BOSTON — The Newtown Bee was recognized among hundreds of New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) members February 7 and 8 for its editorial and photographic work during the period of August 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013. The awards were presented during NENPA’s annual New England Newspaper Conference.
Associate Editor Shannon Hicks was named Photographer of the Year (Weekly), along with receiving first place awards for Spot News Photo, for her iconic image of young students being led from Sandy Hook School by law enforcement responders; Photo Series, for the series of photos taken in the first few grim moments following the horrific attack, when local, state, and federal first responders were pouring into the scene and the evacuations of Sandy Hook Elementary School continued; and Reporting on Religious Issues, for her coverage of a controversy that erupted within the Lutheran Church following a post-12/14 interfaith memorial service that was attended by President Barack Obama.
Just two days after making a case based on Newtown's adherence to a variety of financial management policies and evidence that new commercial development will be supplementing the community's grand list in the coming years, officials learned February 12 that Standard & Poor's awarded the community a AAA bond rating. A group of officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, Finance Director Robert Tait, Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker, and Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze traveled to Boston February 10 for presentations to S&P and Moody's Investors Service. Their trip came shortly before Newtown goes to the market with its latest bond initiative, which is expected to occur in early March.
An approaching winter storm is expected to impact the tri-state region during the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for the entire state of Connecticut. The warning covering northern Fairfield County will be in effect from midnight tonight until 6 am Friday, February 14. Snow accumulations are predicted to reach between 8 and 12 inches. Winds will be northeast 10 to 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 30 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Visibilities will be one-quarter of a mile or less at times. Snow will develop late tonight and continue during the day Thursday before tapering off Thursday night. Some sleet may mix with the snow. Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events, and businesses that will have their hours of operation affected by the storm are invited to contact The Newtown Bee to get that information out.
Friday updates: Newtown Public Schools are closed today, Newtown Municipal Center will open at 10 am, and all Union Savings Bank branches will open at 10 am. || Groups, individuals and businesses that need to alter their plans due to the weather are encouraged to contact The Newtown Bee to get the word out.
Public Building and Site Commission and Board of Education members described one of three design schemes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School as elegant, efficient, and simple. The plans were presented by Svigals + Partners Tuesday, February 11, at a joint meeting of the two boards.
“We’re here today to show you the first thing that we have shown you in the design for the school,” said Julia McFadden, an associate principal with Svigals + Partners and the project manager for the Sandy Hook School project. “We’re going to give you an overview of how we got here and how the process got us to these design options.”
The three designs, Ms McFadden said, were born from a months-long process.
From mid-October until mid-November representatives of Svigals + Partners met with community members during workshops and interviews. Tours of other recently built schools in the state have been conducted, and a site analysis was completed, according to Tuesday’s presentation. The Board of Education approved the educational specifications for the new Sandy Hook School in December.
The Board of Education unanimously selected former Ridgefield High School principal Jeffrey Jaslow to be the interim principal at Newtown High School, effective February 19, during its Tuesday, February 11 special meeting.
Mr Jaslow retired after 36 years at Ridgefield High School in 2012. According to his resume he spent 15 years as a biology teacher, 15 years as an assistant principal, and six years as the school’s principal...
Falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. The most common type of walking accidents is the slip and fall, which happens when someone falls while walking on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or on a street not clear of snow or ice. "The most dangerous part of a snowstorm may be the day or days following the snow when sunny skies and higher temperatures during the day melt the snow, and lower temperatures at night refreeze the melted snow, creating a cycle that could continue for days, a hazardous condition for walking and driving,” said Martin B. Tirado, CAE, executive director of Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA). SIMA, the North American nonprofit organization representing the snow removal industry, has a few tips on safe winter walking.
Newtown VFW Post 308 will celebrate its 75th anniversary with an afternoon event on Sunday, March 2, beginning at 1 pm. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, a fraternal organization, began in 1899 after the Spanish American War. As of today, there almost 7,000 VFW posts in the United States. Newtown’s post, founded in March 1939, is the eighth oldest in Connecticut. The public is invited to join members of VFW Post 308 for the March 2 celebration. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and cake will be served. Also, Past Connecticut State Commander Ed Zamm (1960-61) will present a citation from the National VFW Commander-in-Chief at the celebration.
Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he’d use for his housewarming party. He’d seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. But last year, they learned that was unlikely to happen. His mother, Collette Bement Langner, said they were told that DDS no longer has the money to provide him residential supports, and that Scott would likely live with his parents until they die. Now Scott, 27, is reluctant to even consider developing skills that would help him live more independently. When his mother suggested learning to cook, he told her, “I don’t want to talk about that anymore. That makes me really sad. I don’t want you to die.”
Police are investigating “a suspicious incident,” in which a man, who was driving a dark-colored sedan near the intersection of Glover Avenue and Main Street, stopped and unsuccessfully offered a ride to a lone 13-year-old boy who was walking home from Newtown Middle School on the afternoon of Monday, February 10.
There were no injuries in the incident.
Police Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police department’s patrol unit, said February 11 that police have no suspects in the case, but are working with police in other towns in the probe.
“We have a couple of leads we’re looking into,” Lt Sinko said.
After turning down the ride, the youth ran home, where he called a parent, who then called the school, which then called police about the brief incident.