The second annual Charlotte’s Litter Therapy/Comfort Dog Walk-A-Thon had more than 200 registered walkers and about 40 therapy dogs with handlers participate on Saturday, October 18, at Sea Bluff Beach. The event was hosted by Newtown Kindness to celebrate the first year of the Charlotte’s Litter program, which was founded in honor of Charlotte Helen Bacon, an avid dog lover who lost her life on 12/14.
Making a request of the lakeside community, Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) members have asked residents to “rake away from the lake this fall.” Residents and officials both offer their views on possible problems with leaves dumped in the water. Lake Zoar Authority members support the CLA, said member Gary Fillion. “Word needs to get out to shoreline residents that leaves blown into the water is a problem,” he said. “When I see the lake covered in leaves, I know it’s not Mother Nature, I know it’s people blowing leaves in,” he said. The lake, he added, is “not a dumpster.” Mr Fillion has heard people say that leaves are natural, let Mother Nature handle it, “But we need to be better stewards with concerns for the ecology” of too many leaves in the water.
From “ambulance driver” Stuart Smith, who was an active responder in Newtown for more than a half-century, and local community leaders to Danbury Hospital emergency physicians and state officials, dozens and dozens of well-wishers, supporters, and curious community members poured into the shiny new Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps headquarters on Wasserman way for grand opening activities the weekend of October 18 and 19. Saturday was focused on thanking many of those local officials and supporters with a soiree that included a variety of food and refreshments, tours, and a 45-minute speaking program. Sunday opened with time for the town's first responders to visit the new building, and then the facility was opened to members of the public.
Following an architectural review, the Borough of Newtown Historic District Commission on October 16 granted Newtown Hook & Ladder Company, No. 1, a “certificate of appropriateness’ for the new firehouse that the fire company proposes for construction at 12 Church Hill Road. The commission unanimously approved issuing the certificate following a public hearing. The volunteer fire company, which serves the borough and adjacent areas, recently received a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the three acres where the company plans to construct a new firehouse to replace the decaying town-owned firehouse that it now uses at 45 Main Street.
It has been a long time coming, but the new Poverty Hollow Road bridge that spans the Aspetuck River near Centennial Watershed State Forest is now open to traffic. Although detour signs were still posted in the area on Tuesday, October 21, the bridge was open to traffic.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc has broken ground for Newtown’s new 87,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Sandy Hook Elementary School. With offices in Hartford, Consigli was selected as construction manager to build the new $50 million school, which will accommodate 500-plus students from prekindergarten through fourth grade. “There has been a tremendous outreach to allow everyone impacted to have a voice,” said First Selectman Pat Llodra, “and the beginning of construction will be a turning point in the community.”
The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) this week concluded its public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown. IWC members closed the hearing on Wednesday, October 22, following 25 minutes of discussion among IWC members and the developer about technical aspects of the project.
In the extremely unlikely event of local response to a possible Ebola virus emergency call — and some officials say they cannot stress the word “extremely” enough — volunteer ambulance, fire and health officials all told The Newtown Bee this week that they are as ready as they can be to care for a patient while minimizing the possibility of spreading any type of infection. Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps Chief Michael Collins says emergency medical volunteers and the town’s paid paramedic will know as they are rolling to almost any call whether a person involved might be at risk of infection, because of a series of questions that will be asked to callers by local communications dispatchers.
The panel created to develop policy recommendations in the wake of 12/14 is expected to hear this morning from the parents of two children who were killed. The parents making presentations to the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission are Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of Ana Marquez-Greene.
The Newtown Prevention Council and the Newtown Middle School PTA are set to host a Parent Lecture titled “Internet Safety for Parents of Teens & Tweens,” on Wednesday, October 29, at 7 pm, in the Memorial Room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.