John Voket, Kendra Bobowick & Andrew Gorosko
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
An absence of competition for numerous elected positions including First Selectman, the Board of Selectmen, the finance board, the Police Commission and a two-year post on the Board of Education may have contributed to a lower than normal turnout in local voting at Newtown's four precincts today. According to local registrars, a total of 4,438 voters cast ballots today across Newtown, down from 5,225 total votes cast in 2011.
A new mural with the name of Newtown's veterans who have served in the Armed Forces will be formally unveiled on Saturday, November 9, at Newtown Municipal Center. Local artist David Merrill has been working on the project for over a year. Following the unveiling, light refreshments will be served at nearby VFW Post 308.
“It’s up,” said Laurie McCollum, who has been working for months to coordinate a new veteran’s mural by artist David Merrill. And, “it’s amazing,” she said. The mural is now covered and hanging in the Newtown Municipal Center, awaiting its unveiling at a small ceremony on November 9 at 11 am.
Since April 2012 Mr Merrill has designed and painted the mural, which contains the names of Newtown’s men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since 1971. An earlier remembrance for those who served prior to 1971 is in Edmond Town Hall. Looking forward to the unveiling and the culmination of much hard work, she said, “I can’t believe it’s almost over. We have put so much into this.”
Local voters are called to Newtown’s polling locations Tuesday, November 5, to choose between Democratic and Republican candidates running for various offices serving and supporting town government. Local Independents opted out of fielding any challengers in the local election, and there are no unaffiliated or write-in candidates.
There are several races with no challengers, including the top of ticket contests for first selectman and the Board of Selectmen. That means the current Board of Selectmen makeup will remain with Republican First Selectman Pat Llodra, her GOP running mate Will Rodgers, and Democrat James Gaston, Sr, all returning for two-year terms.
NEW BRITAIN — Through an appeal filed October 30 in New Britain Superior Court, the Danbury state’s attorney is seeking to keep secret the recordings of the Emergency 911 calls that were made from Sandy Hook School to the Newtown Police Department on December 14, 2012, when 27 people died in a school shooting incident.
In the legal papers, Danbury State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III seeks to have the court overturn the state Freedom of Information Commission’s (FOIC) September decision to have the Town of Newtown release to the Associated Press (AP) the 911 calls that the AP had requested under the terms of the FOI Act, but did not receive from the town.
The National Weather Service has issued Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Fairfield County, along with Westchester County in southeast New York, eastern Bergen County in northeast New Jersey, and Rockland County in southeast New York. The warning is in effect until 10:30 am.
Dayton Street, a 1,400-foot-long residential dead-end road extending northward from Church Hill Road in Sandy Hook Center, offers an impressive view of the Pootatuck River.However, motorists who happen to drive on the street during the next several days should take care because the road currently has no protective barriers along its eastern edge, which is adjacent to a steep slope leading down to the river.
Newtown is well on its way toward meeting a nine percent fund balance goal by the end of fiscal year 2015 as a result of unforeseen revenue surpluses and curtailed spending by various town departments in the fiscal cycle that ended June 30, 2013.
Finance Director Robert Tait has been reporting on the fund balance progress during recent meetings with the Boards of Selectmen and Finance. He told The Bee this week that the unaudited revenue enhancements and savings combine infuse the fund by $916,963 – bringing the account to $9,296,713 or 8.76 percent of budget.
“It’s a good lease,” said Fairfield Hills Authority member Ross Carley, regarding an agreement now being finalized between Newtown Parent Connection (NPC) and the town.
Its terms have been approved by the Fairfield Hills Authority, but the lease is still in draft format, said Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker.
Reckless Burning Police said they went to Oakview Road, near Newtown High School, about 1:45 pm on October 23 after receiving a report about a ground fire in the area. Police said they charged each of...