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  • Newtown Woods Condo Complex Construction Continues In Hawleyville

    Toll Brothers, Inc, a major Pennsylvania-based homebuilder, is well into the construction of Newtown Woods, an age-restricted 178-unit condominium complex at a 50-acre site off Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville.

    The project represents the fourth time since 1998 that various firms have sought to develop the site with a large-scale, high-density housing project for people over age 55. All three previously proposed projects, two of which gained approvals from the town, failed to materialize.

  • New Rating Saves Taxpayers $700,000 On Latest Bond Issue

    How much is Newtown’s latest bond rating increase worth to taxpayers? According to finance officials, almost a three quarters of a million dollars.

    Finance Director Robert Tait is touting the rock bottom 2.71 percent interest rate Newtown received March 12 on that bond sale as proof that seeking and achieving a AAA bond rating upgrade pays off.

  • Church Hill Road Commercial Redevelopment Project Expected To Start Soon

    The developer of a planned major commercial project in the borough said this week his firm soon plans to start site work at the 30-32 Church Hill Road property where more than 60,000 square feet of enclosed retail/office space would be built.

    Alan Weiner, president of Mesa General Contractors, Inc, of New Milford, said March 18 said that within the next month, the firm plans to start work at the property which formerly held Lexington Gardens, a plant nursery and gift shop which went out of business in January 2011.

  • Police Reports | March 3-17, 2014

    Mirror-To-Mirror

    Police said they are seeking information on the identity of a person who was driving a “blue truck” that was involved in a motor vehicle accident near 49 Hanover Road at about 4:40 pm on March 3 and then left the scene of the crash.

  • Fire Reports | March 14-20, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Friday, March 14: 9:04 am, medical assist, Toddy Hill Road, Botsford responded; 10:38 am, alarm, 3 Simm Lane, Hook & Ladder and Botsford responded; 4:31 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 63 South Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Library Board To Welcome New Members

    The Board of Trustees of the C.H. Booth Library will welcome new board members Julie Starkweather, Carolyn Signorelli, Walter Motyka, and Raymond Irrera, at the regularly scheduled April meeting, said nominating committee board member Colleen Honan.

  • Open Burning Season Extended to May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season to May 15.

    Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Newtown Recovery Project Slates Newest Parent Forums

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next parent forums, which will take place at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Middle School, Hawley Elementary School, and Reed Intermediate School.

    Each forum will be presented twice, once during the school day and in the evening, to allow for maximum participation. Forums run for one hour.

  • Three-Year Tax Abatement OK’d For Retail/Office Complex

    A Saint Patrick’s Day wish for a nominal tax break may generate a little green for two local developers and their future tenants.

    The 146 South Main Street parcel that first received approvals for commercial development 15 years ago now appears to be fast tracked for groundbreaking in the coming weeks after officials endorsed a three-year program of partial tax relief under Newtown’s Business Incentive Plan.

  • ‘Aid In Dying’ Bill Offers Hope, Generates Fear

    HARTFORD — They came to Hartford in wheelchairs, two strong-willed women whose bodies are failing. Cathy Ludlum opposed an “aid in dying” bill, fearful of a society that may coerce the disabled into suicide. Sara Myers urged passage, asking for the right to face death on her terms, should she so choose.