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  • Dickinson Playground To Close October 7, New Playscape To Be Constructed

    The FunSpace playground at Dickinson Park will close on October 7. Parks and Recreation Department crews will begin its demolition in preparation for construction of new play features there.

  • Design, Engineering Teams For Sandy Hook School Ready To Begin

    Newtown’s Public Building and Site Commission (PBSC) introduced the design and engineering teams that will oversee the pending remediation and demolition of the existing Sandy Hook School, as well as coordinating the new school building project as it rolls out in the coming months. The panel also heard brief reports from project managers Aaron Krueger of Consigli Construction and Julia McFadden of Svigals + Partners.

  • Youth Arrested On Five Sex Assault Charges

    Police report that after he learned that they held a warrant for his arrest, a male under age 18 went to the police station on the evening of September 24 and was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual assault.

    The serious charge is a Class B felony which is punishable by at least one year of imprisonment when incarceration is imposed in a conviction.

  • Gov Malloy: State Pledges Full Support For Sandy Hook School Construction

    HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced September 24 that the state is pledging its support to the Town of Newtown to facilitate the building of a replacement of Sandy Hook Elementary School and is prepared to approve the first round of funding toward its construction at Friday’s meeting of the State Bond Commission.

  • Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation Hires Executive Director, Begins Recruiting Volunteers

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation has hired a part-time executive director, and has begun the process of identifying members of the community who might serve on a distribution committee to examine needs in the community resulting from the tragedy of 12/14. The foundation has been charged with overseeing the donations received for and disbursed from The Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

  • Household Hazardous Waste Collection This Weekend At Danbury Public Works

    DANBURY — Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority (HRRA) will conduct a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on Saturday, September 28, for residents of Newtown, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, Redding, and Ridgefield.

    Residents of these towns can drop off items that are not accepted at landfills and transfer stations between 9 am and 2 pm at Danbury Public Works, 53A Newtown Road (Route 6).

  • Community Input On Library’s Future Runs The Gamut

    Focus groups, along with comments from Booth Library board members, staff, members of the Friends of the C.H. Booth Library, and the public have provided a look at what residents and regular library visitors want to see left alone, as well as what they hope or expect to see changed in the future for the Main Street institution.    

  • Ceremony Welcomes Saint Michael, Honors Baro

    Officer Handler Felicia Figol stands with Saint Michael, Newtown Police Department’s new K-9, and swears to uphold duty. Swearing them in is Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead; to the right is Police Chief Michael Kehoe.

  • BOE Votes To Move Forward With SHS Asset Reclamation Efforts

    With the October 5 referendum on the town accepting state financial assistance to demolish the Sandy Hook School building and to design and build a new facility, the Board of Education took up a few related topics during its meeting on September 17.

    “As we discussed at a couple of other meetings,” Business Director Ronald Bienkowski told the school board Tuesday evening, “we are interested in retrieving useful items from Sandy Hook School before it is demolished.”

  • CT Lost 6,000 Jobs In August; July Gains Smaller Than Reported

    The state Labor Department threw some cold water Thursday on Connecticut’s optimistic job outlook.

    The department not only reported a 6,000-job decline in August, but scaled back the 11,500-job gain it announced in July by more than 16 percent.

    Despite the job losses, Connecticut’s unemployment rate remained unchanged in August at 8.1 percent. That’s because the number of people actively seeking employment also fell last month.