The Relay For Life of Newtown Planning Committee has announced that RFL-Newtown 2014 will return to Newtown High School this year. In addition, there is a slight change to the date of the Relay, which was being planned for Friday, May 30. “It was brought to the planning committee’s attention that Friday, May 30, 2014, is the date of the [Newtown High School] senior trip,” RFL-Newtown Planning Committee member Michelle Babyak said February 5. “The high school seniors, as are all Newtown students, are an important part of Relay, so in order to make sure they have the opportunity to participate, the Relay has been moved to Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1, 2014.”
An opportunity to see a working home solar panel installation will be offered to Newtown residents on Saturday, February 8, at a Solar Open House. The event will take place from 1 to 3 pm at a private residence whose owners recently joined Solarize Newtown, an initiative promoting home solar use. Nearly 20 residences that have gone solar through the town- and state-supported program.
Newtown Finance Director Robert Tait calls them "horror stories." He is referring to endless news reports from states and cities including Connecticut and many of its 169 municipalities, about the horrible condition of public employee pension plans. But he said in a snow bound February 5 interview with The Newtown Bee that neither Newtown pensioners nor taxpayers should be too concerned about the state of Newtown's retiree pension system. And he reminded taxpayers that every year, they benefit to the tune of "millions, possibly as much or more than a million a year," because several years ago, Newtown chose to install a caveat tied to the payouts it provides retired town employees.
Public Indecency Newtown police said that they took Michael M. Dinho, Jr, 51, of Danbury into custody about 11:30 am on February 1, after he was detained by Danbury police at the Danbury police station.
A three-car accident on Sugar Street last week resulted in damage to three cars, and injuries to at least one driver. Well intentioned passersby could have made things worse had a vehicle they pushed from its side onto its tires fallen on any of them, or created additional injuries for its occupant. Newtown Police, Hook & Ladder and Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to the January 30 accident, which happened around 5 pm and left two damaged vehicles at the corner of Sugar Street and Madison Drive, while a third vehicle was on its passenger side in the front yard of 36 Sugar Street.
For the second workshop meeting in a row, the Board of Education discussed security measures in the school district on Tuesday, February 4.
Tuesday’s meeting marked the next-to-last budget workshop meeting for the school board. It is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, February 6.
Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totals $71,580,034, which reflects a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 fiscal year.
During its meeting on Thursday, January 30, the Board of Education heard a report about potential security costs. Dr Reed explained the school district has been asked by First Selectman Pat Llodra to find an alternative to a continued police presence at the schools and to add costs associated with that alternative to the school district’s budget, rather than in the selectmen’s budget.
LATEST (1:30 pm) All of today's Parks & Rec programs have been cancelled. || Groups, organizations and businesses that need to announce change of events of hours of operation due to today's weather are encouraged to contact The Newtown Bee to get the word out. Additional announcements will be posted as they are received.
WASHINGTON – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activists are pressing a sympathetic White House to make gun ownership a public health and safety issue, and they're lobbying the Obama administration to pour money into public information campaigns and gun research.
Some groups contacted did not want to discuss details of their lobbying strategy.
“As you might imagine, those are conversations that we aren't ready to speak to the media about,” said Erika Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group formed and funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
But others, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they are hoping the president will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to launch a public safety campaign about the dangers of gun ownership, much like the agency did about the dangers of smoking. Gun control advocates are also pressing President Obama to spend more money on research about guns and gun ownership.
With an average of six inches of new snow thanks to Monday’s storm, Newtown and the region are preparing for another storm to arrive on Wednesday, February 5. Superintendent of Schools Dr John Reed has already announced the cancellation of school for Wednesday. Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events planned for Wednesday, February 5, due to the weather are invited to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks to get their word out. In addition, businesses that decide to close early — or even open late — are encouraged to contact Miss Hicks with those details. Announcements will be posted on The Bee’s website, and also sent out through social media, as they arrive.