The Legislative Council on December 3 unanimously voted to acquire, at no cost to taxpayers, the home and property where 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy Lanza. The bank that was holding the outstanding mortgage on 36 Yogananda Street decided after months of discussion to give the parcel and residence to the community. The council’s action was on the acquisition exclusively, not the disposition of that property.
The 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting is scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 5, at the Ram Pasture. The ceremonies start at 6:30 pm, with the Christmas tree lighting expected to occur at about 7 pm. The Christmas tree is positioned near the intersection of Elm Drive and Hawley Road. Police are notifying the public of road closures and parking bans that will be effect from 5 to 8 pm that night.
A group of Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers gaining national attention as they align themselves with educators and supporters in support of gun violence prevention are scheduled to appear Sunday, December 7, on a segment of "CBS Sunday Morning."
The police department is sponsoring its 14th Annual Mitten Tree display in the police station lobby at 3 Main Street until January 1. Police Patrol Officer Maryhelen McCarthy, who oversees The Mitten Tree Project, asks that residents make donations of new mittens, hats, and scarves to adorn the Christmas tree. Through the course of the holiday season, the tree will occasionally be “trimmed,” with the donated apparel being given to needy families.
Newtown members of the Salvation Army encourage the public to support the 2014 Salvation Army Kettle Campaign, scheduled to take place over two weekends this month. The Newtown/Bethel Chapter of Salvation Army has undertaken the kettle collection for more than 30 years, accepting donations that range from children’s pennies to a check of $100. Ten percent of money collected goes to Salvation Army headquarters in Hartford, and the remaining 90 percent stays in Newtown, to help residents in need.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut Vice President Steve McKeever, and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski presented a collage honoring the six educators who were murdered nearly two years ago on 12/14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School to the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, December 2. Earlier on Tuesday, the group visited Sandy Hook School, spoke with school staff, held a media conference, and attended a dinner prepared by Newtown High School culinary students.
Eva Bermudez, a local, state and national union organizer for the Sevice Employees International Union, and outreach worker for Access Health CT is poised to take an open seat on the Legilsative Council Wednesday evening, December 3. Town Clerk Debbie Halstead told The Newtown Bee that she was prepared to appear at the meeting on the request of local Democratic leadership, to swear in Ms Bermudez. She is expected to receive the unanimous endorsement of the three Democratic council members who are charged with naming a replacement after Lisa Romano resigned her seat last month.
Newtown taxpayers will not become stewards of an antique air strip complete with a small air control tower platform, nor will they become de facto landlords over several residential homes on a key Hattertown 17.7-acre parcel already partly owned by the community and reserved as open space. A conservation easement will stay in place on the entire parcel, however, continuing to block large-scale residential or commercial development in the area bordered by Orchard Hill and Platts Hill Roads, preserving what land use officials call a key local “viewshed.” On November 17, the Board of Selectmen — with the concurrence of the Legislative Council about a week later — voted to reject an option to purchase most of the remaining Fulton estate.