It may be a while before electric vehicles can pull off the road in Newtown for a free “top-off” at a public charging station. But the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard will be shuttling its equipment much more easily and economically thanks to a decision by the Board of Selectmen July 6 to help purchase and maintain a custom cargo van on behalf of the award-winning ensemble. During the meeting selectmen heard from Public Works Director Fred Hurley and Town Sustainable Energy Commission Chair Kathleen Quinn regarding the town applying for a grant to create one or more of the public charging stations with an eye on Fairfield Hills as the site for the first installation. Selectmen also turned their attention to a proposal that will help the high school band and guard obtain access to an equipment truck that will hold and transport all the necessary equipment and instruments for travel events, parades, and competitions.
The Canine Advocates of Newtown and Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals held the annual vaccination clinic in Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, June 20.
“Today we are having our annual rabies clinic for the town of Newtown,” said Mary Simpson, a veterinary technician at Mt Pleasant.
Katelyn Bakewell, DVM, has been a veterinarian at Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals for just about a year. She and Ms Simpson were administering rabies vaccinations to dogs and cats during the event. Afterward, the pets could then be registered and receive license tags.
The design and construction team for Sandy Hook Elementary School released the next series of images from the building site to The Bee July 8, including images from the “topping off” ceremony that was conducted June 30. On that morning, crew members on site were joined by several town officials to see the final steel construction beam at the new school being signed by the entire construction team and then hoisted into place. Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell, himself a former steel worker, said such ceremonies mark a significant milestone in the timeline of such commercial and public building projects. Geralyn Hoerauf, a spokesperson for the design team with Diversified Project Management, said only First Selectman Pat Llodra, Mr Mitchell and three unidentified members of the Board of Education were on hand for the brief event, which was closed to the press and public.
The town is advertising a job opening for the position of police chief in seeking a person to replace Michael Kehoe, who announced last month that he would retire as police chief in January.
This week, the town posted a notice of the job opening at the town clerk’s office and also on the Human Resources section of the town’s website.
The town also posted the notice on the website of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) and on the website of the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC). The listings on those two websites are expected to receive wide readership in the law enforcement community.
Police said they arrested a prison inmate on July 7 on five felony charges stemming from his allegedly having had illegal sexual contact with a female under age 18 in Newtown.
Police said they went to Danbury Superior Court that morning where they served an arrest warrant against Peter Filosi, 32, whose last known address was an unspecified residence on Sugar Street (Route 302).
Police arrested Filosi on two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of risk of injury or impairing the morals of a minor through illegal sexual contact, and one count of first-degree unlawful restraint.
HARTFORD — Jury selection, which had been slated to start on July 14 in the federal prosecution of 11 men indicted as an alleged drug trafficking ring, has been rescheduled to October 13.
Among those 11 men are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests in late April.
The two men are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. That offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
The indictment also charges Mr Santucci with six separate counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of anabolic steroids. That offense carries the same penalties.
In a collaborative partnership, Newtown Youth & Family Services (NYFS) and Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) have been awarded a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the Connecticut Strategic Prevention Framework Coalitions (CSC) Initiative to mobilize community coalitions and implement strategies to address substance abuse.
NYFS and NPC will be funded over the next five years to expand the State of Connecticut’s prevention infrastructure. The goals of the CSC Initiative are to prevent the start and reducing the progression of substance abuse and to promote positive mental health at the community level, according to a release about the grant.
Representatives for a local church were scheduled to meet with town land use officials on July 9 at a “pre-application meeting” to discuss aspects of the church’s major mixed-use proposal to construct a new church, a large multifamily housing complex, and some commercial space on acreage in Hawleyville. The site is located west of Hawleyville Road (Route 25) and south of the Exit 9 off-ramp for eastbound Interstate 84. George Benson, town director of planning, said July 7 that representatives of Grace Family Church, formerly known as Grace Christian Fellowship, were scheduled to meet with land use officials to discuss the project. On June 24, the church had submitted two development applications for the church-owned site, but those plans only described the construction of a church. Those plans were submitted for review by the Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) and by the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z).