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  • Some Points Of Clarification On Regional Dispatch

    To the Editor:

    In response to: “Despite Opposition Selectmen Advised to Pursue Regional Dispatch Study,” [Bee, 8/22/14].

    Some points that need clarification from the Board of Selectmen meeting on August 18th:

  • Newtown’s GE Support Team Updates Selectmen On Progress

    From establishing a municipal recovery portal to providing local ticket distribution logistics for special Yankee and Red Sox games dedicated to Newtown, a trio of loaned executives from GE Capital took on a slew of assignments too intensive for local officials to appropriately handle with skill and efficiency.

  • Selectmen Review Plans For 12/14 Memorial Panel

    The Board of Selectmen spent a few minutes April 1 reviewing where the town stands on plans for establishing permanent 12/14 memorials. First Selectman Pat Llodra reviewed several points with Selectman James Gaston; Selectman Will Rodgers was absent.

  • The Safety Of Schoolchildren

    They say all politics are local. And nothing gets more political and more local than deciding how to divide up a community’s property taxes. Newtown’s budgetmakers are used to doing their work with taxpayers inviting themselves into their meeting rooms to look over their shoulders at line items, to listen to department heads justify expenses, and ultimately to offer their own opinions at hearings, in letters to the editor, in social media, and eventually in the voting booth.

  • Selectmen Review School Safety Options

    The Board of Selectmen reviewed five options to provide increased security and safety at Newtown’s elementary schools, as well as providing options for local private schools that might want to consider being part of an overall community program tied to the local police department. Officials also met Anne Alzapiedi, a senior human resource leader at GE Capital and former municipal official, who will join two other GE Capital colleagues providing logistical and advisory support to the community in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • Residents Sought For Service

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is calling on qualified residents to consider filling vacant seats on a number of local appointed boards. Current openings include:

    *The Hattertown Historic District, which has two alternate positions available, one to a any party and one to a Democrat or Unaffiliated voter. 

    *The Charter Communications Advisory Board, which  has an open position for any registered voter. 

  • Board Reviews Selectmen’s Proposed $38.5 Million Budget

    Selectmen Monday night quickly approved the general government’s roughly $4 million portion of the overall first selectman’s proposed $38.5 million 2013-14 budget. They will review other portions of the overall proposal continuing next week.

    The municipal spending plan, which does not include the $73,042,343 Board of Education proposal, is a 1.9 percent increase — $731,155 — over the 2012-13 budget. The complete proposed budget summary and budget details can be viewed on the town’s website at Newtown-ct.gov.