• P&Z Approves Hawleyville Resubdivision

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z), in its role as the town’s planning agency, has approved a resubdivision of land at 176 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    At an April 3 session, P&Z members unanimously approved an application from Toll CT III, Limited Partnership. P&Z members decided that the application is consistent with the town’s resubdivision regulations and also with the terms of BPO (Business Professional Office) zoning. The approval takes effect on April 14.

  • 24-Hour Fundraiser Nets More Than $25,000 For Newtown Nonprofits

    For 24 hours on March 7, many Newtown nonprofit groups were among those benefiting from an online fundraising initiative. The first Fairfield County Giving Day, promoted by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, raised $745,729 for more than 250 local nonprofits. Newtown’s nonprofits raised more than $25,000.

  • Advocacy Campaign Launched Ahead Of April 22 Budget Vote

    Moments after the Legislative Council voted to send the 2014-15 town and school budget requests to referendum, resident and longtime school supporter Kinga Walsh thanked officials for their efforts. She also challenged them to help get it passed, asking council members to work side-by-side with other advocates promoting passage of the spending plan.

  • School Board Discusses Staffing Levels For 2014-15

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to have “reduction in force” notifications shared with nontenured staff in the district who may or may not have their positions renewed for the 2014-15 school year, during its meeting on Tuesday, April 8.

    According Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda, a state statute requires that school district staff be notified by May 1 if their contract will not be or will potentially not be renewed for the following school year.

  • Police Reports | March 31-April 9, 2014

    Crash In Snowy Conditions

    During a snowstorm at about 7 am on March 31, motorist Danielle Dubow, 26, of Easton was driving a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV westward on snow-covered pavement near 24 Button Shop Road, when the vehicle slid off the road on a curve and then struck a rock and a tree, police said.

    Dubow was not injured. Police took no enforcement.


    Sugar Street Accident

  • Fire Reports | April 3 - 9, 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, April 3: 11:22 am, mutual aid call, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, April 4: 2:24 am, medical assist, Brushy Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Sandy Hook School Students Launch Space Talk

    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio, left, and Steve Swanson shared a Sandy Hook School t-shirt that was brought to the International Space Station through a video conference held on Tuesday, April 8, with students at the school.

  • DRS Reminder: Sandy Hook Workers State Assistance Payments Not Taxable Income In CT

    HARTFORD — In cooperation with the Judicial Branch’s Office of Victim Services, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) offered a reminder on April 7 to taxpayers who received Sandy Hook Workers Assistance payments: that income is not taxable in Connecticut.

    Special legislation in 2013 authorized payments to certain police, fire, emergency medical, educational, counseling, and other workers demonstrating physical or emotional harm as a result of 12/14.

  • To Vape Or Not To Vape? E-Cigarettes Raise Questions

    The month of March was a busy one for legislators concerned about the proliferation of e-cigarette use among the country’s youth, the lack of regulation for sales of e-cigarettes to minors at state and federal levels, and advertising directed at young people that glamorizes “vaping” in much the same way that conventional cigarettes were once marketed.

  • Gun Rights Activists Protest State’s Gun Law

    HARTFORD (AP) — Gun rights activists gathered outside the Connecticut State Capitol over the weekend and protested the one-year anniversary of the state’s wide-ranging gun control law.

    The legislation was signed into law on April 4, 2013, in response to 12/14.

    A pro-gun rights organization, the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, organized the Saturday afternoon rally.