Closing out a process that began months before the 12/14 tragedy, the Legislative Council on September 4 unanimously approved a local firearms ordinance.
The vote came after some brief discussion that included two amendments to correct some minor language points and to exempt active or honorably discharged military personnel from the requirement to have safety training as defined in that section of the document.
“Obviously, we can presume [members of the military] have training in the use of firearms,” said council Vice Chair and Ordinance Committee Chair Mary Ann Jacob following the meeting.
The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library and new Library Director Shawn Fields were criticized repeatedly during the public participation portion of the monthly library board meeting Tuesday, September 1,.Noting that extensive regular board business required limiting the public participation period to one half-hour, a time that proved adequate, Board President Martha Robilotti first recognized Dr Anne Rothstein, a 37-year resident of Newtown who said that she has always made use of the library, appreciates the assistance of the staff, and has always been “a loyal supporter of the Friends of the Library,” as well as having utilized the reference department for study and writing.Dr Rothstein said that in her 50 years at Lehman College in the Bronx as department chair, associate dean...
Almost one billion people on Earth do not have access to clean drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from water-related diseases.
On Saturday, October 5, DigDeep Water will hold its second annual Walk 4 Water at Fairfield Hills. Walk 4 Water is an educational experience/fundraising event that raises funds and awareness on behalf of DigDeep Water, a nonprofit human rights organization that defends the human right to water for all people on earth through innovative education and water access projects. A three-mile walk around the campus — representing the average distance women and children in Africa typically must walk each day in order to retrieve water — will have participants experiencing both the distance walked and the weight of water once it is obtained. During the first half of the walk participants will be empty handed, and then during the second half walkers will be carrying two two-liter bottles filled with water.
Newtown has been selected to participate in a unique solar program offered through the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA). The town will join ten other communities in Phase 3 of Solarize Connecticut, which expects to more than double the amount of solar across the community over the 20-week program. Also participating in the program are a coalition of Ashford, Chaplin, Hampton and Pomfret; a coalition of Easton, Redding and Trumbull; and the towns of Greenwich, Manchester, and West Hartford. Solarize Newtown will officially kick off with its launch solar workshop on Tuesday September 24, at 7 pm. A 90-minute workshop will be offered at Reed Intermediate School, 3 Trades Lane. Residents who are interested in learning more about Solarize Newtown are urged to attend.
In their role as the town/borough traffic authority, Police Commission members hear from many residents about traffic safety problems on local roads.
At a September 3 session, commission members heard about problems on several town center roads, as well as problems on the outlying Brushy Hill Road.
Resident Richard English of 3 Curry Drive told commission members about problems in that area. Curry Drive is a dead-end street that extends from Currituck Road.
It will not be the first time a television series depicts events that are close to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14, but a television show airing at 10 pm tonight may be difficult for many people to watch. "Sons of Anarchy" has never shied away from brutal depictions of illegal activities. What viewers may not want to view, however, is that at the end of the sixth season opener, the show reportedly offers a scene that echoes the events of 12/14.
A police spokesperson told The Newtown Bee September 10 that one possible lead in the case of missing Newtown resident Robert Hoagland turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. Police said that it was another individual, not Robert Hoagland, who was seen walking with a backpack near Interstate 95 and Route 117 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Lt Richard Robinson clarified the following day, however, that the local department is still following other leads in the neighboring state. The missing 50-year-old was last seen in Newtown on July 28.
A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14. Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard. The Wheeler family lived in the neighborhood where the street was renamed before moving to Newtown. David Wheeler said at the tearful gathering that Benjamin’s first glimpse of the world was around the intersection now bearing his name. Mr Wheeler was joined by his wife Francine and their older son, Nate, for the emotional gathering.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.