When it comes to both advocates for and protectors of Newtown’s public health, it could be argued that there are no two more highly visible or responsive individuals than Dr Thomas F. Draper and Dr Robert S. Grossman. Although they will tell you to refer to them as “Tom” and “Bob,” these two physicians have been giving back to Newtown for well over 100 years collectively, according to information developed by Health District Director Donna Culbert. Their boundless support of the community will be recognized on Sunday, October 26, with a public “open house” event from 2 to 4 pm in The Great Room of Newtown Congregational Church. All are to the event, which will include an opportunity to visit with both physicians, light refreshments, a brief recognition ceremony at 2:45 pm, and entertainment from Impromptu Duo.
The Newtown Bee Editor Moderator Curtiss Clark welcomed five state candidates to the newspaper’s annual pre-Election Day Candidates Forum Tuesday, October 21, at the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. With a Charter Public Access filming for broadcast, Second District Republican incumbent Dan Carter, 112th District GOP contender J.P. Sredzinski, 28th Senate District challenger Representative Tony Hwang, 106th District incumbent Republican Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and his Democratic challenger Matt Cole each articulated positions on taxation, transportation infrastructure, Common Core standards for state educators, and recently enacted gun legislation. Mr Clark served as moderator for the event.
In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Michael Collins says emergency medical volunteers and the town’s paid paramedic will know as they are rolling to almost any call whether a person involved might be at risk of infection, because of a series of questions that will be asked to callers by local communications dispatchers.
Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has announced that the annual open burning season is scheduled to start Saturday, November 1. Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, will start being issued Wednesday, October 29, at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center. Permits are $5 each, and are for the burning of brush only.
A rough path at the end of Old Farm Road leads to the top of a hill overlooking a property filled with beds of past-season goldenrod, milkweed pods exuding feathery seeds, and waist-high grasses. Jenny Hubbard, Monica Roberto, and Harmony Verna pause there. They are looking beyond the overgrown brush to a vision they have held close to their hearts for the last year and a half. It is here that they hope The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary will rise from the ground, providing a safe and healing space for domestic and farm animals, people, and as a place honoring the land itself.
A private environmental protection group has informed the first selectman that it is concerned about development that has occurred at a 34-acre site at Fairfield Hills, near the environmentally sensitive Deep Brook, without the developer first having secured a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for such work from the town. In an October 21 letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Stephen Zakur, the president of the Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, raises the environmental protection issue about the land which the state has donated for creation of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
Middle Gate Elementary School entered “lock-in” mode for about 45 minutes on Wednesday, October 22, while police investigated the circumstances surrounding the presence of an unidentified man who was spotted on the school grounds. There were no injuries in the incident, police said. An adult male who was on school grounds "left abruptly," according to Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi Jr, after being approached by school staff members. The incident led to the lock-in closed protocol being used, which prohibits visitors from entering the building and also requires that all students and staff be inside the building. Through their probe, police determined that situation amounted to “a misunderstanding,” said police Sergeant David Kullgren.
An hour-long informational meeting will be held on Thursday, October 30, at 7 pm, in the auditorium of Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, to discuss the School Based Health Center set to open in January 2015. The Board of Education unanimously approved in September a grant-funded school-based health clinic for the middle school last month.