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  • Police Reports | August 28-September 10, 2014

    False ID

    While conducting surveillance of town liquor stores, local officers observed Jake Thomas Behan, 19, arriving at the Rooster Wine & Liquor store at 113 South Main Street operating a vehicle without a front marker plate. They then observed Behan exiting the store with a 12-pack of beer and stopped him to investigate.

  • 9/11 Tribute Ride Rumbles Through Newtown

    Mixed in with the several thousand riders and passengers were many Newtown residents, including Todd Bolmer, left, and Thomas Mastrocinque with passenger Ashleigh D’Addio.

  • Resident Raises Main Street Traffic Control Issues

    Town police are being urged to redouble their traffic enforcement efforts, especially along Main Street, to curb vehicular problems occurring along that thoroughfare.

    Resident Karen Banks of West Street, which links Main Street to Sugar Street, told Police Commission members on September 2 she supports a Main Street resident’s recent comments about the need for heightened traffic enforcement on Main Street.

  • In Response To 12/14: DCF Unveils Plan For Overhaul Of Children’s Mental Health Care

    A new state blueprint for children’s mental health services recommends standardized screening and enhanced school services, better training for all caregivers and the “pooling” of hundreds of millions in public funds to more effectively finance vital programs.

  • Police Department Planning For Hiring, Promotions

    Police Chief Michael Kehoe has updated Police Commission members about police department staffing matters, including plans to hire two new officers, plus plans for promotions involving the naming of one lieutenant and two sergeants.

    Chief Kehoe told commission members on September 2 that the department remains two people short of its full roster of 45 sworn officers.

  • SHS Staffers Aim To Inspire A Nation To Promote ‘Common Sense’ Gun Laws

    The small, occasionally boisterous but often hushed group of women gathered around a set of tables one recent afternoon at a Newtown restaurant could have been mistaken for any group of friends or co-workers meeting up for some late day chat and a beverage.

  • New Mini Mart Owner Requests Modest Tax Abatement

    From the barren, pocked lot where a boxy Shell station once stood greeting residents and visitors exiting Interstate 84 onto Church Hill Road, a new, more aesthetically pleasing Colonial-looking mini mart is about to take shape according to its developers. But to achieve that aesthetic improvement amid a state roadway realignment project, the newest addition to Church Hill Road’s commercial strip is coming with some additional costs.

  • Deadline Extended: Raffle Supporting Reach Newtown To Last All Month

    While driving a larger-than-life bright orange chair through New York City recently, Newtown resident Douglas Calderone soon realized that its eye-catching qualities could do more than raise a smile.

  • Visiting Newtown, September 9: Injured Veterans To Cycle 355 Miles For Ride 2 Recovery Minuteman Challenge

    More than 150 cyclists including injured veterans — men and women from all branches of the Armed Forces — and their supporters will be participating in the Fifth Annual Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Challenge this month, and for the second year the route will take the group through Newtown.

    This year’s Challenge begins in Waltham, Mass, and will take riders into New York City. Cyclists are in for a 355-mile ride, covering five states and both rural and city riding with plenty of hill climbing in Connecticut and New York.

  • Council Sets $1.25 Million Asset Cap For Tax Relief

    With more than a quarter-million dollars remaining unspent in a tax relief fund for qualifying town seniors and those with disabilities, the Legislative Council engaged in a spirited discussion September 3 over setting a statutory asset cap as one of three qualifying criteria for the program.

    After the council’s Ordinance Committee settled on a $1 million asset cap recommendation, a number of council representatives weighed in during deliberation, some hoping to see the cap increased and others expressing disdain for the measure.