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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WIN Holiday Basket Program Seeks Support

    Help feed families in need through the Thanksgiving Basket Program, now in its 50th year.

    Women Involved in Newtown (WIN) coordinates a program to feed families as identified by Newtown Social Services throughout the holiday season. WIN seeks individuals, organizations, and school groups to “adopt” each family and provide food, toiletries, and paper goods.

  • 12/14 Survivors Convey Challenges, Ideas As Governor's Sandy Hook Panel Meets

    The information being related Friday morning in the C.H. Booth Library meeting room could very well have represented keynote remarks for a symposium on handling victims of mass casualty disasters.

    But it came with tears, hand-holding, fleeting video images of happy, dancing children, and the often wrenching testimony of several parents whose children were murdered on 12/14.

  • Town Close To Launching Work Order, Citizen Response Technology

    In the coming months, town public works crews will be going paperless — at least as far as their work orders and job tracking is concerned.

    At the same time, if all goes as planned, residents who discover issues like potholes, low hanging branches, or other town concerns will be able to click a button on the municipal website and instantly notify public works supervisors who can then dispatch the closest crew to respond.

  • Road Durability Issue Raises Town Spending Concerns

    In light of the deteriorated condition of some repaved local roads, whose asphalt surfaces have been degrading much sooner than would normally be expected, the town public works director is expressing caution about spending large sums for extensive road repaving projects while road durability remains in question.

  • Dodgingtown Fire Station Energy Saving Upgrades Complete

    Volunteers serving the Dodgingtown Fire Company are not only concerned about Newtown residents they are charged with protecting, as taxpayers themselves, they are always looking for ways to pinch pennies. As a result, the fire company, tucked into a mid-1950s-era building on Dodgingtown Road, has just completed the latest phase of energy improvements to help save taxpayer dollars.

  • St Rose School Threat Prompts Lock-In Security Status

    School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr, said in a prepared statement issued at 2:22 pm Friday, November 14 that, “Earlier this afternoon, St Rose School received a threatening call.”

    That school was placed on a “lock-in closed” status,” he said. The parochial school is located at 40 Church Hill Road.

    During such situations, visitors are not allowed on school grounds and all people in the school remain inside the building.