• Town Disaster Mitigation Plan Gains Federal Approval

    The town has gained federal approval for the Newtown Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, a planning document which the town will use in preparing to reduce the potential damage caused by natural disasters.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has endorsed the plan, which has been six years in the making, said Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use. Mr Sibley also is a town deputy director of emergency management.

  • Steel Framework At Sandy Hook Elementary To Be ‘Topped Off’ June 30

    Next Tuesday’s “topping off” ceremony, where the final steel construction beam at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School is signed by the entire construction team and hoisted into place, will mark a significant milestone in the critical local building project that one key official involved said is going extremely well.

  • Preliminary SHS Playground Designs Presented To PB&S

    Preliminary designs for the new Sandy Hook School building’s playgrounds were presented by representatives of a design firm at the Tuesday, June 23, Public Building & Site Commission meeting.

    The commission also heard a presentation on the artwork planned for the school during the meeting.

    A number of meetings were held with a school playground committee, according to William Richter, a principal of Richter & Cegan of Avon, a landscape architecture and urban design firm.

  • Rolled Dump Truck Closes Botsford Hill Road For Six Hours

    A large, loaded 12-wheel construction dump truck, which was traveling on Botsford Hill Road early on the afternoon of Saturday, June 20, flipped over onto its right side and leaked diesel fuel.

    The incident triggered an environmental cleanup project that caused a section of that street to close to through-traffic for more than six hours, resulting in detours, officials said.

  • Four Vehicles Involved In Flagpole Intersection Crash

    An accident involving four SUVs occurred at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street at about 7:07 pm on June 20.

    Police said motorist Edward Monarch, 87, of Little Compton, R.I., who was driving a 2014 Buick Encore SUV westward on Church Hill Road, stopped at a stop sign, as motorist Eugene Kallivrousis, 23, of 52 Georges Hill Road was driving a 2007 Nissan Murano SUV northward on Main Street.

  • Route 34 Bridge Atop Stevenson Dam To Be Closed June 27-30

    MONROE — The section of Route 34 located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow for maintenance on the dam’s floodgates.

    The road closure is planned to last for a total of 90 hours. The Route 34 road section atop the dam will be closed starting at 6 am on Saturday, June 27, with the closure continuing for all of Sunday, June 28, Monday, June 29, and Tuesday, June 30.

  • Fire Reports, June 18-24, 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:

  • With Continuing Focus On Facilities, BOE Says No School Closure For 2016-17

    Hawley Elementary School PTA President Kristen Bonacci, standing at left, spoke first, representing the SOS campaign, during public participation at the school board's special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.  
  • Police Reports, May 23-June 23, 2015

    DUI Incident

    Police report that at about 6 pm on June 22, they received a report that a motorist who was driving a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV in a commercial parking lot on Queen Street, had backed into a parked unoccupied 2013 Lexus GS-350 sedan, damaging the Lexus, and then drove away from the scene.

    Police said they investigated the complaint and then located the Jeep’s driver, Linda Sorensen, 67, of 40 Greenleaf Farms Road, at her home.

  • Sympathy Card Headed For Charleston; Vigil Scheduled

    This story was amended to update information provided by NAA earlier today.

    Approximately 25 to 30 people, mainly members of Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and The Newtown Foundation (TNF), gathered on the front steps of Edmond Town Hall Monday evening, June 22, to sign a large, bannerlike sympathy card that will be sent to Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., said NAA chairman Po Murray.