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  • For CT Adults With Developmental Disabilities, Housing Help Unlikely Until Parents Die

    Scott Langner was so excited when he learned he could one day move into an apartment with friends that he soon began talking about the invitations he’d use for his housewarming party. He’d seen his older brother and sister go off to college and then their own apartments, and his parents hoped that Scott, who has developmental disabilities, autism and a seizure disorder, would eventually be able to move into a home with his friends, with supports funded by the state Department of Developmental Services. But last year, they learned that was unlikely to happen. His mother, Collette Bement Langner, said they were told that DDS no longer has the money to provide him residential supports, and that Scott would likely live with his parents until they die. Now Scott, 27, is reluctant to even consider developing skills that would help him live more independently. When his mother suggested learning to cook, he told her, “I don’t want to talk about that anymore. That makes me really sad. I don’t want you to die.”

  • Police Investigate Suspicious Incident Near The Middle School

    Police are investigating “a suspicious incident,” in which a man, who was driving a dark-colored sedan near the intersection of Glover Avenue and Main Street, stopped and unsuccessfully offered a ride to a lone 13-year-old boy who was walking home from Newtown Middle School on the afternoon of Monday, February 10. There were no injuries in the incident. Police Lieutenant George Sinko, who oversees the police department’s patrol unit, said February 11 that police have no suspects in the case, but are working with police in other towns in the probe. “We have a couple of leads we’re looking into,” Lt Sinko said. After turning down the ride, the youth ran home, where he called a parent, who then called the school, which then called police about the brief incident.

  • Relay Kickoff Meeting Tonight

    According to its Facebook page, the 2014 Relay For Life of Newtown kickoff meeting has been rescheduled to tonight. The event, which was originally scheduled for Monday, February 3, was postponed last week due to the first of two snowstorms that blanketed the region with snow during the week. The kickoff will now take place Monday, February 10, at 7 pm, in the Newtown High School Lecture Hall.

  • Park Gift Fund: Donations For Playground, Benches, Dog Park, And More

    Ready to answer selectmen’s questions about their Park Gift Fund, a small account that has swelled due to a flood of post-12/14 contributions, Parks and Recreation Department Chairman Amy Mangold and commission Chairman Ed Marks spoke with selectmen Monday, February 3. As of January 31 this year, an influx of funds supporting a playground project, dog park, trees, gardens, and scholarships, the Park Gift Fund total is $299,785.88.

  • Public Comment Sought On Sugar St. Improvement Project

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue.The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.

  • BOE Passes 2014-15 Budget With No Increase, Tables Security Vote

    During its final workshop meeting for the 2014-15 budget, the Board of Education passed a budget proposal on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year.The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board's 2014-15 budget, onto the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council to review. Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totaled $71,580,034, which reflected a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget. After Dr Reed explained he believes he can use grant money and move some projects to the current budget to reduce his first 2014-15 budget proposal by $395,249, the school board deliberated other areas where reductions could be made.

  • Blight Ordinance In Action: A Church Hill Road Eyesore Comes Down

    A vacant, deteriorated building on Church Hill Road that town officials have long considered to be an eyesore was demolished this week following the town’s pursuit of its removal through the provisions of the recently enacted municipal anti-blight ordinance.Workers using heavy equipment demolished the decayed 2,840-square-foot wood-frame structure at 57 Church Hill Road, which formerly was the location of Apex Glass. The glass firm is now located on Riverside Road.The Church Hill Road structure, which was built in 1940, initially was the site of American Wire. American Wire’s current abutting location at 57-A Church Hill Road (a/k/a 1 Wire Road) lies just northwest of the demolition site.Both 57 and 57-A Church Hill Road sites are owned by Wilnin Capital, LLC, whose general partner is Ray Chodos of Greenwich.George Benson, town director of planning and land use, said that the building’s demolition represents the town’s anti-blight ordinance in action.

  • Selectmen OK $39 Million Budget; On To The Finance Board

    At one point late in the Board of Selectmen’s 2014-15 budget deliberations, Selectman James Gaston, Sr, observed, “You have to be disciplined when times are good and you have to be disciplined when times are bad.”His comment came as he and fellow Selectman Will Rodgers along with First Selectman Pat Llodra prepared to move a municipal budget request to the Board of Finance representing a 0.3 percent overall increase above the current year.

  • School Budget Approved With No Increase, Security Budget Tabled

    After reviewing its budget goals for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the Board of Education approved a spending plan during its meeting on Thursday, February 6, with no increase over the previous year. The board also tabled a second motion that would have submitted a security budget, separate from the school board’s 2014-15 budget, on to the Board of Selectman, Board of Finance, and Legislative Council for review. Interim Superintendent of Schools John Reed presented his budget on January 23. The superintendent’s proposed operating budget for 2014-15 totaled $71,580,034, which reflected a $534,730, or a 0.75 percent, increase over the 2013-14 $71,045,304 budget. Once passed by the Board of Education, the 2014-15 school budget will go before the Board of Finance and the Legislative Council before being presented to voters through referendum...

  • Public Comment Sought On Sugar St. Improvement Project

    The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has scheduled a public informational meeting for Tuesday, February 11, on its plans to replace an antiquated bridge and to alleviate a traffic bottleneck on the section of Sugar Street (Route 302) just west of its signalized intersection with Main Street, South Main Street, and Glover Avenue. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. The inclement weather date for the session is Wednesday, February 26.