• IWC Approves 74-Condo River Walk

    Following a third public hearing on a proposal to construct 74 condominium units on the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, the Inland Wetlands Commission on May 27 unanimously approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project known as The Walk at Sandy Hook Village. IWC members approved the project after receiving and reviewing several additional development documents from applicant Michael Burton. Those environmental protection documents concern the plantings planned for the site; the measures that would be taken to protect the water quality of the nearby Pootatuck River, which is a trout stream; how rain gardens at the site would be maintained; and a schedule for various site maintenance work.

  • Community Center Planning Resumes

    The recently established Community Center Commission elected co-chairs and revised its vision statement Tuesday, May 26, at the group’s second meeting. The group has begun the process of planning a community center. This week, the 14-member group reworked its vision statement, talked about their charge and the community's needs, and discussed using subcommittees to develop community. Parks & Recreation staff members spoke with the committee as well, and funding was also discussed during the course of the meeting.

  • Officials Laying Ground Work For High School Auditorium Renovations

    In two different locations Thursday, May 28, the Board of Finance and the Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) were scheduled to lay the groundwork for the earliest stages of a planned high school auditorium renovation, which may commence as early as July 1, the date funding becomes available for the project. After an early misstep getting the appropriate budget allocation into the town’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the project is back on track, and will receive expedited handling apparently due to the abbreviated time available to complete all the necessary work. This week, the finance board was set to approve a $3.6 million special appropriation for the work, while Robert Mitchell, PBSC chairman, told The Bee that at his May 28 meeting, commissioners would likely authorize proceeding with plans to advertise for a project architect and engineer.

  • Sandy Hook Starts The Summer With Rubber Ducks

    Michael Porco, Jr, stepped onto the sidewalk where parents and children gathered to peer over bridge rails into the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center Saturday, May 23. He urged them to make room for a bucket loader that was rounding the corner from Glen Road onto Church Hill,

  • Community Forum Airs School Closing Concerns

    With the Board of Education set to review data on the possibility of closing a school during its meeting on Tuesday, June 2, parents voiced concerns on the topic during a Community Forum on Thursday, May 28. Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, explained near the start of the forum that, “You’re here because in 2006 and 2007 the district hit an all-time high with students, of 5,667 youngsters, and the projection in 2023-24 is 3,435 students, meaning your delta between your high mark and your projected low mark is 2,232 fewer students.” Dr Erardi said the district’s enrollment is now 4,748, nearly 1,000 fewer than enrollment in 2006-07.

  • Police Reports, May 20-27, 2015

  • NWS: Strong Thunderstorm Approaching

    UPDATE: The Severe Thunderstorm Warning that went with this afternoon's storm has been cancelled. || The National Weather Service (NYC) is tracking a “strong thunderstorm [that] will affect eastern Putnam and Northern Fairfield counties” within the hour. A special Weather Statement has been issued for Fairfield County; and the area is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 4:15. NWS expects the storm will be in Newtown before 4 o'clock. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is occurring with the storm.

  • Two Police Officers Honored For DUI Enforcement

    Newtown Patrol Sergeant Matthew Wood and Patrol Officer Felicia Figol, who is the police department’s dog handler, were named as award recipients at MADD’s 29th Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Ceremony, which was held on May 20 at Central Connecticut State University. “The Newtown Police Department is extremely proud of these two officers for being leaders in this area and for their continued commitment to safety of the motoring public and the citizens of Newtown,” said Newtown Police Lt Christopher Vanghele said.

  • Prevention Council Holds Final Meeting Before Summer Break

    The Newtown Prevention Council closed out its final meeting of the season, on May 21, with a presentation by resident Catherine Larson, owner of Tech Training CT. Also during the meeting, Newtown Prevention Council Grant Coordinator Kim Killoy briefly discussed the council’s plans to use up its Drug-Free Communities Support Program grant through the federal Department of Health and Human Services funding, which she said the council has available until the end of September, and Council Co-Chair Judy Blanchard highlighted some efforts the council will be focusing on when it starts meeting again in September. One of the first things the council hopes to do is looks at the results of the 2015 Youth Survey Report, which was administered to students just prior to the school district's April break.

  • Walter Dolan Named New VFW Post 308 Commander

    On Wednesday, May 20, the Newtown VFW Post 308 inducted new officers for the 2015-16 term. Walter Dolan became the new post commander. Mr Dolan served in the US Army in the Military Police Corps, and was overseas during Desert Storm. At the Newtown VFW, he has served as post junior vice commandant and adjutant. Mr Dolan is taking over from James Rebman, who served as post commander for the past three years.