• Liberty At Newtown Residents Oppose Toll Brothers’ Zoning Proposals

    Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members are reviewing a four-pronged application from a developer concerning some zoning modifications for a Hawleyville parcel, a proposal that has drawn strong opposition from residents living at an adjacent age-restricted condominium complex. The Liberty at Newtown residents’ objections largely focus on quality-of-life issues. About 50 residents from Liberty at Newtown, a 96-unit condo complex at 178 Mt Pleasant Road (Route 6), attended a July 18 P&Z public hearing to lodge their objections to the four zoning proposals from Toll CT III Limited Partnership. The partnership represents Toll Brothers, a residential developer.

  • Tired Of Waiting For Feds, State Officials Propose Issuing Mental Health Parity Guidelines

    Frustrated by what they consider a lack of clarity from the federal government on how to enforce a landmark mental health parity act, some Connecticut officials want the state to issue its own guidance for interpreting the law. The federal government issued an interim regulation in 2010, two years after the law passed. It hasn’t yet produced a final rule.

  • Sandy Hook Stables Board Goes Local, Faces Potential Change

    The proposed Sandy Hook Stables project, initiated by Fayette, Maine, resident George Mason, officially has a local connection now as Sandy Hook’s Rick Bayuk has been named by Mr Mason to the board of directors. Mr Bayuk, who contacted Mr Mason after The Bee’s June 28 article on the possible project, is taking the steps necessary to finding out if Mason’s proposed $30–$50 million Sturbridge Village-like horse park will comply with the town’s zoning and land use regulations.

  • Public Works Chief Hopes To See Danbury Hall Razed As Early As Mid-October

    Hours before the Board of Selectmen approved a $250,000 bonding resolution to tear it down, Public Works Director Fred Hurley was shoving the rotted front door of Danbury Hall open revealing a sensory collision. Within the long low brick structure that visually obstructs the front expanse of Fairfield Hills, Mr Hurley pointed to the crumbling plaster walls and collapsing ceilings amid beautiful two story high arch windows and artfully crafted woodwork and marble. By mid-October, he hopes to have salvaged as much valuable material as possible from the former hospital dorm. And then the rest will likely be gone forever.

  • School Appropriation Passes Unanimously And Without Comment

    A unanimous town meeting vote that approved the appropriation of $750,000 in funds from the state for planning and design work for a new Sandy Hook Elementary School was over in 11 minutes. A full parking lot and line out the door at a crowded Newtown Center Wednesday found attendees packing the building’s Council Chamber, where the meeting took place. Many residents stood, while others remained in the hallway unable to find a seat or even standing room inside. After calling the meeting to order, First Selectman and moderator Pat Llodra asked for a motion. Resident Christine Wilford moved to appropriate the sum, seconded by Kathy (Fetchick) Hamilton. When the 150-plus residents in the room soon voted on the motion it passed unanimously.

  • Sandy Hook School: Nothing To See

    Along with answering questions like “Do you have hash browns or home fries?” the counter help at Sandy Hook Deli & Catering have become adept at answering “How can I see Sandy Hook School?” or “Where is the Sandy Hook memorial?” The answers, said Deli cashier Zandra Thompson, are “There is no reason to go there” and “There is no memorial.” Employees continue to see people from as far away as Georgia or the Carolinas. The lazy summer days bring in three to four people a week seeking to explore the scene of the 12/14 tragedy; higher numbers of people visit Sandy Hook Center on weekends. Most visitors are looking for a memorial and wish to pay their respects to those killed that Friday morning. A few have less than honorable reasons to visit. Access to Dickinson Drive, which leads to Sandy Hook Elementary School, has been limited to officials since the shootings. On January 4, 2013, Public Works employees placed huge cement blocks across the driveway to increase security at the crime scene. Those barriers remain in place, along with surveillance equipment and numerous signs warning that trespassers will be prosecuted.

  • Police Reports July 14 - 21, 2013

    Knife Found Police report they continue to hold a found knife for safekeeping. The folding-style pocket knife was found on Canterbury Lane in Sandy Hook on April 15, police said. Canterbury Lane exten...

  • Fire Reports July 18 - 24, 2013

    The dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at 3 Main Street report the following fire calls and the responders:   Thursday, July 18: 9:10 am, investigation, 28 Lyrical Lane, Sandy Hook respo...

  • Ambulance Garage Groundbreaking July 29

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new headquarters of Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be on Monday evening, July 29, at 6 pm. The event will be held at Fairfield Hills campus at the garage’s new location, across from Reed Intermediate School. The new building’s design has taken into consideration the need for increased integration with other Newtown-based health and wellness organizations, with a second floor devoted to education. Features of the building will include individual crew-member bunk rooms, office space for the executive board and the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association Inc, three double-long garage bays, and technologically advanced electronic and security systems.

  • Sobriety Checkpoint Nets Three Motorists On DUI Charges

    During a sobriety checkpoint held on South Main Street on the night of Friday, July 19, and early morning hours of Saturday, July 20, police charged three motorists with driving under the influence, according to Newtown Police Sergeant John Cole. Police set up the eight-hour checkpoint on the section of South Main Street just south of its intersection with Borough Lane, using a large commercial parking lot there as a location for investigations. Police estimate that about 550 drivers passed through the checkpoint. All motorists driving in both directions on the road were stopped and briefly interviewed by police to determine whether they were driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.