• Halstead Honored By Board Of Fire Commissioners

    Bill Halstead was honored by the Board of Fire Commissioners at the conclusion of the board’s meeting on March 23.

    Mr Halstead, who serves as chief of Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company and is also the town’s fire marshal, celebrated his 50th anniversary as a firefighter in January. Once the business meeting was finished Monday night, the commissioners surprised Mr Halstead with the honor.

    Commissioner Kevin Cragin spoke on behalf of the board.

  • Cold, Snow Doesn't Deter Team 26 Departure To Washington, DC

    With their 400 mile route displayed on a huge banner, a Ben's Bell dangling from the podium, spiritual blessings, encouragement from political leaders, nonprofit founders, a 12/14 victim's parent and the staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School, Team 26 departed for its third ride to Washington, DC Saturday morning, March 28.

  • All Town Fields Closed

    All town fields remain closed, according to a reminder from Newtown Parks & Rec, which made the announcement via email Friday, March 27.

    Treadwell and Tilson artificial fields remain closed as well, due to snow cover and frozen sub-surface conditions.

    “Due to the potential for head impact injuries these fields will remain closed until at least Monday March 30, 2015,” the note continued. “These fields will be monitored early next week and opened as soon as safe playing conditions exist.”

  • Fire Reports | March 19-25, 2015

    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, March 19: 10:09 am, investigation, 59 Scudder Road, Dodgingtown responded; 3:35 pm, motor vehicle accident, 6 Queen Street, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Police Reports | March 13-25, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    After learning that police held three warrants for his arrest, John Dosky, 22, of 15 Jeremiah Road went to the police station on the morning of March 19 to surrender, police said.

    Police arrested Dosky on three separate counts of second-degree failure to appear in court in connection with six past motor vehicle charges that stem from three separate incidents in 2014 in Newtown and Danbury.

  • Residents Prompt Q&A On Community Center Planning

    After nearly three hours of responding to a room full of raised hands inquiring and commenting about a community center project, March 24, First Selectman Pat Llodra shared a few quiet words with resident Jenny Avari.

    Feeling “much better about the phased approach” to current concepts for a project to include senior, aquatic, and community center spaces, Ms Avari said she is “ready to promote it. Now I’m excited.”

  • Newtown Police Weighing Pros, Cons Of Body Cameras

    Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe said the local department has nearly completed an elementary study on possible future deployment of patrol officer body cameras, which can be worn or affixed to various parts of officers’ uniforms including their collar, lapel and on eyewear frames.

  • Four-Minute Budget Hearing Calls For School Support

    Karyn Holden and Kinga Walsh, co-chairs of the Newtown Education Advocacy Group (NEAG), were the sole representatives of more than 6,000 Newtown taxpaying households at this week’s annual Legislative Council public hearing on the 2015-16 budget proposal.

    Ms Walsh, reading from a prepared statement, took a little more than two minutes to relate the group’s collective advocacy for the education budget request, and the session adjourned a few moments later with nobody else in the sparse audience opting to come to the microphone.

  • Info Session Scheduled On Proposed Cuts To State’s Voluntary Services Program

    State Senator Tony Hwang, State Representative Mitch Bolinsky, and representatives from The Arc Connecticut will attend an information session at C.H. Booth Library on Thursday, April 9. The discussion will concern proposed cuts in the 2016 and 2017 state spending plan that were presented by Governor Dannel P. Malloy on February 18, to the Voluntary Services Program, within the Department of Developmental Services.

  • P&Z Endorses Hawleyville Sewer System Extension

    Following discussion at a March 19 session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members unanimously endorsed the town’s plans to expand the municipal sanitary sewer system in Hawleyville, a project which is intended to stimulate economic development, especially in the area near the Exit 9 interchange of Interstate 84.