Home

News

  • Internal Leaseback Of Highway, Parks Vehicles Will Save $35,000

    The town will use its capital nonrecurring fund to purchase five heavy vehicles for the Parks and Recreation and Highway Departments, and will structure an internal leaseback arrangement that will save taxpayers in excess of $35,000 that would have gone to cover interest payments, according to Finance Director Robert Tait.

  • Supt. Erardi’s Contract Extended

    The Board of Education voted to increase the superintendent of schools’ contracted salary by three percent and to extend his contract by one year at its special meeting on Wednesday, June 24.

    The decision came among a series of votes on agenda items before the board heard from the public regarding the possibility of closing Hawley Elementary School due to declining enrollment for the 2016-17 year. The board later voted not to close a school for the 2016-17 school year and to continue its discussion about the best use of district facilities.

  • Packed Town Meeting Approves NHS Auditorium, Road Bonding

    One of the largest Town Meeting turnouts in recent memory drew dozens of residents to the Municipal Center July 6 for a brief but critical vote on spending for a Newtown High School auditorium renovation and bonding for local road improvements. Residents are holding up tickets, both proving they are qualified to vote, and registering their support of the motions that endorsed both spending proposals.

  • New Trail Leads Through Meadows, Gardens, At FFH

    In mid-April LRM Construction crews began digging out a ten-foot-wide path at Fairfield Hills where a new paved walkway would go. Within weeks, residents eager to stroll the lengthened trail system, which is now complete and adds nearly a mile to existing trails, were already using the unfinished surface.

  • Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions.

    In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission, one vacancy for a Democrat or unaffiliated voter and one open position available to any registered voter.

  • Sen Hwang Finds More Reasons Than Not To Support ‘Second Chance Society’

    Sometime between the end of the 2015 legislative session and the special session that wrapped up earlier this week, Newtown’s freshman Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) decided to give the governor’s proposed “Second Chance Society” legislation a second look.

  • Mae Schmidle, Julia Wasserman Honored At Testimonial

    About 150 well-wishers took part in a testimonial for Mae Schmidle and Julia Wasserman on Sunday, June 28, held to honor the two women for their decades of local public service.

    Due to health reasons, Mrs Wasserman was not able to attend the event held in the Great Room at the Newtown Congregational Church on West Street.

  • P&Z Slates Public Hearing On River Walk Condo Complex

    A local builder/developer’s proposal to construct 74 condominium apartments on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center is scheduled for discussion at a Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, July 9, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    Applicant Michael Burton of Sandy Hook, doing business as River Walk Properties, LLC, is seeking a special permit for the project under the terms of the Incentive Housing-10 (IH-10) zoning regulations, which the P&Z created in January.

  • Fire Reports, June 25-July 1, 2015

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:

    Thursday, June 25: 3:57 pm, alarm, 11 Edmond Road, Hook & Ladder, Sandy Hook, and Hawleyville responded; 6 pm, public service, 42 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 6:07 pm, public service, 42 Church Hill Road, Hook & Ladder responded; 11:33 pm, medical assist, Paugussett Road, Sandy Hook responded.

  • Officials Line Up With Timely Advice On Taxes, Grills, Pools, Dumping

    As the new fiscal year begins, property and motor vehicle taxes come due, homeowners balance landscaping projects and yard work with recreational activities like grilling and enjoying their residential swimming pools.

    At the same time, town officials have provided some timely tips, advice, and warnings to help residents stay safe, and to possibly ease the process for taxpayers as they write checks for property and motor vehicle taxes that are due by August 3.