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  • Fire Officials Raise Several Concerns On Proposed Dispatching Change

    Fire officials are expressing a range of concerns about a proposal to shift the town's radio dispatching for emergency 911, police, fire, and ambulance calls from the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street to the Northwest Connecticut Public Safety Communication Center, Inc, at Route 68 in Prospect, which is about 25 miles away.

  • The Way To Play!

    Several children climb amid a network of nylon ropes stretched between metallic members in a geometric structure at the new playground at Dickinson Park on July 26. Although the playground was formally dedicated on Saturday, it was open to the public for only a few hours. Parks & Rec crews have been completing safety surfacing and borders this week, with the hope to officially open the playground for good by early next week.

  • Wetlands Hearing On Cluster-Style 23-Lot Subdivision Slated For Late August

    The Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) has scheduled a public hearing on a proposed 23-lot cluster-style residential subdivision for late August.

    IWC members decided at a July 28 session to hold the public hearing on The Preserve at Newtown proposal on Wednesday, August 27. IWC hearings typically are held at 7:30 pm at the Newtown Municipal Center at 3 Primrose Street.

  • Teacher Who Survived 12/14 Has Book Deal

    A teacher who helped save the lives of students at Sandy Hook Elementary School on 12/14 has a book deal.

    G.P. Putnam's Sons announced Tuesday, July 29, that Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour by Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis will be released next spring. The publisher says the book will be a "poignant account of personal triumph over unbearable tragedy." Robin Gaby Fisher is co-writing it.

  • Brick By Brick, Builder Remembers Growth Of Newtown’s Queen Street Area

    There was a time when the center of Newtown was mostly farmland and empty lots. Trees shaded grassy plots and tourist homes populated Church Hill Road. Grocery shopping meant a trip to Danbury or Southbury. Traffic passed leisurely up Queen Street, with no full-service banks or restaurants to lure drivers away from the route.

  • Wetlands Agency Approves Sandy Hook School Project

    Inland Wetlands Commission (IWC) members have approved a wetlands/watercourses protection permit for the proposed new Sandy Hook Elementary School at 12 Dickinson Drive.

    The new school would replace the former Sandy Hook School, which the town demolished last year following the December 2012 massacre there.

    IWC members unanimously approved the permit at a special meeting on Monday, July 28.

    Before the IWC’s approval, IWC member Anne Peters said, “a huge amount of energy and effort has gone into this application.”

  • Sound Center Planning ‘Wellness For Your Spirit’ Summer Festival And Fair

    The Sound Center will host the “Wellness for Your Spirit Summer Festival and Fair” on Saturday, August 9, from 3 to 7 pm. The center is in the renovated Hawleyville Chapel, at 31 Hawleyville Road in Newtown.

    This event will be the second for the creative arts and mindfulness center. Founder and Director Jennifer Zulli is looking forward to continued growth for the festival in the years to come.

  • Grammy Nominee Moock To Headline July 29 Summer Jam Concert

    Alastair Moock, a 2014 Grammy nominee, will be performing at Dickinson Park on Tuesday, July 29, headlining the penultimate performance of this year’s Summer Jam Concert Series.

    Summer Jam concerts are held Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in the bandshell at Dickinson Park, 50 Elm Drive. Picnic lunches and blankets are encouraged.

  • FunSpace II Dedicated, But Still Closed

    Under adult supervision, children were allowed to explore FunSpace II for a few hours on July 26. The new playground at Dickinson Park was dedicated on Saturday, but is now temporarily closed while town crews finish final safety installations. Parks & Rec is hoping to fully open the playground next week.

  • A Final Farewell To Fredericka House

    All that remained of the historic Fredericka House on Friday, July 25, was a pile of concrete and bent pipes heaped next to a giant industrial screener in the Newtown United Methodist Church parking lot. Darin and David Renihan of Site Services in Danbury stood nearby, surveying the packed surface where the house had once stood.