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  • 40th Anniversary Annual Book Sale Continues Through Wednesday

    The cafetorium of Reed Intermediate School on Saturday, July 11, the first day of the book sale, was teeming with volunteers and customers, the latter in the air-conditioned building for first dibs at the annual fundraiser.

  • Hawleyville Retail Center Under IWC Review

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) is reviewing the environmental protection aspects of a proposal to construct an approximately 4,400-square-foot retail center on an undeveloped 1.12-acre site at 149 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    Applicant Walter Kilcourse of New Milford is seeking a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the project from the IWC.

    The project, known as Pogond Brook Plaza, would be built on the south side of Mt Pleasant Road, just east of Newtown Power Equipment, Inc.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, with one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.

  • Selectmen Consider Charging Station, OK Van For NHS Band & Guard

    It may be a while before electric vehicles can pull off the road in Newtown for a free “top-off” at a public charging station. But the Newtown High School Marching Band & Guard will be shuttling its equipment much more easily and economically thanks to a decision by the Board of Selectmen July 6 to help purchase and maintain a custom cargo van on behalf of the award-winning ensemble.

  • Annual Newtown Rabies Vaccine Clinic

    The Canine Advocates of Newtown and Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals held the annual vaccination clinic in Edmond Town Hall on Saturday, June 20.

    “Today we are having our annual rabies clinic for the town of Newtown,” said Mary Simpson, a veterinary technician at Mt Pleasant.

  • Sandy Hook School ‘Topping Off’ Completed, Architects Short Listed For NHS Auditorium

    The design and construction team for Sandy Hook Elementary School released the next series of images from the building site to The Bee July 8, including images from the “topping off” ceremony that was conducted June 30. On that morning, crew members on site were joined by several town officials to see the final steel construction beam at the new school being signed by the entire construction team and then hoisted into place.

  • Ready For a Super 40th Anniversary Book Sale

    The Friends of the C.H. Booth Library are ready to welcome thousands to the 40th Anniversary Annual Book Sale, the largest book sale in New England. The sale runs Saturday, July 11, from 9 am to 5 pm, with ticket sales starting at 7 am. Admission of $5 is charged only on Saturday. Sunday hours are also 9 am to 5 pm. Monday is half-price day, with hours from 9 am to 7 pm; Tuesday, $5 a bag day, hours are 9 am to 7 pm. On Wednesday, all items left are free, and the sale is open from 9 am to noon.

  • Town Advertises Police Chief Opening

    The town is advertising a job opening for the position of police chief in seeking a person to replace Michael Kehoe, who announced last month that he would retire as police chief in January.

    This week, the town posted a notice of the job opening at the town clerk’s office and also on the Human Resources section of the town’s website.

  • Police Arrest Man On Five Felonies In Sex Assault Case

    Police said they arrested a prison inmate on July 7 on five felony charges stemming from his allegedly having had illegal sexual contact with a female under age 18 in Newtown.

    Police said they went to Danbury Superior Court that morning where they served an arrest warrant against Peter Filosi, 32, whose last known address was an unspecified residence on Sugar Street (Route 302).

  • Jury Trial Postponed In Steroids Trafficking Prosecution

    HARTFORD — Jury selection, which had been slated to start on July 14 in the federal prosecution of 11 men indicted as an alleged drug trafficking ring, has been rescheduled to October 13.

    Among those 11 men are Steven Santucci, 38, of Waterbury, a former Newtown police sergeant, and Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport, who formerly worked as a Newtown emergency communications dispatcher. Both Mr Santucci and Mr Chickos resigned from their jobs following their arrests in late April.