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  • Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: United Way Report Shows That ALICE Is Everyone’s Neighbor

    United Way of Connecticut released, on November 16, a 121-page, statewide report, documenting Connecticut households struggling to afford living expenses that exceed the official federal poverty level of $11,670 for an individual or $23,850 for a family of four. United Way calls this population ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Newtown, one in five people meet these criteria and live with these daily economic challenges.

  • SHES Site Work Ramping Up As State Delivers $5 Million In Grant

    After clearing trees and stumps from the footprint of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School, site work to make the new foundation area stable will commence in the coming days according to a Consigli Construction spokesperson.

    At the same time, the State of Connecticut has scheduled the next installment of an approved $50 million in funding by awarding the latest round of grants requested to cover costs related to the construction project.

  • Residents Oppose Allowing Scrap Tire Recycling

    An industrial firm’s proposal for a zoning rule change, which would allow scrap tire storage and recycling in M-1 (Industrial) zones under the terms of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s (P&Z) special permit process, has drawn stiff opposition from some High Bridge Road area residents.

  • The Preserve At Newtown: Wetlands Agency Approves 23-Lot Residential Subdivision

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) last week granted a wetlands/watercourses protection permit to the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision in Dodgingtown.

    IWC members unanimously approved the application on Wednesday, November 12, following several months of review and public hearings on the plans for the 167-acre site.

    The project is proposed by developers KASL, LLC, and IBF, LLC. The firms are represented by local developer/builder George L. Trudell.

  • Democrat Romano Resigns Legislative Council Post

    Just two weeks shy of her first year in elected office, District 2 Legislative Council Representative Lisa Romano has tendered her resignation to Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead and Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob.

    In her brief notice, Ms Romano states, “I have made the difficult decision to focus my energies on professional and career commitments as well as projects in the community where I can make an impact.

  • Permanent Memorial Commission Continues Deliberations

    Members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission (SHPMC) heard presentations from two area artists during the commission’s regular meeting on November 13, conducted at Newtown Municipal Center. The presentations were at the requests of the artists, said Kyle Lyddy, SHPMC chairman.

  • Gov Malloy Directs Flags To Half-Staff In Honor Of Judge John T. Downey

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy is directing US and Connecticut flags to half-staff in memory of the Honorable John T. Downey, a Connecticut judge who passed away early this morning.

  • Charter Commissioners Considering Future Of Local Constables

    Newtown, by Charter provision, currently has its maximum allowable force of seven appointed, nonsalaried constables on the books.

    But according to Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico, the local police chief apparently does not know who they are; they are vested with very limited legal responsibilities; and it appears that Charter Commissioner Robert Hall may have been one of the last local court officers to use one to serve civil papers — and that was “15 or 20 years ago.”

  • January Bond Refinancing Could Save Taxpayers Almost $1 Million

    Town finance officials have announced a planned January “refunding” or refinancing of debt on a number of municipal bond offerings which they hope will generate at least $925,000 in interest savings.

    While those projected savings are based on interest rates and the financial formulary in place today, Town Finance Director Robert Tait told The Newtown Bee that there are no present indicators that interest rates will fluctuate significantly.

  • IWC Endorses Concrete Work At Animal Sanctuary Site

    Following discussion at a November 12 session, Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members  unanimously endorsed, after the fact, the recent construction of a 576-square-foot concrete pad at a 34-acre site at Fairfield Hills to be used as a pedestal for sculpture at a planned animal sanctuary.