The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission is in the process of putting together an inventory of land possibilities within the Newtown community for where a permanent memorial, honoring the 26 lives lost on December 14, 2012, could call home. The inventory is coming to life based on criteria that the commission has put together, based on feedback from the information-gathering stage. “We want to assure we create a comprehensive list of location options,” SHPMC Commission Chairman Kyle Lyddy said. “Should there be private land options available that a resident is willing to contribute, we’d love to understand what those are, and if they fit into our criteria."
The 16 plaintiffs in lawsuits that were filed earlier this year against the estate of Nancy Lanza would receive nearly $94,000 each in a proposed settlement of those legal claims.The lawsuits stem from the December 14, 2012, shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which Ms Lanza’s son, Adam Lanza, shot and killed 20 first grade students and six adult women.In a July 31 letter to Probate Judge Joseph A. Egan, Jr, attorney Angelo A. Ziotus, representing the estate of James Mattioli, explains 16 plaintiffs have consolidated their claims in a proposed settlement to resolve their lawsuits against the Nancy Lanza estate. The plaintiffs are the estates of students James Mattioli, Emilie Parker, Grace McDonnell, Jack Pinto, Charlotte Bacon, Jessica Rekos,Daniel Barden, Dylan Hockley, Jesse Lewis, and Benjamin Wheeler; the estates of educators Rachel D’Avino, Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, and Victoria Soto; and surviving educators Natalie Hammond and Deborah Pisani.
As part of its community policing program, the police department has resumed its warm-weather bicycle patrols, with Officer Leonard Penna monitoring central sections of town while traveling on a mountain bike. It is the seventh season that Officer Penna has handled his police patrol duties from the saddle of a specialized police bicycle. Officer Penna said that using a bicycle allows police to quietly and unobtrusively patrol in areas where there are many pedestrians, such as the town center, Fairfield Hills, Dickinson Park, and various parking lots. Church Hill Road, Queen Street, Main Street, and South Main Street are among the patrol areas.
A proposal to more than double the size of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company’s fire substation at 249 Berkshire Road is scheduled for public discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, August 6. The substation, which was built in the late 1960s on a 2.4-acre site in a R-2 (Residential) zone, is no longer large enough for the fire company’s needs, according to Sandy Hook Fire Chief Bill Halstead.
The Board of Education has appointed a Shelton woman as the assistant superintendent for the public school system. Following a July 30 executive session, at which they discussed hiring a person to fill the position created by the recent resignation of Linda Gejda, school board members voted to hire Jean M. Evans Davila, who would leave her post as a Norwalk school administrator to become Newtown’s assistant school superintendent. School Board Chair Keith Alexander Thursday evening said board members are very pleased with Ms Davila’s wide range of experience. Ms Davila said she hopes to start her Newtown position by mid-August.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 6, on Tractor Supply Company's proposal for a change of zone for a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street, toward the goal of building a 19,097-square-foot store, plus a 15,000-square-foot outdoor sales area. The property is on the west side of South Main Street, south of South Main Street’s intersection with Simm Lane. New England Retail Properties would buy the land from current owners John Mead and Nicole Buxton. An existing circa 1810 house and other structures on the site would be demolished to make way for the retail development. The P&Z session is slated for 7:30 pm at Newtown Municipal Center.
A local firm that produces packaging materials is seeking two zoning variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals as part of its proposal for a major expansion of its factory in a M-1 (Industrial) zone at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road. Rand-Whitney Container Newtown LLC is seeking a zoning variance that would allow the structural coverage at its lot to increase from the current maximum of 35 percent to 38.2 percent. It is also seeking a variance that would decrease the property’s minimum front-yard building setback distance from 100 feet to 65 feet. The requested variances will be the subject of a ZBA public hearing scheduled for 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 5, at Newtown Municipal Center.
Aquarion Water Company of Bridgeport is seeking town approval to build a water pumping station 350 South Main Street. The public utility firm’s request for a special permit to build the facility is scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing at 7:30 pm Thursday, August 6, at Newtown Municipal Center. According to the special application from Aquarion, the pumping station would be used to transfer water from the water supply system in Monroe to the water supply system in Newtown, as needed.