• Former Dispatcher Pleads Guilty in Drug Trafficking Case

    HARTFORD – A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher pleaded guilty on Monday, October 19, in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids.

    In court, Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Chickos has been free on bond since his arrest late last April.

  • NVAC To Host Free Child ID Registration Event

    Normally, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members race out of their headquarters responding to emergency calls.

    But on November 14, volunteers and partners from Hiram Lodge No. 18 in Sandy Hook will be joining Mason and NVAC member Chris Capozza inviting local families with young children to race into the ambulance headquarters at 6 Washington Square for a program that can make a critical difference if a child goes missing.

  • Council Hearing On Charter Revision Wednesday Evening

    The Legislative Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed charter changes on Wednesday, October 21. The hearing will begin at 7 pm, in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center.

    At its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, the council heard a synopsis of changes to the charter — the document by which the town governs itself — from Charter Revision Commission Chair Jeff Capeci.

    As Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob said, the Charter Revision Commission has been working since June 2014.

  • Last Call For Questions Before BOF Candidate Forum

    Newtown taxpayers and residents have until noon on Monday, October 19, to submit questions they may have for candidates running for the Board of Finance this coming Election Day.

    Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.

    The pre-election forum will be produced by Associate Editor John Voket.

  • Newtown GOP Hosting Candidate Meet & Greet

    On Saturday, October 24, from 4 to 6 pm, the Newtown Republican Town Committee will host a Candidate Meet and Greet at Newtown Country Club, 2 Country Club Road. Light refreshments will be served.

    The event is open to all Newtown voters and offers an opportunity to talk to local GOP candidates. Many of these candidates, incumbents as well as newcomers, will be present and look forward to talking with residents.

  • GOP Position Paper Weighs Question Of Party Balance

    Newtown Republicans have issued their latest position paper focusing on the topic of balance this election season.

    “Our opponents are suggesting that voting for them will return balance to the system, a theme we’ve heard in the past,” the paper states, restating the question, “Is there an imbalance?”

    According to the paper, Newtown currently has 17,386 registered voters. Of the registered voters, Republicans represent 36 percent, Democrats 26 percent, and all other parties 43 percent.

  • Dems Urge Voters To End ‘One Party Domination’ Of Local Government

    In a pair of recent press releases, local Democrats are coming out swinging just weeks before voters go to the polls. The local candidates and Democratic party leaders are railing against local Republicans they say have dominated local government and its decisionmaking processes for far too long.

  • Home Food Composting Program Readying For Local Launch

    For those who are interested in separating food scraps from trash so it can be made into compost, but do not want to do it in their backyard, Newtown residents are being invited to join a new drop-off program, which will be available in town in the coming weeks.

    The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) is expanding organics recycling into Newtown this fall. The program will kick off November 14 at Newtown’s Transfer Station, on Ethan Allen Road.

  • Data Breaches Hit As Cyber Security Awareness Month Arrives

    HARTFORD — The recent T-Mobile and Experian data breaches are a sobering reminder that cybercrimes are a global concern, claiming 556 million victims annually with $100 billion in related costs.

    Ironically, this latest pair of breaches occurred just as state consumer officials were readying an information campaign for Cyber Security Awareness Month this October.

  • Water Fountains To Become Part Of Fairfield Hills Landcape In The Spring


    Two new water fountains and a dog fountain will be installed in early spring along the new trail at Fairfield Hills. Walkers and joggers passing by the Victory Garden will be able to quench their thirst there and at another location near Glander field. The estimated cost of $28,000 will come from a Fairfield Hills Authority (FHA) account.