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  • Fire Reports | April 10-16, 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, April 10: 12:01 pm, brush fire, near 13 Papoose Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Hawleyville responded.

    Friday, April 11: 10:41 am, wires down, near 34 Meadow Brook Road, Botsford responded; 9:52 pm, medical assist, Nunnawauk Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Senate Proposal Eliminating Subdivision Hearings Draws Local Opposition

    Three Newtown residents are among the latest to add their signatures and support in opposition to Connecticut Senate Bill 405.

    Former Newtown Wetlands Enforcement officer Ann Asterita along with Newtown Forest Association officers Guy Peterson and Robert Eckenrode have joined dozens of other individuals, municipalities, forest, land trust, and environmental groups standing against the proposal.

  • Brownfields Grant Will Aid FFH Hazmat Assessments

    Newtown was notified April 16 that it is the recipient of a $200,000 grant, which Director of Economic and Community Development Director Elizabeth Stocker said will be applied to assessing nine remaining buildings at Fairfield Hills for hazardous materials. The assessments will help the town estimate the cost of eventual hazmat remediation whether the building in question is slated for possible reuse or for demolition.

  • Accident Snarls I-84 Traffic For Hours

    Several accidents occurred in Newtown on Interstate 84 on Monday, April 14, resulting in extensive traffic backups on I-84’s westbound and eastbound lanes, causing motorists to seek alternate routes on local roads, thus creating traffic congestion on those streets.

    At 12:47 pm, state police received a report that a Peterbilt tractor, which had been traveling westward on I-84 between Exits 10 and 9, had gone off the road and landed precariously on the sloped median, balanced on a rock.

  • Annual Prescription Drug Disposal Events Slated

    Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. Just as disturbing are the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse among teens.

    A national study, conducted last year by The Partnership at DrugFree.org and the MetLife Foundation, found that nearly half (49 percent) of teens who misuse or abuse prescription medicines get them from a family member or friend. More often than not, these drugs are found in medicine cabinets.

  • Foundation Seeking Proposals For Mental Health Support

    The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation, Inc is soliciting proposals from qualified groups to support the expansion of public education and training to help those that come into contact with adults and young people in the Newtown community.

    The foundation is seeking to identify, understand, and respond to signs of trauma, mental health concerns, and/or address barriers that keep those who need mental health services from accessing them.

  • Police Reports | April 6-17, 2014

    Burglary/Larceny

    Police report that sometime overnight on April 6-7, someone burglarized and stole a large amount of copper piping from a vacant house on Pole Bridge Road, which is posted for sale.

    The thief or thieves forced entry into the house through a rear door and then stole the piping from the building’s heating system, police said.

  • Library Board Loses Longtime Member

    Daniel Cruson, a longtime member of the C.H. Booth Board of Trustees, has submitted a letter of resignation to the president of the board. The letter, mailed to board President Martha Robilotti “over two weeks ago,” Mr Cruson said on Monday, April 14, was to be “effective upon the receipt of the letter.”

    Mr Cruson said that he has been cutting back on involvement in activities in order to devote more time to his writing and research.

  • Malloy Touts Success Of CT Jobs Program

    HARTFORD (AP)  — Governor Dannel Malloy is touting the success of a state program that promotes job creation by providing wage subsidies and training grants to small businesses.

    The initiative, known as the Subsidized Training and Employment Program or Step Up, help cover the costs of training new hires during the first six months of employment.

    Gov Malloy announced Friday that the initiative has led to the hiring of 2,200 new workers.

  • Right To Record Police A Focus Of Connecticut Bill

    HARTFORD — When East Haven police officers arrested a Catholic priest who was videotaping them in 2009, it sparked calls for the state legislature to better protect the public’s right to record the actions of law enforcement officials.

    Five years later, additional safeguards to that right have yet to make it to the governor’s desk. Bills approved in the Senate died in the House in 2011 and 2012. Legislation last year failed to make it to a House or Senate vote.