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.
Monroe police arrested a Wallingford man about 10:35 am on Tuesday, April 7, charging him with five counts of harassment and one count of disorderly conduct for allegedly placing five telephone calls to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe and accusing the staff of fabricating the events of 12/14. Police investigated and traced the calls back to Timothy Rogalski, 30, at his Franklin Street address in Wallingford, police said. Monroe police, assisted by Wallingford police, arrested Rogalski. The suspect did not post $2,500 bail and was being held at the Monroe police lockup for a Wednesday, April 8, arraignment in Bridgeport Superior Court, police said.
Three members of Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) became certified in ice diving on Easter weekend. On April 4, the NUSAR members stepped into the frigid, and in places ice-covered water at Eickler’s Cove Marina with instructor Kevin Brodley from Safety First Divers. By the end of the session Dr Mike Cassetta, Mark Frazen and Lee Wassen had achieved the next level of certification they set out for.
The Animal Center announced April 1 a separation from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a joint effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the local animal rescue organization. As recently as October 2014, The Animal Center President Monica Roberto, Ms Verna, and Ms Hubbard walked the property and discussed with The Bee the mutual vision of a refuge for animals awaiting adoption, a learning center, a community garden, and a welcoming property providing outdoor access to trails and places of quiet contemplation.
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing for later this month on a developer’s application to construct a 74-unit housing complex on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center. At a March 30 meeting, IWC members agreed to hold a hearing on the proposal known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 22, at Newtown Municipal Center. Local developer/builder Michael Burton is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project from the IWC. Also, the applicant’s request for sanitary sewer service for the proposed housing complex is slated for a Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) public hearing for 7 pm, on Thursday, April 9, at the sewage treatment plant office building at 24 Commerce Road.