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  • Fire Reports | May 22-28, 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, May 22: 12:01 pm, burning odor outdoors, near 92 Church Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Recovery Project Slates Next Community Forum: Signs Of Suicide, June 5

    The Newtown Public Schools Recovery Project has slated its next community forum, “Caring for our Youth, Signs of Suicide (SOS),” to take place Thursday, June 5, from 6 to 7 pm, at Newtown Middle School, 11 Queen Street.

    The forum will highlight the relationship between depression and suicide, teaching that most often suicide is a fatal response to a treatable disorder – depression, according to a release.

  • Lightning Strike Damages Sandy Hook House

    Amid a late spring thunderstorm on the evening of Friday, May 23, firefighters from three local volunteer fire companies responded to a report of a house fire caused by a lightning strike on Jeremiah Road in Sandy Hook.

    Sandy Hook, Botsford, and Hook & Ladder firefighters responded to the incident at 5:55 pm at 27 Jeremiah Road, on the corner of Jeremiah Road and Fox Hollow Lane. There were no injuries.

  • DOT Tests Subsurface Conditions For Bridge Project

    State Department of Transportation (DOT) workers last week took subsurface core samples at Sugar Street (Route 302), at its intersection with Elm Drive, for geological information on the soil there to be used in the design of a new, wider Sugar Street bridge.

    The new span will replace the existing Sugar Street bridge which becomes a traffic bottleneck during commuter rush periods.

  • Brownfields Have Potential To Generate Millions In Local Tax Revenue

    About a decade ago, Connecticut started getting serious about reclaiming and reusing former and abandoned, environmentally tainted industrial sites known as brownfields. Around that same time, Newtown’s Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker began compiling an informal list of local brownfield sites.

  • Intense Thunderstorm Hits Riverside Neighborhood Hard

    A severe thunderstorm, which passed through the area Tuesday evening, focused its strongest wind energy in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, causing many trees to fall, resulting in extensive property damage and electrical outages in that neighborhood along Lake Zoar, near Interstate 84.

  • Newtown Police Taser Policy Long Preceded New State Mandate

    In the final hours of the 2014 state legislative session, lawmakers overwhelmingly supported a proposal that mandates all Connecticut police agencies adopt a policy on the use of Tasers. These handheld devices resemble firearms, and shoot barbed darts that contact combative suspects allowing police officers to subdue them using jolts of electricity instead of other, more potentially dangerous means.

  • VFW Ceremony Honors Fallen Service Men And Women

    “It’s an important tradition for us to come here,” said Richard Gottmeier, prior to the start of the Monday, May 26 ceremony at the VFW Post 308 honoring veterans who have died in service to the country. Mr Gottmeier served 28 years in the Army and Army Reserves, he said, is a member of the VFW, and comes from a family tradition of serving the country since the Revolutionary War. “We pay our respects today to those who didn’t get to come home. They are the true heroes,” he said.

  • Increased Participation Seen At Hazardous Waste Collection

    The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) conducted a spring regional household hazardous waste collection project on Saturday, May 17, at the town public works garage at Turkey Hill Road.

    HRRA Director Cheryl Reedy said last week that regional residents drove 720 vehicles to the collection project to dispose of their waste.

    That participation represents a 46 percent increase from the 493 vehicles that were driven to the event last year, she said

  • Lower Flags Today For Memorial Day

    In observance of Memorial Day, all United States and state flags should be lowered today. Per a proclamation from President Barack Obama, flags should be lowered from sunrise until noon today.

    Following tradition, President Obama and Governor Dannel P. Malloy have both issued proclamations to honor those who have served and those who continue to serve in the United States Armed Forces.