In honor of Veterans Day, The Men’s Breakfast Club of Newtown Senior Center hosted former Newtown First Selectman and World War II veteran Joseph Borst as its guest speaker on Thursday, November 6. Mr Borst shared his reminisces on his time in the service with club members, including several who are also veterans. Arthur Zierzow served with the Marines in Vietnam. Bud Ullmann was stationed on Governors Island in New York, a sergeant in the Army. John Obyrne and Jack Robb served in the US Army, as well. Mr Robb is a veteran of the Korean conflict. Dominick Barillari, Sr, is a World War II veteran, and served in England and Africa.
Outside VFW Post 308 on Tinkerfield Road in Newtown lies a stone laid to remember “Comrades in the silent land beyond,” reads part of its inscription. Honoring fallen veterans, “Wherever your mortal remains may rest,” as the stone’s inscription continues, were VFW members and supporters Tuesday morning. “There the ground is hallowed,” finishes the message. Placing a wreath and carnations at its base were VFW officers, who turned away with a salute. The annual service, which began, per tradition, at 11 am on Veterans Day, celebrated Newtown’s veterans past and present.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Newtown High School was placed on “lock-in” status due to an unspecified threat which was made on Internet-based social media directly against the high school, School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr, said in a statement.At about 1:10 pm, the school was placed in a “lock-in closed teaching and learning environment,” he said. During such situations, visitors are not allowed on school grounds and all people in the school remain inside the building. During the NHS Veterans Day assembly, when students, faculty, administrators, and visiting veterans filled the school auditorium, high school staffers were already dealing with the response to the threat against the school. The lock-in status was lifted at the school at 1:55 pm, he said.
Robert Anthony’s Hair Salon, 49 Church Hill Road, is offering free haircuts to any veteran who visits the salon on Tuesday, November 11. The salon is offering the service in honor of Veterans Day. “My husband, Robert Anthony Sr, is a Navy veteran,” said Diane Skuba. Mr Anthony is disabled, she said. “We spent a lot of time at the West Haven VA Hospital, unfortunately, and we want to pass on what we can.”
November 11 was originally designated to honor the end of World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Known as Armistice Day for many years, the date has become a day to honor all veterans of all of the wars in which this country has been engaged since World War I.
A once-promising idea to utilize a state company to thoroughly assess areas where town facilities may be wasting energy and then repair or renovate to enhance efficiency is being deactivated. Public Works Director Fred Hurley told the Public Building and Site Commission at its last meeting October 28, that the town should accept the assessments performed to date by the vendor Ameresco. At the same time, he is advising that the town pay Ameresco’s “walk-away” fee and continue with implementing many of the suggested energy improvements in-house. “At this point, staying with the Ameresco program provides no further advantage to the town,” said PBSC Chairman Robert Mitchell. “By doing this work ourselves, or with individual contractors, we have much better control over expenses, especially soft costs.”
If approved by the Legislative Council, new allocations and adjustments to the town’s recommended five-year Capital Improvement Plan will underwrite the demolition of three of the four largest building on the Fairfield Hills by 2018.
An accident involving two tractor-trailer trucks on eastbound Interstate 84 early on the morning of Friday, November 7, resulted in the death of a Pennsylvania trucker and his pet dog. The collision caused non-hazardous cargo spillage from both trucks, a six-hour closure of a section of I-84 for accident reconstruction by state police, and extensive travel delays on local secondary roads as morning-rush motorists took detours off I-84 to get around the accident scene. Trucker Warren Leroy Jefferson, 49, of Bath, Penn., who was driving a 2015 Freightliner, died in the crash, according to state police.
In their longstanding effort to find a missing Sandy Hook man, town police are probing a tip they received which indicates that the man may be working at a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area. Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said October 31, “We are following up a tip that was received in reference to the possible whereabouts of Robert Hoagland. This was not a sighting, but a tip of a possible location and possible source of income.” In an effort to find Mr Hoagland, the Horry County, S.C., Police Department has posted information on his “missing person” status on its Facebook page.