• Inmate Education— Garner’s Youth Development Program Plans Expansion

    The state Department of Correction’s youth development program at Garner Correctional Institution, which is intended to dissuade young inmates from prison gang membership by providing them with the education required to obtain general equivalency diplomas (GED), has been fu...

  • New Aerial Photos Posted on GIS Website

    People interested in learning how the local lay of the land has changed during the past five years have a simple way to find out, now that the town has posted a new set of color aerial photos of Newtown’s terrain on the Internet. The photos are posted on the town’s geographic information system (GIS) website, http://maps.newtown-ct.gov.

  • Unanimous Vote Carries Aid Bill Inspired By Newtown Responders

    Newtown’s State Representatives Mitch Bolinsky, Dan Carter, and DebraLee Hovey joined their colleagues March 6 in unanimously passing a bill to help the first responders of the Newtown tragedy. According to Rep Bolinsky, the vote was 143 to 0 with only eight lawmakers absent.

  • FFH Authority Earmarks Plymouth Hall For Everwonder Museum

    The Fairfield Hills Authority members emerged from a brief and at times volatile meeting Wednesday with a motion: to earmark Plymouth Hall as a potential future site for a children's museum, subject to approvals by all town boards and agencies, and fundraising. The motion passed with six in favor, and one opposed.The concept for Everwonder, a science-oriented children's museum "Hits the sweet spot of what we are trying to accomplish," member Thomas Connors said. Museum proponent Kristin Chiriatti had first brought the idea before the authority roughly a year ago, saying that the museum project would rely entry on fundraising.Voicing strong opposition to the museum proposal, member Renata Adler said, "This culturally is exactly what you don't want."

  • Board of Finance Weighs Security Expenditures

    It would not be unusual for Board of Finance school budget deliberations to extend to three hours or more. But despite the intention to do so on March 6, finance officials never cracked open the school budget book. Instead, they heard public comment and spent the rest of their special meeting originally scheduled to take up the district budget proposal, trying to get a better understanding about the scope and cost of future school security measures.

  • Police Reports for the week of 3/1/13 - 3/7/13

    Intersection Accident Police report a two-vehicle accident involving a coupe and a truck at the intersection of Mile Hill Road and South Main Street about 11 am on March 2. The collision involved a 20...

  • School Board Looks At Calendars, Superintendent Searches

    The Board of Education began its Tuesday, March 5, meeting with a brief announcement that it received Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s letter of resignation, and by the end of the meeting, the board passed two motions to begin searching for both an interim and a permanent superintendent. Also during the meeting, the school board supported its previous motion, made at a January 23 meeting, not to remove days from this school year’s set April break, and voted on calendars for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, with some caveats. School board Chair Debbie Leidlein said Dr Robinson’s letter of resignation will be effective on June 28.

  • Local Support Group Sponsors Public Service Announcements

    Filming under the direction of The Artists’ Company, New York City, began Wednesday, March 6, at Edmond Town Hall, for public service announcements sponsored by Sandy Hook Promise (SHP). The public service announcements, focused on taking action for change, will feature family members of victims of 12/14, said SHP spokesperson Tim Makris, as well as a cross section of Newtown residents.

  • Land Trust Hopes To Preserve Parcels In Castle Hill Housing Plan

    A 136-house development proposal in the Borough of Newtown is prompting an effort to preserve two large tracts of scenic land on Castle Hill. A preliminary proposal to develop housing clusters at a 66-acre parcel at 20 Castle Hill Road parcel and a 70-acre lot at 60 Castle Hill Road, owned by the Bridgeport Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation, had caught the Newtown Forest Association (NFA) members’ immediate attention. The NFA is a private land trust.

  • Cyclists Plan Sandy Hook Ride On Washington

    Following 12/14, “none of us slept,” admitted resident Monte Frank. During those quiet nighttime hours, he said, “It came to me.” He had the idea to organize a cyclist’s ride from Newtown to Washington, D.C., to promote “the immediate need” for gun safety legislation.On March 9,at 8:30 am, a large rally at Reed Intermediate School will send off Team 26, a group of 26 cyclists, on a Sandy Hook Ride on Washington, a 400-mile, four-day ride to the US capitol.