NEW BRITAIN (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ordered the release of the 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, but the tapes will not be immediately unsealed. The state’s Freedom of Information Commission ruled in September that the recordings should be provided to The Associated Press, but State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III asked for a stay while he appeals that order. New Britain Superior Court Judge Eliot Prescott denied his request Tuesday, November 26, but the tapes remain sealed until December 4 to give the prosecutor a chance to appeal.
Fifteen of Newtown’s businesses are hosting US Marine Corps Toys For Tots collection bins this holiday season. Residents are invited to donate a new, unwrapped book or toy for the annual campaign, now in its 66th year. Drop-off of new and unwrapped toys needs to be done regular business hours. All toys will be collected and distributed to the needy in the area by members of the United States Marine Corps Reserve Detachment of Ridgefield. All those helping the program are volunteers.
Foundry Kitchen & Tavern has designated its Warner Loft as a drop-off and donation center to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut and The Newtown Fund and help children and families in need have a brighter holiday season. The restaurant will be accepting donations of unwrapped toys and gifts for children ages 6-18, daily, between 11 am and 8 pm, through December 10. Items appropriate for kids ages 10-14 are in most need specifically, board games, sports equipment and movie gift cards. In addition, the restaurant will be accepting monetary donations in support of The Newtown Fund Holiday Basket program. All donations will be forwarded to the fund, to be used to support Newtown families in need during the holiday season with food, fuel assistance, utility bills, rent and medical expenses.
The town has constructed a large berm at a commercially zoned vacant property at 75 Church Hill Road where a locked gate will soon be added to control vehicle access to the 1.1-acre site in a high-traffic location. First Selectman Pat Llodra said this week last week that the site at the corner of Church Hill Road and Edmond Road has posed various problems over the years, including unapproved large-vehicle parking and littering, among others. Various vehicles had been left parked on the property for days at a time without the property owner’s approval to do so. Also, vehicles with For Sale signs affixed to them have been left there by people seeking to sell autos, the first selectman pointed out. The site is in a B-2 (Business) zone. It formerly was the location of Highway Cleaners, a dry cleaning business that closed more than 25 years ago.
Newtown Hook & Ladder President Rick Camejo told the Board of Finance and First Selectman Pat Llodra Monday evening that the Trinity Church congregation voted to sell a parcel of land off Church Hill Road to the volunteer fire company to be used as a site for their new headquarters.
Mr Camejo said he has not put his signature on any contracts yet, but six months of negotiations culminated last weekend when congregation members voted to sell the piece of property. He said the parcel will permit Hook & Ladder to share a common driveway that also accesses rear parking behind the church at the corner of Main Street and Church Hill Road.
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, November 21: 2:37 pm, public service, 166 Mt Pleasant Road, Hawley...
The New York non-profit organization Tuesday’s Children has announced its support for The Resiliency Center of Newtown (RCN), established to help the Newtown community cope with the event of 12/14. Founded by Sandy Hook resident Stephanie N. Cinque, MSW, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, the Resiliency Center of Newtown officially opened its doors to the public in late September. In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tuesday’s Children was also created by friends and families in the community. The organization was built to foster the long term healing in families directly impacted by the events of 9/11. It recently has evolved to supporting those from around the globe who have lost a loved one due to an act of terrorism. The Resiliency Center of Newtown is the first outside organization Tuesday’s Children will aid with funding and this direction.
This morning's heavy rain arrives with some warnings and advisories from the National Weather Service. NWS in Upton, N.Y., issued a Flash Flood Warning at 5:41 am this morning for Fairfield County. The warning will remain in effect until 9:30 am. In addition, a Flood Advisory is in effect until 7:45 am, and a Flood Watch is in effect through the afternoon. NWS says the storm will move through the area in time for a sunny Thanksgiving, however.
Following lengthy discussion, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have approved an update to the Fairfield Hills Master Plan, a document intended to generally guide future land use at Fairfield Hills, where the town bought 186 acres and many buildings from the state for $3.9 million in 2004.