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  • Voters Approve Hawleyville Sewer System Expansion

    Following lengthy discussion at a special town meeting, voters by an 81-to-11 margin have approved borrowing $2.8 million to expand the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system to spur local economic development.

    Approximately 100 people attended the February 26 standing-room-only meeting held at Newtown Municipal Center.

  • New Address For Newtown’s Recovery Website

    Newtown’s recovery website address has changed to www.onenewtown.com.

    The previous address was a .org address. The change is reportedly being required by the corporate provider that is underwriting the site costs and domain name on behalf of the town.

  • Hockey Coaches Receive FHA Encouragement Following Ice Arena Proposal

    Ice hockey, figure skating, theaters on ice, skating programs, and skate clubs are on the list of possibilities Newtown Nighthawks high school hockey coaches are working to make a reality.

    Head hockey coach Paul Esposito and goaltender coach Kris Kenny introduced the idea of a Newtown Ice Arena, a project that will cost an estimated $10 million or more, to Fairfield Hills Authority members Monday night.

  • Team 26 To Ride Again Honoring Gun Victims, Supporting Prevention

    Sandy Hook resident and world class cyclist Monte Frank will be coordinating a second ride from Sandy Hook to Washington featuring Team 26 — a group of similarly motivated riders looking to honor Newtown’s and all victims of gun violence, support stronger gun violence prevention laws and to spread a message of peace, hope and love.

    According to Mr Frank, also a local attorney, the ride will depart Newtown on March 8. The public is invited to help send off the cyclists at an 8 am ceremony at Edmond Town Hall on Main Street.

  • Finance Bd Asked To Restore Funds Or Hold The Line On School Budget

    The majority of the 20 residents who participated in the Board of Finance public hearing ahead of 2014-15 budget deliberations February 20 either asked officials to hold the line on the zero increase requested by the Board of Education, or to restore the $139,000 reduction made by the school board members before endorsing the final budget request.

  • Dispatch Center Now Has Jumbo View of Newtown

    The Newtown Emergency Communications Center’s (NECC) ability to manage emergency calls for service has been enhanced with its use of a large flat-panel monitor that now hangs on the center’s eastern wall.

    NECC is located within Town Hall South, at 3 Main Street. The Center handles all local police, fire, and ambulance calls. It is the answering point for local Emergency 911 calls.

  • DESPP Issues Snow And Ice Accumulation Caution

    Connecticut municipal CEOs and Emergency Management Directors received a Snow and Ice Accumulation Caution Notice last week from the CT Dept of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP). The Town of Newtown forwarded the information to residents with a February 21 posting on the town website.

  • Town Attorney Reviews Prevailing Wage Implications With Council

    As a means of educating and updating town officials ahead of a period of expanded capital projects including a new Hook & Ladder fire company headquarters, Parent Connection office, and community center, Town Attorney David Grogins appeared before the Legislative Council February 19 to review the implications of Connecticut’s Prevailing Wage law.

  • Confusion Over Federal ‘Recovery’ Grant Application Clarified

    Newtown officials hope to receive about $4.3 million from a US Department of Justice grant that is being administered through the Connecticut Judicial Department’s Office of Victim Services (OVS).
     
    The total amount of that grant application stood at about $8 million as The Newtown Bee went to press February 20, according to an OVS spokesperson.
     
    The grant, which officials initially hoped would be ready to submit this week, will be delayed by about a week as the remaining agencies and organizations applying for part of
  • Public Urged To Comment At PURA Hearings On Experiences With Electric Suppliers

    NEW BRITAIN — Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz is suggesting that members of the public with comments or concerns about their experiences with electric suppliers consider attending one of the remaining regional hearings being held on the topic.

    The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) will hold Public Comment Hearings at the following locations this month, which all Connecticut residents are invited to attend: