• Sen Hwang Finds More Reasons Than Not To Support ‘Second Chance Society’

    Sometime between the end of the 2015 legislative session and the special session that wrapped up earlier this week, Newtown’s freshman Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) decided to give the governor’s proposed “Second Chance Society” legislation a second look.

  • P&Z Slates Public Hearing On River Walk Condo Complex

    A local builder/developer’s proposal to construct 74 condominium apartments on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center is scheduled for discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 9, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Applicant Michael Burton of Sandy Hook, doing business as River Walk Properties, LLC, is seeking a special permit for the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 (IH-10) zoning regulations, which the P&Z created in January.

  • Fire Reports, June 25-July 1, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, June 25: 3:57 pm, alarm, 11 Edmond Road, Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook, and Hawleyville responded; 6 pm, public service, 42 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 6:07 pm, public service, 42 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 11:33 pm, medical assist, Paugussett Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Officials Line Up With Timely Advice On Taxes, Grills, Pools, Dumping

    As the new fiscal year begins, property and motor vehicle taxes come due, homeowners balance landscaping projects and yard work with recreational activities like grilling and enjoying their residential swimming pools.

    At the same time, town officials have provided some timely tips, advice, and warnings to help residents stay safe, and to possibly ease the process for taxpayers as they write checks for property and motor vehicle taxes that are due by August 3.

  • Mae Schmidle, Julia Wasserman Honored At Testimonial

    About 150 well-wishers took part in a testimonial for Mae Schmidle and Julia Wasserman on Sunday, June 28, held to honor the two women for their decades of local public service.

    Due to health reasons, Mrs Wasserman was not able to attend the event held in the Great Room at the Newtown Congregational Church on West Street.

  • Special Town Meeting Monday

    Electors and citizens qualified to vote at town meetings of the Town of Newtown are being called to participate in a Special Town Meeting on Monday, July 6, at 7:15 pm, at the Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Holiday Closings

    All town offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day. While July 4 falls on Saturday, all federal, state, and local government buildings will be closed for business on July 3.

    Newtown Senior Center and C.H. Booth Library also will be closed on Friday, July 3.

    The library will remain closed on Saturday, July 4, and will reopen on Monday, July 6 (the library is regularly closed on Sundays during the summer).

  • Police Reports, June 21-29, 2015

    Juvenile DUI

    Police report that at about 11:29 pm on June 25, a youth under the age of 18 was driving an unspecified vehicle on Paugussett Road, near its intersection with Skytop Drive, when that vehicle went off the side of the road.

    The youth was not injured, police said. After investigating, police arrested the youth on charges of driving under the influence by a person under age 21 and failure to drive to the right.

  • Psychiatric Hospital Eying Locations Other Than Fairfield Hills, Still Interested In Newtown

    The 100-bed psychiatric hospital bid for development at Fairfield Hills has refocused to sites elsewhere in town.

  • Governor Declares June 28-July 5 Social And Emotional Learning Awareness Week

    Governor Dannel P. Malloy has issued a proclamation declaring the week of July 28-July 5, 2015 Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Week.

    The timing of the proclamation was done to coincide with what would have been the ninth birthday of Jesse Lewis on June 30. Jesse was one of the children killed on 12/14.

    “This is a JesseLewisChooseLove.org initiative, and we are working towards teaching children to choose love,” said Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis.