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  • Fire Reports, October 23 - 29, 2014

  • Llodra To Marysville: Newtown’s ‘Hearts Break For You’

    Among the many messages pouring in to the people of Marysville, Washington, where a tragic October 24 school shooting has resulted in three deaths, is a heartfelt note to its mayor from Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra. Mrs Llodra’s message, sent through the office of Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring, expresses acknowledgement of the gravity of the nation’s latest multi-casualty school incident, while conveying on behalf of the entire Newtown community, its collective supportive thoughts, prayers and sentiments.

  • ‘Show Your Glow’ At Night-Time Benefit

    The Paproski family of Castle Hill Farm on Sugar Lane is hosting a “Show Your Glow” fundraiser, Thursday evening, October 30, from 6 to 9 pm, to benefit The Avielle Foundation, supporting community and brain health.Every year, the Paproskis mow a unique design into nearly eight acres of corn bordering Route 302 and Sugar Lane. The maze this year — three large fireflies and one smaller one — is the creation of 2005 Newtown High School graduate Stephanie Paproski, the daughter of Diana and Steve Paproski, who operate the farm and corn maze. The design honors Avielle Richman, one of the children killed on 12/14. The firefly is the mascot of The Avielle Foundation, which was founded by Avielle's parents, Jeremy Richman and Jen Hensel.

  • Macroinvertebrates Collected In Water Quality Study

    “Riffle-dwelling benthic macroinvertebrate sampling project” is a mouthful. Put more simply, a private coldwater fisheries conservation group recently sponsored a field project during which volunteers armed with collection gear retrieved various examples of animals from local streams and rivers in seeking to gauge those waterbodies’ cleanliness, and thus suitability as trout habitat. The type and number macroinvertebrates present serves as a general indicator of the waterbodies’ ecological health.

  • School Board Changes Its Plan For NHS Auditorium Project

    After reviewing new information, the Board of Education, during its meeting on October 21, voted to change its previously approved plans for a proposed Newtown High School auditorium renovation. During its meeting on October 7, the school board voted to request a special appropriation for the project, and authorized the Public Building & Site Commission to have oversight of the renovation. However, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, advised the board this week, after sharing that there is a new projected timetable for the renovation, to rescind its vote to give authority on the project to the Public Building & Site and to add the project to the district’s Capital Improvement Plan instead of requesting the special appropriation.

  • School Board Hears Pitch For More NHS Sports

    Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue and Athletic Director Gregg Simon promoted the benefits of athletics and shared a vision for the future of sports at NHS with the Board of Education during its meeting on October 21. “If you have been to a sports event as an educator or a parent or, of course, as a community member, you really realize how truly lucky we are of the tremendous support that is shown on behalf of our students throughout the year,” said Dr Rodrigue.

  • Westbound I-84 Lane Changes Planned in Sandy Hook

    As part of the continuing construction project to replace the dual two-lane Interstate 84 bridges that cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, the state plans to make some physical changes at the construction site on westbound I-84 overnight from Wednesday to Thursday.That construction zone is located along I-84 in the area between the Rochambeau Bridge over Lake Zoar and the I-84 overpass above Alpine Road. Work to create the travel-lane shift on westbound I-84 is scheduled to start at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 29, and be completed by 6 am on Thursday, October 30, according to the state Department of Transportation (DOT). The rain date for the work is overnight Thursday, October 30, to Friday, October 31. Work for the traffic-lane shift will include the relocation of temporary pre-cast concrete barriers, the removal of existing pavement markings, the painting of new pavement markings, and traffic signage changes.

  • Unusual Water Prompts Testing Near Deep Brook

    Sediment, possibly from Fairfield Hills, may have washed into a Deep Brook tributary, Land Use officials learned Monday, October 20. Residents walking through the Deep Brook Preserve — land near where Deep Brook runs below Trades Lane behind Reed ntermediate School — first noticed something in the storm water system, confirmed recently resigned Conservation Commission member Joe Hovious. Land Use Director George Benson also received notice about “siltation” where a system of runoff pipes carry water away from Fairfield Hills.

  • New Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Open To Traffic

    It has been a long time coming, but the new Poverty Hollow Road bridge that spans the Aspetuck River near Centennial Watershed State Forest is now open to traffic. Although detour signs were still posted in the area on Tuesday, October 21, the bridge was open to traffic.

  • Consigli Breaks Ground On Sandy Hook School

    Consigli Construction Co., Inc has broken ground for Newtown’s new 87,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Sandy Hook Elementary School. With offices in Hartford, Consigli was selected as construction manager to build the new $50 million school, which will accommodate 500-plus students from prekindergarten through fourth grade. “There has been a tremendous outreach to allow everyone impacted to have a voice,” said First Selectman Pat Llodra, “and the beginning of construction will be a turning point in the community.”