Local electrician Ken Burns has fond memories of his youth living with his family at a compact ranch-style house at 82 Berkshire Road in Sandy Hook. He recalls days of playing in the spacious backyard amid fields and trees which lead to the rustic, winding Sugarloaf Road. In the past, the area was generally agricultural, he noted. A large working farm stood across Sugarloaf Road in the area now proposed for the 42-lot Sherman Woods cluster-style residential subdivision. Today, Mr Burns, the proprietor of Ken Burns Electrical Contractors Inc, of Hawleyville, is overseeing the swift construction of a new house at the Berkshire Road site.
Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities. According to the governor’s office, 13.5 percent of high school students self-reported getting a concussion during sports. Fortunately for local student athletes the local school district, and particularly Newtown High School, is already ahead of the game when it comes to responding to and addressing students who may be exposed to, or who have already suffered, concussions. Little did Athletic Director Gregg Simon know that his planned info session would occur the evening after Mr Cochran made his potentially career-ending decision.
Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are reviewing revised and expanded technical information provided by the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. On October 8, the IWC held a public hearing on the proposed cluster-style development, which seeks to concentrate new single-family houses in two areas on the site in order to leave approximately one-half of the overall tract as undeveloped open space land. Such land would be open to the public for passive forms of recreation, such as hiking and nature study. About 25 residents attended the October 8 IWC session.
Beekeeper and resident Jeff Shwartz has been hearing a lot about wasps. He said, “I got more calls this year about wasps than any other year,” which may be because he has been doing bee and wasp removal for a long time and more people know about him, he said. Or, this year has been "good" for the wasps, he said. He and others agree that the number of ground nests and wasp activity is up this year.
A single car crash just before midnight Friday evening resulted in the state DOT closing the busy roadway for several hours while crews assessed and repaired damage to a snapped utility pole just north of Hanover Road. It was unclear whether the male driver sustained injuries requiring transport to the hospital, but local police, ambulance volunteers and Newtown Hook & Ladder responded to the initial calls for assistance at 11:43 pm. Hook & Ladder Chief Ray Corbo said the first fire dispatch warned of a possible extrication, but upon arrival, the unidentified male driver was conscious and alert. Chief Corbo said the driver appeared to be the only occupant of the car, and he did not require extrication.
Another main piece of the Fairfield Hills skyline is gone: Danbury Hall this week is reduced to just rubble as Bestech crews work to separate and remove or reuse the debris. Ground-down concrete will fill the empty hollow where Danbury Hall once stood, making a home to then-state hospital staff. The building, which sat to the east of Trades Lane when entering the campus through its main entrance off Wasserman Way, had been constructed to house male staff. Bestech crew member Fred Brace had set aside a few relics this week, as the building, less than two weeks after demolition began, sat in crumbling heaps behind him. Reaching into an open dumpster he found some broken wooden siding stamped with the original contractor’s information. Also within reach were some old brass doorknobs that he set aside.
Dannel P. Malloy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday exchanged some of the strongest words yet in their continuing debate over Connecticut’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with the candidates accusing each other of grandstanding on issues that arose from the massacre.
Republican Tom Foley and Democrats supporting Governor Dannel P. Malloy agree that Quinnipiac University’s poll declaring the race a tie is accurate — and that last month’s survey giving Foley a six-point lead was faulty. Foley, who did not publicly disavow a six-point lead a month ago, is not being magnanimous. The GOP nominee is trying to disabuse the press and voting public of the impression that Malloy has momentum by turning his deficit last month into a dead heat in Wednesday’s poll.
The Board of Education approved on Tuesday, October 7, the fourth phase of the Sandy Hook School building construction project. The school board’s unanimous approval will now allow the Phase 4 documents to be submitted to the State of Connecticut’s Office of School Facilities for review and approval. The construction documents submitted for the board’s approval at this week’s meeting are “substantially complete,” said Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management. "We're going to call them 95 percent complete," she said.
Selectman Will Rodgers did not want to close the August 18 Board of Selectmen meeting without praising First Selectman Pat Llodra, Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and his Highway Department crews for accomplishing a neighborhood’s worth of road resurfacing in the areas of Flat Swamp Road and Brookwood Drive earlier in the preceding weeks. And while Mr Hurley said he would like to see more of these areawide improvements, and endeavors to “tie neighborhoods together” with multiple streets being repaired and resurfaced at the same time, it can only be accomplished when there is a somewhat unique alignment among suppliers, vendors, and work crews — along with the cooperation of Mother Nature.