A special walking tour of Dickinson Park tour this week should be of particular interest to nature lovers, environmentalists, educators and others curious about the future of the town park. On Thursday, June 27, at 5:30 pm, guests will enjoy an open house tour of the fields and watercourses to learn about proposed improvements for the park, including wetlands restoration and an education center. Barbara Toomey, member of an ad hoc group formed to promote the park's improvements, called the plan "a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities." “It is a really beautiful restoration of the wetlands with associated educational and recreational amenities,” she said. “We hope to turn a plain lawn into a wetland with boardwalks, educational information, wildlife viewing areas, and much more.”
The 1214 Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Newtown has announced its official formation, charter and leadership. The foundation aims to build and operate a performing arts center in Newtown in remembrance of those lost in the tragic events at the Sandy Hook Elementary School with a focus “on improving the lives of our children and future generations,” according to information the group released June 25.Local and national philanthropists are mobilizing to support the foundation, and a growing community of organizations has agreed to donate products and services to bring the foundation’s broad vision to reality.
Less than a week into summer, Newtown has entered its first heat wave of 2013. There is a cooling trend in site by week’s end, but for today and tomorrow First Selectman Pat Llodra, Newtown’s Emergency Management Director Bill Halstead and the the Newtown Health District are working to prevent local citizens from becoming victims of the heat during these days of extremely high temperatures. The weather forecast is for daytime temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, with a heat index of 101 degrees, through Wednesday. Cooler air is anticipated by Thursday and continuing into the weekend. But officials say while the extreme heat is hanging over the region, residents have several locations from which to choose to seek relief.
Western Connecticut State University has announced it will make the first four-year award of a scholarship in memory of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene, a 6-year-old victim of the December shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, will award a four-year scholarship to an incoming freshman this fall. It will continue to support music students every year thereafter, according to the university. Ana was the daughter of Jimmy Greene, a saxophonist and music professor at Western, and Nelba Márquez-Greene, a family therapist. Days after the events of 12/14, the Greenes asked WCSU to create a scholarship fund as a way to honor Ana’s life, according to the university.
During the 2013 National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference & Expo, held June 15-20 in Charlotte, N.C., NENA recognized a number of 911 professionals who were forced to grapple with unprecedented, tragic events in their communities in the past year. The June 20 presentation of a NENA/The 911 Association Presidential Award to Newtown’s Emergency Communications Center was unexpected for its director.
Long before a massive task force of 38 elected officials unanimously decided to raze and rebuild Sandy Hook School roughly on the site of the existing facility, a "tech team" consisting of town officials and volunteer professionals fanned out across Newtown reviewing 40 possible sites under consideration for the new school.
A six-bay, 14,500-square foot ambulance garage is a step closer to construction at Fairfield Hills. The Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (NVA) Board of Trustees on June 12 voted unanimously to move forward with an estimated $4.5 million new emergency medical service facility on the corner of Wasserman Way and Mile Hill South across from Reed Intermediate School.
The NVA’s “commitment to the needs of the community, and the desire to serve those needs,” includes the investment of $3.2 million in board-designated reserve funds. Soon a fundraising campaign will begin.
Residents of Newtown and anyone in the vicinity are reminded that Sandy Hook native John DiCostanzo, and a few friends, will be returning to Oklahoma for the second time since the fatal EF5 tornado of May 20. The Newtown Bee has a collection box in its front office on Church Hill Road, and will continue to accept donations until 1 pm Friday. Everything will be given to Mr DiCostanzo for his trip west. The former Sandy Hook resident is hoping to fill his trailer with items that will allow homeowners to continue cleaning and clearing their property, play therapy items for libraries, and even musical instruments and uniforms for high school students. Cash donations are also accepted, and donors are asked to include a note so that Mr DiCostanzo knows what to do with funds.