Organizers for the dedication of the Rock of Angels granite memorial, envisioned by Florida resident Rich Gray and presented to the people of Newtown by craftspeople and residents of Maine, planned a low key ceremony. That is what was delivered early Monday evening, August 12. Approximately 100 people attended the brief dedication ceremony behind St John’s Episcopal Church, where the 10-foot by 4-foot stone memorial has found its permanent home, nestled into a natural amphitheater of trees and shrubbery.
Newtown Police have been investigating a possible home invasion in Sandy Hook since early this morning. Police vehicles have been outside the residence of 31 Berkshire Road since shortly before 9 am. An ambulance was also dispatched to the scene. Yellow crime scene tape has been wrapped around the property, and police are asking anyone who may have seen a dark colored sedan, newer possibly, with four doors, that may have been in the area and traveling at a high rate of speed, to contact them.
A Connecticut panel reviewing school security standards following the Newtown massacre was urged to keep their solutions simple and focus on adding door locks for classrooms and communication devices. Ron Chivinsky, a Newtown Middle School teacher and union leader, told members of the School Safety Infrastructure Council on August 8 that every teacher must be armed with "the most basic defense."
Town police plan to acquire a new dog by late September to replace the police department’s German shepherd Baro, who was retired from service in early June due to health problems, and who died shortly thereafter. Police Chief Michael Kehoe said August 6, “We are in the [process] of planning for a replacement,” adding that police hope to acquire a new German shepherd by the end of next month. Baro, age 10, died on June 25, while under medical care for health problems at Newtown Veterinary Specialists. Chief Kehoe said it is yet unclear when the new dog would enter town police service, noting that the training plans for the animal are not yet final. He did, however, term the acquisition and training of a new K-9 a "high priority" matter for the department.
Customers arriving for a quick Friday night Venti Latte at the Church Hill Road Starbucks had no idea they were driving into the middle of a breaking national news event. But Starbucks said the Newtown store opted to close early Friday before advocates on both sides of the gun issue planned to gather there. Starbucks vice president Chris Carr said on the company website that the decision was made out of respect to the community.
Newtown now has its first anti-blight ordinance, but proposed amendments to a firearms ordinance “are still in play,” Legislative Council member George Ferguson said following an August 7 public hearing. After a lengthy evening for residents to address both ordinances, Legislative Council members then held their own, nearly 2½-hour discussion, including questions posed to town legal counsel David Grogins, Land Use Director George Benson, and Police Chief Michael Kehoe.
Depending on who is speaking, the matter of Make A Home Foundation’s future is either a “contentious thing” or “a very political situation.”Anita Pettengill and her husband Dan Telesco founded Make A Home Foundation in Sandy Hook in 2010. The nonprofit organization devoted to providing free furniture and household items to veterans and any people in need grew so quickly that the couple sought out a larger space for the donations they were taking in. In August 2011, Make A Home found a new home at 40 High Bridge Road, in an empty warehouse. Recipients are never charged for any items, and Make A Home assists in delivery of items to the needy. But since October 2011, when Make A Home was first issued a Cease and Desist order by the Town of Newtown, for debris violations and retail sales not allowed in that zone, the nonprofit and the town have been locking horns over what is and is not allowed at the 40 High Bridge property.
A development firm has withdrawn from Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) consideration its controversial proposal for a time extension on the use of temporary office space on Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville. However, still pending before the P&Z are three other controversial zoning proposals that have drawn fire from residents at Liberty at Newtown, an age-restricted, 96-unit condominium complex at 178 Mt Pleasant Road.
Rock of Angels was loaded onto a 63-foot flatbed truck last week and driven to Sullivan, Me. It will begin its trip south on Saturday, stopping in Hartford on Sunday for a special event, and will arrive in Newtown on Monday, August 12. The monument’s placement in a small field behind St John's Episcopal Church in Sandy Hook will offer a quiet, permanent place for anyone who wants to pay their respects to those killed on 12/14. The transport of the monument will begin on Saturday, August 10. Its arrival in Sandy Hook two days later will be the culmination of a labor of love that began within days of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that took the lives of 20 children and six women, and the changed the lives of countless others.
Four MV Charges After learning that Newtown Police held a warrant against him, Robert Zielinski, 26, of Waterbury went to the police station at about 4:20 pm on August 1 and was then charged with making a restricted turn, mi...