HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet on Friday, February 28, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, where they will receive presentations from state and local law enforcement officials ...
Saying she was presenting a spending plan that the Board of Education believes “helps us meet our budget goals,” which in part, plan “for the future needs of the Newtown public school system,” board Chair Debbie Leidlein reviewed a number of points in the proposal that will face further Board of Finance deliberation in the coming days.
On Thursday, February 27, the finance board was set to take up the issue of school security, and was planning to return to a comprehensive discussion on the school board’s budget proposal March 6.
Newtown’s recovery website address has changed to www.onenewtown.com. The previous address was a .org address. The change is reportedly being required by the corporate provider that is underwriting the site costs and domain name on behalf of the town.
Ice hockey, figure skating, theaters on ice, skating programs, and skate clubs are on the list of possibilities Newtown Nighthawks high school hockey coaches are working to make a reality. Head hockey coach Paul Esposito and goaltender coach Kris Kenny introduced the idea of a Newtown Ice Arena, a project that will cost an estimated $10 million or more, to Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday night. “Newtown has a rich athletic culture,” Mr Esposito said. “My mission? To see a [skating] facility here in town, and not just hockey … we’re looking for a facility that is a benefit to everybody.” Authority members were receptive to the proposal, which included architectural renderings of a building that will complement those already on the campus. A location has not yet been committed to, but Fairfield Hills Authority members on February 24 seemed willing to move the plan forward.
Sandy Hook resident and world class cyclist Monte Frank will be coordinating a second ride from Sandy Hook to Washington featuring Team 26 — a group of similarly motivated riders looking to honor Newtown’s and all victims of gun violence, support stronger gun violence prevention laws and to spread a message of peace, hope and love.
According to Mr Frank, also a local attorney, the ride will depart Newtown on March 8, make two more ceremonial departure stops in Connecticut, coordinate appearances at several other rallies along their planned route, and arrive at the steps of the US Capital on March 11.
Connecticut municipal CEOs and Emergency Management Directors received a Snow and Ice Accumulation Caution Notice last week from the CT Dept of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The Town of Newtown forwarded the information to residents with a February 21 posting on the town website. Current weather models were forecasting an active storm pattern which is expected to continue for the next few weeks, said the state department. For the weekend, temperatures were above normal for this time of year, which caused some limited melting of the deep snowpack.
As a means of educating and updating town officials ahead of a period of expanded capital projects including a new Hook & Ladder fire company headquarters, Parent Connection office, and community center, Town Attorney David Grogins appeared before the Legislative Council February 19 to review the implications of Connecticut’s Prevailing Wage law.He started his presentation by reminding the council that wage protections for those engaged in government work have been around since the Davis Bacon Act in the 1930s. Since 1977, Connecticut’s Labor Commissioner has adopted and used prevailing wage rate determinations similar to those enacted by the United States Secretary of Labor under the provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act, according to the state Department of Labor (DOL) website.
The majority of the 20 residents who participated in the Board of Finance public hearing ahead of 2014-15 budget deliberations February 20 either asked officials to hold the line on the zero increase requested by the Board of Education, or to restore the $139,000 reduction made by the school board members before endorsing the final budget request.Among the few other residents offering opinions on the district’s budget request was Stephen Rosenblatt of Watkins Drive, who argued that although the budget request represented a net-zero increase, that residents are “still paying the same for less.”