Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1, the volunteer fire unit that serves the borough and adjacent areas, has filed plans for its proposed new firehouse for local land use review and action. The Borough Zoning Commission has submitted those plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and comment. The P&Z serves as the borough’s planning agency. The P&Z was scheduled to consider the matter at its meeting on the night of Thursday, November 20, after the deadline for the November 21 print edition of "The Bee." BZC is expected to conduct a public hearing on the fire company’s application for a special permit when it meets on December 10, said George Benson, town director of planning.
The Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) of the State of Connecticut released a report Friday, November 21, focusing on Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHS) mass murderer Adam Lanza. The report defines lapses in integration of education and health care, and how untreated mental illness contributed to Adam Lanza’s overall decline.
Directed by the State Child Fatality Review Panel (CFRP), in late January 2013, the OCA was asked to investigate “the circumstances leading to the death of the children at Sandy Hook, with a focus on any public health recommendations that may emanate from a review of the shooter’s personal history.”
The Legislative Council hosted the Boards of Finance, Selectmen, and Education for a budget preview session November 19. While First Selectman Pat Llodra and Finance Director Robert Tait both vowed to seek a zero tax increase budget, the school superintendent’s presentation focused as much on issues that could affect future budgets as he did on the 2014-15 spending cycle.
For the second year in a row, All-Star Transportation is hoping shoppers will help fill a school bus with donations for Newtown Social Services. A Stuff-A-Bus event will be held Saturday, November 22, from 9 am until 3 pm, at Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street. Donations of any nonperishable goods will be accepted, according to Social Services Director Ann Piccini. “We’re really low on everything,” Ms Piccini said this week. “We’ve used up all the excess pasta we had on the shelves.”
Newtown officials and spokespersons for state agencies involved with supporting both immediate victims and survivors of 12/14 responded to queries by The Newtown Bee following testimony last week by two surviving families to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. The 16-member panel appointed last year by Governor Dannel Malloy heard from Dr Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel, parents of 6-year-old victim Avielle Richman, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of 6-year-old Ana Marquez-Greene, during a nearly two-hour session at C.H. Booth Library. After reviewing some of the emotional testimony offered on November 14, First Selectman Pat Llodra said there are critical but subtle differences between her outreach to the entire community, and the level of outreach she needs to exercise with the immediate victims of 12/14.
Newtown Action Alliance, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and Campaign to Unload announced Wednesday, November 19, comedian Jay Leno’s decision to cancel his appearance at the 2015 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), an annual event sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the gun industry. Mr Leno’s cancellation came just hours after the three gun violence prevention groups had launched a petition Wednesday morning, calling on him to take this action.
Newtown Veterans of Foreign War Post 308 launched its annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots program on November 14, when member Dave Silver asked his retirement party guests to bring donations for the annual Christmas campaign. The VFW Post, and more than a dozen other locations in town, will continue receiving Toys For Tots donations until December 19.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing flags in Connecticut to return to full-staff at sunset today, Thursday, November 20. Flags have been flying at half-staff in honor of Judge John T. Downey, who died on Monday.