On Saturday, December 6, the town conducted the first of two public forums on the advisability of allowing rental apartments by special zoning permit at the Fairfield Hills campus. About 50 people attended the December 6 session, at least one-quarter of whom were members of town agencies, including the Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z), Fairfield Hills Authority, Economic Development Commission, Legislative Council, and Board of Selectmen. Judging by comments made during the session, the public is skeptical and unconvinced that allowing rental apartments at Fairfield Hills is a good idea. A second forum on the controversial topic is slated for 7 pm on Thursday, December 11, also at Reed Intermediate School.
In light of the upcoming 12/14 anniversary, The Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Center and its staff will be available for support and resources to anyone in the community, according to agency spokesperson Melissa Glaser. The team is fully staffed with clinical and support professionals who are able to address any concerns or needs that may arise during this difficult time. In addition, a number of other special programs and resources will be available for community members during the weekend of the 12/14 anniversary at area agencies and houses of worship.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) joined members of Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and others on Monday, December 8, at the YWCA in New Britain, to launch #HonorWithAction week. Rep Esty and Senator Blumenthal encouraged Connecticut residents to take part in service within their own communities this week, to honor the memory of the victims of 12/14, with acts of kindness. Following a press conference, the group participated in classroom activities with children at the YWCA in New Britain.
Police plan to conduct a traffic study at Charter Ridge in Sandy Hook in response to residents’ complaints that vehicular speeding has become a problem in that densely built residential neighborhood. Resident Jennifer Stoltz of 23 Charter Ridge, which is located at the intersection of Charter Ridge and Canterbury Lane, told Police Commission members on December 2 that the speeding problem poses safety hazards to the many small children who live in the neighborhood. The Police Commission is the local traffic authority. Charter Ridge also is known as Charter Ridge Road and Charter Ridge Drive. The posted speed limit in the area is 25 miles per hour.
In honor of Sunday, December 7, being the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, “an unprovoked act of war against the United States,” President Barack Obama said December 5, all United States flags are to be lowered on Sunday in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Likewise, Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Friday directed US and Connecticut flags to fly at half-staff on Sunday.
Police report that a burglary occurred in Hawleyville on the morning of Tuesday, December 2, at a home on Old Bethel Road, near the Bethel town line. At some time between 10:35 and 10:45 am, a white man estimated to be 35-to-40 years old with short brown hair, who was wearing a blue jacket and blue pants, forced his way into the house by kicking in a rear door, apparently believing that no one was inside the building at that time, said police Detective Jason Frank.
Residents at a public hearing next week will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions about Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1’s proposal to build a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site with frontage on Church Hill Road.
The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has scheduled the public hearing for 7 pm on Wednesday, December 10, at Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street. Under the proposal, the fire company would buy undeveloped land for firehouse construction from Trinity Episcopal Church at 36 Main Street. After selling the fire company the 3.16 acres for $500,000, the church’s property would then decrease from 8.06 acres to 4.9 acres.
The Police Commission has promoted three police officers following promotional testing and interviews with the candidates. On Tuesday, December 2, following a two-hour executive session for deliberations on the promotions, the commission promoted David Kullgren from the rank of sergeant to lieutenant, Matthew Wood from the rank of patrolman to sergeant, and Scott Ruszczyk from the rank of patrolman to sergeant. Two of the three were sworn in during a December 5 ceremony at Town Hall South.
With forecasts calling for more rain this weekend, organizers of the Sandy Hook Village Tree Lighting say this weekend’s event will go on rain or shine. The annual event is scheduled for Saturday, December 6. Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP) Marketing Director Melissa Lopata that SHOP is expecting “many visitors” for the annual event, and the business organization is taking additional steps to make sure people enjoy the event regardless of the weather.