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  • Selectmen Learn Town Pension Is ‘In Good Health’

    Following a brief update to the Board of Selectmen by the Town’s Pension Committee and representatives from Westport Resources, which administers the fund, Finance Director Robert Tait pronounced the local program to be “in good health.”

    The highpoint of the September 15 presentation was the news that after several years of falling substantially below the earnings benchmark, the fund has rebounded and yielded a 14 percent return for the 2014–15 fiscal year, Mr Tait explained following the meeting.

  • Police Reports | August 29-September 16, 2014

    Assault

    Police received a complaint about noon on September 15 in which a female told them that she was running on Dinglebrook Lane that day, near the Brookfield town line, when a passing southbound male motorcyclist made intentional physical contact with her using his hand. The female was not injured, police said.

    Police are investigating and ask anyone with knowledge of the incident to contact them at the police station at 203-426-5841.

     

  • Fire Reports | September 11-14, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • Newtown Foundation Seeking Support For December Vigil

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Thursday, December 11, a service of mourning and loving remembrance for all who have fallen victim to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence will take place at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

    The Newtown Foundation plans to bring families of victims and survivors of gun violence from Newtown and around the country to the vigil at the Cathedral. In order to transport families to Washington, D.C., however, funding is needed.

  • Ben’s Lighthouse Beacon Beckons Local Woman To Come Full Circle

    Kelly Paredes is settling not only into her new position as program manager of Ben’s Lighthouse, but resettling into the community she once called home, graduating from Newtown High School in 1998.

    Along with her husband, Hernando, and 19-month-old son, Oliver, Ms Paredes moved back to Newtown during the Labor Day weekend, and started her new job on Tuesday, September 2.

  • Dedication Ceremony Kicks Off Memorial Sidewalk Project

    Victoria Boshell pushed her 20-month-old daughter, Emma, in a bright pink carriage up Church Hill Road near Main Street, Wednesday morning, September 10, as traffic whizzed past.

    “We live on Academy Lane, and run out of sidewalks we can walk on in a couple of places,” said Ms Boshell. So she was delighted to hear that just moments before, the official dedication of the Memorial Sidewalk connecting Main Street to, ultimately, Sandy Hook Village, had taken place at the corner of Main Street and Church Hill Road.

  • Finance Board Approves $47K For District's 'Nonlapsing' Account

    During its regular meeting September 8, the Board of Finance approved contributing $47,185 the school district compiled from dozens of smaller line item surpluses in the 2013-14 budget, to a nonlapsing account earmarked for anticipated security-related “building hardening” expenses.

    The distribution will act as matching funds to qualify the district for a larger security grant.

  • Llodra, Erardi To Governor’s 12/14 Panel: Newtown ‘Rebuilding With Dignity’

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and School Superintendent Joseph Erardi, Jr appeared before Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission Friday, September 12, at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

    In addition to receiving presentations from the panel’s Mental Health Working Group, Safe School Design and Operations Working Group, and Law Enforcement Working Group, Mrs Llodra and Dr Erardi, each provided testimony, touching on a wide range of subjects related to Newtown’s recovery efforts post 12/14.

  • NFA Celebrates 90 Years: Lightning Crashes Sunset Wine Tasting

    Even Mother Nature joined the Newtown Forest Association’s (NFA) 90th anniversary Sunset Wine Tasting celebration Saturday, September 6. Lightning cut the darkened sky, driving many guests home. Sudden rain pushed others indoors.

    But moods were bright. About the looming storm, “I think it’s beautiful,” said Jennifer Johnston, one of more than 200 attendees, but among only about 50 people who remained at the 4 to 8 pm event. Rain and lightning began around 7 that night.

  • Key Rock Road Speed Issue Under Review

    Police officials plan to research whether adding more “speed tables” to the northern section of Key Rock Road would solve a motorist speeding problem there.

    That speeding occurs when westbound drivers on Sugar Street (Route 302), which is a thoroughfare with a 40-mph speed limit, turn left and travel onto southbound Key Rock Road and are moving at speeds faster than Key Rock Road’s posted 20-mph speed limit.