The board of directors of the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced Monday that it has asked the Foundation’s Distribution Committee to postpone the public hearings that were scheduled to take place in Newtown on May 7 and 8.
Vincent J. Russo, manager of communications and intergovernmental relations for the Office of the Probate Court Administrator of Connecticut has issued an announcement that the Probate Courts “expect to complete work this summer on a new database for use by state and federal authorities in checking the mental health backgrounds of citizens who seek to buy or own firearms.”
The Mental Health Adjudication Repository (MHAR) will list those individuals who have had firearms eligibility rights terminated due to mental health adjudication in the Probate or Superior Courts, within the last 14 years. The Connecticut Probate Court website states that “When a Probate Court finds a person to be mentally incompetent, he or she may not buy, sell, own or possess a firearm, and his or her name is listed with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.”
MONROE – Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed notified Sandy Hook School parents Monday afternoon that on the advice of the Monroe Police Department, recess was held indoors today at the Chalk Hill School, where the Sandy Hook children currently attend classes.
Dr Reed forwarded the following message to the Sandy Hook parents:
A storm of motorcycles rumbled through Newtown from Shelton, on their way top Trumbull Sunday, May 5. Nearly 3,000 bikes took more than 30 minutes to pass by on the Green Ribbon Ride (riding to remember and honor Newtown’s 26 angels) sponsored by Newtown’s five fire companies. Tickets cost $20 per person to join the ride, with proceeds being paid out directly to children’s charities, the 26 Sandy Hook families, Newtown funds supporting survivors, the EMS, fire departments, police union, Al’s Angels, and the Center for Women & Families.
Members of Newtown Conservation Commission are again offering their services to residents who want help identifying invasive plants for private homeowners. Invasive plants have become an ever-increasing problem for Newtown, both in landscaped areas a...
Approximately 2,000 motorcycles participated in The Sandy Hook Green Ribbon Ride, a special motorcycle ride-fundraiser that thundered through Newtown on Sunday, May 5. The event was a fundraiser for ten local funds, including the 26 families who lost a loved one on 12/14. The route took riders from Shelton into Derby, Seymour, and Oxford, crossing Stevenson Dam into Monroe, north on Route 34 into Sandy Hook, over Wasserman Way. The route then turned south on Route 25 back into Monroe, and then into Trumbull, concluding at Trumbull Westfield Mall. “It was amazing how smooth everything went,” said Greg Gnandt, one of the ride's co-chairs. “The volunteers who pulled this together were fantastic. It was so well organized.”
In the final minutes of a marathon five hour meeting May 3 that started with some raw and emotional input from Sandy Hook School staff, a Newtowner who played a key role on 12/14 sat down before a school building task force and described what he was witnessing.
Gene Rosen, who found six students from the school in his neighboring driveway that fateful December morning and sheltered them until parents and police arrived, took a few moments to dial down his own emotions before he spoke.
“I heard the agony of this process,” he said, his voice hitching.
Mr Rosen lavished praise on the Sandy Hook School building panel members, technical team advisors, mental health consultants and a facilitator who moved deftly through numerous agenda items during that protracted session which yielded no final decision on the school’s future.
The town is among four defendants named in a lawsuit which seeks money damages in connection with an April 2011 incident in which a woman tripped and fell at a firefighters’ carnival held at the Newtown High School grounds. 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna AmusemeIn the lawsuit dated April 10, Mariel Walters sues Marenna Amusements, LLC, of Orange; Botsford Fire & Rescue Company; Fire Marshal Bill Halstead; and the Town of Newtown.
Absentee ballots are available for the May 14 second round referendum. The applications for absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Special hours for absentee voting will be held on Saturday, May 11, from 9 am to noon, at the town clerk’s office at Newtown Municipal Center.