• Fresh Air Fund Seeks More Host Families

    Newtown resident and Friendly Town Chairperson Marie Athans says The Fresh Air Fund is seeking more families to welcome inner city children to a summer vacation through the Fresh Air Fund this summer. With buses from New York City bringing the first group of children to Newtown and area towns as soon as the end of this month, she is still working to pair more children with local families for July and August. 

  • Gaston Analyzes Point To Hawley Closing Costs, Not Taxpayer Savings

    After presenting information, which he said took more than 40 hours to compile with interested Hawley School parents and PTA members, Democratic Selectman and Borough of Newtown Warden James Gaston, Sr said he plans to share a school closing cost/benefit analysis with Borough Burgesses June 9.

  • Serious Accidents Result In Injuries, Snarl I-84 Morning Rush

    Motorists traveling in both directions on Interstate 84 in Newtown on the morning of Monday, June 8, encountered extensive travel delays following serious motor vehicle accidents that occurred on both sides of the highway.

    That traffic congestion spilled over onto local roads during the morning commute, as motorists either sought alternate routes or were directed by state police to detours off the highway.

  • Newtown Mulls Grant For Electric Vehicle Charging Station

    Owners of electric powered vehicles, including those that may be part of the town’s future municipal fleet, could soon cruise into Fairfield Hills or Edmond Town Hall parking lot and plug-in for a free “top-off.”

  • School Board Honors Retiring Educators

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, noted at the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, June 2, that the educators who will be retiring at the end of this school year have spent a total of 354 years working in the district.

    Recognizing and celebrating the “careers of master teachers,” Dr Erardi said, is one of his favorite things to do as a superintendent.

  • Lightning Strike Damages Fairfield Hills Water Supply System

    A lightning strike that occurred sometime during the weekend of May 29–31, damaged electrical lines in the town-owned Fairfield Hills water supply system, resulting in a series of events that caused the failure of two major water pumps in the system.

  • Horse Guard Funding Remains In State Budget

    The Second Company Governor’s Horse Guard (2GHG) unit in Newtown will be spared from state budget cuts, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) told to The Bee Wednesday afternoon in an email confirming the “great news.”

  • Local Registrars Support Training Mandate In New Bill

    Newtown’s registrars of voters both said they liked stipulations in a new bill proposed by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill that provide for training and continued professional development to assure state communities and voters experience the best equipped elections officials and poll workers each time the exercise their opportunities to vote.

  • Rabies Clinic Scheduled At ETH

    From left is Dr Kate Bakewell of Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals, Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead (holding Rocko), and Mt Pleasant Hospital veterinarian technician Mary Simpson (with Tala), who encourage residents to take advantage of the annual cost-effective rabies clinic at Edmond Town Hall.

  • Flagpole Traffic Study Being Considered

    The Police Commission is considering hiring a traffic engineering firm to analyze how the Main Street flagpole intersection could be improved to reduce traffic accidents at the busy five-way junction.

    A recent police study indicated that the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street has the second-highest traffic accident rate in town. A 100-foot-tall flagpole without any protective barriers stands in the center of that intersection.