• Library Paving Project Extended

    C.H. Booth Library’s driveway for handicapped drivers and guests is being repaved.

    Work on the project began late last week, and was expected to be completed by late afternoon Tuesday, November 3.

    Unexpected delays are slowing the project, however. Library Director Brenda McKinley announced on November 3 that the repaving is now expected to continue for another week and a half, until Friday, November 13.

  • Newtown Hiring Away Middlebury Chief To Replace Retiring Michael Kehoe

    Retiring Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe, left, is pictured beside his replacement - current Middlebury Chief James Viadero - who was introduced at a Tuesday, November 3, Police Commission meeting.

  • Newcomers Will Join Victorious Incumbents On Council, Boards Of Finance, Education

    Despite spectacular Indian Summer weather, less than one-third of Newtown's 16,597 registered voters had turned out to endorse a full slate of local elected officials as Newtown's polling locations closed at 8 pm on November 3.

    And when all the ballots were counted, local Democrats who campaigned on a platform of balancing out party affiliations on a number of boards and commissions were ultimately successful. A close race in Legislative Council District 2 forced a recount which resolved Thursday, November 5 in favor of the declared winner.

  • Superintendent Hosts Community Forum On School Security

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, led a community forum on Wednesday, October 28, the latest in the continuing forum series designed to be one-hour discussions with community members.

    Wednesday’s forum was expected to focus on safety, security, discipline, and student transitions.

    Mark Pompano, the district’s director of security, spoke at the start of the evening, and he shared an overview of security in the district.

  • Voters Called The Local Polls November 3, Absentee Voting Saturday

    Readers are invited to get to know each candidate running for office on the local ballot this year by accessing The Newtown Bee’s candidate profiles, available online here. Letters of endorsement can be reviewed at under the Opinions tab on The Bee's website.

  • Pre-Halloween Activities Abound, Along With Safety Advisories

    From ghost stories on Main Street to hundreds of spooky goblins flitting around Sandy Hook, the ramp-up to Halloween 2015 is in full swing — with bubbling anticipation of Newtown’s main event on October 31 becoming palpable around the community.

    A heavy police presence is anticipated on Main Street for Saturday evening to help control traffic as thousands of Halloween revelers converge to enjoy the costumes, candy, and more than a few homes outfitted with extravagantly spooky décor.

  • Access Health CT Open Enrollment Begins Sunday

    HARTFORD — Jim Wadleigh, CEO of Access Health CT (AHCT), has released a checklist for residents in preparation for Connecticut’s third open enrollment, which begins Sunday, November 1, and runs through Sunday, January 31, 2016.

  • School Supporters Enlist Businesses To Reward Local Voters

    Every Newtowner who exercises their privilege to vote at local polls on November 3 can pick up an “I Voted“ sticker and spend the rest of Election Day enjoying the fruits of a partnership between local businesses and Support Our Schools (SOS), an educational advocacy group.

    SOS supports the best interests of Newtown’s children and a high quality education platform in Newtown.

  • Council Completes Charter Review, Ordinances Approved

    After nearly eight hours of line-by-line scrutiny over the course of two meetings, the Legislative Council completed its administrative review of a draft charter revision during a special meeting October 28. The panel, with several members absent, also held a brief public hearing with no comments offered, and subsequently approved updates to Newtown’s alarm and purchasing ordinances.

  • Students And Parents Helped With ‘Empowering Smart Online Choices’

    Scott Driscoll of Internet Safety Concepts gave the first of multiple presentations titled “Empowering Smart Online Choices” on Tuesday, October 13, at Reed Intermediate School for students. He later shared his presentation with Newtown Middle School students and with district parents during an evening event at C.H. Booth Library.

    The school district’s PTAs, PTSA, and the Newtown Prevention council sponsored the presentations.