A two-vehicle accident on Main Street early Saturday morning, September 20, closed a section of the road to through traffic for about two hours as police, fire, and environmental crews investigated the collision and worked to clean up an estimated 100-gallon diesel fuel spill caused by the crash.
About ten hours later, emergency crews were reactivated after some West Street residents smelled diesel fuel, which was then found floating on the surface of a stream that passes through their neighborhood.
The annual tradition of The Newtown Bee hosting a forum for residents to meet and learn about candidates on the November ballot continues this year with a planned forum featuring six legislative contenders.
The event is set for Tuesday, October 21, at Edmond Town Hall, with a meet and greet session in the lobby at 7 pm, and the forum running from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Police report they conducted surveillance at various local package stores on Saturday, September 13, as part of their participation in the Stop Underage Drinking and Sales (SUDS) alcohol enforcement project.
Police said that at about 8:45 pm, they spotted a teenage male walk into the Rooster Wines & Liquors package store at 113 South Main Street.
Members of the public, who want to properly dispose of prescription drugs which they no longer need or want, will be able to dispose of the medications at a drug take-back event scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at the Newtown Police Department, 3 Main Street, and also at the Connecticut State Police Troop A Barracks at 90 Lakeside Road, Southbury.
The event is scheduled for 10 am to 2 pm at both locations. This will be the ninth time the effort is being done on a national level.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 308 and its Ladies Auxiliary recently announced that the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition is open for local students through Friday, October 29.
The program was started in 1947, and the national program provides students in sixth through eighth grade the opportunity to express democratic ideas and principles. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans.”
HARTFORD — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on September 22 that the State of Connecticut is making 50 additional Rental Assistance Program (RAP) vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program and are ready to transition out of supportive housing but still need rental assistance.
Newtown Action Alliance has announced that the ENOUGH Campaign and the Greenwich Council Against Gun Violence will hold a peaceful demonstration, Tuesday, September 23, in Stamford on Main St. between Washington and Summer streets, in Columbus Park, at 5:30 pm. The rally is meant to call attention to GOP gubernatorial challenger Tom Foley’s pro-gun stance, and will coincide with the Foley campaign event to be attended by Gov Chris Christie (R-NJ) and baseball manager and restaurateur Bobby Valentine.
Legislative Council members this week revised a past funding approval, reducing from $25,000 to $15,000 the town amount to be spent for a study on the local impact of tick-borne disease.
At a September 17 session, council members approved a $15,000 special appropriation to be funded through the “Sandy Hook special revenue fund” for consulting services for a marketing/messaging plan on tick-borne disease awareness and mitigation.
The town has high incidence of tick-borne disease among its residents.
A scenic 50-mile ride through late September weather awaits motorcycle riders and supporters at the 2014 Firehouse Ride. The route, which meanders through surrounding towns, starting and ending at 71 South Main Street in Newtown, is an annual fundraiser for Newtown Hook and Ladder Co #1, which is raising funds for a new firehouse.
Parks and Recreation crews have removed the old tennis courts at Treadwell Park and are now preparing a base for the new tennis and pickle ball courts. Contractors that received the bid will begin work this season.
Recreation Director Amy Mangold said her department had recommended Classic Turf Co, LLC to earn the bid for installation work. The company proposed $246,700 for the courts’ reconstruction and design.