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  • VFW Seeking Assistance In Placing Gravesite Flags

    Each year, just prior to Memorial Day, members of Newtown Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 308 place new flags on the graves of all veterans buried in Newtown, a way of honoring departed service members each May.

  • Open Burning Season Extended To May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead announced March 26 that the open burning season is extended to May 15 to allow residents sufficient time to burn small brush for its disposal.

    Open burning season normally starts on November 1 and extends to April 1, but the season is being extended by more than six weeks in view of the recent cold and snowy winter.

    Brush that typically would have been in the open by this time of year may still be underneath the snowpack, resulting in the fire marshal extending the open burning season.

  • Llodra Recommends Delay On Community Center Project Vote

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is recommending to the Board of Selectman that action on the community center project “not go forward as planned” on April 28, in a statement released Tuesday, March 31. “It is my belief that our community is best served if we allow ourselves and the community the time necessary to ensure that as many voices as possible are heard,” she wrote.

  • River Walk Sewer Hearing Rescheduled To April 9

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) has postponed a public hearing on a 74-unit multifamily housing complex proposed for Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center, which initially had been scheduled for Wednesday, April 1.

    The WSA public hearing on local developer/builder Michael Burton’s request for sanitary sewer service for the project has been rescheduled to 7 pm on Thursday, April 9, at the sewage treatment plant office building at 24 Commerce Road.

  • Borough Warden Suggests Townwide Traffic Study

    Police Commission members conducted a special meeting last week to discuss the traffic problems posed by the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street. They invited the chief elected official of the borough to discuss the matter with them.

    But Borough Warden James Gaston, Sr, urged the Police Commission on March 24 to broaden its review of local traffic issues and to support having a traffic study performed on town roads, generally. Mr Gaston also is a town selectman.

  • New Location For Next Community Center Info Session

    Organizers announced that the next Newtown Community Center Phase I Information Session will be held at an alternate venue on Tuesday, March 31.

    Originally scheduled to take place at Newtown Senior Center, the session will be in the Alexandria Room of Edmond Town Hall, 45 Main Street.

    Andy Clure, a member of the Community Center Advisory Committee, said the decision to move was made after the committee held a meeting late in the week.

  • Halstead Honored By Board Of Fire Commissioners

    Bill Halstead was honored by the Board of Fire Commissioners at the conclusion of the board’s meeting on March 23.

    Mr Halstead, who serves as chief of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and is also the town’s fire marshal, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a firefighter in January. Once the business meeting was finished Monday night, the commissioners surprised Mr Halstead with the honor.

    Commissioner Kevin Cragin spoke on behalf of the board.

  • Cold, Snow Doesn't Deter Team 26 Departure To Washington, DC

    With their 400 mile route displayed on a huge banner, a Ben's Bell dangling from the podium, spiritual blessings, encouragement from political leaders, nonprofit founders, a 12/14 victim's parent and the staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Team 26 departed for its third ride to Washington, DC Saturday morning, March 28.

  • All Town Fields Closed

    All town fields remain closed, according to a reminder from Newtown Parks & Rec, which made the announcement via email Friday, March 27.

    Treadwell and Tilson artificial fields remain closed as well, due to snow cover and frozen sub-surface conditions.

    “Due to the potential for head impact injuries these fields will remain closed until at least Monday March 30, 2015,” the note continued. “These fields will be monitored early next week and opened as soon as safe playing conditions exist.”

  • Fire Reports | March 19-25, 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, March 19: 10:09 am, investigation, 59 Scudder Road, Dodgingtown responded; 3:35 pm, motor vehicle accident, 6 Queen Street, Hook & Ladder responded.