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Wetlands Hearing On Cluster-Style 23-Lot Subdivision Slated For Late August

The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August. IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on proposal on Wednesday, August 27. At a July 23 session, when IWC members received engineering drawings for the Preserve project, they initially had tentatively scheduled the hearing for August 13. But Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use, said that holding the hearing later, on August 27, would provide sufficient time for legally required notices of that hearing to be filed. Two development firms are proposing the construction of the subdivision on a 167-acre tract , with one cluster of homes built along Robin Hill Road #2 and another cluster to be constructed on a new dead-end street extending from Scudder Road to be known as Deer Hill Drive. [read more]

Fire Officials Raise Several Concerns On Proposed Dispatching Change

Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away. Rob Manna of Newtown Hook & Ladder, who is chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and Bill Halstead, who is the town fire marshal and the Sandy Hook fire chief, recently toured the Prospect center to learn about that organization. In a July 28 letter to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Mr Manna, writing on behalf of the seven-member Board of Fire Commissioners, stated that board members have discussed the proposal to move dispatching to Prospect during their past several meetings.

The Way To Play!

About 250 people turned out on the morning of Saturday, July 26, at Dickinson Park off Elm Drive for the dedication ceremonies of FunSpace II, the town’s elaborate new playground that replaces the FunSpace playground there, which was demolished last year. Although the new playground was dedicated on July 26, the facility was not completely built, with some construction remaining to be done, so the playground has not yet opened to the public. Parks and Recreation officials said this week they expect FunSpace II to open to the public, weather permitting, sometime during the week of August 4. The opening date for the playground will be announced. Dickinson Park itself is open for public use.

NCAC Notes: Grant Deadline Extended, Artists’ Talk & Collage Workshop Scheduled

The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission (NCAC) announced July 29 that the deadline for submissions for its 2014 grant has been extended to September 1. The collage exhibit, “Celebration of Your Life,” currently on view at Newtown Municipal Center and featuring works by Virginia Zimmerman, Sheila Mullen, Meegan Foley and Stefanie Lagana, will conclude Friday, August 8, with an informal talk by the artists. The following afternoon, Ms Zimmerman will lead a workshop on a simple form of printing using found objects, which are arranged into a collage form.

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