New Leadership Stresses ‘Open For Business’ Commitment

First Selectman Pat Llodra, Director of Planning George Benson, Economic Development Coordinator Betsy Paynter, and Grant Coordinator Christal Preszler have renewed the community’s “Newtown is Open for Business” initiative. This new team of economic development leadership is committed to supporting responsible, environmentally sound development, creating a strong local economy and increasing the tax base to offset the residential tax burden for residents. According to Ms Paynter, Newtown is committed to providing a reliable and friendly development process, including a Fast Track Permitting Process for appropriate large-scale commercial and industrial developments.

Additional Cases Of EV-D68 Virus Reported In Region

HARTFORD — The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of 12 new laboratory-confirmed cases of enterovirus D68 infection (EV-D68). The new cases are all pediatric patients from three Connecticut hospitals, including two at Danbury Hospital, according to Newtown Health District Director Donna Culbert. All patients have recovered and been discharged. It is not known if the two Danbury Hospital cases were from the Newtown District. DPH advises parents and health care providers to be aware of the symptoms of this respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches.

Prevention Council Begins New Year Looking At ‘New Ground’

Near the start of the Newtown Prevention Council’s first meeting of the new school year, held on Thursday, September 18, Co-Chair Judy Blanchard announced, “We’re moving ahead on some new ground, and we’re going to need everybody on board.” In January, Ms Blanchard said First Selectman Pat Llodra proposed that the Newtown Prevention Council (NPC) would have a role in the town’s resiliency efforts moving forward. “We’ve come a long way since then,” said Ms Blanchard.

Crews Begin Danbury Hall Demolition

Crews began the demolition of Danbury Hall on the Fairfield Hills campus at approximately 10 am on Monday, September 29. The long awaited final steps in removing the structure and opening up sight lines of the campus from Wasserman Way, officials were told, would take hours. Initially, the Danbury Hall demolition was supposed to be part of a larger project to include razing the eight single-family former staff homes, but earlier this summer, the project funds were refocused just on Danbury. The price tag for complete abatement and removal of Danbury Hall is $511,000, according to First Selectmen Pat Llodra’s documentation.

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