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  • Newtown Savings Bank Planning To Relocate Main Street Branch

    After making an announcement to employees, trustees, and corporators at a recent gathering, Newtown Savings Bank President and CEO John Trentacosta told The Newtown Bee this week the bank will close and relocate its Main Street retail branch to a new building at 30-32 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Trentacosta said he expects the new building will be completed and ready for outfitting as a bank branch by late fall, with expected occupancy by spring 2016.

  • Raising Speed Limit On Wasserman Way Under Review

    In response to a couple’s recent suggestion, the Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, is asking the state Department of Transportation (DOT) to study and consider increasing the speed limit on the eastern section of Wasserman Way from its current 30-mph posting.

    Police Commission members discussed the topic at an April 7 meeting.

  • Residents Urge Traffic Signal For Hazardous Berkshire Road Intersection

    The Police Commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, is pursuing having the state Department of Transportation (DOT) install a traffic signal at the hazardous four-way intersection of Route 34 (Berkshire Road), Bennetts Bridge Road, and Gray’s Plain Road in Sandy Hook.

    At an April 7 session, commission members agreed to pursue installing such a safety feature there after being presented with an Internet petition signed by about 430 people who want a traffic signal installed.

  • Borough Zoners Reviewing Pumphouse Proposal For Firehouse Site

    The Borough Zoning Commission (BZC) is seeking additional information from Aquarion Water Company on its proposal to build an above-ground water pumping station at 12 Church Hill Road, the address where the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company is now doing stormwater drainage work for the construction of a new firehouse.

    BZC members opened a public hearing on the pumphouse application on April 8.

  • Spring Has Sprung, Ticks Are Here

    Winter formally ended a few weeks ago, but the weather has not yet fully warmed up. Regardless, Donna Culbert, the director of heath at the Newtown Health District, knows what that means: it’s tick season.

    This weekend’s weather is predicted to be beautiful and many, many people will be outside enjoying the weather, working in their yards, hiking on trails, and just soaking it in.

    And the ticks will be out too.

  • Silver Bridge Renovation Project To Start Soon

    Work crews will soon be seen on and around Silver Bridge in Sandy Hook, as the state Department of Transportation (DOT) begins a multimillion-dollar project to renovate and rehabilitate the decaying truss-style span that carries Glen Road over the Lake Zoar section of the Housatonic River, linking Sandy Hook to Southbury.

    DOT spokesman Kevin Nursick said April 7 that the bridge project technically has begun, although no workers were spotted at the bridge that day.

  • Waterbury Chorale Spring Performances To Commemorate Civil War, Abraham Lincoln

    The Waterbury Chorale and Waterbury Chorale Festival Orchestra under the direction of Joseph Jacovino, Jr., and accompanied by Jenny Li, will present two performances of “A More Perfect Union: 150th Anniversary Musical Reflections of the Civil War Era and Abraham Lincoln.”

    The first performance will be Saturday, April 18, at 8 pm, at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown. The second is scheduled for Sunday, April 19, at 4 pm, at St John’s Episcopal Church, 16 Church Street in Waterbury.

  • Newtown Continuing Education Courses Available

    Newtown Continuing Education announced it has limited openings available in the following classes. Contact Newtown Continuing Education at 203-426-1787 for further information or to express interest in a program.

    Further information is also available at newtowncontinuinged.org.

  • 12/14 Parents Reflect On Governor's 'Devastating' Cuts To Mental Health Support, Research

    In the wake of 12/14, victims' parents including Dr Jeremy Richman and Nelba Marquez-Greene heard state politicians, including Governor Dannel Malloy, talk about their commitment to supporting frontline mental health support and research that many hoped would help prevent another tragedy like the one that struck Sandy Hook Elementary School.

  • School Board Authorizes 12.14 Foundation Use Of NHS This Summer

    After discussion and hearing from multiple members of the public, the Board of Education voted at its meeting on Tuesday, April 7, to allow The 12.14 Foundation to use Newtown High School’s auditorium and other rooms for its two planned productions this summer.

    The 12.14 Foundation’s goal is to eventually develop a year-round arts center in Newtown. This is the third year the foundation will involve local students and residents in musical productions.