• 2015 Election Candidate Profiles

    All the candidates on the local ballot in the 2015 local elections in Newtown have been surveyed on their priorities and views on local issues. Click on the name to view more information about the candidate. Then selected the "Individual Responses" tab for the best reading format.

  • Former Dispatcher Pleads Guilty in Drug Trafficking Case

    A former Newtown emergency services dispatcher pleaded guilty on Monday, October 19, in US District Court to one count of conspiracy to distribute anabolic steroids. In court, Jason Chickos, 46, of Bridgeport changed his plea from not guilty to guilty. Chickos has been free on bond since his arrest late last April. In pleading guilty, Mr Chickos admitted that he purchased anabolic steroids from another member of the conspiracy and distributed them to others. At the time, Mr Chickos was a civilian dispatcher for Newtown police, fire, and ambulance services. Federal authorities allege that former Newtown police sergeant Steven Santucci, 39, of Waterbury headed a 12-man drug ring which included Mr Chickos.

  • NVAC To Host Free Child ID Registration Event

    Normally, Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps members race out of their headquarters responding to emergency calls. But on November 14, volunteers and partners from Hiram Lodge No. 18 in Sandy Hook will be joining Mason and NVAC member Chris Capozza inviting local families with young children to race into the ambulance headquarters at 6 Washington Square for a program that can make a critical difference if a child goes missing. Mr Capozza is organizing an event centered around providing local parents a free CTCHIP “Purple Pack.” It will run from 10 am to 4 pm. CTCHIP, or Connecticut CHild Identification Program, is a comprehensive child identification tool designed to give families a measure of protection in the event of a missing child.

  • Council Hearing On Charter Revision Wednesday Evening

    The Legislative Council will conduct a public hearing for the proposed charter changes on Wednesday, October 21. The meeting will begin at 7 pm, in the Council Chamber at Newtown Municipal Center. At its meeting on Wednesday, October 7, the council heard a synopsis of changes to the charter — the document by which the town governs itself — from Charter Revision Commission Chair Jeff Capeci. The Charter Revision Commission has been working since June 2014. Mr Capeci said the commission tried to make the charter more readable, user friendly, and accurate.

  • Last Call For Questions Before BOF Candidate Forum

    Newtown taxpayers and residents have until noon on Monday, October 19, to submit questions they may have for candidates running for the Board of Finance this coming Election Day. Continuing an annual tradition, The Newtown Bee is hosting its 2015 Candidates Forum October 20, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Edmond Town Hall Theatre. This year, the forum will introduce local Democratic and Republican Board of Finance candidates.

  • Newtown GOP Hosting Candidate Meet & Greet

    On Saturday, October 24, from 4 to 6 pm, the Newtown Republican Town Committee will host a Candidate Meet and Greet at Newtown Country Club, 2 Country Club Road. Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to all Newtown voters and offers an opportunity to talk to local GOP candidates. Many of these candidates, incumbents as well as newcomers, will be present and look forward to talking with residents. First Selectman Pat Llodra, veteran Legislative Council Chair Mary Ann Jacob, incumbent Board of Finance member John Godin, and other candidates will be available to meet voters and interested residents.

  • GOP Position Paper Weighs Question Of Party Balance

    Newtown Republicans have issued their latest position paper focusing on the topic of balance this election season. “Our opponents are suggesting that voting for them will return balance to the system, a theme we’ve heard in the past,” the paper states, restating the question: “Is there an imbalance?”

  • Dems Urge Voters To End ‘One Party Domination’ Of Local Government

    In a pair of recent press releases, local Democrats are coming out swinging just weeks before voters go to the polls. The local candidates and Democratic party leaders are railing against local Republicans they say have dominated local government and its decision making processes for far too long. In an October 14 release, Newtown Democratic candidates are “urging voters to end the one party domination of Newtown government on November 3 by voting in the Democratic slate to add balance, inclusiveness and transparency to the governing bodies. The one party domination has deprived the town of the benefit of the Democratic vision for the future of Newtown.”

  • Home Food Composting Program Readying For Local Launch

    For those who are interested in separating food scraps from trash so it can be made into compost, but do not want to do it in their backyard, Newtown residents are being invited to join a new drop-off pro-gram, which will be available in town in the coming weeks. The Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority is expanding organics recycling into Newtown this fall. The program will kick off November 14 at Newtown’s Transfer Station, on Ethan Allen Road. Participants will receive both a countertop and outdoor collection container at no cost, according to the Public Works Department. HRRA is hoping local residents will consider joining the effort to prevent food waste from entering the conventional waste stream and promote a sustainable environment.

  • Data Breaches Hit As Cyber Security Awareness Month Arrives

    The recent T-Mobile and Experian data breaches are a sobering reminder that cybercrimes are a global concern, claiming 556 million victims annually with $100 billion in related costs. Ironically, this latest pair of breaches occurred just as state consumer officials were readying an information campaign for Cyber Security Awareness Month this October. The attorney general is encouraging all Connecticut residents affected by the recent T-Mobile and Experian data breach to take advantage of the free credit monitoring services being offered. Mr Jepsen, whose office recently created a new department called The Privacy & Security Data Department, also offers some tips to help all consumers minimize the risk of falling victim to cybercrimes.