This November’s ballot includes two candidates running for the Northern Fairfield County District Judge of Probate office. The regional Probate Court is in the Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Democratic State Representative Kim Fawcett and Republican State Representative Tony Hwang are competing to take the seat incumbent Senator John McKinney will vacate after his term ends, and following his unsuccessful attempt to end Tom Foley’s primary bid for governor last August.
Local voters casting absentee ballots, or appearing at the local polling sites to vote on Election Day, will be asked to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would have future implications for electors, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.
Each of the three Assembly Districts that overlay Newtown have major party candidates vying for seats.
The 106th District has Democratic challenger Matt Cole facing incumbent Republican first-term Representative Mitch Bolinsky; the Second District has Democratic challenger Candace Fay taking on incumbent Republican Dan Carter; and the 112th District has Republican J.P. Sredzinski facing Democrat Jen Aguilar for a seat being vacated by five-term incumbent DebraLee Hovey.
The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) has approved a gas station/convenience store’s proposal to install an automated car wash at its property to increase the range of services that it offers customers.
Following a public hearing held earlier this month, the P&Z approved modifying a special permit held by Sundaram LLC for 64 Church Hill Road, thus allowing the firm to install the car wash at Newtown Mobil. The one-acre site is on the south side of Church Hill Road, near Exit 10 of Interstate 84.
A parcel of land near Halfway River is among 2,250 acres statewide now adding to Connecticut’s open space. A 36.9-acre Chestnut Hill Open Space preserve has received a $110,000 grant award of roughly $7.8 million in state funds. Deputy Director of Planning and Land Use Rob Sibley is “thrilled,” he said Tuesday, the same day the grant was announced by Governor Dannel M. Malloy.
The grant is a matching grant to reimburse Newtown, which in past years has made investments in its open space.
Sharing a short story with the Fairfield Hills Authority Monday, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Mangold offered a glimpse of what “makes me feel good” about her job: A woman stopped her recently while on the Fairfield Hills grounds, saying she had to leave her child’s bike behind as they walked through a meadow, which the bike couldn’t cross. The woman had said to Ms Mangold, “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a trail going all the way around the campus?”
Kevin’s Community Center, the free or low-cost community health clinic serving Newtown and the surrounding region, is expanding its hours and scope of operations with underwriting now in place from a federal recovery grant.