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  • ZBA Approves Two Zoning Variances For Rand-Whitney Factory Expansion

    The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) this week granted a local industrial firm two zoning variances which the company sought toward its goal of expanding its corrugated cardboard container factory located on the corner of Schoolhouse Hill Road and Edmond Road.

  • No Arrests Made During Sobriety Checkpoint At Fairfield Hills

    Police report that relatively few vehicles passed through a sobriety checkpoint, which they held on the night of Friday, July 31, and early morning hours of Saturday, August 1, on Wasserman Way, near its intersection with Trades Lane at Fairfield Hills.

    Police checked about 350 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. No arrests were made.

    The enforcement consisted of eight seatbelt warnings, one cellphone warning, and 27 warnings for  sundry other motor vehicle violations, according to police.

  • Reminder: DMV Closing For Upgrades, August 11-15

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Andres Ayala, Jr, recently announced that major customer service improvements, including the addition of new online services, will require DMV to close its offices — except for licensing services — from Tuesday, August 11, through Saturday, August 15.

  • Missed The Caucuses? Numerous Petition Seats Open On Local Ballot

    Resident registered Democrats who can fulfill the necessary criteria by August 12 can petition their way onto this November’s local ballot to run for first selectman.

    There are similar openings for a Republican or Democrat in each of Newtown’s three Legislative Council Districts, as well as on the Boards of Education and Finance.

  • Police Encounter Burglary/Larceny Incident In Sandy Hook

    Police report that while on patrol in Sandy Hook on the afternoon of July 29, they spotted a motorist who was suspiciously driving a vehicle back and forth on Alberts Hill Road.

    A short time later, at about 1:39 pm, while conducting a patrol at 32 Alberts Hill Road at the former Cornerstone At Eagle Hill grounds, police said they spotted two men who were trespassing near one of the abandoned buildings there.

  • Police Commission Endorses Body Camera Use By Police

    Police Commission members this week agreed that equipping town police officers with body cameras is a good idea that should be implemented at the police department.

    Body cameras are small portable cameras typically worn on a police officer’s chest that make video and audio recordings of the officer’s interactions with the public.

  • Another Main Street Flagpole Intersection Traffic Study Planned

    In seeking to learn how best to improve congested traffic conditions at the five-way Main Street flagpole intersection, Police Commission members have hired a traffic consultant to study the troublesome junction, which has the second-highest local accident rate. The commission serves as the local traffic authority.

  • Hartt School Theater Designer Selected As NHS Auditorium Architect

    Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commissioners (PBSC), who oversee most of the community’s public capital projects, unanimously selected Smith Edwards McCoy Architects of Hartford to design the Newtown High School auditorium renovation. The firm has a portfolio that includes a new performing arts center for Hartt School at the University of Hartford that was converted from a crumbling abandoned auto dealership.

  • Sandy Hook Promise Helps Fund Resiliency Program

    Sandy Hook Promise, the national non-profit led by several families that lost a loved one in the Sandy Hook School shooting, recently donated $47,000 to help fund a year-long, four-phase resiliency program for members of the emergency response communities and their families.

    The program is organized by the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team and run by HEART 9/11, a group of 9/11 first responders that has helped other first responders, families, and communities heal and rebuild following tragedies.

  • Police Reports, July 22-August 4, 2015

    DUI Arrest

    On August 1, motorist Brian Dinse, 22, of Guilford, who was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup truck on the Exit 11 off-ramp for westbound Interstate 84, became involved in an accident, state police said.

    There were no injuries. State police said they charged Dinse with driving under the influence and with failure to maintain position in the travel lane.

    State police released Dinse for a court appearance after he posted a $500 nonsurety bail.