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  • Lumber On Truck Ignites While In Transit On I-84

    While driving westward on Interstate 84 on the morning of Wednesday, April 9, an unidentified tractor-trailer truck driver looked into his rear-view mirror and noticed that a load of lumber positioned on his flatbed trailer had caught fire, so he stopped the truck about 2,000 feet east of the Tunnel Road overpass.

  • 24-Hour Fundraiser Nets More Than $25,000 For Newtown Nonprofits

    For 24 hours on March 7, many Newtown nonprofit groups were among those benefiting from an online fundraising initiative. The first Fairfield County Giving Day, promoted by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, raised $745,729 for more than 250 local nonprofits. Newtown’s nonprofits raised more than $25,000.

  • Advocacy Campaign Launched Ahead Of April 22 Budget Vote

    Moments after the Legislative Council voted to send the 2014-15 town and school budget requests to referendum, resident and longtime school supporter Kinga Walsh thanked officials for their efforts. She also challenged them to help get it passed, asking council members to work side-by-side with other advocates promoting passage of the spending plan.

  • School Board Discusses Staffing Levels For 2014-15

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to have “reduction in force” notifications shared with nontenured staff in the district who may or may not have their positions renewed for the 2014-15 school year, during its meeting on Tuesday, April 8.

    According Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda, a state statute requires that school district staff be notified by May 1 if their contract will not be or will potentially not be renewed for the following school year.

  • Police Reports | March 31-April 9, 2014

    Crash In Snowy Conditions

    During a snowstorm at about 7 am on March 31, motorist Danielle Dubow, 26, of Easton was driving a 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan SUV westward on snow-covered pavement near 24 Button Shop Road, when the vehicle slid off the road on a curve and then struck a rock and a tree, police said.

    Dubow was not injured. Police took no enforcement.

     

    Sugar Street Accident

  • Fire Reports | April 3 - 9, 2014

    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, April 3: 11:22 am, mutual aid call, Sandy Hook responded.

    Friday, April 4: 2:24 am, medical assist, Brushy Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Sandy Hook School Students Launch Space Talk

    Astronauts Rick Mastracchio, left, and Steve Swanson shared a Sandy Hook School t-shirt that was brought to the International Space Station through a video conference held on Tuesday, April 8, with students at the school.

  • DRS Reminder: Sandy Hook Workers State Assistance Payments Not Taxable Income In CT

    HARTFORD — In cooperation with the Judicial Branch’s Office of Victim Services, the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) offered a reminder on April 7 to taxpayers who received Sandy Hook Workers Assistance payments: that income is not taxable in Connecticut.

    Special legislation in 2013 authorized payments to certain police, fire, emergency medical, educational, counseling, and other workers demonstrating physical or emotional harm as a result of 12/14.

  • To Vape Or Not To Vape? E-Cigarettes Raise Questions

    The month of March was a busy one for legislators concerned about the proliferation of e-cigarette use among the country’s youth, the lack of regulation for sales of e-cigarettes to minors at state and federal levels, and advertising directed at young people that glamorizes “vaping” in much the same way that conventional cigarettes were once marketed.

  • Failed Gutter-Heating System Causes House Fire

    At about 8:12 pm on Saturday, March 29, about 25 volunteer firefighters responded to an automatic alarm from a home at 54 Mt Pleasant Road where a system used to electrically heat drainage gutters failed, causing a house fire, officials said.

    Fire officials described damage to the house as moderate to significant. A damage estimate was not available. There were no injuries.

    Two women were home at the time of the fire at the Laurans residence, which lies just west of Mt Pleasant Road’s intersection with Diamond Drive.