• Finance Officials Add New Vetting Criteria To Town’s Debt Policy

    The Board of Finance voted unanimously August 27 to adopt additional criteria to Newtown’s Debt Management Policy, which helps inform and guide officials on the issuance, management, evaluation, and reporting on municipal debt obligations.

    The amendments to the policy were made by Finance Director Robert Tait following a lengthy review of past and present debt analyses, as well as an attempt to predict future borrowing patterns.

  • The 54th Annual Labor Day Parade Promises To Be A Work Of Art

    Monday morning, Main Street and the Borough will reverberate with the rum-pa-pa-rum of drums, clip-clop of horse hooves, blasts of fire sirens, and so much more will signal Newtown’s end of summer extravaganza is once again underway.

    The 54th Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade begins at 10 am, Monday, September 7, marching from the top of Main Street to Glover, and on to its final destination, the grand stand of judges set up in front of the Big Y parking lot on Queen Street.

  • Labor Day Holiday Closings

    All town offices will be closed on Monday, September 7, in honor of Labor Day .

    Newtown Senior Center, the schools, and C.H. Booth Library also will be closed. The transfer station on Ethan Allen Road will be closed. (The transfer station is regularly closed to the public on Mondays. It will not be open on Labor Day for commercial service.)

    The offices of The Bee Publishing Company will also be closed on Monday.


  • School Board Postpones CIP Decision Again

    For the second meeting in a row, the Board of Education postponed a decision on its five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on Tuesday, September 1.

    A decision is expected during the board’s next scheduled meeting, September 15.

  • Superintendent Delivers Enrollment Update

    During the Board of Education’s meeting on Tuesday, September 1, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, shared updated enrollment data.

    Dr Erardi compared enrollment information from the last day of the 2014-15 school year, June 17, and the first day this school year, Thursday, August 27, with the board.

    Using Head O’ Meadow Elementary School as the example, Dr Erardi said it closed the 2014-15 school year with 316 students and it started this school year with 297 students.

  • School Board Approves Phase 6 Of SHES Project

    Geralyn Hoerauf of Diversified Project Management presented the sixth phase of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School building project before the Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday, September 1.

    “As you might recall, every time we submit a phase to the State of Connecticut, we have to have that phase of construction documents and budget approved first by the Public Building and Site Commission as the building committee then you bring them to the Board of Ed,” said Ms Hoerauf.

  • Interviews Slated For Police Chief Candidates

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week that the town’s search for a person to replace Michael Kehoe as police chief is proceeding well.

    “It’s going very well,” Mr Mangiafico said at a September 1 Police Commission session.

    An executive-level personnel search committee has reviewed the ten applications for the job that were submitted, he said. Applications closed on August 14.

  • Police Commission Rejects NHS Request For Oakview Road Access

    Following lengthy discussion at a September 1 session, Police Commission members, serving as the local traffic authority, rejected a request from Newtown High School officials to allow limited staff access to the school in the morning via a gated emergency accessway extending from Oakview Road.

  • Erardi Comments On SBAC Results, Seen As "Baseline" Data

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, responded to the state’s release of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam results on August 28, by calling the results “baseline data.”

    The superintendent said on Monday that the new exam has no correlation with the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance test, which were administered in previous years.

    “The SBAC test is a different assessment. It just is,” said Dr Erardi.