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  • Commission On Aging Chair Says Meeting, Agenda Likely Violated FOI Laws

    The agenda for an unusual Saturday special meeting of the town’s Commission on Aging (COA) appeared to lack necessary details to conform to state Freedom of Information laws, and discussions during the meeting may have led at least one of the commissioners to threaten to resign.

    Commission Chair Curt Symes said he is researching whether an amended agenda could be filed after the fact, while acknowledging that much of the subject matter discussed in the April 11 closed session would be coming up in the next public meeting of the panel.

  • Trail Extension Begins At Fairfield Hills

    John Spremullo with LRM Construction stepped down from a dump truck cab Tuesday, April 14, and watched as Ryan Clark worked a backhoe to create a 10-foot-wide path along Mile Hill South at the corner of Keating Farms Road.

    Tuesday morning was the second day of trail extension work at Fairfield Hills. The work will provide a paved, ADA-accessible surface extending the campus trails by 4,200 feet, or slightly less than one mile.

  • WSA Members Updated On Hawleyville Sewering Project

    The town’s consulting engineer has updated Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members on the ongoing planning for the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, which is intended to foster economic development in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Engineer Kurt Mailman of Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, on April 9 briefed WSA members on the planning, explaining the status of various aspects of the project.

  • Town's Top Officials Gather To Pitch For 2015-16 Budget Support

    Five of Newtown’s top elected officials invited The Newtown Bee to the home of Board of Finance Chairman John Kortze April 15 to film a series of videos addressing key questions ahead of the 2015-16 budget referendum on April 28.

    Mr Kortze was joined by Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, First Selectman Pat Llodra, and Board of Education Chairman Keith Alexander. The questions officials responded to were:

    *Why should voters support this budget?

  • WSA Reviews Sewer Request For Sandy Hook Center Housing Plan

    Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members are reviewing technical information and have requested  more data from a local developer/builder who is seeking sewer service for a 74-unit housing complex proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    On April 9, WSA members opened a public hearing on applicant Michael Burton’s request for 9,250 gallons of daily sewage treatment capacity for The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village, which is proposed for an 11.8-acre site at 10 through 22 Washington Avenue.

  • Commissioner Pleased SHAC Recommendations Are Getting Federal Attention

    Newtown Middle School educator Ron Chivinski told The Newtown Bee this week that he was happy to see how quickly some recommendations tendered in his role serving on Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission (SHAC) got traction at the federal level.

  • Fire Reports, April 9-15, 2015

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

    Thursday, April 9: 1:07 pm, chimney fire, 40 Algonquin Trail, Sandy Hook and Botsford responded.

    Friday, April 10: 7:28 pm, investigation, 49 Elizabeth Circle, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Connecticut Looking For New Ways To Fund State Parks

    When Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s budget arrived last month with a $2 million cut in the annual state parks budget, reactions were swift — and a bit on the melodramatic side.

    “I just picked myself up off the floor,” Eric Hammerling, executive director of the Connecticut Forest and Park Association, said after learning of the proposed cut.

    Perhaps he shouldn’t have been so shocked.

  • Flags To Be Lowered In Honor Of National Day Of Remembrance For Abraham Lincoln

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that in accordance to a proclamation from President Barack Obama, US and state flags should fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, April 15, in recognition of the national Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.