JAG grant provides money for police position

A $30,000 grant through the Federal Government Recovery Act Justice Administration Grant Program was accepted Sept. 14 by the New Milford Town Council.

The money will be put toward the retention of the position of Director of Resource Services at the Police Department. The position had been cut from the police budget by the Town Council during budget deliberations this spring.

Police chief Colin McCormack found a grant to pay the salary for the position through March 2010.

The position is now called Dispatch Center Upgrade Research Coordinator and will be responsible for researching possible upgrades and changes to the department's communication center, at Mayor Pat Murphy's request.

-- Susan Tuz

Shepaug Valley schools showed Obama speech

Region 12 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bruce Storm gave Shepaug students the opportunity to view President Barack Obama's Sept. 8 message to students.

Dr. Storm let teachers decide if the speech worked into class curriculum and make the decision of whether their students would view it.

He said Monday he wanted students to benefit academically from the message, which required having the speech fitting into classroom discussion. Public speaking and history classes watched the speech, as a result.

-- Susan Tuz

Local woman now serves Family Support Council

New Milford resident Alice Buttwell was appointed to the state's Family Support Council Sept. 14 by Gov. M. Jodi Rell.

The council is a legislatively established partnership of parents and professionals working to improve support for families of children with disabilities.

Ms. Buttwell is Northwest Regional Coordinator at the New Milford-based Education Connecticut/CT Family Support Network. Through that organization, she provides outreach to families that have children with special health care needs.

-- Susan Tuz

Recycling fees have changed in New Milford

Fees for disposal of several large items for recycling were changed in New Milford at Monday's Town Council meeting.

Cabinets and vanities will now cost $2 each; solid core doors will cost $4 each; hollow core doors will cost $2 each and garage doors will cost $10 each to drop off at the town's recycling center.

Town Council members are considering changing fees for free-on based appliances, engine blocks and metal items including water tanks but are waiting for more information from Mike Zarba, the director of Public Works.

­-- Susan Tuz