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  • Community Center, Mental Health Facility Enter FFH Discussions

    Plans for a community center and a proposed mental health facility filled conversation during the Fairfield Hills Authority’s meeting on Monday, November 24.

  • Multifamily Complexes: December 4 Hearing Set On Mixed-Income Housing

    The Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on a proposed overlay zone intended for high-density, multifamily housing, which would include an “affordable housing” component.

    The proposed zone is known as the Mixed-Use Mixed-Income-10 (MUMI-10) zone, reflecting its provisions for mixed land uses, mixed income levels of its residents, and a 10-acre minimum site size.

  • Police Seize Five Pounds Of Marijuana At Sobriety Checkpoint

    During a sobriety checkpoint held last weekend at Fairfield Hills, police stopped a vehicle to check on whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and then found approximately five pounds of marijuana in the vehicle’s trunk, resulting in the arrest of the vehicle’s five occupants on several drug charges, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele.

    On the night of Saturday, November 22, police had set up the checkpoint on Wasserman Way at its intersection with Trades Lane.

  • Recreation Commission Makes Policy Changes For Field Use

    The balancing act of providing field space for youth and adult athletics and accommodating a combination of the most competitive of those children (and their parents), as well as out-of-town players on travel and premier squads, has been a tricky one for Newtown Parks & Recreation officials.

    Newtown Recreation officials now hope some changes to the field use procedures will make Newtown residents happy while not shutting out nonresidents altogether. They also hope to maximize use of the town’s field space in the process.

  • Water Issues On The Preserve Top Residents’ Subdivision Concerns

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing a range of concerns from residents who attended a November 20 public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown, a 23-lot residential subdivision proposed for Dodgingtown.

    Those concerns include the potential for damage to existing domestic well-water supplies, increased traffic flow, and high construction densities.

  • Closings & Cancellations Piling Up

    In response to the snowstorm that has reached the area, businesses and organizations have begun announcing program cancellations and/or early closing plans.

    Readers who would like to have their closings or cancellations announced are invited to call 203-426-3141 or send an email to editor@thebee.com.

  • Police Reports, November 17-22, 2014

    Four Charges

    Police report a two-vehicle accident on Sugar Street at its intersection with South Main Street, Glover Avenue, and Main Street about 4:18 pm on November 21.

    While waiting a red traffic signal, motorist Raymond Hoesten, 71, of 46 Underhill Road, who was driving a 2010 GMC Acadia SUV, rolled backward and struck the front end of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-class sedan driven by Sandra Navone, 55, of 165 Hanover Road, police said.

  • Fire Reports, November 20-26, 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, November 20: 4:57 pm, brushfire, near 24 Dodgingtown Road, Dodgingtown and Hook & Ladder responded; 5:36 pm, hazardous condition, near intersection of Berkshire Road and Toddy Hill Road, Sandy Hook responded; 6:29 pm, alarm, 6 Poorhouse Road, Dodgingtown responded.

  • Turkey Trot Traffic Note, Weather Watch

    The 2014 Newtown Savings Bank Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, to benefit the C. H. Booth Library, will take place Thursday morning. Travelers can expect brief delays and road closures Thursday, November 28, between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 am, in and around the center of town.

  • Old Hawleyville Post Office Demolished; Site Redevelopment Planned

    The building that had served as Hawleyville’s post office for decades was swiftly torn down this week by a town crew wielding an excavator.

    The structure fell to the ground in pieces at the site where the Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Company plans a redevelopment project starting next spring.

    Hawleyville Fire Chief John Basso said that site improvements will start in the spring when area asphalt plants reopen. The fire company plans to pave the area where the post office stood, expanding an existing parking lot.