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  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Event September 27

    Members of the public, who want to properly dispose of prescription drugs which they no longer need or want, will be able to dispose of the medications at a drug take-back event scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at the Newtown Police Department, 3 Main Street, and also at the Connecticut State Police Troop A Barracks at 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury.

    The event is scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm at both locations. This will be the ninth time the effort is being done on a national level.

  • Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition Open To Local Students

    Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29.

    The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”

  • Gov Malloy Announces Continued Efforts To Increase Housing Opportunities, End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance.

  • Firehouse Ride To Continue Hook & Ladder Fundraising Effort

    A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.

  • Anti-Gun Violence Groups To Rally In Stamford

    Newtown Action Alliance has announced that the ENOUGH Campaign and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will hold a peaceful demonstration, Tuesday, September 23, in Stamford on Main St. between Washington and Summer streets, in Columbus Park, at 5:30 pm. The rally is meant to call attention to GOP gubernatorial challenger Tom Foley’s pro-gun stance, and will coincide with the Foley campaign event to be attended by Gov Chris Christie (R-NJ) and baseball manager and restaurateur Bobby Valentine.

  • Council Revises Tick-Borne Disease Funding

    Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.

    At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.

    The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.

  • Making Room For New Tennis Courts

    Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season.

    Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design.

  • Selectmen Reject Prospect & Torrington As Emergency Dispatch Partners

    The Board of Selectmen September 15 agreed to pursue the possibility of eventually creating a regional emergency dispatch center in Newtown, or possibly consolidating into a regional facility in Danbury. As a result of that consensus, the board has effectively rejected pursuing regional dispatch partnerships with nonprofit, civilian operated centers in Prospect and Torrington.

  • Newtown Housing Market Following Normal Ups And Downs

    Newtown and Sandy Hook remain popular towns with house hunters, despite economic downturns, the tragedy of 12/14, and taxes that make selling a tour de force for local realtors.

  • Design Elements Presented: School Board Updated On SHS Progress

    Blues, greens, tans, and grays made up the primary colors of the proposed interior and exterior materials for use in the new Sandy Hook Elementary School that were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting September 16. The update came after the materials had already been presented to the Public Building & Site Commission.