Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are reviewing revised and expanded technical information provided by the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. On October 8, the IWC held a public hearing on the proposed cluster-style development, which seeks to concentrate new single-family houses in two areas on the site in order to leave approximately one-half of the overall tract as undeveloped open space land. Such land would be open to the public for passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study. About 25 residents attended the October 8 IWC session.
The Board of Education approved on Tuesday, October 7, the fourth phase of the Sandy Hook School building construction project. The school board’s unanimous approval will now allow the Phase 4 documents to be submitted to the State of Connecticut’s Office of School Facilities for review and approval. The construction documents submitted for the board’s approval at this week’s meeting are “substantially complete,” said Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management. "We're going to call them 95 percent complete," she said.
Selectman Will Rodgers did not want to close the August 18 Board of Selectmen meeting without praising First Selectman Pat Llodra, Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and his Highway Department crews for accomplishing a neighborhood’s worth of road resurfacing in the areas of Flat Swamp Road and Brookwood Drive earlier in the preceding weeks. And while Mr Hurley said he would like to see more of these areawide improvements, and endeavors to “tie neighborhoods together” with multiple streets being repaired and resurfaced at the same time, it can only be accomplished when there is a somewhat unique alignment among suppliers, vendors, and work crews — along with the cooperation of Mother Nature.
A community tag/vendor sale being planned for October 11 has been postponed by two weeks. The event, to raise funds for the Ayles family of Sandy Hook, will now take place Sunday, October 25, from 10 am to 2 pm. Openings are still available for those who wish to participate in the event. Tag sale tables can also include crafts or vendors. Organizers are requesting vendors each donate a basket for fundraising purposes.
Another main piece of the Fairfield Hills skyline is gone: Danbury Hall this week is reduced to just rubble as Bestech crews work to separate and remove or reuse the debris. Ground-down concrete will fill the empty hollow where Danbury Hall once stood, making a home to then-state hospital staff. The building, which sat to the east of Trades Lane when entering the campus through its main entrance off Wasserman Way, had been constructed to house male staff. Bestech crew member Fred Brace had set aside a few relics this week, as the building, less than two weeks after demolition began, sat in crumbling heaps behind him. Reaching into an open dumpster he found some broken wooden siding stamped with the original contractor’s information. Also within reach were some old brass doorknobs that he set aside.
Dannel P. Malloy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday exchanged some of the strongest words yet in their continuing debate over Connecticut’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with the candidates accusing each other of grandstanding on issues that arose from the massacre.
Republican Tom Foley and Democrats supporting Governor Dannel P. Malloy agree that Quinnipiac University’s poll declaring the race a tie is accurate — and that last month’s survey giving Foley a six-point lead was faulty. Foley, who did not publicly disavow a six-point lead a month ago, is not being magnanimous. The GOP nominee is trying to disabuse the press and voting public of the impression that Malloy has momentum by turning his deficit last month into a dead heat in Wednesday’s poll.
During its second meeting in as many weeks, the Newtown Charter Revision Commission met October 7 at Newtown Senior Center to continue laying out plans to enhance the effectiveness, integrity, and user-friendliness of the community’s constitutional document. Members picked up where they left off last week reviewing a new draft of Section 7-90 related to the acquisition and disposition of town-owned land. Robert Hall, a former town attorney who handles land use litigation and who volunteered last week to begin drafting a new version of that charter chapter, reported this week that he decided instead to start with a fresh slate rather than try to recast existing language. The group also reviewed and discussed charter charge items categorized under “Board Composition,” along with some suggested changes to the rules of the commission.
An intense storm that passed through the state early on the morning of Tuesday, October 8, resulted in more than ten calls to local volunteer fire companies for utility lines and trees having fallen due to high winds, translating into more than 150 local electric outages at the height of power failures. Volunteer firefighters responded to 11 calls for service, but no injuries were reported due to the weather.