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  • Two Hour Delay For Newtown Public Schools

    Newtown Public Schools will run on a two hour delay Monday, January 12, due to the weather, according to the school district.

  • Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards Deadline Thursday

    Kids from across the country will be honored by Newtown Kindness at the non-profit’s Third Annual Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Awards on Saturday, February 21.

    The ceremony will honor eight to ten finalists and 15-20 runners up from across the country who have demonstrated the mission of Newtown Kindness, to “think kindly and act boldly” through outstanding acts of kindness.

    The deadline to register for the awards is Thursday, January 15.

  • Town Named As Defendant In 12/14 Lawsuit

    DANBURY — The estates of two of the first-graders who were killed in the December 14, 2012, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School are the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the town that seeks money damages.

  • Firehouse Traffic Report Issue Unresolved

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Mangiafico told Police Commission members on January 6 that he sent an e-mail message to Rob Manna, who represents Hook & Ladder, in seeking to learn when the commission will receive the requested traffic report.

  • Garner Inmate Arrested in Prison Assault

    State police report that at about 6:40 pm on January 4, they received a report from the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road that there had been an inmate assault.

    State police said their investigation found that inmate George Montanez, 42, had struck his 25-year-old cellmate in the chest and the face.

    A correction officer had witnessed the incident and reported it, state police said. 

  • Police Panel Considers Ways To Cut False Burglar Alarms

    Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond.

    By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members.

    Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.

  • Hawleyville Medical Office Building Proposal Under Town Review

    Following review of a report on the traffic implications of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building proposed for 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville, the Police Commission, serving as the traffic authority, has endorsed the traffic-related aspects of the project.

    Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC, of Westport is proposing the two-story structure for a site on the north side of Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Police Seek Public Comments On Accreditation Renewal

    The Newtown Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its state reaccreditation process.

    A team of inspectors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) is scheduled to visit the police station on January 23 to examine its policies and procedures documents as they relate to the state’s Tier 1 police accreditation process.

    The police department has had Tier 1 accreditation since 2005 and is seeking reaccreditation for the third time.

  • Update: Schools Closed For Friday, January 9

    This story has been updated to reflect a later decision by the school district.

    All Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, January 9, due to deteriorating weather conditions.

    The decision was announced around 7:30 am following an earlier announcement that all schools would run on a two hour delayed schedule.

  • New School Bids Under Budget, Site Work Progressing

    With the holidays behind them, workers on site at the new Sandy Hook Elementary School are continuing preparing for full-scale construction, as these images from Diversified Project Management show. Crews are using a huge weight and crane to tamp down loose soil, and materials are beginning to be stockpiled for upcoming drainage. Bids for the construction phase of the project were opened January 5, and Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell says they are all under budget, and the winning bidder will be announced by month’s end.