The rain held off and brief moments of sun shone on the next round of Newtown High School graduates on Tuesday, June 16, as they waited to enter Western Connecticut State University's O'Neill Center in Danbury. When welcoming all in attendance for the event Newtown High School Principal Lorrie Rodrigue singled out "most importantly ... the outstanding students in Newtown High School's graduating Class of 2015." Everyone surrounding her for the event, Dr Rodgrigue said, "played a role in getting our seniors to this milestone, a sentimental finale to their high school career, but a new chapter in what will certainly be a lifelong memoir." Dr Rodrigue spoke about motivation's many forms, and told the students that their drive and determination was "tangibly evident" in countless touchdowns and field goals, home runs, swim meets, concerts, curtain calls, essays choices, and on in the brushstrokes across canvases. The students in the Class of 2015, Dr Rodrigue said, were "steadfast" in their inspiration to succeed.
The Borough Zoning Commission has approved Aquarion Water Company’s plans to build an above-ground 1,100-square-foot pumphouse on the 3.1-acre site at 12 Church Hill Road, where Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company is building a 16,000-square-foot firehouse. BZC members on June 10 voted to 3-0 to approve the project, following their third public hearing on the matter.
One of the final issues up for deliberation among local charter revision commissioners before wrapping up their yearlong overhaul of Newtown’s constitutional document involves the complicated task of determining voter intent as directed by budget questions, and whether a failed referendum, either in full or in part, should trigger Legislative Council actions currently not permitted by charter.While deliberation on the budget questions and how the council should handle failed budget votes was originally planned for Wednesday, June 10, Charter Revision Chairman Jeff Capeci said two of the commissioners on a subcommittee that researched budget issues were absent, so Mr Capeci decided to postpone the discussion until next week. Discussion and a decision on those matters will occur Tuesday, June 16, in a meeting set for 7:30 pm in either the lower courtroom or meeting room at Edmond Town Hall, according to Mr Capeci.
Newtown's Relay for Life — which for the unfamiliar, is not a sporting event — is taking place today, Saturday, June 13, at Newtown High School’s Blue & Gold Stadium. After a decade of success hosting overnight Relays that have raised more than $2.5 million, local volunteers switched gears for 2015, taking advantage of the opportunity to host a more eclipsed event that will begin at 3 pm and end at midnight.
With the arrests of three more men on June 4, a drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by a former Newtown police sergeant has grown to 11 men, who are now under federal indictment on various drug charges. Also, new court documents expand the period during which former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci and a former Newtown civilian emergency services dispatcher Jason Chickos were allegedly involved in drug trafficking, increasing it from four years to six years. The drug ring was allegedly engaged in illegal anabolic steroid distribution. Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said in a statement that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned a “superseding indictment” charging a total of 11 men. Santucci and Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids. That offense carries a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
Shortly after posting new information on the town’s municipal website tracking survey responses, the chairman of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission visited with local selectmen to update the commission’s progress toward possibly establishing one or more memorials in recognition of the lives lost on 12/14. Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy circulated a short report and survey responses.
Newtown Parks & Recreation, which is co-presenting the 2015 Mad Dash Adventure with NYA Sports & Fitness, announced on June 11 the open registration times and start times for those participating in this year’s event. The fourth annual Mad Dash will take place Saturday, June 13, at Fairfield Hills. Online registration closes at noon on Friday, June 12.
The Police Commission has appointed itself to serve as an “executive-level personnel search committee,” which will seek a replacement for Police Chief Michael Kehoe, who has announced that he will retire from the police department next January.