As of 1 pm August 12, only 351 of the 5,138 registered Newtown Republicans had cast ballots according to the Registrars of Voters Office.
Local Republicans are being called to the polls Tuesday to determine which of two GOP challengers, State Senator John McKinney and Tom Foley, will face Governor Dannel Malloy and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman for the state’s top elected offices come November.
The primary ballot also includes a rare primary challenge between two GOP contenders for the office of state comptroller.
Twenty-five Chinese students between the ages of 12 and 17 arrived in Newtown, Friday, July 25, for a three-week stay with host families in the area. The students are with Educational Homestay Programs, a division of Education First (EF).
The Newtown Police Department has released the name of a missing individual they have been actively searching for since earlier Monday. And officials are seeking the community's help finding the missing 71-year-old who was seen in the area of Hattertown and Eden Hill Roads Monday, August 11.
Police say Martin Lee Allen, 71, was last seen at his residence at about that time, and may still be in the area on foot. Mr Allen is Caucasian, 5’-9” tall, and about 118 lbs, with brown and grey hair, police said.
Following discussion at an August 5 Police Commission session, commission members told a two-member town study panel that they do not want the town’s radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to change its location from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to either a Prospect dispatching center, which is 25 miles away, or to a Torrington dispatching center, which is 39 miles away.
Police report that while on patrol about 6 pm on July 28, they spotted motorist Louis Deluca, 32, of 9 Frontage Road traveling 50 miles per hour in 25-mph zone near the intersection of Tunnel Road and Barnanbas Road, so they stopped him to investigate.
Police said they charged Deluca with possession of narcotics (heroin), traveling unreasonably fast, driving with a suspended license, driving with a suspended vehicle registration, and failure to have automotive insurance.
A local development firm wants to construct an approximately 30,000-square-foot mixed-use building at the current site of Woodbury Hall at Fairfield Hills, which would include a combination of retail uses, office space, and rental apartments.
The concept for such a project surfaced in an August 3 e-mail submitted to an electronic mailing list by Advantage Commercial Realty, which was promoting the concept for developer Claris Construction Inc of Newtown.
Following an hourlong public hearing on July 31, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously approved redevelopment plans for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive, off Riverside Road.
The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.
The P&Z’s zoning approval marks a major local hurdle for the construction project.
Newtown Parks & Recreation Department announced Tuesday that “Dickinson Park Playground is closed until further notice. The construction company is [in] the final stages of completing the playground. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated at this time.”