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  • Alexander Named New Board Of Education Chair, NHS Administrative Vacancy Also Filled

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to hire David Roach of Southbury to fill a vacant assistant principal position at Newtown High School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Later in the meeting the school board also voted to name Keith Alexander as its new chair.

    “Welcome,” school board Vice Chair Laura Roche said after the vote to hire Mr Roach.

  • Development Director Departing For Norwalk Job

    After 24 years working to promote business and community growth in Newtown, Director of Community and Economic Development Elizabeth Stocker has accepted a new position heading up the Norwalk Economic Development Agency. Her last day on the job locally will be August 8.

    On July 15, the same day she tendered her resignation to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling announced Ms Stocker would be taking over as that city’s economic development director.

  • Capital Planning Hits The Summer Slump

    A relaxed schedule of summer meetings by the Board of Selectmen will contribute to a delay in presenting the next five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to the Board of Finance. But finance board members have no issue with the approximate two-week postponement according to Finance Director Robert Tait.

  • Hoffman Slated to Face Judge In Telephoned Threats Case

    NEW HAVEN – The Venezuelan man, whom federal officials allege made a series of telephone calls to Newtown residents, threatening them in the wake of the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook School, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in US District Court in New Haven on Wednesday, July 16, before US Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis.

  • Book Sale Organizers Enjoying Large Turnout; Still Plenty Left For Latecomers

    By 9 am Saturday, July 12, hundreds of people had gathered outside Reed Intermediate School awaiting the opening of the 39th Annual C.H. Booth Friends of the Library Book Sale. And when the doors opened, they all came pouring in, some with armsful of shopping bags, carts and storage bins to help carry the fruits of their visit.

  • Church Hill Road Intersection Project Slated For Info Meeting

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational session on its project to create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road, Commerce Road, and Edmond Road.

    The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. DOT officials will be available to discuss the project with the public starting at 6:30 pm. A DOT presentation on its plans to improve traffic flow in the Church Hill/Commerce/Edmond area is slated to start at 7 pm.

  • I-84 Dual Bridge Replacement Project Continuing In Riverside

    Workers this week continued demolition/construction on the $6 million project to replace the two dual-lane Interstate 84 bridges that pass over Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) recently created a “lane shift” on both the westbound and eastbound lanes of I-84 in the work area, allowing the second phase of the project to begin.

  • Police Reports | June 19-July 9, 2014

    Toyota vs Object

    Police said motorist Clayton Gattey, 16, of 13 Diamond Drive was driving a 2006 Toyota Corolla sedan southward on Tunnel Road, near Barnabas Road, about 10:50 pm on June 19, when the auto struck an unspecified object on the roadway. Gattey was not injured. Police took no enforcement.

     

    Boggs Road at Sugar Street

  • Sandy Hook Parents To Chris Christie: Our Kids’ Lives Are Not Trivial

    Newtown-based Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed shortly after the 12/14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to support those affected and support solutions to acts of violence, issued a statement July 2, following the group’s failed attempt to have families directly affected by 12/14 meet with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

  • Wetlands Agency Reviews Sandy Hook School Project

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) this week conducted a public hearing on the wetlands protection aspects of the town’s proposal to construct a new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive to replace the school that the town demolished last year, following the December 2012 massacre there.

    The July 9 hearing was sparsely attended, drawing four members of the public. None of those four people had any comments or questions on the construction proposal.