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  • Fire Reports, April 23-29, 2015

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

  • Linda Gejda Selected As New Assistant Superintendent In Stratford

    The Stratford Board of Education appointed Newtown’s Assistant Superintendent of Schools Linda Gejda for its new assistant superintendent during a meeting on Monday, April 27.

    Dr Gejda responded to the news on Wednesday, April 29, saying the decision, “was a very difficult one for me. Newtown is obviously a very special community… very supportive of its school district… and I’ve been extremely privileged to work with skilled individuals…”

  • 2015-16 Town, School Budgets Pass With Overwhelming Support

    School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, walked into the Newtown Middle School gymnasium just after 8 pm Tuesday, moments after the final few residents cast their budget votes, exuding quiet confidence and expressing no doubt that the 2015-16 budget proposals would pass – big time.

    Apparently more superstitious, Board of Education Chairman Keith Alexander opted to wait for the final tallies, which affirmed the hopes of both officials.

  • Budget Polls Quiet; Only 522 Votes Logged Four Hours Into Referendum

    Four hours into today's budget balloting at Newtown Middle School, Republican Registrar JoAnne Albanesi had logged only 522 votes. Any registered voter or Newtown resident with at least $1,000 in taxable property on the current Grand List is eligible to vote on today's split budget proposal.

    Polls remain pen until 8 pm, and Ms Albanesi said that if an unregistered property owner is motivated to head to the polls, they should make contact with the moderator to arrange to cast a ballot.

    Today's split, or bifurcated, referendum asks the following budget questions:

  • Route 34 Bridge Atop Stevenson Dam To Close For 90 Hours; Detours Planned

    MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam at the Housatonic River, which has been in service for nearly a century.

    In a statement, FirstLight Hydro Generating Company said the bridge’s closure will require that detours be used while maintenance work is underway.

  • Dinner To Benefit Resident Recovering From Cancer

    Friends of Newtown resident and American Legion Auxiliary Third District President Alice Saxton are planning a benefit dinner to help Ms Saxton with medical expenses. Ms Saxton is recovering from esophageal cancer treatments and now needs surgery.

    A pasta dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 7 pm, at American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court in Bristol.

    Tickets are $20 and they must be purchased in advance, by May 10. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Technology Spending Plan Presented To School Board

    The Board of Education heard a long-term/five-year spending plan presentation from the district’s Director of Technology Carmella Amodeo at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting.

    “This is the continuation of the flattening or smoothing of technology spending over a five-year period,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said near the start of the presentation.

  • Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Castle Hill Road House

    Firefighters arrived at 101 Castle Hill Road at about 6 pm on Thursday, April 23, encountered intense flames shooting out of upper-story windows. Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo said it took approximately 20 minutes to knock the fire down.

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  • Taxpayers Called To Vote On 2015-16 Budgets; Absentee Session Saturday

    Newtown taxpayers who may be otherwise engaged Tuesday, April 28, or who anticipate difficulties getting to the Newtown Middle School to cast their budget ballots, may do so in a special Saturday voting session in the town clerk’s office Saturday, April 25, from 9 am to noon.

  • Superintendent Drafting Transportation Survey For Parents

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, told the Board of Education during its Tuesday, April 21, meeting the district administration would like to launch a transportation survey.

    The first draft of the survey was presented to the school board during the meeting, and by the end of the meeting, Dr Erardi said he would draft another version of the survey, reflecting the board’s responses from the meeting.