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  • IWC Hearings Delayed On Hawleyville Mixed-Use Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has modified its schedule for two public hearings to be held to review a mixed-use development proposal for Hawleyville, which would include a condominium complex, a church, and a diner at a site near Exit 9 of Interstate 84.

    IWC members initially had planned to start their regulatory review process at their August 26 meeting. But that review has been delayed for scheduling reasons, according to Rob Sibley, town deputy director of planning and land use.

  • Beginning October 1: Sunday Deer Hunting To Be Allowed On Private Land During Archery Season In Most Parts Of State

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced August 19 that bow hunting on Sundays during the private land archery deer season will be permitted in most deer management zones in the state. There are three districts in north central Connecticut where the hunting will remain prohibited.

    DEEP Wildlife Division Director Rick Jacobson said the new opportunity for hunters “will support DEEP efforts to maintain healthy deer populations and ecosystems

  • Fire Reports, August 13 - 19, 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:

    Thursday, August 13: 9:19 am, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, August 14: 11:08 am, alarm, 3 Nunnawauk Road, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded;

  • Kettletown Park Beach Closed For Swimming Until Further Notice

    SOUTHBURY — The beach at Kettletown State Park has been is closed to swimmers until further notice because of the presence of blue-green algae which can emit toxins that can be harmful to people and dogs. The announcement was made by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) on August 18.

    All other state park beaches are open.

  • Remembering Former Representative Julia Wasserman

    This story has been amended to correct the date of Mrs Wasserman's death.

    Flags were lowered in Newtown on Tuesday, August 18, after it was learned that former state representative and longtime Newtown resident Julia Wasserman had died earlier that morning.

  • Town Meeting, Public Hearing Precede Tonight's Selectmen's Meeting

    Residents are being called to a special town meeting tonight — Monday, August 17 — at 7 pm in the Municipal Center Council Chambers to authorize three capital spending proposals.

    That gathering will be followed by a public hearing and this month’s only scheduled Board of Selectmen meeting, at 7:30 pm.

  • Tax Holiday Begins August 16

    Connecticut’s annual tax holiday — which applies to items $100 and under — runs Sunday, August 16, through Saturday, August 22. The Better Business Bureau has tips for consumers to take advantage of all possible savings.

  • Hearing Delayed On Tractor Supply Proposal

    A public hearing that was scheduled for August 6 in connection with Tractor Supply Company’s proposal to build a store at 116 South Main Street was not held because the applicant had not met all legal requirements for holding such a hearing, officials said.

  • Former Newtown Man Sentenced On Bank Fraud Charges

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A former Newtown man was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard, according to the US Attorney.

    Shane Fusco, 39, formerly of Nelson Lane in Hawleyville, was sentenced to spend 100 months in prison by US District Judge Cathy Seibel, according to Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion OK’d

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

    George Benson, town director of planning, presented plans for the expansion project to P&Z members at an August 6 public hearing. Mr Benson termed the application “straightforward.”

    No members of the public spoke at the hearing.