A two-vehicle accident on Main Street early Saturday morning, September 20, closed a section of the road to through traffic for about two hours as police, fire, and environmental crews investigated the collision and worked to clean up an estimated 100-gallon diesel fuel spill caused by the crash. A 2014 Hyundai Veloster being driven north on Main Street crossed the line and crashed into a 2014 International tractor-trailer truck, and punctured the truck's external fuel tank. Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to the accident, as did a DEEP spill inspector. About ten hours later, emergency crews were reactivated after some West Street residents smelled diesel fuel, which was then found floating on the surface of a stream that passes through their neighborhood.
Members of the public, who want to properly dispose of prescription drugs which they no longer need or want, will be able to dispose of the medications at a drug take-back event scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at Newtown Police Department and also at the the Connecticut State Police Troop A Barracks in Southbury. The event is scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm at both locations. This will be the ninth time the effort is done on a national level.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29. The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.” Essays will be read by three local residents, who will be reading essays and judging on knowledge, theme and clarity, without knowing the names of any of the authors. The Newtown VFW Post-sponsored winner will go on to compete for the VFW District 1 title, and will have a chance to continue to a national title.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance. The expansion of the RAP program for veterans comes as part of Gov Malloy’s goal of ending chronic homelessness among veterans in Connecticut by the end of 2015. The governor also announced on Monday that the state is awarding a $2,976,000 loan to the Chrysalis Center for the purpose of assisting in the development of the Legion Court Veterans Housing project in Hartford.
A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Fire Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.
Newtown Action Alliance has announced that the ENOUGH Campaign and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will hold a peaceful demonstration, Tuesday, September 23, in Stamford on Main St. between Washington and Summer streets, in Columbus Park, at 5:30 pm.
Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease. At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season. Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design. In August the recreation commission was anticipating the current work. Parks & Rec had Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) funds available then and was ready to soon seek bids for building new courts.
The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington. In related news, selectmen authorized Police Chief Michael Kehoe to move forward closing out the town’s remaining contract with a Minnesota company currently providing emergency dispatch and record-keeping technology. Officials then gave the police chief authorization to begin negotiating with a North Haven company to replace dispatch and record-keeping hardware and software services.
Newtown and Sandy Hook remain popular towns with house hunters, despite economic downturns, the tragedy of 12/14, and taxes that make selling a tour de force for local realtors.With listings of single-family homes for sale in Newtown and Sandy Hook numbered at 284 as of September 14, the inventory is high, admitted Newtown Board of Realtors President Cyndy DaSilva. However, it is not substantially out of line with previous years’ inventories. Selling a home in Newtown is challenging but far from impossible, despite the increased inventory. A single family home in Newtown, with an average listing price of $527,781 currently, can expect to be on the market just over four months. Sellers are cautioned, though, that they should be prepared to drop the initial asking price before the property sells