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  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Selectmen Recommend Lanza Home Be Demolished

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed January 5 to recommend to the Legislative Council that the 36 Yogananda Street residence once occupied by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza be demolished.

    The residence was also the site where Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy, before traveling to the local elementary school and perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in US history.

  • Fire Reports, December 31, 2014-January 7, 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:

    Wednesday, December 31: 7:33 am, alarm, 228 South Main Street, Botsford and Hook & Ladder responded.

    Thursday, January 1: No calls listed.

  • Reestablishing An Iconic View: Nettleton Preserve Memorial Tree Project Reclaims Natural Beauty

    Visible from Old Castle Drive is a panoramic view looking down on the flagpole, church steeples. and rooflines along Main Street. Sitting just off the curb and facing this iconic scene is a small bench perched at the top of a rise that was once a sweeping meadow, but in more recent years has become a home for overgrowth and invasive species.

  • Drug Disposal Receptacle Unavailable At Police Station

    Police said that there currently is no receptacle available in the police station lobby at 3 Main Street for the proper disposal of unwanted prescription drugs, including expired drugs and prescription drug packaging.

    Newtown police ask that residents who want to properly dispose of such substances to do so at the Bethel police station at 49 Plumtrees Road, the Brookfield police station at 63 Silvermine Road, or the Redding police station at 96 Hill Road.

  • Superintendent Presents Proposed 2015-16 Budget

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, presented a $72,399,186, proposed operating budget, a 1.48 percent increase over this year’s budget, to the Board of Education on Tuesday, January 6.

  • ‘What Parents Should Know’ Presentation On Drugs Set For January 8

    The Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (NEOA) has scheduled a presentation on Thursday, January 8, at 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street, for parents of middle school and high school age students in Newtown.

    The event will be held in the school’s auditorium.

    Newtown Public Schools, the Newtown Police Department, and the Newtown Prevention Council  have partnered with the NEOA to bring parents the workshop on teen substance abuse.

  • Permanent Memorial Commission Hosting Two Public Forums This Month

    The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission is inviting the greater Newtown community to participate in two open forums this month on the topic of a permanent memorial to honor the 26 lives lost on 12/14.

    The open forums will take place at the Newtown High School lecture hall on Tuesday, January 20, and Thursday, January 29. Both will begin at 7 pm.

  • Governor Activates State Severe Weather Protocol

    NOTE: This story was updated at 5 pm Tuesday, January 6, to include an announcement from Town of Newtown officials and additional weather information from the National Weather Service.

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  • Budget, Transportation Among Top Session Issues

    HARTFORD — Projected state budget deficits and an aging transportation infrastructure are among the key challenges Connecticut lawmakers are expected tackle when they convene the new legislative session.

    Expanding jobs, reining in consumer electricity costs and overhauling domestic violence restraining orders are among some other big tasks also on tap.