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  • Local Savings Bank Officials, BBB Warn Internet Users About ‘Heartbleed’

    Local businesses including Newtown Savings Bank and the Connecticut Better Business Bureau have been busy alerting business owners about the “Heartbleed” security flaw that targets computer servers running the most widely used Internet encryption security system.

    According to BBB, security engineers discovered Heartbleed exploits a flaw in OpenSSL, which allowed them to view passwords and user names when they tested the virus.

  • I-84 Bridge Work At Center Street About Half Done

    An ongoing $6 million state project to replace two Interstate-84 bridges, which cross above Center Street in the Riverside section of Sandy Hook, is about half complete, according to a state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman.

    Matthew Cleary, a transportation supervising engineer, said April 15 that construction work at the bridges resumed in early April following a cold, lengthy winter.

    “We just started back up for the [construction] season,” he said.

  • Renovation Project Announced: Glen Road ‘Silver Bridge’ To Be Silver Again

    What locally has long been known as “The Silver Bridge” will regain its argentine luster after the state completes an estimated $5 million renovation project intended to physically rehabilitate the steel-truss span at Glen Road, which crosses the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to Southbury.

    A state Department of Transportation (DOT) spokesman said this week that the two-lane, 308-foot-long bridge, which currently is painted brown, will be repainted a silvery color, based on local requests.

  • ‘Zero Increase’ Budget Backers Call For Taxpayers To Turnout, Vote Yes

    A growing number of elected leaders representing the Legislative Council, and the Boards of Education, Selectmen, and Finance are calling for taxpayers to turn out April 22 and vote Yes on both the town and school district budget requests.

  • 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.

  • 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.