American flags that are no longer serviceable will be retired at a ceremony Friday, June 5, at the VFW Post 308, Freedom Defenders Way (Tinkerfield Road). The full ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm. American flags that are worn and no longer usable may be dropped off at the post prior to that day.
After Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented configurations during the Board of Education's meeting on Tuesday, June 2, for closing a school in the district, he said the Facility and Enrollment Study Committee endorses closing an elementary school.
Hawley Elementary School was the main focus during the presentation, but cost estimates were also provided if Newtown Middle School were closed.
"This is difficult work, and this is work that makes folks very unhappy," said Dr Erardi.
Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who joined the police department in 1978, has submitted his letter of retirement to the Police Commission, stating that his last day of work will be on January 6, 2016.
Chief Kehoe worked his way up through the ranks of the organization, becoming its acting chief in 1999, and then becoming its chief in 2001.
In a June 1 letter to Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico, Chief Kehoe wrote, in part, that his career has been professionally and personally rewarding, adding that he will work to aid commission members as the police department makes a transition to a new leader.
The National Weather Service in Upton, N.Y., has issued a Flash Flood Warning for northern Fairfield County and northwestern New Haven County. The warning will remain in effect until 7:45 pm. Up to two inches of rain have fallen in the past 24 hours. Flash flooding is expected.
Newtown’s delegation of state lawmakers – Senator Tony Hwang, Rep Mitch Bolinsky, Rep J P Sredzinski and Rep Dan Carter – each expressed frustration, even exasperation after learning about an agreement on a biennium budget. That agreement reportedly emerged from a late night meeting that broke early Sunday morning, May 31.The legislature is set to deliberate and vote on the measure June 1, but the spending package was already being touted as a done deal in releases from Governor Dannel Malloy’s office and the legislative leadership Sunday. Despite the final results, it was the lead up to this latest budget disappointed local representatives.
Following a third public hearing on a proposal to construct 74 condominium units on the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, the Inland Wetlands Commission on May 27 unanimously approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project known as The Walk at Sandy Hook Village. IWC members approved the project after receiving and reviewing several additional development documents from applicant Michael Burton. Those environmental protection documents concern the plantings planned for the site; the measures that would be taken to protect the water quality of the nearby Pootatuck River, which is a trout stream; how rain gardens at the site would be maintained; and a schedule for various site maintenance work.
The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. The group has begun the process of planning a community center. This week, the 14-member group reworked its vision statement, talked about their charge and the community's needs, and discussed using subcommittees to develop community. Parks & Recreation staff members spoke with the committee as well, and funding was also discussed during the course of the meeting.
In two different locations Thursday, May 28, the Board of Finance and the Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) were scheduled to lay the groundwork for the earliest stages of a planned high school auditorium renovation, which may commence as early as July 1, the date funding becomes available for the project. After an early misstep getting the appropriate budget allocation into the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the project is back on track, and will receive expedited handling apparently due to the abbreviated time available to complete all the necessary work. This week, the finance board was set to approve a $3.6 million special appropriation for the work, while Robert Mitchell, PBSC chairman, told The Bee that at his May 28 meeting, commissioners would likely authorize proceeding with plans to advertise for a project architect and engineer.
Michael Porco, Jr, stepped onto the sidewalk where parents and children gathered to peer over bridge rails into the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center Saturday, May 23. He urged them to make room for a bucket loader that was rounding the corner from Glen Road onto Church Hill,
Newtown’s latest Charter Revision Commission is heading into June with the end of a yearlong tunnel in sight. Following a May 27 meeting, ccommission Chairman Jeff Capeci said the group was more than two-thirds finished with what will amount to a complete review and refinement of the community’s constitutional document. One of the commission’s most protracted and complicated revisions related to the acquisition and disposition of public or town-owned property was unanimously adopted this week. That final recommendation was the product of many hours of deliberation and fine tuning at both the committee and full commission level, with commission Vice Chair Robert Hall and Commissioner Deborra Zukowski shepherding the revision from the start.