• Community Center Planning And Construction Forums Set

    The Parks & Recreation Commission and the Commission on Aging are coordinating a series of public information sessions regarding community center planning and construction prior to a March 21 referendum to approve project funding. Providing “the big picture” for people to understand, and “to hear their input on the possibilities of this phased project,” is the main goal of forums to be hosted by the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Parks and Recreation Department Director Amy Mangold.

  • Council Moves Ordinance Requests To Committee

    The Legislative Council moved a package of ordinance requests to its Ordinance Committee February 18. Those requests come from the Police Commission and the Board of Selectmen.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra told her board the night before about the amendment to the local Firearms Ordinance, and another suggestion designed to prevent the littering of unsolicited mail and materials being left at residential properties.

  • Community Center Vote Set For March 21

    Following a presentation by members of a community center advisory committee that held similar meetings with the Boards of Finance and Selectmen in recent weeks, the Legislative Council voted February 18 to send an authorization to spend a $15 million community center grant from General Electric to a public referendum on Saturday, March 21.

    The referendum authorizing the expenditure is required by charter, even though it does not represent a taxpayer generated appropriation.

  • Fire Reports, February 12-18, 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, February 12: 10:10 am, pumping detail, 47 Lakeview Terrace, Sandy Hook responded; 10:24 am, motor vehicle accident, near 139 Huntingtown Road, Botsford responded; 11:24 am, vehicle fire, near 46 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook responded; 5:33 pm, motor vehicle accident, I-84, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Bullying: A Problem Behavior That Spans Generations

    In a population of more than 320 million people, US Census statistics show that 40.3 million are people 65 years of age and older. Of those, according to the National Center for Assisted Living, more than 735,000 men and women live in assisted living situations. Approximately 1.3 million more are housed in nursing homes.

  • Road Budget Request Rebounds; Grand List Error Noted

    First Selectman Pat Llodra and Public Works Director Fred Hurley sat down with the Board of Finance on February 9 to try to unravel some confusion that has developed regarding premature road “delamination,” which originally resulted in postponed spending for local road projects in the coming year’s budget.

  • Flooding Déjà Vu Shuts Down Children’s Department At C.H. Booth Library

    A worker with J.P. Maguire, remediation specialists, adds another box of water damaged books to a trailer filled with thousands more ruined books from the Children’s Department of the C.H. Booth Library, where a February 17 pipe break sent water throughout that space. The books, located directly beneath the break, are not salvageable.

  • Emergency Responders Close Sugar Street To Fight Fire At Trailer Park

    Volunteer firefighters are on the scene of a trailer fire at the trailer park at 55 Sugar Street. All occupants of the affected trailer have evacuated safely

    Newtown police have closed the Sugar Street (Route 302) in both directions. Motorists should avoid the area.

  • Resident, Dog Safe As Multiple Responders Converge On Trailer Fire

    Working as one, responders from all of Newtown's five volunteer fire companies stood shoulder to shoulder fighting a dramatic trailer fire at the Meadowbrook Terrace Mobile Home Park at 55 Sugar Street shortly before 10 am Tuesday morning.

    As assistance with water shuttles and coverage for local fire houses poured in from Monroe, Southbury, and Brookfield, local crews doused the 30- by 10-foot residential trailer as the resident, Frank Rocca, Jr. and his pet dog, stood a few feet away watching as the structure became fully engulfed in flames.

  • Second Major Water Leak In 13 Months Closes Booth Library

    An unidentified Hook & Ladder volunteer surveys the damage after an apparent pipe malfunction, ceiling collapse and flood in the Children's Department of the C.H. Booth Library Tuesday morning. Responders immediately went to work clearing the area where debris fell, while library staff began assessing the damage. The library will remain closed until further notice.