• Bolinsky Speaks With Legislative Council On State’s Minimum Budget Requirement

    The Legislative Council heard an update from State Representative Mitch Bolinsky during its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, regarding the state’s Substitute House Bill 7019, An Act Concerning The Minimum Budget Requirement.

    As Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob reminded her board before the discussion began, Rep Bolinsky was there to discuss only changes to the law, and the council would not discuss how those changes would be applied to Newtown.

  • Police Commission Lists Traffic Concerns About Proposed Hawleyville Complex

    Following lengthy discussion at an October 6 session, Police Commission members, in their role as the local traffic authority, made several traffic recommendations concerning a proposed mixed-use development in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church.

  • Commissioners Continue To Talk Community Center Options

    A 50-meter pool is what swim supporters and parents suggested would be ideal as a new community center component, Newtown Community Center Commission members heard Tuesday night during the commission’s latest meeting. Several of the roughly ten meeting attendees had spoken recently at open forums, where commissioners have encouraged residents to discuss community center concepts including a pool/aquatic center, ice rink, senior services, cultural arts activities, and a community place to gather.

  • Police reports, September 28 - October 6

    I-84 DUI

    State police report that motorist Paul Foley, 59, of Bedford, N.Y., who was driving a 2000 Mercedes-Benz SUV on westbound Interstate 84, near Exit 10, about 6 pm on October 1, struck the rear end of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by a 68-year-old Stamford man and then drove away from the scene.

    State police said that through the help of a witness, they were able to find Foley, who they then stopped to investigate.

  • Defendant Pleads Guilty In Drug Trafficking Case

    HARTFORD — A Sherman man pleaded guilty on October 6 to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids in a drug trafficking case which has 11 defendants, including a former Newtown police sergeant and a former Newtown emergency services dispatcher.

    Michael Mase, 32, of Sherman pleaded guilty in US District Court, reversing his earlier not guilty plea in the case, according to spokesman for US Attorney Deirdre Daly.

  • 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:

    *Board of Ethics, with one  position available to Democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • Energy Challenge Program Bringing Solar To Newtown Rooftops; Meeting/Info Session, October 8

    The Newtown Sustainable Energy Commission has launched a new initiative, beginning in October, to bring solar panel systems to residents and businesses.

    The first community meeting will be Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8 pm, in the meeting room at C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.

  • NEF Preparing To Build Executive Board

    The Newtown Education Foundation (NEF) held an open public forum on Monday, October 5, at Reed Intermediate School.

    Kristen Bonacci and Casey Ragan, two of NEF’s three co-founders, spoke about how the foundation came about and answered questions about what the foundation will do during the forum.

    The mission of NEF is to enrich the learning experience for students by promoting innovation and creativity through collaboration with the community, according to the foundation.

  • Small Businesses Targeted In Eversource Billing Scam

    BERLIN — For popular eateries, like the Popover Bakery and Café in Simsbury, weekend business is their bread and butter.

    So when one of the owners at Popover recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Eversource, threatening to shut off their power in two hours unless they made an immediate payment, she panicked.

  • Traffic Issues Top P&Z Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Complex

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on October 1 held a fourth set of dual public hearings on a mixed-use development proposed for Hawleyville, which includes a 180-unit rental apartment complex in six multistory buildings, a diner, and a church on 42 acres west of Hawleyville Road (State Route 25) and south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.

    The Police Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 6, to discuss the traffic aspects of the mixed-use development proposal.