• P&Z Approves River Walk Condo Complex In Sandy Hook Center

    An elevation drawing of two of the smaller apartment buildings at The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village shows architectural detailing for the structures that will be part of the planned 65-unit condominium complex.

  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision

    The Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) during its meeting Tuesday, August 18, and discussed looking at a  proposed Hawley Elementary School heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) project further.

  • Gun Safety Advocates File State Ethics Watchdog Complaint Against NRA

    HARTFORD — The National Rifle Association’s (NRA) national political action committee (PAC) appears to have illegally funded Connecticut political spending, according to a complaint filed with the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) by Connecticut citizens and gun safety advocates on August 19. The complaint charges that the NRA’s federal PAC likely funneled improper campaign contributions to state politicians, and appears to have secretly given their state affiliate as much as $20,000, in violation of Connecticut state law. 

  • Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan Has More Placeholders Than Ever

    The first draft of Newtown’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), the five-year roadmap for determining both timing and spending for major local projects, is much more colorful than in years past.

  • Ten Applications Received For Newtown’s Top PD Position

    The town has received ten job applications from people seeking to become its new police chief starting in January.

    That person would replace Police Chief Michael Kehoe, 60, who will retire after more than 37 years as a local police officer.

    Chief Kehoe has headed the police department since July 1999, initially as acting police chief, and in 2001 becoming permanent chief. On June 2, Chief Kehoe announced that he would retire.

  • IWC Hearings Delayed On Hawleyville Mixed-Use Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has modified its schedule for two public hearings to be held to review a mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville, which would include a condominium complex, a church, and a diner at a site near Exit 9 of Interstate 84.

    IWC members initially had planned to start their regulatory review process at their August 26 meeting. But that review has been delayed for scheduling reasons, according to Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use.

  • Beginning October 1: Sunday Deer Hunting To Be Allowed On Private Land During Archery Season In Most Parts Of State

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced August 19 that bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state. There are three districts in north central Connecticut where the hunting will remain prohibited.

    DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson said the new opportunity for hunters “will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems

  • Fire Reports, August 13 - 19, 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, August 13: 9:19 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, August 14: 11:08 am, alarm, 3 Nunnawauk Road, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded;

  • Kettletown Park Beach Closed For Swimming Until Further Notice

    SOUTHBURY — The beach at Kettletown State Park has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on August 18.

    All other state park beaches are open.

  • Remembering Former Representative Julia Wasserman

    This story has been amended to correct the date of Mrs Wasserman's death.

    Flags were lowered in Newtown on Tuesday, August 18, after it was learned that former state representative and longtime Newtown resident Julia Wasserman had died earlier that morning.