DANBURY — On Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, Western Connecticut State University will hold a two-day symposium “Compassion and Creativity in the Community.” The event will focus on how community leaders and organizations, including those in education and business, can develop an understanding of people’s need for compassion and kindness in today’s busy world.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy seems to be following the unlikely example of Goldilocks in dealing with the legislature on gun-control after Sandy Hook. He is looking for an approach that is just right after first being too soft, then too hard.
He wants the legislature to pass a strict ban on the sale and possession of large-capacity magazines, like the ones Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first graders and six educators. But he won't say if its absence would be a deal breaker, an invitation to a veto.
Dave Ackert, founder of Newtown Action Alliance, presented Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra with the Washington, DC Recognition Resolution from the January 26 March on Washington for Gun Control, on Wednesday, March 27.The Resolution states in part that “The Council of the District of Columbia recognizes the importance of responsible gun restrictions and safety measures…” Personal notes from Washington, DC council members Tommy Wells and David Grosso,
An accidental misspelling on a recently installed Dickinson Park sign will need to be corrected. “It will have to be recast,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold regarding a granite sign put in place late last week outside the A. Fenn Dickinson Memorial Park. Fenn has been carved as Finn on the sign.
Newtown’s fire companies were on the scene of a fire at 254 Berkshire Road at until nearly 7 pm, Wednesday, where a structure was destroyed. Firefighters from all five of the town’s companies, in addition to apparatus and manpower from neighboring towns, were dispatched to the property around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon to the area. The initial call was for a possible structure fire on an property on the eastern side of Berkshire Road but it now appears the fire has destroyed a building on the west side of the state road.
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.