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  • Budget Polls Quiet; Only 522 Votes Logged Four Hours Into Referendum

    Four hours into today's budget balloting at Newtown Middle School, Republican Registrar JoAnne Albanesi had logged only 522 votes. Any registered voter or Newtown resident with at least $1,000 in taxable property on the current Grand List is eligible to vote on today's split budget proposal.

    Polls remain pen until 8 pm, and Ms Albanesi said that if an unregistered property owner is motivated to head to the polls, they should make contact with the moderator to arrange to cast a ballot.

    Today's split, or bifurcated, referendum asks the following budget questions:

  • Route 34 Bridge Atop Stevenson Dam To Close For 90 Hours; Detours Planned

    MONROE — The antiquated Route 34 bridge positioned atop Stevenson Dam, which links Monroe to Oxford, will be closed to traffic for a 90-hour period to allow for maintenance work on the hydroelectric dam at the Housatonic River, which has been in service for nearly a century.

    In a statement, FirstLight Hydro Generating Company said the bridge’s closure will require that detours be used while maintenance work is underway.

  • Dinner To Benefit Resident Recovering From Cancer

    Friends of Newtown resident and American Legion Auxiliary Third District President Alice Saxton are planning a benefit dinner to help Ms Saxton with medical expenses. Ms Saxton is recovering from esophageal cancer treatments and now needs surgery.

    A pasta dinner is scheduled for Sunday, May 17, from 2 to 7 pm, at American Legion Post 2, 22 Hooker Court in Bristol.

    Tickets are $20 and they must be purchased in advance, by May 10. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

  • Technology Spending Plan Presented To School Board

    The Board of Education heard a long-term/five-year spending plan presentation from the district’s Director of Technology Carmella Amodeo at its Tuesday, April 21, meeting.

    “This is the continuation of the flattening or smoothing of technology spending over a five-year period,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, said near the start of the presentation.

  • Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Castle Hill Road House

    Firefighters arrived at 101 Castle Hill Road at about 6 pm on Thursday, April 23, encountered intense flames shooting out of upper-story windows. Hook & Ladder Fire Chief Ray Corbo said it took approximately 20 minutes to knock the fire down.

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  • Taxpayers Called To Vote On 2015-16 Budgets; Absentee Session Saturday

    Newtown taxpayers who may be otherwise engaged Tuesday, April 28, or who anticipate difficulties getting to the Newtown Middle School to cast their budget ballots, may do so in a special Saturday voting session in the town clerk’s office Saturday, April 25, from 9 am to noon.

  • Superintendent Drafting Transportation Survey For Parents

    Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, told the Board of Education during its Tuesday, April 21, meeting the district administration would like to launch a transportation survey.

    The first draft of the survey was presented to the school board during the meeting, and by the end of the meeting, Dr Erardi said he would draft another version of the survey, reflecting the board’s responses from the meeting.

  • A Formal Start For Newtown Hook & Ladder's New Firehouse

    It was a long time coming, but on Wednesday, April 22, Newtown Hook & Ladder volunteer firefighters finally celebrated the start of construction of their new firehouse at groundbreaking ceremonies held at the 12 Church Hill Road worksite.

    The event marked the fruition of the fire company’s long-running pursuit of new quarters to replace the antiquated, structurally unsound town-owned firehouse at 45 Main Street, which the company has been using since it was built in 1929.

  • Report: Town Police Have Highest Traffic Stop Rate In State

    According to a recent statistical report on statewide traffic enforcement, during a 12-month period, Newtown police had the highest “rate” of motor vehicle stops of any municipal police department in the state.

    The study found that Newtown police made 452 motor vehicle stops for every 1,000 town residents who are age 16 and over.

  • Road Repair Bonding Prompts Selectmen To Form Policy & Planning Panel

    Town Public Works Director Fred Hurley slowed his “company car,” an aging town-owned minivan, down to a crawl as he weaved and bucked across seemingly endless clusters of bumps, heaves, and potholes that appear to take up more road surface than any stretch of unbroken asphalt covering streets in several local lakeside communities.