Following a 90-minute public hearing attended by about 50 people, Borough Zoning Commission members on Wednesday, December 10, unanimously approved issuing a special zoning permit to Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, for the construction of a firehouse at a 3.16-acre site at 12 Church Hill Road. Hook & Ladder members at the session enthusiastically responded to the zoning approval, an action that follows the fire company’s multiple past attempts to build a new firehouse in the borough, which had failed to materialize for one reason or another.
Wilfrido A. Cardenas Hoffman, 31, of El Hatillo, Venezuela waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on December 11 in federal court to making threatening phone calls to residents of Newtown shortly after December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to court documents and statements which were made in court, on December 16, 2012, two days after the shootings that claimed 26 lives at the school, Hoffman used a voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) computer application on an iPod to make numerous phone calls from his home in Venezuela to Newtown residences. The charge of making threatening telephone calls carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Court documents indicate that the parents of several of the children killed on 12/14 intend to file wrongful death lawsuits. Probate court records show that parents of 11 of the 20 first graders killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have created estates for their children, which would be required to file lawsuits on their behalf. The documents do not say who they intend to sue. A court clerk says most of the parents checked a box on the forms saying they intend to file wrongful death actions.
Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are giving fellow senators pins that show how many people in their state have been killed by guns since Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly two years ago. Gilles Rousseau of Newtown, whose daughter Lauren was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, speaks at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday supporting gun control legislation. His wife Joyce is beside him. On Wednesday, the senators and other Connecticut lawmakers joined Newtown families and victims of gun violence across the nation in renewing their calls for new federal gun laws at a press conference in the U.S. Capitol.
On behalf of the Ram Pasture Christmas Tree Lighting Committee, member Diana Johnson, on Monday, December 8, issued “sincere apologies to the whole town” for the abject failure of a new lighting option in the luminarias provided by the Chamber of Commerce and placed down Main Street, adjacent streets, and around Hawley Pond, a traditional prelude to the annual tree lighting.
Mrs Johnson admitted that the decision to eliminate traditional candles from the luminarias was a failed experiment.
Despite a gentle rain, a small crowd gathered at Ram Pasture on Friday, December 5, for the 30th Annual Ram Pasture Tree Lighting.
As announced at the event, Newtown Chamber of Commerce President Tim Haas, Peggy Velthuizen, and Carol George were in charge of “flicking the switch” for both of the trees at Ram Pasture during the lighting event.
Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, at 1 Glen Road, has designated the restaurant as a drop off location for both nonperishable food items and new or used coats and jackets to help families in need this holiday season. Donations are welcomed through January 4. Nonperishable food items will be donated to FAITH Food Pantry, while winter coats and jackets for men, women and children will be given to local families in need.