• Brief, Intense Thunderstorm Cuts Power To 4,600 Electric Customers

    Three trees fell within an Oakview Road property on Tuesday afternoon following a brief but strong storm that knocked down trees and took down power lines across town. At this location, a camper was destroyed and the house was damaged, but there were no reported injuries.

  • Democrats, GOP Seeking Candidates For Appointments, November Ballot

    Local Republicans and Democrats continue to seek interested residents who want to give back to their community by considering service on local elected boards and in appointed positions on various committees serving the community.

    Candidate’s Committee Chair Herb Rosenthal told The Newtown Bee that Newtown’s Democratic Party needs good, qualified candidates for many offices, including First Selectman, Board of Education, Board of Finance, Legislative Council and Planning & Zoning Commission. 

  • Key Rock Road To Get More Speed Tables

    Following its review of a traffic engineering report on travel safety on the residential Key Rock Road, the Police Commission has approved creating additional speed tables there to better control motorists’ travel speeds on the 4,500-foot-long north-south connector road.

    Key Rock Road connects Sugar Street (Route 302) to the intersection of Hattertown Road and Poverty Hollow Road. The Police Commission has been reviewing Key Rock Road traffic safety in its role as the traffic authority.

  • State Seizes Nine Horses, Many Cats And Dogs At Town’s End Road Property

    A state Department of Agriculture staff member handles a horse that was seized Monday morning from a property on Town’s End Road. The state Department of Agriculture seized nine malnourished, neglected horses, plus numerous cats and dogs, all of which were living in unhealthy conditions at a residential property in southern Newtown.

  • June 27-30: Stevenson Dam Bridge To Close For 90-Hour Maintenance Project, Detours Planned

    MONROE — For the second time in as many months, the section of Route 34 that is located on a bridge positioned atop the hydroelectric Stevenson Dam will be closed to traffic for an extended period to allow maintenance to be done on the dam’s floodgates.

    Leonard Greene, spokesman for FirstLight Hydro Generating Company, said June 17 that the road closure is planned to last for a total of 90 hours.

  • Queen Street Banner Ban Prompts Alternate Postings

    For about 20 years, local civic groups and town agencies have had their colorful banners posted by the town above Queen Street, near Newtown Middle School, to promote various nonprofit events that are open to the public.

    But a recent incident involving the presence of high-voltage electrical lines there has resulted in the town stopping that practice and recommending that those groups post their banners elsewhere, according to Fred Hurley, director of public works.

  • Public Celebration June 28 Will Honor Julia Wasserman, Mae Schmidle

    Chances are, no matter where you travel in Newtown, you have seen or experienced something for which either former state lawmaker Julia Wasserman or Mae Schmidle was responsible.

  • BOS Wants Facilities Panel Poised To Consider Hawley School

    During a routine report to her board June 15, First Selectman Pat Llodra said she wants an ad-hoc panel assessing possible future use or repurposing of several public buildings to be prepared to consider Hawley School, if or when the Board of Education determines that facility will be closed.

  • Kids Staying With Friends? Llodra Implores Parents To ASK About Firearms

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is standing with a growing number of community leaders and others imploring parents to include one significant question among the many that present when kids visit or stay over at friends homes. And she is hoping a major awareness campaign targeting Sunday, June 21 — the first day of Summer — hits home in Newtown.

    “ASK” if there is an unlocked gun in the homes where their children play.

  • Democrats Oppose Immediate School Closing; Erardi Feels No Pressure

    School Superintendent Joseph V Erardi, Jr said June 17 he is feeling no political pressure as Town Democrats and Borough Burgesses lined up to oppose closing any Newtown schools at this time even in the face of dwindling enrollment.