The traditional gifts for a tenth wedding anniversary are tin and aluminum, symbols of how a successful marriage needs to be flexible and durable. The same concepts of flexibility and durability can be applied to Newtown’s Relay for Life, the communitywide cancer awareness and fundraising event that has drawn thousands of participants and attendees for the past nine years.
Supporters of a "National Compassion Fund" are looking beyond the efforts of Newtown officials including First Selectman Pat Llodra, who want to see the largest victims' fund amassed following the 12/14 tragedy kept under local control. While eight families have signed on supporting an idea to create a nationally administered infrastructure to administer funds following future disasters, only one survivors' family member has criticized the local United Way fundraising initiative.
Bob Eckenrode, president of the Newtown Forest Association (NFA), said Monday, March 25, that the Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation of Bridgeport’s decision to sell 136 acres off Castle Hill Road to a Newtown man is “bittersweet” for the private, nonprofit land trust.
In a statement, the diocese said that it plans to sell its acreage at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties, which formerly were known as the Gretsch estate.
Slipping over a stone riverbed for the first time in decades is a tributary flowing through Dickinson Park. The stream now runs from a bog across Point O’ Rocks Road to Deep Brook, which winds through the park. Resurfaced in the fall of 2012, the stream had previously been piped underground.
Thanks to past human handiwork, water that once traveled aboveground had disappeared.
The Diocese of Bridgeport plans to sell the approximately 136-acre Castle Hill parcels in Newtown to Joseph Draper, a Newtown resident, who intends to maintain the existing character of the properties. The two parcels, which make up the former Gretsch estate, are 60 and 20 Castle Hill Road. Referred to by the Newtown Forest Association as “the Crown of Castle Hill,” the property is located across from the Nettleton Preserve.
Water and Sewer Authority (WSA) Chairman Richard Zang explained this week that a public hearing, started on March 21, was the first step in a long review process for a local developer’s proposal for a cluster housing complex off Castle Hill Road.Mr Zang referred to GLT Development Corporation’s proposal to construct up to 136 cluster-style individual single-family houses at a 136-acre site at #20 and #60 Castle Hill Road. GLT is seeking to buy the land from the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation.
Some writers devote a lifetime to creating the perfect opus, agonizing over every word, crafting each phrase, and breathing life into characters. Yet that pinnacle of achievement remains elusive. Then there are others, like Brendan Duffy, who are catapulted to fame doing what Mr Duffy said anybody could have done: he wrote a letter to the editor of his hometown newspaper, The Newtown Bee. That letter, which was given the title “Elected Officials Are Fundamentally Dishonest” by The Bee editor, and published January 10, 2013, in the Letter Hive, has generated more than 100 letters and phone calls to the Sandy Hook resident, and as of March 17, he said, had surfaced in nearly 225,000 hits on Google and 490,000 hits on Yahoo.
Police are investigating a string of incidents on or about March 12 in which someone apparently shot a firearm toward three local homes, damaging the properties.
There reportedly were no injuries in the incidents.
Police have acknowledged that “damage” occurred at a home on Berkshire Road and a home on Saw Mill Road. Police incident logs indicate that yet another incident occurred on Alpine Drive.
First Selectman Pat Llodra issued a letter to the community March 20 to update residents and others about processes to determine the fate and future of the Sandy Hook School building and program. Mrs Llodra said those processes will become very active over the next two months.