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  • Letters Spark Concern At NHS, Responsible Party Found

    Following a number of letters sent to Newtown High School students in recent days, the school announced Monday night, November 24, the responsible individual has been determined and measures are being taken.

    According to the school the letters, which were received in the mail, contained personal information and “sexually explicit comments.”

  • Rental Apartments: Fairfield Hills ‘Mixed-Use’ Zoning Slated For Discussion

    To foster discussion on the wisdom of creating “mixed-use” zoning covering a section of the town-owned Fairfield Hills campus, the town plans to soon hold two public sessions to explore the controversial topic.

    The two sessions will be sponsored by three town agencies: the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), the Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA), and the Economic Development Commission (EDC).

  • Zebra Mussels Are Infesting Newtown Lakes

    Hanover Road resident Scott Conant has witnessed a “huge change” in the invasive zebra mussel population in local waters this year. He has seen the numbers increase from “just a few two summers ago, to many last year, to an explosion this year,” he said in a recent e-mail.

    A Friends of The Lake (FOTL) board member living along Lake Lillinonah’s shore, Mr Conant first sent the alert to other members in late October after inspecting the underside of his dock.

  • WIN, Students Complete Holiday Basket Drive

    Quickly packing canned goods into boxes Friday, November 21 was Danielle Sampson, one of many Newtown High School students helping prepare packages for roughly 80 families in need before Thanksgiving.

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) member Mandy Monaco oversaw assembly of food and goods packages readied for pick-up Friday at Newtown United Methodist Church hall. The many WIN-terns helped unload cars as more goods arrived, or made sure that each care package was filled.

  • Full-Day Kindergarten Report Presented To School Board

    A number of educators presented a report on full-day kindergarten at the Board of Education’s Tuesday, November 18, meeting.

    Full-day kindergarten was first implemented in the district last school year, and this is the second year the school board has heard a report about how the program is doing.

    “They have a little presentation for us and just a few words about what their experience has been for… a year-plus,” said Assistant Superintendent Linda Gejda.

  • Community Forum Focused On ‘Rigor In The Classroom’

    The second, one-hour Parent/Community Forum hosted by the school district was held on Tuesday, November 11, and focused on rigor in the classroom.

    Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda led the discussion.

    “We’re very excited about having the opportunity to begin the conversation about rigor,” said Dr Gejda, near the start of the evening.

  • Firehouse Plans Under Land Use Agency Review

    Newtown Hook & Ladder, Company No. 1, the volunteer fire unit that serves the borough and adjacent areas, has filed plans for its proposed new firehouse for local land use review and action.

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) has submitted those plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for review and comment. The P&Z serves as the borough’s planning agency.

  • Newtown Acts Of Kindness Book Drive Underway

    The Newtown Foundation is seeking donations of books in like-new or new condition that are an appropriate reading level for elementary age school children.

  • Officials Want To Hold Line On Taxes, School Closure Off The Table For Now

    In a now annual exercise introduced by finance officials several years ago, the Legislative Council hosted the Boards of Finance, Selectmen, and Education for a budget preview session November 19.

    While First Selectman Pat Llodra and Finance Director Robert Tait both vowed to seek a zero tax increase budget, the school superintendent’s presentation focused as much on issues that could affect future budgets as he did on the 2014-15 spending cycle.

  • Stuff-A-Bus, Saturday At Stop & Shop

    For the second year in a row, All-Star Transportation is hoping shoppers will help fill a school bus with donations for Newtown Social Services.

    A Stuff-A-Bus event will be held Saturday, November 22, from 9 am until 3 pm, at Stop & Shop in Sand Hill Plaza, 228 South Main Street.

    Donations of any nonperishable goods will be accepted, according to Social Services Director Ann Piccini.

    “We’re really low on everything,” Ms Piccini said this week. “We’ve used up all the excess pasta we had on the shelves.”