• Town Razes Great Hill Road House Damaged By Past Fire

    A Danbury firm hired by the town has demolished a Great Hill Road house that was heavily damaged by a June 2011 fire of undetermined origin.

    The demolition eliminates the previously hazardous conditions at the property. The presence of the wreckage had drawn concerns from people living in the neighborhood.

  • Resident, Sandy Hook Promise Co-Founder Receives UVM 2014 Alumni Achievement Award

    Newtown resident Rob Cox, editor-in-chief of Breakingviews, the global financial commentary publication of Thomson Reuters, was in Burlington, Vt., Friday, October 10, to receive the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Vermont, honoring the mission of Sandy Hook Promise.

  • Consultant To Study Key Rock Road Speeding Issue

    The Police Commission plans to have an engineering firm review traffic flow on Key Rock Road to determine the best measures to control speeding on the northern section of that mile-long north-south connector road.

    Key Rock Road links Sugar Street (State Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road.

  • Late-Night Work On I-84 Bridges Will Close Highway Lanes This Week

    A Connecticut Department of Transportation traffic update is warning motorists to expect delays on Interstate 84 between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, through at least Friday, October 17.

    The DOT has implemented a nighttime maintenance project on the bridges over Hanover Road and Boulevard in Newtown. Modifications or extensions to this schedule may become necessary due to weather delays or other unforeseen conditions, according to the release.

  • New House Rises In Sandy Hook, Replacing Blighted Structure

    Local electrician Ken Burns has fond memories of his youth living with his family at a compact ranch-style house at 82 Berkshire Road (Route 34) in Sandy Hook.

    He recalls days of playing in the spacious backyard amid fields and trees which lead to the rustic, winding Sugarloaf Road.

    In the past, the area was generally agricultural, he noted. A large working farm stood across Sugarloaf Road in the area now proposed for the 42-lot Sherman Woods cluster-style residential subdivision.

  • State Lawmakers Urge EPA To Reconsider Neonicotinoid Pesticides

    Three Connecticut lawmakers are among the 60 members of Congress who have signed a letter, dated September 30, to Gina McCarthy, administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency.

  • FunSpace II To Temporarily Close

    Newtown Parks & Recreation Department has announced that work scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 14, at FunSpace II lead to a temporary closing of the playground.

    The playground, within Dickinson Park on Elm Drive, will close at 10 am Tuesday. It will remain closed for the remainder of the day.

    For additional information or updates, contact Parks & Rec at 203-270-4340


  • Single Car Crash Closes Main Street At Midnight

    A single car crash just before midnight Friday evening resulted in the state DOT closing the busy roadway for several hours while crews assessed and repaired damage to a snapped utility pole just north of Hanover Road.

    It was unclear whether the male driver sustained injuries requiring transport to the hospital, but local police, ambulance volunteers and Newtown Hook & Ladder responded to the initial calls for assistance at 11:43 pm.

  • Concussion Discussion: NHS Sports Programs Are Ahead Of The Game

    Over the past decade, an increasing public awareness about treating and preventing concussions, especially among younger rec league, school, and college athletes, has brought the issue out of emergency rooms and into living rooms. It now concerns not just coaches, but whole communities.

    Weeks before UConn’s starting quarterback Casey Cochran made national headlines announcing he was leaving the team because of repeated concussions, the Newtown High School sports department scheduled a student-parent forum on concussions.

  • Developer Offers More Data On Subdivision Plan

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members are reviewing revised and expanded technical information provided by the developers of The Preserve at Newtown, a proposed 23-lot residential subdivision on 167 acres in Dodgingtown.