Putting one foot in front of the other is the way that Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) is supporting changes to mental health accessibility, affordability, knowledge, and awareness. NAA is putting together a Sandy Hook Team 26 to walk in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 5K fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, in Hartford. The Sandy Hook Ride on Washington cyclists, who last month pedaled their way from Newtown to the nation’s capital, has shared their logo and name with the walkers. The team is raising the tax-deductible funds to support NAMI in assisting families touched by mental illness, and to educate and advocate on mental health issues. The team also has space available for those who would like to join the walk.
On Tuesday, April 23, President Obama honored Jeff Charbonneau, a teacher at Zillah High School in Zillah, Wash., as the 2013 National Teacher of the Year. During the annual ceremony in The White House Rose Garden when the honor was announced, President Obama also praised the efforts of Sandy Hook Elementary School students, who demonstrated "the true depths of a teacher's commitment."
The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism announced on April 24 the opening of the Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program, a fund set up in honor of Josephine (Joey) Gay, one of the victims of 12/14. Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program provides grants to families in Newtown that need financial assistance for their family member living with autism. The Flutie Foundation anticipates offering two grant cycles per year through Joey’s Fund with plans to expand the geographic focus in future grant cycles. Applications for the first grant cycle are now open
Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) is participating in the 6th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event by providing free sight-saving eye exams to qualified service dogs in May. To participate, service animal owners and handlers must register by April 30. Eligible animals must be active working animals that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization can be national, regional or local. NVS board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr Cory Mosunic, will be performing the free eye exams. Dr Mosunic has been donating her time and resources to this event for the past seven years.
With just under 5,000 of the town’s eligible voters casting ballots today, the first split town budget referendum failed on both sides. But most voters also took the time to express through ballot questions that both budget requests failed because residents felt the amounts tendered for next year’s spending plan were too high. On the town side of the ballot, 2,207 endorsed the request with 2,273 voting No – a difference of 66. And on the school district side, 1,994 voted for the budget but 2,476 rejected it.
Polling is open in Newtown Middle School’s gym, 11 Queen Street, from 6 am to 8 pm today, April 23, for qualified residents and property owners to cast ballots on the proposed townwide budget request. The referendum marks the first time budget voters...
At 6 pm, with just two hours before polls close, 3,421 residents had converged on Newtown Middle School to cast ballots for the 2013-14 town wide budget. This referendum marks the first time in recent history that residents are being asked to cast separate ballots on the school district and municipal budget proposals. Polls remain open until 8 pm.
A number of locusts were recently cut down at Treadwell Park on Philo Curtis Road. While residents may have been surprised to see the trees suddenly gone, Parks & Recreation Director of Parks Carl Samuelson says it was actually time for the trees to be taken down. And now, through a generous donation at no cost to the town, the trees will soon be replaced by 26 Zelkova trees, to be planted on a future date. The trees are a donation stemming from 12/14.
The Newtown Registrar of Voters office will have special hours today for those who still need to register to vote in tomorrow’s referendum. Residents who do not own property assessed at more than $1,000 as posted on the October 2012 Grand List can still vote on Tuesday, April 23, by registering to vote today. The Registrar of Voters office, located within Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, will be open today from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy, following a request by Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, has asked Connecticut residents to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 pm today in recognition of the victims of the bombing at the Boston Marathon last week.