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  • Public Comment Sought On Sugar St. Improvement Project

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.

  • Relay For Life Of Newtown Back On The Track This Year

    The Relay For Life of Newtown Planning Committee has announced that RFL-Newtown 2014 will return to Newtown High School this year.

    In addition, there is a slight change to the date of the Relay, which was being planned for Friday, May 30.

  • Solarize Newtown Deadline Extended To February 28; Open House Planned For Saturday

    An opportunity to see a working home solar panel installation will be offered to Newtown residents on Saturday, February 8, at a Solar Open House.

    The event will take place at 9 Grand Place from 1 to 3 pm, hosted by Nina and David Stout, who recently joined Solarize Newtown, an initiative promoting home solar use. The Stouts are among roughly 19 residences that have gone solar through this town- and state-supported program.

  • Finance Director: Pension Caveat 'Saves Newtown Taxpayers Millions'

    Newtown Finance Director Robert Tait calls them "horror stories." He is referring to endless news reports from states and cities including Connecticut and many of its 169 municipalities, about the horrible condition of public employee pension plans.

  • Police Reports January 25 - February 5, 2014

    Public Indecency

    Newtown police said that they took Michael M. Dinho, Jr, 51, of Danbury into custody about 11:30 am on February 1, after he was detained by Danbury police at the Danbury police station.

    Newtown police said they held a warrant against Dinho in connection with an incident last October 19 at the Big Y supermarket on Queen Street, in which a witness alleged that Dinho had publicly exposed himself.

  • Fire Reports | January 30-February 5, 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, January 30: 5:16 pm, motor vehicle accident, Sugar Street near Baldwin Road, Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook, and Dodgingtown responded.   

    Friday, January 31: No calls listed.

    Saturday, February 1: 4:07 pm, medical assist, Mt Pleasant Road, Hawleyville responded.

  • Well Intentioned Passersby Could Have Made 3-Car Accident Even Worse

    Hook & Ladder firefighters had to pop the door on this four-door sedan in order to get the driver out after a motor vehicle accident on Sunday Street last week. The car had initially come to rest on its passenger side following the accident, but passersby pushed the vehicle onto its wheels before first responders arrived on the scene.

  • Llodra Updates School Board On Security Plan

    For the second workshop meeting in a row, the Board of Education discussed security measures in the school district on Tuesday, February 4.

    Tuesday’s meeting marked the next-to-last budget workshop meeting for the school board. It is scheduled to adopt its 2014-15 budget on Thursday, February 6.

  • Cancellations & Postponements: Feb. 5

    Groups and organizations that need to postpone or cancel events planned for Wednesday, February 5, due to the weather are invited to contact Newtown Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks, at shannon@thebee.com (preferred) or 203-426-3141 to get their word out. Do not leave a message regarding cancellations or postponements on The Bee’s voicemail. If no one answers, send an email to Miss Hicks.

  • Gun Control Activists Shift Tactics

    WASHINGTON – With Congress opposed to even the most modest efforts at gun control, activists are pressing a sympathetic White House to make gun ownership a public health and safety issue, and they're lobbying the Obama administration to pour money into public information campaigns and gun research.

    Some groups contacted did not want  to discuss details of their lobbying strategy.