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  • Incentive Housing-10: P&Z Creates New Zone For Multifamily Complexes

    Following lengthy discussion at a heavily attended January 15 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing, commission members unanimously approved a new set of zoning regulations that would cover high-density, multifamily housing complexes that include an affordable housing component.

  • Winter Storm Warning Issued, Events Being Cancelled Or Postponed

    A storm system that has already dropped heavy snow on parts of the southern Plains will continue to develop as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard late Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

    “The system has the potential to bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Mid-Atlantic and New England [regions], though it is not expected to be a major snow producer,” NWS had posted on its website Friday afternoon.

  • Council Authorizes Lanza Home Demolition, Sets Budget Calendar

    This report was updated January 23 with details on the Board of Finance budget meeting schedule.

    Facing several television crews and reporters from a number of news bureaus, the Legislative Council quickly and unanimously voted January 21 to authorize the Board of Selectmen to move forward with plans to demolish the home of 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza.

  • Selectmen's Budget Presentation Reveals Likely Grand List Windfall

    An anticipated $37 million in grand list growth before any assessment appeals, along with savings from bond refunding, incremental cuts in select operating allocations, and level state aid reimbursement is expected to result in a Board of Selectmen 2015-16 budget proposal that will fortify local road repair plans, increase the town’s fund balance, and enable key hiring while delivering no tax increase and a reduction in next year’s mill rate.

  • Who Makes What? Finance Office Posts All Town, School Payroll Details

    Several months after a resident suggested during a Board of Finance meeting that the town create a database so taxpayers could review the salary details of every town employee, Finance Director Robert Tait presented the report to the Legislative Council January 21.

  • Bolinsky Putting Forth Numerous Constituent-Driven Proposals

    This is the first of a two-part feature on current legislation being proposed by local state lawmakers.

    As the only state representative whose district lies completely within the borders of Newtown, Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) appropriately readied for his second term in the statehouse by going back to those very constituents for suggestions for bills to propose in the current legislative session.

  • Forum On 12/14 Memorial Draws Few Comments

    After several reminders from Chairman Kyle Lyddy that the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission is not discouraged by low turnouts at their public information forums, Lions Club President Robert Schmidt suggested that there may be a good reason why so many seats in the high school lecture hall remained empty January 20.

    “The diversity of your group inspires trust,” Mr Schmidt said. “Maybe that explains why not a lot of people are here tonight — they trust you.”

  • Sandy Hook Chief: Halstead Reflects On 50 Years Of Firefighting

    Volunteer firefighting is not a simple task. During all types of weather and at any time of day or night, an emergency call may sound, summoning firefighters from wherever they may be, and whatever they may be doing to respond to the scene of an emergency.

    For the past half century in Newtown, Bill Halstead has been among those who showed up to help.

  • Board Approves 2015-16 School Calendar, Finances Also Discussed

    The 2015-16 school calendar unanimously passed the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, January 20.

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said the 2015-16 school calendar presented to the school board this week represents community input and responses to concerns voiced by school board members.

  • NSSF ‘Not A Good Neighbor’ — NAA Rally Calls Out NSSF Policies, Urges Divesture Of Gun Industry Holdings

    Rusty Shackleford of Sandy Hook holds up a sign with his views supporting gun rights, at the Newtown Action Alliance rally opposing National Shooting Sports Foundation policies, Tuesday, January 20. The date of the rally coincided with the opening day of the NSSF-sponsored SHOT Show in Las Vegas.