o you remember? State police to take to the air to catch speeders on I-84 From The News-Times files Updated: 05/02/2009 12:03:00 AM EDT 25 years ago Connecticut state police have announced that they will start patrolling the state's busiest highways from the air this summer, hoping to crack down on motorists who violate the 55-mph speed limit. Interstate 84 between Danbury and Newtown is one of four sections particularly targeted for air surveillance, Gov. William O'Neill announced last week. He said similar programs have proven effective in other states. ä Danbury officials this week unveiled a plan to beautify the area behind the Main Street Post Office -- part of a revitalization plan to keep shoppers downtown after the fairgrounds mall is built. The plan would put offices or shops in the post office building, which the government plans to vacate. The former Ives Street firehouse, scheduled to be converted into a restaurant by fall, is at the center of the plan. A pedestrian plaza or a new building of retail stores and offices would be constructed between the post office and the firehouse. The Omaha Beef Co. operation, next to the firehouse, and Cardinale Auto Repair on Post Office Place will be asked to move because they are "incompatible" with the retail stores and offices the city thinks would do best in the area. The National Place building that houses the American Solar Heat Corp. would be demolished. The proposals were revealed at a City Hall press conference by Mayor James Dyer, Planning Director Leonard Sedney and Advertisement Assistant Planning Director Keith Colgan. ä As Ted Haddad Jr. was preparing to show off new condominiums to potential buyers at a construction site on Old Brookfield Road in Danbury this week, they couldn't believe their eyes when they saw a swirling 75-foot air funnel sweep by them. The twister tossed a spare tire 10 feet in the air, rousted some hay bales and bullied Haddad's 75-year-old father, who was also walking around the site. In a few seconds' time, the area was dusted with dirt and hay, and his father was left cut and bruised. Dr. Melvin Goldstein, meteorologist at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, said that on the late afternoon of the otherwise cloudless and sunny day, "towering clouds" that cause thunderstorms and twisters swept into Danbury. ä The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision that gives the New Milford Board of Education the right to lower a subject grade of a student who skips too many classes. In a decision written by Justice Ellen Peters, the court agreed that the school board's policy was not unconstitutional because the panel did not exceed power granted to it under state law. The court upheld a decision made by Litchfield Superior Court several years ago. The lawsuit against the school was filed nearly four years ago by John Campbell of New Milford, who contended that the high school illegally used academic reductions as a disciplinary measure during his junior year. ä The Connecticut Light & Power Co. has bowed to pressure from local officials and agreed to make a one-time $25,000 grant to the Candlewood Lake Authority. The offer was made after the first selectmen in New Fairfield and Sherman threatened to recommend that their towns eliminate all funding for the lake authority. The grant will be used to pay for a full-time lake manager. 50 years ago It would be "disastrous" for Danbury not to go ahead with redevelopment, Danbury Redevelopment Agency chairman George O'Brien told some 300 people at a hearing in City Hall last night (April 28, 1959). The hearing was heavy with questions but sparse with outright opposition to the plan of downtown Danbury. Areas principally affected are along White, Crosby, Elm, River and Rose streets. More than 25 acres of property are involved. ä Miss Catherine E. Lillis of New Milford will become a full-time assistant elementary school principal this September (1959). ä Two Sherman Explorer Scouts, Douglas Sinclair and Stuart Rogers, became the first Sherman Scouts to receive the silver award this week. ä The Southern New England Telephone Co. has disclosed it proposes to abolish toll charges on calls between New Milford and Danbury in the fall of 1960. The plan also embodies toll-free dialing between New Milford, Washington and Kent and adjacent exchanges. 75 years ago The largest Irish wolfhound in the world paraded the streets of Danbury today (April 28, 1934), haughty and disdainful of all canine inhabitants of the city which happened to cross his path. Meanwhile, hundreds of people who formed part of the forenoon shopping crowd stopped to gaze at the huge, shaggy-haired fellow in wonder. The dog is 4 feet high at the head and weighs 200 pounds. ä "Pop" Repole and his orchestra, who have just completed an engagement of six months at the Blue Lantern Inn on the Bronx River Parkway, have been engaged to furnish music at the Pines, on the Newtown-Bridgeport Road, on weekends.