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  • Year In Review: Former State Hospital's Danbury Hall Razed

    Gone from the horizon is one of Newtown’s highly visible, but long empty relics at Fairfield Hills.

    Danbury Hall, once home to psychiatric hospital staff, is gone. By late September, heavy machinery was waiting to chew and dismantled the old brick structure located near the corner of the campus’s main entrance off Wasserman Way.

  • Year In Review: Park And Bark Opens To Four-Legged Friends

    A new addition to Newtown’s outdoor recreation has dogs and owners filling the new Park and Bark dog park. The off-leash facility celebrated its grand opening in May. Following many months of planning and fundraising, the park on May 3 held its ribbon cutting at the recently constructed facility on Old Farm Road. Since then, dogs and owners have enjoyed exercising, agility equipment, and water features at the site.

  • Year In Review: Planning, And Breaking Ground, For A New School

    2014 was a positive planning year for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Consigli Construction oversaw the demolition of the old Sandy Hook School in the fall of 2013, and by 2014 plans for the new building were taking shape, following community input and work between the town and design team, led by Svigals + Partners.

  • Year In Review: Land Use Proposals Increased During 2014

    In early 2014, the updated Town Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the updated Fairfield Hills Master Plan, took effect, providing the town with a set of planning guidelines for the coming years on local growth and resource conservation, both in the town at large and at the town-owned 185-acre Fairfield Hills core campus.

    The town plan is updated decennially. The Fairfield Hills plan is updated as needed.

  • 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.

  • Republican Registrar Karin Aurelia Retires

    Republican Registrar of Voters Karin Aurelia has retired from her elected post after 12 years of service. She was honored on her last day, December 18, with a small reception at the Newtown Municipal Center, where she was also presented with a state proclamation by State Representative Mitch Bolinsky.

  • Fire Reports For Week Ending January 2

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • New Minimum Wage Takes Effect January 1

    HARTFORD – Governor Dannel P. Malloy is reminding residents that Connecticut’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase effective January 1, from the current rate of $8.70 an hour to $9.15 per hour.

    The increase is the result of a new law Governor Malloy signed earlier this year that requires a series of modest increases through 2017. 

    Following this week’s increase, there are two more scheduled under the adopted law: it will rise to $9.60 on January 1, 2016, and then to $10.10 on January 1, 2017.

  • Police Reports, November 20-December 29, 2014

    DUI Warrant

    Police report that after learning that they held a warrant for his arrest, Patrick Capozziello, 20, of 42 Cedar Hill Road went to the police station on the afternoon of December 23 and was charged with driving under the influence and with failure to obey a stop sign in connection with an accident that had occurred almost one year earlier in Hawleyville on December 27, 2013.

  • Boy Scout Fundraiser: Christmas Tree Pickup

    Newtown Boy Scout Troop 270 will be picking up Christmas trees from residences again this year as a fundraiser.

    Members will be doing pickups Saturdays and Sundays, January 4-5 and 17-18; and Saturday, January 10. A $10 donation per tree is requested.