In August, police plan to conduct a crosswalk enforcement project in the town center to raise public awareness about the state law that requires motorists to yield to pedestrians standing in marked crosswalks while waiting to cross the street.
The crosswalk enforcement will occur on various unspecified dates during August, according to Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde, who heads the police department’s traffic unit.
The Aquifer Protection Agency (APA) this week endorsed an aquifer protection planning report for the 74-unit River Walk at Sandy Hook Village condominium complex, which is proposed for the west side of Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.
At a special meeting on the morning of July 28, the five APA members who were present unanimously decided that the project proposed for an 11.8-acre site at #10 through #22 Washington Avenue would have no significant adverse effects on the underlying Pootatuck Aquifer.
While this year’s local elections represent an opportunity for newcomers to venture into Newtown’s political arena, the fall ballot will also feature a number of familiar names to Newtown voters. A few familiar names will be missing as well. The Democratic Town Committee and Republican Town Committee completed their caucuses simultaneously one floor apart at Edmond Town Hall on July 28, with both parties tendering slates of candidates.
Note: This story, originally posted Monday, July 27, 2015, has been updated to include details about the July 27 court appearance.
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A Danbury man pleaded not guilty to eight criminal and motor vehicle charges on Monday, July 27, at his arraignment in Danbury Superior Court in connection with a Friday, July 24, incident at the Big Y supermarket at Newtown Shopping Village, 6 Queen Street.
A state police chase, which covered roughly 25 miles early on the morning of Friday, July 17, started near the Exit 10 interchange of westbound Interstate 84 in Newtown. The chase proceeded on I-84 to Brookfield, Bethel, and Danbury, and then reversed direction, entering Brookfield, and then New Milford, where the man being pursued crashed his vehicle near the junction of Routes 7 and 37, state police said.
Following the incident, state police arrested Kenneth Lyden, 32, of Wolcott on multiple criminal and motor vehicle charges.