Despite some assertions on social media, rumors that the town is planning to acquire NYA Sports & Fitness Center at Fairfield Hills with $10 million earmarked in the Capital Improvement Plan are simply that — rumors — according to First Selectman Pat Llodra. On November 29, Democratic Registrar of Voters and Commission on Aging member LeReine Frampton posted on Facebook that the town “is buying it for 10 million.” Mrs Llodra said that such a decision may be years away. “We just don’t know how it will unfold,” she said as the town moves forward with Phase One of three, which will utilize a generous $15 million grant provided to the town last year by General Electric to construct and operate a new recreation facility.
Town police plan to conduct two charitable drives for the needy during the holiday season — one for toys and one for food. On Saturday, December 6, police will conduct a Toys For Tots drive from 10 am to 2 pm at two locations in Newtown. Then on December 13 Newtown police will be joined by officers from Redding for a Stuff-A-Cruiser event that will benefit food pantries in both towns.
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."
Eva Bermudez, a local, state and national union organizer for the Service Employees International Union, and an outreach worker for Access Health CT, was sworn in December 3 to fill an open District 2 seat on the Legislative Council. She received the endorsement of Paul Lundquist and Daniel Amaral, two of the three Democratic council members charged with naming a replacement after Lisa Romano resigned her seat last month.
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.
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.