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  • Charter Panel Asked To Simplify Public Land Sale, Acquisition Procedures

    On September 30, Town Attorney David Grogins went before the Charter Revision Commission requesting the panel simplify what he called the currently mandated and “elaborate procedure to acquire or dispose of town-owned property.” He suggested commissioners consider language in other town charters that is effective but much less complicated. Mr Grogins said the idea of such a complex process may have been more justified at the local level before the state initiated a recent law requiring all municipalities to conduct a “widely advertised public hearing to protect from [the] secret disposition” of town and city properties in so-called “sweetheart deals." The town attorney suggested Newtown charter commissioners begin by looking at Ridgefield’s process for handling town land sales.

  • Ambulance Garage Grand Opening Celebration To Be October 18 & 19

    Stepping back for a better view of the new Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Association (NVAA) garage at Fairfield Hills, Board of Trustees President Robert Grossman, MD, watched contractors finish floors in the entryway. “Title that the finishing touches,” he said. Construction on the new, privately funded, $4.5 million project with a six-bay garage, staff quarters, conference and classrooms, and more, is finished. Although Dr Grossman and NVAA Treasurer Bruce Herring were still waiting Wednesday, October 1, for the certificate of occupancy, grand opening ceremonies have been set for Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, at the new site for NVAA’s headquarters: 6 Washington Square. The driveway for the new location is off Wasserman Way, opposite Reed Intermediate School. Town officials and staff from Danbury Hospital, Masonicare, and Maplewood are invited to the facility on Saturday, October 18, from 2 to 4 pm. The following day will host a pair of receptions: first responders are invited to visit from 2 to 4 pm, and the public is invited for 4 to 6 pm, for walk-throughs and barbecue celebration.

  • NVS Donates Life-Saving Pet Oxygen Masks To Local Fire Companies

    Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) has donated specially designed pet oxygen masks to Fairfield County fire companies to help firefighters save the lives of cats and dogs rescued from burning buildings. Pet oxygen masks were donated to Wilton Fire Department in May, and more recently to Hawleyville Fire Company, Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, and Newtown Hook & Ladder. Each fire company received a set of three masks in sizes small, medium, and large specially made to fit the faces of animals, from large breed dogs to small cats.

  • Police Reports, September 14-28, 2014

  • Fire Reports, September 25 - October 1, 2014

    The radio dispatchers at the Newtown Emergency Communications Center at Town Hall South, 3 Main Street, report the following fire calls and the responders:

  • Absentee Ballots Available Friday

    Town Clerk Debbie Aurelia Halstead advises Newtown voters that Absentee ballots will be available Friday, October 3. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

  • Ordinance Panel To Set Hearing On Proposed Water Rate Hike

    The Legislative Council recently acted on a request to initiate a phased rate hike for users of the Fairfield Hills water system, and moved the matter to its Ordinance Committee to research and set a date for a public hearing. According to a memo and presentation by Public Works Director Fred Hurley, the Water & Sewer Authority (WSA) at its July 10 meeting passed a resolution to request that the Legislative Council consider and approve an eight percent rate hike for the users of the Fairfield Hills water system, for each of the next three years. The request came before the panel because the ordinance changing the Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA) to the WSA retained the authority to set water usage rates with the council. This would be the first rate hike in more than six years, Mr Hurley said.

  • Five Agencies Probing ‘Terroristic’ Bomb Threat Against SHES

    At least five law enforcement agencies are investigating a telephoned bomb threat to Sandy Hook Elementary School at 375 Fan Hill Road, which was received on the morning of Wednesday, October 1. The incident amounts to “a terroristic act” heavily punishable by federal criminal law, according to a spokesman for Monroe Police Department. Monroe Police Lieutenant Brian McCauley said October 2 that Monroe police are being aided by Newtown police, state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the US Attorney’s Office for Connecticut in the probe into the threat received at the school at about 9:39 am on October 1.

  • Erardi Holds A Debriefing For Parents Following Threatening Phone Call

    Following a day that brought back fears for many in the community, Superintendent of Schools Joseph Erardi, Jr, held an evening meeting at Newtown High School for local residents on Wednesday, October 1. Dr Erardi was joined by school administrators, members of the Board of Education, and Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe. Dr Erardi told those assembled that there would be enhanced security at the school for some time, but reiterated it is “100 percent safe to attend school tomorrow on time at Sandy Hook.”

  • Five Agencies Probing ‘Terroristic’ Bomb Threat Against SHES

    At least five law enforcement agencies are investigating a telephoned bomb threat to Sandy Hook Elementary School at 375 Fan Hill Road, which was received on the morning of Wednesday, October 1. The incident amounts to a terroristic act” heavily punishable by federal criminal law, according to a spokesman for Monroe Police Department. Monroe Police Lieutenant Brian McCauley said October 2 that Monroe police are being aided by Newtown police, state police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the US Attorney’s Office for Connecticut in the probe into the threat received at the school at about 9:39 am on October 1.