This week marked the formal launch of Newtown’s “Recovery and Resiliency Team,” which is poised to work in partnership with local recovery providers, community organizations, and town employees in response to continued needs in our community post-12/14. The six-member team is led by community outreach liaison Melissa Glaser, LPC, who has a background in community behavioral health and clinical treatment. The other team members consist of project manager Margot Robins; clinical recovery leader Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC; and three case managers — Catherine Gaida, LCSW; Eileen Rondeau, RN; and Suzy DeYoung, MsEd. The team office is located in the former engineer’s house and security building at the main gate of Fairfield Hills, 28 Trades Lane.
A first of its kind survey to assess the needs and interests of Newtown seniors is getting a great reception according to Commission on Aging member LeReine Frampton.
“The surveys just started going out by mail, and we already have 122 back in the first five days,” Ms Frampton said.
Newtown residents age 60 or older are being asked to participate in the survey, which started going out earlier in August to all registered voters in this population. The mailing also included a return envelope, which likely improved the speed and rate of responses.
Participants have been asked to send back the survey by August 31.
My Place Restaurant’s tap room is welcoming a special guest Friday, August 15 at 6 pm. On his Pour Tour through Connecticut’s 169 towns to raise funds to benefit pediatric cancer research is Todd Ruggere of Massachusetts. One dollar from every pint sold will support his cause.
Late Tuesday morning, after an extensive daylong search, a frail elderly man who had been missing since Monday from his 162 Hattertown Road home was found unharmed, sleeping in a farm field off Head O’ Meadow Road. The search for Martin Lee Allen, 71, had been underway since police learned at 12:47 pm on Monday that he was missing. At about 11:15 am Tuesday, two highway crew members — Andrew White and Buddy Ingram — who were riding in the same truck entered eastbound Head O’ Meadow Road from Sugar Street when they spotted what they first thought was a boulder, but upon closer examination, turned out to be Mr Allen, who was asleep, police said.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving. Inquiries should be made through Sue Marcinek, executive assistant, Office of the First Selectman, 3 Primrose Street, or call 203-270-4203.
Only 842 of Newtown’s 5,138 Republicans cast votes in Tuesday’s GOP primary — the majority supporting candidates who were unsuccessful in races that were expected to draw low numbers at polling places statewide. Locally, State Senator John McKinney received 520 votes to statewide victor Tom Foley’s 322. Mr Foley was ultimately victorious, however, taking the lead as polls closed. Locally, Sen McKinney’s running mate for lieutenant governor, David M Walker, generated 319 votes to beat Penny Bacchiochi, who received 257 votes, and Heather Somers who logged support from 257 Newtown Republicans. Statewide, the lieutenant governor’s race was headed to a recount until Ms Bacchiochi conceded the race to Ms Somers Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Walker came out third in statewide polling.
WATERBURY – Tom Foley will get a second crack at Dannel P. Malloy.Foley, 62, the Greenwich businessman who lost to Malloy by half a percentage point in 2010, easily won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday, weathering a late push by state Sen. John P. McKinney of Fairfield, the challenger he preferred to ignore until recently.The identity of his running mate was uncertain. Heather Bond Somers led the three-way primary for lieutenant governor ahead of Penny Bacchiochi and David M. Walker, but her lead was fewer than 1,000 votes, the trigger for a recount. That did not stop the Foley victory party.“Change is on the way!” Foley told supporters at 10 p.m., sticking to the same talking points that carried him throughout the campaign.
State police report they learned at about 2:28 pm on August 7 that an assault had occurred involving a Garner Correctional Institution inmate and prison staff members, so they responded to the high-security prison at 50 Nunnawauk Road to investigate the incident.
The Dodgingtown Volunteer Fire Company has received approval for a federal grant of more than $100,000 for 13 air masks and spare air-supply equipment for firefighting.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a $107,540 Assistance to Firefighters grant for the volunteer fire company.