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  • School, Health Officials Praise CPR, Defibrillator Training Initiative

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr and Health District Director Donna Culbert are both praising a recent unanimous State Board of Education resolution encouraging Connecticut public schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillators.

  • Resiliency Team Hired, Local Agencies Receive DOJ Funding Allocations

    Newtown’s post 12/14 recovery and resiliency efforts are about to accelerate with the hiring of a team of mental health experts and case managers, and the distribution of funds to underwrite outreach and support programs being coordinated through several separate town agencies.

  • Borough Ordinance Enacted:The New Bamboo Taboo

    Certain types of bamboo, specifically of the genus Phyllostachys (or Running Bamboo) by their nature, spread rapidly underground through their root systems and underground rhizomes — horizontal underground stems that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals — and then infest and damage nearby properties. They are not native to Connecticut and will, by their nature, invade, infest and damage other plants, roads, sidewalks, buildings and structures. 

  • Funds Approved For Church Hill Road Sidewalk Link

    With Board of Finance approval July 14, and anticipated Legislative Council endorsement, top donors including Newtown’s Draper family, as well as town and borough of Newtown officials are poised to complete a critical link to a planned “Memorial Sidewalk” that supporters hope will eventually connect Main Street to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Gov Malloy Announces Additional $22 Million To Make Schools Safer

    WETHERSFIELD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy on July 17 announced that the application process will begin next week for the next round of the School Security Grant Program.

  • Work Progressing On Poverty Hollow Road Bridge Project

    Work is progressing on the town’s project to replace the Poverty Hollow Road bridge that crosses the Aspetuck River near the parking lot entrance to Centennial Watershed State Forest.

    Town Engineer Ronald Bolmer said this week said that the target date for project completion is August 15. Work started on June 9.

  • Family Fun Hike Is July 27

    Enjoy the view, take a short hike, fly a kite, or blow bubbles at the Nettleton Preserve at 15-25 Castle Hill Road. Join Newtown Forest Association (NFA) member and hike leader Aaron Coopersmith on Sunday, July 27, at noon for a Family Fun Hike at the NFA’s 23-acre property. Guests can bring a picnic, join the short guided hike, and enjoy “The most spectacular view in Newtown,” according to the NFA.

  • Police Reports | June 30-July 15, 2014

    Streetlamp Vandalism

    Police report an incident in which several youths used BB-gun weapons to shoot out streetlamps in the area of West Street and Roosevelt Drive at about 10:30 pm on Monday, June 30.

    After responding to that area, police found that the gunfire had shattered two lenses on streetlamp fixtures.

    Police are investigating the property damage and ask anyone with knowledge of the criminal mischief to contact them at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

    Intersection Crash

  • Fire Reports | July 10-16, 2014

    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, July 10: 9:35 am, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Hawleyville Road, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded; 8:23 pm, burning odor indoors, 29 Rock Ridge Road, Dodgingtown responded; 9:51 pm, alarm, 39 Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded. 

  • During Public Info Session: DOT To Explain Plans For Church Hill Road Intersection Improvements

    Residents interested in learning about the state’s plans to make travel safety improvements along one of the most congested and accident-prone sections of roadway in town can attend a meeting on the construction project slated for next week.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational session on its project to create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road (Route 6), Commerce Road, and Edmond Road for Tuesday, July 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.