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  • Account Transfers Means Winter Maintenance Budgets Back In The Black

    Snow and ice have been repeatedly blanketing Newtown since late fall, pushing the Public Works Department’s winter maintenance budgets into the red in recent weeks. But a transfer of $116,106 that is expected to be approved by the Legislative Council February 19 will put those well-tapped budget lines back in the black according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

  • Schools Closed Friday

    Newtown Public Schools will be closed Friday, February 14, due to the weather, according to the school district.

  • Highway Department, Police Warn About Narrower Roadways, Compromised Sight Lines

    The Newtown Public Works and Police Departments are cautioning Newtown Drivers to continue to drive carefully and slowly as crews continue to work clearing local roadways.

    Neither the police nor highway department reported any serious accidents or incidents overnight, although by Friday morning police were dealing with a couple of tractor trailers getting stuck on steep hills.

  • Newtown CodeRED Message: 'Stay Home Until After The Storm'

    Newtown has issued its second CodeRED message of the current winter storm.

    Those who signed up for the notifications are receiving a message this morning from Newtown Director of Emergency Communications Maureen Will.

    "Following the governor's directive, we are also asking all non-essential personnel to stay home today," Ms Will said in the brief message. "Newtown Municipal Center will be closed today.

    "Stay home until after the storm has passed, and we will see you all tomorrow morning," she said.

  • Bee Honored With NENPA Awards, Hicks Named Photographer Of The Year

    BOSTON — The Newtown Bee was recognized among hundreds of New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) members February 7 and 8 for its editorial and photographic work during the period of August 1, 2012, to July 31, 2013. The awards were presented during NENPA’s annual New England Newspaper Conference.

  • Newtown Achieves Coveted AAA Bond Rating From S&P

    Newtown officials learned February 12 that Standard & Poor's awarded the community a AAA bond rating.

  • Postponements & Cancellations: February 13 & 14

    The following events have been cancelled or postponed in anticipation of the winter snow storm approaching the area. Friday's announcements are in response to the storm, and the clean-up efforts in the area.

    Announcements are listed in descending order of receipt.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

    *Newtown Municipal Center will open at 10 am today.

  • School Board, Building Panel Review Sandy Hook Building Designs

    Public Building and Site Commission and Board of Education members described one of three design schemes for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School as elegant, efficient, and simple. The plans were presented by Svigals + Partners Tuesday, February 11, at a joint meeting of the two boards.

  • School Bd. Selects Interim Principal For NHS

    The Board of Education unanimously selected former Ridgefield High School principal Jeffrey Jaslow to be the interim principal at Newtown High School, effective February 19, during its Tuesday, February 11 special meeting.

    Mr Jaslow retired after 36 years at Ridgefield High School in 2012. According to his resume he spent 15 years as a biology teacher, 15 years as an assistant principal, and six years as the school’s principal.

    “Welcome aboard,” BOE Chair Debbie Leidlein said after the unanimous vote.

  • Safe Walking On Snow & Ice: Tips From Those Who Know

    Falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. The most common type of walking accidents is the slip and fall, which happens when someone falls while walking on a sidewalk, in a parking lot, or on a street not clear of snow or ice.