• P&Z Continues Review Of Hawleyville Mixed-Use Proposal

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are continuing their long-running review of a major mixed-use complex proposed for a 42-acre site in Hawleyville, which would include a 180-unit rental apartment complex on 21 acres, a diner on four acres, and a church on 17 acres.

    P&Z members on November 5 reviewed certain developmental details during dual public hearings on the complex, which is proposed by two developers for the site that lies south of the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84 and west of Hawleyville Road (State Route 25).

  • Pesky Leak Continues To Plague NHS Years After Occupancy

    Technically, the long completed Newtown High School addition is not yet complete.

    According to Public Building and Site Commission Chairman Robert Mitchell, a pesky leak that has confounded school maintenance and plant personnel, contractors, and consultants alike continues to occasionally drip pools of water into the rear cafetorium area of the addition.

  • Instead Of An Investigator, School Board Turns To Ethics Panel And FOI

    After learning that hiring an investigator would cost roughly $15,000 to $20,000 to look into leaked board communications, the Board of Education decided at a special meeting on Wednesday, November 11, to look into both filing a Freedom of Information “complaint” and to refer the entire situation to the local Board of Ethics.

    The decision came after discussions at multiple meetings on the subject of an e-mail and a screenshot of a text message recently shared on social media.

  • Police Reports, October 30-November 9, 2015

    Horse Guard Swords Stolen

    Sometime between October 30 and November 7, someone entered a storage building at the grounds for the Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard at 4 Wildlife Drive, Fairfield Hills, and stole two decorative sabers, police said.

    The blade of each saber has an engraving stating “Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard.”

  • District 2 Council Recount Seats Wiedemann

    Democratic Registrar of Voters LeReine Frampton released the results of a District 2 Legislative Council recount, which was completed late in the afternoon of November 5.

    Ms Frampton notified The Newtown Bee on election night that the difference of 19 votes separating Republican Dan Wiedemann and Democrat Jennifer Padilla would force a recount unless Ms Padilla waived the procedure, which she did not.

  • Town Attorney: No Provision To Settle Split Vote For Finance Chair

    In the event of a tie vote, should Democrat James Gaston chair the newly elected Board of Finance based on the fact that he received the most votes on November 3, or because he spent several terms as finance board vice chair before he sought and served two terms on the Board of Selectmen?

    Or does Republican John Godin deserve consideration after being reelected as the finance board’s only incumbent?

  • Veterans Day Celebrated

    Veterans were welcomed into schools across the district on Wednesday, November 11, for celebrations and assemblies commemorating Veterans Day.

    At Newtown High School veterans enjoyed a lunch catered by the high school’s culinary students before an assembly in the school’s auditorium. Members of the NHS Chamber Choir and the NHS Band performed songs during the ceremony, like the “Star Spangled Banner,” and “American Salute.”

  • Praise For Service And Sacrifice On Veterans Day

    With a hand across her heart, Donna Monteleone opened Wednesday’s Veterans Day ceremony with a prayer for the “devotion of those who have fought for freedom, and those who laid down their lives.”

    Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308 chaplain and also a veteran, Ms Monteleone addressed a crowd of post members and supporters whose faces and service spanned decades. Korean War veteran George Lockwood Sr stood just a few paces away from younger veterans, including current US Marine Corps Sergeant Dustin Gill.

  • Truck Vs Pole Leads To Road Closure On South Main Street

    A Frontier crew begins to unload a utility pole from a trailer Wednesday morning, after a full-size dump truck struck and broke a pole in front of 277 South Main Street. Detours have been set up to keep drivers off the approximate 800-yard stretch of South Main Street that runs between its intersection with Botsford Hill and Meadowbrook roads, and Button Shop Road.

  • Police Probing Thefts From Vehicles

    Newtown Police are reporting a rash of thefts from unlocked parked vehicles overnight from late Saturday, November 7, to the early morning hours of Sunday, November 8, in the residential neighborhoods centering on Currituck Road and Walnut Tree Hill Road.

    Police said they received about ten reports of valuables taken from unlocked vehicles, including money and electronic navigation devices. None of the thefts involved forced entry because all of the vehicles entered were unlocked, police said.