will have an extra glow this year. Organizers will decorate and light two trees during December’s holiday festival — the evergreen on The Glen next to Sabrina Style, which is slated to come ...

  • Dog Park Closer To Completion

    Grass seed flew as Nelson Lopes pushed a spreader across sloping ground at the Park and Bark dog park site Wednesday, October 30. He worked with other Parks and Recreation Department crew members this week including Jim Tani, John Moore, Tom Pendergast, and John Benvenuti.

  • Ambulance Garage Walls, Frame Going Up

    Clerk of the Works Brian Feeney tightened his hard hat. He and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Stuart Rieve entered a construction site filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, the beginnings of concrete walls, and steel framework outlining what will be a new $4.5 milli...

  • Project On Schedule— School Board Gets SHS Update

    Representatives of Svigals + Partners, Consigli Construction, and Diversified Project Management attended the Wednesday, November 6, Board of Education meeting to update board members on the plans for the new Sandy Hook School. Diversified Project Management is assisting the Public Building and Site Commission in managing the Sandy Hook School Project, Svigals + Partners was chosen to be the architect/engineers of the new school, and Consigli Construction was chosen to handle project management as remediation, demolition, and the eventual new school installation occurs. Aaron Krueger, project manager for Consigli Construction, reported that the project is proceeding according to schedule. “So far it is going very well,” said Mr Krueger. Julie McFadden, project manager for Svigals + Partners...

  • Open-Burning Season Has Started

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead said this week that the open-burning season has started. People who want to do open burning should go to the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center to fill out an open-burning permit form. There is a $5 fee for permits, and open burning is only allowed to dispose of brush. The open burning of trees, stumps, roots, leaves, grass, construction materials, and garbage is prohibited.