• WCSU Compassion Conference Postponed

    DANBURY — The Center for Compassion, Creativity and Innovation at Western Connecticut State University has postponed its annual conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, because of a family emergency experienced by one of the speakers.

    Dr Chris Kukk, founder of the Center and a professor of Political Science at WCSU, said organizers regret having to postpone the conference. It will be held in the spring, however.

  • P&Z Conditionally Approves Rand-Whitney Factory Expansion

    Following a public hearing on a proposal to greatly expand the Rand-Whitney Container factory at 32 Schoolhouse Hill Road, P&Z members on September 17 conditionally approved the project for the 18.7-acre site.

    P&Z members agreed that the plans to increase the factory’s size from 127,500 square feet to 308,000 square feet meet the standards and criteria for site development plan approval.

  • Newtown Education Foundation Slates Public Forum

    The Newtown Education Foundation (NEF) has scheduled an open public forum for Monday, October 5, from 7 pm to 8 pm at Reed Intermediate School for the entire community.

    According to a press release from the NEF, work is continuing to form the foundation, and the next step is community engagement.

  • Taxpayer Questions Sought For Finance Board Forum

    Newtown taxpayers and residents are encouraged to submit questions they may have about local financial practices, capital spending, bonding, town pensions, the looming “Cadillac Tax,” taxation or any other issues that involve the consultation or directive of the Board of Finance.

    Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum, October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.

  • PTAs And PTSA To Host BOE Candidate Informational Forum

    The Newtown PTAs and PTSA are scheduled to host an informational forum of Board of Education candidates running for election in November.

    The event is set for Wednesday, October 14, from 7 to 8 pm, in the Lecture Hall at Newtown High School.

    The session will provide each candidate an opportunity to answer two predetermined questions.

  • Former Resident Donates Statues To VFW

    When former resident Colonel Robert Morris, Jr (Ret), returned to Newtown recently, he met Frank Colacurcio at VFW Post 308. The two subsequently met at the former home of Col Morris’s father, the late Robert C. Morris, Sr, where Mr Colacurcio noticed statues of soldiers — concrete stone men in military uniform, arms raised in salute. Col Morris and his father are both veterans. The men then had the idea that similar statues would be a good addition at the VFW.

  • Growing Pains At The Farmers’ Market

    Townspeople would love to see an expanded Farmer’s Market at Fairfield Hills, said Jim Shortt, whose farmstand is one of the anchors there. Other markets in the state offer more variety and cater to the desires of today’s shopper, he said, with selections of jams, jellies, baked goods, wines, oils, prepared foods, and sandwiches.

    But why Newtown’s market offers such a limited selection is complicated, both town officials and local farmers agree.

  • Officials Believe In-School Suicide Awareness Curriculum Hits Home

    This is the third and final report in our September series highlighting National Suicide Prevention Month.

    “Suicide represents an opportunity lost.”

  • Healthier Water: A Critical Collateral Benefit Of Drug Take-Back Day

    For every bottle of prescription drugs local police collect during a special Drug Take-Back promotion on September 26, and all the drugs collected year-round through a local secure dispensing site at police headquarters, Newtown’s drinking water potentially becomes a little bit safer.

  • Tractor Supply Store Zoning Proposal Draws Opposition

    A proposal to convert a South Main Street (State Route 25) site from its R-1 (residential) zoning designation to a South Main Village Design District (SMVDD) zoning designation, with the goal of constructing a 19,097-square-foot store and adjacent outdoor sales area there, has drawn stiff opposition from some nearby property owners.