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  • Police Urge Awareness Amid Spike In Burglaries

    Police are urging residents to have a heightened awareness of their surroundings and to promptly report any suspicious activity to them, in view of a recent increase in burglaries.

    Lieutenant Richard Robinson, who heads the police department’s detective unit, said that during the three-month period from November through January inclusive, there were 19 local burglaries reported to police.

  • Selectmen OK, Move $40.2 Million Budget To BOF Review

    After meeting with members of the Edmond Town Hall Board of Managers, representatives of the Booth Library and its board, the Board of Fire Commission, and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps chief February 5, the Board of Selectmen completed its departmental review and unanimously approved a 2015-16 budget request of $40,203,958.

  • Father Passes On His Love Of Hockey On A Small Homemade Rink

    Slick, frozen, and surrounded by snow and fencing is a homemade ice skating rink on Wendover Road where two young children and their father play. Hockey, specifically, is in their Canadian father’s blood, and both brother and sister have taken up the sport. 

    Shaun Hannah loves hockey, he said, and has been doing it his whole life. He played at Cornell University, and spent two seasons in a professional league, then coached at Sacred Heart University from 1996 to 2009.

  • Community Center Phase I Info Sessions Announced

    Through the generosity of The GE Foundation, which has granted $15 million to the Town of Newtown for the design, construction, and operations of a new community center, Newtown is moving forward on the planning for an expanded senior center and a new aquatic center for community use.

    Newtown Parks & Recreation will host a pair of public information sessions, which will include meeting the members of the design and construction team chosen by the town for this project.

  • WSA Approves Final Design Phase For Hawleyville Sewer Expansion

    Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members have unanimously approved having their consulting engineering firm start final design work on the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, a municipal project intended to stimulate economic development.

    At a February 5 meeting, WSA member Richard Zang made a motion to have Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, start the final design project, with successive stages of that design to be sequentially approved by the WSA as the project progresses.

  • P&Z Approves Medical Office Building In Hawleyville

    Following a review of plans, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on February 5 unanimously approved construction of a two-story, 30,000-square-foot medical office building at a 4.7-acre site at 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    The P&Z approved the project for applicant Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC of Westport.

    The project would be similar in appearance to another medical office building that was recently constructed at 164 Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Size Of Proposed Multifamily Complex Still Unclear

    Local officials realize that a Trumbull developer is proposing a “big” multifamily housing project for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook, near the Exit 10 interchange of westbound Interstate 84. The problem is, it remains unclear just how big the controversial project proposed by 79 Church Hill Road, LLC, would be.

  • Donor May Cover Lanza Home Demolition, Town Meeting Set

    After being approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Legislative Council, selectmen are coming around to the final administrative requirement before commencing efforts to demolish the dwelling where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza resided.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during remarks earlier this week that a town meeting to authorize officials to move forward with the planned razing of that residence will be held 15 minutes before the selectmen’s 7:30 pm meeting Tuesday, February 17.

  • Lawmakers Rethink Affordable Housing As Local Officials, Residents Testify At Hearing

    In separate Connecticut Senate and House proposals, Newtown’s legislative delegation — Senator Tony Hwang and Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, J.P. Sredzinski, and Dan Carter — is proposing changes to a statute that currently permits developers to circumvent local zoning restrictions on residential projects if the community does not currently conform to Connecticut’s ten percent threshold under affordable housing requirements.

  • Anthem Consumer Help Enhanced Post Data Breach, Lawmakers Eye Encryption

    As hundreds, or perhaps thousands of Newtown residents who may be affected by the Anthem data breach continue to receive updated information and enhanced consumer support, lawmakers in Hartford this week proposed legislation mandating that state insurance providers encrypt social security information and other client details in their massive databases.

    A reported data breach may have compromised personal information of its current and former customers across the state, and millions of Anthem customers across the country.