Work crews will soon be seen on and around Silver Bridge in Sandy Hook, as the state Department of Transportation begins a multimillion-dollar project to renovate and rehabilitate the decaying truss-style span that carries Glen Road over the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to Southbury. DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said April 7 that the bridge project technically has begun, although no workers were spotted at the bridge that day. Soon, signs will be posted at the bridge and along Glen Road and River Road in Southbury, warning motorists that a bridge renovation project is underway.
In the wake of 12/14, victims' parents including Dr. Jeremy Richman and Nelba Marquez-Greene heard state politicians including Governor Dannel Malloy talk about their commitment to supporting front line mental health support and research that many hoped would help prevent another tragedy like the one that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School. Today, those parents tell The Newtown Bee that proposed cuts in Governor Dannel Malloy's current and projected state budgets could siphon nearly $160 million from a variety of programs supporting families and individuals with developmental and mental health disabilities, as well as possibly jeopardizing millions more in matching grants for in-state brain health research.
After discussion and hearing from multiple members of the public, the Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to allow The 12.14 Foundation to use Newtown High School’s auditorium and other rooms for its two planned productions this summer. The 12.14 Foundation’s goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown. This is the third year the foundation will involve local students and residents in musical productions.
A Wallingford man was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bridgeport Correctional Center on Thursday, April 9, on pending criminal charges lodged by Monroe police on April 7. The man allegedly made harassing telephone calls to schools in Monroe and Newtown concerning the December 14, 2012, shooting incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, charging that the incident had been fabricated. Monroe and Newtown police arrested Timothy Rogalski, 30, on a total of 12 charges on April 7, stemming from his allegedly calling three schools, among other places.
Residents who had expected to vote on a local community center project at the upcoming budget referendum may not see that question come up until Election Day after the Board of Selectmen agreed to remove the local advisory question from the April 28 ballot. By unanimous vote of the selectmen April 6, and on the recommendation of First Selectman Pat Llodra, the planned ballot question requesting to build a planned senior center and aquatic complex using a $15 million gift from General Electric will be put off. Instead, the Board of Selectmen will be appointing an ad-hoc committee April 20 to review existing data and collect more resident input before issuing a recommendation on how officials should proceed.
The Board of Education voted to schedule the Newtown High School graduation ceremony and the Newtown Middle School Moving Up ceremony during its meeting on Tuesday, April 7. NHS will celebrate its graduation on June 16, while the middle school will host its ceremony on June 15. Both will be held at Western Connecticut State University’s O'Neil Center in Danbury.
Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead announced that absentee ballots will be available for the annual budget referendum during office hours Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm, beginning Thursday, April 9. Special absentee voting hours are also scheduled for Saturday, April 25, at the Town Clerk's Office.
The number of respondents may not be sufficient to render a new community wide survey on post 12/14 concerns and attitudes "statistically significant," but its author told The Newtown Bee its results clearly support anecdotal information being related to a number of crisis response and mental health providers serving Newtown since the tragedy.The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation released the results of its latest anonymous survey conducted from January 22 through February 13. Its author and Foundation Executive Director Jennifer Barahona said the survey focused on better understanding the strengths of the community, what has been helpful in the 12/14 recovery, what barriers or challenges remain, and what impact the tragedy continues to have on various segments of the community.