• NUSAR Gains Three New Certified Ice Divers

    Three members of Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) became certified in ice diving on Easter weekend.

    On April 4, the NUSAR members stepped into the frigid, and in places ice-covered water at Eickler’s Cove Marina with instructor Kevin Brodley from Safety First Divers.

    The newly certified divers are, from left in the above photo, Lee Wassen, Mark Frazen, and Dr Mike Cassetta. 

  • Animal Center Announces Separation From Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

    The Animal Center announced April 1 a separation from the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, a joint effort of The Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation and the local animal rescue organization.

    Catherine Violet Hubbard, the daughter of Jennifer and Matthew Hubbard, was one of 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14.

  • River Walk Wetlands Hearing Set For April 22; Sewer Service Application To Be Reviewed April 9

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing for later this month on a developer’s application to construct a 74-unit housing complex on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

    At a March 30 meeting, IWC members agreed to hold a hearing on the proposal known as The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village at 7:30 pm, on Wednesday, April 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • WSA Rejects Sewers For Proposed Multifamily Complex

    Following the conclusion of an April 1 public hearing, Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members unanimously rejected a Trumbull developer’s controversial request for sanitary sewer service for 79 Church Hill Road. That 35-acre site, near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84, is where the developer has proposed the construction of a large multifamily complex, with an affordable housing component.

  • Queen Street Speed Table Issue Resurfaces

    The chief elected official of the borough told Police Commission members March 24 that although the commission, acting as the local traffic authority, in the past had decided to install broad speed bumps, known as speed tables, on Queen Street, the commission had not notified the Borough Board of Burgesses of those plans.

  • Birth Certificates Available Locally

    With kindergarten registrations happening locally in the coming weeks, Town Clerk Debbie Halstead is reminding parents that if they resided in Newtown at the birth of their child they do not have to go to the hospital or town where the child was delivered to obtain a required birth certificate for registration.

    Parents can request the document during weekday business hours at the Town Clerk’s office, within Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.

    The cost is $20 per certified copy.

  • Widower Celebrates His Beloved 64 Years After Meeting At ‘Fairfield Hospital’

    Sixty-four years ago, former Fairfield Hills worker Joe Howard was at his regular post on the second floor of Shelton House. His job was to monitor the facility’s newly hired student nurses as they arrived for their first day of work.

    He remembers it as though it were yesterday.

  • Local Registrars Reviewing Compromise Language In Proposed Bill

    While local registrars withheld comment on the matter, Democratic Registrar LeReine Frampton said she and her Republican colleague JoAnne Albanesi were looking forward to reviewing the full detail of what she described as a “compromise bill” that was voted out of the Legislature’s Government Administration and Elections Committee on March 31.

  • Team 26 Faces Chilly Start, Warm Receptions On Third Annual Ride To Washington

    When Newtown’s Team 26 cycling leader Monte Frank paraphrased the postal carrier’s credo ahead of the cycling group’s departure to Washington, DC, Saturday, March 28: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” he forgot to mention the cold.

  • Council Moves $111 Million Budget Plan To Voters With Tax, Mill Rate Decrease

    Despite a brief and unsuccessful attempt to eliminate the school district’s requested 0.34 percent budget increase, the Legislative Council unanimously voted to send a budget plan to referendum representing the first tax rate decrease in memory.

    On April 1, the council endorsed a 2015-16 budget proposal of $111,730,513, representing a 0.6 percent spending increase over the current year.