The Newtown Foundation, in partnership with St Marks Episcopal Church and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, will host a Third Annual National Vigil Service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to gun violence in America, Wednesday, December 9, at the Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. Registration is required. In addition, those in need of transportation from Newtown, on a chartered bus, are asked to register by November 16.
President Barack Obama on Sunday issued a proclamation honoring the victims of shootings in Paris, France, on November 13 that took the lives of more than 100 people. His declaration, which also ordered that American flags are to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Thursday, November 19.
The Newtown Fund has for many years helped Newtown’s residents in need around the December holidays. Most referrals come through the town’s Social Service Department or local clergy. Families, couples, and individuals — who are referred to The Fund by Newtown Social Services — receive emergency donations throughout the year but the holiday season is the time when the fund, and residents, provide the most help to make their holiday and their lives brighter. The Holiday Basket Program holds its collection and distribution on what is referred to as Depot Day — a Saturday, approximately ten days prior to Christmas, when all donations are sorted and then delivered to the families who will receive food and gifts in time for the holiday. This year’s Depot Day has been scheduled for Saturday, December 12.
Creating a place that offers a destination, “feels like an experience,” and serves as a “place to gather,” are just some of the “takeaways” of what the public wants in a community center. Newtown Community Center Commission members Tuesday evening looked at feedback from its outreach, including a recent online survey completed by more than 3,400 people, public discussions, site visits, and more, as they begin to apply what they have learned to center planning. They anticipate another meeting as soon as next Wednesday, November 18, to continue discussions. Sneak peeks include survey data revealing that an indoor aquatic center gained a 32 percent ranking as most desirable with just six percent rating it as least desirable. An ice rink, although gaining a 30 percent most desirable ranking, also received a 25 percent rating of least desirable.
Following lengthy discussion at a heavily attended November 5 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission members have approved a controversial change of zone for an eight-acre site at 116 South Main Street, thus allowing a commercial real estate firm to formulate a development proposal for a Tractor Supply Co. store there. Public comment during the meeting offered both supportive and oppositional positions by residents.
Monroe police have arrested two Newtown men on robbery charges, alleging that they robbed a gas station/convenience store there early on the morning of September 6. Police said they have arrested Wesley Steinfeld, 29, and Christopher Basso, 25, in connection with the robbery at Monroe Buck Stop.
Following his recent arrest by Bethel police on burglary/larceny charges, All-Star Transportation has suspended from work without pay a Monroe man who had driven School Bus #20 in Newtown. According to a statement from Bethel police, on October 30 they arrested Nelson Montalvo, 50, of Monroe on five counts of third-degree burglary, and one count each of fifth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree breach of peace. The burglary charges are felonies.
A heavy dump truck traveling northward on South Main Street, just north of its intersection with Cold Spring Road, drove off the right side of the road and shattered a utility pole at its base Wednesday morning. Police then closed a half-mile section of South Main Street to through-traffic for about eight hours while utility repairs were underway.
Planning and Zoning Commission members are continuing their long-running review of a major mixed-use complex proposed for a 42-acre site in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex on 21 acres, a diner on four acres, and a church on 17 acres. The commission recently reviewed certain developmental details during dual public hearings on the complex, which is proposed by two developers for the site that lies south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84 and west of Hawleyville Road.
Technically, the long completed Newtown High School addition is not yet complete. According to Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell, a pesky leak that has confounded school maintenance and plant personnel, contractors, and consultants alike continues to occasionally drip pools of water into the rear cafetorium area of the addition. Mr Mitchell told The Newtown Bee, however, that officials closely monitoring the difficult-to-pin-down water intrusions are certain it is happening because of a failure to complete the installation of flashing behind a primary exterior wall.