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  • State Police Dispatching Procedures Modified

    MIDDLETOWN — The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) commissioner said April 16 that she has completed her preliminary review of consolidated state police radio dispatching and has formulated a plan for moving forward.

    Dora Schriro said that all administrative calls, which do not include a call for service by state troopers, will be directed to the local barracks where they are best handled locally by personnel at the barracks, in person or by phone.  

  • Parent Connection Guest Speaker To Address Nature, Mentors & Community

    Community, nature, and mentoring all play key roles in raising healthy children, said Two Coyotes Wilderness School Executive Director Justin Pegnataro. He will present the talk “It Takes A Village To Raise A Child” on Wednesday, April 23, at the Newtown Prevention Council’s Parent Speaker Series at the C.H. Booth Library, 7 pm.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Sets Next Parent Forums: Stress Management, Video Game Addiction

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will be held at Reed Intermediate School and Hawley Elementary School.

    Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour.

  • I-84 Bridge Work At Center Street About Half Done

    An ongoing $6 million state project to replace two Interstate-84 bridges, which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, is about half complete, according to a state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman.

    Matthew Cleary, a transportation supervising engineer, said April 15 that construction work at the bridges resumed in early April following a cold, lengthy winter.

    “We just started back up for the [construction] season,” he said.

  • Renovation Project Announced: Glen Road ‘Silver Bridge’ To Be Silver Again

    What locally has long been known as “The Silver Bridge” will regain its argentine luster after the state completes an estimated $5 million renovation project intended to physically rehabilitate the steel-truss span at Glen Road, which crosses the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to Southbury.

    A state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman said this week that the two-lane, 308-foot-long bridge, which currently is painted brown, will be repainted a silvery color, based on local requests.

  • ‘Zero Increase’ Budget Backers Call For Taxpayers To Turnout, Vote Yes

    A growing number of elected leaders representing the Legislative Council, and the Boards of Education, Selectmen, and Finance are calling for taxpayers to turn out April 22 and vote Yes on both the town and school district budget requests.

  • Officials Brief Seniors On Proposed Tax Relief Program Updates

    Nearly three dozen local seniors turned out Wednesday evening to learn about the details and ask questions on the proposed updates to a senior tax relief initiative currently being tapped by more than 2,000 homeowners. Several updates to the current program and its related ordinance will be the subject of a planned public hearing on May 7 in the Newtown Municipal Center legislative chambers at 7 pm.

  • Council Chair Clarifies Misinformation In Letter, Social Network Posts

    Shortly after reviewing a letter to the editor in this week’s pre-budget vote edition of The Newtown Bee, Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reached out hoping to  clarify what she believes is a lingering misconception regarding the council’s ability to add funds back if the school and/or town proposals fail at referendum April 22.

  • Local Savings Bank Officials, BBB Warn Internet Users About ‘Heartbleed’

    Local businesses including Newtown Savings Bank and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau have been busy alerting business owners about the “Heartbleed” security flaw that targets computer servers running the most widely used Internet encryption security system.

    According to BBB, security engineers discovered Heartbleed exploits a flaw in OpenSSL, which allowed them to view passwords and user names when they tested the virus.

  • Police Reports | April 6-17, 2014

    Burglary/Larceny

    Police report that sometime overnight on April 6-7, someone burglarized and stole a large amount of copper piping from a vacant house on Pole Bridge Road, which is posted for sale.

    The thief or thieves forced entry into the house through a rear door and then stole the piping from the building’s heating system, police said.