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  • Former Newtown Man Sentenced On Bank Fraud Charges

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A former Newtown man was sentenced on August 12 to spend more than eight years in federal prison on his conviction on bank fraud charges, involving a million-dollar scheme that bilked more than 30 businesses in eight states along the Eastern Seaboard, according to the US Attorney.

    Shane Fusco, 39, formerly of Nelson Lane in Hawleyville, was sentenced to spend 100 months in prison by US District Judge Cathy Seibel, according to Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

  • Sandy Hook Fire Substation Expansion OK’d

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members have unanimously approved an expansion project for the fire substation of the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, which would more than double the size of the structure at 249 Berkshire Road (Route 34).

    George Benson, town director of planning, presented plans for the expansion project to P&Z members at an August 6 public hearing. Mr Benson termed the application “straightforward.”

    No members of the public spoke at the hearing.

  • Police Investigating Shrimp Theft From Stop & Shop

    Police are investigating an incident in which a shoplifter stole approximately $650 worth of shrimp from the Stop & Shop supermarket at Sand Hill Plaza at 228 South Main Street (Route 25).

    Police said the man entered the supermarket about 6:15 am on Saturday, August 8, shortly after the store opened for business. Based on surveillance photos, the man was carrying a blue bag, which he apparently used to conceal the shrimp before stealing it.

  • Schools To Implement A New System For Monitoring Visitors

    When the new school year begins, Newtown Public Schools will be equipped with a new visitor management system, Superintendent of Schools Joseph V. Erardi, Jr, announced this week in a letter to parents and staff.

  • Major Mixed-Use Project Proposed For Hawleyville Property

    The town has received for regulatory review applications detailing a development project for Hawleyville that proposes the construction of a large church, a major multifamily housing complex, and a diner.

    The mixed-use project is proposed for approximately 42 acres that lie generally west of Hawleyville Road (Route 25) and generally south of the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84, near the Exit 9 off-ramp.

  • Commercial Design District Proposed For Exit 10

    With varied economic development as a goal, an engineering firm is proposing adding flexibility to the commercial/industrial zoning regulations by creating a zoning “design district” near the Exit 10 interchange of Interstate 84.

    Solli Engineering, LLC, of Monroe is proposing the creation of the Exit 10 Commercial Design District (CDD) for land nearby that currently has B-2 (Business) and M-4 (Industrial) zoning.

  • Botsford To Host Annual Summer Bash Fundraiser, August 22

    Botsford Fire and Rescue’s Annual Fundraiser/Summer Bash is planned for Saturday, August 22.

    Beginning at 4 pm, members of the volunteer company will serve up hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and corn on the cob, with live music by Nashville Drive beginning at 6. Beer, wine, soda and water will also be available to purchase.

  • Troops To Benefit From NHS Senior’s Efforts

    Chris Manfredi, a senior at Newtown High School, is seeking donations to support Aaron’s Gifts from Home, an organization dedicated to the memory of Marine Navy Hospital Corpsman Aaron Ullom of Michigan. Ullom was killed in action, while saving another’s life, in 2011. His family founded Aaron’s Gifts From Home to provide necessities and comforts of home to troops serving in the military.

  • River Walk Condo Proposal Draws Mixed Response

    While members of the local business community are voicing strong support for the construction of a condominium complex proposed for Sandy Hook Center, some Sandy Hook residents continue to urge that the developer significantly cut the number of dwellings proposed, although he has already scaled down the project.

  • Soldier Is Walking 3,000 Miles To Raise Awareness For Veterans

    Neil Davis is on a 3,178-mile journey called “Not Broken, Just Damaged Walk Across America” to raise funds and awareness for the charities Combat Stress in the UK and The Wounded Warrior Project in the United States.

    On his fundraising page at justgiving.com, he wrote in part: “Quite simply, it’s now time for me to do something to help.” Mr Davis has served in both British and American forces.