• Community Center Phase I Info Sessions Announced

    Through the generosity of The GE Foundation, which has granted $15 million to the Town of Newtown for the design, construction, and operations of a new community center, Newtown is moving forward on the planning for an expanded senior center and a new aquatic center for community use.

    Newtown Parks & Recreation will host a pair of public information sessions, which will include meeting the members of the design and construction team chosen by the town for this project.

  • WSA Approves Final Design Phase For Hawleyville Sewer Expansion

    Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) members have unanimously approved having their consulting engineering firm start final design work on the Hawleyville sanitary sewer system extension, a municipal project intended to stimulate economic development.

    At a February 5 meeting, WSA member Richard Zang made a motion to have Fuss & O’Neill, Inc, start the final design project, with successive stages of that design to be sequentially approved by the WSA as the project progresses.

  • P&Z Approves Medical Office Building In Hawleyville

    Following a review of plans, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members on February 5 unanimously approved construction of a two-story, 30,000-square-foot medical office building at a 4.7-acre site at 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6) in Hawleyville.

    The P&Z approved the project for applicant Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC of Westport.

    The project would be similar in appearance to another medical office building that was recently constructed at 164 Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Size Of Proposed Multifamily Complex Still Unclear

    Local officials realize that a Trumbull developer is proposing a “big” multifamily housing project for a 35-acre site in Sandy Hook, near the Exit 10 interchange of westbound Interstate 84. The problem is, it remains unclear just how big the controversial project proposed by 79 Church Hill Road, LLC, would be.

  • Donor May Cover Lanza Home Demolition, Town Meeting Set

    After being approved by the Board of Selectmen and the Legislative Council, selectmen are coming around to the final administrative requirement before commencing efforts to demolish the dwelling where 12/14 perpetrator Adam Lanza resided.

    First Selectman Pat Llodra told the Board of Finance during remarks earlier this week that a town meeting to authorize officials to move forward with the planned razing of that residence will be held 15 minutes before the selectmen’s 7:30 pm meeting Tuesday, February 17.

  • Lawmakers Rethink Affordable Housing As Local Officials, Residents Testify At Hearing

    In separate Connecticut Senate and House proposals, Newtown’s legislative delegation — Senator Tony Hwang and Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, J.P. Sredzinski, and Dan Carter — is proposing changes to a statute that currently permits developers to circumvent local zoning restrictions on residential projects if the community does not currently conform to Connecticut’s ten percent threshold under affordable housing requirements.

  • Anthem Consumer Help Enhanced Post Data Breach, Lawmakers Eye Encryption

    As hundreds, or perhaps thousands of Newtown residents who may be affected by the Anthem data breach continue to receive updated information and enhanced consumer support, lawmakers in Hartford this week proposed legislation mandating that state insurance providers encrypt social security information and other client details in their massive databases.

    A reported data breach may have compromised personal information of its current and former customers across the state, and millions of Anthem customers across the country.

  • Police Reports, February 1-10, 2015

    Flagpole Intersection

    A two-vehicle accident occurred at the flagpole intersection of Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street about 4:18 pm on February 6.

    Police said motorist Monica Tedla, 21, of 6 Abbey Lane was driving a 2012 Honda Accord sedan westward on Church Hill Road, as motorist Robert McNamara, 68, of Danbury was driving a 2012 Acura MDX SUV northward on Main Street.

  • Draft Of Sandy Hook Commission Report Released Ahead Of Friday Meeting

    The February 12 release of a draft report of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has come one day ahead of a meeting where the panel was scheduled to vote on its formal release.

  • Community Center Review Envisions Components, Usage, Costs

    About a year ago, on the heels of a $15 million gift to Newtown from General Electric, the Board of Selectmen appointed an advisory committee to look into the scope, logistics, cost, and future usage potentials of a community center that would be developed and operated through that generous donation.