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  • P&Z Slates Hearings On Church Hill Road Gas Station Property Redevelopment

    At an upcoming session, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are scheduled to discuss the commercial redevelopment of 67 Church Hill Road with the proposed construction of a new gas station/convenience store there.

    The P&Z meeting is slated for 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 20, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

    The one-acre parcel on the western corner of Church Hill Road and Edmond Road currently holds a decaying structure that formerly was a Shell gas station/convenience store.

  • State Bills Would Expand Worker’s Compensation Law

    HARTFORD — The Newtown Police officer who has not yet returned to work since the 2012 school massacre because of post-traumatic stress disorder urged Connecticut lawmakers on Tuesday to expand the state’s workers’ compensation law to cover the condition.

  • Lions Hand Over 12/14 Fund Administration; Will Continue Fundraising

    The Newtown Lions Club Foundation has formally announced it has ceased directly administering benefits to providers and individuals through a fund established following the 12/14 tragedy.

    Earlier this year, the local Lions joined in a partnership with Newtown Rotary Club, Newtown Memorial Fund, and United Way of Western Connecticut as a means to pool resources and maximize distribution efficiency.

  • Finance Board To Consider Budget Additions For Senior Tax Relief, Road Repairs

    It appears the Newtown Board of Finance is poised to consider adding $400,000 to the 2014-15 budget proposal to boost the town’s self-insured employee benefit fund balance, but will also consider new allocations to bump up senior tax relief and road repair programs as well.

  • Employee Medical Benefit Experts Requesting $400,000 Infusion For 2014-15

    If it is recommended by the Board of Finance and approved by the Legislative Council as part of an overall budget request, a $400,000 allocation to Newtown’s self-insured employee medical benefit fund would represent a substantial increase beyond the four percent bump already factored into the spending plan currently being deliberated.

  • Police Reports | March 1-12, 2014

    Truck Hits Truck

    State police said that a state Department of Transportation (DOT) truck driver parked a 2008 International Maxforce truck owned by DOT on eastbound Interstate 84 near Exit 10 as part of a protective pattern that was formed to shield from moving traffic the DOT workers who were making some lightpost repairs in that area about 7:20 am on March 8.

  • Fire Reports | March 6-13, 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, March 6: 8:48 am, alarm, 5 Daniels Hill Road, Hook & Ladder and Hawleyville responded; 7:38 pm, chimney fire, 7 Mt Pleasant Road, Hook & Ladder responded.

  • Team 26 Arrives In D.C.

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Riding 400 miles from Newtown, 26 bicyclists hoping to change the nation’s gun laws faced some strong headwinds on their way to Washington, D.C. When they reached the U.S. Capitol Tuesday, they faced even more — of the political kind.

    It’s been nearly a year since a bill that would increase FBI background checks on gun buyers failed to clear a 60-vote threshold in the Senate. The House has not taken up any gun control legislation and doesn’t seem inclined to do so.

  • School Board Crafts Budget Statement

    The Board of Education approved a budget statement that was passed on to both the Board of Finance and the public during a special meeting Monday, March 10.

    On March 4 meeting, the school board voted to have its Communication Subcommittee write a budget statement in anticipation of the Board of Finance’s March 12 meeting.

    “It has been requested that we put together a statement regarding our decision on the budget ,” said school board Chair Debbie Leidlein on March 4.

  • Applications Due For Elderly & Disabled Homeowners Program

    The Assessor’s Office will be accepting applications for the Elderly and Disabled Homeowners Programs through May 15. Applications are accepted at the Assessor’s Office, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 4:30 pm.

    To be eligible for the program, applicants must own a house and be a resident of that dwelling as of October 1, 2013 to which the tax credit will be applied, be 65 years of age or over as of December 31, 2013, or be totally disabled.