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  • NFA Call For Anniversary Event Volunteers, May 22

    Approaching its 90th year as Newtown’s private land trust, the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) is seeking volunteers for an anniversary committee.

    In an email appeal sent to supporters, the NFA asked for assistance and volunteers to “help the [NFA Board of Trustees] celebrate the 90th anniversary." Hoping to plan a celebratory event, members envision a presentation, guest speaker, food, silent auction, and more commemorate “all the NFA has done” in the last 90 years. The NFA is Connecticut’s oldest private land trust.

  • Latest Copper Pipe Theft Leaves A Basement Flooded

    Police have added to their expanding list of local copper pipe thefts two incidents that occurred at vacant houses near the intersection of Sugar Street, West Street, and Boggs Hill Road.

    In one case, the theft of pipes from the basement of a house on Sugar Street punctured a charged water pipe, resulting in the pressurized water spraying out of the leak to flood the basement to a depth of about 30 inches.

    Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters responded to the house late on the morning of Monday, May 19.

  • Application Period For Armed School Security Officers Closing At Month’s End

    The period for retired and certified Connecticut police officers to apply to become one of nine Newtown school security officers (SSOs) is closing at month’s end. Police Chief Michael Kehoe told The Newtown Bee this week that he has already received numerous applications for consideration.

  • NYFS Partners With Caroline Previdi Foundation

    Newtown Youth & Family Services has partnered with The Caroline Previdi Foundation to offer financial support to families whose children may not otherwise be able to participate in select extracurricular activities.

    The foundation was created in memory of Caroline Previdi, one of the children killed on 12/14. Its goal is to support children in Newtown and surrounding communities with the financial means to participate in activities, including, but not limited to dance camp, art classes, and music lessons.

  • Officials Ramping Up Focus On New Businesses, Economic Development

    With deliberations and the authorization by voters of the 2014-15 budget behind them, local officials are focusing intensely on the best way they see for keeping residential taxation in check — growing the Newtown Grand List. That means increasing commercial activity, supporting economic development, and aggressively working to retain or expand businesses already established locally.

  • P&Z Weighs Expanded Hawleyville Industrial Uses

    With an expanded sanitary sewer system planned for Hawleyville, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are considering revising the zoning regulations to allow three additional land uses in the M-2A (Industrial) zone there.

  • Planning Starts For Hawleyville Sewer Expansion

    The Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) is compiling a list of Hawleyville property owners interested in connecting their properties to the planned expansion of the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system.

    WSA members held an informational session on May 8 to explain the sewer system expansion project, as well as seek commitments for sewer connections from property owners who own land along the planned sewer route. About 25 people attended the meeting.

  • Police Officials Skeptical About Dispatching Change

    Police Commission members this week discussed the many issues stemming from a proposal to move local emergency radio dispatching for 911 police, fire, and ambulance calls from Newtown to a private, nonprofit, nonunionized dispatching center in Prospect, generally expressing skepticism that such a change would be beneficial.

  • Police Explorers Win Medals In Cadet Competition

    Newtown Police Explorers, who are members of Cadet Post #823, received medals on May 4 for their performance in the Connecticut Police Stations Day sponsored by the Northeast Regional Law Enforcement Education Association (NERLEEA), according to a statement from Newtown police.

    The competitive event was held at the Police Officer Standards and Training Council’s (POST) training academy in Meriden.

  • New Fundraiser Highlighted At Library Board Meeting

    At the regular monthly meeting of the board of trustees of the C.H. Booth Library May 12, trustees emeritus Mary Thomas and Kathy Geckle came to ask the board’s approval of a spring 2015 fundraiser they are proposing.