Hook & Ladder firefighters will be lowering the Main Street flagpole this morning, honoring those who were killed on 9/11. President Barack Obama this week issued a proclamation concerning Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, saying in part that “on September 11, 2001, America experienced the worst terrorist attack in her history when nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were taken from us, leaving their families and our Nation with a void that can never be filled." All United States and state flags should be lowered on Friday between sunrise and sunset.
As they have for the past 12 years, Friday morning, September 11, Howard and Jeannette Lasher welcomed the public, emergency workers, military personnel, and state and local town officials to a solemn ceremony marking the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America. Held on their Route 302 property marked by six maples painted to represent the American flag, familiar to passersby these past 14 years, the 9/11 memorial service commemorated not only the ten American Stock Exchange friends and colleagues of the Lashers, but all who were lost that day, as well as military troops affected since then.
“Those despicable acts” changed the world as Americans knew it, forever, Mr Lasher reminded the gathered crowd in opening remarks, but the country has responded with resiliency and courage.
The three-time South-West Conference champion Newtown High School football team is looking forward to continuing its run of success in conference play as the 2015 campaign kicks off. Coming off a season that featured six team record-setting performances, a runner-up finish in the South-West Conference championship meet, and the program’s best-ever performance in the state open, the girls’ swimming and diving team is again looking to be in the mix among the best in the conference and state.
As happens every year, Newtown Labor Day Parade judges had their work cut out for them. Dozens of exciting entries flowed past the grand stand, Monday morning, September 7, making it a challenge to choose the best of the best from among them. By the time the last tractor had trundled down Queen Street, though, judges had come up with their list of winners. Also included in this post: the Newtown Bee Labor Day Parade Slide Show.
Newtown hockey coach Paul Esposito was at Monday’s Labor Day Parade, part of a group effort to distribute 2,500 flyers promoting his group’s vision for a community center in Newtown: one that would include an ice rink. While another group in town — the Community Center Commission — is tasked with community center planning, Mr Esposito has presented his ideas to that committee. Among those handing out flyers were Newtown youth and high school hockey and figure skaters and Newtown Ice Arena Committee members.
Making a list and checking it twice is not just for Santa Claus. Newtown Labor Day Parade organizers were checking lists once, twice, and maybe multiple times more as coordinating the parade entries got underway, early Monday morning, September 7, at the top of Main Street. While organizers tweaked the order of march, thousands of paradegoers settled in along the parade route in anticipation of the annual end of summer event. It wasn't just Newtown residents who were looking forward to the parade. Visitors from all around the area spilled out of friends’ homes along the parade route, or secured a spot at the edge of the road. Friends Riley Burke, 5, and Arianne Lauf, 6, were with their families from Danbury, just to see Newtown’s Labor Day Parade.
The Connecticut Public Transportation Commission will hold a public hearing at Derby Town Hall (Aldermanic Chambers), 1 Elizabeth Street in Derby, on Wednesday, September 9, at 7 pm. This will be the first of four hearings that the commission holds statewide this fall to gather testimony from the public, transportation providers, public officials, and other entities concerning the operation of public transportation services, dial-a-ride and ADA transportation and other issues. The commission is seeking public comment on the extent to which existing services are meeting public needs and on improvements or new services to address unmet travel needs.
The Newtown Public Schools announced Tuesday afternoon that due to the higher temperatures, after-school activities on Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9, and the school day on Wednesday, September 9, are being changed. On Tuesday, September 8, the district announced there would be modified after school athletic practices at Newtown High School with fall athletes asked to check with their coach for specific updates; Hawley Elementary School’s planned Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Middle Gate Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Sandy Hook Elementary School’s Open House is postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date; Head O’ Meadow Elementary School’s Open House is still scheduled for Tuesday, September 8; and Education Connection programs are still operating in the afternoon as scheduled. For Wednesday, September 9, the district announced all schools will have normal openings, but some schools will have altered release times.