The Board of Finance opened its meeting on Thursday, February 19, with a public hearing on the proposed 2015–16 town of Newtown budget.
Most who spoke, shared opinions specifically on the school district’s proposed 2015–16 budget, which was later presented to the Board of Finance by Board of Education Chair Keith Alexander and Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
“We welcome anybody to come up and speak on any item in the budget,” said Board of Finance Chair John Kortze at the start of the public hearing.
In January 2014, Mary Kate Halmose raised the idea for creating lending libraries at several town parks. Although she initially meant to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, her plans for the scouts have changed, but her ideas for the libraries have not. During a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last week she told board members, “I did not go through with the project,” and has since graduated high school. She is no longer a scout, but she does want to go through with the project, Mary Kate told commission members Febeuary 10.
An unusual two-vehicle head-on accident on Interstate 84 late on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 18, resulted in several people being injured, with one man requiring extrication from an SUV involved in the crash, officials said. The collision occurred on I-84, about one mile west of the Exit 9 interchange, in the area where the boundaries of Newtown, Brookfield, and Bethel meet. The incident resulted in extensive travel delays on both sides of the highway during the evening rush.
(AP) The families of nine children and adults killed in the 2012 Newtown school shooting are asking a federal judge to return their lawsuit against gunmaker Remington to state court, where legal experts say it may have a better chance of succeeding.
Police said they responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on Huntingtown Road, near its intersection with Brushy Hill Road, at about 10 am on February 12. Police said one motorist was driving an SUV that ran off the road. A passenger received minor injuries. Police charged the motorist with driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor, and making a restricted turn. Learn more about recent police activity in this week's report.
With about a dozen residents on hand to represent the entire community, a brief town meeting February 17 sealed plans to demolish the home at 36 Yogananda Street, where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza and his late mother Nancy resided. Following that meeting, the Board of Selectmen also acted to initiate foreclosure on a key commercial parcel adjacent to eastbound I-84 on Church Hill Road.
The Parks & Recreation Commission and the Commission on Aging are coordinating a series of public information sessions regarding community center planning and construction prior to a March 21 referendum to approve project funding. Providing “the big picture” for people to understand, and “to hear their input on the possibilities of this phased project,” is the main goal of forums to be hosted by the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold.
The Legislative Council moved a package of ordinance requests to its Ordinance Committee February 18. Those requests come from the Police Commission and the Board of Selectmen. First Selectman Pat Llodra told her board the night before about the amendment to the local Firearms Ordinance, and another suggestion designed to prevent the littering of unsolicited mail and materials being left at residential properties. Mrs Llodra said those requests were developed from requests from residents she processed while sorting through a backlog of materials that had been piling up on her desk for several weeks.
Following a presentation by members of a community center advisory committee that held similar meetings with the Boards of Finance and Selectmen in recent weeks, the Legislative Council voted February 18 to send an authorization to spend a $15 million community center grant from rom General Electric to a public referendum on Saturday, March 21. The referendum authorizing the expenditure is required by charter, even though it does not represent a taxpayer generated appropriation. The council also finalized its budget calendar Wednesday, with plans to hold a public hearing on March 18, followed by presentation by Board of Finance.
In a population of more than 320 million people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes. Within the walls of residences, homes, and anywhere large numbers of senior citizens gather, a pecking order plays out. At its best, it allows leaders to lead. At its worst, it is bullying, no different than that seen in adolescent circles. Unless witnesses speak up or managers intervene, bullying is a behavior that can compound the sometimes already fragile mental and physical health of others.