A New York City street has been renamed in honor of Benjamin Wheeler, one of the children killed on 12/14. Family and friends gathered Saturday for a ceremony in Queens. A sign saying Benjamin Wheeler Place was added to the sign post at 41st Street and Queens Boulevard. The Wheeler family lived in the neighborhood where the street was renamed before moving to Newtown. David Wheeler said at the tearful gathering that Benjamin’s first glimpse of the world was around the intersection now bearing his name. Mr Wheeler was joined by his wife Francine and their older son, Nate, for the emotional gathering.
Town Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold and Parks and Recreation Commission Chariman Ed Marks reviewed 13 projects, currently underway or recently completed, with the Board of Selectmen on September 3. Beginning with the Treadwell pool house, Ms Mangold told selectmen that the extensive renovation project was finished before pool opening. She said her staff was pleased with the work done by Pediment Construction Company. The meeting also offered updates on other projects at that park, Dickinson Park, The Victory Garden, the town's dog park, and recently created playing fields on Oakview Road.
Seeking to eliminate what he called the “cumbersome” way the town accounts for administrative work being done for the Water & Sewer Authority, Finance Director Robert Tait sought and received Board of Selectmen approval to change the way the finance office handles its salary-related reporting for budgetary purposes. Mr Tait told selectmen September 3 that up to now, the $120,000 in annual services provided by town Finance Department staffers to the Water & Sewer Authority were broken out of his department’s budget lines and designated in the authority’s budget. A portion of town staffers’ benefits were also proportionately designated and broken out in the budget documents.
Newtown school officials must release records for the gunman who killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Connecticut judge ordered Friday, September 6. Hartford Superior Court Judge Sheila Huddleston granted the request to release Adam Lanza’s records to the state’s child advocate office, whose Child Fatality Review Panel reviews unexpected child fatalities. Brian Smith, attorney for the school district, said officials were not resisting the release but wanted to make sure they complied with privacy laws. He said the records would be released to the child advocate’s office “expeditiously.”
Newtown police said Friday, September 6, that they are pursuing a tip that Robert Hoagland, 50, of Sandy Hook, who has been missing from his Glen Road home since July 28, may have been seen within the past few days in Rhode Island.Newtown Police Detective Lieutenant Richard Robinson said Newtown police received a tip that Mr Hoagland, whose photo has been widely circulated, was seen in the “Rhode Island area.”
DUI Incident Police report they stopped motorist Boris Zilbershteyn, 52, of Brookfield near the intersection of South Main Street and Prospect Drive at about 9 pm on August 31 for driving violations. ...
The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders: Thursday, August 29: 6:05 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 348 South Main St...
Governor Dannel P. Malloy is ordering Connecticut and US flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, 22, a New Fairfield resident who was killed in action yesterday in Afghanistan. Flags will fly at half-staff until burial, details of which are forthcoming.
An attorney with Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission has recommended the release of 911 recordings from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, siding with The Associated Press in a dispute over records withheld by investigators. The full, nine-member commission is to hold a September 25 hearing before issuing its final decision on whether the recordings should be handed over to the AP. The AP requested documents, including copies of 911 calls, in December as it does routinely in news gathering, in part to examine the response of law enforcement to one of the worst school shootings in US history.
Following a few minutes of discussion and tweeking the fine points of its language, the Board of Selectmen this week completed the charge to its soon-to-be-seated Permanent Memorial Commission. First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Selectmen Will Rodgers and James Gaston, Sr decided September 4 that instead of mandating a routine for the commission to regularly report to the board, the panel should be available to appear when and if the selectmen required an update to its efforts. The Board of Selectmen will appoint a commission of nine residents to lead the community through the process of determining the nature, location and funding of a permanent memorial(s) to honor the memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook School shooting on 12/14, and to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and provide interim requests for information as required.