Sunday, September 16, 2012
Rezoning, calls for investigation, letters from councilmen and SOD's petition--development dominated the discussion in town this week.
New Milford's grass roots group tells the Mayor & Council to unite with them against the development of the United Water property. Rezoning property keeps Hekemian's original offer on the table. Calling it "United Water-gate" Councilwoman Hedy Grant calls for special counsel to investigate failure of Mayor and Council to vote on the purchase of United Water property. 1100 signatures are hand delivered to the Mayor and Council asking them not to rezone the United Water property. Council President Howard Berner advocates for buying the United Water property. Councilmen Diego Robalino and Dominic Colucci explain the vote to rezone. While members of Stop Over Development build opposition to the New Milford Redevelopment Associates project, …
Friday, September 14, 2012
David E. Owens Middle School outperforms state and district factor group in overall proficiency on the New Jersey Ask exam.
Since Michael Polizzi took the reins as Superintendent of New Milford Schools three years ago, he has placed intensive focus on program development, professional support for teacher advancement, increased staffing, reduction of class size and emphasis on student achievement. Part of his philosophy has been that by building effective teachers, you build effective learners. At the curve of three years, the district is beginning to reap the rewards of that vision. Polizzi announced this week that David E. Owens Middle School (DEOMS) sixth, seventh and eighth grade students outperformed both the state average and New Jersey schools in the same District Factor Group (DFG) in six out of seven categories in Mathematics, English-Language Arts, …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Keep connected with David E. Owens Middle School by "liking" their Facebook page.
The executive board of the David E. Owens (DEO) Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has created a Facebook page to keep parents connected and better informed. The goal of the DEO Middle School PTO is to engage more parents by increasing the communication between the school and its parents. Through this Facebook page, the PTO will work on keeping everyone informed and making sure that parents are aware of what is going on in the school. Click here to visit the DEO Middle School PTO Facebook page and "Like" it so you can get continual updates in your newsfeed. Let Patch save you time. Get local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone everyday with our free newsletter. It’s simple and fast: sign-up here.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Week in Review, a weekly roundup of local news stories on New Milford Patch
A special meeting of the zoning board gave residents the opportunity to question the testimony of the developer's expert, Dr. David Kinsey, regarding the affordable housing component of the proposed development of the United Water property that he says falls under "inherently beneficial use." Residents got the chance to question the developer's engineering expert, Michael Dipple, regarding the impact that the impervious surface area of the proposed development would have on flooding. David E. Owens Middle School social studies teacher, Peter Galasso, challenged his class to design and develop a plan for how they would utilize the 13 vacant acres based on the articles that they have been following in Patch--from the filing of the site plans…
Thursday, May 3, 2012
34 students from the middle school and high school embarking on a week of summer service in New Orleans.
First year social studies teacher at David E. Owens Middle School, Ray Cottiers, (NMHS 2004) wanted to offer something substantial to his students. "I wanted to give them an experience that would take them out of New Milford and into the larger world," he said. Cottiers wanted to inspire his students by providing them with an opportunity that would positively and permanently influence their lives. "I wanted to do something similar to Colleen Tambuscio's Holocaust trip that she does with the high school every year," Cottiers said. "I want to do something that will inspire these kids to do great things." "Not only did I want an experience that would allow the students to help those in need, but also an enriching experience that they would …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The first step is taken to determine if the middle school field is a viable choice for the town's anticipated "Field of Dreams"
With a motion made by Councilman Austin Ashely to authorize the allocation of up to $5000 for soil testing the middle school field, the mayor and council approved the funding to perform a Perc soil test on the David E. Owens Middle School field to determine if it can even be considered a viable contender in the search for a field of dreams. A Perc, or perculation test, is a test to determine the absorption rate of soil. In its simplest terms, percolation testing is observing how quickly a known volume of water dissipates into the subsoil of a drilled hole of a surface area. Generally speaking, sandy soil will absorb more water than soil with a high concentration of clay or where the water table is close to the surface. According to the …