In the event of a tie vote, should Democrat James Gaston chair the newly elected Board of Finance based on the fact that he received the most votes on November 3? Or does Republican John Godin deserve consideration after being reelected as the finance board’s only incumbent? Or might any of the board’s newcomers best serve to lead this highly influential and primarily advisory panel? While these questions will be left unanswered until after the new slate of elected officials take office December 1, one thing is certain. There is at least a potential for a split vote on the 3-3 Board of Finance when it comes to electing a chair, and no formal provision to resolve such a stalemate according to Town Attorney David Grogins.
Veterans were welcomed into schools across the district on Wednesday, November 11, for celebrations and assemblies commemorating Veterans Day. At Newtown High School veterans enjoyed a lunch catered by the high school’s culinary students before an assembly in the school’s auditorium. Members of the NHS Chamber Choir and the NHS Band performed songs during the ceremony, like the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “American Salute.”
Members of the Board of Education, First Selectman Pat Llodra, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi Jr, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jean M. Evans Davila, and State Senator Tony Hwang were in attendance along with the invited veterans and speakers, including former US Marines Jason Georgetti and Ray Corbo, who both spoke during the assembly.
On Veterans Day, Mr Corbo said, people gather to honor and share gratitude for the sacrifices made by veterans.
Veterans stood to be recognized for serving in different armed conflicts, starting with World War II.
With a hand across her heart, Donna Monteleone opened Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony with a prayer for the “devotion of those who have fought for freedom, and those who laid down their lives.” Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308 chaplain and also a veteran, Ms Monteleone addressed a crowd of post members and supporters whose faces and service spanned decades. Korean War veteran George Lockwood Sr stood just a few paces away from younger veterans, including current US Marine Corps Sergeant Dustin Gill.
An accident shortly after 8 am this morning has led to the closure of an approximate 800-yard section of South Main Street. A Botsford firefighter encountered the incident, which was described as a truck vs pole accident in the area of Cold Spring Road. Roadways were wet this morning with intermittent rain. The driver of the industrial sized dump truck that struck a pole was reportedly uninjured. The pole that was struck was on the east side of South Main Street, approximately 75 yards south of the roadway’s intersection with Cold Spring Road.
Newtown Police are reporting a rash of thefts from unlocked parked vehicles overnight from late Saturday, November 7, to the early morning hours of Sunday, November 8, in the residential neighborhoods centering on Currituck Road and Walnut Tree Hill Road.
Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company members recently broke ground for their fire substation expansion project at 249 Berkshire Road. Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead said it is expected that the expansion project would be completed by the end of April. The groundbreaking occurred on October 24. The project will more than double the size of the building. The substation, which was built in the late 1960s on a 2.4-acre site in a R-2 zone, is no longer large enough for the fire company’s needs, according to Chief Halstead. Currently Sandy Hook’s Engine 442 and its trailer used for fluid spill cleanup supplies are housed at the substation. When the expansion project is completed, the same fire vehicles will continue to be stored there, but within larger quarters.
Long considered a case in which the investigative leads had gone cold, federal authorities have arrested a currently imprisoned Danbury man, charging him in the murder of Mark Rebong, a 28-year-old Newtown man who was fatally shot while driving to work on the Exit 2 off-ramp of westbound Interstate 84 in Danbury in January 2000. The alleged murderer, in seeking to improve his standing as a member of the Latin Kings crime gang, mistakenly shot the wrong man, according to the US Attorney for Connecticut.
The town has acquired a limited supply of battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for free distribution to people who would have difficulty purchasing such devices, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead. The detectors are manufactured by Kidde, a fire safety products company. The town recently obtained the detectors at the Operation Save A Life 2015 event held at the New Haven Fire Department Training Center. It is the first time the town is offering such fire safety devices free to those in need.
After a marathon five-hour-plus meeting November 4 during which the Legislative Council completed its final review of a charter revision draft, Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said she was hopeful that suggested changes sent back for consideration would be completed in time for for council members who charged the Charter Revision Commission to approve a final overhaul of the community’s constitutional document. While the charter commission is on a 30-day time clock to act on any of the council’s requested changes, many of which are nonsubstantive according to Ms Jacob, she is hopeful the commissioners will review and act on those proposed adjustments and return the draft for final approval at the current council’s last meeting November 18. A newly elected council will be sworn in and seated December 1.