Since a shopper at Caraluzzi’s Bethel Market observed a customer there openly carrying a gun, January 6, the question of how businesses — grocery stores, in particular — respond to this in Connecticut has brewed up a behind-the-scenes social media storm.
The police investigation into the exchange and occasional sale of sexually explicit images and videos via mobile computer networks among underage Newtown High School students is continuing, and may result in more juvenile arrests, according to police. Police Chief James Viadero said February 2 that there may be more enforcement in the sexting case, in which three students have been charged and 20 others referred to a community-based juvenile review board. The students exchanged images and videos which they had made of themselves, according to police. All students either arrested or referred to the review board were under age 18 when the violations occurred, so police have not disclosed their identities.
The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt its budget on Thursday, February 4, ahead of a budget presentation before the Board of Finance on Monday, February 8. As originally presented by Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, the proposed budget plan is $74,361,623, or a 3.87 percent increase in spending over the current year. The proposal was first presented to the school board on January 5, and has been reviewed by the board at budget workshop meetings ahead of the scheduled February 4 meeting. Once the school board adopts its budget, it will go before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council for review and adoption before heading to referendum in April. There was public comment on the budget plan during the public hearing portion of the school board’s Tuesday, February 2, meeting. Resident Karyn Holden said the proposed 2016-17 budget both addresses declining enrollment and maintains class sizes within the school board’s guidelines.
The Newtown Community Center Commission (NCCC) has a draft proposal to share with the public as of Thursday night. The draft for a community center is in part based on feedback received from residents, research, and outreach. Residents can share their views with commission members and learn about the proposal on Thursday, February 4, at 7 pm, at C.H. Booth Library; Saturday, February 6, at 10 am, at Newtown Senior Center; Tuesday, February 9, at 7 pm at C.H. Booth Library, and Saturday, February 13, at 10 am, at C.H. Booth Library.
Commissioners are hoping that feedback will help them finalize the proposal they will present to the town.
Local demographics are changing, and unless the town adapts to change, it cannot thrive, First Selectman Pat Llodra told about 25 people who gathered at a seminar focusing on housing trends in the state and town. Mrs Llodra spoke at the January 26 session “What’s Ahead: A Look at Housing Trends in Connecticut & Newtown,” which was sponsored by the town’s Economic Development Commission. Many of those attending were town officials and local business people. Representatives from the Partnership For Strong Communities and also from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center spoke at the session, as did State Senator Tony Hwang, and George Benson, town director of planning.
“I want you to hear something,” resident Ann Astarita told Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) members Monday night, January 25. The lower meeting room at Edmond Town Hall filled with sounds of the outdoors — insects, birds’ whistles and chatter, wind, all added to the brief recording. “What you listened to was a glimpse of meadow, June 14, 2014,” she said. Ms Astarita had recorded the songs of sparrows, ravens, cardinals, starlings, and a bobolink, “a species of special concern,” she said, at HIgh Meadow, an area within the Fairfield Hills campus that is being considered as the location for a permanent memorial to honor those killed on 12/14.
Firefighters from all five of Newtown’s volunteer fire companies responded to 22 Littlebrook Lane in Botsford Tuesday afternoon for a garage fire at Thomas M. Adams & Sons Excavating and Septic Systems.
The volunteers quickly knocked down the fire, but not before a vehicle in the garage was damaged by the heat and smoke generated by the flames.
Littlebrook Lane remained closed as firefighters douse the last of the hot spots and cleared the area.