• With Hamilton’s Text Message Admission, School Board Directs Chair To Look Into Hiring An Investigator

    The Board of Education voted at its meeting on Wednesday, November 4, to direct its chair to look into hiring an investigator following an announcement by board Secretary Kathy Hamilton that she had shared a text message of a digital conversation by the board months ago.

    The topic of the text message and an e-mail, both of which the board has referred to as “leaked communications,” have been discussed at multiple meetings in recent weeks.

  • Panel To Discuss Community Center Survey Results November 10

    Nearly two-thirds of the residents who took the a survey concerned a possible Newtown Community Center in September and October were women, and at least 50 percent of respondents were between ages 40 to 55 years old, according to a recent release.

  • Selectmen Make Ethics Referral On Leaked E-mail Case

    For the first time in memory, the Newtown Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to make a referral to the local Board of Ethics after meeting in closed session garding what was described on their agenda as: “Attorney-Client privileged communication and discussion of employer rights and responsibilities regarding employee non-work related behaviors.” The closed session preceded the board's open meeting on Monday, November 2.

  • COA Helping Seniors Enroll In Emergency Alert System

    Members of the Newtown Commission on Aging (COA) will be available to help senior residents enroll in CodeRED, Newtown’s emergency alert system, this month.

    COA members will be at Newtown Senior Center, 14 Riverside Road, each Monday for the rest of November starting at 3 pm. The CodeRED system sends phone or e-mail messages to inform residents about emergencies.

  • Police News, October 26 - November 4, 2015

    Big Truck Vs Flagpole

    Police report an accident involving a tractor-trailer truck and the Main Street flagpole.

    Police said that trucker John Henry, 47, of Rolling Meadows, Del., was driving a tractor-trailer truck westward on Church Hill Road at about 11:54 am on October 13 and then attempted to make a left turn onto southbound Main Street, but in doing so the truck’s trailer struck the flagpole.

  • Library Paving Project Extended

    C.H. Booth Library’s driveway for handicapped drivers and guests is being repaved.

    Work on the project began late last week, and was expected to be completed by late afternoon Tuesday, November 3.

    Unexpected delays are slowing the project, however. Library Director Brenda McKinley announced on November 3 that the repaving is now expected to continue for another week and a half, until Friday, November 13.

  • Newtown Hiring Away Middlebury Chief To Replace Retiring Michael Kehoe

    Retiring Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, left, is pictured beside his replacement - current Middlebury Chief James Viadero - who was introduced at a Tuesday, November 3, Police Commission meeting.

  • Newcomers Will Join Victorious Incumbents On Council, Boards Of Finance, Education

    Despite spectacular Indian Summer weather, less than one-third of Newtown's 16,597 registered voters had turned out to endorse a full slate of local elected officials as Newtown's polling locations closed at 8 pm on November 3.

    And when all the ballots were counted, local Democrats who campaigned on a platform of balancing out party affiliations on a number of boards and commissions were ultimately successful. A close race in Legislative Council District 2 forced a recount which resolved Thursday, November 5 in favor of the declared winner.

  • Superintendent Hosts Community Forum On School Security

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, led a community forum on Wednesday, October 28, the latest in the continuing forum series designed to be one-hour discussions with community members.

    Wednesday’s forum was expected to focus on safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.

    Mark Pompano, the district’s director of security, spoke at the start of the evening, and he shared an overview of security in the district.

  • Voters Called The Local Polls November 3, Absentee Voting Saturday

    Readers are invited to get to know each candidate running for office on the local ballot this year by accessing The Newtown Bee’s candidate profiles, available online here. Letters of endorsement can be reviewed at under the Opinions tab on The Bee's website.