• Small Businesses Targeted In Eversource Billing Scam

    Utility customers in Connecticut are receiving scam calls claiming to be from Eversource and saying their service is scheduled to be shut off. Callers then try to pressure customers to make an immediate payment by purchasing a prepaid debit card, commonly referred to as the green dot scam, at a certain location. “These scams work by scaring customers and catching them off guard, hoping they’ll ignore their better judgment and make a payment or provide personal information,” said Penni Conner, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Eversource.

  • Traffic Issues Top P&Z Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Complex

    Planning and Zoning Commission members on October 1 held a fourth set of dual public hearings on a mixed-use development proposed for Hawleyville, which includes a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church on 42 acres west of Hawleyville Road and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84. The P&Z hearings last week touched on a range of subjects, with the traffic which would be generated by the project and vehicular access to the site among the prime topics discussed. The Police Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss the traffic aspects of the mixed-use development proposal.

  • $35,000 Awarded Locally For Arts & Culture Through New State Regional Initiative Grant Program

    The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut has announced that $35,000 from the state’s new Regional Initiative Grant program has been awarded to eight recipients throughout CAWC’s ten-town region, which includes Newtown. The 2016 REGI grant awardees in the CAWC region include Thomas Carruthers of Bethel; Joanne Hudson of Ridgefield; John S. Boccuzzi of Newtown; WCSU Foundation/Bethel Arts, Bethel; Stacey Olszewski/CityCenter Danbury; Connecticut Choral Society, based in Danbury; Mactalla Mor, also based in Danbury; and Meagan Cann of Danbury.

  • ‘Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote’ To Be At Congregational Church In December

    Newtown Congregational Church will host a special breakfast gathering for the community on Wednesday, December 2. Sponsored by The Ana Grace Project in honor of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the morning will feature a keynote by Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, international speaker, author and senior fellow, ChildTrauma Academy. Dr Perry is expected to speak on the morning’s theme, “Love Wins: Love Is The Antidote — How Deepening Connections and Relationships Transform Families and Communities.”

  • Flags To Be Lowered For Oregon Shooting Victims

    In response to the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., on October 1, which took the lives of ten people including the shooter, President Barack Obama on October 2 ordered United States flags to be lowered to half-staff. Flags are to remain lowered until sunset October 6. Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy followed suit, saying that state flags in will also be lowered until sunset Tuesday.

  • President Challenges Media To Compare Numbers: Terrorism vs Gun Violence In America

    In expressing his grief and frustration over yet another mass gun shooting, President Barack Obama, in a speech Thursday evening, challenged news media to compare the number of US citizens killed by terrorism versus those killed by gun violence, each year. The President’s remarks were in response to shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., earlier that day, which left multiple people dead and wounded. President Obama pointed out the disparity of funds spent to protect Americans — and rightly so, he added — from relatively few terrorist attacks, as compared to what is spent on preventing gun violence.

  • Charter Revision Panel Makes Final Tweaks, Sends Draft To LC

    Following a 40-minute public hearing September 30 dominated by two local officials suggesting several late adjustments to Newtown’s constitutional document, the Charter Revision Commission initiated some of those changes and voted to send a final draft to the Legislative Council for its own hearing and review process. The panel received kudos for their efforts, which included a charge to overhaul the entire document with a goal of making it more relevant and user-friendly for both Newtown’s citizens and the many local government agencies and policies serving them. Following the hearing, commissioners convened a planned meeting to complete any final adjustments to the draft. Mr Capeci said that the panel was able to act on the advice or requests of some of the hearing participants.

  • Community Center Forums Continue, Online Survey Deadline Approaching

    While a public survey gauging community opinions on developing a new community center will be available until midnight on October 10, a series of public question and answer sessions providing members of an appointed panel on the planned project a chance to hear residents’ opinions and thoughts are continuing. A growing number of residents are taking an online survey that will remain available until midnight October 10.

  • Community Invited To Trauma Stewardship Workshop

    Newtown’s Recovery and Resiliency Team is inviting residents to a Trauma Stewardship workshop intended for the Newtown/Sandy Hook community, along with anyone who has served or participated in the healing and recovery efforts. The free event will be October 16 at the Knights of Columbus Building at St Rose Church.

  • Federal Court Hands Sandy Hook Families First Victory On Wrongful Death Lawsuit

    According to a release from the firm involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a federal district court has handed an important victory to the ten Sandy Hook families who are plaintiffs. In a short order issued September 30, the Court ruled that the families’ lawsuit should proceed in Connecticut state court, where it was initially filed. Shortly after the families filed suit last year, Bushmaster removed the case to federal court. Bushmaster argued that a federal law granting broad immunity to the gun industry provided a basis to dismiss the plaintiffs’ case against Riverview Sales, the store that sold the Bushmaster assault rifle.