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  • Ratings Agencies Interview Local Officials, And Like What They Hear

    Most people at one time or another have had to sit through interviews with bank officials as part of the application process for mortgages, business loans, or personal lines of credit. But what happens when tens of millions of dollars are in play and global bond rating agencies are asking the questions?

  • Fire Reports, January 8-14, 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:

    Thursday, January 8: 8:59 am, hazardous condition, near 84 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded; 7:41 pm, chimney fire, 23 Russett Road, Sandy Hook responded; 9:48 pm, burning odor indoors, 12 Old Castle Drive, Hook & Ladder responded. 

  • Flagpole Intersection Roundabout Suggested To Aid Traffic Flow

    A state Department of Transportation (DOT) official is offering some ideas on how the Main Street flagpole intersection’s traffic problems can be alleviated through a redesign of the five-legged intersection.

    William Britnell, principal engineer in DOT’s highway design unit, said that creating a “roundabout” at the flagpole intersection would improve traffic flow there, alleviating the vehicle-turning conflicts that occur at the intersection, which becomes congested at times.

  • Finance Board Takes First Step To Quantify School Closing Savings

    A number of years ago, before he left and was subsequently reelected to the Board of Finance, Michael Portnoy was analyzing Newtown school district enrollment reports.

    And on more than several occasions, he predicted with confidence, that student numbers would begin declining measurably in the near future.

  • Estates Of Two 12/14 Victims: Insufficient Security In Place

    NOTE: This is an expanded version of a story filed by Reporter Andrew Gorosko on Monday, January 12, 2015

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  • Sandy Hook Advisory Commission To Meet Friday

    HARTFORD — The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission is next scheduled to meet Friday, January 16, at 9:30 am, at the Legislative Office Building.

    The commission is Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s 16-member panel of experts tasked with reviewing current policies and making specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention.

  • Police Reports, January 2-12, 2015

    Sugar Street Crash

    Police report that motorist Angela Evertez, 40, of 47 Poverty Hollow Road was driving a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV westward on Sugar Street, near its intersection with Head O’ Meadow Road, about 2:11 pm on January 3, as motorist Maura Curry, 57, of Redding was driving a 2012 Jeep Wrangler SUV eastward there.

  • New York Man Arrested For Drug Store Theft

    Following a foot pursuit midday on January 7, police caught and then arrested a New York City man who allegedly stole nearly $1,200 worth of merchandise from a South Main Street drug store in a shoplifting incident.

    Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said police received a call for help about 12:12 pm from Walgreens Pharmacy at 49 South Main Street, informing them that a shoplifting theft had occurred there. The store is on the northern corner of South Main Street and Mile Hill Road.

  • Superintendent To Host Forum At The Senior Center

    UPDATE (Monday, January 26, 2015): Due to anticipated weather, this event has been postponed to Wednesday, January 4 (same start time and location).

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    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, will hold a one-hour community forum on Wednesday, January 28,February 4, starting at 2:30 pm, at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road.

  • AMBER Alerts To Be Sent Through Facebook

    HARTFORD — A new tool was unveiled this week to help find children who have been abducted.