Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that the turf fields at Treadwell Park and Tilson Field will once again remain closed for at least another 24 hours, if not longer. The fields have not yet been opened for the season.
Each year, just prior to Memorial Day, members of Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 place new flags on the graves of all veterans buried in Newtown, a way of honoring departed service members each May. This year, said Donna Monteleone Randle, Chaplain for Post 308 and District 1, the VFW is seeking assistance from other organizations or individuals in town who would be willing to help place the flags.
The Newtown Police Department has received reaccreditation from the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC), signifying the department’s continuing compliance with a broad range of law enforcement standards. The recognition provides the department with certain credentials in the field of municipal law enforcement. The department received the Tier 1 reaccreditation from POSTC. There are three levels of accreditation, with Tier 1 being the basic level. It is the fourth time that the police department has received accreditation. The current Tier 1 accreditation status runs for three years. Police Chief Michael Kehoe, along with Lt Christopher Vanghele, who is the department’s accreditation manager, and also Cynthia Mazzucco, who is an administrative assistant at the police department, attended a POSTC session in March to formally receive an accreditation certificate.
The Máirtín O’Connor Trio has toured the world with legendary Irish singer Christy Moore, with Australian guitar master Tony Emmanuel, and with the beloved fiddler Martin Hayes’ Masters of Tradition ensemble. They have played to full capacity audiences in venues such as Lincoln Center and UCLA’s Royce Hall. On Friday, April 10, at 8 pm, Fairfield County’s own Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society will bring the trio — Mr O’Connor, Cathal Hayden and Seamie O’Dowd — to Newtown Meeting House for the first date of a nine-day East Coast tour.
Only two men attempted to attend a community center information session Tuesday evening, March 31. They didn't get word that it had been canceled several hours earlier.
The cancelation followed the day's news that First Selectman Pat Llodra, in a brief statement, had recommended to the Board of Selectman that a vote on April 28 concerning the community center "not go forward as planned." Future public forums on April 2 and 9 were also canceled. Residents would have had the opportunity on April 28 during the annual budget referendum to cast a vote on the receipt and use of a $15 million gift from the GE Foundation for a three-phased community center project.
Speaking about her decision Tuesday, Mrs Llodra said she "spent a sleepless night, and decided we have to take a pause here, let's go back to the Board of Selectmen and decide how to go forward." The decision "has been on my mind for a while; I have felt unsettled."
Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and Access Health CT CEO Jim Wadleigh have announced a special enrollment for residents who did not have health care coverage in 2014 and are subject to a tax penalty on their 2014 federal taxes. Special enrollment began April 1 and continues through midnight April 30.
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