The Board of Education has directed Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed to develop an example of what the 2013-14 school budget would look like with the inclusion of full-day kindergarten, and report back to the school board before either its June 18 or July 16 meetings.Following the school district’s proposed 2013-14 budget winning approval in a referendum on Tuesday, June 4, Dr Reed told The Bee he was looking at as much as a half-million dollar shortfall, which would have to be found somewhere in the approved $71,045,304 request in order to consider implementing full-day kindergarten in September.Dr Reed told the school board at its meeting on Thursday, June 6, that to consider implementing full-day kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year, would mean not including any of the proposed new positions in the budget, with the exception of security positions and those associated with full-day kindergarten...
Newtown’s neighbors to the west will be holding a special Newtown Lap during their Relay For Life event this weekend. Relay for Life of Bethel, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9, at Bethel High School, will honor Newtown cancer survivors, patients and caregivers with a special lap at 5 pm Saturday. Bethel’s Relay will have its Opening Ceremony at 4 pm (including the Survivors Lap at 4:20), Luminaria Ceremony at 9 pm, and Fight Back Ceremony at 11 pm. Registration is not required for those who would like to participate in the Newtown Lap, said American Cancer Society representative Rob Gerowe.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved $361,645 in budget transfers Monday June 3, much of that amount devoted to repairing or restoring town equipment, and covering unbudgeted storm-related costs.
Finance Director Robert Tait told The Bee prior to the meeting that unlike the school district, which maintains both a facilities maintenance and emergency maintenance account, the town uses its contingency fund for emergencies.
Botsford Bridge Trucker Robert Gomper, 55, of East Hartford, who was driving a 2009 Hino truck loaded with cargo eastward on Botsford Hill Road at about 12:25 pm on June 4, drove past a warning sign stating that the Housaton...
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, May 30: 6:31 pm, alarm, 9 Stonewall Ridge, Dodgi...
BRIDGEPORT – A New York City woman on Thursday, June 6, pleaded guilty in US District Court to federal charges against her stemming from her engaging in a fraudulent fundraising scheme related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy, and then lying to FBI agents investigating her conduct.Nouel Alba, 37, of The Bronx, pleaded guilty before US Magistrate Judge William I. Garfinkel, according to a June 6 joint statement from Deirdre M. Daly, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kimberly K. Mertz, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the FBI.Alba pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison term of 20 years, and also to one count of making false statements, which carries a maximum prison term of five years. Alba is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford on August 29. She has been free on $50,000 bail since her arrest last December 27.
First Selectman Pat Llodra learned June 5 that state lawmakers were poised to deliver a $50 million bonding initiative to assist Newtown in its efforts to rebuild Sandy Hook School, which has been vacant since the tragic shootings of 12/14.
She said the town was in line to receive funding “not to exceed $50 million.”
“This is not a typical school construction bond but a special bonding provision,” she told The Bee. “And while the proposal is for $50 million, we will try to not have to use all those resources.”
The Connecticut General Assembly’s annual session is ending Wednesday as it began, with a focus on the grieving families of Newtown, who pleaded for legislation that might give solace. And once again, lawmakers found it impossible to deny them.
In the first hours of the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.
Newtown State Rep Mitch Bolinsky and First Selectman Pat Llodra were among officials to issue responses upon the passage of Senate Bill 1149, An Act Making Technical Changes to the Statutes Concerning Public Records. The new law will impose protections and limitations regarding the release of certain crime scene evidence from the Sandy Hook School shootings on 12/14 and homicide investigations statewide.According to a Connecticut Mirror report, in the first hours of June 5, the final day of the 2013 session, the Senate and House quickly voted to close public access to police photographs of the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School and, at least temporarily, an audio account made by police as they stepped among the 20 dead children and six educators.The Senate passed the bill, 33 to 2. The House quickly followed with a vote of 130 to 2.