Around 3:30 pm on Monday, May 6, John Reed’s first day in the office and on the job as acting school superintendent, he sat back in his chair, peeled a banana and took a bite, chuckling over a question about whether the snack represented breakfast.But in two separate conversations with The Bee this week, it became evidently clear that Dr Reed is prioritizing a lot of things above and beyond missing an occasional meal.In the space of just a few seconds, he ticks off a list of issues — “opportunities” as he prefers to describe them. Those challenges include fast-tracking contacts and interviews with potential school administrative candidates he is considering to fill seven administrative vacancies...
The future of Sandy Hook’s iconic Christmas tree will be the topic of discussion Thursday evening, May 9, as the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) board members determine an appropriate time to take it down, said NFA President Bob Eckenrode.Caught in the middle of a debate, the evergreen at The Glen, an NFA property beside Sabrina Style, may or may not come down this year prior to the traditional December holiday celebration.
US Senator Richard Blumenthal this week told Newtown Action Alliance members that although recent proposed federal legislation to expand criminal background checks for gun purchasers failed to win approval, the matter will return to the Senate for another vote.
“We’re not done,” Sen Blumenthal said of the drive for better gun control through federal legislation.
The survivors of the victims of the 12/14 shooting incident at Sandy Hook School have shown resilience, courage, and strength in their drive for improved federal gun control laws, the senator told about 140 people who attended an alliance forum on gun control held Tuesday, May 7, at the Newtown High School lecture hall.
The Board of Education was notified at its May 7 meeting that a letter was recently sent home to roughly 800 parents to advise them that their student’s information was accidentally shared with a single parent in September. According to Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed, when a parent requested information from the school district regarding a child in August, a computer search for the student’s name generated more than 10,000 pages of data that was accidentally compiled on a disc before being checked.
The Board of Education was informed at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7, the district has implemented a budget freeze for the current spending year.With the end of the current fiscal year approaching, Acting Superintendent of Schools John Reed and district Business Director Ronald Bienkowski explained why the school district has implemented a budget freeze that will only allow costs that are considered “musts” to go through.Mr Bienkowski noted that at the time of his last monthly financial report for the school board, the district’s projected balance for the 2012-13 fiscal year was approximately $1,700.“We know that there has been a confluence of events that really dictate at this time that we use extreme caution,” Mr Bienkowski said.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
A venue that had opened its doors to help, to heal, and to make a home for donated artwork and sculptures in the wake of 12/14 may soon lose its storefront space. “I run on the notion that we may have only two weeks from today to leave,” said Robert Rabinowitz, a volunteer director for HealingNewtown, on May 1.
In a ceremony at Newtown High School on Monday, May 6, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients presented Citizen Service Before Self Honors Medals posthumously to the fallen Sandy Hook School staff from 12/14 and presented a Certificate of Commendation to all teachers and staff at the school who acted courageously that day.
A storm of motorcycles rumbled through Newtown from Shelton, on their way top Trumbull Sunday, May 5. Nearly 3,000 bikes took more than 30 minutes to pass by on the Green Ribbon Ride (riding to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels) sponsored by Newtown’s five fire companies. Tickets cost $20 per person to join the ride, with proceeds being paid out directly to children’s charities, the 26 Sandy Hook families, Newtown funds supporting survivors, the EMS, fire departments, police union, Al’s Angels, and the Center for Women & Families.
Members of Newtown Conservation Commission are again offering their services to residents who want help identifying invasive plants for private homeowners. Invasive plants have become an ever-increasing problem for Newtown, both in landscaped areas a...