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  • Superintendent Looking Toward 2025; NHS Assistant Principal Hired As Principal In Watertown

    With the news that Newtown High School Assistant Principal Paul Jones has been hired to be the next principal at Watertown High School, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, reflected on all the recent changes to the district’s leadership.

    Mr Jones was voted by the Watertown Board of Education to start as Watertown High School’s principal on July 1 during a special meeting held on Monday, June 9.

  • Police Commission Member To Become Middlebury Police Chief

    A Police Commission member is resigning from that elected position to take the job of police chief at the Middlebury Police Department.

    On June 3, James Viadero, 54, who was serving the first year of his second four-year term as a Police Commission member, submitted his letter of resignation to the commission. Mr Viadero, a Republican, was first elected to the commission in November 2009.

  • ‘A Day Of Shared Experience’ Emphasized Resiliency

    BETHEL — On Saturday, May 31, more than 200 Newtown community members gathered at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel with approximately 45 members from communities across the country who have been affected by acts of mass violence to discuss their experiences of loss, healing, and post-traumatic growth.

  • Officials Remind Residents About Tax Bill, Auto Stipulations

    Around this time of year, the energy level in the town assessor’s and tax collector’s offices begins to peak. That is because in the next couple of weeks local auto and residential tax bills will start going out, with the anticipated flood of tax reimbursements beginning to flow back in a few weeks later.

  • Police And Garner Staff Participate In Special Olympics Torch Run

    Seen running during the Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) Law Enforcement Torch Run on June 6, in the front row, from left, are Newtown police officers Matthew Wood, William Chapman (carrying torch), Steven Siecienski, and John McDermott.        

  • P&Z Approves Moratorium On Medical Marijuana Applications

    Following a June 5 public hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) created the regulatory mechanism known as a “moratorium,” which allows the land use agency to suspend the filing of applications on certain specific types of land uses, if deemed necessary.

    After that action, the P&Z then voted to enact such a one-year moratorium on applications for the local growing and/or dispensing of “medical marijuana.”

  • Police Issue 26 Tickets For Seatbelt Violations

    Police report they concluded their two-week enforcement campaign on seatbelt-use compliance known as Click-It or Ticket, issuing many violations to motorists who failed to wear seatbelts as required by state law.

  • Police Trained To Detect ‘Drugged Drivers’

    All local police patrol officers have received specialized training intended to help them spot “drugged drivers” or those motorists who are illegally driving vehicles while under the influence of various drugs, according to Police Chief Michael Kehoe.

    Chief Kehoe said this week that all patrol officers have received 16 hours of training in drugged driving detection to help them identify those drivers who are violating state law covering such activity.

  • New School Design Team Hears From Residents

    About three dozen town residents listened, watched, and interacted with a large group of project and design professionals who are part of the Sandy Hook School design team during an information forum held June 5 in the lecture hall at Newtown High School.

  • Police Reports | June 1-10, 2014

    Queen Street Accident

    A two-vehicle accident occurred in front of Newtown Middle School at 11 Queen Street at about 1:45 pm on June 1, police report.

    Police said motorist Avis Ingram, 80, of Nunnawauk Meadows was driving a 1996 Plymouth Neon sedan northward on Queen Street, as motorist Janet Ziperstein, 40, of 5 Charter Ridge, who was driving a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica SUV, was attempting to make a left turn from middle school’s northernmost driveway to go southward on Queen Street.