• Schools To Dismiss Early Monday

    Newtown Public Schools will run on an early dismissal on Monday, January 26, due to anticipated weather. The district announced the decision on Sunday, January 25.

  • Blizzard Warning Issued For Newtown, Region; ‘Crippling And Possibly Historic Storm’ Approaching

    Newtown Public Works crews spent the majority of Saturday working to clear the town’s roads of a quick snowstorm that dropped approximately 6-8 inches of snow and a small amount of freezing rain on Newtown before the storm cleared by late morning. Now it looks like the same employees who spent up to 15 hours working on January 24 need to get ready for a second storm, and this one may be very serious. The National Weather Service this afternoon has upgraded a Winter Storm Watch that had included most of Fairfield County to a Blizzard Warning.

  • Closings, Cancellations

    Readers, groups and individuals with events planned for Saturday — or even Sunday, if this storm hangs around — that will be affected due to the weather are invited to contact Bee Associate Editor Shannon Hicks with this information.

  • Weather Temporarily Halts Memorial Sidewalk Work

    Frigid temperatures and frozen ground have slowed progress on a Memorial Sidewalk project — its first section leading from the top of Church Hill Road downhill to an existing stretch of walkway.

    “Frost has really set into the ground and it’s too hard to dig,” said contractor Rob Manna of LRM Landscape Contractors.

  • Incentive Housing-10: P&Z Creates New Zone For Multifamily Complexes

    Following lengthy discussion at a heavily attended January 15 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing, commission members unanimously approved a new set of zoning regulations that would cover high-density, multifamily housing complexes that include an affordable housing component.

  • Community Foundation Issues New Survey, Calls For Response

    As members of the Distribution Committee of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, members of The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation have the responsibility to solicit input from the public as to the ongoing needs of all of those who have been affected by the 12/14 tragedy.

    Foundation members include Chairman Chris McDonnell, Vice Chair Joeline Wruck, Gavin Arneth, Dr Robert Bazuro, Jennifer Clark, Kevin Cragin, the Reverend Rob Morris, Scott Ruszczyk, Addie Sandler, Bob Schmidt, and Connie Sullivan.

  • Winter Storm Warning Issued, Events Being Cancelled Or Postponed

    A storm system that has already dropped heavy snow on parts of the southern Plains will continue to develop as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard late Friday into Saturday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

    “The system has the potential to bring a wintry mix of precipitation to the Mid-Atlantic and New England [regions], though it is not expected to be a major snow producer,” NWS had posted on its website Friday afternoon.

  • Council Authorizes Lanza Home Demolition, Sets Budget Calendar

    This report was updated January 23 with details on the Board of Finance budget meeting schedule.

    Facing several television crews and reporters from a number of news bureaus, the Legislative Council quickly and unanimously voted January 21 to authorize the Board of Selectmen to move forward with plans to demolish the home of 12/14 shooter Adam Lanza.

  • Selectmen's Budget Presentation Reveals Likely Grand List Windfall

    An anticipated $37 million in grand list growth before any assessment appeals, along with savings from bond refunding, incremental cuts in select operating allocations, and level state aid reimbursement is expected to result in a Board of Selectmen 2015-16 budget proposal that will fortify local road repair plans, increase the town’s fund balance, and enable key hiring while delivering no tax increase and a reduction in next year’s mill rate.

  • Who Makes What? Finance Office Posts All Town, School Payroll Details

    Several months after a resident suggested during a Board of Finance meeting that the town create a database so taxpayers could review the salary details of every town employee, Finance Director Robert Tait presented the report to the Legislative Council January 21.