• Sandy Hook School Foundation Awards District $500,000 Grant

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, November 17, that the Sandy Hook School Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to the school district.

    The Sandy Hook School Foundation is a nonprofit organization run by the Sandy Hook Elementary School PTA. Its mission is to “support programs, resources, and enrichment that can make a positive difference in our school community,” according to its website, sandyhookschoolfoundation.org.

  • Danbury Man Pleads Not Guilty In Rebong Murder Case

    NEW HAVEN — A Danbury man has pleaded not guilty in federal court to three criminal charges alleging that he murdered a Newtown man in Danbury in 2000.

  • Fill The Fire Trucks, November 21 & 22

    The annual Fill The Fire Truck Food Drive is just around the corner. Newtown firefighters will be spending time outside two of the town’s markets this weekend, accepting donations for FAITH Food Pantry just in time for Thanksgiving.

    Members of Hawleyville, Newtown Hook & Ladder, and Sandy Hook fire companies will be at Big Y, at 6 Queen Street, on Saturday, November 21, from 9 am until 2 pm. Then on Sunday, members of Botsford and Dodgingtown will be outside Stop & Shop at 228 South Main Street, during the same timeframe.

  • The ‘Silver Bridge’ Is Silver Again

    The intricate trusswork of the 308-foot-long Silver Bridge has been repainted, with the span again having a silvery color. Until recently, the bridge had been painted brown. The new paint job is part of an ongoing $4.47 million state renovation of the 1936 bridge, which spans the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, connecting Glen Road in Sandy Hook to River Road in Southbury. The bridge, which has carried alternating one-way traffic for the past several months, will soon carry two-way traffic again.      

  • Hawleyville Sewer Expansion Bidding Expected Soon

    In early December, the town expects to seek competitive bids for the construction of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system expansion project, a town official said this week.

    Fred Hurley, director of public works, said that bidding documents for the project are being refined to explain to bidders the work required for the project.

    At a February 2014 town meeting, voters by an 81-11 margin approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sewer system as a means to spur local economic development.

  • Police Reports, November 9-17, 2015

    DUI Incident

    Police report they responded to a call about 4:30 pm on November 11 informing them that that there was an erratic driver traveling in the area near the intersection of Wasserman Way and Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills.

    Police said they located the vehicle in question at the town’s Park & Bark dog park at 21 Old Farm Road, after which they investigated. Police said they charged motorist Robert Mosessian, 60, of 7 Round Hill Road with driving under the influence.

  • Fire Reports, November 12-19, 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:

  • Resident Earns University Of Maryland Presidential Award

    Newtown resident Monica Sava Bruenn, PhD, learned recently that she is a recipient of a Presidential Award from the University of Maryland, where she teaches online.

    Dr Bruenn is the program chair for the master of science in management with specialization in the health care administration, Department of Health Care for the University of Maryland University College.

    According to the university, the school’s presidential awards are given annually to faculty and staff members in recognition of “extraordinary accomplishments and performance.”

  • Selectmen Advised: New Police Station Less Costly Than Town Hall South Renovation

    Newtown's appointed Municipal Building Strategic Plan Committee is advising the Board of Selectmen to scrap the more costly idea of renovating Town Hall South to permit the growing police force to expanding into the full town-owned facility — a former tractor sales and service business. Instead committee members are advising officials to move forward with plans to build a new facility, presumably on public land at Fairfield Hills.

  • Almost Time To Fill The Fire Trucks

    Lee Paulsen, left, director of FAITH Food Pantry, recently met with Sandy Hook EMS Captain Karin Halstead, to go over what the pantry needs this year. The food pantry will receive a pre-Thanksgiving boost this weekend when the public responds to the annual request for Fill The Fire Truck.