Kids from across the country will be honored by Newtown Kindness at the non-profit’s Third Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards on Saturday, February 21. The ceremony will honor eight to ten finalists and 15-20 runners up from across the country who have demonstrated the Newtown Kindness mission, to “think kindly and act boldly” through outstanding acts of kindness. The deadline to register for the awards is this Thursday, January 15.
The Newtown Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its state reaccreditation process. A team of inspectors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) is scheduled to visit the police station on January 23 to examine its policies and procedures documents as they relate to the state’s Tier 1 police accreditation process. The police department has had Tier 1 accreditation since 2005 and is seeking reaccreditation for the third time.
Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road. The fire company has not yet responded to an email from the commissioner concerning the requested traffic report, Mr Mangiafico said this week. Hook & Ladder has been trying to build a new firehouse for years, to replace the town-owned building at 45 Main Street that has long been considered structurally unsound.
State police report that at about 6:40 pm on January 4, they received a report from the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution there had been an inmate assault. State police said their investigation found that inmate George Montanez, 42, had struck his 25-year-old cellmate in the chest and the face.
Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond. By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members. Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.
Following review of a report on the traffic implications of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building proposed for 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville, the Police Commission, serving as the traffic authority, has endorsed the traffic-related aspects of the project. Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC, of Westport is proposing the two-story structure for an undeveloped 4.7-acre site on the north side of Mt Pleasant Road, west of Splendid Place, a private road that serves Maplewood at Newtown. The office building site within a (B-2) General Business zone would have a 150-space parking lot, a loading area, public water, and public sanitary sewers.
All Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 9, due to deteriorating weather conditions. The decision was announced around 7:30 am following an earlier announcement that all schools would run on a two hour delayed schedule.
Bids for the construction phase of the Sandy Hook Elementary School project have been opened and appear to address the full scope of work required to complete the new building, and they are $500,000 to $1 million under budget. Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell that on January 6 he was pleased to learn upon opening bids for the largest and final phase of the construction project, that they were within budget. At the same time, Geralyn Hoerauf, the school’s senior project manager from Diversified Project Management, notified The Newtown Bee that site work ahead of a formal groundbreaking and the beginning of construction is continuing.
To Newtowners, it’s snow, sleet, and slush. But to local officials and Highway Department crews slogging through it with plows, sand, and salt, these passing winter fronts are classified as “events.” So with six winter season events under their belt, the Board of Selectmen received a report from the Highway Department through First Selectman Pat Llodra January 5, detailing where the winter storm budget and related supplies of materials stand as Newtown moves into the most storm-prone period of midwinter.