• Modeling Event Lands Town ‘Celebs’ On The Runway

    On Saturday, April 18, more than two dozen Newtown officials, staff, and local “celebrities” hit the runway at Rock Ridge Country Club to help support the C.H. Booth Library’s CHBMakers initiative.

    CHBMakers provides patrons of all ages with opportunities to research, develop, and actually create imaginative products through 3D printing, video production, and much more. A variety of platforms for creating is the goal of CHBMakers, moving forward.

  • Selectmen Reveal Charge, Possible Makeup Of New Community Center Committee

    At a brief April 20 Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Pat Llodra and Selectman Will Rodgers reviewed and briefly discussed a proposed charge and a possible list of appointees to a new ad-hoc Community Center Commission. Selectman James Gaston was not present.

    The planned early May seating of the panel will launch a new chapter in fact-finding and community surveying to eventually render a recommendation on how Newtown should utilize a $15 million gift grant from General Electric in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy.

  • State Planning For Exit 11 Interchange Improvement Project; Info Session Scheduled

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public information session on its  plans to make roadway improvements at and near the Exit 11 interchange of Interstate 84 to alleviate  traffic congestion and thus reduce the motor vehicle accident rate in that area.

  • Police Reports, April 12 - 20, 2015

    Multiple Charges

    Police said they received a complaint from a person on Sugar Street concerning erratic driving, so they investigated and located the vehicle in question at about 10 am on April 16.

  • Fire Reports, April 16 - 21, 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, April 16: 8:39 am, investigation, 72 Forest Drive, Sandy Hook responded; 10:51 am, alarm, 9 Boulder Creek Road, Dodgingtown responded; 4:48 pm, brush fire, near 27 Brushy Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 4:51 pm, brush fire, near 27 Plumtrees Road, Dodgingtown and Hawleyville responded.

  • School Board To State: Support School-Based Health Centers

    The Board of Education will be sending a letter to state officials in support of funding school-based health care centers, like the one recently opened at Newtown Middle School, in the state’s proposed budget.

    As Chair Keith Alexander explained during his board’s Tuesday, April 21, meeting, the letter was drafted by school board Secretary Kathy Hamilton.

  • McGraw Defends Decision To Headline 'Concert For Sandy Hook Promise'; 11 Families Issue Statement

    HARTFORD — Tim McGraw is defending his decision to headline a Connecticut concert to benefit a Sandy Hook group, responding to critics who call it a gun control fundraiser.

  • Police Investigate Threat Of Violence Against NHS

    Police said Monday, April 20, they are continuing their criminal investigation into a reported threat of violence against Newtown High School, interviewing multiple suspects and multiple witnesses in seeking to learn more. The particular nature of that threat was unclear.

    Police Sergeant Aaron Bahamonde said, “We are actively pursuing all leads, and several officers are part of this investigation.”

  • Police Reports, March 27-April 13, 2015

    Road Rage

    Police report a road rage incident involving two male drivers which concluded early on the morning of April 12 on Great Quarter Road, near the Monroe town line.

    Police said the incident involved Richard Desrochers, Jr, 50, of 50 Great Quarter Road, and motorist Matthew Shannon, 19, of 10 Woodbine Lane. The men were strangers to one another, police said.

  • Commission On Aging Chair Says Meeting, Agenda Likely Violated FOI Laws

    The agenda for an unusual Saturday special meeting of the town’s Commission on Aging (COA) appeared to lack necessary details to conform to state Freedom of Information laws, and discussions during the meeting may have led at least one of the commissioners to threaten to resign.

    Commission Chair Curt Symes said he is researching whether an amended agenda could be filed after the fact, while acknowledging that much of the subject matter discussed in the April 11 closed session would be coming up in the next public meeting of the panel.