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  • Absentee Ballots Available For April 22 Referendum; Absentee Voting Hours April 19

    Following the approval of the Legislative Council on April 2 to send a request for $111,066,204 to voters to cover town and school services, along with annual debt service for capitol projects (carried in the Board of Selectmen budget), Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead has announced that absentee ballots for the April 22 referendum will be available beginning Friday, April 4.

  • Two Residents Honored By White House As ‘Champions Of Change’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two Newtown residents, the father of one of the 12/14 victims and the daughter of a 12/14 survivor, have been named Champions of Change by The White House. All of this year’s honorees are gun violence prevention leaders, recognized for taking critical steps in their communities to reduce gun violence.

  • Council Unanimously Passes Zero-Increase Budget Request To Voters

    “One and done!”

    That was the final comment of longtime budget critic and Legislative Council member Dan Amaral as he stood with fellow council members, and the Boards of Selectmen, Finance, and Education before him, in unanimously passing next year’s zero-increase budget request to voters.

  • Fire Reports, March 27 - April 3, 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:

    Thursday, March 27: 2:19 pm, brush fire, near 130 Boggs Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Dodgingtown responded; 6:09 pm, alarm, 174 Taunton Hill Road, Dodgingtown responded.  

    Friday, March 28: 4:59 pm, motor vehicle accident, near 66 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • School Board Votes On Charter Revision Recommendations

    Before voting to schedule Newtown High School’s graduation ceremony for June 17 and Newtown Middle School’s moving up ceremony for June 16 at Western Connecticut State University’s O’Neill Center, the Board of Education discussed recommendations at its April 1 meeting that will be passed on to the Legislative Council for a Charter Revision Commission.

  • Regional Dispatching Plan Raises Concerns

    Although town officials have long been exploring the prospect of regionalizing municipal emergency radio dispatching for 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls to improve cost efficiency, Police Commission members this week voiced strong concerns about it, stressing that such an arrangement could do more harm than good in terms of town police operations.

  • Police Reports | March 17-April 2, 2014

    Main Street Stop, Two Charges

    Police said that at about 9:49 pm on March 17 they stopped motorist Handerson Flausino Desouza, 25, of Bridgeport for driving faster than the posted speed limit near 39 Main Street.

    After investigating, police said they charged Desouza with traveling unreasonably fast and with driving with a suspended license.

    Desouza posted $500 bail and was released for an April 2 court appearance, police said.

  • Library Director Search Focus Groups Begin

    Four members of the Young Adult Council of C.H. Booth Library and seven community members met Monday, March 31, with consultants from the Connecticut State Library to provide input regarding the selection of a new director for the library.

    Dawn LaValle, director of the Division of Library Development, and Mary Engels, director of the Middletown Library Service Center, facilitated the afternoon meeting for the young people, and the evening meeting that was open to the public.

  • Pair Arrested On Forgery Charges In Counterfeit Bill Scam

    Police report they charged two New York City residents with first-degree forgery on March 27 following an incident involving some counterfeit US paper currency that a customer tried to make a purchase with in Newtown.

    Charged are Azucena Z. Ancajima, 31, and Ivan Javier Gonzalez, 39, both of the same address in the Elmhurst section of Queens, NY, police said. First-degree forgery is a felony.

    Each person was held on $10,000 bail for arraignment on March 28 in Danbury Superior Court.

  • New Survey Highlights Concerns For Long-Term Post 12/14 Support

    While many residents surveyed by volunteers of the Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation continue to express a high degrees of anxiety, fear, and stress, it has also become evident that efforts to raise funds to assist these individuals with ongoing counseling are challenged to maintain the level of fundraising required to cover the related costs.