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  • In The Right Place, They Are Welcome Guests: A Good Year For Wasps, Experts Say

    Beekeeper and resident Jeff Shwartz has been hearing a lot about wasps. He said, “I got more calls this year about wasps than any other year,” which may be because he has been doing bee and wasp removal for a long time and more people know about him, he said. Or, “it’s been a good year” for the wasps, he guessed, which could be due to weather in the winter and spring.

  • Single Car Crash Closes Main Street At Midnight

    A single car crash just before midnight Friday evening resulted in the state DOT closing the busy roadway for several hours while crews assessed and repaired damage to a snapped utility pole just north of Hanover Road.

    It was unclear whether the male driver sustained injuries requiring transport to the hospital, but local police, ambulance volunteers and Newtown Hook & Ladder responded to the initial calls for assistance at 11:43 pm.

  • Phase 4: School Board Approves SHS Construction Documents

    The Board of Education approved on Tuesday, October 7, the fourth phase of the Sandy Hook School building construction project to be forwarded to the state.

    Previously, at its September 16 meeting, the school board heard a presentation from Diversified Project Management’s Geralyn Hoerauf, Consigli Construction’s Aaron Krueger, and Svigals + Partners’ Julie McFadden, who each reported on the progress of the Sandy Hook School building project. Phase 4 of the project will focus on building construction.

  • Cluster Paving Brings ‘Quality Of Life’ Enhancement, Some Savings

    Selectman Will Rodgers did not want to close the August 18 Board of Selectmen meeting without praising First Selectman Pat Llodra, Public Works Director Fred Hurley, and his Highway Department crews for accomplishing a neighborhood’s worth of road resurfacing in the areas of Flat Swamp Road and Brookwood Drive earlier in the preceding weeks.

  • Community Tag/Vendor Sale Postponed

    A community tag/vendor sale being planned for October 11 has been postponed by two weeks. The event, to raise funds for the Ayles family of Sandy Hook, will now take place Saturday, October 25, from 10 am to 2 pm.

    According to event co-organizer LeReine Frampton, Kenny Ayles, who recently lost his fight with cancer, “gave so much to our community. This is an opportunity to help his family as they begin to move forward.”

  • Danbury Hall Is Razed

    Another main piece of the Fairfield Hills skyline is gone: Danbury Hall this week is reduced to just rubble as Bestech crews work to separate and remove or reuse the debris. Ground-down concrete will fill the empty hollow where Danbury Hall once stood, making a home to then-state hospital staff.

  • Malloy, Foley Clash Over State's Response To 12/14 At Testy Debate

    HARTFORD (AP) — Gov Dannel P. Malloy and Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Thursday exchanged some of the strongest words yet in their continuing debate over Connecticut’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, with the candidates accusing one another of grandstanding on issues that arose from the massacre.

  • A New Twist: Foley Embraces Q-Poll Tie, Denies Ever Holding Lead

    How’s this for bipartisanship: Republican Tom Foley and Democrats supporting Governor Dannel P. Malloy agree that Quinnipiac University’s poll declaring the race a tie is accurate — and that last month’s survey giving Foley a six-point lead was faulty.

    “I think this poll is right on,” Foley said. “We never had a six-point lead.”

  • Newtown Delegation Contests Poor Showing On 2014 ‘Environmental Scorecard’

    See the related article for more details on the CTLCV Scorecard criteria, and how Newtown's delegation stacked up on all the votes used in determining the lawmakers' scores.

     

     

  • League Of Conservation Voters Details Criteria For Legislators 2014 Scorecards

    The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) recently released its 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills.  Lori Brown, CTLCV Exec. Director, said  the Scorecards tally votes on major issues and show a numerical score for each legislator.