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  • Garner Inmate Arrested in Prison Assault

    State police report that at about 6:40 pm on January 4, they received a report from the state’s high-security Garner Correctional Institution at 50 Nunnawauk Road that there had been an inmate assault.

    State police said their investigation found that inmate George Montanez, 42, had struck his 25-year-old cellmate in the chest and the face.

    A correction officer had witnessed the incident and reported it, state police said. 

  • Police Panel Considers Ways To Cut False Burglar Alarms

    Police Commission members are considering strengthening the town’s ordinance on burglar alarms, a move which they expect would greatly decrease the number of false alarms to which police respond.

    By reducing the number of false-alarm responses, police would have more time to respond to actual problems, according to Police Commission members.

    Any changes in the existing burglar alarm ordinance would be subject to action by the Legislative Council.

  • Hawleyville Medical Office Building Proposal Under Town Review

    Following review of a report on the traffic implications of a 30,000-square-foot medical office building proposed for 168-170 Mt Pleasant Road in Hawleyville, the Police Commission, serving as the traffic authority, has endorsed the traffic-related aspects of the project.

    Newtown Medical Office Two, LLC, of Westport is proposing the two-story structure for a site on the north side of Mt Pleasant Road.

  • Police Seek Public Comments On Accreditation Renewal

    The Newtown Police Department is seeking public comments as part of its state reaccreditation process.

    A team of inspectors from the Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POSTC) is scheduled to visit the police station on January 23 to examine its policies and procedures documents as they relate to the state’s Tier 1 police accreditation process.

    The police department has had Tier 1 accreditation since 2005 and is seeking reaccreditation for the third time.

  • Firehouse Traffic Report Issue Unresolved

    Police Commission Chairman Paul Mangiafico said this week he is seeking to learn when the commission, in its role as the local traffic authority, will receive for review a formal traffic report from the Newtown Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company on the fire company’s firehouse project planned for 12 Church Hill Road.

    Mr Mangiafico told Police Commission members on January 6 that he sent an e-mail message to Rob Manna, who represents Hook & Ladder, in seeking to learn when the commission will receive the requested traffic report.

  • Town Historian’s Annual Lecture: ‘A Night At The Nickelodeon,’ Monday

    Before it was a television channel, the word “nickelodeon” meant a performance that cost a nickel: juke box, player piano, and especially a movie theater. On Monday, January 12, at 7:30 pm, Town Historian Daniel Cruson will give his annual lecture, this year looking at “A Night At The Nickelodeon.”

    The program will take place in the lower meeting room of C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street.  

  • Free Screening Saturday Of ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    The Grand Budapest Hotel, a film that many are calling one of the best films released in 2014, will be the next film offered at Edmond Town Hall Theatre.

    The film will be screened daily, January 9-15.

  • Saturday Night Open Mic For Newtown Youth Returning January 17

    Attention young musicians, poets, singers, magicians, and other entertainers: the monthly Saturday Night Open Mic, for youth in grades 5-12, will return Saturday, January 17, from 7:30 to 9:15 pm. The event takes place in The Great Room at Newtown Congregational Church, 14 West Street.

    Microphones, keyboard, guitar amp and more will be available.

    A welcoming atmosphere and an enthusiastic all-ages audience makes this a great night every time. Suggested donation is $1.

  • Flagpole Traffic Problems Under Review — Again

    Town officials this week again tackled the thorny issue of traffic problems at the flagpole intersection, the five-legged intersection in the town center that holds the 100-foot-tall landmark flagpole where Main Street, Church Hill Road, and West Street meet.

    The flagpole, which is not shielded by barriers, stands squarely in the intersection. The massive pole holds several round yellow-and-black traffic signs, informing motorists to “Go Right” around the pole while negotiating the intersection, which has a high accident rate.

  • Selectmen Recommend Lanza Home Be Demolished

    The Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed January 5 to recommend to the Legislative Council that the 36 Yogananda Street residence once occupied by Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza be demolished.

    The residence was also the site where Lanza murdered his mother, Nancy, before traveling to the local elementary school and perpetrating one of the worst school shootings in US history.