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  • Borough Ordinance Enacted:The New Bamboo Taboo

    Certain types of bamboo, specifically of the genus Phyllostachys (or Running Bamboo) by their nature, spread rapidly underground through their root systems and underground rhizomes — horizontal underground stems that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals — and then infest and damage nearby properties. They are not native to Connecticut and will, by their nature, invade, infest and damage other plants, roads, sidewalks, buildings and structures. 

  • Fire Reports | July 10-16, 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, July 10: 9:35 am, motor vehicle accident, intersection of Mt Pleasant Road and Hawleyville Road, Hawleyville and Hook & Ladder responded; 8:23 pm, burning odor indoors, 29 Rock Ridge Road, Dodgingtown responded; 9:51 pm, alarm, 39 Main Street, Hook & Ladder responded. 

  • During Public Info Session: DOT To Explain Plans For Church Hill Road Intersection Improvements

    Residents interested in learning about the state’s plans to make travel safety improvements along one of the most congested and accident-prone sections of roadway in town can attend a meeting on the construction project slated for next week.

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational session on its project to create a conventional four-way signalized intersection of Church Hill Road (Route 6), Commerce Road, and Edmond Road for Tuesday, July 22, at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street.

  • Alexander Named New Board Of Education Chair, NHS Administrative Vacancy Also Filled

    The Board of Education unanimously voted to hire David Roach of Southbury to fill a vacant assistant principal position at Newtown High School during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15. Later in the meeting the school board also voted to name Keith Alexander as its new chair.

    “Welcome,” school board Vice Chair Laura Roche said after the vote to hire Mr Roach.

  • Development Director Departing For Norwalk Job

    After 24 years working to promote business and community growth in Newtown, Director of Community and Economic Development Elizabeth Stocker has accepted a new position heading up the Norwalk Economic Development Agency. Her last day on the job locally will be August 8.

    On July 15, the same day she tendered her resignation to First Selectman Pat Llodra, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling announced Ms Stocker would be taking over as that city’s economic development director.

  • Suspect In Threatening Calls— Judge Orders Psych Assessment Of Cardenas Hoffman

    NEW HAVEN — A federal judge in Connecticut ordered a psychiatric assessment Wednesday of a Venezuelan man charged with making threatening phone calls to Newtown residents in the days following the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • Police Planning Sobriety Checkpoint For July 19-20

    During the evening of Saturday, July 19, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 20, town police plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on a local road to check on whether motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

    Police did not disclose the location of the checkpoint.

    One supervisor and seven police officers will conduct the special enforcement project, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele.

  • Family Fun Hike Is July 27

    Enjoy the view, take a short hike, fly a kite, or blow bubbles at the Nettleton Preserve at 15-25 Castle Hill Road. Join Newtown Forest Association (NFA) member and hike leader Aaron Coopersmith on Sunday, July 27, at noon for a Family Fun Hike at the NFA’s 23-acre property. Guests can bring a picnic, join the short guided hike, and enjoy “The most spectacular view in Newtown,” according to the NFA.

  • Police Reports | June 30-July 15, 2014

    Streetlamp Vandalism

    Police report an incident in which several youths used BB-gun weapons to shoot out streetlamps in the area of West Street and Roosevelt Drive at about 10:30 pm on Monday, June 30.

    After responding to that area, police found that the gunfire had shattered two lenses on streetlamp fixtures.

    Police are investigating the property damage and ask anyone with knowledge of the criminal mischief to contact them at the police station at 3 Main Street, telephone 203-426-5841.

    Intersection Crash

  • Hoffman Slated to Face Judge In Telephoned Threats Case

    NEW HAVEN – The Venezuelan man, whom federal officials allege made a series of telephone calls to Newtown residents, threatening them in the wake of the December 14, 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook School, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in US District Court in New Haven on Wednesday, July 16, before US Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis.