Danbury Hall’s days are dwindling. With big machines at rest around its perimeter, demolition could begin as soon as Monday, September 29, confirmed Christal Preszler with the Newtown Planning Department. This week, the wood was being stripped from the building, she said. Bestech is the demolition contractor.
Soon, the corner of Trades Lane and Wasserman Way at the Fairfield Hills main entrance will offer a clear view of soccer fields and a waking path now blocked by the 1930s brick structure.
A new proposal for reuse that echoes Fairfield Hills’s origins has come before the authority overseeing that property.
On Monday, September 22, Fairfield Hills Authority members and several town officials heard from HealthVest facility CEO Richard Kresch, MD, who discussed plans for a psychiatric hospital. He told authority members that his company acquires distressed facilities or develops new ones.
Police report that they have arrested a second man on 45 criminal charges stemming from a recent string of 15 local burglaries, in which he and another man allegedly stole copper piping from unoccupied buildings so they could sell the metal for its scrap value.
Police said that on September 18, they arrested Besmir Redzepi, 21, of Waterbury on a warrant, charging him with 15 counts of third-degree burglary, 15 counts of conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary, and 15 counts of third-degree criminal mischief.
HARTFORD — Joined by lawmakers and the family of Catherine Violet Hubbard, Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday, September 24, handed over the deed for approximately 34.44 acres of land in Newtown to The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. during a ceremonial bill signing of Special Act 14-13, which facilitates the transfer of the state-owned land for the creation of an animal sanctuary and wildlife preserve.
A two-vehicle accident on Main Street early Saturday morning, September 20, closed a section of the road to through traffic for about two hours as police, fire, and environmental crews investigated the collision and worked to clean up an estimated 100-gallon diesel fuel spill caused by the crash.
About ten hours later, emergency crews were reactivated after some West Street residents smelled diesel fuel, which was then found floating on the surface of a stream that passes through their neighborhood.
The annual tradition of The Newtown Bee hosting a forum for residents to meet and learn about candidates on the November ballot continues this year with a planned forum featuring six legislative contenders.
The event is set for Tuesday, October 21, at Edmond Town Hall, with a meet and greet session in the lobby at 7 pm, and the forum running from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Police report they conducted surveillance at various local package stores on Saturday, September 13, as part of their participation in the Stop Underage Drinking and Sales (SUDS) alcohol enforcement project.
Police said that at about 8:45 pm, they spotted a teenage male walk into the Rooster Wines & Liquors package store at 113 South Main Street.