• Newtown’s #1 Dog For 2015

    Bronco, who will proudly wear the #1 Newtown Dog Tag for the next 12 months, is surrounded by, from left and moving clockwise, Trina Cain, Tom and Mary-Kay Novak, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead and Chris Cain.

  • Community Center Planners Discuss Their Goals And Direction

    “I feel like we’re chasing our tails,” said Community Center Commission member John Boccuzzi, Jr, after almost three hours in a meeting Tuesday evening. He wondered about the goals and direction of the group. Most of the meeting was spent discussing details for costs of mailing informative postcards, filling out a timeline for coming months’ activities, and breaking briefly into subcommittees. The panel concluded the session with more questions about their charge and few answers.

  • DMV To Close August 11-15 For Major Computer System Upgrades

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr. on July 22 announced that major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices — except for licensing services — from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15. The department’s offices will reopen for all transactions on Tuesday, August 18.

  • Sportsmanship Strikes Out At Babe Ruth Baseball Game

    People are still talking about an incident at a June 29 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game between Newtown and Norwalk that ended abruptly when the Norwalk coach pulled his team from the field. Speculation continues on social media over what exactly transpired and whether or not the issue would be handled appropriately.

  • Blumenthal Wants Legislation Protecting Drivers From Auto Security, Privacy Risks

    WASHINGTON, DC — As both Congress and the federal government struggle to develop a strategy for the “Internet of Things,” and responding to the increasing use of connected devices, including automobiles, US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J.

  • NJWC Hoping For Financial Help Filling Backpacks

    Since 1997, The Newtown Junior Women’s Club has annually donated back-to-school backpacks filled with school supplies through their Backpack Program to fulfill the needs of children in Newtown. Newtown Social Services works in coordination with NJWC to inform the club about quantities and supplies needed.

    This year the club expects to fill approximately 92 backpacks with required supplies.

  • Main Street Flag Lowered For Chattanooga Shooting Victims

    UPDATE (Monday, July 20, 2015; 3:52 pm): This story has been updated to reflect that Governor Malloy ordered US and State of Conneticut flags to be lowered to honor those killed in Tennessee last week.

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    Hook & Ladder firefighters lowered the flag on Main Street to half-staff this morning, to honor the five servicemen killed last week in a shooting incident in Tennessee.

  • Tractor Supply Seeking South Main Street Location For New Store

    Tractor Supply Company, a major retailer whose product lines include agriculture, livestock, equine, pet care, home improvement, and lawn and garden maintenance, is seeking a preliminary land use approval from the town toward its goal of locating a new store on a 8.19-acre site at 116 South Main Street.

    The property is on the west side of South Main Street, south of South Main Street’s intersection with Simm Lane.

  • Mangiafico Will Not Seek Reelection To Police Commission

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico has announced he will not seek reelection to the five-member commission, which he has headed since late 2011.

    Mr Mangiafico, a Republican, is in the last year of a four-year term on the agency, which has three Republican and two Democratic members. Four of the five seats on the panel are up for election in the November 3 municipal elections.

    Mr Mangiafico has served as the panel’s chairman since becoming a commission member.

  • Discussion To Focus On Wild Spaces For Wild Species

    Its glistening dark eyes stared back at resident Robert Eckenrode as he took a photo of his backyard guest. A barred owl — named “Hootie” or “Daniel,” depending on who in the family is talking — that he first noticed in mid-June sat with its wings at rest, perched on a porch rail.