The clopping of hooves echoes in the barn as Major Gordon J. Johnson leads Morgan, a latte-colored Rocky Mountain mix gelding, from the pasture to his stall. Morgan, said the major, is most likely to be the lead horse for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard when it steps off in the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade, Monday, September 2.
Since occupying the barns off of Trades Lane in Newtown in the early 1990s, Major Johnson, commandant of the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard, said he believed the mounted militia had ridden in nearly every Newtown Labor Day Parade.
With two unanimous votes, the Board of Education hired an interim assistant principal for Newtown High School and an acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook Elementary School during its meeting on Tuesday, August 20.As Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed explained, the US Department of Education’s School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) grant is funding Brian Kirmil’s position as acting assistant principal for Sandy Hook School for the 2013-14 school year.
The Board of Selectmen learned August 19 that a large metal gate will replace the masonry barriers on Dickinson Drive that prevent vehicles from entering the former Sandy Hook School grounds.Prior to the meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra told The Bee that the gate will be more of a visual deterrent to the occasional visitor or group that arrives hoping to see or access the now infamous site.
Police report a vandalism spree happened during the early morning hours of Sunday, August 18, when someone intentionally damaged motor vehicles that were either parked in driveways or parked on roads near homes in Sandy Hook.
Police received the first call about vehicular vandalism from a Founders Lane resident at 3:11 am Sunday.
Other areas where such vandalism occurred include Far Horizon Drive, Bennetts Bridge Road, Charter Ridge Drive, Paugussett Road, Jeremiah Road, and Clapboard Ridge Road, police said.
The vandal or vandals used an unknown blunt object to smash windows on the vehicles, police said. The locations at which the damage occurred appear to be random, police said.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified or interested residents to consider filling several vacant posts on municipal boards or commissions. These are appointed, not elected, positions.
There are openings on the following panels:
C.H. Booth Library Director Shawn Fields held the first of three public focus group meetings, Thursday, August 15, in the meeting room of the library.In the position of library director since July 1, Mr Fields hopes that the focus groups and comments delivered to him via social media will provide him with insight into what changes patrons would like to see, or not see, in the short term and in the long term, he said. The session, however, also produced questions about changes at the library since the library director began on July 1.
By August 9, a three-man crew from Timber Ridge Tree Service of Newtown took down roughly 18 mature trees to clear the way for a new ambulance garage at Fairfield Hills. Spruce, maple, and willows trees — some choked with invasive barberry — fell as Bill Landgrebe, Erik Barrett, and Nate Greenfield limbed and chipped the freshly cut wood as part of the contract with Nosal Builders. They completed their part of ongoing site work to open up the area where a new six-bay, two-story ambulance garage will stand.It took about three days of tree work, said Mr Landgrebe. He and his crew removed the last of the wood Wednesday, August 14...
The morning and afternoon school bus routes for Newtown High School and Newtown Middle School published in The Bee's Back to School supplement this week were incomplete. Several bus routes were omitted. (Continue for a link to a complete listing of the routes.)...
Following an August 15 caucus, The Independent Party of Newtown announced it would not be fielding any candidates for local office this November.
Party Chairman Bruce Walczak issued a brief press release touting a number of areas where he said the party and its previously elected members affected positive developments in the community. But he said party members are opting to focus on the community's healing process following the 12/14 tragedy, instead of becoming politically involved this year...
Turning a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) request of $438,000 into a $874,162 project through donated funds from various sources, Recreation Director Amy Mangold said this week that a full scale project for a new Dickinson Park playground can take place.
“It is great,” she said. “We are blessed with the kindness and giving of many.” As the existing FunSpace is “retired” as it has “exceeded its useful life,” Ms Mangold anticipates a new scope of play features, and a grand opening of the space on Memorial Day weekend...