Newtown Board of Realtors president Barbara Frey is pleased with the direction the housing market in Newtown is headed this year. “There’s a real positive feeling in the air,” she said. Despite year-to-date sales slightly off from this time one year ago (60 homes sold since January 2015 versus 66 that period in 2014), it is an “extremely active market right now. Agents tell me they are busy morning to night,” Ms Frey said. Fifty-two homes have recently gone under deposit. There are an additional 23 pending sales, as of March 25.
Police report a two-vehicle accident on southbound Main Street, near the flagpole intersection, at about 4 pm on March 28.
Police said that motorist Michael Maddox, 44, of 39 Alpine Circle, who was driving a 2009 Cadillac Escalade SUV, struck the rear end of a 2005 Honda Civic sedan driven by Kelsey Rahmlow, 21, of 27 Bridge End Farm Lane. Police said that Maddox then drove away from the accident scene. There were no injuries.
Newtown Parks & Recreation has announced that the turf fields at Treadwell Park and Tilson Field will once again remain closed for at least another 24 hours, if not longer. The fields have not yet been opened for the season.
In an announcement issued early Wednesday afternoon, April 1, the town department said that as of today “approximately 20-25% of the surface is still frozen therefore the field is not safe to open. This primarily includes the corners and sideline areas directly adjacent to the edges.
The Newtown Police Department has received reaccreditation from the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC), signifying the department’s continuing compliance with a broad range of law enforcement standards.
The recognition provides the department with certain credentials in the field of municipal law enforcement.
Each year, just prior to Memorial Day, members of Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 place new flags on the graves of all veterans buried in Newtown, a way of honoring departed service members each May.
First Selectman Pat Llodra is recommending to the Board of Selectman that action on the community center project “not go forward as planned” on April 28, in a statement released Tuesday, March 31. “It is my belief that our community is best served if we allow ourselves and the community the time necessary to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard,” she wrote.
The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has postponed a public hearing on a 74-unit multifamily housing complex proposed for Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, which initially had been scheduled for Wednesday, April 1.
The WSA public hearing on local developer/builder Michael Burton’s request for sanitary sewer service for the project has been rescheduled to 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, at the sewage treatment plant office building at 24 Commerce Road.
Police Commission members conducted a special meeting last week to discuss the traffic problems posed by the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. They invited the chief elected official of the borough to discuss the matter with them.
But Borough Warden James Gaston, Sr, urged the Police Commission on March 24 to broaden its review of local traffic issues and to support having a traffic study performed on town roads, generally. Mr Gaston also is a town selectman.