• Residents Sought For Commission Posts

    First Selectman Pat Llodra is seeking residents to fill several opening on local appointed boards and commissions. In some cases the appointments are required to be affiliated with a specific political party, while in other cases unaffiliated voters are encouraged to consider serving.

    Current openings exist on:

    *The Conservation Commission has three positions available to a Republican or Unaffiliated voter and one open position  available to a democrat or unaffiliated voter.

  • Facing Stiff Opposition, DEEP Plans Modifications To Stormwater Permitting

    Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) says it is considering modifications to key provisions of proposed new permit requirements for the management and oversight of municipal stormwater systems — while still allowing the agency to achieve important environmental objectives.

    The announcement came following testimony and correspondence from numerous public officials from across the state, including Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra.

  • Hearing Set On Proposed Water, Sewer Regulation Revisions

    The final week of the year brought Newtown’s Water and Sewer Authority together for a brief meeting to discuss proposed changes in regulations to both local sewer use regulations and the community’s water pollution control plan.

    After some discussion on December 29, the authority approved sending the proposed changes to a public hearing on January 8. The time and location of the hearing was not set at press time.

    Authority and Public Works Director Fred Hurley said many of the proposed changes are procedural.

  • P&Z Considers Creating New Multifamily Zoning Rules

    In anticipation of a developer pursuing the construction of a multifamily complex, including an affordable housing component, the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is continuing its review of the proposed Mixed-Use, Mixed-Income Overlay Zone (MUMI-10), a land use zone and accompanying zoning rules that would be used to better regulate such growth.

  • All Parties Set To Meet On Future Of Parent Connection Duplex

    For First Selectman Pat Llodra, it must be like a twisted version of Groundhog Day, the black comedy where Bill Murray keeps waking up to the same day over and over again.

    Except for the first selectman, the plot involves the repetitive and disturbingly escalating expense of hazardous material remediation in buildings at Fairfield Hills. It just keeps happening.

  • Preserve At Newtown: Water Supply Issues Dominate P&Z Review Of Subdivision Proposal

    Several Scudder Road area residents, who spoke at a December 18 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) public hearing on the proposed Preserve at Newtown 23-lot residential subdivision, stressed they fear that their already unreliable domestic well water supplies would be diminished after new homes are built in that area and start drawing up subterranean water through new wells.

  • Serenading Sandy Hook With Seasonal Songs

    Under Christmas trees in the glow of decorative street lamps, carolers spent time filling the quiet night with song December 20.

    Trinity Productions for the second year in a row put on its “Night of Song,” as a small gathering of guests gathered last Saturday night in Sandy Hook Center to spread their holiday cheer.

  • Fire Reports, December 18-23, 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, December 18: No calls listed.

  • Police Reports, December 16-23, 2014

    Two Warrants

    After learning that police held two warrants for his arrest, Robert Abram, 77, of 19 Castle Meadow Road went to the police station on the morning of December 19 and was charged, police said.

    Police said they charged Abram with second-degree failure to appear in court and with failure to respond to an infraction in connection with past incidents.

    Abram was released on $603 bail for a January 6 appearance in Danbury Superior Court, police said.

  • Sending Prayers To Peshawar

    After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Elizabeth Vaughn, daughter of a Newtown Board of Education employee, saw a picture circulating from Karachi, Pakistan, with children lighting candles next to a sign that read, “Connecticut school killing, [we] feel [your] pain as [you] would feel our pain.” So when she learned about the devastating school attack in Peshawar last week, Ms Vaughn quietly organized a candlelight vigil that featured messages in Urdu translated onto posters by a Pakistani acquaintance.