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  • Mangiafico Will Not Seek Reelection To Police Commission

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico has announced he will not seek reelection to the five-member commission, which he has headed since late 2011.

    Mr Mangiafico, a Republican, is in the last year of a four-year term on the agency, which has three Republican and two Democratic members. Four of the five seats on the panel are up for election in the November 3 municipal elections.

    Mr Mangiafico has served as the panel’s chairman since becoming a commission member.

  • Discussion To Focus On Wild Spaces For Wild Species

    Its glistening dark eyes stared back at resident Robert Eckenrode as he took a photo of his backyard guest. A barred owl — named “Hootie” or “Daniel,” depending on who in the family is talking — that he first noticed in mid-June sat with its wings at rest, perched on a porch rail.

  • Lewis, Blumenthal Celebrate US Senate Passage Of Education Bill

    HARTFORD (AP) — Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed on 12/14 said Friday.

    “Since almost the beginning I had an intuitive awareness that had the shooter in our case had access to social and emotional learning this tragedy would not have happened,” Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, said at a July 17 news conference with Senator Richard Blumenthal.

  • Council Agrees To Keep Firearms Ordinance Intact

    Following discussion and deliberation a week earlier by the Legislative Council’s Ordinance Committee, Chairman Ryan Knapp recommended July 15 that the full council suspend any plans to modify the town’s relatively new Firearms Ordinance.

  • Off-Duty Newtown Policeman Involved In Night-Time Crash

    SOUTHBURY — An off-duty Newtown police officer was involved in a one-car accident on Main Street South early on the morning of July 11.

    Southbury police said that Michael McGowan, 42, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry sedan eastward  on Main Street South, west of its intersection with Hollow Swamp Road, when he fell asleep at the wheel at about 12:39 am.

  • River Walk Condo Proposal Draws Criticism On Traffic And Size

    An elevation drawing of one of the two large buildings proposed for The River Walk at Sandy Hook Village on Washington Avenue in Sandy Hook Center.

     

  • BOF Approves Toddy Hill Bridge Grant, Hears About Fuel Issue

    The Board of Finance on July 13 approved spending a $2.6 million state grant to complete a Toddy Hill Road bridge replacement and re-engineering of the intersection at Berkshire Road (Route 34). While that project is expected to ease weekday morning and afternoon gridlock in the area, the Toddy Hill Road work is among the preliminary, peripheral projects tied to a planned reconfiguration of Route 84’s Exit 11 interchange, according to Public Works Director Fred Hurley.

  • Queen Street Getting New Water Pipes

    In this July 15 view, which looks southward on Queen Street from its intersection with Glover Avenue, workers for Aquarion Water Company are seen using a roller, loader, excavator, and dump truck for a water pipe replacement project. In the coming weeks, the workers will be replacing sections of outdated pipe on Queen Street. During the construction, certain sections of Queen Street lying between its intersections with Glover Avenue and Mile Hill Road will be closed to through-traffic with detours provided for motorists. 

  • Police Plan Crackdown On Speeding Motorists

    Town police have received approval for a $23,800 grant from the state, with that money to be used for police overtime pay for speed enforcement and for the acquisition of speed-detection radar equipment.

    Notably, 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.