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  • Funds Approved For Church Hill Road Sidewalk Link

    With Board of Finance approval July 14, and anticipated Legislative Council endorsement, top donors including Newtown’s Draper family, as well as town and borough of Newtown officials are poised to complete a critical link to a planned “Memorial Sidewalk” that supporters hope will eventually connect Main Street to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Gov Malloy Announces Additional $22 Million To Make Schools Safer

    WETHERSFIELD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on July 17 announced that the application process will begin next week for the next round of the School Security Grant Program.

  • Work Progressing On Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Project

    Work is progressing on the town’s project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge that crosses the Aspetuck River near the parking lot entrance to Centennial Watershed State Forest.

    Town Engineer Ronald Bolmer said this week said that the target date for project completion is August 15. Work started on June 9.

  • Borough Ordinance Enacted:The New Bamboo Taboo

    Certain types of bamboo, specifically of the genus Phyllostachys (or Running Bamboo) by their nature, spread rapidly underground through their root systems and underground rhizomes — horizontal underground stems that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals — and then infest and damage nearby properties. They are not native to Connecticut and will, by their nature, invade, infest and damage other plants, roads, sidewalks, buildings and structures. 

  • Police Reports | June 30-July 15, 2014

    Streetlamp Vandalism

    Police report an incident in which several youths used BB-gun weapons to shoot out streetlamps in the area of West Street and Roosevelt Drive at about 10:30 pm on Monday, June 30.

    After responding to that area, police found that the gunfire had shattered two lenses on streetlamp fixtures.

    Police are investigating the property damage and ask anyone with knowledge of the criminal mischief to contact them at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

    Intersection Crash

  • Fire Reports | July 10-16, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, July 10: 9:35 am, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Hawleyville Road, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded; 8:23 pm, burning odor indoors, 29 Rock Ridge Road, Dodgingtown responded; 9:51 pm, alarm, 39 Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded. 

  • During Public Info Session: DOT To Explain Plans For Church Hill Road Intersection Improvements

    Residents interested in learning about the state’s plans to make travel safety improvements along one of the most congested and accident-prone sections of roadway in town can attend a meeting on the construction project slated for next week.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational session on its project to create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road (Route 6), Commerce Road, and Edmond Road for Tuesday, July 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Alexander Named New Board Of Education Chair, NHS Administrative Vacancy Also Filled

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to hire David Roach of Southbury to fill a vacant assistant principal position at Newtown High School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Later in the meeting the school board also voted to name Keith Alexander as its new chair.

    “Welcome,” school board Vice Chair Laura Roche said after the vote to hire Mr Roach.

  • Development Director Departing For Norwalk Job

    After 24 years working to promote business and community growth in Newtown, Director of Community and Economic Development Elizabeth Stocker has accepted a new position heading up the Norwalk Economic Development Agency. Her last day on the job locally will be August 8.

    On July 15, the same day she tendered her resignation to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling announced Ms Stocker would be taking over as that city’s economic development director.

  • Suspect In Threatening Calls— Judge Orders Psych Assessment Of Cardenas Hoffman

    NEW HAVEN — A federal judge in Connecticut ordered a psychiatric assessment Wednesday of a Venezuelan man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.