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  • Fire Reports | March 28-April 3, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, March 28: 12:43 pm, public service, 18 Riverside Road, Sandy Hook responded; 7:31 pm, mutual aid call, Dodgingtown responded; 7:37 pm, medical assist, Golden Pond Road, Botsford responded.

    Friday, March 29: 9:59 am, alarm, 16 Butternut Ridge, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Police Anticipate Hiring Additional Officers

    In anticipation of hiring additional police officers next fiscal year, police officials are starting to plan for the police hiring process, which is a sequence of events required to bring new officers onto the police staff, Police Chief Michael Kehoe told Police Commission members this week.

    At an April 2 session, Chief Kehoe said that depending upon how the town’s budgeting process for the 2013-14 fiscal year transpires, the police department may hire three or four additional officers.

  • Proposed Budget Would Hike Taxes More Than 5%

    In a 9-3 vote April 3, the Legislative Council moved a budget request of $111,149,825 to an April 23 referendum. If approved the budget would increase spending about 4.7 percent over the current year, while generating a 5.24 percent tax increase according to Town Finance Director Robert Tait.

    Because of this year’s revaluation, with average property values dropping markedly, an approved budget would bump the current 24.54 mill rate to 33.77. A mill represents one dollar in taxation for every $1,000 in taxable property.

  • Selectmen Review Plans For 12/14 Memorial Panel

    The Board of Selectmen spent a few minutes April 1 reviewing where the town stands on plans for establishing permanent 12/14 memorials. First Selectman Pat Llodra reviewed several points with Selectman James Gaston; Selectman Will Rodgers was absent.

  • Queen Street Resident Urges More Speed Bumps

    A Queen Street resident is urging Police Commission members to have all five of the large speed bumps planned for Queen Street installed there to hold down motorists’ travel speeds as a pedestrian safety measure.

    Late last year, the town installed three large speed bumps, known as “speed tables” on the southern section of Queen Street as a speed control measure.

  • Connecticut General Assembly Passes Bipartisan Gun Bill

    HARTFORD – In emotional back-to-back debates, the Connecticut Senate and House overwhelmingly voted for one of the nation's most comprehensive gun laws Wednesday and Thursday, a long-awaited response to one of the nation's worst mass shootings, the Sandy Hook school massacre.

  • Open Burning Season Extended

    Newtown Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season through May 5.

    Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Family Members Impressed By State Legislators’ Bipartisan Approach To New Gun Law

    Speaking Wednesday morning, April 3, Mark Barden said that considering where lawmakers stood on enacting strong gun legislation two weeks ago, when family members of victims of 12/14 first met with lawmakers at the State Capitol in Hartford, he feels that the bill on gun violence prevention and children’s safety (Senate Bill 1160) set for a vote by legislators that day, showed that legislators had “done some good work in moving the ball forward.”

  • Borough Zoners Approve St Rose Church Projects

    Following discussion of technical issues, Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) members have approved construction projects for the St Rose of Lima Church campus on Church Hill Road.

    The BZC granted applicant St Rose Church Group approvals for two projects at the property at 38, 40, 42, and 46 Church Hill Road at a March 20 session, following a public hearing.

    For each project, the church received a special permit, a site development plan approval, and a Village District zoning approval.

  • NRA: Conn. Gun-Control Proposal ‘Completely Inadequate’

    WASHINGTON – The National Rifle Association tapped a Newtown parent who lost a son in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to help it unveil a proposal Tuesday that recommended putting armed personnel in the nation's schools.

    At a press conference Tuesday, Mark Mattioli, whose son James died in the Sandy Hook massacre, supported the NRA's initiative, made public the week before the U.S. Senate begins a gun-control debate.